Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 7/5/2013

Weekly Link 7-5-13

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, July 7
Worship 10:30am
July and August
Summer Service held in the Parish Hall

Dear Friends and Members of First Parish:

Hello! I am Colin Bossen and I am going to be leading worship and providing pastoral care coverage for your congregation for the month of July. I am looking forward to it. I am currently working on my PhD at Harvard in American Studies. Before I returned to academia to pursue my doctorate I was a Unitarian Universalist parish minister for six years and while I love what I am doing now I sorely the rhythm of parish ministry.

Worship during our time together will explore Unitarian Universalism as a religion of presence. Over the next four weeks each of the services will touch on a different question. This week I will ask: What does it mean to be present to the moment? Next week: How can we be present to each other? The following week, on July 21, I will ask: How can we be present to justice? And for my last sermon: How are we present to the holy?

As part of your weekly e-mail I will be sending out a link to a reading that will be part of the service, what I call a common meditation. I encourage you to read the piece beforehand and take some time to meditate upon it during the week. This week I have selected Louis Gluck’s magnificent poem “Celestial Music” found on-line at

If you have a pastoral issue or would like to get ahold of me for another reason I can be reached at or 857.615.4142. I hope to see you Sunday!



Religious Education

Nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5.

Prayer & Meditation Every Sunday 9:00-9:45am. This Sunday will take place in the Meetinghouse

News & Announcements

Jericho Road Roxbury

*Self-esteem program for teen girls seeks

*someone to upgrade their website OR
*someone to develop a human resources & workplace culture guide

*Social services agency focused on the Latino community seeks
*ETOS database specialist

*Teen program needs a new marketing and fundraising plan to address leadership transition

*Environmental justice organization needs a real estate feasibility study

Other Opportunities in the Pipeline

*coalition of nonprofits needs to develop new budgeting and financial forms
*teen leadership program seeks a new website
*community theater space needs new rental contract templates
*youth coalition needs legal help to reinstate nonprofit status


The Sunday Planner is up for the upcoming Church Year 2013/2014 which begins in September. If you do not want to be stuck with dates that don’t work for you , please take a few moments to sign up here.

For our Worship Service to run smoothly it is advised you pick one date for ushering, flowers, hospitality and chalice lighting during the church year!

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
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.