May 15, 2020 Newsletter
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May 15, 2020
From the Parish Committee

The Parish and Nominating Committees are really busy!  We are in the process of collecting nominations for our Ministerial Search Committee this week.  Our goal is to try and reach every member and friend to give them an opportunity to nominate someone for the Search Committee.  If you are able, please sign up for one of the remaining small group discussions.  You will be getting an e-mail reminder this week.  If you cannot participate, but wish to make a nomination of someone (or yourself) to represent us on this important committee, please send an email with your nomination(s). We are asking for up to four nominations from everyone.

Here are some other helpful resources about the upcoming ministerial search that you might want to check out:
- Information on the search process on our website.
 - The UUA recommended process for selecting a settled minister.

As the governor has announced some re-opening plans for the state, you may wonder what First Parish is going to do.  The Parish committee will be working with several other committees and the staff to create a plan for the gradual re-opening of our building.  For the near future, our building remain closed to any gatherings.  We will continue to hold our wonderful on-line Sunday services and other on-line events and meetings.  Our goal is to re-open in a way that is inclusive of all and enables everyone to participate in the life and programs of our church.  Together we will find our way!

Sue Twombly, for the Parish Committee

Religious Education gatherings
this week
Sunday: Children’s RE at 12:00pm,
          Youth Group at 4:30pm
Tuesday: Children’s RE at 4:00pm,
          Parent Hangout at 8:30pm
Thursday: Children’s RE at 11:00am

How can we better help one another in times of struggle? 

Do you or someone at FPW need temporary assistance to get through a challenging time?  The Fellowship Committee has established an FPW Caring Circle that can offer help. We can set up a Meal Train site where you can list needs for meals, rides or other services during short term difficulties and distribute the information to the congregation via email. For more information, simply email and let us know how we can help.

Thanks to the support of our congregation and friends, the Helen Robinson Wright Fund was awarded $2,500 this year in the Watertown Savings Bank Customer Choice Awards!  Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Please note - Request forms for names to be added to the Memorial Wall this summer are due by June 1st.

The Memorial Garden and Wall that our congregation had dreamed about for years is now a reality. The first three names were engraved on the wall during the summer of 2019. If there is someone whose name you wish to have added to the wall, you will find all of the information you need as well as the Request for Engraving form on the Memorial Garden page of the First Parish web site. (An easy way to find them is to type the word engraving into the search function in the upper right corner of the web page.) You can also get paper copies of the information and the request form from the church office.

Engraving new names on the wall happens once a year, sometime in July or August. Because arranging to engrave a name involves multiple steps, and because the engraver tends to get busy during the summer months, new requests for engraving must be submitted to the church no later than June 1 in order to guarantee that names will be engraved during the summer.

If you have questions or need help, feel free to talk with someone on the Memorial Wall Committee. Current member are Sue Sours, Bobbie Brown, and Nick Haddad.

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This Sunday we will be worshiping together online using Zoom.

If you haven’t yet used Zoom, you’ll want to go to, click “Join Meeting,” and download the software. Then you’ll be all set for Sunday morning. There is a link for joining by computer, laptop, or smartphone, as well as a phone number for joining on any telephone, that was sent out through Breeze to all church members and friends - if you did not receive it, please contact Wendy ( or Allison ( and we will send it to you.

The worship service will begin at our normal time - 10:30am - but you are encouraged to join the video call early so you can get tech support if you need it. The Zoom Room will open at 10:00am.

If you would like to be a greeter for a Zoom service, please contact Izzy Tappan-deFrees

More Information

Don't want to miss a service or fun community photos?

"LIKE" the First Parish of Watertown Facebook page, accessible from the FPW website or from this link.

Questions about the FPW FB page? Reach out to Beth Tappan-deFrees or Carole Katz.

Urgently Seeking Apartment for Haitian Family

Watertown Citizens Refugee Support Group is hoping ASAP to find a 2-bedroom (or 3-bedroom if possible) apartment for a wonderful Haitian Dad and his 2 children, a girl aged 6 and boy aged 10. They are legal asylees. A whistleblower attorney, the divorced Dad survived 2 assassination attempts in Haiti. He has a car, and currently works full time in nutrition services at Boston Children’s Hospital. They have been crammed in one room in Hyde Park, need more space, and he yearns for the children to be in a community with decent schools and a supportive environment. If you have any leads, please contact Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin,, or call 617-835-1679.

Documenting Watertown: The COVID-19 Collective Memory Initiative. How has your life changed? Share your story.
Watertown residents have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in varied and inspirational ways. As we support each other and our community during this unprecedented time, the staff of the Watertown Free Public Library believe it is important to document the experience.
Visit to see opportunities to get involved.
Open Mic and UUYouTubing
Fridays at 7:00-8:00p.m.

Zoom conference hosted by Jim Learned (go to to access the drop-in conversations “Zoom Service” link - bottom right side of the home page.)

You are invited to join us for an opportunity to play for the group on Zoom, share YouTube videos, and enjoy each other’s company. Jim will provide YouTube videos, including Playing for Change. If you have a favorite YouTube video you would like to share, please email Jim with the URL.
Welcome to the 
Watertown Mutual Aid Network,

funded by the Watertown Community Foundation in association with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s 
Multi-Service Center.

Mutual aid is a way for Watertown neighbors to support each other, by delivering food, making weekly calls for social support, supporting each other with tutoring and technology, and in many other ways. By following this link, you will find information about how to use mutual aid, forms to offer and request aid from your Watertown neighbors, and additional resources.

Please reach out to Sophia, our Community Coordinator, at or 617-744-9585 if you have any questions or wish to offer or request aid over the phone (translation services are available). We hope that this resource will bring our community together during this difficult time. 
First Parish of Watertown

35 Church St, Watertown, MA 02472
Church Office: 617-924-6143 ~

Minister ~ Wendy Bell ~
Administrator / Rentals ~ Allison Hewett ~
Religious Education ~ Lauren Strauss ~
Music ~ Charlyn Bethell ~
Sexton ~ Frank Griggs ~
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