Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/29/2016

Weekly Link 7/29/2016


This Week in Worship

Sunday, July 31 @ 10:30 am in the Parish Hall


Worship Leader: Rev. Hank Peirce

Well the office I have been using these last two years is filled with boxes. Some of them are mine, and some of them are Lisa’s. My boxes say things like “Worship Box 2” and “Office Desk Drawers” while Lisa’s boxes say “16 Stoles, Tapes, etc…” and “tea pot.” All of which is a visual reminder of the saying “out with the old and in with the new.” It has been a wonderful two years for me and I am so very grateful for my time with you, and I am so pleased that Rev. Lisa has been called and will soon be opening her boxes and beginning a very prosperous ministry with all of you here in Milton.

As is UUA best practices I will be removing all of you from my social media feed over the next few days. Please know this is nothing personal, it just allows Rev. Ward a chance to make an impact on this community without some goofy post of mine to distract you.

Be Good, Do Good.


No nursery services are provided during the summer but you are welcome to bring your child(ren). We have art materials and books available to keep them occupied.

Summer Services Schedule

Through September 4, 2016 – Parish Hall @ 10:30 am

  • August 7 – Erica Long ~ “We Are Lonely” Erica, a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School and ordination- track UU describes her service this way: “Loneliness has a way of creeping into our lives no matter where we are or how many people we have around us. Together, let’s explore loneliness, acknowledging that it is an active agent in our spiritual lives.”
  • August 14 – Matt Weinstein ~ “The Game” An ordination-track, second-year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School, Matt will explain how a simple child’s game could help you live the life you want to live.
  • August 21 – Mallory and Diana Digges ~ Israel, Palestine and the spiritual aspects of UU activism
  • August 28 – Leslie MacPherson Artinian ~ “A Very Good Friday” – Leslie is the Chair of the Worship Committee at First Parish. Her service will investigate the issue of topic of “holy days” and weeks. She asks: Our roots are Christian, so what does that mean for UUs?
  • September 4 (Labor Day weekend) – Rev. Patty Hatch ~ “Gathering Coconuts” Rev. Patricia Hatch is the Minister of Christian Education at First Parish of Westwood, UCC. In her service, she will answer the question: How is practicing mindfulness similar to gathering coconuts? Rev. Patricia will invite you to reflect on mindfulness and to experience mindful practices during the worship service.

News and Announcements

Friday, July 29 – Helping with Parking

If you are driving by First Parish on Friday, July 29, our parking lot will likely be full. We are helping out BID/Milton Hospital with overflow parking that day. They are doing a parking lot paving project (sounds familar?) and needed our help. As a good neighbor, we have agreed. We are saving some spaces for Hank & Kevin plus what Music Together usually needs. Most of the spaces to be used will be in the lower lot (near the Carriage House Nursery entrance).

We are currently in search to fill two part-time (20 hour a week) positions: Director of Religious Education and Administrative Assistant.

Detailed descriptions have been posted on our website. Please share with your friends and professional contacts. Cover letter and resume should be emailed to the following addresses:

The new stoves have been installed! – They are functional and look great.

Rev. Lisa Ward joins us next week

Her email address is The email is currently functional but you will most likely not get a response until August. August 1 is Rev. Lisa’s official start date. She has arrived in the Boston area. She is working on getting settled in her new home and getting familar with the area the rest of July. Thanks.


Boston Area Gleaners needs volunteers! Want to help feed the hungry? Want to help reduce food waste? Join the growing group of volunteers at Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) to harvest locally grown crops that would otherwise be plowed under. BAG has been distributing this high quality, local produce to food pantries and hunger relief programs in eastern Massachusetts since 2004. Most volunteer opportunities are on farms within a 1-hour drive of Boston and BAG coordinates carpools to the farms. You can volunteer once, weekly, or as often as you like. Gleaning trips are scheduled during the week and on the weekends throughout the growing season. For more information and to sign up to volunteer or donate, please visit To the harvest!

The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values

When: Monday, August 1, 6:00 pm


At the Bethel African Methodist
Episcopal Church
40 Walk Hill St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Our socio-political process has been hijacked. Far too much of our national political discourse and activity have been poisoned by the dominance of regressive immoral and hateful policy directed toward communities of color, the poor, the sick, our children, immigrants, women, voting rights, LGBTQ, the environment, and religious minorities. We still have too much racism, materialism, and militarism.

We cannot remain silent. Our country is in need of a moral revolution of values to champion the sacred values of love, justice, and mercy in the public square.

The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values, led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., aims to be the catalyst for a resurgence of moral political activism among people of conscience and faith leaders.


Kiki’s Corner

Website updates:

Please check out the updated Member’s Page. We have reorganized the page. We expect to do more content updates over the next several weeks. If you or your committee wants to update content, we would be grateful.

New Categories for Member’s Page:

  • Congregational Leadership (Committee Information and Resources)
  • Congregational Meetings (Warrant and Annual Report Information)
  • Community Resources (Directory, Master Calendar)
  • Donations (Online pledge and payment links)
  • Forms (Membership Application, CORI form, etc.)
  • Religious Exploration (Online Registration)

Summer Schedule:

Office Hours: 10:30 – 2:00 Monday – Thursday

No staff on-site Sundays


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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