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250 Year Old Weathervane “Buddy” Returns to Groton   [ 2017-07-07 14:21 ]

After months and months of careful repair, the Old Groton Meetinghouse’s more than 250-year-old weathervane, affectionately known as “Buddy,” has been beautifully gilded for his return to Groton on Saturday, July 15th.

We will start gathering at 9:30 am on the Minuteman Common. We expect Buddy to be lifted to the steeple sometime between 10:00 and 10:30. Once safely placed on the spire, Buddy’s protective wrapping for his travels will be removed and he will be unveiled in all his like-new beauty.

Groton Minutemen Drummers and Muskets will be on hand, and we are hoping that Earl Carter will be able to bring his gloriously restored Revolutionary War cannon for display.

It will be a morning to celebrate Buddy’s placement back on the spire overlooking Minuteman Common where he can keep a watchful eye on Groton’s Town Center as he has done for so many years.

The return of Buddy will also mark the completion of the Meetinghouse’s Phase 1A Restoration Project that was funded by a Town of Groton Community Preservation Act Grant, a Massachusetts Historical Commission Grant, and generous contributions from the First Parish congregation and from the citizens of Groton. Thanks to all who contributed so generously.

Following the unveiling, light refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to view pictures and learn about Buddy’s transformation over the past few months.

Come and join in the fun!

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Church Budget for FY18   [ 2017-05-23 20:01 ]

The budget for the upcoming FY2018, passed at the meeting of the congregation on May 21, is available in the Members area. (If you have mislaid the login credentials, please email the .)
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2016-2017 Annual Report   [ 2017-05-23 19:58 ]

The annual report for 2016-2017, presented at the meeting of the congregation on May 21, is available in the Members area. (If you have lost the login credentials, please email the .)
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Personal Reflections on Race in America   [ 2017-05-14 08:45 ]

On Sunday May 7, Steve Boczenowski and Alyssa Dallas reflected on their journeys toward awareness (being and staying woke) on the uncomfortable subject of race in America. Listen to their powerful testimonials here ( Steve, Alyssa). Bonus: Here is Owen Shuman reading the children a story about the beauty of a little girl’s hair.
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Photos from the 2017 Easter Egg Hunt   [ 2017-04-22 11:33 ]

On Easter morning the kids of First Parish enjoyed dashing to collect the colorful eggs secreted about the Town Common. Steve Lieman captured the event in photos.
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2017 Easter Week Services at First Parish   [ 2017-04-16 10:35 ]

Good Friday Healing Service — Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

A quiet, reflective service of healing. This service consists of reflections on the seven last sayings of Jesus interspersed with silence and beautiful music. We reflect on the reality that life and death, sorrow and joy are intertwined and we invite all to enter into the story of Jesus’ death in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for the renewal of Easter morning. This service is appropriate for adults and teenagers. Childcare will be available during the service. Those who are grieving the death of loved ones or any life losses have found this service to be helpful and healing.

Sunrise Easter Service — Sunday, April 16 at 5:45 am at 100 Hollis Street, Groton

All are welcome for the annual Easter Sunrise Service that will take place in the field behind Bob and Becky Pine’s house (100 Hollis Street in Groton) with a beautiful view of the sun rising over Gibbet Hill. Dress warmly, hope for clear skies, bring your coffee and your dog and come greet Easter morning. If the weather is very rainy (or snowy!) call the church office and listen to the outgoing message or check the church’s facebook page to make sure the service will be held.

Easter Celebration — Sunday, April 16 at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary

Join us for the celebration of Easter. Our service for all ages and all people and is about the joy of renewal and rebirth. The adult choir will bring us special music. There will be childcare in the nursery for the youngest ones. Family, friends and Easter Bonnets are very welcome!

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Materials from the April 9 Circle Meeting   [ 2017-04-14 12:57 ]

We had a great discussion on how the budget looks for next year, the key trends over the last few years, and a review of the by-law changes proposed for the May annual meeting. There were many good questions and answers, including on a possible new Congregational Seed Fund.

Materials from this meeting are available in the Members area: the presentation and a budget estimate. There is also a link in the Members area to a 2-minute video that walks you through how to read our budget, in case you are unfamiliar with such.

(You will need a login to follow the above links; please contact the office administrator or webmaster if you need the credentials.)

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Photos from Commitment Sunday   [ 2017-04-02 19:01 ]

Follow the link for Steve Lieman's photos of the Gathering of the Commitments ceremony last week.
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March 26 Sermon Available   [ 2017-04-02 10:21 ]

Rev. Kemler's sermon from last Sunday, March 26, is finally posted for your listening pleasure. Thanks to Dave Hill for wrestling the Wi-Fi in the Sanctuary into operation again.
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Commitment Sunday Success and Upcoming Circle Meeting   [ 2017-03-30 23:57 ]

We had a great start with Commitment Sunday receiving more than 60 Renewal of Giving forms. Thanks to all who have so generously responded. An amazing 56% were able to increase their pledge for next year, and we had 7 responses from those who did not pledge last year. Yay, Team!

Our goal is to substantially increase the number of forms returned by Friday, April 7th in time to inform our April 9th Circle Meeting discussing church finances. And so we need your help.

If you are ready to pledge now, please

Thanks in advance from the Renewal of Giving Team.

PS. Don’t forget to tell us what you love most about First Parish.

PPS. New to pledging, want more information, or wish to know why pledging by April 7th is important? Then please click here.

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What It Takes to Run FPCoG   [ 2017-03-30 13:21 ]

A new infographic summarizes the resources needed to keep First Parish Church of Groton going: staff, programs, physical plant, and all. Check it out along with the other Renewal of Giving pages.

If you didn't submit your pledge last Sunday at the Gathering of Commitments ceremony, you can pledge electronically either by sending email to or by submitting your pledge online at Renewal of Giving Pledge Now.

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Please Join Us By Pledging Your Financial Support for Next Year   [ 2017-03-24 11:49 ]

March 26th is Commitment Sunday at First Parish, the day when we celebrate our financial commitment to the ongoing work of our beloved church. This is blessed work built on our collective generosity. We call this time Renewal of Giving.

To achieve our goals for the next church year we are asking all of you to make a pledge on Sunday that is personally significant, affordable, and as generous as possible.

If you can’t be there on Sunday, we have made it easy for you to pledge electronically either by sending email to or by submitting your pledge online at Renewal of Giving Pledge Now.

Thanks in advance from the Renewal of Giving Team

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Policies at FPCoG   [ 2017-03-21 12:06 ]

The Board is formalizing the policies, many of them heretofore unwritten, that have guided the life of this church community. For progress to date and for ongoing work in this area, please see the new Policies page in the Members area of the website. You will need a login to follow that link; please contact the office administrator or webmaster if you need the credentials.
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Taste of Small Group at First Parish Church of Groton: March 19   [ 2017-03-15 14:34 ]

Looking for an opportunity to deepen spiritually and build meaningful connections? The First Parish Church of Groton (a welcoming Unitarian Universalist congregation) invites you to attend a “Taste of Small Group” on March 19 from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. To attend simply enter the church through the side doors, and meet in front of the elevator. Those who attend will be divided into groups and experience a guided listening and sharing session, typical of the richer 6-week program. This program starts in April, with day and evening groups available. Located in Groton Center at 1 Powderhouse Road, this free event is open to all adults and older teenagers. For more information, call First Parish at 978-448-6307 or email welcoming@uugroton.org.
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Proposed Bylaw Changes   [ 2017-02-24 12:25 ]

Several significant changes to the bylaws are being considered for acceptance at the annual meeting on May 21, 2017. To help facilitate discussion, members are encouraged to review a draft of the proposed bylaws changes. See the Governance page for two versions of the same changes, a draft version and a draft version with “track changes” displayed.
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