Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 11/29/2013

Weekly Link 11-29-13

Small & Mighty

Small changes can be a lever for big transformations. Often-overlooked actions, people and practices can have incredible power in our world and in our lives. Through the Advent season, we’d like to share stories – both ancient and modern, from many cultures – in which the power of a single step, a single person, a single action had a major impact.

This Week in Worship

Sunday, December 1, 2013
10:30am WORSHIP

Small and Mighty

Melinda Collins with Emma Jean Moulton and the Meetinghouse Choir

In the holiday season of bigger, more, brighter, sweeter it’s easy to overlook the greatness of small things that enter our lives. But both Advent, the season in which we prepair for the ritual birth or rebirth of Jesus in our hearts, and Hanukkah, the commemoration of the Maccabee’s victory for religious freedom over their oppressors point to the power of small things and seemingly insignificant events.

Watch Amy Cuddy’s inspiring testimonial about the difference changing your stance can make – without your even thinking about! Try it. Pass it on. – Connect with others and give them a gift at the same time!

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, December 1, 2013

Work Shop Sunday!

All Children will start at the Meetinghouse before being dismissed to their workshop.

Looking for Volunteers to Help on Sunday morning, December 1, 2013. A message from RE Chair, Jen Erbe Leggett:

We need your help. On Sunday, Dec 1st, the RE program will be a Workshop Sunday. The fabulous Bridget and Nathan Sitkoff will be lovingly sharing their family’s Jewish heritage with latke making and a Hannukah craft. They have it all planned and under control– and we need one or possibly two extra adults to help out with the festivities.

Who would like to serve our congregation in this important way on that day? Please let us know ASAP by replying here or contacting Jen Erbe Leggett directly at And thanks!!!

News & Announcements


Wednesday evenings starting December 4th

Have you been wanting to try meditation but could not find the time? Would you like some quiet time for prayer and reflection during the busy holiday season? Join us in the children’s church Wednesday evenings from 7:00-7:30pm and see how restorative a quiet 30 minutes can be. Questions, contact Tracey Robinson:

Lotsa handsA Lotsa Helping Hands

For Steve Weiser

There has been a Lotsa Helping Hands website set up to support Steve Weiser

Click on the link, or paste it in, then: use the ‘Join this Community’ link to fill out the form which is a Request to Join the Community. Once you’ve done this, you will receive an email stating that you are ‘Pending Member’.

On this site you will be able to sign up to help Steve with different needs as well as see updates and pictures. Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you!



Holiday Gift Project

It’s that time of year again when First Parish participates in the Milton Residence Fund Holiday Gifts Program. You can sign up in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 17, Sunday, November 24 and Sunday December 1. All presents/gift cards should be dropped of on Sunday, December 8. For questions please contact Ruth Heiden.

holidayFriday night December 6, from 6:30 to 8:30

Third annual family craft night.

Do you hear those old sleigh bells jingling? Do you long for a simpler time? We can’t turn back the clock but we can gather in community to share a simple meal, express our creativity through crafts and share a jolly good time as the holiday season beckons us.
We will have a number of craft activities for young and the young at heart. You can learn a new skill, share one you love or just sit and enjoy the merriment.

We will have a light supper available with some delicious soups, pastas and chilies. Time to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.

We might tell some stories and sing some songs. Can you sing? Will you sing along with us? Most importantly we have an opportunity to join together and share our spark. Please come one and all.

Handcrafting JusticeSaturday, December 7th

Handcrafting Justice Fair and other Holiday Events. Volunteers needed to help with the sale and breakfast.

Handcrafting Justice Fair-Trade Sale, 9am- 1pm Also Sunday, December 8th from 11:30am – 1pm.

Handcrafting Justice is an international project that empowers woman in the developing world to lift themselves out of poverty through the creation of unique handmade goods. Sale features 100% Fair Trade products from Africa, Asia, & Latin America: toys, Home Décor, Pottery, Cards & Gifts, Bags, Purses & Indigenous Art.

First Parish volunteers are needed for this sale. If you are able to help out, please contact Elise Henricks. Sign up at the Information Table. Saturday shifts: 8 – 10:30 am and 10:30 am – 1 pm. Sunday from 11:30 am – 1pm.

Membership Breakfast

While doing your shopping, enjoy some time for fellowship and brunchhosted by the Membership Committee. Contact Charlie Franich,, if you would like to help with the breakfast. Help set up, bring food, etc.

Christmas Tree Sale

Pick up your grade A1 premium Fraser Fir Christmas trees. Trees must be pre-ordered and prepaid. Forms are available around the church to order a tree.

dollKiki’s Corner

Information Table is a good place to:

1) Order your Christmas Tree for pick up on Dec. 7.  Forms and check should be placed in the Office Lockbox.

2) Find out more detailed information on opportunities to serve at Father Bill’s.  Contact: Pat Gallivan  There is a particular need for December 22, 2013.

3) Sign up to help with the Handcrafting Justice Sale onDecember 7.

4) Pick up fliers on other upcoming events

We have updated the Church Directory.  Several hard copies are available.  If you have information that needs updating, please update in the master copy.  Next edition will likely be early in 2014.

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.