Weaving the Web of Dreams

Weaving the Web of Dreams

What Dreams Do You Have For First Parish?

Here is the list as of October 15, 2012:

Dreams That We Have Heard

To Improve Our Buildings:
Accommodate growth in terms of space
Compost toilets/add urinal
Geothermal heat system
Improve access to storage space
Build/Improve office space for staff
French doors leading to a patio for social hour
Wire building for Internet
Larger shed
New AV system in sanctuary
Preschool hallway/classes redo; Remove the preschool
Remodel for RE
Rainwater collection for toilets (gray water)
Remodeled commercial kitchen; social hall
Replace carpets
Solar photovoltaic panels
Stained glass windows
Zoned heating system
Flowers on Stage
Keep the sun come in sanctuary
Functional Heat

To Improve Our Grounds:
Community garden on our grounds
Ghost outline of old 1842 meeting house as garden
New drainage system
Memorial garden
More fruit trees
Permeable driveway parking lot to prevent flooding
Zen garden
Outdoor fellowship space

To Improve Our Programs:
Adequate dining supplies for large dinners
Community involvement
Improve FPW visibility in community
More involvement with UUA activities and resources
More men in choir
More small group ministries
Partnering with other churches
Programs to create greater appreciation for sustainable living
Promote UU identity in the community
RE Green Sanctuary curriculum improved
Adult Ed (formalize)
Online Bios
More outreach to immigrant community
Outreach to new and old mothers
Accessibility awareness for mental and physical disabilities
More Dinners, Games
More Music

To Improve Our Governance:
Second paid pastoral minister
System to greet and track newcomers
Improve website to improve communication
Inter-committee communications improved
Good volunteer recruitment program
Governance – committees working together toward common goals
Improve Newcomer Greeting
Allow Committee Visiting (non-committal)
Give More Ways to Give Back
Inter-committee communications improved

To Improve Our Finances:
Adequate budget to maintain needs
Planned gifts
Improved/balanced pledging
Cell phone tower for income
Resolve the question of keeping vs. selling parsonage
Bigger Pledges
Legacy gifts
Long-Term infrastructure Plan
Understanding FPW’s finances
Grant $, more sources of money
Antique Road Show
New young members of canvass committee

Reverend Mark Harris
Minister | + posts

Mark was minister at First Parish from 1996 until he retired in 2019. Mark’s ministry was grounded in the importance of carrying on the traditions of the congregation and the UU faith. He loves congregations like First Parish where everyone ministers to one another, and the community is central. On his retirement in June 2019, Mark received the title Minister Emeritus.