Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 4/25/2013

Weekly Link 4-25-13

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, April 28

This Sunday we will celebrate in word and song as nine of our youth complete their Coming of Age journey and are affirmed in faith. We will hear from each youth about their personal spiritual perspective and the group will share seven beliefs they hold in common. Come be inspired!

Religious Education

Spirit Play I and II (ages 3-6) will meet in their classrooms downstairs, where they will hear the stories “Flaming Chalice Story” (I) and “Changing Woman / Changing World” (II).

Passages (2nd grade) will meet in the third classroom downstairs to explore the seventh UU principle: respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Small Group Ministries (grades 3-6) will join adults for worship in the meetinghouse.

Neighboring Faiths (7th grade) will gather in the parlor for a visit from the Erath Centered Spirituality Group.

Extra Meetinghouse Choir rehearsals for Music Sunday:
Sunday morning, 8:30 – 10:00am. Additional rehearsal after church in the Meetinghouse, 12noon – 12:45.

One Fund Boston

In last Sundays Service $715 was collected for the ONE FUND BOSTON. Thank you!

Events & News

Small Group Discussion

First Parish has been in discussions with Temple Shalom of Milton for much of the last two years about the possibility of engaging in a shared-space building project on our campus. The Parish Committee believes that partnering with the Temple provides an opportunity to model our values of radical welcome and interfaith cooperation and to address very real facilities needs on our campus in a way that stewards resources wisely.  At this year’s Annual Meeting, to be held after worship on May 19, we will vote on whether to move forward in partnership with the Temple. This is a big decision for our church, and we want you to be informed and involved.Over the next week, we will hold a series of small-group information sessions and discussions in which you will hear more about the proposal and have an opportunity to share your excitements and concerns. 

Please attend one of these important discussions.  You can view dates and sign up on doodle pool by using this link:

Climate Revival –
An Ecumenical Festival to Embolden the Renewal of Creation

Saturday, April 27, 2013 10am-4pm
Featuring national and international leaders

Come to Old South Church UCC and Trinity Church (Episcopal) on Boston’s Copley Square

First Friday Feast: Game Night
May 3, 6:00-9:00 pm
For this year’s final First Friday Feast, the Membership Committee is hosting an intergenerational game night.  We will begin at 6:00 with a simple meal and plan to begin the games by 7:00.  Bring your favorite board games to share in this evening of fun and fellowship

Half-day Retreat for Couples

Saturday, May 4th

Perhaps you’ve experienced the gifts of a small group and wanted to share them with your partner. Or maybe you’d like to bring your faith and your relationship together in a new way. The intimate setting of a small group allows us to do these things at the same time we deepen our connections with others in our church community and help each other navigate the living out of our faith and values.  We will be offering a small group for couples, consisting of four to six sessions in May, June, and July. The group will be co-facilitated by Harris and Melinda Collins. As in all small groups, we’ll be working into deep listening and holding of each other as explore and celebrate.  On Saturday, May 4th, Melinda and Harris will host a half-day couples retreat as a kick-off for the small group.  To register, or for more information, please contact

Louis D Brown Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

Sunday, May 12

Please join us for our annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace! We welcome all to live out our faith by walking in solidarity and witness with those who have lost loved ones to violence. Help us to reach our fundraising goal of $2000 We have had up to 90 people walk on behalf of First Parish in Milton in past years – let’s make this year the best ever!!

If you would like to carpool over, meet at First Parish at 7:45 am in the parking lot and we will travel together to the walk. Otherwise you can meet us there at 8 am.

Mothers Day Walk for Peace

In addition, we are making a quilt/banner to carry in the Walk. Please feel free to stop by our table in social hour to make a square!

Please contact Elise Henricks at or Tammy Tai at with any questions

Please see the link below to find our fundraising page and sign up. It is not necessary to donate in order to join us, but any contribution helps in the effort.

Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sunday June 2nd  from 9-10:15 a.m.

Teacher Appreciation BreakfastThe RE committee is hosting the annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast to honor everyone who has been involved with Religious Education at First Parish this year.  Breakfast will be served to the teachers, substitute teachers and their families and all teachers will receive a gift of appreciation from First Parish.  If you would like to thank a teacher by contributing a breakfast item, please sign up on the doodle poll by using this link:, or contacting Beth Greenawalt at

You have been CHOSEN!

In the interest of efficiency, the Worship Committee has designated a “Chosen Few” to assist during Worship Services as ushers for the remainder of the Church year.  Please check the list below to see if you are one of the “Chosen Few”.

The Worship Committee is grateful for your participation as an usher.  If, for some reason, you are unable to fulfill your usher duties on your  “Chosen” Sunday, please either trade with someone else, or find a replacement.

Thank you, in advance, for your help!

If you do not see your name on the list and you would like to usher, please let Miriam, our new office assistant, know and she will try to fit you in.

Happy spring!

The Worship Committee

Usher Assignments for April, May, and June

April 21         Mark Whall and Liz O’Rourke-Harris

April 28          Rick Malmstrom and Carolyn Newman

May 5            Laurie Webster and Karl Pastore

May 12          Please let us know if you can help on this day!

May 19          Charlie Franich and Ruth Hannon

May 26          Dianna Wilson and Alyson Allen

June 2          Ruth  and Clara Heiden

June 9          Beth Gray Nix and Lisa Beck


On behalf of MIFRA (Milton Interfaith Refugee Assistance), we would like to thank the talented bakers and generous bidders who made the Chocolate Auction a huge success. The money raised will be used to help the Eritrean and Haitian communities in Dorchester and Roxbury. We are most thankful to our Auctioneer Extraordinaire, Chris Pitt, who made the auction productive and fun for all!

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
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.