Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 10/26/2017

Weekly Link 10-26-17


This Week in Worship

Sunday, October 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

October Worship Theme – Spiritual Practices

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Rev. Lisa Ward

Last night I had the honor of attending a colleague’s “Institution”, which is the Episcopal equivalent of the UU Installation of ministers. Reverend Rachel Pettengill-Rasure is now Rector of the Church of Our Savior in East Milton. Rachel is a colleague both in MICA (Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) and as a fellow steering committee member of the Courageous Conversations on Racial Justice initiative in Milton. Interfaith engagement is uplifting for me. As a UU, dwelling in diversity and the discipline of shared vision by integrating many perspectives is the vibrant work of interdependence. The better we get at being multi-lingual in religious imagery, cultural understanding and community visioning, the closer we will come to manifesting world community.

I believe MICA practices that aspiration. Here is its mission which we drafted together last year:

“The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association cares about the spiritual life of all people in Milton. We strive to increase interfaith understanding. We build partnerships and connections between diverse faith communities, faith leaders, civic leaders, and organizations so that together we can better promote justice for all people. We gather in community to both bear witness to brokenness and celebrate all that is sacred in our midst.”

So may it be.

Rev. Lisa

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration

  • Nursery and toddler care is available every week in the Link hallway from 10:15 to 11:45 am. This year our caregivers are Daisy and Grace. Stop by and say hello!
  • Religious Exploration for Sunday, October 29: Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the full Samhain service of remembrance in the Meetinghouse this week.
  • Youth activities are now posted in the Link by our Youth Advisor. Look for her “Youth Yacking” column to learn what activities and events the youth will be engaging in each week.
  • Register your child or youth! The Religious Education Committee requests all families to register their children and youth. Paper registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board in the Link hallway.

Reminder: The Halloween Dance Party & Haunted Hallway are happening tomorrow, October 27 from 7 to 9 pm in the Parish Hall.

Halloween Dance Party

Friday, October 27th

7pm – 9:30pm

The RE Committee is hosting its 8th annual Spooktacular Dance Party. Costumes, dancing and fun for all! Tell your friends, bring the neighbors, this is a party for everybody.

Experience the Eerie Haunted House created by our ghastly youth group — Go through it if you DARE! (You can request the full scare or a calmer version if you prefer.)

If you would like to help setup, cleanup or providing Halloween-themed desserts, please email Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration.

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Youth Yacking!

Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz, Youth Advisor

The Youth Group will be hosting the annual Haunted Hallway this Friday at the First Parish Halloween Party! Youth interested in participating are asked to come as early as 5pm to help set up. We should be done cleaning up by about 9:30pm.

Please let Sara Elizabeth know if you have any questions!

Youth are encouraged to attend the multigenerational service this Sunday as there will be no Youth Chat or CAT programming.

News and Announcements


Please email Mallory Digges or Kiki Giatis if you are able to help out.

Also looking for ushers for Christmas Eve and a couple of other dates. Please contact Mallory via email. You would be doing a great service for the church.

Last Chance!

Sign Up for a Circle Social

Available Dates

  • Family friendly brunch at 10:00 am – Saturday 11/10 – New Date
  • Tuesday, November 14
  • Saturday November 18

Questions? Richard Venable

All Church Council (ACC)

Sunday October 29th from 12:00-2:00pm

Everyone and anyone with an interest in who we are, what we are doing, where we are going and sharing in the experience as we build our collective vision of the future is welcome to attend. each standing committee will report on their activities, success, work to be done and plans to be made for the future.

We encourage all committee chairs and at least one other committee member to attend. You do not need to be a committee member to attend. Light lunch (pizza and some salad) will be available. You are welcome to bring something to share.

If you need childcare, please email us no later than Thursday October 26th.

Wednesday, November 1

Vespers Service for Healing and Resilience

Children’s Church – 6:30 – 7:15 pm

Come join Rev. Lisa for a healing and resilience chapel service in the Children’s Church, Wednesday, November 1 from 6:30-7:15 pm.

In a world where we can feel afraid and hopeless, this is a time to reconnect with your strength, your power and your wisdom. It is a simple gathering for silence, meditation and song. This is a monthly series to be held the first Wednesday night of the month.

Social Action Potluck

Saturday, November 4 at 5pm @ Parish Hall

Please bring a potluck dish to share to this family friendly evening where there will be storytelling and arts and crafts for kids. Come learn about volunteer opportunities in racial justice work, greening our environment and anti-poverty work. Come join Social Action committee members as they explain the work they are doing and the ways you can get involved. For more information please contact Debbie Alsebai or 617-696-1276.

12th Annual Christmas Tree Sale

Pre-order your grade A1 premium Fraser Fir Christmas trees today! Trees are $65 and payment with pre-order is preferred. Trees will be cut down the last week in November and will be available for pick up Saturday, December 2nd at First Parish.

Pick up a preorder form in the Parish Hall on the information tables or from the bulletin board in front of the office. Place completed form and check in the gray box outside of the office.

First come, first served.

Are you interested in learning more about First Parish and becoming a member? A First Parish Orientation and Path to Membership Program is currently being planned. Please let Kiki Giatis know if you are interested in attending. Email her at We want to schedule a time that will work will work for optimum attendance.

Halloween Dance Party

Friday, October 27th
Parish Hall 7pm – 9:30pm

All Church Council

Sunday, October 29, 2017
12 noon – Parish Hall

Wednesday, November 1

Vespers Service for Healing and Resilience
Children’s Church – 6:30 – 7:15 pm

Saturday, November 4 at 5pm

Parish Hall
Social Action Potluck

Saturday, November 11

Fair Foods, Inc.
Meet at FP at 10 am

Saturday, November 11

Serve Lunch at Father Bill’s

Social Action Committee News

Check out the Social Action Calendar at the information tables in the Stebbins Parlor and Parish Hall Foyer.

The Next Social Action Committee meeting is Thursday, November 16
7:30 PM to 9:00PM in the Library.

Sign up during social hour to volunteer with Social Action on upcoming Saturdays:

  • November 11, 2017
  • December 9, 2017

Fair Foods Inc. rescues surplus fruits and vegetables from Boston industry source and distribute the food to those in need. (

The Social Action Committee is looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals at Father Bill’s in Quincy on the following dates:

Lunch, Saturday, November 11, 2017

For more information contact Peter Schneider.

Next Courageous Conversation:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00PM -9:00PM
At First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue, Milton MA, 02186

The Courageous Conversations Team, in partnership with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Reflecting, and Milton for Peace, invites you to a monthly series of dialogue-centered programs on racism and privilege designed to address racial healing and justice in our town. Now more than ever, we must engage in this critical work of recognizing and dismantling racism in our society.

The Green Team

The next Green Team will meet at Jennie Mulqueen’s house on
Thursday, November 16 from 7:30-9pm.
There are still slots open on the team.
Email Jennie for questions.
Together we can make a difference.


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Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am
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