Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 5/11/2017

Weekly Link 5-11-17


This Week in Worship

10:30 a.m. in the Meetinghouse on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Worship Leaders Laurel Whitehouse and Leslie Macpherson Artinian

Intergenerational Service

Message from Rev. Lisa

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days. Sunday was a spectacular day: from David Won’s morning offering of a cantata to the uplifting, deeply meaningful, courageously loving installation service and incredible reception. You all know how to have a party!!! The day could not have gone better in my heart and mind.

Then, 12 hours later, I get the call that Mom’s health was failing. Into the car for a sixteen hour drive, my brothers and I arrived in time to sit with my mother in the last hours of her life, holding her at the moment of her death. This, too, could not have gone better. Being in the room, abiding with a loved one as she embarks on the next journey — whatever it may be — is a privilege. Life offers itself fully, if we are willing to embrace it. My mother taught me that.

I will be out of the office until Tuesday, May 16th, giving me time to begin to rebalance in this new normal. I have to say that more than once, I imaged the laying on of hands at the installation service and felt held through this difficult time. You are all and each a blessing. I am grateful to be your newly installed minister.

In Faith,
Rev. Lisa

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse
Director of Religious Education

Nursery care will be available from 9:00 am to noon for infants and toddlers.

On May 14 preschool children through grade 12 will attend the full multigenerational worship service in the Meetinghouse.

Nursery care will be available during the service for infants and toddlers.

Our Whole Lives class does not meet this weekend. The final Our Whole Lives class will be on Friday, May 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Parents are invited to join the class for the second hour to celebrate the end of this important knowledge journey.

Youth Chat and Youth Group do not meet this weekend.

  • Monday, May 15 from 5:30 to 7: Youth service planning session
  • Saturday, May 20 from 10 am to 1 pm: Youth service rehearsal
  • Sunday, May 21: Youth service!

News and Announcements


The last volunteer day of the program year is May 13!

Meet at FP Milton at 10:30 am

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute – Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace

When: May 14, 2017

“In Unity, There is Healing: Invest in Peace”

We are in our final days for registration and donations. We are have contributions of over $1500 to our $2000 goal, and would love if you could consider adding your donations to our fund by registering ahead of time. Also, it’s really great for us to know who is coming so we can try to walk together, at least for a bit. Here is the link for both donations and registration to walk for the First Parish Milton team.

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, 1520 Dorchester Ave, Fields Corner, Dorchester

  • Opening Remarks: 8:00 am—meet us at the backstop on the baseball field
  • Walk Begins: 8:30 am
  • Walk Ends: about 1 pm at City Hall (you can do all or part of the walk)

How can you sign up?

Go to to register as a participant and join our team, First Parish in Milton Walks for Peace. As this is a fundraiser, please consider donating toward our goal of $2000.

Questions? Contact Elise Henricks 617-306-1608 (cell)

Newsflash: Mother’s Day March for Peace Song Leading!!!

Jennie Mulqueen received exciting word from Mother’s Day March for Peace organizers that they would like a group of 10-15 singers to come to the podium to lead the crowd in singing “Guide My Feet” (Grey Hymnal, 318). First Parish Singers will be given no more than three minutes. Folks will need to be at the march/field by 7:30am. Both the governor and the mayor will be there shortly thereafter to speak. Who’s in? Email me:


When: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:45 am
Where: Parish Hall

Please come join us for the Annual Meeting of First Parish. Only members vote but all are welcome to see our democracy in action. The Hospitality Committee offers a light lunch.

The warrant materials have been mailed out and are also available on our website, Information is on the Members Page (login members, password miltonuu) under Congregational Meetings. The Annual Report will also be published in the same place early next week. This is a series of reports of the Parish Committee, minister, staff, committees as well as budget information. It’s a nice way to reflect on all that happens during the course of a year at First Parish. Limited paper copies will be available. We encourage you to bring your tablet or laptop.

Union Sunday at First Congregational Church

Where: May 28 at 10:00 AM

A combined service of First Congregational and First Parish is held annually, known as Union Sunday. This year the service will be at First Congregational with Rev. Lisa leading worship.

Please note their service begins 30 minutes earlier than ours!

First Parish Milton UU office will be closed that day.


The next Social Action Committee Meeting is this
Sunday, May 21 at 8:30 AM in the Library

Save the date! Sunday, June 11, 2017 after coffee hour in the Meetinghouse.

How Can First Church Become a Greener Congregation? The Social Action Committee invites you to join us in exploring this very question and start planning a green initiative for next year. We will host guest speaker, Reverend Fred Small, co-chair of Religious Witness for the Earth, a national interfaith network dedicated to public witness on environmental issues, especially global climate change.

For more information contact Jennie Mulqueen at

Technical ​Difficulties

Please note that our computer server is not functioning as of May 11, 2017. Help is on the way. The Sunday printed materials for worship will look a little different as a result of our use of Plan B. We have been using back up methods for email and other things, so you may experience a delay in hearing from us. We hope to be back in business fully no later than Monday.


Kiki’s Corner

It was a wonderful Installation Service and Reception. All credit goes to the Installation Committee headed by Miguel Rodriguez and Barry Hume. The other members included Ursula and Bill Macmillan, Kathy Fagan & Martin Bauer, Mallory Digges, Marsha Maurer & Ruth Heiden, Mark & Patricia Ostrem, Melinda and Harris Collins, Tracey Robinson and Marie-Laure Brown. Special thanks to Daniel Ludden for the gorgeous floral creations all over the campus. It was a fun group and the results were spectacular.

A special shout out to Debbie Alsebai who came in on Monday and did some amazing organizing work in the kitchen.

On the day of Rev. Lisa’s installation, two others who have preached in Milton were called to serve UU congregations. .
Rev. Hank Peirce will be the next settled minister at the UU church in Reading, MA.
Otto O’Connor will be the next settled minister in Malden, MA.

I will be on vacation from May 17 – May 23.
The office will be closed Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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  • Other times by appointment


  • Tuesday – Thurday 10:00 am – 3 pm
  • Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays.