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The Living Faith of the Dead – October 31, 2010

From those who came before us, we gain strength and courage, a challenge to set higher goals for ourselves, and make strong our commitment to spend our lives doing what is right. Each of us can think of caregivers and patient teachers, those who taught us what it meant to love another, or who first loved those that first loved us. Lessons from our family members, from friends, perhaps from our early faith communities; the generous legacy left to us by those who no longer inhabit the Earth. It is true for us each as individuals, with our personal stories, and also for us as Unitarian Universalists, with the shared inheritance of our faith. The lessons of those who came before shape the lives we seek to live today. Read More >>

Simple Gifts – October 24, 2010

$288. That amount of money means different things to different people. Depending on where you live in the world and what sort of work you do, that could be a day’s wages, or a week’s, or a month’s. It could be a car payment, or a car repair bill that’s too high for you to pay. For almost anybody, its an amount of money you wouldn’t mind getting, and that you’d notice if you lost. Read More >>

Three exciting new curricula this year!

Picture Book UU

Picture Book UU is based on the 36 best picture books for teaching young children about the love, reason, tolerance and good works that make up our faith. Some of the books that will be used are Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson (teaches children to think for themselves and live simply, as does Henry, the bear, based on Henry David Thoreau), Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff (Author), Craig Hatkoff (Author), Paula Kahumbu (Author), Peter Greste (Illustrator) (a true story about a Hippo and a Turtle who become friends) and Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco (three children work out a way to solve some problems and make connections despite differences in race, religion and heritages). Picture Book UU will be used for our Kindergarten, grade 1 & 2 class.

Spirit of Adventure

Spirit of Adventure concentrates on Unitarian Universalist identity through exciting activities from themes in engineering, exploration, medicine, sports, holidays, food and nature. It is an action packed curriculum. For example, a food session in the kitchen explores the world of Unitarian-Universalist Fanny Farmer.   A science session exploring the impact of the world-wide-web features a take-apart part party where our young scientists get to disassemble assorted electronics. Spirit of Adventure will be used in our grade 3, 4 & 5 class.

Traditions with a Wink

Traditions with a Wink, our new Middle school curriculum, teaches an understanding of UU faith and identity that replaces the vague “anything we want to” statement with: “We come from a long tradition of questioning and searching. We come from a long tradition of loving kindness and good works.” As Unitarian Universalists, we have powerful stories and visions of hope. Through Traditions with a Wink, we share them with our older children as they begin the process of shaping their own faith. This curriculum will be used with our grade 6 ,7 & 8 class.

Chalice Children

In addition to these new curricula we will be offering Chalice Children for our Preschool class. Chalice Children follows the premise that children learn best through direct experience. This curriculum is designed to nurture children’s spiritual growth, creativity and connection to their Unitarian Universalist community.

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Heavenly Rides

Try our airport ride program. A volunteer from First Parish Church will take you or your friends to Logan, Manchester, or Portsmouth airports at any time of night or day and then pick you up when you return. We’ll be there to provide top-notch service and stimulating conversation. You then make a donation to First Parish; we will provide a business receipt if needed. That way, First Parish benefits from an expense you would have to incur anyway. Tell your friends and business associates. For more information or to arrange a ride please contact Dunc Ballantyne or (978) 922-2369.

Heavenly Rides

Try our airport ride program. A volunteer from First Parish Church will take you or your friends to Logan, Manchester, or Portsmouth airports at any time of night or day and then pick you up when you return. We’ll be there to provide top-notch service and stimulating conversation. You then make a donation to First Parish; we will provide a business receipt if needed. That way, First Parish benefits from an expense you would have to incur anyway. Tell your friends and business associates. For more information or to arrange a ride please contact Dunc Ballantyne or (978) 922-2369.

Local Food Resources

Here’s the resource guide. It is not meant to be complete, but just a start. There are so many good local food resources in our area! Please share freely and widely.

Local Foods in the Beverly Area
A Starter Guide

Some of you are veritable experts on local food sources, while others may be new to this concept. Start by considering ingredients closest to home. Do you or your neighbors have food to share from your gardens? Are you familiar with any wild edibles in season? Chances are you’ll still need to go shopping. The list below offers some sources of local foods. Most of the fruit and vegetable growers have farmstands on-site. Some of the cheeses and some other items need to be purchased at a retail store. Many independent or natural food stores are attentive to sourcing some foods locally. Try Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, The Organic Rainbow in Beverly and Whole Foods in Swampscott. A staff person at any of these locations can be helpful in clarifying which products meet the 100-mile guideline.

This time of year, local fall veggies and apples are easy to find. Local sweeteners can be used by substituting honey  http://www.massbee.org or maple syrup  http://www.maplesugarhouse.com/ for sugar. Locally-grown grains and beans can be especially tricky to find, but the brands listed below are often available at Green Meadows and/or The Organic Rainbow.

At the potluck, help everyone appreciate the flavors and origins of your dish; please write down each ingredient and its source on an index card to display next to your contribution.

FARMER’S MARKETS

Many local foods, sold directly from the growers or producers and all in one easy location! The Beverly Farmer’s Market (Mondays, 3:30-6:45pm in season) is a great resource.You can always find great local produce – and sometime local fish, meats, eggs, and cheeses – at other North Shore markets.

  • Marblehead Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 9am-12, thru 10/23 – 217 Pleasant St, Marblehead.
  • Peabody Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 1-6pm, thru 10/31 – Railroad Ave, behind the courthouse.
  • Salem Farmer’s Market, Thursdays 3-7pm, thru 10/21 – Derby Sq, Front St, Salem.

Commuting to Boston? There are multiple markets daily in different neighborhoods. To find MA Farmer’s Markets, go to http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/

FARMSTANDS

  • Brooksby Farm – 38 Felton St, Peabody (978) 531-7456. Their own apples and some veggies.
  • Canaan Farms – 93Main Street (Rt. 1A) Wenham (978) 468-1554. Their own veggies. Sometimes local eggs and cheese.
  • Cider Hill Farm – 45 Fern Ave, Amesbury, 978- 388-5525. Their own apples, cider, some veggies. Local cheese.
  • Clark Farm – 163 Hobart St, Danvers, 978-774-0550. Their own veggies.
  • Connors Farm – 30 Valley Road (Rte. 35), Danvers, 978-777-1245. Their own fruits and veggies.
  • Green Meadows Farm– 656 Asbury Street, Hamilton, 978-468-2277. Their own veggies, eggs and meat. Locally sourced fruit, milk, and cheese.
    Marini Farms – 259 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, 978-356-0430. Their own veggies.
    Russell Orchards – 143 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, 978-356-5366. Their own fruit, some veggies, and wine. Valley View cheese often available.

GRAINS & BEANS GROWERS/ MILLERS

  • Baer’s Best Beans – Distinct heirloom beans grown at Moraine Farm, Beverly. Available at Green Meadows Farm, The Organic Rainbow, and other locations.
  • GrandyOats – 349 Center Rd, Brownfield, ME. Maine-grown oats and other grains and grain products. Available at Green Meadows Farm, The Organic Rainbow, other locations, and online.
  • Kenyon’s Grist Mill – 21 Glen Rock Rd, West Kingston, RI. Cornmeal and other grains and flours. Some products are locally-grown, others are just locally milled.

MEAT PRODUCERS

  • Alta Vista Bison Farm – 80 Hillside Road, Rutland, MA, 508-886-4365. Bison.
  • Courser Brook Red Deer Farm – 2 Fruit Street, Byfield, MA. 978-465-7826.
    Green Meadows Farm – Chicken, lamb, pork, and turkey.
  • Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds – 159 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA 01742, 978-318-0063. Chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit, and eggs.
  • Tendercrop Farm – 108 MA 1A, Newbury, MA 972-462-6972. Chicken, beef, turkey, and eggs.

SEAFOOD SELLERS

EGG SOURCES

  • Green Meadows Farm.
  • Long Ears Farm – West Newbury, 978-363-2341.
  • Natural Way Farm – Anne Goldstein, 79 Hill Street. Topsfield, 978-887-8580. Available at The Organic Rainbow store.
  • Pete and Jen’s Backyard Birds – 159 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA 01742, 978-318-0063.
  • Tendercrop Farm  – 108 MA 1A, Newbury, MA 972-462-6972.

DAIRY PRODUCERS AND/OR PROCESSORS

WINE MAKERS

Spiritual Parenting

For parents of children of all ages, First Parish offers Spiritual Parenting meetings. This lay-led group meets approximately 6 times a year for a themed parenting discussion and camaraderie.

Examples of past topics include:

  • Ask the experienced: an opportunity to ask question of parents with grown kids.
  • What do we want for our kids?  How to we help them get there?
  • Reasons and ways to integrate rituals into your family routine.
  • Answering kids’ questions about God.
  • Is there couplehood after parenthood?
  • Guiding kids using a UU version of the 10 Commandments.
  • Nature, wonder, and nurturing the spirits of our children.

Spiritual Parenting meetings include on-site childcare during the 1-hour discussion at the cost of $5 per child. The potluck meal following most of our meetings gives families further time to connect with each other. Parents are strongly encouraged to RSVP to the Spiritual Parenting coordinator(s) at least a week before the meeting to coordinate childcare.

Movies with Meaning

Monday Evening Spirituality and Religion Series  2010-2011

All films will be shown at 7 pm, with potluck snacks or beverages at 6:30pm. Discussion will follow the screening. Please enter the sanctuary through the rear side door. If you are interested in hosting or simply want to suggest a movie, please contact Steve Hoy so we can put it on the schedule.

After Worship Discussion

Following the benediction and Closing Circle, The Adult Learning Program is offering an After-Worship Discussion.  This is an opportunity for those who would like to delve more into the theme of today’s service to collect in the Minister’s Study at the rear of the sanctuary for a chance to share your reflections on the service. Feel free to bring your coffee with you.

Thanks for Asking – October 10, 2010

We’re going to start things off with an informal poll, this morning. How many of ya’all have a set of jumper-cables in your car? Put your hand up if you would. And keep your hand up, if and only if, you know how to use them. Alright so you’re the people I’m going to call the next time I can’t start my car. Read More >>

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