Every Sunday after the service, we adjourn to the parish hall to enjoy coffee and conversation. Each week, a different family in the congregation provides refreshments, according to a schedule distributed at the beginning of the year. During the coldest months, our sexton, Dana Flynn, lights a cozy fire in the fireplace. Coffee hour provides us with a pleasant opportunity to catch up with neighbors and friends.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOSTING COFFEE HOUR
- Please provide some simple edibles, sweet and/or savory
- The Church supplies the basics: coffee, tea, juice, milk, sugar and artificial sweetener, and paper napkins
Setting up (allow about 15 minutes before the service):
- Spread tablecloth (tablecloths are in the standing cupboard to the right of the entrance to the Sunday School
- Set out cups and saucers, mugs, spoons, napkins and glasses
- Set out tea bags, sugar, and your edibles
- Check to see if coffeemaker has been set up; if not start the coffee (instructions are posted)
- Boil water to warm up the 2 thermoses
- Leave just before the end of the service (during the last verse of the final hymn) to put out juice, thermoses of coffee and hot water for tea, and a small pitcher of milk (for coffee)
- Turn on toggle switch for dishwasher (instructions for the operation of the dishwasher are posted on the wall next to the coffeemaker)
- During coffee hour, replenish snacks and beverages as necessary
- Scrape/rinse glasses and dishes
- Load and run the dishwasher (the cycle lasts 5 minutes, start to finish)
- Open dishwasher door, allow the dishes to cool off, and replace them in the cupboards
- Wipe down counters
- Before you leave, turn the dishwasher toggle switch to OFF
The annual Thanksgiving Food & Flower Sale is held at the church on Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving. It is a community event organized by volunteers to benefit the church’s outreach program. Begun in 1920, the fair offers breakfast and sells flowers, flower arrangements, pies, baked goods, casseroles, cider and fudge.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the proceeds of the sale are directed to the Brookline Food Pantry and the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton.
We hope you’ll get involved by cooking or baking something for the fair, volunteering on the day of the fair, or simply coming to the fair to be part of the holiday spirit.
For more information, contact Deborah Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Volunteers to serve as the usher at Sunday services are solicited either monthly or bi-monthly by e-mail from a list of those who have expressed willingness to participate, and assignments are made from those who have indicated availability.
Briefly, the duties are to light the candles on the altar before the service, greet those attending at the door, collect the offering, and, after the service, to count the offering and extinguish the candles.
Anyone interested in ushering should contact John Welch (JohnHWelch@aol.com) to have his or her name added to the prospective usher list. A more detailed list of usher duties will be sent upon request.
The Book Group of the First Church has been meeting since 1989, and we have read
widely: fiction, non-fiction, classics and contemporary works. We meet at the homes of
members of the group every month or six weeks at 3:00 p.m. for dessert and discussion.
Our method of choosing books varies from themes (e.g. women, ethnic, war) to going
where the spirit moves us. We enjoy the variety as
well as the chance to read books we
might otherwise not have chosen.
We are always happy to
welcome new members.
Please contact Molly Batchelder (email@example.com)
for more information.