Sunday, February 23, 2014
Rev. Marshall Hawkins will be preaching on “Idolatry.” We
worship false gods every time we place our ultimate faith and devotion
in that which is not sacred. Marshall is an affiliate minister at
First Church and works at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The younger children will hear the story of the “Wise Men and the Elephant”. They will have a snack and do a project.
The older children will have an opening discussion on Buddhist beliefs. They will explore the geography of Buddhism and use the symbol used to mark places on their world maps. This week’s teacher, Chris, will tell the story of Buddha. They will have an Asian snack and make the fourth prayer bead; the “sorry” prayer bead.
SAVE THE DATE – UPCOMING EVENTS
Next Week, March 2nd
Next week, Kye Flannery will be giving a sermon entitled “All in Good Time.” From Kye: Sometimes it seems our sense of urgency is terminally out of whack — we’ve all looked back on something that felt urgent and absolutely wasn’t, while the things that are most urgent we may have trouble acting on. I’ll share some ideas on priorities, peace and good ideas bearing fruit.
Kye Flannery is in her final semester at Harvard Divinity School. She lives in a co-op with a benevolent cat, a mischievous set of housemates and a serious stack of books which she says have come in handy for optimal use of all these snow days..
Visit our online calendar at: http://www.firstchurchjp.org/events
WAYS TO CONNECT OR CONTRIBUTE
Welcoming Breakfast and Book Signing This Sunday, February 23, 2014
There’s still time to RSVP to the Welcoming Breakfast this Sunday! We want to get to know you better and give you a chance to get to know us. Paul Miller is handling the RSVP’s: firstname.lastname@example.org. February 23rd is a day new members will officially join. We look forward to welcoming Nancy and Mark Angney during our book signing.
Come to our Annual Fellowship Dinner
Our annual Fellowship Dinner will be held in the Parish Hall on March 1 from 6-9 pm. All are welcome. If you have never attended one before, a wealth of surprising delights await you. They include tomato aspic, part of the best possible demonstration of what Boy Scout loyalty really means; an adaptation of “Good Night, Irene” to be sung with extra verve this year in memory of the great American hero, Pete Seeger; a candid statement by a new member of our church of why someone chooses to join us; and a festive evening of fun in celebration of our church community.
Having attended previous Fellowship Dinners, I look forward to it as the evening when I feel most strongly that we are each other’s chosen family. Amidst all the fun and fabulous food, we will launch our annual financial campaign. The coming year is a crucial and complex one for First Church. We need your help. Please join us in the festivity and the serious purpose of our Fellowship Dinner. Please RSVP by email to Margaret Suby: email@example.com and George Wardle: firstname.lastname@example.org. – Andrea Clardy, Chair, Standing Committee
P.S. There is no charge for the dinner and there is also, alas, no provision for childcare during the dinner.
Thanks to Paul Reynolds and Alice Phoenix for hosting this Sunday’s Coffee Hour!
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
We need volunteers to host Coffee Hour for all Sundays in March and April. Please contact Alice Phoenix if you can host! Alice can be reached at email@example.com or by phone: 617-309-0030
Lent: A Season of Feasting and Fasting
We celebrate the season of Lent both by taking on those things that bring us closer to the Divine, and shedding those indulgences, habits, and practices that steal our attention. Ironic as it seems, we sometimes are fed only by fasting—by denying ourselves that which distracts us from the truly nourishing. When we fast, we clear out space for God. We forego the diversions that keep us occupied and instead make room inside for an expanding spirit, one that is nurtured on prayer and worship and the feast of love that is offered to us.
This adult RE class brings us together to reflect on the ways in which we may draw closer to the Divine through feasting on a rich bounty of soulfood. We’ll watch short videos; reflect on passages from the Bible and other sacred texts, as well as contemporary poetry and prose. We’ll do some reflective writing and try out some spiritual practices together and on our own. The class will meet six Wednesdays, March 12 through April 16, from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Sarah Hawkins to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Church Retreat March 28-30 on Spiritual Listening
Join us for our annual First Church Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham, Friday evening March 28 until Sunday afternoon March 30, led by Rev. Terry Burke and Rev. Marshall Hawkins. Our theme this year is Spiritual Listening. We’ll explore many aspects of listening, including listening for the voice of God/the spirit in our lives, listening to one another, listening to our consciences, listening for where we might be called, listening to nature, and listening to the sound of silence. We’ll worship, talk in small groups, do art
projects, walk in nature, rest, and have fun! Mary Brady has generously offered to keep track and register all participants. Please email her at MBrady1983@aol.com or call her at 617-524-8918 to save a spot. If you have any questions, please email Marshall at email@example.com.
Save the Date! Church Fundraiser coming in April
Exciting news! There’s a shiny new fundraiser coming to First Church on Saturday April 12, 2014 from 11am to 4pm! It’s the Sacred Living Expo, a daylong mind/body/spirit event featuring practitioners, speakers, teachers, and guides of the healing and spiritual arts. Tables are available for rent from $50 to $100 (depending on size) and admission to the expo is only $5. Applications have begun to arrive, but there are still plenty of opportunities for volunteers and folks who’d like to rent a table. For more information, please visit the Expo website: www.SacredLivingExpo.wordpress.com and/or contact Sarah Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shine on! The fundraiser will benefit First Church.
Jane Lewis’ Lovely Note Cards are Still Available.
Please take a look through this pdf, pick the cards you like, and then order them from Cathy Baisly at email@example.com or visit her in the office after church.
Gray Hymnals Needed
Do we have enough gray hymnals? Probably not! The current ones were donated by church members, in memory/honor of someone. We are hoping to buy 30 more before Easter in April; they are $28 each. Look for forms (sample below) in the church pews starting this Sunday. – Ellen McGuire, Music Director
Food Pantry News
Many thanks to Gwyn, Gerry, Pat, Bonnie, Patty, Steve, and Michael (plus my 10 yr. old granddaughter Olivia), who worked so hard at pantry today, and to Terry Burke who brought us munchkins. It was a very busy day. We served about 65 visitors, I think an all-time high for our pantry. There have been some new faces the last couple of times so we’ll see if these numbers continue. Thankfully, our food supplies have been high because of generous donations and we had plenty to give out. People do manage to get to our church in all weather, even those who struggle with mobility problems. Jeff Ferris helped a lot, shoveling a path to the front door of the church where we worked from today. He is helping a disabled neighbor get food, and we’re glad we can help with that. – Jane Zerby
The Food Pantry folks will be featuring an item they are in need of the week or two before each Food Pantry date. If you can donate soap for next Food Pantry, happening on March 6th, please bring some to church on Sunday or drop it off during office hours: Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Do you want a piano?
We are still looking for help finding a home for the upright piano in the sanctuary, which was donated to the church 25 years ago. We would like to make it go away. It has not been tuned recently, but it has benefited from the unheated sanctuary (doesn’t dry out the wood). The new owner needs to move it. Please speak to or email Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to see it, or if you would like to own it, or if you are willing to put it on Craigslist (or have another method to find it a new home, that you are willing to coordinate). Thanks!
If you shop on amazon, please go to the church website, www.firstchurchjp.org, and make your order through the icon that appears on page one. When purchases are made this way, the church receives a donation from amazon.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may contact the church administrator, Jennifer, by emailing email@example.com.
Jennifer Waddell, Congregational Administrator
First Church in Jamaica Plain UU
6 Eliot Street
P.O. Box 300186
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130