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First Parish Memorial Wall

First Parish Memorial Wall

Names of deceased First Parish members, friends, and those loved by them can be added to the Memorial Wall each summer. Applications for engravings as well as additional information can be found at https://fpwatertown.org/about/memorial-garden/. Paper applications are also available in the church office. The fee for engraving a name along with birth and death years is $500.  Applications and fees must be returned to the church office no later than June 1. Requests for a reduced fee can be made...

Have You Heard About the 8th Principle?

We covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” The word is out about the 8th Principle! Maybe you’ve heard Reverend Sophia mention it during a worship service. Maybe you’ve participated in one of the discussions or attended another of the related events this last year. Maybe this is the first time...

POSTPONED – Committee on Ministry Invitation to Reflect on Our First Year of Shared Ministry

POSTPONED – Committee on Ministry Invitation to Reflect on Our First Year of Shared Ministry

In May of 2021 the Parish Committee assembled a new transitional Committee on Ministry to work for one year with our new minister, Reverend Sophia. The Committee consists of one person from the now-disbanded Search Committee (Judy Kamm); and two parishioners who had been nominated to the Search Committee (Katherine Calabro and Jean Gauthier). Our objective is to ensure that our new minister’s first year with us goes as smoothly as possible. Since August we have met monthly with Reverend Sophia...

The 8th Principle Vote – Please consider becoming of a member of the church! Timing is important

The 8th Principle, Your Vote and Becoming a Member of the church: The 8th Principle is a very important vote for our congregation and is planned for June 5th. In order to vote on this very important and historic adoption of the 8th Principle our by-laws require a person be an official member of the church for a minimum of 60 days (signed the membership book or virtually with the membership committee). Please contact the Membership Committee or email Parish@fpwatertown.org if you have any...

Kevin’s Fry Bread

Kevin’s Fry Bread

In last Sunday’s service, I shared a story from a book called Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard.  Here is the recipe for “Kevin’s Fry Bread” from the end of the book.  I hope people will try out this recipe in honor of our Indigenous siblings.

Evening Vespers at FPW Begins November 9th

Evening Vespers at FPW Begins November 9th

Join us on November 9th at 7pm for this quiet half-hour of music, prayer, readings, and silence, offered by Rev. Sophia with live music by Charlyn Bethel, Laurie Wadsworth and Jean Gauthier. This will be a time to enjoy our candlelit sanctuary and rest in the comforts of stillness. Evening Vespers will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month moving forward. You may sign up to attend in-person service here or watch on YouTube Live (link will be shared next week.) We ask that all...

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