Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 4/10/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, April 12 @ 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

What a great Easter Service, I want to take a moment to thank everyone involved, Tim Steele and our dedicated choir, Joel Hiller and Isabelle Scott for their music, and of course the Worship Associates who each week work very hard to shape and add a different voice and flavor to the service.

Last week we heard the names of those who will be on the church’s search committee and this week we get to properly welcome them and charge them to do their work. It will be a fun service where I will also speak on the changing face of religion in our larger society.

See you in church!


Worship Theme in April: Transformation/Resurrection

April 12 – Restoring Faith

April 19 – Talking with the Tax-Man About Poetry inter-generational

April 26 – Union Sunday
Join us this morning at 10:00 as we worship jointly with our sister congregation across the Green at the First Congregational Church.

Religious Exploration

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spirit Play (Pre K – 1st grade) will meet in their classroom.

Passages 2nd graders will go directly to their classroom.

Small Group Ministries 3rd – 6th Graders will begin in the Meetinghouse before being dismissed to their Religious Education class.

Neighboring Faiths 7th Graders are invited to attend the worship service.

OWL 8th Graders will meet in the Children’s Church (Class runs from 10:00am – 11:30am)

NO Youth Chat or Youth Group

The Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger.

Youth Group Happenings…

Thanks to everyone for your donations for the Youth Group and Caring Committee’s joint effort to send care packages to college age First Parish youth. If you wanted to donate supplies or homemade baked goods to send in the packages, please bring them to church on the morning of April 19th! If you have any questions, feel free to ask Amy Norton or Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz.

News and Announcements

matzohPass the Matzoh & Join Us for a Seder

Friday, April 10 at 6:30 PM

Please join us for Passover Potluck Seder celebrating old and new traditions. Featuring an overview of the holiday, fun songs and good company.

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.)

All ages are welcome! Evite has been sent so you may RSVP “yes”. Please feel free to contact the church office with any questions.


Please save the date Sunday May 10, 2015 for our annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace in Dorchester

Go to the link below to sign up! It’s a great community event and wonderful opportunity to put our faith in our feet!

Meet at 7:30 am at church to carpool over, or meet us at Town Field that day. For questions, contact Elise Henricks.

10th Annual UU Advocacy Day

UUMass ActionREGISTER NOW ADVOCACY DAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 14 Register by April 1st and the appointment with your legislator will be made for you. Check out their website for more information on Advocacy Day as well as their other activities.

Stewardship Update:

We have received pledges for $213,912 from 97 households.

If you have not pledged yet, it is not too late to do so. Forms are available at church or you can do it electronically on the Member’s page of the website.

KikiKiki’s Corner

Annual Meeting is Sunday, May 17th at noontime. Committee Chairs – it is time to write your annual report and submit your committee slates for next year.

Great appreciation to all our committee chairs for the work that they do for our congregation. Thanks to Roger Gray (B&G), Amy Norton (Caring), Glenn Pavlicek (Finance), Anita Penta and Jen Pinkus (Hospitality), Patricia Ostrem (Music), Chris Pitt (Parish Committee), Tracey Robinson (Personnel), Lisa White (Religious Exploration), Leslie MacPherson Artinian (Worship), Jen Erbe-Leggett (Transition Team), and Tony Dutzik (Stewardship Team) and Debbie Alsebai (YAC).

If you are interested in becoming a committee member, please let me know or contact the committe chair directly. It is a great way to serve the congregation.

Directory Updates – We are making a concerted effort to get updated address information on individuals and household members in our FP Milton family. This includes e-mails and preferred telephone numbers. We have received some updates from the calling process for the Search Committee nominations, Charlie Franich has been seeking out people to check their directory listing during coffee hour. Charlie will be available during coffee hour on April 12 to continue his work, or you may email the office, or fill out a card and drop it off in the gray box next to the office. We would like to produce a more updated and accurate directory by mid to late April.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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