Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 11/5/2015

Weekly Link 11/5/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, November 8 Worship @ 10:30 am in Meetinghouse

Theme: Vision

I was walking across the Boston Common and I thought that I had never seen such a beautiful November day, warm, blue skies and beautiful leaves fall gracefully from the trees. It’s been pretty amazing here at the church as well. Last Sunday’s service with the members of the Great Blue Hills CUUPS was truly moving. This Sunday will also be compelling with a testimony by June Scott.


I do have other news that I want to let you know about. Miriam Saavedra has let us know that she would like to end the Religious Educator part of her job at the end of December. As I’m sure you remember Miriam has performed in the roles of both office administrator and religious educator in a combined full time position. She would like keep the office administrator job and we in leadership think that this makes sense as she has done a very good job in that role. Her reason for leaving the RE piece is it just isn’t feeding her. Miriam will continue to pursue her passion for the healing arts through her Reiki and Massage Practice.

After speaking with Lisa White, the chair of our Religious Exploration committee, and other leaders of the church I am very confident that the program will not lose any momentum in the coming months. This is in part because of the wonderful leadership and preparation that Miriam and the RE committee have put into the program. More details will follow as we flesh out what the next steps are.

See you in church,


Religious Exploration

Sunday, November 8

  • Spirit Play Pre K – 2nd grade — Go directly to their class room at 10:30am
  • SGM 3rd –6th Graders — Will begin in the Meetinghouse before being dismissed to their Religious
  • Exploration class
  • Junior Youth Group 7th –8th Graders — Meet in the Parlor at 10:30am
  • Youth Chat will meet in the youth room at 10:30am
  • The Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger

News and Announcements

Great opportunity to see our talented youth!

Thursday, November 5 & Saturday, November 7 — Will Macmillan. Colette Nourie, and Katie Steele will be performing in Milton High School’s production of 42nd Street. For information, show times and how to purchase tickets follow this link.

Reserve your tree now and come pick up Saturday December 5th @ 9am-12noon

Fraser Fir 6-7 feet in height from Granite State Farm in New Hampshire. Trees cut down first week of December; cannot get any fresher. All proceeds benefit First Parish Milton — $65.00 per tree. Orders due by November 22nd!

Winter Valley Emporium

Saturday, November 14 ◊ 10am – 2pm

Knowlton Hall
600 Canton Avenue, Milton

White Elephant, Art, Crafts, Bake Sale, Mary Kay Bath and Beauty products, plus unique and affordable gift and seasonal items. Coffee, cider and other treats available for purchase. This fundraiser benefits Winter Valley elders.

For more information call Liz O’Rourke at 617-898-2030

Saturday, December 5th Holiday Fair and Brunch @ 9am – 1pm

A new version of Handcrafting Justice event is being planned. Opportunities to volunteer to help with sale and other activities. Let Kiki know if you want to volunteer and she will put you in touch with the right folks!

The Search Continues

News from the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC)

Thanks also to the more than 25 people who participated in our four cottage meetings – We have heard you loud and clear.

The written summary of the data from the congregational survey are available on the Members Page. Want to know more? see the graphs from the survey at this link.

This month, we will finalize and publish materials for prospective ministers, create a list of interview questions, and assemble photos and videos to be shared with candidates (not public). Please fill out your media release form so that we know whether we may include materials in which you are included.

Your Ministerial Search Committee: Debbie Alsebai, Charlie Franich, Franc Graham, Elise Henricks, Jim May, Brigitte Miller, and Tracey Robinson.


Kiki’s Corner

Looking for some party planners! Planning is beginning for a couple of events in early 2016. If you like event planning, we could use your help. No long term commitment. You are finished when the party ends. If you are curious about the possibilities, please let me know via emai or try to find me during social hour.

A new post, some reinforcing of the steps, and a nice paint job. Put it all together and the staircase to the kitchen is revitalized. Thanks to our sexton, Kevin Harnden.

Thanksgiving week office schedule. The office will be open on Monday and Tuesday (November 23 and 24 from 10 am – 3 pm. The office will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I will be on vacation beginning November 23 and returning on November 30. Rev. Hank will be around and is available by cell phone in case of a pastoral emergency.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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. Sign Up Here!