Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 8/6/2015

Weekly Link 8/6/2015


This Week in Worship

Sunday, August 9

Summmer Worship @ 10:30 am in Parish Hall

Worship Leader: Rev. Hank Peirce


I was recently on the social media when I saw photos of my friend’s children waiting for the school bus to take them to their first day school. Yes they were friends who live in places like Texas and Tennessee, and their children got out of school in May, but still I less than happy to see their smiling faces. Is summer really almost over? The pile of left over snow in the town lot across from the golf course just melted last month. We still have family time planned up at Ferry Beach in Maine, I have a clergy conference to attend next week and well there are those projects and books I need to finish.

Truthfully, I never finish those books and I will squeeze in all of those fun activities regardless of the season. What I hope I and you get to have is a bit of down time to reflect on the passing tides of our lives. That is one of the wonderful things that church presents for us, a place to pause and reflect on the lives we share on this planet.

See you in church,

Rev. Hank

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

August Worship Schedule:

  • August 9th Worship Leader – Rev. Hank Peirce
  • 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

Our Ministerial Search Committee:

Debbie Alsebai, Charlie Franich (chair), Tracey Robinson, Elise Henricks, Brigitte Miller, Jim May, Franc Graham. You will be hearing lots more from them in the coming weeks and months.

Ministerial Search Committee

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. Kevin is on vacation from July 24 – August 3.

Hank will not be in the office Aug. 11 – 14. He will be on study leave.

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


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