Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 8/13/2015

Weekly Link 8/13/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, August 16

Summmer Worship @ 10:30 am in Parish Hall

Worship Leader: Chris Alburger

Chris Alburger is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Chris has served as Assistant Chaplain at Suffolk University Interfaith Center and Research Associate for the Pluralism Project. Chris is interested in the intersection of religion and politics, especially interfaith approaches to social justice.

Sermon title: Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom

Description: We all need some amount of control, order, and stability, to counterbalance unpredictability, changes, and losses in our lives. But trying to control our lives quickly turns into trying to control other people and situations, fundamentally beyond our control. A reflection on the serenity prayer.


The Nursery is closed for the summer. All children are welcomed to attend the service.

August Worship Schedule:

  • August 16th Worship Leader – Guest – Chris Alburger / Music – Joel Hiller
  • August 23rd Worship Leader – Rev. Hank Peirce / Music – Joel Hiller
  • August 30th Worship Leader – Rev. Hank Peirce / Music – Tim Steele

Religious Exploration

Unitarian Universalist Association: Religious Education

“We believe that faith is a journey we take together.
Religious education takes a lifetime. It happens both within and beyond a congregation’s walls. We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning. We strive to guide one another—all ages among us—in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to better live in faith.”

Here at First Parish in Milton we are working on some great things for the upcoming year. Spirit Play teachers are hard at work organizing and putting together wonderful stories for our young kids. A new curriculum for our Small Group Ministry classes, grades 3 through 6 will be starting in the fall. We will be combining 7th and 8th grade students for a class that will run “junior youth group” style which will transition into our OWL program in the spring. Our vibrant and energetic youth will continue to rock the world (as they always do) putting “our faith into action every day by daring to be real, showing acceptance and support, leading with courage, and acting for justice”. And we are really excited about our yearlong community service project.

More information to come soon!

We need all children and youth to register for Religious Exploration classes, so if you have a child or youth coming back in the fall. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR CHILD TODAY!

News and Announcements

September is just around the corner. Pull out your planner, phone or other device and save the dates for September and October.

  • Sunday, September 6 – Worship Begins again in the Meetinghouse
  • Sunday, September 13 – Ingathering!
  • Saturday, September 19 – First Parish Orientation
  • Sunday, September 27 – RE Classes begin
  • Saturday, October 3 – The Return of the Harvest Supper
  • Sunday, October 4 – Membership Sunday
  • Sunday, October 4 Celebrate Milton
  • Friday, October 30 – First Parish Halloween Party


Check out this wonderful article in the Patriot Ledger, July 25, 2015, on June Scott. The article highlights the difference Visual Vitality Consulting Inc. is making. The company June Scott was inspired to create after “First Parish asked members to create a personal plan for community service”. is a company that performs practical site assessments and helps business be more welcoming to those with disabilities. The article will be posted on our bulletin board or you can go on line to read it at:

Reminder re electronic pledges. We are now in a new fiscal year. If you have traditionally filed a form with the office to do electronic withdrawal, the form expired June 30, 2015. You can contact the office for another form. You may go to our website, and click on the Donate button on the home page to set up electronic withdrawal. You may also set up automatic bill pay through your own bank or write us a check. Questions? Please contact the office.

A Thank You Note to the Milton Alliance First Parish Church (the women’s group) for an Easter package. (1949)

7 Moss Street, Salford 7 (England)
22.4.49 (April 22, 1949)

Dear Ms. Baker,

I am writing to thank you for the lovely parcel which arrived this week. It was a lovely surprise and the contents were very much appreciated. The cookie mixture was quite a novelty, as we have nothing like it over here. We can get packets of mixture, but we have to add our fat and sugar, so they are not much use now that flour is off the ration.

We have two little girls, Catherine is 3-1/2 and Janet is nearly 2 and they were very pleased with their sweets, especially as they arrived during the last week of present ration period, when we are usually without sweets. Anyway, they are coming off the ration on Sunday, as they will be able to have a few more.
It appears from the label on the parcel that it has come from a church. I shall be glad if you will thank the people concerned and tell them how delighted were to receive it.

We belong to a Congregational Church and next week we are producing “Yeoman of the Guard”. The Society is made up mainly of members of the Church and we produce it in our school with a full orchestra. It will be a busy week, by everybody enjoys themselves and the proceeds are for the Church funds.
Enclosed is a photograph of our two children last summer.

Thank you once again for the very exceptional parcel.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Jessie Watters


Kiki’s Corner

Summer Season at the Office – Update

The office is open Monday – Thursday 10:30 am – 2 pm through September 3. Rev. Hank Pierce, Kiki Giatis, Miriam Saavedra, and Kevin Harnden all will be taking time off and vacation during July and August. Tim Steele and Sara Elizabeth Santa Cruz will return in September. Kiki, Miriam and Kevin are not in the office on Sundays through August. Hank returns to the office on Tuesday, August 18.

Best to check with us if you are planning to drop by the office.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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