Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 8/11/2018

Weekly Link 8-11-18


This Week in Worship

Sunday, August 12th, 2018
Worship at 9:30 am in the Children’s Church

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Rev. Lisa Ward

Several months ago, upon recommendation of the Committee on Ministry, in recognizing an increased need to be up-to-date with building security, the Parish Committee formed an ad hoc security committee to research church security systems. Feedback from renters, including our social worker and nursery school, police recommendations, staff, and incidents in the news made it clear that we need to update our systems and take mindful precautions.

Through a thorough research and vetting process, we are in the process of updating our system. It is scheduled to be finished in September. We will now have an intercom/camera for several doors that allows staff to see and ‘buzz in’ visitors, and we will be switching to electronic key systems. More details to follow near the completion of the work.

In observing this process amongst our Parish leadership, I was moved by the thoroughness, the due diligence in research, and the care for the safety and security of staff, congregants and families who use our facility during the week.

It is hard to wrap our heads around a world where churches need to lock doors, vet visitors and plan for emergency response to unsafe behavior, but that is the world we live in. This does not take away from the spirit of beloved community or the welcome in gathering and the wealth of encounter. It simply says we care about who enters here. We want people to thrive and feel the invitation to do so without harming others.

So may it be. In Faith, Rev. Lisa

Rev. Lisa will be out of the office until Tuesday, August 21.

Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration

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Laurel Whitehouse, Director of Religious Exploration

Religious exploration programming for children will resume in September. Enjoy your summer, and remember to take time to enjoy the boundless beauty of nature!

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Youth programming will resume in September. Youth room painting will be continuing on August 18 and 19 – helpers needed! Please email if you’d like to volunteer on this much-needed project.

Events, News and Announcements

Summer Worship

This upcoming Sunday 9:30am in the Children’s Church

August 12 –”Singing for Social Justice”- Jennie Mulqueen

The act of singing has been an integral component of United States social movements in the 20th century. What songs of faith might we sing today as we strive to bend the moral arc of the universe towards racial, economic, and environmental justice?

Our full summer services schedule is available on our website.

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Moving Help Needed!

The First Parish Office is rearranging some of the staff office space and we need help moving file cabinets and boxes in between staff offices.

We’re looking for 1-2 people to help us move for 1 hour on Tuesday, August 14th in the morning and 1 hour of moving help between 10am-12pm on Monday, August 20th.

If you could be of assistance, the office staff would greatly appreciate it! If you can help, please contact Megan at

The next “Waking Up White” book club will be attending Courageous Conversations instead of meeting at First Parish Milton.

When? Tuesday, August 21st, 6 – 8pm

Where? Church of Our Saviour Milton,
453 Adams Street and Church of Christ
Milton, 330 Edge Hill Road

What? Annual celebration, with
potluck dinner and concert.

The concert this year will feature the St Mary’s Dorchester Heavenly Fire Steel Band!STAY CONNECTED

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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 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, 10:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am
  • Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church


Silent Prayer & Meditation, 7:00 pm in the Children’s Church (Note new time)

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