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Haydn and the Solo Piano with Thomas Foster - Sunday, October 6th at 4:00 PM: First Church Natick Sanctuary

First Church Natick’s Minister of Music, Tom Foster will perform a concert of some of Haydn’s finest works for solo piano on our grand piano.  Hadyn, who was known as the “Father of the Symphony,” was also instrumental in the development of chamber music.  He was both a friend and mentor of Mozart, as well as tutor of Beethoven.  For much of his career, he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.  Concert selections will include: Variations in F minor; Sonata in C minor;  Fantasia in C major. Join Tom for a reception in the vestry after the concert.


Voices from the Border: Thursday, October 17 at 7pm
Randy Myer, from Sahuarita, Arizona, 35 miles from the US/Mexico border, will speak about the current situation along the border with Asylum families, and the border communities that are affected by the militarization of the border. Randy is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.  Deeply influenced by his time studying and living in Latin America, Randy and his family moved to the Borderlands 21 years ago so he could serve as Senior Minister of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita, Arizona—35 miles from the US/Mexico border.  As immigration and border issues have become more and more intense, Randy and his congregation have been key leaders of many of the humanitarian groups (Humane Borders, No Mas Muertes, and Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans) that give food water and medical care to migrants in the desert---for no one should be dying in our deserts.  

Natick Open Studios: October 19 from 11 to 5 PM and October 20 from 12 to 5 PM

Now in its 19th year, Natick Artists Open Studios is comprised of over 80 artists who live, work or show in Natick, and guest artists. Open Studios is committed to bringing art to the local community by opening up studios and welcoming conversations about the experience of creating art. It offers the opportunity to see art, learn about how it is made, and buy local art directly from the artists. Participants include painters, photographers, creators of jewelry, ceramicists, sculptors, woodworkers as well as paper, fabric, glass and garden artists.

The Guatemala Partnership: Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm First Church Natick Vestry


Join Jeff Clausen to find out about the Guatemala Partnership, a transnational community that unites the Congregational Church of Needham with the village of Santa María Tzejá, a small predominantly K’iche’ speaking Mayan village in the remote northern Ixcan region of Guatemala. In 1987 the Needham Congregational Church made a commitment to visit the village every six months.  Over the years the Guatemala Partnership has fostered a number of joint initiatives with the village and at their direction. Projects have included supporting health promoters in the village, establishing a partner family letter exchange program, funding various micro-lending projects through the village’s Woman’s Union. Participation in the partnership is open and not limited to members of the Needham Congregational Church. We are looking for individuals who may be interested in joining us on this February’s delegation to Santa María Tzejá.

Fundraiser for the “Family Fund”

This year’s Open Studios features a special First Church table! Lynn Carriker, who has created some wonderful paintings, plans to donate her work to assist families attempting to gain asylum status. Lynn is hoping other talented artists and crafters in our congregation might join her in donating an item of their work to support this cause. She is coordinating a table at this year’s Open Studios exhibit in our vestry on October 19 and 20, which will feature her works and other items created by our own talented First Church artists and crafters. All the proceeds from the sale of these one of a kind items will benefit the “Family Fund,” providing for such essential needs as childcare, transportation, legal and rent assistance. Currently, these funds are assisting a mother with three children as they await an asylum decision.


Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees: October 18th through 25th

Building Bridges includes photographs and interviews with people who have come to the United States as immigrants or refugees from all over the world.The exhibit seamlessly combines exquisite photos with moving text that makes an indelible impression on the heart and soul of everyone who sees if.  Building Bridges seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about immigrants and refugees as a way to prevent bullying and hatred towards this marginalized group of people.“We can move beyond our stereotypes and prejudices when we meet and learn about the lives of real people.” That conviction motivates the work of Family Diversity Projects. They are committed to educating people of all ages about the full range of diversity through traveling photo-text exhibits, books, and curriculum to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, bullying, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, and disabilities of all kinds.

October 20th is ONA Sunday!

On October 20th, we will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the adoption of our Open and Affirming covenant. Our guest preacher for our anniversary celebration will be the Reverend Liza Neal. Liza is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and the founding director of the Spiritual Life program at Hampshire College where she worked with young adults, staff, and faculty for 14 years. Liza received her MDiv at Yale, studying mysticism and the theology of reconciliation, and her BA at Hampshire, focusing on religion, writing, and dance. Liza hasReikiMastertrainingatSanctuaryHealingArts. She certified in Spiritual Direction at Still Harbor, an organization of chaplains for social justice creating a network of fiercely loving and compassionate leaders for social change.


Challenge of Paul Sunday mornings @ 9AM with Jonathan Guest : Four-week session beginning October 20


Each session will begin with a short video presentation by preeminent New Testament scholar, John Dominic Crossan. Dr. Crossan’s research has focusedon the historical Jesus, on the anthropology of theAncient Mediterranean and New Testament worlds.He is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world. This particular study will focus on Paul and Luke. Join us in the Hayes Parlor on Sunday mornings.



Family Movie Night : Saturday, October 26 @ 7PM


Accompanying the movie on our grand piano in the sanctuary will be the amazing Rob Humpreville who improvises the movie’s “soundtrack” on the spot as the plot unfolds. Join us for Lon Chaney in The Phan- tom of the Opera and experience the time before the “talkies.” It is a great family night out!



Environmental Action Sunday: Composting: Sunday, October 27 @ noon

On average about 40% of our waste is compostable. Join Sybil Schlesinger of Natick Composts over a light lunch and discover how easy it is to sign up with Black Earth Compost for weekly home pick-up of your compostable waste. You’ll save water dow nthe disposal and blue bags in the trash and turn your potato peels into soil to grow great healthy food.You’ll be surprised how much you can compost!


Our next Family Promise host week begins October 27th

Our congregation will be hosting Family Promise guests during the week of October 27 - November 3. If you are already a trained FPM volunteer and would like to sign up, please visit http://cerv.is/m?0002x393. If you are new to Family Promise and would like more information or to learn about the upcoming training dates, please contact Chris Gentry (jcmsgentry@gmail.com).