Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 10/25/2013

Weekly Link 10-25-13


“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 27, 2013

10:30am WORSHIP

“The Vulnerability of Joy”
The Rev. Leela Sinha, Worship Assistant Leslie MacPherson Artinian, Music by Gary Good and a very special ensemble of First Parish singers

Researcher Brene Brown tells us that joy is the most vulnerable emotion of all, because then we have something to lose…and we will often go to great lengths to wiggle out of it. For many of us, pleasure, especially physical pleasure, is at least as elusive and at least as problematic. Ancient traditions from India to Greece to the Middle East have suggested that true spirituality lies in separating from the body, its desires and depths and passions. But what if they’re wrong?

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 27, 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

halloweenFriday, 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

halloween2The 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.

Saturday, October 26th

6:00pm in the Parlor

The Earth-Centered Spirituality Group will meet for a celebration of Samhain.

SAMHAIN 2013-During the waning half of the year, we encounter the three harvests:
The Grain Harvest of Lughnassah, the Harvest of Fruits at Mabon and the Harvest of Meat at Samhain, represent the dying cycle of the year.

In the belief-system of pagans, these are likened to the dying of the God – the harvest of the grain harvests his body so that we might eat. The harvest of fruits is the shedding of his blood so that we might drink. The harvest of meat is the sacrifice of life that leads to life. We carry this into our own internal selves at this time, reflecting on the symbolism of death and rebirth.

We shed that which is unnecessary and turn the wheel of our souls so that we might progress and evolve on a spiritual level. We let go of old patterns and habits and welcome to the void those things which will replace them. Most important of all, we honor and welcome the spirits of our beloved dead. All are welcome and invited to bring photos or memory tokens of those you wish to remember and honor.

As usual, we will follow the ceremony with a social hour; you are invited to bring nosh and libation of your choosing. For more information, contact Pam Dorsey at 617-698-0057

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. 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.



Kiki’s Corner

I will have a table at coffee hour in the Parish Hall October 27 (this Sunday). I will have materials so that you may update your e-mail, request a permanent name tag, drop off a Service Pledge card or CORI form. Drop by say hello or introduce yourself if we haven’t met yet.

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.