Sunday, July 20, at 10:00 am
Abby Krueger will be giving this Sunday’s sermon, entitled “Coffee Hour.” Abby Krueger is a long term member of First Church, and celebrates our ability to feed each other spiritually and physically. She is delighted to again have her mother, Jo Belknap, as the musician for a summer service.
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Next Sunday, July 27, at 10:00 am
Alisa McGann will be preaching on July 27th. Her topic is “Embracing a Minimalist Lifestyle”. Alisa studied film and video at Emerson College where she obtained a Masters degree in Documentary Video. Alisa has a passion for living in smaller spaces and for not accumulating too many possessions. Currently home for the summer with her four year old son, Liam, Alisa enjoys reading non-fiction, cooking, photography, and travel in her free time. Alisa’s recent travel adventure to Portugal included a stay in a traditional Mongolian yurt in the mountains in a remote region of the country.
Thank You From Rev. Terry Burke
Dear friends – I LOVED my party! Thank you to all of you for organizing it and attending. I felt surrounded by love. And a LOT of good food, thank you Gwyn Helie! I was touched that we had old and new friends mingling. Thank you to Marshall Hawkins for a lovely program. And thank you for your gift of my beautiful icon, done by my friend Anna Gouriev. Thank you to Jennifer Waddell for all the fun pictures to remember the evening by. I will carry the night and you in my heart. Much love, Terry
Pictures from Terry’s Night of a Thousand Hugs can be seen on the church’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/firstchurchjp?ref=br_tf.
Newspaper story: Retired Roslindale Minister Leaves a Legacy of Love
A lot has changed in the world since 1983 and much has also changed at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist on Eliot Street. Back then, it was a congregation of 35 when a young Rev. Terry M. Burke fresh from Harvard Divinity School, entered as minister. Now, 31 years later, the Roslindale resident is retiring and learning just how many lives he touched during his tenure. Read more here: http://m.west-roxbury.wickedlocal.com/article/20140702/NEWS/140709398
Update on Lucy Feeley Karp
Courtney and Roy seem to be doing pretty well. They are enjoying the time they have with Lucy and she is doing what babies are supposed to do, she is growing. They are all happy with the care she is receiving at Beth Israel Hospital, which is a great relief. Please use the Lots Helping Hands web site to see how you might help by taking a look at the calendar function: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/718066/
Their refrigerator is full, but they are open to having friends visit, especially if you can bring a prepared meal to share with them – for the nourishment of the body and the soul. You can go to the web site to set up a date, so they can focus on fewer phone calls, and more napping and pumping. Thanks from the Caring Community
Ministerial Coverage during Summer Months
Rev. Marshall Hawkins will be on call during July and August. Marshall’s email is: email@example.com or you can call him at 617-686-5154.
Invoices for 2014-15 pledges have been emailed. Please contact Margaret via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if the invoice is inaccurate.
The Eliot Street Soirée needs a Volunteer PR Person
The Eliot Street Soirée continues on for 2014-2015. The Soiree has 3 events for this coming fall: September 21 – Roy Zimmerman; October 17 – Fellswater; and November 30 – Darol Anger and Friends. And then 3 dates for the spring: February 13th’s Valentine Soirée; April 24 and June 7.
We have a great team of volunteers, but we still (desperately, highly) need a PR person. This is not a tough job, just one that needs someone willing to meet press deadlines and make some initial calls to media outlets to make sure we’ve got the right names and emails on our list of contacts. If you like doing social media, then you could also be in charge of the Facebook page updates! We’ve got a lot of this info in hand already, but it needs updating and someone to keep on top of it. No legwork is necessary, unless you also like putting up posters around town! Please email Janna at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Summer services begin this Sunday and will run through August 31st. We will be holding them in the Parish Hall, starting at 10 am each week throughout the summer! Hopefully all of you that like to get an early start to your day in the summer will join in! Anyone interested in participating musically should contact Alisa McGann at email@example.com. The schedule is as follows:
- July 20th – Abby Krueger
- July 27th – Alisa McGann
- August 3rd – Karl Haakonsen
- August 10th – George Smith
- August 17th – Paul Miller
- August 24th – Roy Karp
- August 31st – Kimberly Wootan
Childcare Available during Summer Services!
Through the use of the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, we will be able to provide childcare during summer services. If you would like to support this service, please make a contribution to the church, clearly designated for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund
The Minister’s Discretionary Fund to help needy neighbors and church members has been depleted recently – please consider using the envelopes in the pews to make a contribution!
Summer Services Coffee Hour
Coffee Hours after Summer Services are very casual as usually there is no host assigned. Please bring something to share if you can. A covered bin labeled “Summer Service Supplies” will be in the pantry for any packaged items you wish to donate. Also, help with clean-up is always appreciated.
Summer Office Hours
Jennifer will have reduced office hours during the summer: she will be in on Tuesdays from 9 am – 1 pm. She will be available on an on-call basis on other days and will be working from home. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up another time to come by, if needed.
Food Pantry Volunteers Needed this Summer!
Volunteers needed for Food Pantry in July and August, 10:30 am – 12 noon, on these Thursdays: August 7 & 21. Although summer plans change, if you think you can work any or all of these dates, please speak to me at church or email: email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to do some direct service work in our community. No experience needed!
2014 Church Directory
The 2014 Church Directory is now available. Copies are available on the table in the sanctuary (with a jar for a $2-3 suggested donation to cover reproduction cost). Contact a member of the Welcoming Committee – Paul Miller, Abby Krueger, Gwyn Helie – with questions.
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
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.
Building Committee Contact
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the upkeep and maintenance of the church, please e-mail them to Catherine Mac Alpine 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 2:00 pm on Tuesdays 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