Shooting Star 7/1/2017

Summer Office Hours:

Rev Ellen: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her private line – 978 256-5555, for her updated message which will include information about how to reach her, or, during her vacation time, who is on call for pastoral emergencies.

Cindy: After June 30, I will be on summer hours and working only 10 hours per week.  I plan to be here Tues/Wed/Thr mornings, (5:30/6ish-7:30/8ish) but since the heat in here rapidly becomes unbearable, anything I CAN do from my airconditioned home, I will do.  If you need to have me present here for office reasons, on a different day or time (before 3pm), just ask.

I will read email a few times daily during the week wherever I am, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check phone messages when I am in the office. Other than during vacation, I promise I will respond promptly.

Please Remember – I’m not the ‘door opener’ and I don’t have extra keys.  Leila deals with building access/use needs. Her contact info is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978 256 6923.

REIMBURSEMENT REMINDER!  The books close June 30. Please have all reimbursement requests from FY 16/17 turned in by July 1. Beyond that point, any reimbursement will have to come out of the FY 17/18 budget line. Reimbursement forms can be found in the folder on the wall next to the church office, or email the office and request an e-version.  And ….. for those who HAVE reimbursement checks … CASH them? Please??

From the Collector: Please remember, the current fiscal year ends June 30, 2017. Checks received until July 1 will be applied to the 2016/17 fiscal year pledge and those received after applied to 2017/18 - unless otherwise indicated. Please remember to use the memo line on your check, or indicate on the envelope, which fiscal year it applies to! (Pledge or Capital Campaign, would be helpful also.) Thank you! ~Erica Boucher, Collector

The July 4th Breakfast has changed to the July 4th Breakfast & Lunch Cafe

We will be serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as donuts. We will serve from 7am to 2pm on Tuesday, July 4th.

The dining room will have a smaller seating area as well. The reasons for this change was a lack of volunteers and trying to
eliminate burnout for the people that consistently volunteer for this event.

We will still need people to help set-up the dining room the night before. Positions for July 4th include window person, donut assistant, coffee pourers, and dining room assistant. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please speak to Rosemary or Caroline McMullin at coffee hour. Email and phone calls work as well.

7/11 - The July meeting of the Women's Discussion Group will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 6pm at the home of Sue Sheedy in Chelmsford. It is our annual pot luck/pool party so bring a dish to share and your bathing suit! Please call to rsvp and for any further information, 256-5068.

7/21 - Songs of Strength & Solace After some of the hard-hitting anti-war songs we sang last month, this month, in addition to our regular uplifting fare of folks songs, camp songs, spirituals, contemporary classics, and hymns, we’re looking at songs that might be sung at small-town summer evening bandstands. So join us on Friday, July 21, in the vestry (or the chapel -- look for signs!) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for a splash of old-time Americana favorites! We’ll be taking August off, so bring your voices and bright hearts for some sweet summer singing! For more information, contact Virginia Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ~Virginia Adams & Diane Johns

Is a Small Group Ministry a good idea for you for next fall?

What is it?  A Small Group Ministry consists of groups of 6-10 people within the church community that meet to discuss a variety of topics related to spirituality, values, and living one’s life within the context of a Unitarian Universalist community.  There are five active groups.

How does it work?  Each group is led by a trained facilitator and includes a chalice lighting, a time for check-in, readings on the topic and discussion. There are all men’s groups; all women’s groups and mixed groups.

When do they meet?  Typically once a month for about 2 hours; some meet during the day and some in the evenings.  What do people say about small groups?  ”I've always felt that small group is a great way for newer members to integrate into the congregation. Also, coming to that meeting feels like taking a deep breath in our busy lives. A pause to recharge.”

How do I get more information?  Call or email either Carlene Merrill.

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133