Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 4/13/2018

Weekly Link 4-13-18


This Week in Worship

Sunday, April 15, 2018
Theme: Transformation
Worship at 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

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Rev. Lisa Ward

I am happy to announce that we have a 3/4 time Church Administrator to welcome this Sunday, April 15th: Susan Deminico. Now that Susan is in place, we are in search for an administrative assistant to complete the office staff transition. We are grateful that Susan Mahoney, our admin. asst. temp, is willing to stay through the month of April while we interview for that position. (Yes, two Susan’s in the office for a bit).

Susan Deminico, our new church administrator, has substantive experience in administration and non-profit organizations. It is a joy to welcome her to the First Parish staff team.

Here is the bio Susan sent me:

“Susan DeMinico is thrilled to join first Parish as the Church Administrator. Susan has a B.A. from Boston University and an MBA in Finance from Temple University. Susan has spent the majority of her career in non-profit management, a career that allows her to use her MBA to help create positive change in the world. In her spare time, she loves gardening, cooking and failing each week at completing the NYTimes Thursday Crosswords. She lives in Avon, Ma with her husband Brian and 3 young children.”

On to new adventures and blessings be,

Rev. Lisa

Religious ExplorationReligious 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, April 15: Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the first part of the worship service in the Meetinghouse and then move to the Activity room downstairs for a special program on our Unitarian Universalist symbols. We will be starting to create banners for the Children’s Church illustrating each of the 7 UU Principles. Please note that our activities end at 11:40 am.

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

Coming of Age, 10:30am – 12pm

As we come closer to our Coming of Age finale, mentors will be joining us as we jump into the meat of the work on our credos. Come with your ideas, worries, and questions!

There will be no CAT this week.

Events, News and Announcements

The First Parish Fun-raiser was a great success – raising $12,000! Our full list of business and other contributors is posted on the Parish Committee bulletin board. Thank you to all who made this a wonderful evening. We are well on our way to our budgeted goal from fundraisers for this fiscal year – our next event is the FP yard sale, June 23 – see you then!

Members of the UUA Commission on Appraisal will be joining us for worship this Sunday. The Commission’s mission is “to provoke deep reflection and to evoke timely, creative transformation of Unitarian Universalism, our congregations, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.” The commission reviews, studies and reports on an issue to the General Assembly at least every four years. it’s last published report was in June of 2017: “Class Action: the struggle with class in Unitarian Universalism”. They are now in discernment for the next issue to concentrate on.

The Commissioners are: Xolania Kocela, Chair; Peter Kandis, Holley Ulbrich, Ginger Abraham, Kathleen Henry, and David Friedman.

A Spring 2018 Circle Social:


Saturday, April 14 (Rain date: Sunday, April 29), 2-4:00 p.m.

All ages

Winter storms have made our trail-head impassable. We propose to rendezvous/park at the Eustis Estate (1424 Canton Avenue, Milton) and walk its grounds before returning to our home – a short drive — for potluck snacks/beverages. If you’d like to tour the estate house on your own beforehand, allow at least an hour. Admission is free for Milton residents. Hosts: Hale & Tucker Smith,

1632 Canton Avenue (off Carberry Lane cul-de-sac). Contact Tucker to sign up or 978-866-6695|cell #.


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.

Provides healthy produce to low income familites in the greater Boston area. We compile bags of donated produce to distribute.

Meet to carpool in the First Parish lower parking lot, 10 am : Saturday April 14.

MainSpring in Brockton

Sunday, April 15th @ 3 – 6 pm

The Social Action Committee is seeking volunteers to prepare and serve dinner at MainSpring in Brockton from 3PM-6PM. Sign up at the Social Action table during social hour or email Peter.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00PM

Active Bystander Training First Parish Milton, 535 Canton Ave. Spots are limited: see us at the SAC table at coffee hour for more info.

Monday, April 30th, 7:00 – 9:00PM At Milton High School (25 Gile Road)

Panel discussion with Boston Globe “Spotlight” Reporter, Adrian Walker on the Globe’s series confronting racism and racial disparities in Boston.

Please join us for the 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace: “Dignity and Compassion for All”

The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is a celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. Every year families from across the state and region walk together toward peace. Join us on Mother’s Day to demand dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder.

Mother’s Day Walk

The Mother’s Day Walk is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event. We’re asking you to invest in community-based solutions to a complex problem.

All walkers must register. Registration cost this year is $10 per walker, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Town Field Park, Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner, Dorchester, MA

  • Registration Begins: 7:00 am—Meet at church 7:30 am to drive over together, or meet us there—look for our FP Milton sign
  • Opening Remarks: 8:00 am
  • Walk Begins: 8:30 am

Finish at Government Center: approx. 1pm. You don’t have to walk it all! Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome.

How can you sign up?

Go to and register as a participant to join in our team, First Parish Milton. As this is a fundraiser, we are also seeking donations.

What is our fundraising goal?

We’d like to raise $1000 for the Louis D Brown Peace Institute.

We’d also like to have at least 50 walkers signed up from First Parish!

Please join us!


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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)

SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)

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You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.