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Oct 022014
 

If you are completely perfect, have never had your heart broken, have never made a mistake, and never been hurt by someone or something, this is probably the wrong place for you. I know, a minister shouldn’t tell people that his church is the wrong place for someone to be. But I’m pretty sure that absolutely no one meets the criteria of that first sentence, so all are welcome. This month we talk about our hurts and failings, and how we might find ways to work towards healing and wholeness. This Sunday, we also celebrate the ritual of communion with churches around the world as part of World Communion Sunday. I hope to see you there, scars and all.

In faith,

Rev. Christian

Inside the Congregation

October Worship

October’s theme is Brokenness, and we’ll talk about what that means and how it applies to our daily lives. If you want to know more, come to any and all of our services!

Oct. 5: We will celebrate World Communion Sunday, and honor our Universalist heritage and the traditions of this church by celebrating communion, Rev. Christian will preach.

Oct. 12: It’s Animal Blessing Sunday, so please bring your special little friends (or pictures of them!) to service for the procession of the animals and their blessing. Rev. Christian preaching.

Oct. 19: Multigenerational worship will involve all ages in a story that will unfold during the entire service. Come experience this as we try a slightly different structure for worship.

Oct. 26: Halloween costumes are welcome, for adults and children. We will have a procession of costumes to start the service, and talk about this time of the year, in which many of us turn our thoughts to those who are no longer with us. Student minister Ilene Gillispie preaching.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 2: The Religious Education Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 in the Library.  Please join us for our next meeting.

Oct. 5: Worship associate training. Are you interested in assisting with worship, or just want to learn more about what we do on Sunday mornings? Join us just after service from noon-1 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Oct. 10: Family Night will be held on the second Friday of each month from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Please RSVP to Sarah Boswell by October 9 so pizza can be ordered.  Feel free to bring a side, dessert, or drink to share!

Oct. 12: Worship and Music Committee Meeting. We will meet to help plan and prepare for worship, and to decide upon future meeting times.

Oct. 15: WiFi. Our small group ministry (Wise Individuals and Feisty Individuals) will meet at 11:45AM in Durgin Hall.

Oct. 17: Young and the Thirsty. This monthly event is open to anyone (young or young at heart) who wants to gather for conversation, drinks and fellowship. We meet at 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center.

Oct. 24: First Parish Book Club will meet at 7:00PM. The selection for October is “Conversation” by Katherine Howe. If you have questions please see Eloise Wellington.

Religious Education News:

* Still time to Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year. Please click here to register.

* Calling for teachers, assistants, and the young at heart looking to connect with our children and youth! We’re planning for the 2014-2015 church year and we’re looking for volunteers to help in Religious Education. Paper forms are available at the RE table. For more info, please see Alexis.

Community News

Celebrate a New First Parish Baby!

Let’s join the Cakounes family in welcoming baby Elizabeth–better known as Libby! As we do for those going through periods of great transition, First Parish is organizing folks to bring meals to the family. The Cakounes’ do not have any allergies, and their only dislike is whole wheat pasta. Keep in mind that they do have a toddler, and though Evan is known to eat just about anything, you might keep his palate in mind in terms of spice levels and exotic ingredients.

As you approach the house’s front entrance, there are two steps to go up. If you have trouble with steps, contact Emily or Stacey to arrange for assistance with the drop off. The family does have two small dogs. Nothing to be afraid of–we just wanted to make you aware, in case you hear any barking.

To sign up, visit www.takethemameal.com  Recipient name:  Cakounes  Password: firstparish.  If you do not use email, feel free to call Stacey, and she will help you get signed up for a date:  781-322-6568.

Apple Picking (DATE AND TIME CHANGE!)

Join friends from First Parish at Hill Orchard in Westford, MA on Sunday 10/5/2014 for apple picking. Meet at First Parish at 12PM (or coordinate with Gina and meet us there)! Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase snacks from the farm stand. There will be a hayride, of course! Contact Gina with any questions, 413-687-8146.

Playgroup Volunteers Needed

First Parish is looking into hosting a weekly playgroup in our nursery for those with babies and toddlers in the Malden community.  Would you be interested in volunteering to oversee the set-up and/or clean-up for the playgroup one or more times per month?  Right now we are looking at Wednesday mornings, but are somewhat flexible with start and end times (9:30-11:30 being what we have in mind right now).  Please contact Stacey for details or to sign up.

Board Retreat

The Board is taking part in a one-day retreat on Saturday, October 18th.  The purpose of the Retreat is team building, goal setting and building leadership skills. Feel free to ask any Board member how it went!

Office Hours

Tuesday 10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Wednesday 10-5pm (Lauren)

Friday    10am-3pm (Lauren)

10am – 1pm (Eloise)

 

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Rev. Schmidt is in the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. He is available at those times by appointment, and at other times as necessary. Email him at minister@maldenuu.org or call him at 979-450-2477.

Hours for Alexis: By appointment on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sep 042014
 

This Sunday our congregation celebrates our first Sunday of the regular church year with the Water Ceremony, and we’re preparing our sanctuary for it, complete with a “river” running across the chancel! People will bring water from places special to them to share in our font and make our communal water, which will be used for baby dedications and other rituals this year. Join us at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary for worship, followed by fellowship hour in Durgin Hall!

An art project: There's a river down our chancel!

An art project: There’s a river down our chancel!

Sep 042014
 
Welcome back!

If you’ve been gone all summer, or were with us on the beach just a week ago, welcome! We begin our regular church year with the Water ceremony (see more below) this Sunday. We’ll be moving back into the sanctuary again after using the chapel for our summer services, and we hope to see all of your faces as we kick off the 367th year of our congregation.

In faith,
Rev. Christian

Inside the Congregation

September worship

Our monthly worship theme is Belonging. We will explore what it means to be a part of a community within our congregation and in our larger community, and what our responsibilities to our communities are. 

 

Sept. 7: Bring your water! We will again begin the year with the water ceremony, sharing our waters (collected from places special to us) to create our communal waters for the year, and we’ll talk about what each of us brings to this congregation. Bring a small amount of water, or use the symbolic water we will provide.

 

Music Director Joel Sindelar is looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday! He is leading an African piece that would benefit from some drumming, and requests that any hand drummers contact him! joel.sindelar@gmail.com

 

Sept. 14: It’s still all one thing. It’s easy to notice how we are different from one another, but sometimes hard to remember what we share.

 

Sept. 21: A living tradition. This church and our sister churches around the world are part of a great community of Unitarian Universalists. Come learn what this means, and look for opportunities to go deeper.

 

Sept. 28: A new voice. Our student minister, Ilene Gillespie, will give her first sermon with us, and we will honor the Jewish High Holidays.

Upcoming events

Sept. 4: Religious Education committee meeting, 7 p.m., at the church.

Sept. 14: The Social Justice committee will meet from noon to 1 p.m.  in the library to discuss plans and upcoming events. All are welcome!

Sept. 19: Young and the Thirsty. This monthly event is open to anyone (young or young at heart) who wants to gather for conversation, drinks and fellowship. We meet at 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month (Sept. 19 this month) at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center.

Sept. 21: Worship associate training. Are you interested in assisting with worship, or just want to learn more about what we do on Sunday mornings? Join us just after service from noon-1 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Religious Education News:

* Still time to Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year. Please click here to register.

* Calling for teachers, assistants, and the young at heart looking to connect with our children and youth! We’re planning for the 2014-2015 church year and we’re looking for volunteers to help in Religious Education. Please click here to volunteer.  Paper forms are also available at the RE table. For more info, please see Alexis.

Aug 232014
 

“It’s all one thing” will be the service at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24, in the chapel at First Parish. On Sunday, Aug. 31, also at 10:30 a.m., we’ll meet for our annual service on the beach at Revere Beach, at the southmost pavilion.

Aug 012014
 
Summer fun!

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. I’ve taken a little time off, and I went to Texas to be a chaplain for a week at a Unitarian Universalist summer camp. Here in Malden, we’ve been keeping busy. If you haven’t made one of our summer worship services, you still have plenty of chances (see details below!), and we’re having a picnic this Sunday and our annual worship on the beach at the end of the month. Hope to see you soon, and enjoy this great weather in the meantime!
In faith,
Rev. Christian
Inside the Congregation


Picnic in the park. Our annual picnic at Pine Banks park is this Sunday, August 3, from about 9 a.m. to noon. It’s a great time for all ages. Meet at the pavilion nearest the playground, and bring a dish to share if you can (cold dishes are best, we’ve found). We hope to see you there.

 Sum-, sum-, summertime services! In August, we talk about awe. Join us for worship on August 10, 17, and 24. Rev. Christian will lead services the first and third services (titled “On Top of the World” and “Awful and Awesome”), and FP member Danielle Hanson is coordinating the middle one about baseball and spirituality. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Durgin Hall for a short worship followed by fellowship hour. Attendance has been amazing so far, so come on out!
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Religious Education News:

* Still time to Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year. Please click here to register.

* Calling for teachers, assistants, and the young at heart looking to connect with our children and youth! We’re planning for the 2014-2015 church year and we’re LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help in Religious Education. Please click here to volunteer.  Paper forms are also available at the RE table. For more info, please see Alexis.

Housing Families Annual Backpack Drive! All items such as backpacks, school items, gift cards etc. are requested by August 8.  Items can be left at First Parish Durgin Hall in the Housing Families basket and they will be delivered. You can also drop items off directly at Housing Families, Inc. on Cross Street in Malden. A more detailed list of items needed will be in Durgin Hall and in the Church Office. Please help the children of Housing Families be ready for the 2014/15 school year!

Jul 022014
 

Field trip to Gloucester. Our annual tradition of heading up to Gloucester for UU worship there followed by lunch and fellowship continues. FP members will be going this Sunday, July 6. For more details, contact Aimee at aricciar@fas.harvard.edu.

Sum-, sum-, summertime services! We’re taking a few Sundays off, but join us for worship on July 13, 20, and 27 when Caitie Daphtary will be preaching about “rest.” Rev. Christian will lead services on August 10, 17, and 24. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel and then Durgin Hall for a short worship followed by fellowship hour. Look for announcements about other opportunities to gather in community, including our annual trip to Gloucester and our summer picnic!

Religious Education News:
* Still time to Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year. Please click here to register.
* Calling for teachers, assistants, and the young at heart looking to connect with our children and youth! We’re planning for the 2014-2015 church year and we’re LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help in Religious Education. Please click here to volunteer. Paper forms are also available at the RE table. For more info, please see Alexis.
Housing Families Annual Backpack Drive! All items such as backpacks, school items, gift cards etc. are requested by August 8. Items can be left at First Parish Durgin Hall in the Housing Families basket and they will be delivered. You can also drop items off directly at Housing Families, Inc. on Cross Street in Malden. A more detailed list of items needed will be in Durgin Hall and in the Church Office. Please help the children of Housing Families be ready for the 2014/15 school year!

Jun 202014
 
We’re having a baby

I’m pleased to announce that my wife, Kristin, and I are expecting another child in the coming year! We are very excited, and looking forward to welcoming a new person into our family and into the church. I and our church leadership will be working to prepare for my parental leave, when it comes. In the meantime, we’re excited and looking forward to changes in our life! — Rev. Christian Schmidt

May 292014
 

WHAT’S HAPPENING at FP in MALDEN 

Inside the Congregation

Wedding Ceremony on Saturday May 31 at 11:00 a.m. at First Parish for Ayana and Nathan C.  The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments.  EVERYONE is invited – children too!

Worship and Music Committee meeting on Sunday, June 1 at 12 p.m. in the Library

Social Justice Committee meeting on Sunday, June 1 at 12 p.m. in Durgin Hall

NEW DATE!!: RE committee meeting will be MONDAY June 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library (not the normal Thursday time).

The final WiFi Sponsored All Church Potluck for this church year will take place on Wednesday, June 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Exciting last two Sundays! We end our regular worship schedule (before starting summer worship again in July!) with two great services:

  • June 1, 10:30 a.m.: Children’s Sunday featuring the world debut of a play, “Noelle and the Really Big Boat,” a piece about cooperation and conservation, with food and animals. We will also recognize our volunteers who have worked with the children this year.
  • June 8, 10:30 a.m.: Flower Celebration and our annual cookout. Bring a flower to share as part of our annual ritual celebrating our community, and then stay afterwards for our group picture and cookout.

Service in the summer! Come worship with us as we have six services this summer: July 13, 20, and 27 led by Catie Daphtary, and August 10, 17, and 24, led by Rev. Christian. We will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Durgin Hall for a short worship followed by fellowship hour.

Housing Families Annual Backpack Drive! All items such as backpacks, school items, gift cards etc. are requested by August 8. Items can be left at First Parish Durgin Hall in the Housing Families basket and they will be delivered. You can also drop items off directly at Housing Families, Inc. on Cross Street in Malden. A more detailed list of items needed will be in Durgin Hall and in the Church Office. Please help the children of Housing Families be ready for the 2014/15 school year!

Religious Education News:

Farmer Dave’s is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) which has distributed locally grown seasonal produce shares at First Parish on Friday afternoons in Durgin Hall beginning June through October.  Volunteers are needed to open the church and provide support on Fridays afternoons to make this community event work.  For further information, please contact Nathan Campoli, President of Parish Board, at nathan.campoli@gmail.com.

Community News

Mystic Tea and Pride Celebration:  June 17, 4:00 p.m. ay Rivers Edge park in Medford. LGBT seniors and guests welcome.  RSVP by June 16 to vpoole@mves.org or phone 781-388-2375.

Events Coming Up…

Saturday, May 31

11am: Ayana and Nathan C.’s wedding

Sunday, June 1:

10:30am: Service and religious ed. classes, followed by Fellowship 

12:00pm: Worship & Music Committee meeting in the Library

12:00pm: Social Justice Committee meeting in Durgin Hall

Monday, June 2:

    7:30pm: RE Committee meeting in the Library

Tuesday, June 3:

    8:30pm: Build and Grounds Co. in the Library

Wednesday, June 4:

9-11am: Drop-in playgroup

5:30-7:30pm: All-Church WiFI sponsored Pot Luck

Sunday, June 8

  10:30am: Service and religious ed. classes, followed by Fellowship and annual cookout

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

May 262014
 

Part time Parish Administrator/Bookkeeper

First Parish Malden Universalist is a congregation of 68 active members and 20+ children. We are an open and welcoming community church. We seek to hire a part time /office administrator/bookkeeper who could start immediately. The position is 12 hours per week. Full job description can be obtained on our website. Please send resume with a cover letter in confidence to Rev. Christian Schmidt.

Position: Part Time Office Administrator/Bookkeeper
Reports To: Minister
Status: Part time position 12 hours a week.

Principal Responsibilities
1. Staffs parish office, assisted by volunteers, answering phones, email and other communications, fielding inquiries, requests for information, ensuring timely referrals and responses.
2. Manages parish calendars and coordinates room reservations.
3. Maintains well-organized paper and electronic records, files, and data.
4. Oversees systems of financial accounting (deposits, payroll, benefits, accounts payable, contribution records, and expense reimbursements), ensuring timeliness and accuracy. Produces reports for the treasurer, finance and other committees as assigned. Produces and sends pledge statements and annual contribution summaries. Provide support services in the development of annual budget
5. With support from volunteers, oversees and produces weekly e-newsletter and a weekly order of service. Maintains First Parish website and sends out electronic communication. Manages publication of church events to church newsletter and community calendars, and local newspapers as assigned.
6. Manages facilities rentals, and acts as liaison to long-term tenants, including the marketing to and support of potential renters. Works with the House and Grounds committee on all building and grounds issues, maintenance and repairs.
7 Orders supplies for parish office and obtains supplies for kitchen.
8. Participate in weekly staff meeting.

Qualifications
The ideal candidate is a highly organized administrator. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, strong knowledge of Microsoft office suite, and some experience with Quick books, Excel and Constant Contact. Writing and editing proficiencies are essentials. Preferred candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, experience in a non-profit setting and accounting and bookkeeping experience.