First Parish Church, Congregational

Our Programs2021-09-14T16:57:17+00:00

Tuesday Spiritual Studies

“Shepherd, Soldier, Sinner, Sovereign: The Life of David”

Tuesdays: September 28; October 5, 12, 26 (additional weeks as needed) 7:00-8:15pm

Few, if any figures from the Scripture have been larger than David. His epic rise from shepherd boy, to mighty warrior, to beloved and beleaguered king, as well as his tragic flaws, make him one of the Bible’s most compelling characters. Throughout this unit, we will look at some of the major episodes from David’s story arc, reflecting on the timeless spiritual lessons they offer us in concerns such as our relationships with God and others, the use of power, and personal ambition.

Prayer and Meditation

Wednesday, July 7 & 21 at 7pm

An opportunity to come together for a time of quiet reflection, sharing of Scripture, and the offering of any prayer intentions that are on participants’ hearts and minds. To join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone contact office.fpchurch@gmail.com for details.

Bible Study

Thursday- Bible Study sessions, on Zoom at 4 PM. Participate to discuss the Scriptures for the upcoming Sunday, no preparation needed. We will continue online for the fall. We will eventually be a hybrid group. Join us with your computer, tablet, smart phone or phone. Contact office.fpchurch@gmail.com for the link.

Faith Formation for Children & Youth

Sunday morning Faith Formation for children begins Sunday, September 12, 10 AM at 1 Chapel Lane.

Direct questions to Jeanne Westcott, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, at Jeanne.fpchurch@gmail.com

Worship

Sunday Morning Worship Service, 10 AM, 10 Central St. Manchester by the Sea, MA

Click to watch online at Facebook Live

Worship is led by Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea with Dr. Herman Weiss, Rebecca Shrimpton and Paul Knox.

Past Worship services also available on YouTube, here.

The Still Speaking Seminar

The Still Speaking Seminar meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 7:30 to 9 pm via Zoom.  Its purpose is to look at a variety of modern intellectuals’ thinking on issues of faith, morals and justice as they relate to our spiritual tradition.  Topics rotate in response to the interests of the group.  In recent weeks we have spent time with topics such as Harvard Philosophy Professor Michael Sandel’s exploration of the ethics of meritocracy; twentieth century Protestant theologian Reinhold Niebuhr’s work on social ethics in relation to economic inequality and warfare; Catholic Social Teaching and Christian Democracy movement; Pope Francis’ recent encyclicals on the environment and immigration:  The Fourth Turning by demographers William Strauss and Neil Howe; and spiritual experiences in eastern traditions.

The name Still Speaking Seminar is a play on the UCC’s slogan “God is Still Speaking” and is intended to  highlight our view that faith is constantly renewing itself and presenting fresh insights in the present moment.  We will continue to use our  format of a video exploration of some aspect of  modern thought from an authoritative source, followed by discussion.  No preparation is required; additional background material will be available for those interested in deeper explorations of the ideas under consideration.  The group is coordinated by Richard Smith and Steve Carhart.  If you are not already on our email list and would like to receive regular notifications of topics and Zoom invitations, contact us at 978-590-7497 (Dick) or 978-407-8454 (Steve).

Book Group

Book group is open to everyone!
Consider Joining Us

Do you know we have a book group at First Parish?
It is open to anyone and we are now meeting again in person on the last Monday of the month.

The book for our September 27, (6:30 PM) discussion is “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah.

We meet at Susan Harrington’s home, more information will follow. Join our email list to receive updates by email, link on our homepage.

 

“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. “The Four Winds” is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation. Goodreads

This is a time for church members as well as non-church friends to come together and engage with one another, build relationships, and share in a discussion of books that are of interest to people of various backgrounds. We have fun visiting, conversing about the book and sharing stories and would love to have you join us!

Questions?  Please call Mary Ellen Cook 978-500-0018.

The Seaside Parish Knitters

Meeting the 3rd Thursday of the month at the FPC Chapel building, 1 Chapel Lane, 3 PM. The Seaside Parish Knitters are looking for knitting needles and yarn that you might be considering “casting” aside. We continue to knit blankets, shawls, and scarves; and for our military troops: helmet liners, neck gators, and scarves.

We use both 100% wool and synthetic fibers for yarn, and straight and round knitting needles….all sizes. Contact Penny Lapham at 978-526-7128 or  laphenpen@live.com We welcome anyone wishing to join us.

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**Book Group – Books Read

2021

  • September The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  • August The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • June Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
  • May The Exiles by Christina Kline
  • April The Searcher by Tara French
  • March This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
  • February The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • January Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

2020

  • December No book to read. Let’s get together to share how we are celebrating the holidays, share a recipe…
  • November Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • October Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe by Laura Lynne Jackson
  • August/September Free read month-read at your leisure and we will share our reads at these meetings
  • July I Feel Bad About My Neck” Nora Ephron
  • June Leaving Lucy Pear” by Anna Solomon
  • May We Must Be Brave” by Frances Liardet
  • April “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
  • February “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • January “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan

2019

  • November “Last Christmas in Paris” by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Web
  • October “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles.
  • September “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
  • August “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See
  • June  “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  • May “There There” by Tommy Orange
  • April  “Becoming” by Michele Obama
  • February/March “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • January “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood

2018

  • Summer “Leaving Before the Rain Comes” by Alexandra Fuller
  • June “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  • May Small Great Things ” by Jodi Picoult
  • April “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story” by Hyeonseo Lee
  • March “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman
  • January/February “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village” by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

2017

  • November/December “Waking Lions” by Aylet Gundar-Goshen
  • October “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
  • September “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Summer “Last Hope Island” by Lynne Olson
  • May “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
  • April “Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance
  • March “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
  • February “Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth” by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
  • December 2016/January 2017 “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

2016

  • November:  “Inferno” by Dan Brown
  • October: “Carry On” by Lisa Fenn
  • Summer: “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • June: “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom
  • May: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • April: “The Secret Diaries Of Charlotte Bronte” by Syrie James
  • March: “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
  • February:  “The Little Paris Book Shop” by Nina George
  • January: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

2015

  • November/December: “Fish in a tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and “Out of Dust” by Karen Hesse
  • October 10: “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” By Martin Ganda
  • Summer 2015 “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay
  • May 2015: “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks
  • April 2015: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
  • March 2015: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

Soup & Conversation Topics:

2019

  • March 24 Maren Tirabassi
  • February 24 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”
  • January 6 Steve Carhart and Richard Smith “Jordan B. Peterson and a Psychological Approach to Scripture”

2018

  • October 14 Rev. Paul Nickerson “Best Practices of Growing Churches”
  • April 15 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”

2017

  • October 29 – Rev. Dr. Llewellyn Smith “Reformation”
  • April 30 – Jen Powers “Reflections On My Childhood in Saudi Arabia”
  • April 2 – Lisa Fenn, author of “Carry On”

2016

  • October 23 – Edward M. Matuvhunye, the past President of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe.
  • October 2 – Margaret Bendroth, “Congregational History”, a 300th Anniversary Event
  • February 28 – Barbara and Richard Smith presented “Courage and Light” Exploring Passion, Renewal and Creativity.
  • March 13 – Rev. Lelly Smith presented Pilgrimages: Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and African American.

2015

  • March 22, 2015 we kicked off our Soup and Conversation with Wendy Booker
  • April 26 – Larry Kirby visited with us and provide a fascinating afternoon of  conversation on “The Emotions of War”
  • May 31 – We had Vin Terrill, Henry Lapham and George Nickless visit with us all about the history of the FPC Steeple and clock
  • October 25 –  Rev. Rona Tyndall on The Grace Center

 

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