Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 5/18/2017

Weekly Link 5-18-17


This Week in Worship

This Week in Worship

10:30 a.m. in the Meetinghouse – Sunday, May 21, 2017

How Does Your Faith Inspire You to be Brave?

Worship will be led by the Youth Group

Message from Rev. Lisa

I send out many thanks for all your good wishes and sympathies in the death of my mother. You are a caring community. We uplift one another — I am feeling that deeply these days.

I look forward to attending First Parish’s Annual Meeting this Sunday. I hope to see most of you there. Sunday morning’s worship is an event not to be missed, as well, for it will be led by the Youth Group. In many congregations — and I’m guessing it is true at First Parish as well — the Youth Sunday is usually one of the more moving worship services of the year. It is inspiring to hear the aspirations, observations and wonderings of our youth. They teach us a lot about what society is building, about what we are teaching and about what gifts and wisdom is emerging amongst us. Come and be a part of this important day.

Rev. Lisa

A Reminder About the Declaration of Conscience (which we will be voting on at the annual meeting)

This is a statement drafted by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The request is for individuals and faith communities to sign on in agreement. This statement stands on its own. We are not voting on edits or addendums. Here is a link to the text offered by the UUA and UUSC:

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse
Director of Religious Education

Religious Exploration

The Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education class for grades 8 and 9 concludes on Friday, March 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.

On May 21 preschool children through grade 8 will attend the first part of the worship service in the Meetinghouse and then children in grades PK through 5 will move to their classrooms. Please note that classes end at 11:40 am. Children will be walked over to join Social Hour in the Parish Hall after class and need to be met there by a parent.

  • Nursery care will be available from 9:00 am to noon for infants and toddlers
  • Preschool through grade 1: Spirit Play in the Preschool classroom
  • Grades 2 through 5: Spirited Adventure in the Activity room
  • Grades 6 and 7: The Friends and Neighbors class will be attending the full youth service in the Meetinghouse this Sunday

Calling all Youth! This is your big weekend!

  • Saturday, May 20 from 10 am to 1 pm: Youth service rehearsal
  • Sunday, May 21: Youth service!

News and Announcements


When: May 20th

“BERNSTEIN: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash” concert will take place this Saturday, May 20th at 7pm. This program celebrating the prolific and popular composer Leonard Bernstein will feature The Bostonians, a terrific group of professional musicians along with choir members from three Milton churches, including First Parish. Don’t miss this grand finale of the concert season, and please bring your friends.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors (65 and over), Free for 18 and under.


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.

Annual Meeting materials are available on the website, Information is on the Members Page under Congregational Meetings. The Annual Report, Declaration of Conscience, Warrant materials and current bylaws are all there. The Annual Reoprt 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

When: 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.


When: Saturday, June 10th, 9:30 am – noon

Have a sermon within you that you’d like to explore? Each of us has at least one…Come to the sermon writing workshop to discuss styles of preaching, formats for presentation, and tips for public speaking. You don’t have to have a sermon scheduled — just come and work your ideas.

Please contact Rev. Lisa if you are interested:


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


May 21, 2017

“Connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.”

**For information on June’s Third Sunday Collection – please check the Announcements Sunday and learn more in next week’s Link!

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

How Can First Parish Milton 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

The Next Courageous Conversation for Racial Justice has been set for Monday, June 12 from 7 to 9 at the Temple on 18 Shoolman Way, Milton, MA 02186.

SAC would like to to thank everyone who showed rather remarkable dedication and commitment to social justice by showing up by 7:15am to sing and walk for peace on Mother’s Day in the rain!

Jennie Mulqueen, Sophie D’Alessandro, Atticus D’Alessandro, Debbie Alsebai, Sherene Alsebai, Pat Neves, Ava Hiller, Elise Henricks, Melinda & Harris Collins, Christa & Joe Ayoub, Claudia Wellington, Kim Perez-Gern

Also thanks to Tony Dutzik, Max and Miles, Tracey Robinson, Pat Gallivan, Leah and their daughter Brianna for walking.

Sunday, May 28 10:00 AM
Union Sunday Congregational Church

Friday, June 9 6:30 PM
All Church Council

Sunday, June 11 after worship
How Can First Parish Become A Greener Congregation

Sunday, June 18 after worship
Annual Picnic



Kiki’s Corner

I am on vacation through May 23.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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