The approach of a new year is a good time to reflect and to look ahead. We will be doing just that at First Parish. A small group representing Buildings and Grounds, Finance and the Parish Committee has been meeting to talk about the future of the Parsonage. This is an important asset for the church and an important part of what we can offer a new settled minister. The high cost of living in this area may make the availability of the Parsonage an attractive option for a new minister. Currently the Parsonage is being occupied by our caretakers, Isabelle Holt and Ethan Hotchkiss so that the grounds and house are cared for and not left vacant. After an assessment of the condition of the home, the Parsonage group has determined that a number of critical repairs and maintenance is needed to make the Parsonage ready for someone to live in permanently. We have received quotes on the needed work and have chosen contractors. We need your input now. We will be holding a Congregational meeting of members on Sunday, Jan. 19 to approve the expenditures needed to make the Parsonage ready for more permanent occupancy. Please come to this meeting to have your questions answered and to share your thoughts as we move forward.

In January, Wendy will begin a series of sermons on our Mission and Vision. Why does First Parish exist? What impact do we have on people’s lives, our community and our world? How do we want to represent our values? Do our current mission and vision reflect who we want to be as a Parish? These will be important questions to ask as we begin to think about the upcoming search for a new settled minister. I hope you will attend the congregational discussion after church on January 12 on our mission and vision.

Much lies ahead for us and we look forward to growing stronger as a congregation, continuing to have an impact on the community and discovering new ways to reflect our values.

Happy New Year,
Sue Twombly, for the Parish Committee

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The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years. The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.