Sunday News for September 13, 2009

Sunday, September 13
  10:00 Gospel Choir
  12:15 Green Sanctuary
  6:30 Crop Walk Recruiters Meeting
  7:00 YRUU
Monday, September 14
  12:00 Newsletter Deadline
  6:30 Standing Committee
Tuesday, September 15
  9:00 Networking Group
  9:30 Kundalini Yoga Drop-in*
Wednesday, September 16
  9:30 Buddhist Group*
  10:00 Yoga Basics*
  4:30 Junior Choir
  5:00 Chalice Choir
  7:00 Youth Advisory Committee
  7:45 Adult Choir
Thursday, September 17
  7:00 Stress Reduction & Relaxation*
  7:00 Dr. Epstein Lecture
  7:30 Buddhist Group*
Friday, September 18
  9:30 Stress Reduction & Relaxation*
Saturday, September 19
  7:30 Men's Group

Listings with asterisks are classes offered through the Wright Tavern Center for Spiritual Renewal.

Parish Notes

WPA Luncheon Meeting-September 22

Join old and new friends for an interesting buffet luncheon and program on Tuesday, September 22. Ron Catella has been serving as First Parish's owner's representative during our recent construction. Immediately after lunch, he will give a presentation about our newly expanded and renovated facilities. A brief business meeting with a presentation of the WPA annual report will follow Ron's talk. The social time will begin at 11:30. Lunch will be at noon sharp. The charge for the luncheon is eight dollars, payable at the door. For reservations, transportation requests or child care requests, contact Dian Pekin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by September 19.

Transcendentalist Committee Meeting

To continue our exploration of the transcendentalists, our First Parish committee will reconvene on Sunday, September 20, at 12:30 p.m. Please join Jenny, Lillian, Steph and others in the Parlor for a combination committee meeting and birthday celebration (200 years old already!) for Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. All are welcome to join in on this exciting conversation on how we can deepen our own personal learning about and involvement with the transcendentalists, as well as how we can lift up their heritage at First Parish. Lunch will be provided- a $5 contribution is requested. Please RSVP to Lillian Anderson at 978-369-1468 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can plan accordingly.

Forum Rescheduled

The Forum featuring General Assembly delegates has been rescheduled for next Sunday, September 20, after the first service.

First Parish Newsletter

The September edition of the Meeting House News went out electronically on August 25. If you did not sign up to receive the newsletter, you can still subscribe. Look on the front page of the First Parish website,; instructions for subscribing to the newsletter are at the top of the front page. Or you can subscribe to the newsletter here: Don't miss this important communication from First Parish, and learn about all the events scheduled for fall.

Ooh La La! First Parish Auction '09!

Plan now to be at the Meeting House on November 14 for the latest and best First Parish Auction! One of the most exciting and fun events of the year, the Auction features a fabulous dinner, creative and original raffles, and an amazing Grand Prize! Members of the Auction Committee will be available next Sunday, September 20, to talk with you about ways you can contribute, so start thinking now about what you might offer to this year's exciting Auction List-and don't miss out on the fun!

Fall Recital on September 27

Plan to attend the First Parish Fall Recital on Sunday, September 27, at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Larry Gall, baritone, and Eric Huenneke, piano, will be performing selections of German lieder by Franz Schubert. Suggested donation is $15 at the First Parish office or at the door to support the First Parish music program. A reception will follow the recital.

The Women's AM/PM Book Group

Welcome to a new year of book discussions with the First Parish Women's AM/PM Book Group! Meetings will be on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings, usually the last week of the
month (4th or 5th Monday and Tuesday), with a few exceptions. The morning session is facilitated by Darien Smith, and the evening by Siri Smedvig. The book for September's discussions is Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens. The evening group will meet September 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; and the morning group, on September 29 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Please note that with the completion of construction, we plan to be meeting at the church this year. See the notice board in the Parish Hall entrance for location. All women of First Parish are warmly invited to read the current book and join one or both of these discussions.

First Parish Theater Project-Reading Plays, Sharing Talents and Ideas, Coordinating Possibilities

Many members of our First Parish congregation love the stage. Wethought it might be fun to get together to see where our interest in theater-both musical and not-might lead us. We will plan to meet regularly to read some plays, with the idea of doing some staged readings and having some fun. The First Parish Theater Project will meet the first Friday of each month. All are welcome-even if you haven't yet been on stage. Come on Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m. to talk, read and play. For more information, contact Lillian Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Claudia Nimar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Children's and Youth News

Today, September 13-Regular RE Begins

    8:50 & 10:50 a.m.-Regular Classes, Babies-Preschool
    9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Services
       K- 6 Begin in the Sanctuary, Dismissed to RE
       11:00-7th Grade Art in Action in the Emerson Room
       11:00-12:30-8th Grade Drama on the Stage

Next Sunday, September 20-Regular RE

    8:50 & 10:50 a.m.-Regular Classes, Babies-Preschool
    9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Services
       K- 6 Begin in the Sanctuary, Dismissed to RE
       11:00-7th Grade Art in Action in the Emerson Room
       11:00-12:30-8th Grade Drama in the Bulkeley Room

Coming of Age for 9th Grade begins September 27.

Social Action Community

Need a Laugh? Don't We All!

Social and political comedian Jimmy Tingle will headline a benefit for Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) today, Sunday, September 13, at 5 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School Auditorium. A nationally known comedian, Tingle provides clean, intelligent and topical humor. C4RJ is a volunteer-based community organization that works in partnership with police to offer repair and accountability for those harmed by crime, the offenders and community members. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, and may be purchased at Debra's, Helen's, Cheese Shop, Provisions, Ferns, and West Acton Market. Online at, or call 978-318-3467.

P-FLAG Meeting at the Trinity Episcopal Church

The Minute Man Chapter of P-FLAG-Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays-will meet next Sunday, September 20, and the third Sunday of every month, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the library of the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street (River Street side). The meetings begin with a sharing of stories. For information, call 866-427-3524 (toll-free), or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Epstein to Speak on Climate Change and Health

On Thursday evening, September 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., Dr. Paul Epstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, will speak for ConcordCAN on the topic ìClimate Change, Health Consequences, and Healthy Solutions.î He has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to assess health impacts of climate change, and is coordinating an international project, Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions.

Green Sanctuary Accreditation Received!

First Parish was recently designated a UU Green Sanctuary. Congratulations to us all and thank you to the Green Sanctuary group. We will all learn what this means for our congregation; but in the interim, details can be found at

School Supplies for Homeless

The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness is teaming up with the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless to provide these children with new backpacks, filled with everything from three-ringed binders to #2 pencils. Throughout September, there will be a box awaiting your contributions in the coatroom at church. For information, call Jane Blumberg @ 978-369-8520.

New Staff at First Parish

Cassy Bosworth, Assistant to the Ministers

Cassy graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in psychology. After college she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she met her husband Greg. They returned to Massachusetts to be with family and raise their daughters, Ellie and Grace. Cassy has enjoyed many years of volunteer and part-time work. Aside from time with her family, Cassy loves to bike-ride, bake and read books.

Jane Foley, Membership Director

Jane comes to First Parish excited about the opportunity to enhance and grow the membership connection within First Parish, as well as in the surrounding communities. A longtime UU, she is an active member of the Melrose UU Church, where she just completed a four-year term on the board of directors. In 2007, Jane attended the Northeast Leadership School, a week-long training program in religious stewardship for the benefit of our Unitarian Universalist congregations. Jane, her husband Chuck, and their six-year-old daughter Julia reside in Melrose.

Janet Fletcher Hauswirth, Development Director

Raised in Wakefield and Scituate, Janet attended Norwich University in Vermont, where she earned a degree in International Studies. She spent more than a decade at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she served in a range of positions-from the dean's chief of staff, to manager of the women and public policy program, to director of strategic planning for the development office. A bit of a history buff, Janet is an 11th generation descendant of one of Concord's original settlers, Robert Fletcher; Robert's son Francis donated the building material for the construction of the very first Meeting House! Janet is honored to be serving the First Parish community as its first development director. She and her husband Jack live with their son and daughter in Boxborough, where they enjoy the wonders of nature, play sports and music, and share lots of laughter.