Church Council will meet Tuesday, February 6th, 7 p.m. in the Alliance Parlor. All committee heads are urged to attend. If unable to attend, please have someone on your committee attend in your place and let Sandy Johnston know. We need to confirm the Church Council charter and Neil Harmon (church treasurer) will speak on committee budgets.  Future meetings will be the first Tues in April (the 3rd) and in June (the 5th), all at 7pm in the Alliance Parlor.

Open Office Hours at the Java Room - I will hold them from 10:30 to noon on Wednesdays February 7 and 28. -- Rev. Ellen

The February meeting of the Women’s Discussion Group will be on Tuesday, February 6. We will be having dinner at Princeton Station, 147 Princeton Street, North Chelmsford (Rt 3A) at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to Sue Sheedy by Sunday, February 4 by email or phone if you wish to come. All are welcome!

Caring Connection - Caring Connection month is coming up in April. For those of you who don’t know or have forgotten, our mission is to comfort parishioners in need with calls, visits, meals, rides, or just a card acknowledging their life event (more than 100 cards were sent during 2017). Let us know of your needs by contacting a CC member or sharing with another parishioner, Ellen, or Cindy Gist.

As personal schedules and availability change, we are always in need of volunteers. We are currently a small group of four committee members, but we maintain a list of generous volunteers available for brief, one-time services or for more involved roles. Please consider sharing your contact information for our list as we work toward building a committed community. We also welcome donations of birthday, sympathy, get well, and blank cards (you know, those often found with donation request packages that you don’t need). Please place your card donations in the CC mail slot next to the copy machine in the chapel vestibule. Thank you for your time.

Caring Connection Committee: Suzanne Wilson/chair; Sandy Johnston; Mickey O’Connor; Joan Keane.

First Parish Concert Series presents an eclectic concert of Chamber Music and Jazz on Saturday March 3rd at 3:00pm. Performances by Henry Tervo, Janice Tervo, Shaylor Lindsay, David Siegel, Jessica Gist Volk, Carsten Kowalczyk, Mark Tervo, and Steve Zocchi. Works by Telemann, Beethoven, Grieg as well as Jazz Standards.

Proceeds will be donated to the Malala Fund, a non-profit dedicated to Women’s right to education. Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani student and education activist who began speaking out for girls’ education at the age of 11. After surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban at 15, she co-founded Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin. She is the youngest ever Nobel Laureate. Malala currently lives in the U.K. with her family.  Recommended donations are $15 for adults, $8 children 12 and under.

Open Pantry - Please Don't Give!! (for now) - First Parish UU now collects two times a year for Open Pantry of Greater Lowell. One collection is at the Thanksgiving Ingathering Service. The other collection will now be shortly before summer and will be announced.  PLEASE DO NOT leave food or other donations here. Thank you. If you have questions contact me. - Gail Pickering