Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/16/2022

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/16/2022

Table of Contents

  • This Week in Worship
  • This Week in Religious Exploration
  • Events and Meetings
  • News and Announcements
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Beyond First Parish

First Parish Yard Sale

The First Parish Yard Sale takes place this Saturday, June 18th, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This congregation is showing up once again: amazing volunteers, incredibly generous donors. And the Parish Hall, Chase Parlor, Nursery and Link are filling up! There’s all sorts of interesting and useful items at bargain prices. Be sure to come by on Saturday and spread the word throughout your networks. 

If you have some free time on Friday or Saturday, drop by the parish hall and join the fun. We can always use more hands, especially around 1pm on Saturday when we’ll be busy cleaning up.  It’s a big job for tired volunteers!

As one of our traditional fundraising events, the yard sale supports the work of the church and aligns with our green action initiatives: yard sales are a creative way to promote reuse and recycling for gently used items. 

Hope to see you there!

This Week in Worship

“Full Hearts: Juneteenth, Fathers, Friendship”

Our first lay led service of the summer has been planned by Penny Partridge and Franc Graham. Penny wrote her sermon on friendship several weeks ago, not realizing that it would be given on Juneteenth and Fathers Day. We will respectfully acknowledge those holidays this Sunday as well as looking at “deep friendship” as worship. Franc will share reflections about her father plus his recorded whistling of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” We will be welcoming back Liz Dunne Alvarez, who will be playing the piano for several of our summer services.

Facilitated by: Penny Partridge

Worship Assistant: Frances Graham

Music: Liz Alvarez

Audio: Atticus D’Allesandro

Worship Services are hybrid.

Join us in person or on Zoom.

Please see the zoom link below. Please log in at 9:20, to give some lead time for the service at 9:30. You will be muted, but you can communicate through the chat box. If you do not have zoom on your computer, please download it ahead of time. It is free.

Sunday’s offering is designated for the Environmental League of MA (ELMA) whose purpose is to secure the health and well-being of the environment and of future generations. It advocates for policy that meets the scale and urgency of our environmental challenges.

This Week in Religious Exploration

If you have not yet registered your child for next year’s RE program, please click below to do so. If you are interested in volunteering with the RE program, please contact the office.

Registration link

Events and Meetings

The Racial Justice Focus Group

The Racial Justice Focus Group invites all to celebrate Juneteenth at the Eustis Estate on Saturday, June 18th (see announcement below). Stay tuned for more details about time and place to meet on the Estate.

Elyse is planning on starting in person on Monday, June 27th at 6:30pm!  She is going to try to do a hybrid class for people who don’t want to come in person, or can’t. There will be a zoom option as well. If you need the Zoom log-in info, please contact

The room is large and airy and feels Covid-safe, so please join us!

News and Announcements

Worship Committee – SUMMER SERVICES Schedule

An hour earlier – 9:30am! – in the Meetinghouse and on Zoom. The Zoom Link is NEW for summer services, so please make sure to see the info above.

6/19 Penny Partridge and Franc Graham- Full Hearts: Juneteenth, Fathers, Friendship

6/26 Guy Pugh and Steve Yakutis- Simple Gifts: Lessons from the Shakers

7/3  Jeff Stoodt and Lisa White-Reflections on Patriotism

7/10 Jennie Mulqueen and Amy Kavadlo- Sing a Song into Prayer

7/17  Dianna Wilson and Pat Neves- Play with Music

7/24 Owen Hartford and Penny Partridge- Musings on Creativity

7/31 Lisa White and Elise Henricks- Spiritual Lessons from Nature      

8/7  Joe Ayoub and Amy Kavadlo- Lessons from Basketball

8/14 Katie Vhay and Tracey Robinson- Joy

8/21  Leslie MacPherson and Jonah Beukman- What Membership Means to Me

8/28 Tom Kemp and Chris Clifford- “I’ll pick door #2, no, no, #3!”

9/4   Elise Henricks and Penny Partridge- Our Labyrinth

Please contact for more information: Penny ( and Katie (

Volunteer Opportunities

Main Spring Lunch Program

S&EJ will be taking a break over the summer from organizing Mainspring lunch delivery.

Fair Foods

Fair Foods is a non-profit program that rescues fresh produce that wwould otherwise be wasted and uses it to feed our communities. We volunteer together unloading and sorting food and packing bags once a month.

The next volunteer date is Saturday, June 25th.

If you want to volunteer, please sign up on Sign up Genius by Thursday

evening before the event. Start time and locations vary depending on Fair Foods’ needs, but typically start at 8:30 a.m. at their warehouse at 70 Amory Street in Roxbury.

Sign up here!

Other volunteer opportunities are also available at Fair Foods on weekdays from early morning until mid-afternoon.Any questions or for more information contact Tony Dutzik at or 617-291-4685.

Beyond First Parish

Saturday Morning Walk

Join our Mattapan and Dorchester neighbors for a Saturday morning walk at Franklin Park. We will meet at the Golf Course entrance (1 Circuit Dr. in Dorchester) at 9:15 and begin walking at 9:30. These walks will take place from June 4 – Sept 24.

Please contact Cynthia Guise at if you would like to carpool or need more information.

Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice – Book Club

We are so excited that for our next Book Club we will be reading Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an AntiRacist” and offering tickets to see him in person where he will be talking about his new book “How to Be an AntiRacist”.

Book Club dates are Tuesdays, June 21, July 12 and July 26 and will be on ZOOM.

His book tour event is on Monday, June 27th from 7:30-9:00 at the Wilbur Theater in Boston. Tickets are $35 for orchestra seats and include a signed copy of his book. (1/2 price scholarships are available.) If you can not make the book tour you are more than welcome to join the book group and if you can’t make all the book club dates you are still welcome to attend the book tour event. (Car pooling is available.)

Please sign up for the Book Club and/or Book Tour at the following link

Juneteenth Community Picnic

at the Eustis Estate

1424 Canton Ave. Milton

Saturday June 18th 2:00-5:00

Music, Food, Celebration

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates.

Multi-Platform General Assembly

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. In 2021, GA had more than 4,000 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.

In 2022, we will have the option of meeting online or in-person! For those who enjoyed the convenience and accessibility of remote participation, General Assembly will continue to offer virtual attendance with robust programming and enhanced delegate discussion tools. For those who have been missing the physical experience, GA 2022 will also feature face-to-face interactions, hanging banners, a browsable exhibit hall, meals with friends old and new, local site attractions, and more! Join us June 22 – 26, 2022 online or in-person in Portland, Oregon.

Registration for General Assembly 2022 in-person in here

Visit for more information.


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Other times by appointment


Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other times by appointment

The Church office is closed on Fridays

Sundays through mid June

  • Worship, 9:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am

SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)

The link to SignUp Genius is:

You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.