Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/1/2017

Weekly Link 6-1-17


This Week in Worship

June’s Worship Theme: Faith

Message from Rev. Lisa

I am told that church life slows down during the summer months at First Parish and that attendance on Sundays drops significantly. This gives us in the office some room to get to projects set aside in the busier months and to prep for the coming full service church year. Do know that the church office remains open and attentive during the week to Parish needs throughout the summer. There are no office hours on Sundays in the summer. Vacation schedules will be posted soon.

And although attendance is smaller on Sunday mornings in July and August, know that the worship committee has already scheduled every Sunday with interesting topics, many led by fellow parishioners. This is a time to get to know people within the community as they share a sermon that is within them. This year the summer services will be held in the Children’s Church with an earlier time to be determined. Stay tuned.

Summer is also a good time to begin reflective practices, as the calling of nature and of vacation time invites. I am facilitating a spiritual writing workshop ( one session per month) and will be scheduling a walking meditation retreat . If you are interested in either engagement, feel free to contact me.

May you have time this summer to center into your journey, finding it full of surprises and joy, learning and growth.

Rev. Lisa

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse
Director of Religious Education

What’s happening in religious exploration this weekend?

On June 4th nursery care will be available from 9:00 am to noon for infants and toddlers.

Preschool children through grade 8 will attend the first part of the worship service in the Meetinghouse. Preschoolers through grade 5 and grade 8 will then move to the Children’s Church to learn about being a Welcoming Congregation and to celebrate the end of the year.

Grades 6 and 7 will move to their classroom to finish their review of the year and to prepare for their RE Sunday presentation next week.

Youth Chat and Youth Group (grades 9 through 12) do not meet this week.

Congratulations to our graduating seniors: Ruby Baker-Poveromo, Max Dutzik Henricks, Will Macmillan, Isabella Scott, Andrew Steele and Katherine Steele and our nursery caregiver, (Selin) Ege Yalcindag

News and Announcements

Time to take your stuff home!

Dishes left at the Installation ceremony and other recent events are available in the kitchen near the back sink.

A lost and found box is located on top of the coat rack in the Parish Hall foyer.

Please reclaim these items. Anything remaining after June 18 will be donated.



It is time to join in making our worship services and coffee hours for next year welcoming, staffed and yummy! Please sign up for at least one date for each of the following : FLOWERS, USHERS; CHALICE LIGHTING, and HOSPITALITY.

The “Choose or be Chosen” sign up sheets will be in the Parish Hall through the June picnic. If you are a member of church and have not signed up, you will be assigned a date over the summer and will be notified by email, through Sign Up Genius. We encourage everyone to take a look and select a date that works for you! This is an opportunity to share our ministry with each other.

Thank you for giving of your time for these important parts of our Sundays!

All Church Council

Friday, June 9 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm

All Church Council is scheduled Friday,June 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

First Parish Milton is committed to the concept of Faith in Action and the ACC is an opportunity to see that in practice.

Everyone and anyone with an interest in who we are, what we are doing, where we are going and sharing in the experience as we build our collective vision of the future is welcome to attend.each standing committee will report on their activities, success, work to be done and dreams for the future.

You do not need to be a committee member to attend. We will supply a light supper (pizza and salad). You may also add to the bounty. Please RSVP to the evite so we have a headcount.

Please let us know if you need childcare no later than Monday June 5.


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.

Sunday, June 18 after worship

Summertime is nearly here — that means PICNIC! Sunday, June 18th! (*Father’s Day Too!)

Celebrate with First Parish friends beneath the spreading Honey Locust tree for our traditional year-end cookout. Young and young-at-heart are invited. If you’d like to bring a plate of something SIMPLE to share, please do although burgers/hotdogs/veggie-tarian options, slaw/spud salads, lemonade, cupcakes will be provided by Membership and the grillin’ by Buildings and Grounds Committees.

*Wet weather will move us into the Parish Hall but not dampen our summer spirits.


Upcoming Events

Give Light: Spiritual Nurture for Climate Activism, An interactive workshop led by Rev. Fred Small

When: Sunday, June 11, 12-2

Where: Meetinghouse

Description: As we come to understand the gravity of climate disruption, it’s easy to become disheartened. How do we convert informed anxiety into effective action in our congregation, community, state, nation, and world? In this interactive workshop, Rev. Fred Small will invite us into meditation, reflection, conversation, and song, strengthening our spirits and deepening our resolve in the struggle for climate justice.

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.


Kiki’s Corner

Our last worship of the program year is Sunday, June 18, followed by the church picnic. Here are some things for you to think about:

Our fiscal year ends June 30, 2017.

  • Please submit any committee expenses you have incurred for reimbursement in the past couple of months.
  • Please pay any remaining amount of your current year pledge (July 2016 – June 2017) by June 30, 2017. Your generosity is appreciated.

Send us your committee meeting dates or other event dates for 2017-2018. Email Kathy Tracey with your meeting dates for next year.

Time to take your stuff home! Anything that is still around after the picnic on June 18th will be donated.


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


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  • Other times by appointment


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  • Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays.