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Christmas and Holiday Services for 2017   [ 2017-12-14 12:49 ]

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Winter Solstice Celebration at 7:00 pm. All ages are welcome to this celebration of the passing of the longest night of the year and the return of the sun. There will be music, singing, stories, and lots and lots of light.

Sunday, December 24: Paper Bag Pageant at 10:00 am. Worship Service for all ages. The No Rehearsal, No Stress, Paper Bag Nativity Pageant! We will bring the Nativity story to joyous and chaotic life on the spot as we tell the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. There are roles and costumes for everyone big and small, and you are invited to wear or bring your own costume if you choose. Everyone is welcome at our stable!

Sunday, December 24: Carol Sing for all ages at 6:45 pm.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 pm. This service includes music from the Adult Choir, a message from Rev. Kemler and the poignant passing of candle light from person to person as we fill the dark sanctuary with light and re-kindle our hope. Cookies and cider both before and after the service! All are welcome.

Sunday, December 31: Shelter Sandwich Making Service at 10:00 am. Join us for our annual service of lunch making for local shelters. After a brief gathering for inspiration, we make sandwiches and pack 200 bag lunches to be delivered to shelters in Lowell, Fitchburg, and Worcester. This event is for all ages. Start with new year with this simple act of service.

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Great Circle Meeting on Finances   [ 2017-12-04 13:12 ]

Follow this link to the Members area for updated slides from the 2017-12-03 circle meeting and a link to a multimedia version of the presentation as given. (If you have mislaid the login credentials, please email the .)
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Repaint! And Thin No More!   [ 2017-10-14 10:48 ]

The paint on our beloved Meetinghouse is breaking down. Soon it will be time to embark on Phase 2 of its restoration and renewal. Here are some photos of the current sorry condition of the building's paint.

By following that link you can pledge to help cover the costs of the Phase 2 Rehabilitation effort, or donate directly here.
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Sermon 2017-10-08 (Transcript)   [ 2017-10-09 19:21 ]

The transcript from Elea’s Oct. 8 sermon has now been posted.

Technical difficulties have precluded posting the audio, but it will happen — watch this space.

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Sermon 2017-10-01 (Now With Transcript)   [ 2017-10-01 20:45 ]

The audio from Elea’s sermon is posted here. Get yourself some Backside Redemption.

The transcript is now available.

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That Sermon You Hated — Now With Transcript!   [ 2017-09-22 16:51 ]

Several people posted on Facebook how much they hated Rev. Kemler’s sermon on Sept. 17. She said she hated it herself! Very challenging theologically, and (in the opinion of your humble webmaster) exactly what we need to hear right now. Listen again, you may hear things you missed the first time around.

The transcript of that sermon has now been posted.

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Words from the Gathering of the Water, 2017   [ 2017-09-22 16:12 ]

Every year in September, on the occasion of the first service of the church year, we hold a ceremony called the Gathering of the Water — the beginning of the process of making the holy water we will use throughout the year for many purposes, including blessing infants and sending young adults on their way. Each member of the community brings some water from somewhere their life has taken them over the summer.

We begin the ceremony by pouring some of last year’s holy water into a large vessel. This water contains traces of the water from each year before, stretching back now 18 years. Then each member of the community adds their water to the mix and speaks a single word. As we do every year, we have gathered these words together into a single image (click the link to open a new window). Larger words were spoken more frequently.

For comparison, here are our words from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. (The words for 2012 were, alas, not recorded.)

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An Evening of Story Telling for Grown-ups: January 20, 2018   [ 2017-08-25 14:45 ]

Mark your calendar now for the latest installment in this beloved First Parish tradition. We are seeking storytellers. Full details here.
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Location Change for Aug. 6 Service   [ 2017-08-04 17:25 ]

Note that the 14th Annual Joint Summer Service will be held at the Stow-Acton UU church, 353 Great Road in Stow, not at Harvard as originally planned.
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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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Summer Services for 2017   [ 2017-06-30 14:28 ]

The summer 2017 schedule is posted. Later this summer we’ll experience Quaker-style “waiting worship,” explore generational changes in our approach to history, and delve into an emerging world from a Middle Path perspective. We’ll enjoy the traditional poetry service; and much more. Come join us in the cool of the vestry at 10:00 am!
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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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