First Parish News, July 2018

Rev. Ellen's Summer Schedule and Contact Information:  Even without the building renovation project and the lack of an office, I generally don’t hold office hours in the summer. When I am in town, I am available as needed and you can contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or my cell phone. I will be away July 7 through July 14 and July 28 through August 11. Coverage information will be available on my office phone voicemail, 978-256-5555.  Have a great summer!  Rev. Ellen


Church Office Hours:  July and early August: I work a summer schedule of 10 hours per week (on vacation, Aug 4-18 with a couple of long weekends before that), coming to the church only early mornings once or twice a week and reading email etc at home. Call or text me first if you want to be sure I am at church.  Late August into the new church year … I will be increasing my working hours back to 30/wk, and working… somewhere…that all depends on when the new office is set up and ready  - Cindy


Community Table needs your help! We have been serving the community for more than 20 years by preparing and serving an American Chop Suey dinner with fixings. We are seeking new volunteers to help once a month. Upcoming serving dates are Sat. 8/18, 9/15, 10/20. Time commitment can be short, but is oh so appreciated. Great for middle and high schoolers! Tasks are:
Friday - 1 person - SHOP for food/supplies and deliver to the FP kitchen
Fri/Sat - 1 person - BAKERY DONATIONS - Call Shop & Stop Friday and pickup Saturday morning and deliver to Salvation Army
Sat 9am - 6-8 people - CHOP/COOK - Help prepare salad & Chop Suey at First Parish. About a 1.5 hr task
Sat 12-2:15 - 6 people - SERVE - setup, serve meal, clean up at Salvation Army
If interested or need additional info, please contact Michelle Hillman.  Community Table email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Especially need help on 8/18.


 Healing Circle  -  Do you ever feel that you need some positive energy to help you or a loved one through a difficult time? The Healing Circle is made up of folks from your caring church community who hold you and yours in loving and healing thoughts during health (or any sort of) crises. Some of us pray, some of us meditate, some of us close our eyes and imagine sending peace and health. If you would like to be a part of our circle (we need you!) and/or need some healing energy, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call coordinator Kathy Deschenes.


 The next Newsletter Deadline will be August 26.

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133