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Now’s the time to help! – Annual Appeal 2024

This is the final week of the FPW Annual Appeal for 2024-25.  As of now, we are within range! So far 72% of our goal (75 households) have contributed. Participation is important to our church's long term health. The way we look at it, reaching our participation goal with pledges large and small says a lot about the health of our democracy, as well as our finances. Democracy is at the heart of our self-governing congregation. Please consider participating in the Annual Appeal! For more...

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

At this time of year we’re often reminded how First Parish remains a special place for all of us. In addition to contributing our time and talents to make the work of the church possible, we also contribute financial support. How do you make a pledge? By filling out our quick “Pledge Form”, available on the Giving webpage.

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

Circle ‘Round: Receiving and Giving in Community

It’s worth pausing to consider the many accomplishments of the First Parish of Watertown in the past year. With our dynamic minister Rev. Sophia Lyons in her second year of ministry, we have successfully combined remote and in-person attendance on Sundays, implemented innovations such as Vespers services, and begun reinvigorating our Religious Education programs. A particularly proud achievement is our continued success managing the financial disruptions caused by three years of pandemic. This...

Successful Annual Appeal 2022

Thank you for your swift and steady generosity in our annual appeal!  We have nearly reached our financial goal of $215,000 for the 2022 pledge campaign!  If you have not yet pledged, there is still time! We would like to get as close to our goal of 100% participation as we can. Your pledge is welcome, wanted, and enough, no matter how large or small.

Annual Pledge Appeal 2022

Annual Pledge Appeal 2022

March is the month for the Annual Appeal! 
This is the time of year when we pledge financial support to our church.  All pledges, large or small, are important to ensure that First Parish finances remain healthy.

Please complete an annual pledge form available in the Giving section of the FPW website by March 23.

“A Good Value Faith” by Mark W. Harris  March 11, 2018  

“A Good Value Faith” – by Mark W. Harris – Many of us think about money all the time. This is not an obsession, but a reality that bills need to be paid, or we have to see if we have enough for retirement. Can we afford dental implants or a vacation? Our feelings about money often reflect scarcity, fear and limitations. How is that relevant to our faith?

“Ample Abundance for All” by Mark W. Harris – March 30, 2014

“Ample Abundance for All” by Mark W. Harris  March 30, 2014    -   First Parish of Watertown Call to Worship -  from Huston Smith Practice giving things away, not just things you don't care about, but things you do like. Remember, it is not the size of a gift, it is its quality and the amount of mental attachment you overcome that count. So don't bankrupt yourself on a momentary positive impulse, only to regret it later. Give thought to giving.   Sermon - “Ample Abundance for All” Last...

April 2024