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Apr 242014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

Have you sent back your FP survey?   In our ongoing efforts to improve the worship life of this congregation, we need your feedback.  You should have received an email with a link to an online survey.  If you haven’t already, won’t you please take a few minutes to fill it out?   Let us know if you didn’t get the email and we will make sure you do. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, copies will be available at church on Sunday.

Read All About it! At the April meeting of the First Parish Book Club, the following books were selected for our reading.  For further information, see Eloise W.

  • May 16: “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” by Betty Medsger
  • June 20: “The Wrong Girl”  by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • July 18:  “Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North” by C. S. Manegold

From FP Music Director, Joel Sindelar.  We have a very exciting music program coming up.   Music Sunday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. – a mostly music service where members of the congregation can offer their own performances to the assembly. To rehearse our music, the choir and band will be meeting:

  •  April 27, 12-12:30 pm
  •  May 4, 11 and 18, 9:45-10:15 am

Please email Joel at joel.sindear@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have suggestions.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: The month of May marks 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry. First Parish will mark the occasion with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. (Let Rev. Christian know if you do – minister@maldenuua.org) during our normal worship service on May 4. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

FP member, Rick Frese, will be speaking at Booksellers Cafe, 24 High Street, Medford on Sunday, May 4th at 2:00p.m. Author of the new book, Concord and the Civil War: From Walden Pond to the Gettysburg Front, Rick will also talk a bit about Malden and Medford during the Civil War.  All are invited to attend.

Community News

9th Annual UU Advocacy Day sponsored by UU Mass Action, Tuesday, May 13, Arlington Street Church and then walk to the State House, 10:30am – 3pm with optional 9:30 a.m. breakfast with speaker David Wilson, a plaintiff in the MA Marriage Equality case. It’s time to raise the minimum wage, reform drug sentencing, and change our immigration policies. Info and registration at www.uumassaction.org.

Got time to help a child learn?  Housing Families, Inc. needs volunteer! As a non-profit organization based in Malden, HF strives to end family homeless by offering after school programs during the academic school year, a day camp in the summer, parenting groups and advocacy groups.  Please consider giving an hour (or 2!) per week to help those less fortunate. Orientations, trainings and support are available to help you help them.  Please contact LFlores@housingfamilies.org or 781-322-9119 (x133).

There are many great ways to support Bread of Life this spring – the Malden Education Association’s 5K on May 3 at 9 a.m at MacDonald Stadium in Malden, the Project Bread/Walk for Hunger on May 4 at the Boston Common and the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  For more info, go to http://www.thebreadoflifeonline.org .

Dates to Remember….

Sunday, April 27

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

12-2:30pm: FP choir and band rehearsal

Sunday, May 4

9:45-10:15am: FP choir and band rehearsal

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Apr 172014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Inside the Congregation

Survey Says. In our ongoing efforts to improve the worship life of this congregation, we need your feedback.  You should receive an email with a link to an online survey. Please, take a few minutes to fill it out. If you don’t get the email, let us know and we will make sure you do. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, copies will be available at church on Sunday.

Come join us as we partner with the First Church in Malden for our annual Maundy Thursday service, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Church in Malden, 184 Pleasant Street. Rev. Christian will be co-leading the service, and our presence will be warmly welcomed — and there will be refreshments!

The Building Committee will host a Clean-Up Party and Pizza Lunch on Saturday April 19 (the day before Easter) at First Parish. The fun work starts at 11 a.m. and lunch will be on hand around noon.  We will focus on raking leaves and other outdoor tasks and then move inside if time and people-power allow.  In case of rain, we will work inside.  Bringing your own lawn rake and gloves would be appreciated but we will have tools on hand as well.

And then it’s EASTER – EASTER- EASTER!  Please join the Board for a before-the-service Easter Potluck Breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 20, from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.!  The Parish Board will be serving and asks for your help by bringing in a savory dish including quiches, strata and whatever else you may like to bring – all are very much appreciated!  After breakfast, we’ll worship at the 10:30 a.m. service, followed by the coffee hour as usual.

From FP Music Director, Joel SindelarOur music program is very exciting this next month!

On Easter Sunday, we have two special guests: Michael Horowitz, a classical flutist, and Allison Waggener, an operatic mezzo-soprano. We’ll be featuring music from J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach, as well as a modern piece by Carl Nielson. There should be no surprise in finding eggs in the sanctuary after the service because our program is Bach, Bach, Bach! (Please pardon my chicken joke).

On May 18, we will be having a Music Sunday – a mostly music service – where members of the congregation can offer their own performances to the assembly. Interested musicians should contact Joel at joel.sindelar@gmail.com.

And the choir and band will be meeting to rehearse our music. We will be working on Spirit in the Sky, plus one additional piece TBD.  Our schedule will be:

  •  April 27, 12-12:30 pm
  •  May 4, 11 and 18, 9:45-10:15 am

Please email Joel at joel.sindear@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have suggestions.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: The month of May marks 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry. First Parish will mark the occasion with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. (Let Christian know if you do – minister@maldenuua.org) during our normal worship service on May 4. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

Community News

Needham Community Theatre presents CHESS: The Musical, Carleton Auditorium, Newman Elementary School, 1155 Central Ave., Needham.  May 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8pm and  May 18 at 2pm. Tickets $22/adult, $17/students/seniors/groups of 10+.   Special treat – member Ellie Vining is singing in the chorus. For more info: www.needhamtheatre.org or 781-444-4740.

Starhawk, activist/author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality will be at the Minerva Potluck at First Parish in Concord on Tuesday, June 3.  Following will be a Women’s Workshop on creating sacred community, holding our own power, and stepping into leadership + Spiral Dance. Fee: $60. If the fee is a hardship, contact TwinkleManning@gmail.com .

Wednesday, June 4, Starhawk will be interviewed at Emerson Umbrella for The Goddess Show, a TV show produced by First Parishioner “Twinkle” Marie Manning focused on explorations of the sacred feminine). This will be followed by a talk, a ritual and a spiral dance. Tickets: $25 – All are welcome. Tickets available at http://www.tvforyoursoul.com/STARHAWK.html .

Dates to Remember….

Thursday, April 17

7:00pm: Maundy Thursday Service at First Church in Malden

Friday, April 18

7:00pm: FP Book Group

Saturday April 19

11:00am: Clean-Up FP Party with Pizza Lunch

Sunday, April 20

9:30am: Potluck Easter Sunday Breakfast

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Apr 102014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Inside the Congregation

Egg decorating! Join us for craft night TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in Durgin Hall. We’ll be learning about decorating Easter eggs in the Ukrainian style.

FP Game Night! A night to eat pizza, play board games or card games, and enjoy the camaraderie of FP members who you might not see on a regular basis. Children and adults, parents and non-parents, babies and elders — everyone comes together for a fun evening of food, conversation and games. Please join us on Friday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.

You haven’t missed it!  The Young and the Thirsty – Season 1, Episode 2.  FP in Malden’s young adult gathering continues – a place to come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company. All are welcome to gather with us at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center. Invite your friends!

What do YOU think? Should the minimum wage be increased? Can we get more involvement from FP members on this issue? Should we get a professional speaker to discuss the issue? Should we invite people “outside FP” to attend? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions at the next Social Justice Committee meeting on April 13 at 12 noon in the FP Library following the morning service.

Come join us as we partner with the First Church in Malden for our annual Maundy Thursday service, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Church in Malden, 184 Pleasant Street. Reverend  Christian will be co-leading the service, and our presence will be warmly welcomed — and there will be refreshments!  Please let Christian know if you are willing to help (christian.schmidt@afreefaith.com).

The Building Committee will host a Clean-Up Party and Pizza Lunch on Saturday April 19th (the day before Easter) at First Parish. The fun work starts at 11 a.m. and lunch will be on hand around noon.  We will focus on raking leaves and other outdoor tasks and then move inside if time and people-power allow.  In case of rain we will work inside.  Bringing your own lawn rake and gloves would be appreciated but we will have tools on hand as well.

And then it’s EASTER – EASTER- EASTER!  Please join the Board for a before-the-service Easter Potluck Breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 20, from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.!  The Parish Board will be serving and asks for your help by bringing in a savory dish including quiches, strata and whatever else you may like to bring – all are very much appreciated!  After breakfast, we’ll worship at the 10:30 a.m. service, followed by the coffee hour as usual.

Celebrating Marriage Equality: The month of May marks 10 years since Massachusetts affirmed that same-sex couples could legally marry. First Parish will mark the occasion with a renewal of vows for any and all couples who wish to participate. (Let Christian know if you do – minister@maldenuua.org) during our normal worship service on May 4. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy refreshments, including wedding cake, at fellowship hour.

And by the way….we will not be getting any more snow!

Community News

Harvard Divinity School UU Community, free Music for Ministers 101 workshop with UU musician Nick Page, April 18, 9:30 – 11:30am, Andover Chapel.  Despite the title, it will be a great opportunity for all UUs to enhance their potential for song leadership. We will be singing inspirational songs and learning about the craft of community singing. All faith traditions and singing abilities/experience welcome and encouraged to attend!  Direct any questions to seanbarron@gmail.com.

Free Oral, Head, & Neck Cancer Screenings at Winchester Hospital Center for Cancer Care, 620 Washington Street, Winchester. Appointments are required. For more information and to schedule your appointment please call (781) 756-4720.

  • Tuesday April 15, 2014 3 – 5 pm
  • Wednesday April 16, 2014 10:30 – 12 pm & 12:30 – 2:30 pmAnd
  • Thursday May 1, 2014 4 – 7 pm

Mystic Tea, Tuesday April 15, 4-6 PM, Mystic Valley Elder Services, Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden. Guest speaker Kathy Learned, MVES’ Caregiver Support Coordinator will give a brief presentation about the Family Caregiver Support Program. Food RSVP by Friday, April 11 to Vida Poole, 781-388-2375 or vpoole@mves.org

Dates to Remember….

Thursday, April 10

   7-9pm: Craft Night – Egg Decorating!

Friday, April 11

5:30pm-8: Game Night in Durgin Hall

7:00pm: Young and the Thirsty Young Adult Gathering at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center

Sunday, April 13

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

12 noon: Social Justice Committee meeting in the FP Library

Thursday, April 17

11:45am: WiFI potluck lunch and discussion at FP

7:00pm: Maundy Thursday Service at First Church in Malden

Friday, April 18

7:00pm: FP Book Group

Saturday April 19

11:00am: Clean-Up FP Party with Pizza Lunch

Sunday, April 20

9:30am: Potluck Easter Sunday Breakfast

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Apr 032014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

Please join us at this Sunday’s worship service on April 6 at 10:30am. Guest preacher Steve Schmidt’s sermon will be: “OMG! How Wonderful Life Is,” in which an attempt is made to discern the miraculous in the mundane and how it can guide us in our daily lives. (And no, Steve is no relation to Rev. Christian, despite their shared name!)

Rev. Christian Schmidt will be back on the FP pulpit on Sunday, April 13, at the 10:30 a.m. worship with the sermon: Everything’s a Miracle. Says Rev. Christian, “Don’t get me wrong; not everything is a miracle. But appreciating our surroundings in a different way can help us appreciate what we do have. And see that real miracles do exist.”

Who doesn’t love Spring Flowers!? Sunday April 6 is the deadline for accepting orders and payment for flowers that will be displayed at our Easter Service and then continually enjoyed when you get to take them home afterwards!  Please contact Eloise W.

Well wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Wilson R. Visits and/or cards c/o the Cambridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 8 Dana Street, Cambridge are appreciated.

FP Game Night! A night to eat pizza, play board games or card games, and enjoy the camaraderie of FP members who you might not see on a regular basis. Children and adults, parents and non-parents, babies and elders — everyone comes together for a fun evening of food, conversation and games. Please join us on Friday, April 11 at 5:30 p.m.

The Young and the Thirsty, Season 1, Episode 2.  FP in Malden’s young adult gathering continues – a place to come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company. All are welcome to gather with us at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center. Invite your friends!

What do YOU think? Should the minimum wage be increased? Can we get more involvement from FP members on this issue? Should we get a professional speaker to discuss the issue? Should we invite people “outside FP” to attend? We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions at the next Social Justice Committee meeting on April 13, in the FP Library at 12 noon following the morning service.

Two more weeks and it’ll be safe (hopefully!) to take this paragraph out of the weekly enews! FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Community News

For some great resources regarding children learning in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Kindergarten Readiness, Brain Building in Progress, and Literacy, check out Boston Children’s Museum’s Race-to-the-Top website: http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/learning-resources/race-to-the-top

Annual Ecumenical Palm Sunday Concert, Sunday, April 13, 7:30pm, Immaculate Conception Church in Malden.  Area church choirs, soloists, and orchestra will perform “Messiah, Part II” by Handel.  A reception will follow. $10 suggested donation. For more info call 781-324-4941

Prescription Advantage is a MA run program which helps Medicare beneficiaries pay for their prescription drugs. Eligibility is based on income only with no asset limit!  Trained SHINE counselors offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and can help you apply for Prescription Advantaqge.  For more information, meet with a SHINE counselor at Mystic Valley Elder Services at 781-388-4845.

 Dates to Remember….

Thursday, April 3

7:30-8:45pm: RE Committee meeting

Sunday, April 6

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Wednesday, April 9

9-11am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

Thursday, April 10

7-9pm: Craft Night in Durgin Hall

Friday, April 11

5:30pm-8: Game Night in Durgin Hall

Sunday, April 13

10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

12 noon: Social Justice committee meeting in the FP Library

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

 

 

Mar 132014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

The Young and the Thirsty!  FP Malden is starting a young adult gathering – a place to come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company. All are welcome to gather with us at 7 p.m. March 14 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center for our first-ever gathering.

The FP Book Group will be meeting on Friday March 21 at 7:00 p.m.  Please join us in a lively discussion about this month’s book selection, “The Girl at the Lion d’Or” by Sebastian Faulks.  For more information, please speak to Eloise W.

Thinking about joining First Parish? Come learn more about what it means to be a part of this religious community at a 45-minute session at noon, Sunday, March 23 or at noon, Sunday, March 30, in the library, next to Durgin Hall, in the church.  Note: childcare will be available. Please let Christian (minister@maldenuua.org) know if you will be coming. If you can’t make either time, let Christian know that, too, and he will make other arrangements.

Camp Quinebarge, a small, traditional, ACA-acrredited co-ed camp in NH, is offering  a discounted 2-week (6/29-7/12) overnight summer camp session to 2 First Parish children (age 7-15) and new to the camp.   If interested, contact Liz (liz@campquinebarge.com or 603-253-6029) by March 21.

FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Dates to Remember….

Friday, March 14:  7pm, FP Young Adult Gathering, Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center

Sunday, March 16: 10:30am, Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Wednesday, March 199-11am, Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

   Thursday, March 20

11:45am: WiFI Lunch and 12:45 Continued Discussion of March Theme of Hope

7:30pm: Finance Committee meeting

Friday, March 21, 7:00pm: FP Book Group

Sunday, March 23, 12 noon: Membership Info meeting

Wednesday, April 2, 5:30-7:30pm: WiFi Sponsored All-Church Potluck

Community News

Mystic Tea Supper Lite, Tuesday, March 18, 4-6 PM, Mystic Valley Elder Services, Riverview Business Park, 300 Commercial Street, #19. Must rsvp by March 14 to vpoole@mves.org or phone 781-388-2375. Guest speaker: Jen Carter on ” Alzheimer’s and Your Community: Support, Advocacy and Outreach”

Sol y Canto in concert (www.solycanto.com), March 28, 8 pm, Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St., Winchester. Reception afterwards. Admission: $20 adults/$15 seniors & students with ID/$5 children & teens. Handicapped accessible. Street parking available. For more information call 781-729-0949 or visit www.winchesteruu.org/concert-series-66.html.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

 

Mar 062014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden 

Inside the Congregation

The Young and the Thirsty! FP Malden is starting a young adult gathering – a place to come together, talk about our spiritual lives, and share each other’s company. All are welcome to gather with us at 7 p.m. March 14 at Hugh O’Neill’s in Malden Center for our first-ever gathering.

FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Dates to Remember….

Sunday, March 9:

             10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

Wednesday, March 12:

9:00-11:00am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

   Thursday, March 13:

              7-9pm: Crafting in Fellowship Night

Community News

Housing Families Gala, Saturday, March 22 at 7pm at the Seaport Hotel.  A wonderful event with celebrity chefs from Boston restaurants preparing small plates and wine pairings.  Emcee: Janet Wu from WCVB.  Musical Guest: the World Premier Band. For tickets, see Barbara D.

Malden Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual Taste of Malden, April 7, 5:30-8:30pm, Malden YMCA, 99 Dartmouth Street, Malden, $25 In Advance/ $30 At the Door. $5 Kids 12 & Under. Portion of the proceeds benefit Bread of Life.

Hallmark Health System is sponsoring a free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, 6- sessions: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/22, 4/28, Dutton Adult Day Health Center, 1117 Main Street, Wakefield from 1:00-3:30 pm.  Adults with chronic conditions (such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma) and/or their caregivers will gain the knowledge and skills needed to take a more active role in their healthcare. Registration is required as space is limited. Call Kathy Harlow at (781) 279-0300 or Joya Pezzuto at (781) 338-7823.

Malden Community Blood Drives.  For appointments, call 1-800-red-cross or visit redcrossblood.org

  •     Monday, March 10, 2-7pm, St. Joseph’s Church, 790 Salem St.
  •     Wednesday, March 19, 2-7pm, Quarrystone at Overlook Ridge, 11 Overlook Ridge Dr.
  •     Thursday, March 20, 2-7pm, The Salter School, Rm 404 & 412, 2 Florence St.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen)
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you.

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Feb 272014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Greetings from Rev. Christian

In March our theme is Hope. I was reminded of that modern classic of a movie, “Shawshank Redemption.” In it, two men, both in prison, have a many-years-long conversation about hope. One friend tells the other that “Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane,” speaking of the seemingly hopeless situation they are in. The other later responds “Remember … hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” I’m fairly sure that both of these are true. Hope can be a dangerous thing, and also the very best of things. We’ll explore both those ideas and more this month, and I hope you’ll be there with us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Inside the Congregation

The next WiFi-hosted Potluck Supper is Wednesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.in Durgin Hall, barring another snowstorm! It will be cancelled if the Malden Public Schools are closed. Please bring something to share. If you cannot bring something, please come anyway.  The point is to be together. For any questions, feel free to contact Dee C-T.

FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Dates to Remember…

    Sunday, March 2:

             10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

             12 noon:Worship and Music Co. meeting 

    Wednesday, March 5:

              9:00-11:00am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

              5:30-7:30pm: WiFI sponsored all-church POT LUCK

   Thursday, March 6:

              11:45am: WiFI lunch/discussion

                7:30pm: RE Committee meeting

Community News

Malden Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop Local Malden” is offering a Member Loyalty Card. Go to  www.shoplocalmalden.org to read all about it. 

Community Health Fair, March 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, 600 Pleasant St. in Malden. Free health screenings, bone density and blood pressure checks, medication review, ask-the-pharmacist and more. Free raffles and a free continental breakfast being offered. No registration or fee.

HELP WANTED: Mystic Valley Elder Services has positions available for Home Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels) Drivers. Anyone you know looking for part-time work?  See http://www.mves.org/job-postings/multi-route-home-delivered-meals-driver/ or call 781-324-7705 for more information.

The UU’s of Napa, California announce 9th season of Wine Country Excursions. Get an inside look at one of America’s most beautiful areas. Lodging, meals & tour packages from April through October.  For more info, contact Iris Barrie at 707.363.7552 or barrie001@comcast.net.

 Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen) 
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you. 

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Feb 202014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Inside the Congregation

A new baby! Stacey G. and Patrick M. welcomed Baxter James to the world on Tuesday. Parents and big brother Simon are all doing well and hope to be at church as soon as they are all up for it.

Light it up! Would you like to light the chalice in our service? Each week an individual, couple, or family lights our chalice at the beginning of service, and many people in the congregation have done so this year. If you haven’t yet, or would like to again, please email Rev. Christian at minister@maldenuua.org .

The climate change presentation on January 24th sponsored by the Social Justice Committee was terrific. All attendees enjoyed the two informative speakers.  The next Social Justice Committee meeting is Sunday, Feb 26 at 12 noon. Please join us and keep the momentum going!

 Nursery policy announcement:  Please help end the food fights!  Starting in March, the church will be supplying all food that enters the nursery.  There will be Chex available as a snack for the toddlers and bottles/sippy cups are still welcomed.  As a reminder, labelling your diaper bag helps the providers determine whose sippy is whose.

Have you heard? The UUA is taking an in-depth look at itself and making changes, one of which is a new logo.  For more info go to http://www.uua.org.

FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Dates to Remember…

    Thursday, February 20:

              11:45am: WiFI lunch/discussion

                7:30pm: Finance Committee meeting

    Friday, February 21:

              7pm: FP Book Club discusses The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

    Sunday, February 23:

             10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

             12 noon:Social Justice Committee meeting 

             12 noon: RE Informational meeting

    Wednesday, February 26:

              9:00-11:00am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

Community News

Malden Chamber of Commerce presents Mayor Gary Christenson’s 2014 State of the City Address. Join in for breakfast as his Honor, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, looks back on 2013 and what’s ahead for Malden in the coming year! Tuesday, February 25, 7:30am, Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal Street. Tickets: Chamber Members: $30  Non-Members: $35, Tables of 10: $270 .  RSVP to 781-322-4500 or info@maldenchamber.org .

Alastair Moock’s Family Concert, Saturday, March 8 at 2pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of Wakefield, $6 for advanced tickets or $8 at the door.  To order, go to www.wakefielduu.org or call 781-245-0631 or email admin@wakefielduu.org .

Brother Sun at The Ivy Chord Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn Street, March 29, 8pm, $22 general admission, $20 seniors, students. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. Go to www.uureading.org/concerts for more information.

2014 Intergenerational Spring Seminar on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice, April 3-5 in NYC Panel topics will cover: Indigenous Rights 101, UNDRIP, Indigenous Spirituality, Traditional Lands and Governmental Borders and Environmental Justice. Early bird special ends March 7.  Scholarship/financial assistance is available. For more info, contact unitednations@uua.org or go to (http://www.uua.org/international/events/seminar/index.shtml).

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen) 
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you. 

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.

Feb 142014
 

What’s Happening at FP in Malden

Greetings from RE Director Alexis!

As we begin to plan and budget for next year, I’m excited to tell you that we have so many children in our church that our RE program is bursting at the seams. As more families join the church, and as the children grow each year, the needs of the religious education program change. Little things, like adding monthly worship for the children and monthly youth group meetings, started this year. Next year, there will be some big changes – from classroom size and number, to curriculum choices. If you would like to learn more about these changes and share your thoughts, meet with me at noon on Sunday, Feb. 23 in the library.

Inside the Congregation

And now a word from the FP Worship & Music committee…..Copies of the report can be found on the hallway table near the name badges.

FP closings due to winter storms will be posted on WBZ-TV (http://boston.cbslocal.com/closings/), notices will be emailed and posted on the website. We will also call those members who do not use computers. If you would prefer a text notification, text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994 to begin receiving them.  As a helpful guideline, if the Malden Schools are closed, FP will also be closed and all activities cancelled.

Dates to Remember….

   Sunday, February 16:

             10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

   Wednesday, February 19:

              9:00-11:00am: Drop-in Winter Playgroup for the 0-5 crowd and their guardian(s)

   Thursday, February 20:

              11:45am: WiFI lunch/discussion

                7:30pm: Finance Committee meeting

    Friday, February 21:

              7pm: FP Book Club discusses The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

    Sunday, February 23:

             10:30am: Service and religious education classes, followed by Fellowship in Durgin Hall

             12 noon: Social Justice Committee meeting 

             12 noon: RE Informational meeting

Community News

Mystic Tea light supper, Tuesday, February 18, 4-6 p.m., Mystic Valley Elder Services, Riverview Business Park, 300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden. The guest speaker is Jen Carter from the Alzheimer’s Association will give a brief presentation, ” Alzheimer’s and Your Community: Support, Advocacy and Outreach.”  Jen will provide an overview of the disease and the work the Alzheimer’s Association is doing in MA and across the US including free services for families and friends, advocacy, and research for a treatment and cure.  Please RSVP to Vida E. Poole (781-388-2375 or vpoole@mves.org).

Malden’s Showcase of Schools, March 6, 5:30-6:30pm, at Early Learning Center, 257 Mountain Ave, parking behind the school off Mt. Vernon.  All families of incoming kindergarten students are encourage to attend.  Meet the K-8 principals, learn about educational opportunities. The Parent Information Center,Title 1, and K-8 principals will be on hand to answer questions. For more info call 781-397-7025.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday      10am – 1pm (Eloise)
  • Wednesday   9am – 5pm (Ellen) 
  • Thursday       2pm – 6pm (Ellen)
  • Friday          10am – 1pm (Eloise)

Hours for Rev. Schmidt: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you call ahead (979-450-2477), he’ll be ready to meet you. 

Follow us on Twitter (@1stparishmalden) or “like” us on Facebook.  Do you want text message reminders for important church events? Simply text the message “@fpma” to the number 617-600-5994.