Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 2/28/2013

News & Updates 2-28-2013

Come one, come all!
Our Annual Budget Drive Celebration

Saturday, March 3, 2013 in the Parish Hall
6:30pm until we’ve danced the night away!

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, March 3
Holy Unexpected!
Rev. Parisa Parsa

We begin our month of exploring the theme of Miracles by reflecting on the outrageous, comical, and poignant story of Jonah. Our worship will conclude with open communion.

Religious Education

Spirit Play I (ages 3-5) will meet in their classroom downstairs, where they will her about The Life Cycle of the Butterfly.

Passages (2nd grade) will meet in the third classroom downstairs to explore the third UU principle: acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

Grades k-1, 3-6 will begin the month with a worship service in the Children’s Church.

Neighboring Faiths (7th grade) will be on a field trip to the Shambala Center.

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Parish?

We will be welcoming and celebrating new members during a service in March, and we hope that all who attend services, social events, and spiritual development programs will consider making their membership official at this time. If you are interested, please contact Jamez Terry at and plan to attend the sessions listed below.

The Story of Unitarian Universalism

Sunday, March 3, 12-2 pm in the Chase Parlor

What do we believe? Where did we come from? How did we get here? And why should we care? These are important human questions with particular relevance for Unitarian Universalists – ours is the “Living Tradition” after all! Only when we know our history can we benefit from its inspiration. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Living Unitarian Universalism at First Parish

Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 pm in the Parish Hall

This session will provide an introduction to First Parish and to the meaning of membership here. How does the church operate? What resources and programs are available to you? How can you contribute to the life of the church? How is First Parish contributing to the wider community? Learn the answers to all of these questions, and ask some of your own.

Events and News

Staffing Update

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Administrative Assistant! Please give Miriam Febres a warm welcome as she begins her half-time schedule at First Parish this Sunday, March 3!

Peace First workshop series

Fridays, March 8, March 15, 7-8:30 pm

Interested in strengthening your communication, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills? Looking to connect with others at First Parish through games, role-playing, and the arts? Wondering what Rev. Eric Dawson’s peace ministry is all about? Eric will be leading 3 inter-generational workshops (truly for ALL ages) on peacemaking. Building on 20 years of teaching Peace First, these sessions will focus on the critical skills of peacemaking, community-building, and having fun. Please come and feel free to invite friends and family beyond First Parish. Questions? Contact Eric

*The farewell party for Bill Macmillan has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 10th @ 5pm at the Najarians’ home. See the updated Evite for further details.*

The Chocolate Auction will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th immediately following worship in the Parish Hall.


If you borrowed folding chairs from the Parish Hall in the last week, please kindly return them immediately. They belong to Christ the Rock church.


This year’s Common Hearth series for intergenerational spiritual development has featured an evening of storytelling with Len Cabral and an interactive presentation by the Massachusetts Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. Each of these programs was supported in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Thanks MCC!

[Note to whoever is preparing the Link and printed announcements: We MUST print the above statement and use their logo in order to receive the grant funds.]

***Don’t forget to join us over on our brand new Facebook Page!***

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.