Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/14/2022

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/14/2022

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

“Play With Music”

A bit of Café Blue Hills: gospel music, campfire songs in rounds, mixed together with storytelling and a spritz of poetry..Come sing with us, and hear themes of hope… perspectives on life in these troubled times. 

Facilitated by: Dianna Wilson

Worship Assistant: Pat Neves

Audio: Nina Truog

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 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

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

News and Announcements

New Fiscal Year Reminders

A friendly reminder from your church administrator- First Parish’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30th. Our FY23 fiscal year (and your new pledge year) started this week. For the purpose of fulfilling your annual pledge with ease, I recommend taking a few steps this July. One, if you haven’t fulfilled last year’s pledge- there is STILL time to get that final payment in. We’ll continue to take payments for FY22 for the next 2 weeks. If you’d like to pay by Breeze, just let us know!

Two, if you give automatically- through Vanco or your own bank’s check payment system- take a look at the monthly amount. If you changed your pledge amount this fiscal year, you will need to manually change the amount you give monthly to end with a zero balance next June. Of course, if you give through Vanco, the office is happy to help you,but we need your permission to do so.

Three, if you’d like to move to electronic payments, we can help! Youcan use Vanco, your bank or Breeze, our text to giving system. Just email Susan at and she can review options with 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.

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

“Creativity is present in all of us – to one degree or another – in everyday activities and in the arts. I will focus on my experiences with creating in photography and music. I will include some examples of my own compositions and photographs as well as examples from Bach and painters.”

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

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

The Makanda Project

Jazz on th Green – 2022 Summer Series

Here’s a great opportunity to visit the UU Urban Ministry 

Check out the progress on the Meeting House renovations, 

Experience the new Peace Garden, and

Enjoy a wonderful outdoor jazz concert! 

All are invited to 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury to see and hear the world-class jazz music of The Makanda Project. There are three concerts scheduled. See flyer below for more info.

Bring a towel or a chair and join us for one of these free shows.

Check out the event webpage and UUUM social media accounts if the forecast doesn’t look friendly.

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”.

Next Book Club date: Tuesday July 26th 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

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-Wednesday, 8:30 am-1:30 pm –Vacation 7/21-7/27

Kevin Harnden- Vacation week of July 18-July 24

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.


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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.