Podcast Book Club - The Welcoming Congregation Committee invites you to join us for a podcast "book" club! This year's topic is Current LGBTQIA+ Legal Struggles. Follow the link below to reach the list of podcasts to listen to. We'll meet at church on Saturday, February 15 7PM to discuss and share thoughts.
Yummy refreshments will be served! Please contact me if you have any questions or need clarification. Love and blessings, Abbie Ransdell (Welcoming Congregation Committee)
General Assembly is back in Rhode Island - GA 2020 will be held in Providence June 24 - June 28th, and we would love to have a big First Parish presence this year.
GA is the annual meeting of all UUA congregations. At GA there are workshops on all aspects of congregational life to allow UUs across the country to get learn form each other. There are also outside speakers that come to share their knowledge on with us. And of course, there are plenty of opportunity to take part in many different kinds of worship. The theme for this year, which coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing at Plymouth is “Rooted, Inspired, & Ready”, examining the role of our ancestors in the colonization of the US, and how we can work as a faith community as a whole to embrace values of justice and liberation.
GA is also where we vote on issues that affect us, as well as the UUA leadership. Each congregation is allotted a number of voting delegates based on the size of the congregation. First Parish has 4 delegates who will be able to vote in the General Sessions, but anyone can take part in the workshops and other events during GA.
Registration for housing at GA starts in March, so we would like to have a good estimate of how many are going then so we can reserve rooms. We do have money set aside to help defray the costs of GA. If you are interested in going to GA, or if you have questions, please contact Joan Coyne or Caroline Snow.
WOMEN'S DISCUSSION GROUP - The January group will meet at Ann Marie Sigdestad's home on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12th at 2:00. (Please note day and time change from usual meeting time.) In addition to planning for this next year--come with ideas for dates you might be able to host--we will be discussing an ethnic Holiday tradition of yours or another ethnic group you chose. Everyone is welcome and please let Ann Marie know whether or not you are able to attend.
Saturday Feb 1st 1PM Bandages for Ghana II - We had way too many bedsheets to finish making bandages with in November, so we will be doing this again. Join us for a few hours of chatting and snacks while we cut and wrap the bedsheets into bandages. (no more sheets are needed though!) Sheila Morehouse, a member of the Meetinghouse Ringers and a pediatrician in Chelmsford, will be heading to the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana (https://baptistmedicalcenter.org/) in May with our bandages. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coyne.
NEW WESTFORD STREET CLOSURE - The town of Chelmsford has decided to close up the end of Westford Street as it enters Chelmsford Center. This means that as of January 2 we have to go back down Academy to the light, to access rt 4. So, if you park along the town common – circle through our parking lot and aim back towards Academy before you park. THIS IS A GOOD THING! No more speeding maniacs as we try to cross the street. But it does come with nuisance value for those who would aim through the center to get home from here. Just realize that the rush hour traffic through here is horrendous M-F as everyone heads towards the bottleneck and the hope is that removing one more thread and changing light cycles, will help. This is a 6-9 month trial before it is set in stone.
HS Youth Led Mission Service Trip! Thank you First Parish UU of Chelmsford! The High School Youth are very excited about the upcoming Youth Led Mission Service trip to Puerto Rico in February 2020! Our mission is to “Allow the world to change us, so we can be the good in the world…/Dejando que el mundo nos cambie, para que nosotros podamos ser el bien en el mundo…”
Five of our youth accompanied by Emma Warila and Dolores~, LFFDirector, on behalf of FPC, will be volunteering for the Plow to Plate; World Central Kitchen organization in their effort to support small farmers, especially after the after mass of hurricane Maria whose aftermath they are still experiencing!
WE are planning Two Fund Raisers in the coming months:
January 11th, 4pm - Please join us for this enchanting concert of Chamber Music which our youth will be participating in! This fundraiser is part of the Steve Zocchi Concert Series and he and other performers have generously offered the proceeds to benefit the HS Mission-Service Trip to Puerto Rico. Thank you Maestro! Come enjoy the music and the opportunity to support our youth to learn the value and joy of helping others.
February 8th, Please Save the date and plan to join us for a fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner. More information to come soon…
An Entertaining Afternoon of Chamber Music
Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 4:00pm
Presented by “El Maestro” Steve Zocchi, FPC Music Director,
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Chelmsford
Proceeds beneﬁt FPC Youth-Led High School Mission Service Trip for World Central Kitchen; Plow to Plate Organization in February 2020
Music of Bach, Telemann, Schubert and much more …
Henry and Janice Tervo, Jessica Volk, Carsten Kowalczyk, David Siegel, Angela Tseng
“El Maestro” Steve Zocchi
Special guest: Kevin Snow, Marissa Burati, Nina Wolf representing youth led Mission-Service Trip Participants
Suggested donation $15 adults; $12 seniors; $8 children 12 and under
(snow date January 25th)