Announcements

Even though we may not be physically together - West Parish continues to be a Church Family!   See some of our most recent announcements and activities below! 


Andover Community Trust

 

Many West Parish members have been active in Andover Community Trust over the years. ACT’s mission is to strengthen the fabric of Andover through creating permanently affordable homes in Andover and connecting residents with services and opportunities for affordable housing.  Did you know that law and policy were enacted and enforced at the local, state and federal level that promoted discriminatory housing practices?  These laws are a primary cause of the wealth gap we see today between whites and African Americans in the United States.  To learn more, consider reading or watching one of the following on systemic racism in housing:

Read: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

Watch: Segregated by Design, a short video which summarizes The Color of Law. 

Watch: November 2020 Rothstein webinar 

West Parish Little Library

 

 Do you have some good novels or nonfiction that you've finished, and would love to pass along? Looking for some new books to read, and don't want to buy them or brave the library? Then come by the Fellowship Hall alcove at church and check out our new "Little Library"! Leave a couple of good books, and take a few to enjoy! Thanks so much to Joan  for this idea! (It goes without saying, but please don't leave books that are dirty or in poor condition, or leave a whole box. Kids and teen books are welcome!)

 

 

Morning Meditation, Thursdays at 8:30 am


Join Katrina every Thursday morning at 8:30 am to begin your day with Morning Meditation. Sitting in stillness has scientifically proven benefits for our emotional and physical health! Of course, our religious traditions have known this for thousands of years! Using techniques from both Christian Contemplative Prayer and Buddhist Meditation, we'll breathe, meditate on scripture, and ground ourselves in the midst of this anxious time.

 

Lenten Bible Study:  Be Healed


Join Domenik every Wednesday in Lent for a journey through Jesus' healing stories. Together, we'll read classic stories like Jesus healing the blind, and also hidden gems like the healing of the somnambulist. Starts on Ash Wednesday, Feb 17 at 6:00 pm, and meets every Wednesday through March 31.


Caring Circles

 

Our Caring Circles are small groups that will help us all look out for one another and stay connected! You are ALL in a Circle!  John, Fellowship Chair, is our Circle Coordinator. Circle Leaders are: Heather, Pat, Bink, Lisa, Cindy, Judy, Barbara, Sarah, Kim, Linda  and John. If you have any questions, just be in touch with John or Katrina.

Adult Education

 

Join Domenik for our Adult Education Program - every last Sunday of the month from 9:30 - 10:00 am. We start off this new regular program with the question of whether or not, and how, the church should be involved in politics.

     January 31:  "Too Political": Politics & the Church

    February 28:  Being a UCC Church: What Does It Mean?

    March 28:  Anti-Jewishness Around the Easter Story