Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 12/30/2016

Weekly Link 12-30-16


This Week in Worship

Where/When: 10:30 a.m. in the Meetinghouse

This month’s theme: Potential

Turning Towards the Flame

Worship Leader: Jennie Mulqueen

An informal social hour will follow with hot chocolate and cider.

Message from Rev. Lisa

What a joy it was to celebrate Christmas Eve at First Parish Milton with you! You folks know how to sing carols! The talent was abundant in the Christmas Pageant and the choir did, indeed, lend angelic voices to the 10 pm service. Many thanks to Joel Hiller for his direction and original music and for Becky Stiles, Laurel Whitehouse and the Religious Education crew for orchestrating the pageant. Much appreciation also goes out to Tim Steele, who not only provided his musical mastery for Christmas Eve, but showed up in pajamas the next day to play for the Christmas Day service. And of course, the office staff, providing the special orders of service and a multitude of support efforts for the weekend. It is my hope that holiday cheer has visited you all in one way or another.

We are coming into quite the new year in 2017. A new administration in national politics calls us to pay attention to inevitable changes and policy recommendations. As members of a democracy, it is up to us to participate, lend our voices and develop our civic consciousness. We are also continuing here at First Parish amidst a new administration, with the Minister, Director of Religious Education and Administrative Assistant still learning the ropes and settling into First Parish Life. As the democratic process is one of the principles of Unitarian Universalist congregational life, we recognize that we form the community, we steward its resources, which come from each of us.

Exciting times that need all of our input. Fruitful times to create the community we want to flourish.

Blessings Be,

Rev. Lisa

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse

Director of Religious Education

  • Nursery care will not be available during the worship services on January 1.
  • Religious education classes, Our Whole Lives classes, Youth Chat and Youth Group will not meet on January 1.

Save the dates: Youth Group-sponsored Spaghetti Dinners will be offered on Friday, January 6 and Friday, February 3 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad and bread for $5 per person (a gluten-free pasta option will be available). All proceeds go towards funding youth group participation in a spring service trip organized by CityReach Boston.

News and Announcements

Monday Night Yoga – On Hiatus

No Monday night yoga the next two weeks because of the holidays.
We will resume on January 9th

Caring Committee

The Caring Committee is looking for a couple of new members due to some recent resignations. This group provides a vital link to the rest of the congregation in coordination of parish care. If you think you might be interested in joining this vital committee, please contact Amanda Tobey, chair or Kiki Giatis.


The next Social Action Committee meeting is on Sunday, January 8 at 8:30 AM.

Racial Dialogues

The Social Action Committee along with Milton for Peace is hosting a dialogue on race on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Join the Social Action Committee together with Milton for Peace and Milton Race Dialogues in attending The Scottsboro Boys, a musical based on the true story of nine African American boys jailed in 1931 for a crime they did not commit.

Sunday, January 15 at 3:00 PM or Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 at the Calderwood Pavillion in the South End. The cast gives a short talk after the show.

Tickets are $50 or students $25. Purchase tickets through Deb Alsebai


We are in the process of securing a bus to bring us to and from the Women’s March in Washington on January 21, 2017.

We would leave Friday night, march on Saturday and drive back Saturday evening. The roundtrip fare is approximately $85. The office can provide help toward the cost if needed. Another group of us will be participating in the Boston march on the same day.

The next Fair Food date is Saturday, January 14.


We will be holding a drive for the month of January to collect supplies for Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter for individuals and families
who are fleeing violence.

Items needed: laundry detergent, Downy softener, paper towels, toilet paper and sandwich bags.


Kiki’s Corner

Office Schedule during the Holidays

The office will also be closed on Sunday and Monday, January 1 and 2. We are back to regular schedule on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Happy Holidays one and all!


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church


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  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 3 pm
  • Other times by appointment


  • Tuesday – Thurday 10:00 am – 3 pm
  • Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays.