Category: 2022-23 Pledge Campaign

Celebrating Our Connections


The ‘$520 Pledge Challenge’ Raffle
If you increase your pledge by $520 this year ($10 a week), you could win this gorgeous hand-made quilt generously donated by Alane Wallis as the ‘$520 Challenge’ raffle prize! This quilt was handmade by First Parish member, Alane Wallis, and is named the Farm Girl. She worked on it for a year at The Cambridge Quilt Shop during their ‘Block of the Month’ events. The shop provided the pattern, the fabric, guidance. and the opportunity to commune with other quilters. Alane particularly likes the quality of the fabric and the challenge of piecing each block. Thank you Alane!

2022 Pledge Testimonial – Jack Nevison

Our family’s connection to First Parish begins with the story of my eight-year-old daughter, Susannah, expressing an interest in going to church. Because my wife is a lapsed Catholic, this task fell to me, a lapsed Methodist.

After some neighborhood inquiries, it looked like First Parish … read more.

2022 Pledge Testimonial – Teresa Hubscher-Younger

Good morning! My name is Teresa Hubscher-Younger.

You might have heard my name before because I volunteer to help with the Zoom chat with Jan Power. I find that particularly rewarding, because my first experience with First Parish was through Zoom. I explored and joined First … read more.

2022 Pledge Testimonial – Sydney Haddad

Hey, I’m Sydney! I was asked to think about connections, which is a daunting task. The list is overwhelming. Attending RE, Choir, Ferry Beach, and Mother-child book club are some of the ways I started to connect with others. I saw book club members at … read more.

2022 Pledge Testimonial – Sara Ballard

My story is a familiar one, and many of you probably have a similar one. My husband Stoney and I first came here so our children could attend Sunday school, but we ended up staying for ourselves.

Our six-year-old son, Rick, told me that when he … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Lillian Anderson

Good morning.  I’m so glad to be with you today to share some of the memories of this place that I love so much, First Parish in Concord.  You know, I’m sure if each of you were asked, you would remember the first time you … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Bruce Blumberg

Hi I am Bruce Blumberg, and I want to take a couple of minutes to talk about what First Parish means to me. Wasn’t last week’s service great? And it revealed an essential truth: being part of First Parish has the potential to fundamentally change … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Anna Whitney

I, like so many, have struggled through Covid-19. I’m lucky enough to be part of a wonderful school that I truly love. I transferred in during 10th grade and became deeply enmeshed in the community, but considered my time to be limited and precious given … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Leah Russell

I miss being together with you all!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Leah Russell and I grew up in the UU tradition.  Several years ago, when it was time to find my UU church for my family, I knew it … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Jeff Brainerd

Good morning everyone. My name is Jeff Brainerd and as we embark on our Annual Pledge Campaign I wanted to share a little bit about what’s on my mind.

I know I don’t have to tell anybody here this, but this has been such an unprecedented, … read more.

2021 Pledge Testimonial – Peter Nobile

Good morning, First Parish family and friends.  This year’s Annual Campaign theme of “Here Together, Never Alone,”  at first struck me as odd: aren’t we in fact NOT together, and aren’t many of us feeling isolated from one another?  Before we had to go online, … read more.