New Year’s Day party

Join First Parish family and friends in ringing in the New year at a pot luck supper with music, games and dancing.

January 1, 6PM in the Fellowship Hall

Each family will bring a pot luck dish and contribute $10 for supplies. The $10 fee will be waived for anyone who helps with the organization or cleanup.

Please respond to the event organizer, Carolyn Lumenello at with the following information: Name, phone, email, number in family, pot luck dish you will bring and what you’ll be helping with.

Ideas for potluck: chicken wings, pasta, pizza, casserole, vegetable dish, and salad.

Help needed: table setup, decorations, beverage server, kitchen help, shopper, and admissions.


2017 Greens Festival

FPCU 2017 Holiday Greens Festival

Seasons greetings!


The frost is on the pumpkin and the holiday season is fast approaching! The First Parish Church United is preparing its annual 2017 Holiday Greens Festival to be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9am to 3pm. We will be offering our usual popular items such as wreaths, swags, roping, poinsettias, centerpieces, luminaries and other decorative items. Your order of holiday decorations from the Greens Festival helps to maintain our historic Meeting House & Fellowship Hall, as well as supporting the many outreach activities of our church including: Westford Farmers Market, Habitat for Humanity, AA, The Lowell Wish Project, Westford Food Pantry, Middlesex Shelter/LTLC & local scout groups, the annual Strawberry Festival and the Apple Blossom Pancake Breakfast. We ask that you complete the 2017 order form and return it along with your check or money order to: First Parish Church United, 48 Main Street Westford, MA 01886

Volunteers Needed

We need many many volunteers!  Any time you can share will help make this Greens Festival a huge success and you will have fun doing it.  Please take a look at the variety of different volunteer opportunities and consider signing up for those that are of interest to you.  If you have any questions please contact us at  Thank you!!

Refugee Dinner-Sunday, October 29th

This past Sunday FPCU hosted 11 members of two Afghan immigrant families for dinner and camaraderie. About 25 of our Church folks set up and decorated the hall, cooked some really wonderful food and then waited in slightly anxious anticipation for the families to arrive. We all wondered how we would be able to communicate with these guests, many of whom spoke little or no English and all of whom had lived lives in a far-away place, so different from our own. There was no need for concern! Those with better English skills translated for the others; and it turns out everyone can talk about and make themselves understood when it comes to family, culture and food! In a day and age when we are constantly bombarded with angst producing news, this night of cooperation, friendship and unexpected rapport was truly a bright spot. We will be doing it again, hope you can join us next time!

Rev. George Downey Memorial



A memorial for George Downey will take place on Saturday, October 14th at 2:00pm at UU Church in Groton, 1 Powderhouse Road, Groton, MA 01450.
If you are interested in contributing a dessert, please email Linda Marple at

Bereavement Support Group begins 10/11

First Parish Church United of Westford is offering a series of six bereavement support sessions to the community at large. These will be held on October 11th, October 18th, October 25th, November 1st, November 8th, and November 15th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, in the Minister’s Study at First Parish Church United, 48 Main Street, Westford, MA 01886. There is no charge.

Your leader will be Beth Morrison LCSW. If you are interested please call our Caring line (217) 649-3535 or email Please leave your name and phone number. Beth will call you back to ask a few questions and reserve your place.

Oktoberfest-last day to sign up-10/8

The last day to sign up will be this Sunday, October 8th during coffee hour. There is a sign-up sheet on the door of the main office and one in the kitchen.

Have you ever tasted Warsteiner beer? Do you put Ingelhofer mustard on your brats? If you have not, please join us for our fun Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14th, at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall for a beer and wine fest.

We will be serving several different German beers and wines, with a hearty German meal of bratwurst (with all the fixins’), potato salad and Bavarian desserts. If beer/wine do not interest you, please just come for the fun and some Apple cider, German pretzels, and root beer, which will also be available for your delight.

We will be serenaded with German songs, and polka dancing is possible, so bring your favorite beer stein, and your lederhosen (or dirndl skirts) for a thoroughly enjoyable evening with our church friends.

Given the substantial servings of the meal and beer, admission cost will be $15 per person. Sign-up sheets will be available during coffee hour and in the office. All are welcome! Bring your friends

Rev. George Downey, longtime Minister at FPCU, passes away

George_DowneyRev. George Downey It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of Rev. George Downey’s passing.  He was a longtime minister of First Parish Church United, and was a strong pillar in Westford during his time here.  A memorial service is being planned for October 14 at 2:00pm, to be held at First Parish Church of Groton where he  became a member after moving.  In the days and weeks ahead, we will have opportunity to celebrate his legacy, mourn his loss, and reach out to each other in support and love.


With faith,


Rev. Eric

Common Threads Meeting

Wednesday August 30 at 7PM

at Carolyn Clark’s house 3 Heywood Road

Come join us for our first meeting this church year.  We will be discussing what projects we may want to consider.  Please contact Carolyn Clark at if you plan to attend.  Margaret Wheeler is offering rides to anyone who needs one.  Her phone number is 978-692-5401.  We hope to see you there!

Homecoming Sunday & Ice Cream Social

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Homecoming Sunday & Ice Cream Social 

We welcome all members and visitors to our Homecoming Sunday on September 10th for our 10:30am service. Friends and family are warmly invited to join us for a service of fellowship and fun, followed by an ice cream social. We invite you to come and bring a friend to this service, to find out more about our religious education programs, outreach events within the larger Westford community, and spiritual education. Please email any questions about Homecoming Sunday/Ice Cream Social to Chris Robinson at . We are looking forward to seeing you all at church that special Sunday!