Sunday, November 17th
Rev. Wendy Fitting, minister emerita of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, the first Universalist church in North America will be preaching this Sunday. Rev. Fitting’s sermon is entitled ”Look Up!” and it’s about how a change of perspective changed a life.
The anthem will be sung by the Women’s Choir.
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe life is sacred – not only human life, but all life that shares our planet. The ritual of child dedication is one way UUs show we revere life and celebrate its beginning. This session looks at traditions and rituals to welcome new life into families and faith communities. The children will see a baby dedication done (on a doll) and learn the meaning of the rose and the water. If the children have a doll (that can stand a little water) or a figurine they would like to dedicate they are welcome to bring it in.
This week the children will meet with Thalia McMillion to cast their parts for the Christmas Pageant.
SAVE THE DATE – UPCOMING EVENTS
Next Sunday, November 24th
Next Sunday Reverend Terry Burke will be giving a sermon entitled “Thanksgiving Service.”
Visit our online calendar at: http://www.firstchurchjp.org/events
WAYS TO CONNECT OR CONTRIBUTE
Rev. Terry Burke’s Birthday Party Tomorrow Night!
Terry Burke turned 60 years old this past Monday. We invite you to join in celebrating our beloved friend and minister at a brief, informal party. We are planning a dessert potluck in Terry’s honor on Friday, November 15 from 7 PM to 8 PM in the Parish Hall of First Church. Terry has asked for no presents, just presence. We might have a little music. We might have a little wine. We might say a little prayer. Come join us.
from Thalia McMillion for the Ministerial Committee
Mini-Retreat: “Exploring the Nature of Death”
Terry Burke and Sarah Hawkins will be leading a mini-retreat Saturday November 16th from 12:00-3:30 on “Exploring the Nature of Death.” Bring your own lunch and something to share. Please email us at email@example.com to register. There’s still time to join.
“UU 101″ Talk by Rev. Terry Burke
Join Terry Burke for an introductory session on the strange and wonderful world of Unitarian Universalism! Bring your questions for Sunday, November 17th at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall. All this, and food too!
Give Thanks Through Giving to Others!
Next Sunday, Nov. 24, the Social Action Group will be delivering Thanksgiving food to Sojourner House, the family shelter in Roxbury that we, as a congregation, have partnered with. Sojourner House serves up to nine resident families and families who are transitioning into permanent housing. They also serve the neighborhood through their Sojourner House Food Pantry. See www.sojournerhouseboston.org to learn more about Sojourner House.
The Social Justice Committee asks members and friends to help by bringing food to the church for the Thanksgiving delivery. Non-perishables can be brought in any time; turkeys and other perishables on the morning of the 24t . There are specially marked bins in the rear pews for Thanksgiving donations, separate from our own food pantry bins.
- Turkey – frozen or fresh
- Stuffing mix
- Gravy – canned or jarred
- Potatoes and sweet potatoes – fresh, dried, or canned
- Rice, pasta, macaroni and cheese
- Cranberry sauce
- Canned and fresh vegetables
- Pie crust – mix, frozen or pre-made
- Sugar, flour, cake mix, biscuit mix
- Fruit – fresh or canned
One-to-One Conversations Program
First Church will be starting a campaign in which we all get to know each other a little better through having one-to-one conversations with one another. These are 20-minute talks in which each person shares for about 10 minutes. We’ll have some suggested questions on hand to help the conversations flow easily. We’ll have some of these talks during coffee hour on December 1, followed by a potluck. More info coming soon. Let’s knit our community a bit tighter! Email Marshall Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Eliot Street Coffeehouse Series
Please support the Church’s exciting new musical fundraising adventure, the Eliot Street Coffeehouse series. A performance by Montreal’s folk group The Bombadils will take place on Friday, November 22nd. The Brown Paper Tickets link for The Bombadils is: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/461823. Darol Anger plus several quartets from Berklee will perform on Saturday, December 7th. The Brown Paper Tickets link for this show is: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/512633.
All shows are at 8:00 p.m. Margaret Suby will be selling tickets at church coffee hour on 11/17. Information on all the events as well as ticket buying links are available here: www.firstchurchjp.org/eliotstreetcoffeehouse. And please like the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/6EliotStreet. Please tell all your friends about these events and if you’d like to volunteer (we’d love more volunteers for the event nights!), please email the Coffeehouse team at email@example.com. And of course, come to the shows! They are going to be awesome!
JP Jubilee Concert
On Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall, the JP Jubilee group will be giving a concert. JP Jubilee is a voice class for seniors that meets at the JP branch of the Boston Public Library. The concert is short, free (although donations to the program will be accepted) and will include some audience sing-alongs. The group is directed by Elizabeth Anker and is supported by the Friends of the JP Library. Please join us!
JP Crafts Fair
So, what are you doing on December 7th? You’re seeing all your friends at the Holiday Fair – and you’re having a great time. You have made sure that all of your friends are there by e-mailing the attached e-postcard out to them. And, to have a better time, you have agreed to an appealing job. Here’s the list to choose from:
- We urgently need a bake sale coordinator. You will encourage the bakers to throw nutrition to the winds and make yummy things; enticingly set up goodies; price them; then get out of the way (go shop, come back periodically to taste and enjoy). Looks great on your resume – sign up!
- We also need set up people on Friday night, car unloaders Saturday a.m., Car loaders Saturday p.m..
- A vendor greeter (you run a clipboard and tell people where to go – don’t you love telling people where to go?)
- Customer greeters (11 to 2 or 2 to 5 – two shifts)
- Kitchen staff – one slot in a.m. and one in p.m. open – sign up now!
- And the most rewarding: Clean up! Work fast and fun, we gotta be done by 6:30 to let the Coffeehouse get going – you won’t be stuck here all night (might get a leftover cookie too!)
Please sign up by emailing Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also still need a few dishes, if you would like to cook, email Gwyn at email@example.com.
First Church Christmas Pageant
The 25th First Church Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, December 15th at the 11:00 a.m. church service. Our Pageant this year is open to all children (ages 4 to 12) in the community. Please help us to spread the word! Rehearsals will be at 11:00 AM during Sunday School, beginning on Nov. 24th, and the Dress Rehearsal is on Saturday, December 14th at 10:00 a.m. Please call Thalia McMillion at (617) 640-4044 if you have any questions. All are welcome!
Coffee Hour This Sunday
Special thanks to Alta McDonald and Nancy Angney for hosting coffee hour this week.
Office Hours Thanksgiving Week
Jennifer Waddell, your church administrator, will be out of the office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the week of Thanksgiving.
Amazon Link Reminder
Please remember to bookmark www.firstchurchjp.org so you can easily remember to use the amazon logo on our homepage when you are going to do your shopping. As long as you make purchases on amazon after clicking through the amazon logo, the church will receive about 4% of each purchase made. It adds up: We’ve already collected $70 from folks using the link!
Wish List: Item Needed
We are still looking for a wooden artist-type easel! The Welcome Poster in the Narthex is on a cheap collapsible, very unsteady easel which is a hassle to use and it is only a matter of time before the poster is damaged. Please, email Cath at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have one – I can come and pick it up. Thank you. - Cath Baisly
Food Pantry Would Like 2014 Calendars
The folks who come to our food pantry love calendars. If you have any 2014 calendars that you won’t be using, please contact Jane Zerby at email@example.com or leave them with Jennifer in the church office.
ONGOING CHURCH HAPPENINGS
Whether an “old-timer” or new to our community, we all can appreciate the simple act of being greeted. If you’ve enjoyed this yourself, then pay it forward! It’s easy, there’s no long-term commitment, and it means a lot to the church. Please see Paul Miller or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up, learn more, or have your questions answered.
Did you know that you can rent the Parish Hall or a smaller space for a celebration, group meeting or other event? Contact Monroe Heyman for more details. Monroe’s email is MHeym02130@aol.com or he can be reached by phone: 617-524-8918. Jennifer will take care of scheduling all church-related (non-rental) building use requests. Email her at email@example.com.
Announcements will run for no longer than 3 weeks, unless there are specific date parameters. You may resubmit your item after it has run for the allotted time. When submitting items for the weekly newsletter, please limit them to 250 words or less. If you have a special event that may need more space, please check in with Jennifer. If you would like your announcement included in the weekly newsletter, please send them in by Wednesday evening at 8 pm.
Regular office hours are 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You may contact the church administrator, Jennifer, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer Waddell, Congregational Administrator
First Church in Jamaica Plain UU
6 Eliot Street
P.O. Box 300186
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130