Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/27/2024

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/27/2024

Table of Contents

  • This Week in Worship
  • Message from Rev. Lisa
  • This Week in Religious Exploration
  • News and Announcements
  • Events and Meetings
  • Social & Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC)
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Beyond First Parish

This Week in Worship

“Retirement: Oh No ! Now What ?”

Retirees Guy Pugh & Steve Yakutis reflect on the milestone known as Life after Work.


Leaders: Steve Yakutis and Guy Pugh

Audio: Colin Glazer

Please join us for service at 9:30am.

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.

This week’s offering will be going towards the service and ministry of First Parish.

yard sale


We had a wonderful yard sale event on Saturday – great energy, good weather, hundreds of shoppers and community members – and an amazing team of First Parish volunteers! We are still waiting for a final tally – but we estimate that we raised close to $7,000. That is a tribute to all of your donations to the sale, and to the 62 First Parish volunteers who organized and priced items, hauled boxes, sold the merchandise, packed up leftovers, and much, much more. THANK YOU ALL!! 

 All of the items find a home – after the sale, leftovers are packed up and donated to various nonprofit organizations, and some items go out for consignment or are sold online or to other outlets. It is a wonderful reuse and recycling initiative, and such a terrific community event.

 With appreciation from the yard sale committee,

Jen Pinkus, Cathy McGonagle, Lisa White, and Allison Zippay

RE This Week

UU Summer Fun

UU Summer Fun Registration!

It’s time to formally register for our UU summer fun! Follow this link to register. If you signed up on the “Express Interest” form, we still need you to officially register with this link! Per the recommendation of the Religious Education Committee, we are shifting our age range to also welcome preschoolers whose older siblings will also be attending our summer fun and/or who attend Spirit Play but may not be entering first grade. Please reach out to Louise ( with questions about this new policy. We continue to want to be flexible and accommodating, while still prioritizing safety and a quality experience for all involved.

News & Announcements

Don’t forget- Summer Services start on 6/16 at 9:30am in the Meetinghouse!

07/07 Steve Yakutis: “Sharing Silence”

07/14 GA Delegates: Ellen Barr, Dianna Wilson, Jim May, Debbie Alsebai: General Assembly

07/21 Elise Henricks: “Labryinth”.

First Parish is Hiring !

First Parish is looking for another Audio Technician to work with us. The job is primarily Sunday mornings (9:45-11:45 most of year, earlier in summer) managing all the audio, visual and lighting needs for the church during Sunday worship services. Extra hours available for special services and events throughout year. Pay is $20/hr, with paid training and a great network of experienced staff to help learn the job. 

Do you know anyone looking for a part time job? Maybe a busy teen or college student who needs no hours during the school week? Please share with your networks! 

Contact Susan at if you know anyone interested.

New Fiscal Year- Update your Pledge!

On July 1, First Parish moves to its new fiscal year, and pledges “reset” for the year. If you pay your pledge automatically- either through Vanco, Breeze, or your bank- and need to update the monthly amount, please consider making that change in late June.

If you use Breeze or Vanco- we DO NOT make any changes to your monthly pledge amounts without your express written permission. That said, if you want us to make a change for you, we are more than happy to do so. Please just contact Susan at

If you still owe on your pledge for this current fiscal year- ending 6/30/24, we kindly ask you try to get those pledges in soon, dated by June 30th if possible.

If you have any questions about your pledge, please contact Susan at She is on vacation until 7/9, but will return your email promptly after her vacation.

Social & Environmental Justice Committee (SEJC)


June 29 is the Social & Environmental & Immigration Justice Committee’s annual brainstorming retreat. June 30 is the end of First Parish’s fiscal year, with July 1 the beginning of its new year. November 5 is Election Day. Lots to contemplate and DO.

Social & Environmental & Immigrant Justice, as we like to say, is “a spiritual practice and a unifying force” at First Parish. It’s the doing, together, which matters. During this time of summer refreshment, affording opportunities to read and think, what will YOU do, with us or solo? Conversations welcomed!

Pat Gallivan & Tracey Robsinson (co-chairs), Ellen Barr, Mary Blanchette,Tony Dutzik, Jennifer Grant, Michael Grant, Cynthia Guise, Deb Larson-Venable, Natalie Monroe,Tucker Smith, and Lynn Stack.

Beyond First Parish


TODAY June 27th


Sponsored by

Milton Interfaith Clergy Association

Thursday, June 27th 1:00 pm-6:00 pm

Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

18 Shoolman Way

Milton, MA 02186

To schedule appointment on or after Mar 18 please visit and

enter sponsor code: MICA

Or call 1 (800)-Red-Cross


Join us for world-class jazz music on the beautiful UUUM greenspace. We’re happy to announce The Makanda Project will have three concerts this summer at the Urban Ministry. Join us under the summer sky for these free shows in the heart of Roxbury.

  1. Saturday, July 13th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  2. Saturday, August 17th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  3. Saturday, September 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Events are free! | All are welcome | Bring a lawn chair

Click here for more information

June is Pride Month, Immigrant Heritage Month, Caribbean Heritage Month, and the month of Juneteenth Celebrations!

Click the Links included to learn more !!

Pride Month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ community, appreciate identify, rights, equity and inclusion. It’s also a time to recognize the community’s accomplishments and commemorate the struggle for civil rights and equal justice.

Immigrant Heritage Month-a time for all Americans, regardless of immigration status, to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of our country.

Caribbean Heritage MonthIn June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H.Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.

Summer Office Hours

Rev. Lisa Ward:

Study Leave: June 23-30

Vacation: July 1-July 14

Study Leave: July 28-August 4

Vacation: August 5-August 18

Susan DeMinico: Summer Hours starting 7/1

In office on Tuesday &Thursday – Off Mondays and Fridays, 1/2 day remote Wednesdays.

Vacation: June 19-July 9

Vacation: August 9-August 20

Louise Smith-Erb

June 23-July 6 Vacation

July 14-July 21- at Star Island on Study Leave

Sherri Moldaver:

Mon-Thurs in office 8:30 am-1:30 pm

Kevin Harnden

Monday-Friday in office 8:30-11am

Tim Steele

Off in July and August, returning in September.


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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.