Children’s Summer Clothing Drive for Solutions at Work

Thursday, June 18th through July 1st

First Parish has received an urgent call for help from Justina Riopelle, one of the amazing workers at Solutions at Work, an organization that serves families living in poverty in Cambridge and Dorchester. Although their center is closed, Justina and others are delivering packages of children’s summer clothing directly to families. So great is the need that their stock is rapidly running out.  This is where we come in!

Justina and her team are looking for clean, gently used children’s summer clothing for boys and girls of all ages: shorts, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, bathing suits, diapers, wipes, towels, sneakers, flipflops — anything kids may need for summer!

If your closets and drawers need culling, or if you feel moved to purchase some children’s staples (underwear, T-shirts, socks, diapers), please bring them to the bins on the Stearns Room porch or contact Mary Gaylord ( for pick-up. Please, no toys, books or cold weather clothing at this time!

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn are causing severe ongoing hardship for urban communities already struggling. Your response to the pop-up Mother’s Day drive was overwhelming.  Let’s do it again!

This Children’s Summer Clothing Drive is jointly sponsored by the Anti-Racism Task Force and the Outreach Committee.

Mother’s Day Pop up Drive for Communities in Need

Dan and Janet Boynton making our first delivery on May 11th

April 30 – May 18, 2020
Many of us who are safely self-isolating in our homes in Lincoln have been wondering how we can help others who were already suffering even before the Covid-era descended over the land.  We know that communities of color as well as the homeless have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and in response, The First Parish Anti-Racism Task Force is organizing an immediate, concrete way we can support those in need who find themselves in even more desperate circumstances than they were only two months ago.
HOW: We invite all in our community to participate in a Mother’s Day Pop Up Drive to benefit both children in Bay Cove Human Service’s Early Intervention program in Boston and their adult clients at the CASPAR Homeless Shelter in Cambridge.
WHEN: Thursday, April 30th, through Monday, May 18th
WHERE: Please drop off goods in the plastic bins on the Stearns Room porch of the Historic Church on Bedford Road (across from the Lincoln Library) or, for a pick-up at your home, contact Mary Jo Veling at:

If you are donating Gift Cards, please don’t leave in the bins.  Call or email Mary Jo Veiling (, 781-259-8588); she’s glad to pick them up for safe keeping.

WHAT: All donations must be new.
Many items can be purchased at local grocery or drug stores.
We have also provided online sources, such as Costco, Amazon and Target (CLICK HERE) for those who are staying at home.
Diapers in sizes 4 and 5
Diaper wipes
Stop and Shop gift cards for the moms
NEW Men’s and Women’s Clothing:
 (Sizes: Men’s: L, XL, XXL; Women: L, XL)
Tee Shirts
Flip Flops for showers
Personal care:
Sanitary pads and tampons
Shampoo, soap and deodorant in small containers (travel size)
Toiletries in small sizes
Snacks, power bars
Tea bags (regular and herbal)
Sugar-free drink mix (to be added to water)
WHY:  Because we are all connected by our humanity, and anything we can do to alleviate some of the trauma, dislocation and pain experienced by those less fortunate than we is an act of kindness that is foundational to all of the world’s great religions.  
On behalf of The First Parish in Lincoln, we thank all who can donate something in this effort to help our neighbors in Boston and Cambridge.

Cash Donations may be made directly to Bay Cove Covid 19 Vulnerable Neighbors Fund, on their website or by check to Bay Cove at 66 Canal St. Boston, Ma 02114.

Online Sources for Mother’s Day Pop Up Drive



90 Degree By Reflex Women’s Warm Outerwear Cold Gear Jackets and Hoodies

in Sizes Large and Extra Large – $19.99

Hanes Cool Comfort Cotton Brief Panties 6-Pack  – $9.47

Sizes 8, 9, 10


Pampers Diapers Size 4, 186 Count

One Month supply                                       $53.33

Pampers Diapers Size 5, 132 Count

One Month supply                                       $46.63


Men’s Clothing:

Hanes Men’s 4-pack Short Sleeve

Sizes L, XL, XXL

Comfort Wash T-shirt

Deep Blue Sizes L, XL, 2XL – $12.99

Men’s Standard Fit Hooded Fleece Sweatshirt

Full Zip.  Navy Sizes L, XL, XXL  – $19.99

Fruit of the Loom Boxers

5-pack Size: L and XL

Richmond Flip Flop sandal Goodfellow & Co.

Black or Navy Sizes 9/10, 11/12, 13 – $4.99


Women’s Clothing:

Hanes Premium Women’s Cool and Comfortable Cotton Panties

6 – pack, Sizes L and XL – $17.99

Women’s Hooded Sweatshirt – Universal Thread

Green or Black; Sizes L, XL, XXL                     $24.99

Women’s Short Sleeved T-shirt

“Wild Fable” Plum, Olive; Size: XL – $8.00

Women’s Shower Flip Flops

Ava Skinny Strap; Tan or Blush; Sizes 8, 9, 11 – $9.99

Women’s Hygiene:

U by Kotex Clean Wear Ultra Thin Heavy Flow Pads 32 count  –$6.99

Tampax Pearl Tampons

Regular/Super Absorbency Unscented – 34count – $6.99

Antiracism Film Screening – “Race: The Power of an Illusion” (Part 1)

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4pm | Stearns Room
Join FPL’s new antiracism group to view and discuss the three-part PBS Documentary series, “Race: The Power of an Illusion.” This series compels viewers to examine some of their most fundamental beliefs about concepts of race.
On January 26th we will be screening Episode One: The Difference Between Us, which follows a diverse group of teenagers as they discover some surprising truths about their DNA. Join us as we seek to deconstruct our own false and harmful beliefs about race in commitment to our values as an open and welcoming community church.

Upcoming Event: Climate Sunday, 1/12/20

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 10am | Sanctuary and Parish House Auditorium

Join The First Parish in Lincoln & Conservation Law Foundation for Climate Sunday on January 12th.
 Climate Sunday is a gathering for all those who are interested in learning more about their role in creating a healthy and thriving New England. The First Parish in Lincoln is partnering with CLF and their highly successful advocates in order to hold interactive workshops discussing a variety of issues, such as environmental justice, transportation, and zero waste.
These workshops will provide an opportunity to learn about the current state of environmental advocacy in Massachusetts from the experts who are working on the ground. You are welcome to join us for the entire day or only the climate sensitive lunch and afternoon workshops.

Event Schedule:
10am — Church service led by Rev Jenny Rankin. Reflections by Peter Shelley of CLF.

11:15am – 12pm — A small climate fair (with appetizers!) featuring accessible action items for climate care. Representatives from HomeWorks Energy, Green Energy Consumers Alliance, and Mothers Out Front in Lincoln will answer questions followed by lunch beginning at 11:45am.

12:15pm — Presentation over lunch by CLF President Brad Campbell.

1 – 3pm — Experts from CLF will speak and encourage discussion on Climate Change, Clean Transportation, Environmental Justice, Zero Waste, and Plastics. 

Event: Food for Thought January 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 5:30-7pm | Parish House Auditorium 

A Conversation between Adult Children and Aging Parents

Take a night off from the kitchen and share a simple supper and stimulating conversation as we explore how parents and adult children address the challenges of aging while respecting independence and privacy. Led by Lincoln therapist, Jane O’Rourke, a panel of elders and mid-life children will start off the discussion. Over dessert and coffee there will be time for you to exchange your thoughts and ideas with your table companions. Come by yourself, or bring a friend or child. All are welcome!

FPL Book Group — February Meeting

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6:30-8pm  | Stearns Room
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, by Andrea Wulf

From the bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, a fascinating look at the Founding Fathers like none you’ve seen before.

For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions: a conjoined interest as deeply ingrained in their characters as the battle for liberty and a belief in the greatness of their new nation. 

Founding Gardeners is an exploration of that obsession, telling the story of the revolutionary generation from the unique perspective of their lives as gardeners, plant hobbyists, and farmers. Acclaimed historian Andrea Wulf describes how George Washington wrote letters to his estate manager even as British warships gathered off Staten Island; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson’s and John Adams’s faith in their fledgling nation; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of environmentalism. Through these and other stories, Wulf reveals a fresh, nuanced portrait of the men who created our nation.

Click here to order the book.