Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/29/2021

Weekly Link 7-29-2021

This Week in Worship

August 1, 2021

Sermon: “Being Present”

We will explore being present with one another in joy and sorrow, and

deepening our awareness and appreciation of the natural world.

Led by: Katie Vhay

Worship Associate:  Rosemary Zander

Music: Liz Dunn Alvarez

Audio Engineer: Madeleine Miller

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.  UU Urban Ministry presents Jazz on the Green Summer Concert Series

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 8:30am-9:00am

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.     Or if you choose to continue with Zoom, link below:    

Worship Committee News

2021 Summer services Lay Leaders & Themes

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

“Jazzy summer outing, anyone?”

What: Afternoon concert

Where: First Church Roxbury

When: August 14th 1:00pm-5:00pm see flyer below for details

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!


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 23-August 2

Vacation: August 13-August 24

Sherri Moldaver, Administrative Assistant

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

Vacation days:  7/26 & 8/2

Molly Nolan, Transitional Director of Religious Education

Position starts August 2nd

Tim Steele, Music Director

Back in the Fall