• Join us on Sunday morning!
  • Worship Service, Sept.-June 10:30am
  • Free child care
  • Coffee hour after service
  • Welcoming Congregation
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.

May 012014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Inside the Congregation

RE Committee meeting Thursday, May 1, 7:30-8:45 p.m. – Lots to talk about !!

Celebrating Marriage Equality at FP on Sunday, May 4.  During our normal worship service, First Parish will mark the 10-year milestone since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. Please let Rev. Christian (minister@maldenuua.org) know if you’d like to participate. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

FP member, Rick Frese, will be speaking at Booksellers Cafe, 24 High Street, Medford on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00p.m. Author of the new book, “Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front, Rick will also talk a bit about Malden and Medford during the Civil War.  All are invited to attend.

CHORUS BOSTON’s Spring Concert on Sunday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m. at First Parish in Malden. The program features Japanese traditional and contemporary songs followed by a reception with special sushi delights donated by Ebisuya Japanese Market in Medford. Free admission but donations are graciously accepted. Directed by FP member Mariko Matsumura, Chorus Boston is a Brookline-based amateur chorale ensemble dedicated to sharing the appreciation of Japanese vocal music with the greater Boston community.

Please join us at the next WiFi-hosted Potluck Supper is Wednesday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Durgin Hall. Please bring something to share. If you cannot bring something, please come anyway.  The point is to be together. For any questions, feel free to contact Dee C-T.

Looking for survey feedback!   In our ongoing efforts to improve the worship life of this congregation, we need your feedback.  You should have received an email with a link to an online survey.  If you haven’t already, won’t you please take a few minutes to fill it out?   Let us know if you didn’t get the email and we will make sure you do. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, copies will be available at church on Sunday.

It’s time to 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 will be available at the RE table.  We look forward to seeing you all in the coming church year!

Calling for teachers, assistants, and the young at heart looking to connect with our children and youth! It is time to start planning for the 2014-2015 church year, and we are 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

Music Sunday Service with Rehearsals. On Sunday, May 18, we’ll be having a mostly music service where members of the congregation can offer their own performances to the assembly. To rehearse, the choir and band will meet May 4, 11 and 18 at 9:45-10:15 a.m. Please contact Joel if you are interested in participating or have suggestions.

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 C., President of Parish Board.

Community News

Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice depends on volunteers – caring individuals who provide a helping presence for people in our community facing terminal illness and their families.  Whether by reading aloud, running an errand, or just listening, you can make a difference in the lives of others.  A hospice volunteer training would be provided this summer.   Please call Allison Manheim Caplin, Volunteer Coordinator, to set up an interview at 781-338-7863.

From Seeds to STEMs: Nurturing Young Children into Blooming STEM Investigators workshop.for parents/caregivers interested in learning strategies and activities for developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills in Pre K and Kindergarten age children. Monday, May 19, 7 – 9 pm, The Purpose School, 1 Church Street, Stoneham. Presented by by Sean Musselman, a K-5 Science Specialist for the Burlington Public Schools. Registration is required.  A suggested donation of $5 for each parent/caregiver will be collected at the workshop. A Certificate of Attendance will cost $5, too.

Events Coming Up…

Thursday, May 1

    7:30-8:45pm: RE Committee meeting

Sunday, May 4

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

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship and Wedding Cake

3:00pm: Chorus Boston’s Spring Concert followed by reception

Wednesday, May 7:

     9-11am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

     5:30-7:30pm: WiFI sponsored all-church POT LUCK

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.

Apr 242014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

Have you sent back your FP survey?   In our ongoing efforts to improve the worship life of this congregation, we need your feedback.  You should have received an email with a link to an online survey.  If you haven’t already, won’t you please take a few minutes to fill it out?   Let us know if you didn’t get the email and we will make sure you do. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, copies will be available at church on Sunday.

Read All About it! At the April meeting of the First Parish Book Club, the following books were selected for our reading.  For further information, see Eloise W.

  • May 16: “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” by Betty Medsger
  • June 20: “The Wrong Girl”  by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • July 18:  “Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North” by C. S. Manegold

From FP Music Director, Joel Sindelar.  We have a very exciting music program coming up.   Music Sunday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – a mostly music service where members of the congregation can offer their own performances to the assembly. To rehearse our music, the choir and band will be meeting:

  •  April 27, 12-12:30 pm
  •  May 4, 11 and 18, 9:45-10:15 am

Please email Joel at joel.sindear@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have suggestions.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: The month of May marks 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry. First Parish will mark the occasion with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. (Let Rev. Christian know if you do – minister@maldenuua.org) during our normal worship service on May 4. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

FP member, Rick Frese, will be speaking at Booksellers Cafe, 24 High Street, Medford on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00p.m. Author of the new book, Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front, Rick will also talk a bit about Malden and Medford during the Civil War.  All are invited to attend.

Community News

9th Annual UU Advocacy Day sponsored by UU Mass Action, Tuesday, May 13, Arlington Street Church and then walk to the State House, 10:30am – 3pm with optional 9:30 a.m. breakfast with speaker David Wilson, a plaintiff in the MA Marriage Equality case. It’s time to raise the minimum wage, reform drug sentencing, and change our immigration policies. Info and registration at www.uumassaction.org.

Got time to help a child learn?  Housing Families, Inc. needs volunteer! As a non-profit organization based in Malden, HF strives to end family homeless by offering after school programs during the academic school year, a day camp in the summer, parenting groups and advocacy groups.  Please consider giving an hour (or 2!) per week to help those less fortunate. Orientations, trainings and support are available to help you help them.  Please contact LFlores@housingfamilies.org or 781-322-9119 (x133).

There are many great ways to support Bread of Life this spring – the Malden Education Association’s 5K on May 3 at 9 a.m at MacDonald Stadium in Malden, the Project Bread/Walk for Hunger on May 4 at the Boston Common and the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  For more info, go to http://www.thebreadoflifeonline.org .

Dates to Remember….

Sunday, April 27

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

12-2:30pm: FP choir and band rehearsal

Sunday, May 4

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

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

Apr 172014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Inside the Congregation

Survey Says. In our ongoing efforts to improve the worship life of this congregation, we need your feedback.  You should receive an email with a link to an online survey. Please, take a few minutes to fill it out. If you don’t get the email, let us know and we will make sure you do. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, copies will be available at church on Sunday.

Come join us as we partner with the First Church in Malden for our annual Maundy Thursday service, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Church in Malden, 184 Pleasant Street. Rev. Christian will be co-leading the service, and our presence will be warmly welcomed — and there will be refreshments!

The Building Committee will host a Clean-Up Party and Pizza Lunch on Saturday April 19 (the day before Easter) at First Parish. The fun work starts at 11 a.m. and lunch will be on hand around noon.  We will focus on raking leaves and other outdoor tasks and then move inside if time and people-power allow.  In case of rain, we will work inside.  Bringing your own lawn rake and gloves would be appreciated but we will have tools on hand as well.

And then it’s EASTER – EASTER- EASTER!  Please join the Board for a before-the-service Easter Potluck Breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 20, from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.!  The Parish Board will be serving and asks for your help by bringing in a savory dish including quiches, strata and whatever else you may like to bring – all are very much appreciated!  After breakfast, we’ll worship at the 10:30 a.m. service, followed by the coffee hour as usual.

From FP Music Director, Joel SindelarOur music program is very exciting this next month!

On Easter Sunday, we have two special guests: Michael Horowitz, a classical flutist, and Allison Waggener, an operatic mezzo-soprano. We’ll be featuring music from J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach, as well as a modern piece by Carl Nielson. There should be no surprise in finding eggs in the sanctuary after the service because our program is Bach, Bach, Bach! (Please pardon my chicken joke).

On May 18, we will be having a Music Sunday – a mostly music service – where members of the congregation can offer their own performances to the assembly. Interested musicians should contact Joel at joel.sindelar@gmail.com.

And the choir and band will be meeting to rehearse our music. We will be working on Spirit in the Sky, plus one additional piece TBD.  Our schedule will be:

  •  April 27, 12-12:30 pm
  •  May 4, 11 and 18, 9:45-10:15 am

Please email Joel at joel.sindear@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have suggestions.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: The month of May marks 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry. First Parish will mark the occasion with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. (Let Christian know if you do – minister@maldenuua.org) during our normal worship service on May 4. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

Community News

Needham Community Theatre presents CHESS: The Musical, Carleton Auditorium, Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Ave., Needham.  May 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8pm and  May 18 at 2pm. Tickets $22/adult, $17/students/seniors/groups of 10+.   Special treat – member Ellie Vining is singing in the chorus. For more info: www.needhamtheatre.org or 781-444-4740.

Starhawk, activist/author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality will be at the Minerva Potluck at First Parish in Concord on Tuesday, June 3.  Following will be a Women’s Workshop on creating sacred community, holding our own power, and stepping into leadership + Spiral Dance. Fee: $60. If the fee is a hardship, contact TwinkleManning@gmail.com .

Wednesday, June 4, Starhawk will be interviewed at Emerson Umbrella for The Goddess Show, a TV show produced by First Parishioner “Twinkle” Marie Manning focused on explorations of the sacred feminine). This will be followed by a talk, a ritual and a spiral dance. Tickets: $25 – All are welcome. Tickets available at http://www.tvforyoursoul.com/STARHAWK.html .

Dates to Remember….

Thursday, April 17

7:00pm: Maundy Thursday Service at First Church in Malden

Friday, April 18

7:00pm: FP Book Group

Saturday April 19

11:00am: Clean-Up FP Party with Pizza Lunch

Sunday, April 20

9:30am: Potluck Easter Sunday Breakfast

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

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