Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 8/4/2022

Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 8/4/2022

Table of Contents

  • This Week in Worship
  • This Week in Religious Exploration
  • Events and Meetings
  • News and Announcements
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Beyond First Parish

This Week in Worship

“Lessons from Basketball”

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

–  Michael Jordan

What lessons can we learn about life from basketball – many! As a long-time basketball fan, I have come to realize that basketball (and other sports) can serve as a metaphor for life. Some of the most important life lessons can be understood. Join us on Sunday as we explore some of those lessons through the lens of a great team sport – and some of its best players and coaches.

Facilitated by: Joe Ayoub

Worship Assistant: Amy Kavadlo

Music: Liz Alvarez

Audio: Atticus and Sophie D’Allesandro

Worship Services are hybrid.

Join us in person or 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.

Sunday’s offering will go to the service and ministry of First Parish.

Religious Exploration

The fall RE program starts September 18th and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back!  

In order to do so, we need all children and youth who plan to participate to register by August 21st. The registration form can be found here.

Do you know someone who might be looking for a faith formation program for their children? We are welcoming new children and youth of any ages. In particular, our preschool and middle school programs currently do not have enough children to run. Please help us spread the word about these programs to your friends and neighbors! Class descriptions are included in the registration form and intersted families can contact Bridget at for more information.

Events and Meetings

11th Hour Calling- Monthly Stand Out for Climate Action & Justice

Thursday, August 11, 6-6:30 p.m.

535 Canton Avenue (next to Town Hall)

Even though it’s summertime…. we continue to care about the climate emergency, environmental justice, elimination of fossil fuels from our lives, and municipal response planning wherever you may live. There are efforts to expand artificial turf playing fields in Milton which pose documented environmental and human health risks. Learn more at our August 11 gathering.  

Next month’s 11th Hour Calling: Sunday, September 11th

News and Announcements


Monday night Yoga with Elyse is taking a break for the rest of the summer. Yoga will return on Monday nights on 9/12, in person and online. Current yoga students will be contacted about how their remaining sessions will be credited.

Worship Committee – SUMMER SERVICES

Here we are in the middle of summer, with six of our twelve lay led services behind us and six yet to come. I want to say thank you to the people who have planned and/or contributed to the services so far, which includes the people who have attended them. It is so supportive to the leaders of these services to look out at your receptive selves, either “in the room” or on screen. And I have to say, there has been so much variety in these services, so far, as there will be coming up. This really is a way we get to know each other and various things we care about. These Sunday morning gatherings really do bring us closer together.


Penny Partridge

Summer Schedule

An hour earlier – 9:30am! – in the Meetinghouse and on Zoom. The Zoom Link is NEW for summer services, so please make sure to see the info above.

8/14 Leslie Macpherson and Jonah Beukman with “What Membership Means to Me.”

8/21  Tracey Robinson and Walt Hagenbuch- Joy

8/28 Tom Kemp and Chris Clifford- “I’ll pick door #2, no, no, #3!”

9/4   Elise Henricks and Penny Partridge- Our Labyrinth

Please contact for more information: Penny ( and Katie (

Volunteer Opportunities

Fair Foods

Fair Foods is a non-profit program that rescues fresh produce that wwould 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 13th.

If you want to volunteer, please sign up on Sign up Genius by Thursday

evening before the event. Start time and locations vary depending on Fair Foods’ needs, but typically start at 8:30 a.m. at their warehouse at 70 Amory Street in Roxbury.

Sign up here!

Other volunteer opportunities are also available at Fair Foods on weekdays from early morning until mid-afternoon.Any questions or for more information contact Tony Dutzik at or 617-291-4685.

Beyond First Parish

An evening of Yoga on the lawn !

Featuring Santosha Studio

Tuesday August 9th 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Parkway United Methodist Church

158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket or chair.

This program is supported in party by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.” The Program was also supported by the Parkway United Methodist Church.

Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice is co sponsoring this.

The Makanda Project

Jazz on th Green – 2022 Summer Series

Here’s a great opportunity to visit the UU Urban Ministry 

Check out the progress on the Meeting House renovations, 

Experience the new Peace Garden, and

Enjoy a wonderful outdoor jazz concert! 

All are invited to 10 Putnam St. in Roxbury to see and hear the world-class jazz music of The Makanda Project. There are three concerts scheduled. See flyer below for more info.

Bring a towel or a chair and join us for one of these free shows.

Check out the event webpage and UUUM social media accounts if the forecast doesn’t look friendly.

As a reminder, some staff hours change over the summer.

Lisa Ward- on sabbatical until 11/15.

Rev. Tricia Brennan serving First Parish 8/15-11/15. 

Sherri Moldaver- Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-1:30 pm

Kevin Harnden- morning hours

Tim Steele- off for summer, returning to First Parish in Fall

Susan DeMinico- in July and August- Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-4:30 pm at First Parish, Wednesdays 9-3 pm working remotely. On vacation 8/12-8/23.


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Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 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, 9:30 am in the Meetinghouse
  • Choir Rehearsal (most Sundays) at 8:45 am

SIGN UP GENIUS (formerly known as the Planner)

The link to SignUp Genius is:

You can sign up for one our our Sunday volunteer positions.