Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/10/2015

Weekly Link 7/10/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, July 12

Summmer Worship @ 10:30 am in Parish Hall

Worship leader this week is David Egan

“How many times have you caught yourself checking e-mail, updating your Facebook status, taking selfies… when you know you should really be focusing on those around you whom you love? Have our modern advancements, while very convenient, also made us often feel distracted and frantic? First Parish Member David Egan will discuss how our society’s chronic anxiety has grown and caused us to become removed from our prayerful, reflective roots. Thousands of years ago, we had time in our daily lives to be with God and to meditate on the deeper meanings of life. But today all of that quiet time has been replaced with traffic, beeping and incessantly checking our devices. God is waiting for us to reconnect with our deeper true selves, if we would just stop, put down that phone, and open our hearts!”

The Nursery is closed for the summer.

All children are welcomed to attend the service.

Summer Service Schedule for July:

  • Sunday, July 19 – Jennie Mulqueen
  • Sunday, July 26 – Rev. Hank Peirce

Religious Exploration

NO Religious Exploration during the summer. We will be back in the Fall! Please register your child/children for the 2015 – 2016 season.

First Lego League

Sunday afternoons 1-2:30 starting this fall

We are forming a new team for kids who will be between 8 and 12 years old next school year. We will be meeting on Sunday afternoons starting in late August. First Lego teams are limited to 10 members. To register, or for more information, please contact Bridget Sitkoff.

News and Announcements


New Paving for the Main Parking Lot!

Phase I of the parking lot paving project has begun. You will not be able to park in the lot until Friday, July 17, weather dependent. In the meantime please park in the office parking lot or on the street. Thanks for your cooperation and patience. Check next week’s Link for any updates

Highlights from GA 2015

More than 5,000 UUs gathered in Portland, OR June 24-28 for this year’s General Assembly (GA). Highlights included:

Adopting the Statement of Conscience on Reproductive Justice A Sacred Public Witness event in collaboration with Lummi Nation focused on climate justice An inspiring Ware Lecture by Cornel West A rally following the overwhelmingly supported Action of Immediate Witness on Black Lives Matter.
To read full reports, check out UU World’s coverage. For videos, scripts, and workshop materials from the event, visit The UUA has also provided this press release, which can be adapted by congregations for use with local media.


Every Saturday, 10am-1pm: Fair Foods at the UU Urban Ministry

Building Community through Healthy Food. Volunteers needed to work with Fair Foods to sort, package and sell healthy, low cost fresh produce. You will work with and meet many of our Roxbury neighbors. Lemonade, gardening, and cooking demonstrations too!

Mondays and Wednesdays, July 6-Aug 15, 10am-noon: Gardening with Young People of Roxbury

The Roxbury Youth Program Summer Employment Program and Youth Against Mass Incarceration will be working in the gardens from 10am-12pm. They welcome volunteers to work side-by-side with them.

Saturday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 15, 1 pm: Jazz concert on the UUUM lawn

A neighborhood music, arts, and culture festival featuring The Makanda Project, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Steel Band,Citywide String Orchestra, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, and more! Please join us! We are looking for congregations to host an arts and crafts table for children at these events.
Come early to get a bag of produce from Fair Foods!

MeditationPlease remember that two programs continue to meet throughout the summer.

Monday evenings at 7:30. Join Elyse Foster for Yoga in the Parish Hall. The group meets all year.

Sunday mornings at 9 am and Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Meditation in the Children’s Church for 30 minutes. Questions? Contact Tracey Robinson


Please contact Kiki if you need to get details about your situation.

FYI – Starting in late July — Town Hall will have a new Traffic Pattern

Town Hall Traffic Pattern

REMINDER: Notices for The Link must be submitted by 5pm each Tuesday. Please keep the notice to one paragraph. We welcome a small graphic or photo. This deadline allows us some time to review the information, and prepare The Link and the Order of Worship. Community Events are listed if there is room available. Depending on the length of the announcement, it may be edited to fit our space limitations. We need to have the deadline met and the email sent to both email address to assure that your announcement is in The Link and Sunday Announcements. We aim to have The Link finalized by noon on Thursday as well as having announcement printed by then. The office is closed on Fridays.

MSPCA AngellMSPCA Angell receives donation from children of First Parish Milton

The children elected to donate proceeds from Children’s Church offerings to a worthy organization. This year’s recipient was MSPCA Angell. They received a Certificate of Appreciation and some other momentos from them. Check out the bulletin board between the Director’s office and the Nursery to view the items. You will also see the last art project from the Passages Class.


Kiki’s Corner

Summer Season at the Office – Update

The office is open Monday – Thursday 10:30 am – 2 pm through September 3. Rev. Hank Pierce, Kiki Giatis, Miriam Saavedra and Kevin Harnden all will be taking time off and vacation during July and August. Tim Steele and Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz will return in September.

Hank is away until Tuesday, July 21. If there is a pastoral emergency, you may contact the office during business hours or call Kiki at 617.216.2218. Miriam is away from July 14 – July 22. Kiki, Miriam and Kevin are not in the office on Sundays through August.

Best to check with us if you are planning to drop by the office.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice. Sign Up Here!