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This Week at First Church

X the Rex Sunday

Hello (urp!) Beloved!
I hope, like me, that you got to spend the holiday yesterday with people you really care about, who are easy to be with.
I hope you ate strictly more than is good for you:  I know the conventional wisdom these days, and it is wise, is all about portion control:  Michael Pollan's haiku:  Eat food, Mostly plants, Not too much.
But once in a while, yes, we need to feast extravagantly. We need to spend all day stirring pots and looking under lids and trying our hand at homemade pie crust (and failing, and eating pie filling straight from the bowl), while kids and/or dogs circle our feet, desperately joyful with anticipation.
We need to manifest on our too-small urban apartment tables what God's abundance really looks like: overspilling pots and pie pans and paper plates. We need reality to belie our pervasive cultural anxiety that there is not enough, that God is too small and can't get the job done, or worse, that there is no God at all.
Do you have more stuffing than you know what to do with, because you are stuffed? Have half a pie that is totally amazing, and want to share it with your people? Or want to offload the burden of heavy prayers you can't carry by yourself? Lonely, and found your Thanksgiving wanting for love and ease, and need a dose of beloved community?
Come Sunday. Bobby, our student minister, will be preaching about Christ as King (or is He?) on this Christ the King, or as hipster Christians put it, X the Rex Sunday in the liturgical calendar (last stop before Advent!).
I will lead us in prayer. Hugh Gallagher (perhaps joined on the chancel by his sons Seamus and George!) is our able liturgist. It is a Jubilee Sunday and our children ages 3 and up are invited to be in worship with us! The Nursery will be open for little littles.
Beloved, wherever you go, travel safely and know that God goes with you, in fact arrives before you, wherever you are headed.

Advent Devotional Workshop
Sunday, December 2

Advent Devoional Workshop

Shore up your spiritual immune system against the onslaught of Christmas hype: on Sunday December 2, we'll gather in the sanctuary after worship to make art and write poems, meditations and prayers for a First Church Group Advent Blog. With easy writing prompts and fun art materials, this event is suitable for all ages and skill levels. Blog entries will emerge one each day through the season of Advent and Christmas (better for you than chocolate, and more delicious!). For more info, email Jamie Thompson at

Advent Lectio Divina:
The Gospel of Luke


Student Minister Bobby Hyde will lead three sessions of Advent Lectio Divina exploring the birth narratives in the Gospel of Luke.  Lectio Divina or "Divine Reading" is a prayerful and meditative way of encountering Scripture as the Living Word.  The prayer group will meet at 9 AM in the Parlor before worship on Sunday, December 2, December 9, and December 16.  For more info contact Bobby at

First Church Choir & Gigi Gill sing for World AIDS Day!

A contingent of the FCS Choir will be traveling to Salem to sing for the World AIDS Day event in Salem on Saturday, December 1.  The event starts at 6:00 pm in Downtown Salem at the city's Christmas Tree, 118 Washington Street.  Host Gigi Gill (who entertained at the Drag Gospel Brunch) will be joined by Mayor Kim Driscoll and Boston area VIPs.  The choir could use some help with transportation (anyone have a van that can fit 10 people or want to donate to rent a van?).  Please contact Thom for more info.

Coming Up...

Thursday, November 22
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 25
9a  - Choir Practice
10a - Worship — Student Minister Bobby Hyde, preaching
11a - Coffee Hour - 2nd Annual Bring Your Leftovers to Church Sunday
11:30a - Junior Choir
12p - Resounding Joy Bell Choir Rehearsal

Wednesday, November 28
8:30a - Visit with Molly at the Diesel Café

Thursday, November 29
7p - Living the Questions, location TBD - contact Bobby Hyde:

Saturday, December 2
12-4p - Drop off for Rummage Sale and School Kits
6p - FCS Choir performs at the Salem Christmas Tree - 118 Washington Street, Salem, MA

Sunday, December 2
9a - Choir Practice
9a - Lectio Divina on Luke in the Parlor
10a - Worship — Rev. Molly Baskette, preaching
11a - Coffee Hour
11:30a - Advent Devotional Workshop
11:30a-3:30p - Charity Rug & Rummage Sale
11:30a - Junior Choir
12p - Resounding Joy Bell Choir Rehearsal

2nd Annual Bring Your Leftovers to Church Sunday

Refrigerator exploding with leftovers? Can't eat another bite on your own? Want to show off your stuffing? Bring your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers to church this Sunday to share for coffee hour!

Rug & Rummage Sale

Sun. Dec. 2, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm!  Give joy to those in need this holiday season.  Please bring your gently used treasures (clothing, books, household goods, etc.) for the Rummage Sale to Duhamel Hall on Sat. Dec. 1 from 12-4 pm. Spread the word that the best shopping in town will be at FCS on Sun. Dec. 2 for gorgeous NEW handmade oriental rugs!  Proceeds will benefit Casa San Jose Orphanage in Mexico, Healthy Tomorrow in Mali, Stop River Blindness in the Congo, ans Women's and Children's Clinic in Zambia.  To volunteer and for more info please call Polly Laurelchild-Hertzig at 339-203-0886.

School Kits

Church World Service and the MA Area Conference of the UCC have asked for our help in putting together school kits for children in refugee camps around the world.  We're hoping to assemble 10+ kits on Sun. Dec. 2.  If you'd like to donate supplies for the kits, please bring new / unused items to church on Sat. Dec. 1 from 12-4 pm.  We need: 
  • Blunt metal scissors
  • 70-count spiral notebooks or notebooks totaling 200-210 pages
  • 30-centimeter rulers (12")
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Large erasers
  • New pencils with erasers
  • Boxes of 24 crayons
  • 12" x 14" to 14" x 17" finished size cotton or lightweight canvas tote bags with cloth handles.
If you have any questions, please contact Polly Hamlen at

Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Beloved, it's been a little while since we have sent around the Spiritual Gifts Inventory. The Inventory is your chance to tell us where your unique gifts and talents lie so we can connect you with opportunities in your church. Filling it out just got awesomer - it's now online!  Simply click HERE!

Living the Questions

Confused about what it means to be progressive AND a Christian? Have you been afraid to "come out" to your non-Christian friends as a person of faith? Wrestle with these and other questions at our fall series, Living the Questions, every Thursday night at 7pm with Bobby Hyde and Rev. Jeff. Food and holy friends provided!  11/29 location TBD- contact Bobby Hyde:

Mission Trip 2013!

Some of you have heard about our biennial Mexico Mission Trip and felt regret that you couldn't go. Well, we're going to start doing a mission trip EVERY year! On odd years we'll go to a US site. This winter, we'll visit First Churcher Katie Bedard in Miami, Florida where we will spend a week working with Habitat for Humanity and worshipping with our sisters and brothers at Coral Gables UCC. Want to get away from the New England cold, forge strong bonds with new First Church friends, all while following Jesus to serve the vulnerable? Bobby Hyde will be our fearless leader. To RSVP or get more info, email Bobby.

Pastoral Care & Emergency

Need a pastor?  Give a call to Molly & Jeff at 617-863-6485. 
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89 College Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-1904

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