Labyrinth of Light

This year, we will not be holding a Solstice Service on Saturday, December 21.  Instead, you are invited to participate in an intergenerational Labyrinth of Light organized by Margit Griffith and Sarah Klockowski.  It will be held in the Parish House Auditorium on Saturday, December 21 from 12-8pm, and on Sunday, December 22 from 12-5pm. All ages are welcome!

Please contact Margit Griffith ( if you would like to assist in creating the Labyrinth and/or if you would like to volunteer some time to sit and welcome guests while the doors are open.

A new solstice committee will be forming in the spring for Solstice 2020.

Under the RE Tree 11/21/19

This Sunday, the children will begin in the Parish House at 9:45. IT’S ADVENT WORKSHOP Sunday, ya’ll! Wooohooo! We have several craft stations for the children to visit between 9:45 and 11:30!

If you would like to help with the crafts on Sunday, we’d love to have you! (Teenagers especially!)  We also need some natural materials for the children to use for their centerpieces… evergreens, dried flowers, pine cones, acorns, dried grass tops, etc.). You can leave them in the RE office (in brown paper bags, please).

WINTER WORKSHOPS are around the corner. If you would like to lead a Winter Workshop one Sunday during January or February, please let me know. You can suggest your own activity or we can brainstorm something for you to do. You can sign-up with a partner, or we’ll find someone to work with you. The kids had a blast last year with a really diverse set of one-off classes. One Sunday is your commitment.

And while we’re talking about Sunday RE volunteering… I NEED 10 PEOPLE to volunteer to teach this Spring. If I get 10 people, you don’t have to teach every week – you’ll job share with another adult and teach every other week (or whatever schedule works for you and your co-teacher). If you have never taught – if you haven’t taught in the last few years – if you haven’t taught in several years… please volunteer for this spring!

The YOUTH GROUP will meet this Friday evening. 9th to 12th graders are all invited. If you have a child in high school, you should have received an email from me. If you didn’t, please let me know and I’ll send you the details. RSVP to me ( so we can plan enough food. If you don’t RSVP and your plans change, come anyway!

Our CHILDREN’S CHOIR is registering for the next set of rehearsals and concerts! Please check-out the information on the website and JOIN US IF YOU CAN! Invite a friend!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to one and all!

Under the RE Tree: 11/14/19

Hope to see you tonight. Please note Sarah’s reminder to register for “Spiritual Parenting” by noon today.

FAMILIES OF TEENS! (8th through 12th graders)
The first YOUTH GROUP email was sent this week! Did you see it?
The **ALL NEW** Youth Group is starting up and we hope you and your children are as excited as we are.

THIS Friday, November 15th is the kick-off dinner for 10-12th graders.
NEXT Friday, November 22nd is the kick-off dinner for 9th graders.
For each, Sarah and I will provide pizza and salad. Kids arrive at 6pm; parents come at 7:30 to go over the details.

There is a link to the full calendar on the First Parish in Lincoln website, under the “Children, Youth and Families” tab on the main menu.
If you didn’t receive the email, please let Sarah or me know, so we can re-send it to you.

This Sunday, November 17th, the children will begin in the Sanctuary and walk up the hill after the Time for All Ages. This is the last Sunday of our fall “regular” RE classes.

Sunday, November 24th is ADVENT WORKSHOP! We had to switch it up a bit this year, because Thanksgiving is so late. Usually Advent Workshop is the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend – but that’s the First Sunday of Advent… and we’ll have our first Pageant rehearsal. Invite your friends to either and both!


Upcoming Event: Spiritual Parenting

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 5:30-7pm | Donaldson Room
Margit and Jenny will lead a heartfelt conversation about how to bring the spirit home. We’ll talk a little history and theory, and move quickly to practices that you may like to incorporate into your family life… from morning blessings and nightly graces, to new traditions and holiday observances. Please bring your favorite ideas. Come and add some new plays to your parenting playbooks! All ages dine and chat in spirit together from 5:30 to 6ish; then there is childcare while the adults continue the conversation. Pizza, salad, cider for dinner.

Eight participants needed in order to run (no maximum, open to members and non-members!). Deadline to sign up is Nov. 14 at noon. Email to sign up. We will let you know if the program will run by 1pm on 11/14.

Children’s Book List: Summer 2019

To accompany our adult read of Waking up White, our DRE Margit Griffith has identified books for children and youth that are available at the Lincoln Library so families may share in this discovery and discussion.

Non Fiction

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham

Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano

Picture Book

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (2016 Edition)

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

Middle Grade

Blended by Sharon Draper

Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino


All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas