Our Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held on December 24 at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Both services are exactly the same and feature readings, carols, choir anthems and candlelight. There is a social hour in between the two services at approximately 6:15 p.m. Please bring cookies to share. Beverages provided. All are welcome. If you have no preference, please come to the 7:00 p.m. service. Come celebrate this lovely, traditional service with us!
December Activities at First Parish
Holiday gifts for the children and their siblings served by the Boston Medical Center’s (BMC) Grow Clinic
Join in the spirit of the coming season by giving toys, games, and other gifts that will make the holidays special for families who struggle all year just to provide the bare necessities for their children. Please come to church and remove a mitten from the decorated tree in the sanctuary. The blue mittens are for children under 5, red for 5-10, and green mittens for 11 and up. Take as many mittens as gifts you are willing to purchase.
Suggested Toys and Gift Wish lists are provided. Just so you know, please do not donate: stuffed animals/toys, jewelry made in China, second-hand toys made in China before 2008, or guns or military theme toys. Absolute deadline for bringing gifts to the church is Sunday, December 12. See Martha Scott, David Morrison or Jean Merkl for more information.
December calendar of events:
December 5 – Mark Harris will lead a book discussion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray, Love at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room. This book has provided the outline for a three part sermon series. Mark Harris is hoping to host a small Book Release event for Elite; Uncovering Classism in Unitarian Universalist History with a champagne toast, cheese and crackers. BUT this will only happen if the books arrive on time. Stay tuned for a late announcement. This celebration will occur at 6:00 p.m., and will be followed by the discussion group on “Eat, Pray Love.”
December 12 – 10:30 a.m. Worship service – Gift for the Grow Clinic children are due TODAY.
December 12 – 5:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling at Brigham House, Mt. Auburn Street (meet at church at 4:30 p.m.) Come caroling at this assisted living residence
December 19 – 10:30 a.m. Christmas Pageant – multigenerational service
December 21 – 7:00 p.m. Solstice service
December 24 – 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Services (bring cookies to share at social hour)
December 26 – 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship with Child Dedication
Green Sanctuary Film Series.
Our next Green Sanctuary film will be shown on Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. It is called “Thirst.” Is water part of a shared “commons,” a human right for all people? Or is it a commodity to be bought and sold and traded in a global marketplace? What will happen if communities lose control of their most precious resource?
Giving Box for Sept/Oct is for the Friday Night Supper Program, Arlington Street Church.
The Clothing Closet that they sponsor is in need of Toothpaste, Deodorant and Men’s Dungarees/Jeans(gently used) All Sizes. Please bring items to church or Barbara Farrell and Jill Shaw will shop for you. Thanks!
Charitable Offering on September 26 for Pakistan
Since the world learned of the floods now devastating Pakistan, conditions
have worsened dramatically. As of August 23, the Pakistani government
estimates that 17.2 million people are affected by the floods—more than the
Haiti earthquake, the 2005 South Asia earthquake, and the 2004 Indian Ocean
The growing enormity of this humanitarian disaster has compelled the
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian
Universalist Association (UUA) to launch our UUSC-UUA Joint Pakistan Flood
Donations to the UUSC-UUA Joint Pakistan Flood Relief Fund will be put to
immediate use, since the UUSC already has partner organizations in the
region. Bedari, which worked with the UUSC in the 2005 South Asia
earthquake, is working to protect women and children displaced by the
floods. Barakat, a UUSC partner in Afghanistan that also works in Pakistan,
is helping refugee families who have fled to the district of Attock.
First Parish has now scheduled our first charitable offering of the year for
September 26 for the UUSC/UUA Joint Pakistan Relief Fund. Checks can be
made out in that way. Please give generously.