Course Offering: Creativity as Spiritual Practice

Wednesdays, January 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 1 – 2pm | Church Library

Instructor: Rev. Jenny Rankin

Making things by hand. It’s an ancient idea. A simple idea. And it turns out, it can be good for the soul! Join Jenny Rankin and a small group as we come together for this contemplative hand work group in the heart of the winter.

Whether you are knitting a sock, painting a picture, caning a chair seat, whittling, or just beginning to think about getting started on some new practice of your own, we hope you’ll join us. Bring whatever it is you are working on or thinking about working on. We’ll spend time in silence, conversation as we explore together how creativity may be an over-looked spiritual practice in our lives.

Course Offering: Spiritual Autobiography

Tuesdays, January 14th – February 11th, 7 – 8:30pm | Church Library

Instructor: Rev. Jenny Rankin

Join Jenny Rankin and a small group as you are invited to reflect, consider your life through a “spiritual” lens, and write about it. You have the freedom to define “spiritual” in your own way!

Through a series of in-class exercises and short writing assignments, participants will begin to consider the different chapters or steppingstones of their life’s journey up until now. We will have short (two page) weekly writing assignments, culminating in the final writing of a “spiritual autobiography” (6-8 pages in length).

Each person will bring different experiences and questions to the class. Some things to consider: What have been the gifts and graces of your life? Where were the losses and hurts? How would you articulate your sense of the sacred, God, or what spiritual vocabulary do you use? What “language of reverence” do you speak?

Participants will be invited to read their writing to the class. The “right to reticence” is always encouraged. Attendance is expected at each session.

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 (margit@fplincoln.org) 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.

Hygge for Beginners

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, 5:30-7pm | Donaldson Room
The Danish expression, Hygge, is an attitude towards life that emphasizes finding joy in everyday moments. Rather than drudge through the winter, hygge is about celebrating coziness, comfort, warmth and family; as well as practicing mindfulness. Join Margit and Meredith as they create space for us to explore this cozy tradition. Email sarah@fplincoln.org to sign up.

Live in Lincoln Center Concert: December 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019, 7pm | Parish House Auditorium
First Parish in Lincoln is pleased to present Handel’s Messiah.

Experience the magic of Handel’s beloved classic performed by the world class artists of the Lincoln Baroque Players and Chorus. Ian Watson will conduct from the harpsichord. The “Live in Lincoln Center” concerts bring top professional musicians and singers to Lincoln. The instruments are authentic to the period in which the piece was written. This is an opportunity to hear this wonderful music close up as it was meant to be performed. There will be refreshments at intermission.

Suggested donation is $40 per adult, any amount is appreciated. Doors open 6:30pm.

Upcoming Event: Touch of Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10am-1pm | Parish House

The Touch of Christmas Fair will be on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-1pm in the Parish House Auditorium.  Please sign up to help out! Sign up online https://bit.ly/2Ng8ens or by contacting Heather Ring or Sarah Bishop at touchofchristmasfair@gmail.com

The wreath and centerpiece decorators want YOU!
to come help decorate

Christmas Wreaths & Centerpieces 
Monday, Dec 2 through Friday Dec. 6, each morning from 9-12 at the Stone Church
(Centerpiece decorating is done sitting down at a table, so you can help even you cannot stand for long.) No experience necessary, we will teach you.  Come for an hour or join us for longer.  

On Sunday, December 1 and Monday, December 2, we are seeking large quantities of greens and red berries, delivered to the front porch of the Stone Church to use for wreath and centerpiece decorations. We especially appreciate:

  • Berries – winterberry, holly, and rose hips 
  • Greens – pine, cedar (chamacyparis is my favorite), arbor vitae, yew, andromeda, holly, boxwood, umbrella pine, small leaf rhododendrons.
  • Milkweed pods and any nicely-shaped seed pods – for spray-painting and using as accents. 
  • Pine cones
  • (No hemlock nor prickly greens!)

-Heather & Sarah

Upcoming Event: Advent Retreat

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1-4pm | Stearns Room

Advent is a time of growing darkness as well as anticipation. We seem to want to take naps. We grow sleepy earlier. But life turns into a frenzy of activities. Our three hour retreat just for adults will help you slow down. We will introduce you to advent themes, hear some stories (yes, adults like to hear stories too). We will do some art in response to the stories, (drawing, writing, knitting, etc.), and some meditation. Make some new memories in front of a fire with tea and mulled cider and cookies. Please join us. All are welcome.

Facilitators: Jenny Rankin and Paula Waterman

Sign up by emailing sarah@fplincoln.org

Upcoming Event: Follow-Up Discussion on Debby Irving Presentation

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, 5pm | Stearns Room
Let’s continue the conversation! The Adult Learning Committee invites you to join our ongoing dialogue on race and privilege at 5pm on November 17 in the Stearns Room. We are certain there will be much to digest from Debby Irving’s presentation on November 13, and we want to provide a space to process her talk in community. Bring your courageous questions, and join us as we do this important work together.

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.