Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 6/8/2017


This Week in Worship

Worship in the Meetinghouse at 10:30 am

Religious Exploration Sunday

Message from Rev. Lisa

One of the perks of shaking hands in front of First Parish on Sunday morning is enjoying the campus grounds. It is a beautiful campus. I get to take a moment each Sunday to eye the Children’s Church, a unique and precious building that offers a smaller sanctuary for worship and meditation. This summer, the worship committee will be facilitating Sunday services in the Children’s Church, and start an hour earlier (9:30 am), in deference to summer heat and scheduling. This is an experiment and an opportunity for more to experience the feel of the Children’s Church. Come check it out this summer.

Rev. Lisa

Note: Rev. Lisa will be attending the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans from June 19-25.

Religious Exploration

Laurel Whitehouse
Director of Religious Education

Religious ExplorationOn June 11 nursery care will be available from 9:00 am to noon for infants and toddlers.

Preschool children through grade 12 will attend the full multigenerational worship service in the Meetinghouse. The worship topic will be Religious Exploration at First Parish Milton. The service will be full of recognitions, reflections and reverberations as we say thank yous, wish our seniors well, hear from our 6th and 7th graders, and enjoy many wonderful musical moments together.

Youth Chat and Youth Group do not meet this weekend.

Save the Date: Saturday, June 17 from 11 am to 4 pm: Youth End-of-Year Celebration at Houghton’s Pond! High school youth and their families are invited to a enjoy the park and a fabulous barbeque together.

News and Announcements

Our email internet provider is having intermittent transmission problems, Thursday, June 8th. We hope they will be resolved in the next 24 hours. You may get delayed responses to any emails you sent to us today.


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

When: 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.


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.

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

When: Sunday, June 11, 12-2 @ The Meethinghouse

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.




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.

End of the Year Reminders

Time to take your stuff home!

Check the kitchen for your personal dishes and platters. Check the lost and found box in the foyer for miscellaneous clothing or water bottles or coffee mugs. Please reclaim these items. Anything remaining after June 18 will be donated.

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.


Kiki’s Corner

UU General Assembly New Orleans June 21 – 25

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Here is the website.

In the past several years, there has been live streaming of both business meetings and worship. I would expect more information on that option closer to the opening date.

Planning for September:

Please send your committee schedule to us here so you may reserve space for your meetings next year.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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