Wednesday, February 6, 2024
This Sunday

IN PERSON & LIVE STREAMED

This Sunday, First Parish in Lexington will celebrate Music Sunday with inspiring readings and music with the Joyful Noise youth choir, Sanctuary choir, youth and adult soloists and readers from the congregation, accompanied by piano, organ, guitar, cello, and drums. Music from varied genres will be presented including Indie Rock, Pop, Classical, Contemporary, World Music, Broadway and Gospel. Some of the music uplifted include an original composition by Minister of Music Rip Jackson for cello and piano; a South African Zulu song (with dance and percussion!); the duet “For Good” (from Wicked) sung by youth soloists Rosie McClary and Sarah Beuttell; a movement from Mozart’s Requiem sung by our sanctuary choir soloists Julia Jaffe, David Meharry, Yunona Tabala, and Jamie Willis; gorgeous a capella anthems sung by the sanctuary choir; Maroon 5’s “Memories” sung by the Joyful Noise Youth Choir; Cyndi Lauper's “True Colors” sung (and played!) by youth soloist Sammy Stern; and Phish’s awesome “Divided Sky” with Michael Bruce on electric guitar and accompanied by Sara Wilkins (cello), Paul Reynolds (drums) and Rip Jackson (piano). This magnificent music will be spiritual centered with beautiful poetry and readings by Leonard Bernstein, Pete Seger, William Shakespeare and Plato. Our readers and liturgists include Debbie Armstrong, Mary Hissong, Shawna Lee, Katie O’Hare Gibson, Mandy Ostrander and Tony Siesfeld.

LexElectrify: Take Climate Action


Sunday, February 11, 2024, Sunday 

First Parish, Robinson Room

 

Addressing the climate crisis requires collective effort.


The First Parish Lexington Climate Action Team invites you to join us after the Sunday service for an inspiring presentation and discussion about how you can take steps to preserve our environment for generations to come and help Lexington meet its climate goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.


Our featured speakers:


   • Lexington’s Sustainability & Resilience Officer, Maggie Peard 

   • LexCAN’s Clean Heat Outreach Specialist, Andy Joynt. 


They will give an overview of LexElectrify, a community-wide campaign to empower homeowners, renters, and businesses to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the building and transportation sectors. LexElectrify focuses on home efficiency, clean heating and cooling, solar, and electric vehicles. Substantial subsidies are available. And they are willing to get us individualized assistance, if needed


There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.

 

Let’s foster a brighter, environmentally sound future by embracing clean and electric solutions that enhance our homes, empower our communities, and protect our planet, as we come together to make a positive impact.


All are welcome!

Thursday, February 15, 7:30-9:00


Worried about the coming election ... ? Will we have another three-person vote-splitting mess, as happened with Ralph Nader in 2000? Come to our discussion to find out what went wrong and whether Ranked Choice Voting could be a solution.


Please join us to watch and discuss two short videos: Why the way we vote is terrible and Why voting feels terrible: A space fabric odyssey.

Coming soon:  

Saving Democracy: A User’s Manual For Every American


The Preserving Our Democracy Team will be starting the first session of its book read, Saving Democracy, on Sunday, March 3, after the service.


This topic couldn’t be more urgent. If you’d like to join the discussion, email Lee Jeffers Brami. The first ten people to respond will be put into a lottery for one free copy of the book; others can purchase their copy at cost from us.


Leading the discussion will be Pete Tasker and Lee.

From choir rehearsals to Soul Matters, Building Bridges to Meditation Group, Urban Ministry to Democracy Team, Climate Action Team to Youth Groups and all of the other wonderful ways to get involved here at First Parish, please check the church calendar.

Submissions for The Weekly Update are due by the end of day, Mondays. To submit an article or information for consideration, please use this form.

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CHILDREN'S RE


There is no Children’s R.E next Sunday. Instead, there will be inspiring poetry and music performed in the sanctuary starting at 10:30. We’ll meet up again the following Sunday, February 18th!


Caroline and Annelie

Updating our Church Directory


Starting Sunday,

February 11


Up-to-date info about us keeps the church running smoothly! Beginning this Sunday during coffee hour, and subsequent Sundays through early March, we are asking folks to verify their information as it appears in our church directory - name, address, phone, email ,etc.

Our team will be at the Welcome Kiosk to verify your info or make-on-the-spot corrections and changes. When the verification process is complete in March, we be able to make available on-line the new, updated and accurate directory.


Joan Clark, for the Members and Friends Committee

781-879-6023

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First Parish members and friends are invited to the next Unity Group meeting on February 12th at noon in Parker Hall. Bring your lunch and beverage (remember no nuts or nut products). We will eat together and socialize and plan for the next meetings. See you there!

NOTICE OF PARISH BOARD MEETING


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Robinson Room & Zoom


Click here for the agenda!

DO YOU HAVE STORY TO TELL?


Voices on the Green, First Parish in Lexington’s live storytelling and music series, seeks storytellers for its next show on Friday April 12. The theme of this show is Breaking the Rules.

 

If you are one of those people who believe rules are made to be broken, you may have a story for us. Your rule-breaking may have comprised minor infractions, like playing hooky, violating the dress code, or smoking in the boys’ room. Maybe you went further, breaking not only rules but laws, either getting away with it or facing the consequences. Or maybe you broke unwritten rules that incurred the wrath of your family or society, or broke unjust laws as an act of civil disobedience.

Tell us the story of your rule-breaking—and where it led you. Coaching is available to help you craft and present your story. If you think you may have a story, please pitch your story to Suzanne Adams or David Rose at voicesonthegreen@fplex.org.

Office: (781) 862-8200 | www.FPLex.org

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