Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/30/2022

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/30/2022

As a reminder, some staff hours change over the summer.

Lisa Ward- on sabbatical until 11/15.

Rev. Tricia Brennan serving First Parish 8/15-11/15. 

Sherri Moldaver- Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-1:30 pm

Kevin Harnden- weekday mornings

Tim Steele- off for summer, returning to First Parish in Fall

Susan DeMinico- in July and August- Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-4 pm at First Parish, Wednesdays 9-3 pm working remotely.

First Parish will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July on July 4, 2022

Table of Contents

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

This Week in Worship

“Retelling the American Story”

"Retelling the American Story "

Do you consider yourself patriotic ? Or do you prefer to quote Samuel Johnson and say that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels ? This week’s service examines what consitutes patriotism in today’s overheated political environment. We will consider former governor Deval Patrick’s TED talk on patriotism as well as the perspectives of Ben Rhodes, former speechwriter in the Obama administration, and Jamelle Bouie, an opinion columnist for The New York Times. Be prepared to share your thoughts too!

Facilitated by: Jeff Stoodt

Worship Assistant: Lisa White

Audio: Colin Glazer

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 will go to the service and ministry of First Parish.

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

In person yoga has started on Monday’s at 6:30 pm in Parish Hall. 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!

Social & Environmental Justice Committee

11th Hour Calling

Our Monthly Stand Out for Climate Action & Justice

Monday, July 11, 6-6:30 p.m.

535 Canton Avenue (next to Town Hall)

We say we care about the climate emergency, environmental justice, elimination of fossil fuels from our lives, and municipal response planning locally wherever you live. Let’s practice it: all welcomed. Show up, drum, chant, sing, learn. Coming together in community will energize you, especially with the Mulqueen/D’Alessandro family in lead roles. BYO posters and percussion (saucepan/spoon work well). This is an invitation to come and come again.

Next month’s 11th Hour Calling: Thursday, August 11th

News and Announcements

FY23 Pledges

As a gentle reminder, our FY23 pledge year starts on July 1, 2022. If you pay your pledge via Vanco and changed your pledge amount in FY23, you need change the withdrawal amount in Vanco yourself. If you would like the office to change your electronic contribution for you, we are more than happy to do so, but need your permission. We will not change any pledge amounts automatically.

If you’d like to sign up to pay your pledge on a monthy basis, you can do so on Vanco or contact the office and we’ll be happy to help you.

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.

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

Recycling Help

First Parish has a number of items that need to be brought to the Milton recycling yard for proper disposal. We will provide the trash stickers, but we need someone willing to take the items to the recycling center. The recycling center is located at 629 Randolph Ave in Milton and is open 9am-12pm on July 2nd.

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, July 23rd.

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 Anti Racist” and offering tickets to see him in person where he will be talking about his new book “How to Be an Anti Racist”.

Book Club dates are Tuesdays, 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


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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.