First Parish News, January 2019

Talent Show -  February 16th at 7pm!   It’s a Saturday night! Potluck, Talent and Fun!
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Gratefully & Con Aprecio, Dolores GHeredia-Wood (DREFF&YP)
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"Let's Be Honest: Communication in Families to Keep Kids Healthy" - Friday, January 25th, 6:30 to 9:00 pm - In this workshop, part of the curriculum is designed for parents & caregivers of children/youth of all ages. This two-hour session, led by trained facilitators, will identify and explore helpful resources for educating and supporting young people as they learn and grow. It offers thoughtful activities and open and supportive exchanges that enable parents to increase their comfort and confidence in their roles as primary sexuality educators of their child/children. Our learning objectives for this program are as follows:

Parents will be able to identify...

... outside influences related to sex/sexuality.
... "teachable moments" for talking with kids about sex/sexuality
... a message about sex/sexuality to share with their child(ren)

Cost: Free
Pizza & Refreshments!
Babysitting Available! Please let me know if babysitting is needed.

Dolores G Heredia-Wood
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 Women’s Discussion Group - On Tuesday evening, January 8 the we will meet at Ann Marie Sigdestad's home at 7:00 p.m. The traditional Norwegian desserts will be available as usual and hosting sign up for this coming year. Come and you'll have a surprise topic(s) for the evening. Please contact Ann Marie to let her know whether or not you are coming. All are welcome.


Book Discussion  - CFAM will be hosting a book discussion on January 12th on the book "Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want" by Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen. We will have food and drinks at 5pm with the discussion starting around 5:45 pm. There are copies of the book available to borrow.  Please see Caroline McMullin at coffee hour or through email.


The Split the Plate organization for January is City Year's City Year Camp. January 20th will be the Split the Plate Sunday. This organization was brought forth by Dan Wight. His description is as follows "This year I am working for City Year, an educational non profit that puts americorps members (like me) in classrooms to provide additional support for students, running small tutoring groups, assisting with classroom management and doing whatever else my school might need. We run a day camp for four days during February break to provide our students a safe place to learn, socialize, and play, instead of leaving them sitting at home with nothing to do other than rot their brains with Youtube and Fortnite".


ABP Wrap-up Meeting - The Standing Committee and ABP Team invites you to attend an ABP wrap-up meeting on January 27th at 11:30 am in the chapel.
There will be a summary presentation about the conclusion of the project including a financial update. We will engage the congregation in an evaluation about the project. Finally, we will discuss upcoming meetings planned with the congregation to discern what we focus on next after ABP. Hope you will join us on the 27th!


Bulletin Board Space  - We are in the process of determining where and how many bulletin boards will be installed in the first floor renovated space. If your committee needs space on a bulletin board please let Cindy Gist or Walter Cole know. Thank you!


Volunteers Needed For Social Hour - Please sign up to do social hour on the bulletin board in the vestry. You can choose to be responsible for set up, clean up, or both. Directions are on the bulletin board. Money is available to buy supplies if the expense is prohibitive. There is often coffee and juice in the kitchen. If you need training, help finding a buddy or two to do it with you, reimbursement for supplies, or have any questions, please contact Edith Murphy.


New UU (or not so new) UU Course - The membership committee is offering a course where we will discuss this church and Unitarian Universalism in general. The course will be based on a UU Tapestry of Faith curriculum but will also discuss the traditions of this parish. It will be highly interactive and there will be guest speakers.

Who would be interested in this class/discussion? People new to First Parish (who may or may not be new to UUism), people (members or non-members) who have been here a while but still have questions.

What is the time commitment? Approximately 7 hours.

  • Please let us know what your preference… no later than January 4th, 2019:
  • One seven-hour session 9 to 5pm (Saturday) Membership hosted luncheon 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2
  • Two three-hour sessions 9 to 1pm (Saturday) Snacks/Brown bag lunch option1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2
  • One Hour for Six Weeks in the evenings from January to February: Mon; Wed; Thru; Fri
  • Let us know if there is any other day or time you would be able to attend?
  • Or if you need babysitting?

If you are interested, please fill out a form at membership social hour table or email your preferences to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Alternatively, speak to: Chris Sweetnam, Rose Lerer, or Dolores GHeredia-Wood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133