Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 3/28/2014

Weekly Link 3-28-14

Worship Theme: Wrestling with Evil

This Week in Worship

Sunday, March 30, 2014

10:30am WORSHIP

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Rev. Parisa Parsa with music by Emma Jean Moulton, the Meetinghouse Choir and Claudia Wellington and Charlie Franich

Our faith is often criticized for not addressing the problem of evil frequently enough. When we can’t come to agreement about God it’s hard to think we could have a consensus about the Devil. This morning we’ll explore the ways that we need to confront the ways evil takes human form even as we believe good and God take human form.

Rev. Parisa will be offering a talk called “Between Stranger and Friend: Living Multiculturally” at First Church Boston’s Learning Community series on Wednesday April 2 at 7pm. It is free and open to the public. Join us!


Do you have a story you would like to share about what it was like to complete your service pledge? If so, please send an email with “Service Pledge” in the subject line to Rev. Parisa at – She would like to include testimonials in upcoming worship services.


Do you have a new infant you would like to dedicate to the care of the First Parish Community? An older child who is new to the community or never had a dedication whom you would like us to welcome formally into the spiritual care of this congregation? Please send an email to Rev. Parisa (subject line: Dedication) at – we will have our annual child dedication ceremony on Sunday, June 8.

Religious Exploration

Sunday, March 30, 2014

This Sunday,Children will start at the Meetinghouse before being dismissed to their classes.

Passages and Neighboring Faiths will go directly to their class room.

Youth chat will gather in the youth room.

Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office at


A gentle reminder that for safety reasons, our policy for pick-up from Religious Exploration classes is that children will not be released until a parent has come to get them. After worship is finished, please make your way to your child(ren)’s classes to pick them up. We want to make sure that all children are accounted for and parents know where they are. Thanks for helping us with this!

News and Announcements


March 30 will be the last Sunday for Michelle Murdock, our wonderful nursery coordinator of the last three years. Please take a moment to say thank you and wish her well!

(If you know of anyone college-age or older who would be interested in working with our littlest ones and coordinating our teen babysitters, please contact Parisa)

Annual Budget Drive pledges total $204,272.00. Thank you to the 85 households that have contributed generously to the pledge drive.

Pass the Matzoh & Join Us for a Seder
Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 PM

Pass the Matzoh

Please join us for Passover Potluck Seder celebrating old and new traditions. Featuring an overview of the holiday, fun songs and good company. All ages are welcome but childcare will be available should someone in your family need a break.

Bring a salad, entree or dessert to share, recall that the Israelites did not have time to use flour, so chicken, beef, vegetables, potatoes, salad, egg dishes, fruit, pudding and ice cream items are all good choices (but bread and pasta are not good choices.)
Please feel free to contact the church office with any questions. Thanks! ~RE Committee

We Hold in Our Hearts…

We send our deepest sympathies to Mary Blanchette and her family on the recent death of her brother Jack.

The Art/Creativity Salon- Next meeting – Friday, April 18, 7PM

A monthly gathering for people to explore different kinds of art in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. This group meets the third Friday of the month. Mark your calendar!

The Run Again Project was organized by Brian Kelley and his sister Kathy Ready. Check out the website. See Pierce Middle School Students sing “I Will Run Again”.

Jericho Road Roxbury is off to a great start this year!

We want you to get involved:

Take the survey. Let us know what skills you can share with a Roxbury non-profit.

Help FP Milton reach our goal.

We are just $1,000 shy of our $7,000 goal.

(Write ‘JRRoxbury & FPMilton’ in the optional designation box).

Learn more about Jericho Road Roxbury

Temple Beth Shalom’s petition


I just signed the petition “Ask Milton Planning Board to approve subdivision request of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills” on

It’s important. Will you sign it too? CLICK HERE to sign.

KikiKiki’s Corner

Apologies to anyone that may have called the office this week and received a message that the phone number was unavailable. Our phones were down for about 48 hours (as best we can tell). We also had problems with connections to this software that produces our e-mail blasts. Hence, we are sending The Link Saturday morning instead of our usual schedule of Thursday afternoon. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this was a freak occurrence!

I will be away this Sunday, March 30. You can always email me directly or give me a call during the week if you want to check in. I am generally around Monday – Thursday between 10 and 4.

Chalice Lighters, Flowers and Ushers are needed from now until the end of the program year, June 8. Please use Sign Up Genius to volunteer.

Has your child recently completed the Certification for Babysitting? If he/she is interested in either being considered for helping in the nursery or getting on our list of babysitting referrals for parishioners, please let me know. The first step is to send a copy of the certificate to the office.


Follow First Parish on Facebook! “Like” our page and get updates, poems, announcements and more. You’ll be glad you did!


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. The link to SignUp Genius is:

Sign Up Here!