Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 5/16/2013

Weekly Link 5-16-13

A Celebration of Jamez, Julia, and Sebastian!!


Going Away Party for Jamez & Julia Terry
Saturday, May 18, 5pm-8pm

At the end of May, the Terry family will be leaving First Parish and returning to Alaska. Please join us for an evening of celebration, gratitude, and general merriment! Carolyn Newman and Rick Malmstrom are hosting at their home (228 Eliot St.) This party is POTLUCK, so please bring a dish to share. RSVP via Evite or by contacting Jen Erbe Leggett:

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, May 19


Join our Youth Group as they share reflections on the importance of the bonds of community through story and song.  We will hear Shareen Alsebai’s Coming of Age Credo and also have the bridging ceremony for our high school seniors.  You won’t want to miss it!

Religious Education

Spirit Play I and II (pre-K through 2nd grade)  will meet in their classrooms downstairs, where they will hear the stories “The Dead Bird” (I) and “Different Points of View” (II).
Small Group Ministries (grades 3-6) will begin in the meetinghouse before being dismissed to their classes.
Neighboring Faiths (7th grade) will gather in the parlor.

This Sunday, May 19 is the last day of RE classes. We hope children, youth, teachers, and parents alike have had a great year of growing and learning together.
See you in the fall!

Annual Meeting Sunday, May 19th

The 2013 Annual Meeting of First Parish in Milton will take place after worship Sunday in the Parish Hall. There will be a brief luncheon followed by the meeting, which will start promptly at 12 noon. Annual Meeting is where we live out our UU principle to exercise our right of conscience and engage in the use of the democratic process in our congregations. This year’s Annual Meeting is especially important as we contemplate major changes that will affect our parish life next year and in the years to come. Please make every effort to come, stay, participate and make your voice heard!

Annual Meeting materials can be found on the members page of the website:

Child care will be provided for young children and there will be
organized games for older children.

Events and News

Register Now for Religious Education!

As we move toward the end of this church year, we are already beginning preparations for fall and another great year of Religious Education for First Parish children and youth.  Please register all children who will be participating in RE next year by completing this simple form:   It helps us so much to have registrations completed early!  If you have any questions please contact

Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sunday June 2nd  from 9-10:15 a.m.

Teacher Appreciation BreakfastThe RE committee is hosting the annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast to honor everyone who has been involved with Religious Education at First Parish this year.  Breakfast will be served to the teachers, substitute teachers and their families and all teachers will receive a gift of appreciation from First Parish.  If you would like to thank a teacher by contributing a breakfast item, please sign up on the doodle poll by using this link:, or contacting Beth Greenawalt at

Earth Centered Spirituality Group

The Earth Centered Spirituality Group held their annual Beltane celebration.  The event included jumping the balefire and dancing around the Maypole in the Courtyard.  Mother Nature cooperated with a grand day for celebrating the coming season of growth.

You have been CHOSEN!

In the interest of efficiency, the Worship Committee has designated a “Chosen Few” to assist during Worship Services as ushers for the remainder of the Church year.  Please check the list below to see if you are one of the “Chosen Few”.

The Worship Committee is grateful for your participation as an usher.  If, for some reason, you are unable to fulfill your usher duties on your  “Chosen” Sunday, please either trade with someone else, or find a replacement.

Thank you, in advance, for your help!

If you do not see your name on the list and you would like to usher, please let Miriam, our new office assistant, know and she will try to fit you in.

Happy spring!

The Worship Committee

Usher Assignments for April, May, and June

May 19          Charlie Franich and Ruth Hannon
May 26          Dianna Wilson and Alyson Allen
June 2          Ruth  and Clara Heiden
June 9          Beth Gray Nix and Lisa Beck

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church

Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice.