Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/15/2021

Weekly Link 7-15-2021

This Week in Worship

July 18, 2021

Sermon: “What Covid Has Shown Me”

The last year of COVID affected everyone. Leslie will share some of the ways it

challenged her and showed her what matters.

Led by: Leslie MacPherson

Worship Associate:  Penny Partridge

Music: Liz Dunn Alvarez

Audio Engineer: tbd 

Service will be held live in Meetinghouse as well as 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.

Please note this is a NEW summer services only Zoom link!

Sunday’s offering will be dedicated to the services and ministry of First Parish.

Summer Schedule

Vacation:  June 28 – August 3

In office weeks of August 2nd, 9th and August 16th

Study Leave August 23rd-30th (available for pastoral concerns)

Contact Amy Norton for pastoral concerns:


Religious Exploration

Children, Middle School and High School: Programming will resume next fall. Wishing all families a summer full of moments of connection, beauty, and spiritual renewal!

~ Our bodies may not be touching, but our hearts are still connected.

Table of Contents

For Events, News and Announcements 

1. Meditation

2. Yoga

3. Worship Committe News: Summer Worship

4.  Milton’s Municipal Community Electricity Aggregation

5. SJ&E Action Committee News

6. Office Summer Schedule


All are welcome to join for 30 minutes of silent meditation/prayer on:

Thursday evenings at 6:45 pm-7:15 pm 

Sunday mornings at 9:00am-9:30am

Newcomers and friends welcome.

Please contact Tracey at if you have questions or want to join us!

Yoga classes are now hybrid ! 6:30pm on Monday evenings     You can come into Parish Hall with  guest yoga instructor, Jayne Ogata.    

If you have never joined, you are invited to try your first class for FREE!

Worship Committee News

2021 Summer services ‘Lay Leaders & Themes

  • 7/18    Leslie MacPherson “What Covid Has Shown Me”
  • 7/25    Jim May, Stories from Stone House
  • 8/1      Katie Vhay, “Being Present”
  • 8/8      Jeff Stoodt, “The Benefits of Being Religious Rather than Spiritual”
  • 8/15    Elise Henricks, “Making Meaning: Handcraft as a Spiritual Practice”
  • 8/22    Joe Ayoub, TBD
  • 8/29    Robert Johnson, “The Buddah & The Universe”
  • 9/5      Elise Henricks and Penny Partridge, “Our Labyrinth”

Milton’s Municipal Community Electricity Aggregation – Why?   By Tucker Smith

First, this is not a scam.  Second, it involves change, which can be stressful.  To explore the program in detail, visit the town’s dedicated information website  as this (long) article is an overview meant to provide context (even for non-Milton residents).  I wrote it wearing a First Parish Social & Environmental Justice Committee hat.  It matters to me because I want to feel good about the electricity we use in our home, even though we generate some from a solar array, knowing that our choice came from renewable, regional generation and is consistent with our UU values.  There’s a lot of misinformation and mistrust out there so read on.  LINK-MiltonCEA July 2021.docx

From S&EJ: Social Action Committee News

Fair Foods is a non-profit program that rescues fresh produce that would 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, August 14th.

If you want to volunteer please sign up on Signup Genius by Thursday evening before the event. Start time and locations vary depending on Fair Foods’ needs, but typically start between 8:00 and 10 a.m. at Fair Foods’ warehouse in South Boston.   You can sign up to volunteer on Signup Genius. 

Any questions or for more information contact Tony Dutzik at

On Summer Break   The Social & Environmental Justice team will be discussing future plans for supporting Mainspring at our summer retreat.  Many thanks to all the generous volunteers who have helped make the lunch program a success over the last 14 months. You are the best!

For more info contact Peter Schneider at  or Pat Gallivan at  for instructions;  if you already know the drill, signup on our schedule Mainspring SignupGenius – please include number of lunches you will bring in the note field – do not use “quantity” field.


Rev. Lisa Ward, Minister

Vacation:  June 28 – August 3

In office weeks of August 2nd, 9th and August 16th

Study Leave August 23rd-30th (available for pastoral concerns)

Contact Amy Norton for pastoral concerns:

Susan DeMinico, Office Manager

In the office Tuesday-Thursday

Vacation: July 14-15; July 26-July 29

Vacation: August 16-August 19

Sherri Moldaver, Administrative Assistant

In the office on Monday-Thursday 8:30am-1:30pm

Vacation days: 6/28, 7/14 & 7/15, 7/26, 8/2

Molly Nolan, Transitional Director of Religious Education

Position starts August 2nd

Tim Steele, Music Director

Back in the Fall