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

https://ransdella.wixsite.com/wccbookclub


Healing Conversations - In keeping with the commitment in our First Parish covenant to care and be present to one another in our joys and sorrows, Rev. Ellen and the Pastoral Care Team offer this grief and loss group twice a month to nurture and hold a sacred space to share stories, experiences, and emotions around love, loss and grief in a spirit of mutual care and deep listening. Loss can take many different forms and people have participated in Healing Conversations for deaths recent and those years ago as well as for other losses like divorce, estrangement from family, and living with illness. We use readings, ritual, meditation/prayer, video clips, journaling and small group discussions to reflect for ourselves and accompany each other across grief's difficult terrains. Healing Conversations is an ongoing group that folks in our First Parish community can join during the year, while maintaining it as a confidential and supportive space. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, upstairs in the High School room.. If you have any questions or wish to attend, please contact Rev. Ellen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bandages for Ghana - 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.


Auction - The Annual Fundraising Auction is coming March 28!  Save the date and line up your babysitter early. Start piling up those unwanted holiday gifts. Consider what you might offer in the way of services or goods. Plan to help out on Friday or Saturday. If everyone pitches in a little, it will be a big success! Contact Jeanette Moreau or Theresa Popoloski with any questions.


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.