Weekly Newsletter: April 12

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***This Sunday, April 15th, at First Church***
What are the intersections of transgender identity and religious experience?  How does being trans impact faith formation?  And what lessons does that experience hold for all of us?  These questions will be explored in a worship service led by Jamez Terry, founder of the Tranny Roadshow and MDiv candidate at Harvard Divinity School.

Service followed by a workshop titled Understanding (Trans)Gender Identity

In this interactive workshop, led by Jamez and Julia Terry, participants will gain an understanding of gender identity, how it fits into all of our lives, and how we can talk clearly about it with one another.  We will explore what it means to be transgender and how, as a faith community, we can become more welcoming to all of the people in our midst.  All are welcome – please join us after the service on April 15.

If you are able or inclined to, please bring food to share.

Thank you to all our Coffee Hour host, George Smith and thank you to Beverly Scheibert, filling in today for Music Director Ellen McGuire who is away in Maryland on family matters.




***Next Sunday, April 22nd***
Andree Collier will be preaching on “Earth Day:  Sources of Hope”

The Social Action Group is sponsoring an  Earth Day potluck, after church, with Nurse Practitioner Becky Reed.  She will be speaking on “Connecting the Dots:  Farms, Food, and Health.”

Also on Earth Day, April 22nd, at 7PM, Gerry Wright will be performing “Olmsted and Whitman, the Civil War Years.”

***Wednesday evening April 18th***
At 7PM, the JP Forum will host Unitarian Universalist minister Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison Reed on the topic “Darkening the Doorways,” on African Americans in Unitarian Universalism.

***Sunday, May 6th: Congregational Meeting***
A special congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 12:30 to discuss the Strategic Plan.  You will receive a copy of the plan by email well in advance of the meeting.  If you prefer not to receive the plan as an email attachment, please let Andrea Clardy know.

Sunday, April 29th – The Big Show
The Big Show has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, April 29 at 4 pm.  If you would like to perform – a reading, a comedy skit, a song, dance, or clarinet solo – please speak to Ellen!

Please visit our calendar online at: http://www.firstchurchjp.org/events/



***Office News***
Julia will be in and out of the office the week of the 17th/19th.

Please, put on your thinking caps for our Church Fair Service Auction on June 2.

What unique or special skill do you have?

What unique or special service do you need?

We’ll be running an auction to raise money for the church based on what you can offer and what you can bid. Maybe you can cook a dinner, do chores, run errands, sew, knit, do some office work, create a lovely graphic… how could we, the Fair Committee, possibly limit the list – you know skills and options that we can’t come up with (but may want to buy!)

Please, answer the very short survey by April 20th. We are always happy to take your information the old-fashioned way, if doing the survey is not easy (it is merely an organizational tool for us)  Contact Cathy.

Here is the link to Survey Monkey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8HDHZ9N

Thank you, the Spring Fair Committee.

***A Call for Greeters***
Remember what it was like to walk into our church for the first time? Hopefully you were met with a friendly face to welcome you, to help you feel that your visit was significant. 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 to sign up, learn more, or have your questions answered.  Thanks!

Stewardship Campaign
Many stewardship dinners are set, while others are being organized.  If you have not heard from a Steward yet, please forgive our less than perfect organization and contact Jom Michel to find out where you have been assigned.


Nothing to Wear!?!?! Clothing Swap April 14th
Do you stand in front of your overflowing closet every morning and struggle to pull together an outfit?  You’ve got a closet full of clothes, and nothing to wear!

How about you clear out everything you don’t love and everything that doesn’t fit, and trade it in for a whole new-to-you wardrobe?  Wouldn’t it be lovely to open your closet and just ADORE everything you see there?  You can do it – at a clothing swap!

People all over the world are getting together to exchange their unwanted clothing for a new set that they love. On Saturday April 14th from 1pm to 4pm at First Church, you can, too.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only). Proceeds benefit First Church.  Remaining clothing goes to Goodwill – everybody wins!

Here’s how to swap:

1.   Clean out your closet and find some items to swap. All sizes and seasons welcome. Items must be clean and in good condition.

2.   Bring only things that you are proud to pass on. If you wouldn’t lend it to a friend, don’t bring it to the swap! Event organizers have the final say is what’s swappable and what’s not.

3.   Swapping is done on a one-for-one exchange. For each swappable item you bring, you’ll get a ticket.  You can then go home with as many items as you brought!

4.   Remaining items will be donated to Goodwill

5.   Buy your tickets online.

6.   To get $2 cash back AND to qualify for Express check-in, drop off your clothes in advance

7.   Get in FREE when you volunteer.

8.   For information on clothing drop off, volunteering, or just general swapping 4-1-1, contact Sarah Hawkins atfirstchurchswap@gmail.com

Remember:  Unused stuff clutters your life. Say buh-bye with bliss, as you let go of items you no longer wear and make space for new-to-you pieces that you actually WILL wear.



Building Use
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.

Yoga at First Church
Join us throughout the year for Monday for Evening Yoga (6:45 – 8:15 pm) for 90 minutes of stretching, flexing and core strengthening (suggested donation: $15). For you early birds who want to wake up your body while the earth is waking up, try the slow-flow class Thursday mornings, 7:30 to 8:15 (suggested donation: $10).  Please try to be on time, out of respect for other attendees. Some mats and props will be available to borrow. Bring a friend! For any questions about yoga, contact Margaret. All donations go to the work of First Church in our community.


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 Julia (Firstchjp@aol.com) for special parameters. If you would like your announcement included in the weekly newsletter, please send them in by Wednesday evenings. 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.

Regular office hours are currently 9 am to 1 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may contact the church administrator, Julia, by emailing Firstchjp@aol.com.

Julia Terry, Congregational Administrator
First Church in Jamaica Plain UU
6 Eliot Street
P.O. Box 300186
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Website: www.firstchurchjp.org



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