NewsFlameUpdated June 29, 2022

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A REMINDER THAT AS OUR SUMMER SERVICES WILL BE LIVESTREAMED FROM THE CHAPEL, PLEASE USE THE YOUTUBE LINK ONLY

Beginning June 26th, wearing masks for Sunday worship will be required only if the Community Level remains HIGH. If the Community Level is MODERATE or LOW, individuals can choose whether or not to wear a mask indoors. The COVID Task Force will update the status as needed.

BEGINNING JULY 3, SUMMER SERVICES WILL BE AT 9 am in the CHAPEL. We will be sending out an update each Thursday about the upcoming Sunday service and any changes to COVID protocols, livestreaming, etc. The Summer Services Team: Beth Benoit, Carla Corey, Neil Harmon, Marion Murphy, Rev. Ellen Spero and Rick Warner

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We are selling donuts again on July 3rd and 4th. Yet another return to normalcy. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the donuts, work at the window and clean-up. It's lots of fun and you get to help with donut quality control. Please email or text Aggie Brennan if you can lend a few hours of your time on the early evening of July 3rd or the morning of July 4th. Many thanks.

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The vestry floor will be refinished on July 11th and will not be usable until July 14th.  The kitchen will still be available BUT via the vestry/kitchen outside door only.

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Origami peace cranes on the Common - on September 17th The Chelmsford Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee will be hosting the 2nd Annual Chelmsford Day of Peace event on the Common and we'll be having a table to teach people to make origami peace cranes. If you can help out at the table sometime between 1 pm and 4 pm, please contact Joan Coyne.  Don't worry, we'll teach you how to make the cranes!

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Banner Calendar Requests due by August 31st - Don't forget that if you would like to hang a banner this year, Banner requests are due at the office by August 31st. The form is available on the website: https://www.uuchelmsford.org/images/documents/Banner/BannerCalendarRequest.pdf

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Summer Schedule for Rev. Ellen:
I will be on vacation July 23 through August 7 and will share info on emergency pastoral coverage closer to the date. Otherwise, I plan to be around as needed: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A note from your Collector:  Please remember, the current fiscal year ends June 30, 2022. Checks and online donations received until July 1 will be applied to the 2021/2022 fiscal year pledge and those received after shall be applied to 2022/2023- unless otherwise indicated. It is humbling and uplifting to witness the generosity of the friends and members of our beloved community. Thank you all for supporting the work that we do together.  Carla Corey, Collector

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ANNUAL REPORTS: 
No, I haven’t forgotten (nor am I avoiding them hoping someone else will have to deal) .  All committees, groups, officers, staff (me, too) needs to write a report to be presented at our State of the Society Meeting in September 2022, so consider the due date our first Sunday back in the sanctuary, (but remember, if you just want to get it over with, you don’t have to wait until September! Write it and email it to the office whenever you can. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..) You now have ALL SUMMER to write your report, so, please, even if you have done nothing for the past 2 years, let us know your committee would like to become active again and maybe an idea of what you’d like to accomplish in the future. Thanks! --Cindy

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Help Wanted:
We are looking for someone 15 years of age or older to help to do the following:

Paint porch rails and balusters along with lattice on the porch.
Some step ladder use may be required.
Help clean out the shed, garage and cellar.
Help in repairing the lawn and trimming bushes.
9 to 12 hours a week 3 to 5 weeks $15.00 per hour.
3 to 4 hours a day 2 or 3 days a week.
Days Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday flexible schedule.
We can pick up and drop off if needed.
Please contact Walter Cole

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Yay! It’s Here! June 19th, 2022 FPCC Little Sharing Library! ..in the Garden in front of the Children’s Chapel Our ducks are in a row, but might have one more loop to gothrough…However, thanks to the Standing Committee we can begin to share in time for the summer and … thanks to the Grounds Committee too! Here are a few things to know:

The Lil library is meant to welcome All Ages at FPCC and friends
The FPCC Little Sharing Library and bench is donated by The FPCC UU Faith Formation Program 2021-22
There is a little plaque the states it’s use:
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Lil’ Sharing Library
    Welcome!
    Please use the honor system- We Trust You
    If you take a book, enjoy! Bring it back sometime if you can.
    Have a book you'd like to share with us?
    We are happy to share our fun stuff
    For use in church vicinity-bubbles, chalks, etc.
    For more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Please treat this site with care and respect because we care and respect you!

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House Goods Donations Needed  -  Do you have household goods that are in decent shape but you no longer need them? As we continue to set up apartments for arriving refugees from Afghanistan (and other countries), we need more donations of pots and pans, bakeware, toasters, crock pots, rice cookers, teapots, kitchen utensils, kitchen knives, dish sets, drinking glasses, full and twin size comforters or bedspreads and blankets, pillows, shower curtains, liners and hooks. If you have any of these items to donate, please bring them to church on Sundays or send me an e-mail to arrange for collection or if you are wondering if your donation would be useful. Thank you!  - Diana Keohane (Team Leader of Chelmsford Faith in Action, a group of First Parish and other volunteers that supports the International Institute of New England's refugee and immigrant resettlement programs)

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Help Needed to Keep our Grounds Beautiful  -  Wonderful opportunities are available with our current Stewards of Adopt a Plot. We have a fun time when we meet. We would like the company of more Stewards at this very moment ! Lots of hands accomplish many tasks that leave more time for relaxation and fun. Some of us work in the morning, others in the afternoon keeping the garden beds clean from weeds. We ask that you check your garden plot twice a month and weed it, Spring through Fall. Usually an hour. On a special project we might agree ahead of time to meet, work together a little longer and finish. You can join in on pruning projects, planting plants, transplanting, watering, old fashioned raking of leaves with some machinery to give us the upper hand. Don't forget all those gusty winds that blow the majority of a huge load of leaves somewhere else for someone else for someone else to rake! Have a picnic lunch, a snack, add some water or your favorite beverage, make a new friend, bring a friend, breathe fresh air and enjoy the smell of flowers. Don't you feel the stress is gone already? Contact - Martha Orr Sherburne. Covid protocol is observed.

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Lastest update from the COVID Task Force:  https://www.uuchelmsford.org/covid-19-task-force
 

Healing Circle  -  Ever need a prayer or a good thought for you or a loved one? First Parish has a group that delivers just that. If you are interested in being part of the circle that sends healing vibes and/or you need some healing energy please reach out to Kathy Deschenes of the Pastoral Care Team.

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 Link to Standing Committee Updates:  https://www.uuchelmsford.org/sc-updates

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