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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!
On the

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.

May 222014
 

WHAT’S HAPPENING at FP in MALDEN

Inside the Congregation

The next WiFi meeting is on Thursday, May 29 at 11:45 a.m. at the River’s Cafeteria, 200 Commercial Street, Malden at which time the discussion will continue the May theme of Identity. 

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, children welcome.

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.

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

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..

Housing Families Annual Backpack Drive! All items such as backpacks, school items, gift cards etc. are requested by on 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: 

Please Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year.  Please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HBWMJpjbQ_MXrgVNHkB8H6Kgamn8BLAwJjIVM4NoBog/viewform?usp=send_form or paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

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 register as a volunteer at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1t9Odl1JXPMudTQYISJOt4MkCj11sbS36lTtf1MeAo8U/viewform?usp=send_form or Paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

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

Friday, May 23 at 7pm: Billerica First Parish UU Church, 7 Concord Road:   ANXIETY & DEPRESSION: Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms, Understanding Treatment and How to Get Help.  Steve and Deb Boczenowski, parents and founders of TADS (www.tadsma.org), will share their knowledge and personal experience, which includes the loss of their son, Jeffrey. Two mental health professionals, Alice Lenhard. Med, MA and Brian Anderson, LMHC, LMFT, will also be participating for questions and discussion. Free and open to public – Disability accessible – All welcome – Light refreshments – Child care available.  

2014 Memorial Day Parade in Malden.  Please join the Malden Community as we remember and honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom at the Malden Memorial Parade on Monday, May 26th. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM and will start at the corner of Salem, Ferry, and Main Streets.  People or groups wanting to march or volunteer in the Memorial Day Parade should contact Meghan Drummey at mdrummey84@yahoo.com or 781-974-2345.

Events Coming Up…

Sunday, May 25:

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

Wednesday, May 28:

9-11am: Drop-in playgroup

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

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 152014
 

WHAT’S HAPPENING at FP in MALDEN

Inside the Congregation

Last FP Choir/Band rehearsal at 9:45am on May 18 (before Music Sunday’s service).

From the FP Religious Education Director: I’m not sure how my first year here has passed so quickly, but I am so very grateful to all of you who have helped make it a success. I never expected so many things to change and evolve in my first year here. The religious education program has grown, both in number of registrants and also in attendance. Children’s Chapel has gone from being a big unknown to something that the children and youth enjoy. I have enjoyed getting to know everyone – infants, toddlers, children, youth, and adults – this year. If you haven’t had a chance to look at our posters in Durgin Hall yet, you’ll see we are still looking for volunteers to work with our 9 to 12 year olds and our 3 to 5 year olds next year.  This is a fantastic opportunity to experience spiritual transformation in a setting outside of traditional worship, and the rewards of seeing how the children have grown and changed over the year are innumerable. I am looking forward to working with everyone at First Parish next year to grow and develop the program.  Warm regards, Alexis

 

Religious Education News:

•   Please Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year.  Please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HBWMJpjbQ_MXrgVNHkB8H6Kgamn8BLAwJjIVM4NoBog/viewform?usp=send_form or paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

•   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 register as a volunteer at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1t9Odl1JXPMudTQYISJOt4MkCj11sbS36lTtf1MeAo8U/viewform?usp=send_form or Paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

An all new The Young and the Thirsty.  Check out Episode #3 on Friday, May 16 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center at 7 p.m.  FP in Malden’s young adult gathering continues – let’s come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company.  All are welcome.  Invite your friends!

ANNUAL MEETING of First Parish, Sunday May 18 at noon.  The purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for 2014-2015, elect officers and board members, and any other business that may come before the meeting.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Only church members are eligible to vote.

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

Thoreau’s Creative Genius: Connecting the Arts, Sciences, and Higher Law. July 9-13. Go to http://thoreausociety.westcambridge.net/registration to register.  $150 before May 30.  Dramatic performances, musical performances, speakers, panel discussions, workshops, inspirational walks, kayaking, and food!

Events Coming Up…

Thursday, May 15:

     7:30pm: Finance Co. meeting

Friday, May 16:

     7pm: FP Book Group discusses The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger

     7pm: FP’s The Young and the Thirsty at Hugh O’Neils, Malden Center

Sunday, May 18:

     9:45-10:15am: FP choir and band rehearsal

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

    12noon: FP Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 21:

9-11am: Drop-in playgroup

Sunday, May 25:

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

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 082014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

Join the Choir For Music Sunday! We’re singing one beautiful classical canon in three parts, Non Nobis Domine, and one rock anthem, Spirit in the Sky, by native Maldonian Norman Greenbaum. REHEARSAL CHANGE: new meeting time AFTER SERVICE on Sunday, May 11, from 12 to 12:30 p.m.. Our rehearsal on the 18th will again be before the service, schedule TBA. Guys and kids- we have the melody in the rock anthem! Come help us out! Women- you have the hard part! Come help us out! If you or a potential guest of yours plays the drum kit – contact Joel.

Religious Education News:

•           Please Register Your Child(ren) for Religious Education Classes and/or babysitting for the 2014-2015 church year.  Please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HBWMJpjbQ_MXrgVNHkB8H6Kgamn8BLAwJjIVM4NoBog/viewform?usp=send_form or paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

•           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 register as a volunteer at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1t9Odl1JXPMudTQYISJOt4MkCj11sbS36lTtf1MeAo8U/viewform?usp=send_form or Paper forms are available at the RE table.  For more info, please see Alexis.

An all new The Young and the Thirsty.  Check out Episode #3 on May 16 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center at 7 p.m.  FP in Malden’s young adult gathering continues – let’s come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company.  All are welcome.  Invite your friends!

ANNUAL MEETING of First Parish, Sunday May 18 at 12:00 noon.  The purpose of this meeting is to adopt a budget for 2014-2015, elect officers and board members, and any other business that may come before the meeting.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Only church members are eligible to vote.

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.

Community News

Ferry Beach Summer 2014.  A 32-acre retreat and conference center in Saco, Maine is a welcoming community informed by the traditions of Universalism, committed to positive personal and community transformation.  Conference weeks for children, youth and young adults as well as individual weeks for families (all families), men, women and the LGBTQ community are offered. For info and to register, go to http://www.ferrybeach.org/about.html.

Mystic Tea SSSS (soup / sandwich / salad supper), Tuesday, May 20, 4-6 p.m., Mystic Valley Elder Services, Riverview Business Park, 300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden.  Please RSVP by Friday, May 16 to vpoole@mves.org or phone 781-388-2375.

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 11!  Looking for some great gift ideas for Mom?  #ShopLocalMalden!  For a list of great gift ideas & restaurants go to http://www.maldenchamber.org/site/shop-local/

Events Coming Up…

Thursday, May 8:

     7-9pm: Crafting

Sunday, May 11:

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

12-12:30pm: FP choir and band rehearsal

Wednesday, May 14:

     9-11am: CANCELLED: No drop-in Winter Playgroup

Thursday, May 15:

     11:45am: WiFI lunch/discussion

7:30pm: Finance Co. meeting

Friday, May 16:

     7pm: FP Book Group discusses The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI by Betty Medsger

7pm: FP’s The Young and the Thirtsy at Hugh O’Neils, Malden Center

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.