We welcome all who seek a vibrant spiritual home, where together we lovingly challenge and transform ourselves.

Empowered by our congregation’s rich history and our Unitarian Universalist traditions, we commit to courageously build a caring and just world.

Upcoming Services

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

at 9 AM & 11 AM
"WELCOME HOME"
INGATHERING SUNDAY

We officially mark the beginning of another church year with this Ingathering Service. Whether it will be your first service with us or you have been attending for years, we will “Welcome You Home.”  Worship will be led by the Rev Tom Rosiello with assistance from Mike Pfizer, Sanghee Kim and Michelle Cote.  There will be players from our jazz band at both services and the Adult choir will sing "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus  at the 11 AM service.  The sermon will explore the idea that the religious journey is a journey home and how this church is or can be your “spiritual home.”

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

at 9 AM & 11 AM
"The Tent of Abraham A Route to Tolerance and Peace"

The three great monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all are said to have Abraham as a common ancestor.  Abraham’s tent was said to be open on all sides so as to welcome the stranger from every direction.  The stories of Abraham teach us about tolerance and learning to live with those who believe differently, even to bring them into your tent.  This idea is part of our Unitarian Universalist Faith tradition. Yet we know that in our own country and throughout the world, so often Jewish Christians and Muslims claim their faith as the only true faith and all others as unwelcome. Instead of welcoming the stranger we wage war against them.  This past summer we have seen the conflict between Muslims and Jews in the Middle East increase.  We have witnessed in Syria and even in our own nation, disdain between Christians and Muslims.  What would it mean if each faith tradition really embraced the message of their common ancestor, Abraham? There are rays of hope.  Together we will pray for peace.  Our music will be songs of peace from all three traditions and will include a recent anthem with words written by an Arab and the music by a Jew as a protest against those who are fueling war between them justified on religious grounds.

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

at 9 AM & 11 AM
"Children's Dedication Service 9 AM ~ Let This Gift Live On 11 AM"
DEDICATION WEEKEND

 

9 AM "Children’s Dedication Service"

Nursery-Grade 6

Our new Connector building will serve all ages.  In a special ceremony starting in our church, our children will move throughout our Connector Building stopping at various rooms to learn about them and dedicate them.  At the end, they will participate in creating squares for a new children’s quilt to hang in the Connector.  Music for this service will be will consist of songs for all ages, led by our music director Mike Pfitzer, children’s music director, Pat Sorn, and members of our FPC musical community.

11 AM "Let This Gift Live On"

Join former Intern Minister, Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur, and Rev. Tom Rosiello for a lively service celebrating the new building and reflecting on the gifts that live on in our lives, and what it means to accept and leave a legacy. Music will be provided by our music director Mike Pfitzer and pianist/organist Sanghee Kim.

Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur is the 9th settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, California. She lives 18 blocks from the Pacific Ocean with her husband Jonathan and their two children. She was ordained by this congregation in 2010.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

at 9 AM & 11 AM
"WHY DAVID SOMETIMES WINS"

So often we believe the cards are stacked against us.  The word belongs to the powerful.  The big guys win.  This morning we will look at the biblical story of  David and Goliath and consider what can make it possible for the ‘Davids’ of our world to win.  The Rev. Tom Rosiello will preach the sermon.

Upcoming Events

Calling all FPCers... It’s Apple Pie Time!!

We need your help to make the 300+ pies for this fall’s Apple Pie Fundraiser!  We need apple pickers, peelers, bakers, baggers, and sellers…no experience necessary.  Training and camaraderie will be...

Come See the New Building at First Parish Church!

It’s been more than a year since construction started!  First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, Unitarian Universalist, has completed construction of its new “connector” building that connects the...

Recurring Events

Book Group

Third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM in Room 5 of Fellowship Hall. Upcoming Meetings

Meditation Group

Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Open to everyone; newcomers welcome. 

Candlelight Peace Vigil

Every Thursday evening 5:00-6:30 PM in front of FPC on the Stow Common. (Candles & signs provided, although please feel free to bring your own if you would prefer.) Open to everyone; newcomers welcome. Sponsored by the Social Justice Council