Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 5/1/2014

Weekly Link 5-1-14

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This Week in Worship

Sunday, May 4, 2014
10:30am WORSHIP

Practicing Paradise
Rev. Parisa Parsa
with Emma Jean Moulton and the Meetinghouse Choir

’80’s pop singer Belinda Carlisle and much of Unitarian Universalist theology agree: heaven is a place on earth. What does it mean to practice seeing the paradise among us and bringing it to life? How can we do that together, and what does it mean to live as if it’s true?


Do you have a story you would like to share about what it was like to complete your service pledge? If so, please send an email with “Service Pledge” in the subject line to Rev. Parisa at – She would like to include testimonials in upcoming worship services.


Do you have a new infant you would like to dedicate to the care of the First Parish Community? An older child who is new to the community or never had a dedication whom you would like us to welcome formally into the spiritual care of this congregation? Please send an email to Rev. Parisa (subject line: Dedication) at – we will have our annual child dedication ceremony on Sunday, June 8.

Religious Exploration

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Children’s Church Sunday

Passages will go directly to their class room.

Youth chat will gather in the youth room.

Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the office at

News and Announcements


As things currently stand, we are approximately $30,000 short of the revenues needed to sustain our current programming for next year while fulfilling the promises we’ve made to ourselves to preserve our historic building, have reasonable expectations of staff and volunteers, and properly steward our endowment. The Parish Committee seeks your input. The proximate cause of this year’s crunch is a decline in the number of pledging households, which has led to a decline in overall pledges to the Annual Budget Drive versus last year.

The ideas shared at the May 4 meeting will help the Parish Committee decide upon the steps that must be taken to present a balanced budget to Annual Meeting on May 18.

The Annual Meeting is Sunday, May 18th at noon.

Annual Mothers Day Walk
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Don’t Forget to sign up!

FP Milton Annual Mothers Day WalkPlease join us as we put our faith in our feet and walk to support the amazing and vital work of the Louis D Brown Peace Institute. This is a First Parish tradition. We encourage all to honor mothers or other caregivers by participating in this walk in any way you can. We are looking for 100 walkers.

Want to sign up or have questions?

Please talk with Elise Henricks, Ruth Hannon, Pat Gallivan or Tammy Tai.

Fundraising Goal: $2,000 as of 5/1/2014 $686.00 has been raised.

Please visit our team page to sign up. If you have questions, please talk with Elise Henricks, Ruth Hannon, Pat Gallivan or Tammy Tai. – See more at:

Save the Organ Gala Celebration

Friday, May 16 at 7:00pm

Come for a unique evening celebrating two great women of the arts- Julia Child in a hilarious 25 minute opera, and Emma Jean Moulton in her farewell organ performance. Champagne and a selection of Julia Child inspired dessert make it a night not to be missed! Tickets are $25 per person sold at the door. Event hosted by the Music Committee.

circle suppersSign up for Circle Suppers in May!

Saturday, May 17 is the next circle supper.

Look for the sign up sheet on the membership board or during coffee hour.

9th Annual UU Advocacy Day – Tuesday May 13, 2014

Put your “Faith in Action” on Tuesday, May 13th by planning to attend the 9th Annual UU Advocacy Day, sponsored by UU Mass Action, at the Arlington Street Church and the State House. This year we will be delivering wedding cupcakes to each of Massachusetts’ 200 Senators and Representatives in boxes which say: “Thank You for 10 Years of Marriage Equality! Now it’s time to raise the minimum wage, reform drug sentencing, and change our immigration policies.” Register and get info HERE.

General Assembly 2014 – Help create a First Parish banner for Opening Ceremonies! June 25-29, Providence, RI

The theme for General Assembly 2014 is Love Reaches Out.

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Contact Kiki for more information.

A group of First Parish members have already registered for General Assembly. At the beginning of every GA, a colorful, joyful parade of banners kicks off the assembly, each one representing the churches and organizations present. It is carried by the members. Leslie MacPherson Artinian has volunteered to coordinate the creation but she needs others to help, particularly with the design. Please contact Leslie. if you are interested in helping with this project.

Here is a link to the pole design, and here’s a link to some banner ideas.

KikiKiki’s Corner

Take a look at the Information Table for information on Ferry Beach, Camp Rowe and other summer programs at UU affiliated organizations.

You may have noticed we are getting a paint spruce up in the Link and in the Parish Hall foyer. Please thank our Building and Grounds team for the work that have done and will finish shortly!

We are looking to add babysitters to our pool for Sunday mornings! Has your child recently completed the Certification for Babysitting? If he/she is interested in either being considered for helping in the nursery or getting on our list of babysitting referrals for parishioners, please let me know. The first step is to send a copy of the certificate to the office. Please Contact me for further information.


Follow First Parish on Facebook! “Like” our page and get updates, poems, announcements and more. You’ll be glad you did!


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. The link to SignUp Genius is:

Sign Up Here!