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Our buildings are closed for the duration of the coronavirus emergency but our com­mun­ity is still here and has gone virtual. Worship is being streamed on the church’s YouTube channel at 10:00 am Sunday mornings. Please email to receive our twice-weekly emails. Visit our community blog, Suddenly at Home –FPCoG, and sign up to be notified when a new post goes live.

Mid-Week Inspiration and Check-In
Thursday May 28, 2020

Dearly Beloveds,

This message is a day late due to technical dramas. I know these kinds of things can be especially confusing right now!! So much gratitude to Melissa Wood for pointing me in the direction of Bathtub Pandemic Poems by Alicia Jo Rabins. You can also follow her on Facebook, where her newest poems appear. At the bottom is one of my favorites.

Are you baking? Do you need a reason to bake or people to bake for?

Liz and I are working on a plan to honor and celebrate this year's ten graduating/Bridging seniors and it includes dropping off treats at their homes. If you would like to bake a batch of cookies, brownies, a cake or another sweet treat or brunch type item, please to sign up!

See the important announcement below from the Trustees about our next congregational meeting on Wed, June 3, at 6 pm!

I hope to see some of you today (soon!) for Coffee and Conversation at 11:00 am. It has been a really sweet way to gather. Details below.

Blessings,
Elea

Coffee and Conversation. Thursdays at 11 AM via Zoom

I am holding a weekly Coffee/Tea and Conversation Hour every Thursday at 11:00 am — no agenda other than to check in, talk and keep each other a little bit more connected. You are welcome to drop by for a few minutes or stay the whole time. (See this page in the Members area for the Zoom link, or email .)

Church-Wide Zoom Meeting, held by the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm — Agenda to include updates from RE, Finance Committee, Compassionate Callers program, and other important church information. We hope you will attend!


Ode to My Fellow Meeting Attendees
By Alicia Jo Rabins

I love seeing the inside of your home.
I love seeing your cats perch on
Your chair, your children tear through the
Room, your small dogs nestled on your lap.
I love your houseplants and your dressers,
And for those of you who are good
With technology, I love your fancy
Backgrounds and what they say
About your souls: you love San Francisco,
Or would live in a jungle given the choice,
Or are a priestess of the occult
With a hundred candles and one giant cat.
I love your couches and your kitchen cabinets,
Your hanging pot racks, your bed piled
With laundry or perfectly made,
Your bare walls or tastefully hung art,
Your surprisingly inspirational bookshelf
Decorations: “Believe” in silver script.

All these years we’ve worked together
And only now that we are far apart,
Can we be this unguarded. I remember
My seventh grade boyfriend-we never
Spoke at school, but on the phone at night
There were no secrets between us.
My fellow meeting attendees, we
Are like that now: so separate, so far
Apart that we can finally invite each other
Into our holy of holies.

We are a community of adults, youth, and children seek­ing to deepen spiritually, to take care of one another, and to be a blessing to the world.

We are a school for compassion, gratitude, and gener­os­ity.

These are some of the things we care about at First Parish Church: We value spiritual depth, spiritual growth, and spiritual maturity. We value service to others, especially to those outside the walls of the church and to those in need. We value gen­er­os­ity and view increasing gen­er­os­ity as part of the spiritual life. We value being a “permission granting” church. By this we mean saying yes to new ideas and possibilities which are consistent with and further the mis­sion and values of the church. We value taking care of each other. We will be asked to take care of the members and friends of our community who are in need. We will receive care when we are in need.

As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm and promote the principles of the UUA. As a Welcoming Congregation, we actively welcome gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people as full participants in the life of the church.

In other words, our congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith are engaging, partici­pa­tory, and inclusive. All are welcome at this table. Join us!




Welcoming
 Congregation 15th anniversary

Welcoming Congregation, 15th anniversary (photo by Susan Fry)



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FPCoG’s Coronavirus Blog    [ 05/02/2020 04:34 PM ]

We have started a community blog to capture the experiences and emotions of this singular time: Suddenly at Home – FPCoG. Visit to sign up for email notification when a new post goes live. We now have 11 authors, who have posted 29 observations, poems, musings, and inspirations. You are invited to be the 12th! Email Ellen Brandt for your author account.

Access to FPCoG’s YouTube Services and Zoom Coffee Hour    [ 04/18/2020 09:32 AM ]

We have collected in one place all the URLs and calendar reminders you need to get to the church’s Sunday service on the YouTube channel and then join the community in a virtual coffee hour via Zoom. See the top of this page in the Members area for all the links (members password required, please email tech.help@uugroton.org if you don’t have it). You can also find there the login information for the weekly Zoom coffee hour, which convenes Thursdays at 11:00 am.

First Parish Church Has Gone Virtual    [ 03/25/2020 06:20 PM ]

Please see the announcement from March 12. Worship services are being streamed on the church’s YouTube channel at 10:00 am Sundays.

Audio and Transcripts of Sermons at FPCoG    [ 03/15/2020 11:21 AM ]

Here are links to audio of recent sermons at FPCoG. All the available sermons going back to 2008 are linked from this page.

May 24, 2020: Eleventh ( audio; YouTube )

May 17, 2020: Tenth ( audio; YouTube )

May 10, 2020: Ninth ( audio; YouTube )

May 3, 2020: Eighth ( audio; YouTube )

April 26, 2020: Seventh ( audio; YouTube )

April 19, 2020: Sixth: Three Ministers Walk Into a Deli ( audio; YouTube )

April 12, 2020: Fifth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

April 5, 2020: Fourth virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

March 29, 2020: Third virtual church service ( audio; YouTube )

March 22, 2020: Second virtual church service ( YouTube )

March 15, 2020: FPCoG’s first virtual church service ( YouTube )

>> All of 2020’s and 2019’s sermons

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