What's Happening at First Parish

October 2020

We aspire to be a beacon of ...
...Liberal Faith
Sunday October 4, 2020 Grounded in Beauty:
Part of All That Is
Guided by our Health Task Force, we will gather outdoors for our first-in-person worship since March to bless and remember those who have been our companions for the past 6 months when we couldn't see one another - our pets. Please bring your pets to this service. Bring pictures of pets who have died or who are not able to come with you. Stuffed animal companions are welcome too at this service for all ages. Masks are required.

Sunday October 11, 2020 Vote Love, Defeat Hate
This Sunday we will join in a service put on by UU the Vote, led by UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, the UU the Vote team, and a lineup of powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service with an inspirational sermon, stories, and congregational singing.

Sunday October 18, 2020 Grounded in Beauty: From Beauty to Beauty
Our series concludes this Sunday with a celebration of the ways we create beauty and share it with the world. Pamela preaching. Noah will sing Colors of the Wind by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for the Disney movie Pocahontas.

Sunday October 25, 2020 The Gospel According to Scooby Doo
In our annual Halloween Sunday service, Pamela will reflect on the message of justice offered by the cartoon series Scooby Doo, Where Are You; the original series aired on TV September 13, 1969 - October 31, 1970
Religious Education for Children and Youth 2020-2021
Religious Education Picture Books classes for grades PreK-grade 1 began Tuesday, September 22. The teachers have read The Golden Rule and Sacred Places to the children. Next week’s book (Tuesday, October 6, 7pm) is Rama and Sita - The Story of Diwali, by Malachy Doyle and illustrated by Christopher Corr.

Registration continues for World of New Friends and Building Bridges, set to start mid-October.  Please register at RE Registration Form

SciCohRocwell’s kickoff event was Sunday, September 27. FPUU high school students interested in joining the church’s regional youth group can contact youth Advisor Paul.  The next SciCohRocwell’s zoom meeting will be Sunday, October 11 from 6-7:30 pm. 

This Saturday, October 3, from 4:40-5:30, Pamela and Chuck are inviting FPUU high school students to a backyard bonfire for s’mores and conversation. If you didn't receive an invitation, email Pam.

Teachers are still needed for all classes. One does not need to have a child in the program to teach. Please contact Eileen to inquire about teaching. 
Notes from the Music Director 🎶🎶🎶🎼🎶🎶🎶
CHOIR rehearsals continue outside at the back of the church Sunday mornings in good weather. 9:00-9:45. We’ve been wearing masks and sitting apart. We’ve recorded our singing ( with the wind and birds and an occasional truck passing!)
So far I’ve been able to create a slide show for “Now I walk in Beauty”, “For the Beauty of the Earth”, “O Beautiful Gaia” and “O Music”. 
In poor weather we will have choir rehearsals over zoom.
BELL CHOIR- we have some great little hand bells! Cathie , Vicki, Sarah, Laura and Mary have joined in the fun. If you would like to learn how to play our bells, we will rehearse the last Sunday of each month in the sloop room in lieu of the singing choir rehearsal. We recently recorded “Come ye thankful people come”. 
Here is our October Schedule:
10/4- Choir rehearsal
10/18 - Choir rehearsal
10/25- Bell Choir rehearsal
11/4- Choir rehearsal
Looking ahead:

October 4th:
Howard will lead the singing for “All God’s critters got a place in the choir”

October 18th:
Noah will sing “The Colors of the Wind”.
- Music Director
Monday Night Meditation October 12 and 26, 2020
Brian is offering a brief meditation session starting at 8:00 p.m., on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, helping us put off the stress of the day and prepare for a peaceful night. If you've been having trouble sleeping, as many are, meditation can help. 

...Strong Community

First Parish Fall Sit-Out! Sat, Oct 10, 4-6 p.m.
It's been so good to gather outdoors safely at church recently, that we've organized a purely social cocktail-hour party — not a sit-in, not a stand-out, it's a Sit Out! We can safely tailgate and picnic on the lawn, and have a relaxed couple of hours to reconnect. Bring your own libations and appetizers, bring a chair or put down your tailgate, bring stories from the summer. Festive masks encouraged! RSVP, as we must limit the attendance to 50. Kids are very welcome, but there will also be a special family event the weekend of Oct 24. Direct questions to Ann or Kate.
Please remember to continue to pay your pledge regularly, as church expenses continue even though we are not in the building!
Though we can't pass the offering plate, you may pay your pledge or donate to the works of our church through the on-line donation button at "On Line Giving" on our website (firstparishscituate.org) or by mailing a check to the church at 330 First Parish Road, Scituate 02066.

If we have a special collection, (such as the Scituate Food Pantry) you can donate directly to them. (www.scituatefoodpantry.org)
Questions? Please contact Cathie or Vicki , our church collectors.
Thank you!
Erdman Preschool Reopening Plan

Dear First Parish community,

Erdman Preschool is so happy to be back in session after six long months! Our reopening plan has been approved by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and we will be following its protocols carefully. 

One of the main components of the plan is to limit the number of contacts each day. We are only allowed to have Erdman teachers and children in our space. I think this is the only way that our plan will affect church members. We must ask that members and visitors to the church do not use the back door to access the Sloop Room. They may only use the front door and may not be in the back entry way during school time. If anyone needs access to the storage closet, please ask them to check with me in advance.

One other possible issue might be parking. Because our drop off and pick up lines must form on the right hand side of the driveway, all parking will have to be in the front of the church.

We are very grateful for the work that was done on the playground to remove the glass and replace the sand and the wood chips. The steeple looks wonderful and we are relieved that the roofing is complete. The church looks wonderful!

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like a more detailed explanation.

Thank you so much!

-Erdman Preschool
The Month to Come - October Calendar

Thurs. 1st      
7:30     pm       Committee on Ministry

Sat.      3rd      
4:30     pm       High School - S'mores at Pam & Chuck's
Sun      4th
9:00     am       Choir Rehearsal
10:30   am       Worship    
3:00     pm       Love Shows Up for Justice

Tues.    6th  
7:00     pm       Picture Book World Religions

Sat.     10th   
4:00     pm       First Parish Fall Sit-Out Social Event
Sun.     11th   
10:30   am       Worship    
3:00     pm       Love Shows Up for Justice
6:00     pm       Youth Group - Zoom

Mon.    12th  
8:00     pm       Meditation
Tues.    13th  
7:00     pm       Picture Book World Religions

Sat.     17th   
10:00   am       Picture Book World Religions Pumpkin Decorating
12:00   pm       Private Event – Memorial Garden
Sun.     18th   
9:00     am       Choir Rehearsal
10:30   am       Worship    
3:00     pm       Love Shows Up for Justice

Tues.    20th  
7:00     pm       Picture Book World Religions

Weds. 21st
7:00 pm Parish Committee Meeting
Sun      25th
9:00     am       Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30   am       Worship    
3:00     pm       Love Shows Up for Justice
Mon.    26th  
8:00     pm       Meditation
Tues.    27th  
7:00     pm       Picture Book World Religions