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Ray Cornils Retiring – Celebrations and Blessings

June 19, 2017

On Sunday, June 18 we held a service of worship to celebrate Ray Cornils’s 30-year ministry with us as Minister of Music, and to release him from that ministry into his retirement with our thanks and love. (You can listen to Mary’s sermon from that service, “Garments of Grace.”) Following the service there was a reception… MORE



Campaign Kickoff – And we’re off!

May 3, 2017

Thank you to all for a wonderful kick-off event for the Connecting our Community campaign. Stay tuned for more news and excitement! You can watch the introductory video for the campaign below. Special thanks: Video Production: Alec Salisbury Voice: Cassie McKarns Script: Paige Mangum Production Support: Geoff Parker



Scholar Diana Butler Bass to Explore “Spiritual Revolution”, May 6-7

April 5, 2017

The spiritual revolution, finding God in the world, is an invitation to new birth, most especially for religion. …It is time for the church to wake up. There is nothing worse than sleeping through a revolution. – Diana Butler Bass, Grounded   Diana Butler Bass, nationally known author, speaker, and scholar of religion and culture, joins First… MORE



Connecting Our Community Campaign Underway!

April 1, 2017

The Connecting Our Community $2,500,000 capital campaign is underway! We are excited to be moving forward with the first phase of visiting would-be donors in the congregation starting in April. Our theme, Connecting Our Community, gets to the very heart of what these building projects – and our church’s mission – are all about. As… MORE



Holy Week Worship Schedule

March 29, 2017

We hope that you will join us as we journey through the challenge and transformation of the Holy Week and Easter story again this year. April 9 – Palm Sunday 10am – Geoff Parker preaching: “Gates and Cornerstones” Adult Choir, Cherub, Junior and Westminster Choirs, Parish Ringers April 13 – Maundy Thursday 6:00 pm – Communion with Soup and… MORE



Jane Hagness Welcomed as New Minister of Music

March 12, 2017

On Sunday, March 12, The Minister of Music Search Committee announced that Dr. Jane Hagness will be the new Minister of Music for First Parish Church. She was the unanimous selection of the committee and will join the staff on July 1, 2017. Jane is a conductor, organist and lyric soprano. She has earned a… MORE



Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Vision Alive

March 8, 2017

On Sunday, March 5th, First Parish continued the celebration of the church’s 300th Anniversary by exploring a vision from our church that has become a cherished part of the church’s history and shaped the history of the U.S. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a guest in pew 23 of First Parish Church in 1851 when she… MORE



First Parish Embarks on Capital Campaign

February 6, 2017

From Margo Knight, Church Council Chair, to the First Parish Community: On January 29, our congregation voted to enter our fourth century with a bold step. We will undertake a $2.5 million capital campaign to update our facilities in order to help fulfill our mission and our strategic plan. As you are aware, our congregation… MORE



30 of 300: Anniversary Year Kicks Off with Celebration of Ray Cornils

January 24, 2017

On January 22nd, First Parish Church launched our 300 Years On the Way with a fitting party: the celebration of Minister of Music Ray Cornils’s 30th Anniversary with the Church. Ray will be retiring from his ministry closer to our official 300th anniversary, but this day was a chance to enjoy the ways we have sung together as a… MORE



Solstice Labyrinth Walk Draws Community to the Center

December 22, 2016

A vision for light in the night led one First Parish family to create an event that gathered almost a hundred friends and community members to walk the Labyrinth in the Woods on the night of December 21st, the winter solstice. Sarah Rodgers, a First Parish member, shared her family’s tradition of a solstice candle-light walk… MORE



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