Notes from the Standing Committee:

Dear All,

Here we are (already!) at the mid point of the church year. It seems a good time to reflect on how the year is going so far, and what's ahead for the rest of the year.

Surely the biggest thing for us as a community the first half of the year is the wrapping up of the ABP, (Accessible Building Project) including final installation and inspection of the elevator, as well as getting to a point where the nursery school that operates in the building is open and functioning again. Hooray!

Today, Sunday Jan 27, we just had an update to the congregation after church about the status of the APB. Tom Coffey and Dave Kaffine gave us an overview. There are a few loose ends, of course, but -- things are essentially complete, and most of the bills have been received. There was a lot of good feeling in the room as people contemplated the what and the how and the why of the successful completion of this amazing project.

Next up for the standing committee and the community is to pause, take a breath, and relax into our new space. Over the next year or so, we will be considering how to continue to live into our covenant, in particular, how to continue to grow our Accessibility and Openness.

But for now -- let's just pause and enjoy our newly configured space and reflect on how we together made this wonderful thing happen. Imagine, that now -- anyone can get into our building and up to share worship with us -- unimpeded! It's a beautiful thing.

Planning is underway for a day of celebration and dedication of the new space. Saturday MAY 4! Mark the day!

We can't end this update without an acknowledgement of the contributions of Carole Russell to this project, and to this church. Carole has stepped down from her service as Standing Committee chair to attend to her health. Carole, we thank you, we love you, and we will miss you on the committee. Take good care.

That's all for now. When you see us around church, please let us know what's on your mind and in your heart about First Parish.


Brenda Rogers Tom Coffey, Jim Curley, Gail Burati, Sandy Johnston, Neil Harmon, Elizabeth Valentine, and Edith Murphy

Church Council will meet 7pm Tuesday February 5th at the church. Please email your committee report to our mailing list a few days prior to meeting. Sandy Johnston, Chairperson.

Young Adults (18-35 years) Mini-Conference:  “Stages not Ages” brainstorming : YA’s 18-35? Sunday, February 10th from 12 to 1:30 in the chapel after the Ice Cream Social Hour.  We’ll be doing fun activities to figure out the future of YA’s, now.  Contact Caroline McMullin (YA Chair) or Dolores~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The February Women's Discussion Group will be at 2 PM on Sunday, February 17th at Katherine Canada's home.  It will be Sunday afternoon at the movies, with popcorn and other movie theater treats. We will watch the "In the Bag" documentary about women and their handbags.  Please RSVP by Thursday, Feburary 14th to Katherine Canada.

 “Family and Friends Community CPR” will be held at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, on Feb. 20 at 6:00pm. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements. Family & Friends CPR is ideal for community groups, parents grandparents, caregivers, schools, students, and others interested in learning how to save a life. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to ensure an adequate number of instructors. Please contact the Board of Health by February 8th if interested in attending.  Contact: Amanda Glaser, Health Educator. Tel: (978) 244-3328, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2019 Auction is coming! Mark your calendars for March 30th for an evening of laughter, bidding, and treasures galore! More information to follow soon. Questions?  Contact Jeanette Moreau or Theresa Popoloski .