Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 4/17/2015

Weekly Link 4/17/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, April 19 @ 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse

Worship Theme in April: Transformation/Resurrection

  • April 19 Talking with the Tax-Man About Poetry
  • April 26 Union Sunday Has Been Moved To June 7th.
  • April 26 Service to be held in our Meetinghouse at 10:30 a.m.

Spring has finally arrived bringing with it, flowers, warm breezes and thoughts of summer. Summer! Yes, you may have already started to plan your summer vacations, but if you haven’t settled on anything yet allow me to offer you three options that are all within a two hour drive from Milton. We live in an area rich in Unitarian Universalist summer camps with programming for singles, families, elders and youth. Check out these places where you can relax and deepen your faith.

– Hank

An hour’s drive north to Portsmouth and a pleasant boat ride out to the Isles of Shoals you will come to Star Island. Organized by Unitarians in the 19th century it is a one of the most picture perfect spots on the entire eastern seaboard. More info.

Started by the great Universalist minister Quillen Shinn this ocean side camp just south of Portland is easily accessible is magical place where people have gathered together for rest, relaxation, reflection, and renewal. More info.

Rowe camp in Western Mass, understands its purpose to help people make better sense of their lives and help them make their world a better place in which to live. More info.

Religious Exploration

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Workshop Sunday

Children grades K through 6th are invited to participate in a workshop lead by Myrtle Flight. Kids will go directly to the workshop at 10:30am.

Youth Chat will meet in the youth room at 10:30am.

Neighboring Faith – 7th graders we will be visiting the Islamic Center of New England which is located in Quincy. The group will be meeting at First Parish at 12:15pm to carpool. If you need more information please contact the church office at 617-698-6329.

The Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger.

Next Sunday, April 26 will be a multigenerational service lead by Rev. Hank Peirce with the help of the youth group.

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

​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.


Sunday Morning Volunteers needed!

Part of the Sunday morning worship experience is assisted by volunteers who provide flowers, light the chalice, greet us in the narthex, host social hour and usher.

Go to the Sign Up Genius and add your name to the date and slot you wish to fill. This is one small way to be able to give back to our church.

Social Hour – Hosts Ok folks we are in the home stretch. We are looking for host this Sunday, April 19 and Sunday May 31. The Hospitality Committee needs your help!

Ushers – We need ushers most Sundays between April 19 (this Sunday) and June 21st. The basic job is help out before the service in giving out the order of worship and assisting folks as needed in the Narthex. You will also be part of the offertory section of the worship – receiving the offertory from those in the pews. After the service, you will count and record the money in the office. You are needed from about 10 am til about 11:45 am. Still plenty of time to be part of Social Hour on any given Sunday.

Flowers  – You provide flowers for the chancel on Sunday morning. You have the option of bringing your own flowers (from your garden or other natural places) or ordering through a florist and bringing them in on Sunday morning. You may also order through Cedar Grove Florist who will deliver them to the church on Saturday. Many people use the flower donation as a way to honor or remember family members or special personal celebrations. Please use Sign Up Genius to sign up and also put in your acknowledgement message.

You will receive a reminder from the office the week before you have signed up. You will also be acknowledged in the Order of Worship Announcements.

Milton Cleanup Day – Saturday, May 2, 2015 – Sustainable Milton

Hello First Parish Friends,

Alfredo Padilla and I are organizing Milton Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015, which is a partnership between Sustainable Milton and Milton Department of Public Works. This could be a great opportunity for First Parish members to roll up their sleeves and do something positive out in the community. As Reverend Hank suggested today, maybe we can even find a way to make it into a party!

As in the past, DPW will provide gloves as well as trash and recycling bags, and the following week they will pick up the bags at the location you designate. In order to ensure they have enough supplies for all participants, please visit our website and fill out the form to sign up by April 17.

You can sign up on the event webpage at and for more information about our group, visit our homepage at

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me via email. If you know anyone else who may be interested in putting together a group, please feel free to forward this invitation and spread the word.


Dara Woods-Calkins
Co-Vice President, Sustainable Milton

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. You will be hearing more from your Parish Committee along the way.

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). SAY YOUR PERSONAL THANK YOU FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE CONGREGATION.

Interested in joining a committee but were afraid to ask? Feel free to contact me in the office or Chris Pitt, Ruth Hannon and Chris Clifford from the Parish Committee.

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. (Thank you Charlie) Charlie will be available during coffee hour to collect information or fill out a card and drop it off in the gray box next to the office.


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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. Sign Up Here!