Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 3/9/2018

Weekly Link 3-9-18


This Week in Worship

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Theme: Resilience

Worship at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

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Rev. Lisa Ward

At our MICA (Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) meeting today, the issue of addressing the school shooting in Florida came up. As many of you know, there will be a national walk out of students at 10 am, for 17 minutes, on March 14th, to witness to those who were killed. Clergy in Milton, those of us who have church bells, will all ring our bells in honor of the moment. All across Milton, bells will sound in solidarity with this call to address a deeply troubling dysfunction in society. Another gesture in solidarity is the “March for Our Lives” in Boston on March 24th. Linda Goodrich, co-chair of the Social Action Committee, can offer more details about going as a group from First Parish: Contact Linda at, or you can find out more at the Social Action table at Sunday morning coffee hour.

This is an example of how our faith community is becoming more active, internally and externally. I sense a joy in our being together in the halls and more efforts to find ways to engage our faith journeys. The Social Action committee has three strong working groups (anti-racism, anti-poverty, environmental justice), the Religious Exploration program has a vibrant Coming of Age Program with growing participation amongst parents. We will be welcoming several members at the end of March and are planning more circle socials. Ideas for Adult Enrichment programs are on the rise. Stay tuned for some offerings. We create our community together. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your stories, your journeys.

Blessings Be, Rev. LisaReligious Exploration

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration

Nursery and toddler care is available every week in the Link hallway from 10:15 to 11:45 am. This week our caregivers are Daisy and Toya. Stop by and say hello!

Religious Exploration for Sunday, March 11: Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the first part of the worship service in the Meetinghouse and then move to their classrooms. Please note that classes end at 11:40 am.

Preschool through grade 2 will be enjoying the Spirit Play program in the Preschool classroom. This week’s story will be “The Weight of a Snowflake.” Grades 3 through 5 will be exploring the Super Heroes: Bible People curricula, meeting in the Children’s Church. This week will begin the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Grades 6 through 8 are following a curriculum called Friends and Neighbors, meeting in the Activity room. The class will be planning their presentation for next week’s youth service.

Register your child or youth! The Religious Education Committee requests all families to register their children and youth. Paper registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board in the Link hallway.

Youth Yacking

Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz, Youth Advisor

This week’s youth programming:

  • Coming of Age, 10:30am – 12pm
  • This week’s class will include mentors! We will be looking inward and considering our own thoughts and beliefs around God.
  • CAT – Community Activity Time, 12-2
  • We will be focusing on community building through games and activities! Please join us for some snacks and team building.

Events, News and Announcements

Ushers are needed this Sunday, March 11.

If you are willing to volunteer see either Susan Batson, Worship Assistant or Rev. Lisa before the worship service on Sunday

Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 a.m.

Please remember to change your clocks Saturday night.


Summer is coming! And that means lay-led summer services at 9:30 am in The Children’s Church. Is there some aspect of your spiritual journey that you have wanted to share with the congregation? Is there some part of your social action work that you would like to present to others? This is your chance! Please email Mallory Digges if you have interest in leading a service.

Fair Foods – Saturday, March 10

Meet at 10:00am in the church parking lot

March for Our Lives

Saturday, March 24, 12pm – 5pm in Boston

Linda Carney Goodrich, Deb Alsebai and their children are attending the youth march against gun violence on the Boston Common on March 24. We plan to meet at Deb’s house and take the train to the march from there. We invite all who are interested to join us.

Linda Carney Goodrich, Deb Alsebai and their children are attending the youth march against gun violence on the Boston Common on March 24. We plan to meet at Deb’s house and take the train to the march from there. We invite all who are interested to join us.

Please contact Linda for more details or come to the Social Action table at coffee hour. For more details or come to the Social Action table at coffee hour.

Courageous Conversations

Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 7pm- 9pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan.

The discussion will be on race and law enforcement. All are welcome to come.

“A Glimpse Into the Future”

March 18 at 3pm in the Meetinghouse

See if you can spot the future opera stars in “A Glimpse Into the Future”. Milton Community Concerts at First Parish is proud to showcase graduate opera students from the New England Conservatory Opera Theater in a fun afternoon of opera scenes, arias, and musical theater pieces. This concert will be in the Meetinghouse on Sunday afternoon, March 18th at 3pm. This is their only performance of the year outside of Boston, so don’t miss this opportunity to hear young aspiring vocal talent from one of the country’s top opera training programs. Tickets (available at the door only) are $20/$10 seniors/free for 18 and under. For more information visit


Dinner – Saturday March 17

Blue Hills Hike & Happy Hour – Saturday April 14

Please join us for the next round of collaborative get-togethers — no agenda other than making and renewing friendship. Register with Tucker Smith — your name (s), how many, and contact email/phone. Hosts will coordinate food/beverage offerings directly.


Saturday, March 17, 6:30 – 9 p.m., Deb Larson-Venable and Richard Venable (2 friendly dogs and cats), 6 adults welcome; 8 Essex Road (directions will be sent)


Saturday, April 14 (Raindate Sunday, April 29), 2 – 4:00 p.m.; Hale and Tucker Smith; multi-generational number welcome; 1632 Canton Avenue (END of Carberry Lane cul-de-sac, directions will be sent)


First Parish Fun Raiser

“ALL THAT JAZZ!!” – 6:30-10:00pm

$10.00 Donation at the door.

Join us for a fun night with silent auction, raffle, and some live auction items too! Jazz tunes, appetizers, drinks and desserts.

Preview auction items at:

Vacation homes, restaurants, books, art, Boston Baroque subscriptions and much more!

  • 4 tickets to the performance “Later the Same Evening” by American composer John Musto and in the new black box theater at the New England Conservatory!
  • 3 private 1 hour Yoga instruction with Tatiana Tosi
  • 2 Bottles of homemade Wine
  • Family Photo Portraits!
  • Vacation rentals in Provincetown, a Maine Cottage, or a New Hampshire Farmhouse!!!
  • REQUEST FOR AUCTION ITEMS: If you have something you would like to donate: a service, concert tickets, an interesting item sitting in your attic, sports tix, gift certificates, please contact Jen Pinkus.


For more information, contact Ruth Heiden

THE FIRST PARISH ARTS GROUP is planning to see the play “The Humans” on Tuesday, March 20th at 7:30 PM at the Shubert Theater in Boston. Carpooling from FP will be arranged. Orchestra seats are $73 or $61 for seniors. Balcony seats are $41. Tony award winning play “The Humans” by Stephan Karam is an uproarious, hopeful and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. All are welcome.

Please contact Laurie Macintosh or Deb Alsebai to purchase tickets and coordinate carpooling.

Sunday, March 25, at 3:00pm in the Parish Hall.

March heralds the arrival of spring and the celebration of Ostara, the Spring Equinox. Dark and light are equal, so it represents a time of finding balance. Mother Earth is awakening and feeling the first joys of spring. It is a time to plant new seeds, not just in the garden but within our lives as well, to join in the celebrations and revel in the new and exciting energy.

All are welcome to join the First Parish CUUPS in a celebration of Ostara on Sunday, March 25, at 3:00pm in the Parish Hall. Pot Luck social hour to follow.

Blessed Be,
Pam Dorsey


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment


Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays

Sundays through mid June

  • Worship, 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am
  • Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church


Silent Prayer & Meditation, 7:00 pm in the Children’s Church (Note new time)

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