Clothing Drive for Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center

The Outreach Committee is collecting new and lightly-used winter clothing for the RIAC’s new immigrant families in Roxbury and Worcester—for men, women, and children of all ages. Hats, coats, scarves, sweaters, shirts, pants, and other winter garments are all welcome and urgently needed. Please leave donations by January 26 in the collection box in the hall of the Parish House side entry. Contact Larry Buell (fplgiving@gmail.com) with any questions.

MLK Service Day for Waltham Community Day Center

Monday, January 20, 2020
First Parish continues a long-standing tradition of service on MLK Day by providing a warm meal and warm socks to our most vulnerable neighbors,

Waltham Day Center is part of a network of shelters which provide lifesaving support to over 50 homeless people who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse.

Over 25 members of First Parish will be participating by baking, cooking and serving the meal on a day the shelter would otherwise be closed if not for our help. Signup sheets will be available in the Stearns room after the service on January 12th.

You can also help by leaving a sock donation (or gloves) in the bin located at the side entrance to the Stone Church, from now to January 19th, or bring to the Sunday service on January 12th or 19th.

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. 

Christmas Offering News

This year’s offering will be donated to All Hands and Hearts, a highly-respected Massachusetts-based disaster relief organization, to be split 50-50 between efforts to restore the Northern Bahamas community of Marsh Harbor, the hardest hit of all the districts in that country by Hurricane Dorian last September, and the continuing work of reconstructing homes in Puerto Rico damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017. At our December 15 worship service, AH&H Founder and Director David Campbell—who lives in nearby Carlisle—spoke movingly about both these projects and about AH&H’s work at a number of other sites around the world.

Please give generously! –either by cash to the offering at all Christmas eve services or by check to Lincoln First Parish with “Christmas offering” in the memo line at any December worship service or by mail to FPL, P. O. Box 6218, Lincoln MA 01773.

www.allhandsandhearts.org

Special Thanksgiving Offering for Matenwa Community Learning Center

This year’s Thanksgiving offering will be given to First Parish’s long-term partner organization in Haiti, the Matenwa Community Learning Center, as it struggles to meet unexpected critical needs caused by recent outbreaks of violence and political strife that have precipitated fuel and food supply crises, aggravated by a sharp drop in value of the national currency.

The students and teachers at Matenwa, a school with a remarkable track record through troubled times in educating youth and training teachers, are suffering especially from an acute food shortage. Our support will be crucial in ensuring they all receive at least one full meal each day. The plentiful sources of nutrition we now take for granted, alas they cannot. Please give generously!

Donations may be made either by cash contribution to the collection plate at on Sunday, November 24; or by check (to First Parish in Lincoln with “special Thanksgiving offering” in the memo line) at one of the next two worship services (November 24 and December 1) or by mail to FPL, P.O. Box 6218, Lincoln MA 01773.

Outreach Committee: Pre-Christmas Sing at Concord Prison—Date Confirmed!

Friday, December 6, 2019, 6:00-8:30pm | 965 Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord
Join Rev. Jenny and other First Parish folks for Christmas caroling at the Northeast Correctional Center in Concord with the men incarcerated there on Friday December 6, 6:00-8:30 pm. Sponsored by FPL Outreach partner Concord Prison Outreach. Registration (limited to adults 18 and over) required by November 29. Contact Larry Buell at fplgiving@gmail.com or after service on November 17 or 24 if (1) you would like a ride from the church or are willing to drive others and/or (2) to join the group registration. Individual registration also possible via email to outreach@concordprisonoutreach.org with this information: your full legal name (must match what’s on your ID), unexpired MA driver’s license number, birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY), phone number including area code, and email address for confirmation.

Outreach Committee: Seeking Applicants for Jean Wood Preston Grants

The Outreach Committee of the First Parish, Lincoln seeks qualified nonprofit organizations to apply for the Jean Wood Preston Fund Grant competition in 2019-2020. This year there are two options; (1) the traditional Jean Wood Preston Grant ($5000 – $25,000), which is for a one-time capital improvement project essential in enabling the organization to further its goals and/or (2) the Transformative Innovation Grant (also $5000-$25,000), potentially over a period of as many as 3 years), which is for critical program development that promises to take the organization in an important new direction or provide a major new extension of services.

A critical factor in our decision process will be the level of impact the project would have on the ability of the organization to fulfill its mission.  In submitting a proposal, we encourage you to be highly creative in determining the kind of project that would truly impact the effectiveness of the services that you provide your clients.  

Please find attached the guidelines for each Grant and the application by clicking the button below. Organizations may apply for both grants but they must be on separate application forms. Please read the application paperwork carefully because our terms and requirements have changed.  The application deadline is DECEMBER 31, 2019. Please submit the application to FPLgiving@gmail.com.

The Outreach Committee will begin choosing finalists for the traditional Preston Grant and site visits will be scheduled during March and April so that the Outreach Committee can learn more about the project.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa Brooks, Administrator, Jean Wood Preston Grant

Outreach Committee: September 2019 News

Drumlin-Farm to Open Table volunteer program news.

Every Thursday morning from late June through October, a team of FPL volunteers led by Bill Stason is delivering fresh produce from Drumlin Farm to Open Table, Maynard, Food Pantry, which serves clients in a half-dozen surrounding towns including Lincoln. Last summer, Bill ran this program singlehandedly. This summer he is working with a team including Gary Taylor, Becca Fasciano, Kathleen Dunlap, Monty Grob, and Deborah Youngman. Heartfelt thanks to all those early-rising volunteers! If you would like to join them in future seasons, please contact fplgiving@gmail.com

New Youth Service Grants

Outreach welcomes applications from children or grandchildren of FPL members up to 25 years of age for donations of up to $300 to registered charities in honor of service work or participation in bikeathons and walkathons. We hope to be able to fund 2-3 such projects yearly. Project descriptions of 500 words or less should be submitted to the Outreach Committee at fplgiving@gmail.com. Deadline for submission is May 1, but applications will be considered at any time of year at the monthly meeting after they are submitted.

Preston Grant competition

Candidate suggestions welcome. Thanks to an endowment created by the generous gift of Jean Wood Preston in the 1970s, Outreach is able to award up to 5 grants of $5000 – $25,000 each year to small regional nonprofit organizations for capital improvement or transformative innovation. (Winners in 2018-9 included GreenRoots Chelsea, Sudbury/Framingham-based MetroWest Free Medical Clinic, Acton-based Household Goods, Waltham-based Chaplains on the Way, and the Roxbury-based Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center.) We welcome additional nominations of worthy, well-run, small organizations to add to the list of invitations we’ll be extending on October 1. Please send nominations to Outreach Committee member Melissa Brooks at fplgiving@gmail.com

Call for volunteers

Outreach is looking for captains or co-captains to help organize some of our other traditional volunteer initiatives, such as the pre-Christmas sing at Concord Prison in early December and the Farrington NatureLinc work day in April. If you think you might be interested, please contact fplgiving@gmail.com or Outreach Chair Larry Buell. Please also let us know if you would like join an existing group volunteer initiative or FPL Faith-in-Action group, or if you might like to start a new one.

  • Larry Buell, Chair, Outreach Committee

Outreach Committee: May 2019 News

Jean Wood Preston Grants Award Recognition Ceremony, June 2. Please join members of the Outreach Committee in welcoming Kim Prendergast, Executive Director of MetroWest Free Medical Program. MetroWest is winner of the largest of this year’s several awards made possible thanks to the generosity of long-term FPL member Jean Wood Preston in the 1970s. Our grant of $25,000 will enable significant enhancements of the crucial medical services that this largely volunteer-staffed organization offers each year to many hundreds of uninsured and underinsured families in our region. Kim will speak briefly at the start of our service about MetroWest’s work and be on hand for discussion after the service during the coffee hour.

Would you be interested in serving as a UUUM Delegate? The Unitarian Universalist Urban Mission (www.uuum.org) offers an array of programs of after-school and summer enrichment programs for neighborhood youth, a year-round serious of special events (performances and lectures), and diversity-awareness programs for members of suburban UU churches. Your donations support its summer camp program, and last November a contingent of more than 15 FPL members visited UUUM’s Roxbury headquarters to witness the rollout of its new van, funded by a Jean Wood Preston Grant, for transporting after-school students safely home. Outreach hopes to strengthen FPL’s ties with the UUUM in the future by appointing two more FPL members to join Gary Taylor as UUUM delegates. If you are interested, please contact Larry Buell at fplgiving@gmail.com For more information about the delegate experience, contact Gary Taylor.