Past Services

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

On this Sunday we offer two separate yet wonderful services. At 9am our Minister,
Tom Rosiello, along with our Membership Coordinator, Joleen Sullivan and members of the RE Committee will offer a special informal service on Parenting as a Spiritual Journey. At 11am we are so pleased that our Senior Youth will be leading their annual service. This is always a wonderful service suitable for all who are in grade 5 and up. So please choose the service that calls to you the most. There will be RE Classes at 9am for all ages and at 11am for children through grade 4.

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Our history as Unitarian Universalists is multifaceted, as are our beliefs. This is one of the greatest strengths of our liberal faith-- its openness to seeking inspiration from a great variety of sources. In this service intern minister, Ilene Gillispie, will explore the multitude of spiritual paths within Unitarian Universalism, particularly focusing on how her own path as a lifelong UU came to intersect with the Sikh religion. This will be Ilene's last time preaching at FPC during her internship year. Mike Pfitzer and Sanghee Kim will be assisting in worship, sharing music that represents the vast diversity of the UU spiritual tradition.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Vespers 7 PM in the Community Room

This will be a wonderful Vesper Service in the Community Room. The theme is "Spring is Sprung." We will focus on the beauty and meaning of this season in words and music. Ilene, our intern minister, will be offering the reflection and Tom Rosiello will be leading the service. Your are most welcome to bring a poem or reading about spring to share. This will be one of the last opportunities to hear Ilene preach before she moves on. We really hope you will join us.

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Our minister, Tom Rosiello, will lead this special service which will focus on how we together can focus on the forces that drive us to support our church here at FPC. We will also celebrate our annual Religious Education Extravaganza with a special skit from our RE Committee. There will be opportunities for families to register their children for Religious Education for next year’s program as well as a chance for interested adults to see where their powers can best serve our program.

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

A Jazz Worship, featuring the Parish Jazz Band

“I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention. . . .” So wrote Mary Oliver in her wonderful poem, “The Summer Day.” Come celebrate Spring and the coming May flowers with this Worship Service dedicated to poetry of Mary Oliver and others, with all the morning’s music provided by the Parish Jazz Band. Parishioners will read selected poems interspersed with carefully chosen inspirational numbers from the Parish Jazz Band’s extensive repertoire. Whatever your theological leanings (and no matter where you stand on prayer!) you are invited to join us in this beautiful service about finding your way in this world, joyfully, and gratefully.

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

These days anger seems to be spilling over, some righteous, some not. We'll define righteous anger, and explore the roots that guide us as Unitarian Universalists when holding such fierce feeling. Rev. Eliza Blanchard will lead the service.

Reverend Eliza Blanchard graduated from Harvard Divinity School (where she met Rev. Tom)  in 2004, served the U.U. Society of Grafton and Upton for five years, and now offers spiritual direction and pet loss support as an affiliate of The First Parish in Brookline, U.U.

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

To kick off FPC's first-ever Transylvanian Unitarian Heritage Pilgrimage, Rev. Eric Cherry will be coming from the Unitarian Universalist Association's International Office to share with us his views about the importance of international religious partnerships. Rev. Cherry writes: “In our religious tradition, it’s common for our primary sense of community to be with a local congregation. And, yet, we are also connected to a global U/U story that has had a profound effect over centuries, across many continents, and with transformative social justice movements. This morning, let's explore that story and consider how to find our place within it.”

Rev. Tom Rosiello and Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie,  will assist Rev. Cherry in leading worship, and a special brunch with Transylvanian foods and a performance from some of our FPC singers will follow the 11AM service.

Rev. Eric M. Cherry has been the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s International Office since August 2007. In this position, Eric manages the UUA’s relationships with Unitarian, Universalist, and interfaith partners around the world, provides resources for congregational international engagement, and supervises the staff of the UU Holdeen India Program and UU United Nations Office. Prior to accepting this position, Eric served for 12 years as a parish minister with UU congregations in Burlington, Iowa and North Easton, Massachusetts.  Eric has long been involved in the UU Partner Church movement, serving as the English Teacher for Unitarian Seminarians in Kolozsvár, Transylvania in 1998. Eric is a graduate of Earlham College (BA) and Meadville/Lombard Theological School (M.Div), and lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts. We are pleased to welcome him to FPC to help reflect with us on the importance of partner church relationships as we prepare to send off a group of 31 FPC members and friends to visit our partner church in Olasztelek, Transylvania.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

On this unique Sunday, you will have the opportunity to bring your burning questions for Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie, to answer from the pulpit! The morning's sermon will consist of those questions brought by members and friends to church. So, start preparing now, and bring your questions about Unitarian Universalism, history, theology, world religions, and the meaning of life! We will reflect together in this service on the importance of questions, and will sing hymns together on this topic as well. Whatever is on your mind-- that's what this Sunday service will be about!

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Join us for an uplifting service that will focus on what the Easter message can mean in our lives today. After a special Easter Message for All Ages, our children will leave for the "Great Easter Egg Hunt." Both services will be filled with "Hallelujahs" and other great Easter music. We will conclude both services with an invitation to join the choir in singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. It will be a wonderful morning. Treat yourself to the experience and bring a friend.

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Thursday, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

"Maundy Thursday Communion Service"
This candlelight service will be led by our Minister, The Rev. Tom Rosiello, Intern Minister, Ilene Gillispie, our lay ministers, and musicians. We will tell the story of Jesus' final days focusing on the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples and what this ritual of "breaking bread together" means to us today. In this service we honor our history and celebrate our Christian roots while reaching beyond to the broader message of community and the ministry of humble service. We will be using the historic communion silver form both the First Parish of Stow and the Universalist Church of South Acton in the service. Whatever your religious background is, you are invited to join us for this beautiful service.