Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 10/18/2013

Weekly Link 10-18-13


“In the Flesh”

We are made of matter, and as Barbara Brown Taylor puts it “matter matters to God.” We are formed with bodies with which to experience the world, which carry our love and our longing. How do we respond in spiritually healthy ways to the un-loving messages our culture gives us about our bodies? This month we will explore themes of body image, our connection with animal nature (Blessing of the Animals), aging, sexuality, and death (Remembrance Sunday, November 3).

This Week in Worship

Sunday, October 20, 2013

10:30am WORSHIP

Seasons and Sages
Rev. Parisa Parsa
with Emma Jean Moulton and the Meetinghouse Choir

Continuing our theme of honoring our earthly bodies, this morning we will bless our newest infants and children and reflect on the lessons of our bodies and our lives as we age.


Please bring your completed service pledge form to church this week (or pick one up and fill it out while you’re here). You can read more about opportunities here:

Sunday Morning Meetinghouse Choir rehearsal will be held in the Parish Hall

Are you a parent of a teen who could use some extra support? Please contact
Rev. Parisa to discuss some upcoming possibilities here at church. or 617-698-6329 x102

Religious Exploration

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5.

Spirit Play I & II will meet in their classrooms.

3rd through 6th graders will begin in the meeetinghouse before being dismissed to their Religious Exploration classes.

7th graders will meet in the Library.

Youth Chat will meet in the youth room.

News & Announcements

Dance PartyFriday, October 25, 7pm-9pm
Halloween/ Dia De Los Muertos Dance Party

The RE Committee is hosting its 4th annual Halloween Dance Party.
This is a party for all ages and you won’t want to miss it!
If you would like to help setup, cleanup, or providing Halloween-themed desserts, please email Jen Leggett at or Miriam Febres at

haunted houseThe First Parish Youth Group will be hosting the annual Haunted House!
There is a requested $3 donation for all who wish to enter, and all proceeds will go toward funding future Youth Group projects.
The hours are:
Friday, 10/25: 6pm-9pm
Saturday, 10/26: 7:30pm-9:30pm.

It will be a hauntingly good time for those who dare to enter the First Parish Haunted Hotel.

Saturday, October 26, at 2:00pm

Emma Jean Moulton, Miguel Rodriguez, Jennie Mulqueen, Jeff Stoodt, former soloist Brandon Grimes, Judy Cobble and more will present a wide variety of music in “Piano Showcase”, a program introducing the lovely “new” piano to the Milton Public Library. The concert will be in the Keys Community Room. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible.

Sunday October 27th, 3pm

All are warmly invited to the Ordination of Robin Bartlett (formerly Barraza)
First Parish in Brookline

Memorial Service for Allison Barry – November 2

A Memorial Service in Loving Memory of Alison Barry will be held on Saturday November 2 at 11am in the Children’s Church Alison’s family would be delighted to have her First Parish and Milton community friends attend, so please spread the word and mark your calendars.


For this year’s Remembrance Sunday, we will be assembling an altar of mementos of loved ones we wish to bring into loving memory in this community. Please bring a small dish of your loved one’s favorite food, flower, or any kind of memento of them to the sanctuary on November 3. If you want to bring your memento ahead of time (anything but the food and flowers), we will start the altar assembly on the candle table this week (October 20). Items can be taken home after worship on November 3.

Lotsa handsA Lotsa Helping Hands

A website has been established to coordinate caregiving as India Ennis recuperates from her recent back surgeries. If you are able to offer care by bringing a meal, by doing some light household help, and/or by visiting, please use the following link:

Use the “Join the Community” link and fill out the form “Request to Join the Community”. You will then receive a follow-up email with instructions about signing on where you will find a calendar with needs.

KikiKiki’s Corner

Lost and Found basket is in the Stebbins Parlor. We currently have several pairs of glasses and sunglasses in the basket. Please check the basket on your way to Parish Hall see what you might have inadvertently left behind.

Reminder: Items for The Link should be sent to no later than Wednesday at noon.

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.