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at First Parish -
Our Weekly Newsletter

June 12 - 22, 2019

 We aspire to be a beacon
of liberal religion, strong community,
and transformative service.
R e l i g i o u s E d u c a t i o n S u n d a y

We aspire to be a Beacon of…..
 … Liberal Religion
Sunday June 16   Moving On - RE Sunday
Today we will celebrate a variety of transitions - the children, youth, and adults in our religious education are saying good-by to the people of the Bible stories they've been studying this year and also saying good-by to these particular class groupings. We will recognize the youth who have completed the OWL program and celebrate and here reflections from senior high graduates who will be leaving our community as they head off to college. Children and youth who are participating in the service are requested to arrive at 10:15 a.m. and check in with their teachers. The choir will sing Blessing.

The service will be followed by our annual beginning of summer barbecue. Hotdogs (meat and veggie) will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Sunday June 23   Summer Solstice Sonnets and Sundaes Sunday
Celebrate the beginning of summer with some of our First Parish poets reading poems for the season.  The service will be followed by a make-your-own sundae celebration of summer. 

Please note that this is our last service at 10:30 am before summer services at 9 a.m. begin July 7.
Summer Services - To the Stars
Our theme for summer services this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing and all the ways we "hitch our wagon to a star," as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it. 

From the Religious Education Director

It is that time of year where, in Religious Education, we look back over the past year and look forward to summer and next year. Wednesday June 12, 2019 (7:00 pm) a Religious Education group will be meeting for the purpose of looking closely at Religious Education and how we can include the whole congregation in RE, last year’s curriculum and next year’s plans.

We will look at our registration process, review RE policies, recruiting volunteers, the planning of special events, and to get a sense of next year’s curriculum. We will also go over the past year classes, groups and curriculum. All are welcome.

The year beginning September 2019-June 2020 will have the principles of Unitarian Universalism as our focus of study. Wow! There is a lot of material we can glean wisdom from and hopefully we can include the whole congregation in our time of learning. We are looking forward to next year as a time of learning about UU tradition, history, and practice.

Don’t forget this week! The children will be leading worship and part of the worship is a Loud Collection where the children collect the offering in metal buckets. Please bring your pennies, nickels and dimes to put in the metal pails. The children have asked that the offering go to the Scituate Animal Shelter.    
... Strong Community
Start-of Summer Picnic June 16
Celebrate the end of our RE year and the beginning of summer at our annual picnic after church on June 16. The Men's Ministry will be grilling hotdogs (meat and tofu); please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Kites, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk are all enc ouraged! Our summer barbecue is hosted by the Parish Committee.
... and Transformative Service
Supporting Scituate's METCO Students and Families
On Monday, June 24th, 6:30- 8:00 pm, there will be a second meeting about the new Friends of METCO program and re-starting a local host families program and other ways to strengthen the two-way relationship between Boston and Scituate families and students. All interested community members are invited to attend. This new program has grown out of the work of Scituate's Unity Council.
Look for Beach Recycling Bins Sponsored by First Parish this Summer
On Sunday June 9 our monthly outreach offering was given to a project at Scituate High School to place recycling bins on each of the five town beaches. We had committed to raising $100 to sponsor one of the bins, but thanks to the generosity of the congregation, we raised the money to sponsor two bins! Look for pictures of them in an upcoming What's Happening and for the real bins to appear on beaches soon!
Calendar for June 12 - June 23

Wed. 12th
10:30 am Fididdlers
7:00 pm Religious Education Dessert and Debrief

Sun. 16th
9:00 am Choir Practice
10:30 am Worship / RE Sunday
11:30 am Summer Barbecue

Wed. 19th
10:30 am Fididdlers

Sun. 23rd
10:30 am Worship
Save the Date

June 23
Summer Solstice Sonnets & Sundaes Sunday Service

July 7 Summer services begin
Our Mission
Liberal Faith: We commit to participate side-by-side across generations  in worship, religious education, social activities, environmental protection,
and social justice work—learning, sharing, and growing together. 

Strong Community : We commit to care for one another, nurture the light that shines within each of us, and support each other’s individual search for truth and meaning.
Transformative Service: We commit to pursue diversity, justice, equality, reason, and discourse;
provide inspiration through music, creativity, and the arts;
and work cooperatively to affect positive change in our community and beyond.