First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster MA

First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster MA

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Here’s last Saturday’s Hopeful Thinking on how we come by our beliefs... “...My job as a minister is not tell you what to think or what you should believe. It is to help you discover what you already believe, either consciously or unconsciously. Because what you believe determines the life you live...”
Here’s last week’s Hopeful Thinking on getting comfortable with a bit of chaos... “...Let it go. You’re holding on too tightly. Life is a riddle for which the answer is so obvious it seems like bad advice...”
Here’s a little contemplative rock garden to inspire your day...
Here’s this week’s Hopeful Thinking for those who need some hope regarding the subject of racism... “...it’s not possible to be human without bias. Recognizing that, attempting to be nonresistant to things we cannot change, what can we do...”
St. Pat's dinner on Saturday, March 16th from 5:30 to 8 PM is a first for our church. But folks are pitching in to help. It's going to be lovely weather on Saturday, please join us for a great evening with friends, food, music, and oh yeah, good beer. We can still use help on deserts. Please go to signup sheet and sign up for your favorite desert.
Come to the Festival of Trees Saturday in Town Hall. Vote for this little gem of a tree (# 15). It's the prettiest little tree in town!
Awesome concert!
Do u still have the air conditioner would like a couple please for my sister and her baby. Thanks u
Hi do u still have acs available would like one for me please and my parents. Thanks
Celebrate spring by attending a local event!

Member of Unitarian Universalist Assoc. of Congregations. Living in loving community & assisting those on a search for truth, meaning & spiritual growth.

We're an independent self-governing congregation, with a rich history dating back to 1653 when we gathered as a Puritan congregation & were the first church established in Central Massachusetts . We demonstrate our beliefs through worship, religious education, fellowship and loving service to each other and the world. We respect these basic principles : - The inherent worth and dignity of every person Justice, equity & compassion in human relations - Acceptance of one another & encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations - Providing a free & responsible search for truth & meaning - The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large - The goal of world community with peace, liberty & justice for all - Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part - We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as a profound spiritual guide - We believe in the importance of good works, not just good words - Enriching our spiritual practice with other religious and spiritual traditions - We believe that we all enter this world with original grace - We ask that all people are accepted as you are What we do: - We provide Sunday services and a shared ministry - We provide a sense of community, friendship & family - We provide support to local & national efforts to improve the lives of those in need - We provide service in order to make the world a better place for all - We provide programs and services for the exploration and growth of the spirit - We provide a Sunday school to teach children about all faiths and the worth of the individual

Mission: To live in loving community and assist those on a free and responsible search for truth, meaning & spiritual growth, to foster social justice and provide care to those in need.

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Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, February 22, 2020 - The Overcoming

Here’s this week’s Hopeful Thinking on the difference between the hurdle and the leap...

“...How do we know why a person is on the path they’re on? How do we know their purpose? How can we know what’s in their future for which today must happen? We do not know the purpose of suffering, or sin, for that matter...”

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hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com What is the rule against judgment all about? Why are we encouraged not to judge others? We are told we should leave it up to God to do it...

This Sunday "The Baby and the Bathtub" with Wil Darcangelo - https://mailchi.mp/2f62f34773ea/this-sunday-the-baby-and-the-bathwater-with-wil-darcangelo

SPIRITUAL HOMEWORK: February 26 begins the season of Lent. Whether or not you are an observing Christian, the function of Lent need not be directly related to an observance of any religion. Lent coincides with a very necessary intrinsic human need to reflect and renew ourselves in preparation for the spring, the beginning of the new harvest year. Sorrows weigh down on us as the winter presses forward. We are tired of the diminished light and the weariness of surviving the winter. You don’t have to give up chocolate. The purpose of giving something up is to create more time to allow for this reflection and renewal to take place. You don’t have to give up something you even like. Try giving up complaining. Try giving up working overtime. Try giving up worry. Set 30 minutes aside every day for just thinking about what weighs on your heart. Feel it get lighter as the days move toward the spring.

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Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, February 15, 2020 - We Shall Overcome

Here’s this week’s Hopeful Thinking on working together to make a more loving world...

“...there is no teaching on earth throughout history which claims that anything is ever accomplished without doing it together...”

https://hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com/2020/02/hopeful-thinking-saturday-february-15_15.html?m=1

hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com I spoke with someone recently who informed me that it was considered inappropriate, by their racial justice group, for white people to si...

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Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, February 8, 2020 - The Baby and the Bathwater

Here’s last week’s Hopeful Thinking on the intrinsic human needs behind our religious traditions and rituals. Lent in particular...

“...I remember that you were supposed to give up chocolate from around Valentine’s Day until Easter when you could get it all back. Seemed like an odd procedure to just break even in the end...”

https://hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com/2020/02/hopeful-thinking-saturday-february-8.html?m=1

hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com I don’t remember learning much about the Christian season of Lent as a child. I know it was mentioned. I remember the word Lent being spo...

Register to vote! The deadline is February 12 to register in Massachusetts in order to to vote in the primary on March 3. When everyone votes, we have the truest representation of the People!

What's Love Got to Do With It? - Sunday with Rev. Leaf Seligman - https://mailchi.mp/d5bda1702b20/whats-love-got-to-do-with-it-sunday-with-rev-leaf-seligman

Diversity Survey, This Week in Religious Ed - 2/2/20 - https://mailchi.mp/e3dea8c408eb/diversity-survey-this-week-in-religious-ed-2220

"Survey Sunday" with Wil Darcangelo and Special Musical Guest, Inside Track - https://mailchi.mp/9ae63b4585ca/survey-sunday-with-wil-darcangelo-and-special-musical-guest-inside-track

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Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - The Center of Attention

Here’s this week’s Hopeful Thinking on the purpose and power of attention...

“...As an article of faith, accept the fact that you are an instrument of magic. You have only but to look at something and it shall grow or wither. Your brain will do the same...”

https://hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com/2020/01/hopeful-thinking-saturday-january-25.html?m=1

hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com One of my favorite movie scenes is a short bit in the 1958 film “Auntie Mame” when Mame Dennis, played by Rosalind Russell, is working as...

If there were zombie snowmen I think they might look like this...

Join us Sunday for "Metaforaging: The Language of God" withWil Darcangelo - https://mailchi.mp/bb0166b9d395/join-us-sunday-for-metaforaging-the-language-of-god-with-wil-darcangelo

Due to the impending weather, CHURCH IS CANCELLED THIS SUNDAY. ❄️ Sleep late, stay safe, and be well.

Join us next Sunday, January 26th at 10:00 AM as we welcome back our Minister, Wil Darcangelo, to the pulpit for a message entitled “Metaphoraging: the Language of God.”

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Exciting things happening in Religious Ed this week - 1/19/20

What's Happening in Religious Ed this Week - 1/19/20? - https://mailchi.mp/687c3fbad043/whats-happening-in-religious-ed-this-week-11920

mailchi.mp Beginners decorate Little Free Pantry, and Jr. Youth begin belief surveys.

This Sunday: Winning Hearts Instead of Battles with guest Michael Hartwell - https://mailchi.mp/479822a587bf/this-sunday-winning-hearts-instead-of-battles-with-guest-michael-hartwell

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Wil Darcangelo joins long history of Lancaster's First Church - The Item http://bit.ly/36P6oBA

Vows and Covenants: Unpacking the Pledge of Allegiance with Wil Darcangelo on Sunday - https://mailchi.mp/b2f89beac4c4/vows-and-covenants-unpacking-the-pledge-of-allegiance-with-wil-darcangelo-on-sunday

Firelight Theater Company

Registration for Little Music Makers is open! Save your family a spot in this one of a kind music program in Lancaster, MA.

"Your Body Believes What It Hears" with special guest Irene Powell - https://mailchi.mp/14aad54b171e/your-body-believes-what-it-hears-with-special-guest-irene-powell

SAND FOR SENIORS
First Church is teaming up with the Council on Aging and the Community Center to deliver buckets of sand/salt to any local Senior who requests one. Winter slip and falls can happen to anyone but we hope to make that a little less likely for our senior community. If you are a senior or know a senior who would like a bucket delivered to their home please contact Melanie at:
[email protected]

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Hopeful Thinking - Saturday, December 28, 2019 - Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Here’s this week’s Hopeful Thinking on the story behind the Christmas story...

“...Don’t believe all that you are seeing. It is a real, but distorted view. Look deeper. The proof of our human expansion is there underneath the suffering. The proof of our ever-enlightning society is there between the lines...”

https://hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com/2019/12/hopeful-thinking-saturday-december-28.html?m=1

hopefulthinkingworld.blogspot.com Who are we, really? As a species, I mean? What is genuinely natural to us? And what is learned? And what about us decides whether or not ...

Happy Hanukkah!
In recognition and celebration of the first night of Hanukkah we will be lighting the bell tower blue and white tonight. Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

First Church of Christ Unitarian in Lancaster will be holding two services on Christmas eve.
The 4:00 PM service is a favorite of families with young children, bristling with Christmas music and carols, and once again, we are excited to feature the Youth Ensemble of New England https://www.facebook.com/TheYouthEnsembleofNewEngland/
For those who enjoy the midnight service, First Church's 11 PM Community Service of stories and carols, featuring Caroline Reiner-Williams (cello) and Angel Hernandez (violin) is a beautiful tradition. In addition, First Church's regular choir will be joined by members of the College Church choir. The service will be co-led by First Church's new minister, Wil Darcangelo, and Rev. Heather Cook, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist College Church in Lancaster.
Donations received at both services will be shared with WHEAT Community Services of Clinton.

No Religious Ed 12/22 or 12/29. Welcome back on 1/5! - https://mailchi.mp/f3580a3ed01e/no-religious-ed-1222-or-1229-welcome-back-on-15

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Volunteering Calendar

If you are seeking volunteering opportunities, here is a good one nearby:

The Clinton home repair work is scheduled for Saturday, December 21 from 8:30 - 2. Even if you only have a couple of hours, your time will be useful. The Habitat construction supervisor is anxious to get work done before the truly snowy and cold weather set in.

To register, please sign up on the Habitat Event calendar: https://cm2ncmhabitat.neworg.com/Default.asp…

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Thanks,
Dennis Crimer
[email protected]

cm2ncmhabitat.neworg.com For questions and concerns regarding volunteering at Habitat NCM, or registration and sign-up please e-mail us at [email protected] or call us Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on 978-348-2749 x205.

Celebrating “Christmas Around the World”

On December 15th during 10am service, the children of the First Church Religious Education program & friends will perform their Christmas Pageant for the congregation and community. “Christmas Around the World” is a celebration of traditions originating from people of other nations: Germany, Ireland, England, and Czechoslovakia.

The pageant is filled with song, music, a Nativity Scene, and will feature guest musicians and soloists. A Holiday Senior Brunch will follow the pageant at 11:15 in Hawkins Hall.

Don't Miss "Christmas Around the World" Christmas Pageant on Sunday - https://mailchi.mp/c67db0c057d8/dont-miss-christmas-around-the-world-christmas-pageant-on-sunday

First Church of Christ Unitarian, Lancaster MA

Gifts collected for Wheat Community Connections - Hope for the Holidays. Thanks to all who organized and contributed!

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NOTE TIME CHANGE! EARLY SERVICE AT 4PM!
All of us at First Church of Christ Unitarian want to wish you the best possible Christmas season. We invite you to our two Community Christmas Eve services, one at 4:00 PM and one at 11 PM. Both services will include traditional readings and carols and the 4:00 service will feature the Youth Ensemble of New England. We hope to see you there to celebrate this season of kindness and giving.

Holiday Senior Brunch at First Church Sunday at 11:15.

Don't miss our own George Frantz this 2nd Sunday of Advent - https://mailchi.mp/7d5a366aed0d/dont-miss-our-own-george-frantz-this-2nd-sunday-of-advent

SAND FOR SENIORS
First Church is teaming up with the Council on Aging and the Community Center to deliver buckets of sand/salt to any local Senior who requests one. Winter slip and falls can happen to anyone but we hope to make that a little less likely for our senior community. If you are a senior or know a senior who would like a bucket delivered to their home please contact Melanie at:
[email protected]

First Church will again be working with the Council on Aging and the Community Center to host a free brunch dedicated to Lancaster's seniors.
Sunday December 15, 11:15am
Hawkins Hall / First Church Unitarian
All seniors and families are welcome - please join us to celebrate the Holidays across generations!

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725 Main St
Lancaster, MA
01523

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Tuesday 09:00 - 11:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 11:30
Friday 09:00 - 11:30
Sunday 10:00 - 11:30
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