Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 9/12/2014

Weekly Link 9/12/2014

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

10:30am in the Meetinghouse

So you’ve hired me as your interim minister, but what does that mean? What exactly is the role of a minister in a church, in this church? Am I just a place holder or is it more directed (of course if I was a place holder I probably wouldn’t admit it.) At any rate this week we continue on with the worship theme of Who, What, Why and How as I explain some of what I will do as your interim minister, and what expectations we may both have for each other.

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that it was a great Homecoming Sunday, last week. The first group I want to thank is our sleep deprived youth group and Sara Elizabeth for starting us off with bellies full of pancakes. I want to welcome Tim Steele and Tamara Ryan and thank them for their music on Sunday and Leslie, Jen and Chris who took part in the service and welcomed my family and me. Lastly let me thank Eliza Givens who did yeoman’s work making sure that the sound system worked! It was great start to a very exciting time here at First Parish.

See you in church!


Religious Exploration News

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Workshop Sunday

K through 7th graders are invited to attend a workshop. Children can go straight to the classrooms at 10:30am.

Youth Chat 8th through 12th grade will meet in the youth room at 10:30am.

Nursery is available for children 6 months through 4 years old.

First Day of Religious Exploration is Sunday, September 21


Please take a moment to register your child for RE even if you have done it in the past. Also this year there is a $25 per child registration fee and an additional fee of $50 for OWL and Coming of Age.

Instructions for on-line payment:

Click here and it will take you to our vanco page, our online payment system. Under the RE box insert the amount $25 for RE registration and if your child will be attending OWL or Coming of Age also add the additional fee of $50. Just follow the instructions and then hit Enter.

This is a safe and convenient way to submit your payment. You can always drop a check off in the office. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

– Miriam Febres — Religious Educator & Office Administrator

Check out our RE Newsletter!

News and Announcements

Saturday, September 13th at 2:00.

A special event celebrating the life of operatic bass-baritone T. Steven Smith will be held in the First Parish Meetinghouse this Saturday. Steven passed away recently at the age of 47. His colleagues in the musical community will be performing and Tim Steele will be hosting. Anyone is welcome to attend. Come and enjoy some beautiful music and tributes to one of Boston’s finest singers.

Dinner & Singing at Lucy Stone Coop

The Lucy Stone Coop is an intentional community of people committed to living UU values in shared housing in Roxbury. On Sunday, September 14, a group of us from First Parish will visit Lucy Stone to share food and song, and also to learn more about the coop, plans for future growth, and some of the exciting new ways Unitarian Universalism is being lived out in greater Boston. We will leave Milton at a bit after 6 and return at appx. 9:20. If you’re interested, or for more details, contact Tony Dutzik via email or at 617-291-4685.

Saturday, September 20th 7:00 PM

Join the Great Blue Hill chapter of CUUPS(Covenant of UU pagans) as we gather in circle and ceremony at the home of Pam Dorsey, 27 Gibbons Street in Milton to celebrate Mabon, the Fall Equinox

As always we will share a potluck feast…please let Mark Whall know if you think it likely you will attend ( 617 282 4075)…see ya!…blessed be!

Friday, September 26  @6:30 pm

All Church Council. Please mark your calendars! All Church Council is open to anyone in the congregation that wants to attend.

The topic of the evening will be the Transition Period and our Interim Ministry. We want to be sure that all church leaders understand the general time line and plan of action for the next two years, the responsibilities and likely needs of our respective committees during this period, what we can expect of the Interim Minister and what he is likely to expect of us. It will be a time to learn and to ask questions. You will hear from the Interim Minister, from the Parish Committee and from the Transition Team.

At least one representative from each Committee should be present to report briefly for the Committee and to take back information from the Council. Please RSVP (yes only) to this email if you are planning to attend. Also indicate if you will need child care that evening.

A sad note from former parishioner, Alta McDonald. Sunday, October, 19 at 2pm Memorial Service for Laurie McDonald at First Church, Jamaica Plain

My daughter, Laurie McDonald, died suddenly on June 4, 2014. She attended church school and was a member of the youth group at First Parish. There will be a memorial service to honor Laurie at First Church, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain on Sunday, October, 19 at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Thank you,

Alta McDonald

REMINDER! Items for The Link are due Tuesday at 5 pm. Please email both Miriam and Kiki at the office to make sure your item is included.

The Link is a primary way to communicate to the congregation. If you have announcements for The Link, it needs to be submitted by Tuesdays at 5 pm. Items generally should be church related, or an event to be held on the church campus. Please add a title and offer a graphic if possible. Brevity is a good thing.

Mark your calendars

  • Sunday, September 14

9am – Membership Meeting
9am – YAC Meeting
12:30pm – RE Teacher Training

  • Sunday, September 14 – Dinner & Singing at Lucy Stone Coop (Meet at 6 pm at the church)
  • Saturday, September 20 – Mabon Equinox Celebration
  • Sunday, September 21

9:45am Parent Coffee
10:30am Religious Exploration Classes Begin
12 noon Parish Committee meeting

  • Friday, September 26 – All Church Council (6:30 pm)
  • Sunday, October 5 – Celebrate Milton (Membership will be an exhibitor)
  • Friday, October 24 – Halloween Party and Haunted House
  • Saturday, October 25 – Haunted House
  • Saturday, November 15 – Harvest Supper and Silent Auction

KikiKiki’s Corner

September 9 marked my first anniversary with First Parish in Milton. Time flies when you are having fun! It has been a good year and I’m sure another good one lies ahead.

Our home page has been redesigned. On the home page, you can now find the church calendar, set up your payment of your pledge electronically or go directly to the Members Page. Visitors are able to contact us, see where we are located and find out basic information on UUism and answers to all the basic questions about our church. We are still in the process of updating the individual pages. If you see something that is outdated, please let me know. This is a work in progress and so it is helpful to have other eyes looking at things.

I have put up a small white board between my office door and the Membership bulletin board. Please use it to remind me of a Sunday conversation or you want to be in touch or something needs attention. I am most often on “the fly” on Sundays. I attend a number of committee meettings prior to worship and during social hour I am connecting with a variety of folks including our newcomers. Way to many conversations for me to remember or give the subject its just due. I used a version of this last year which proved successful. The information also will be shared at our weekly staff meeting. You are always welcome to email me.

SOCIAL HOUR HOSTS AND OTHERS STILL NEEDED – There are many Sunday morning volunteer positions available. Usher, Greeter, providing Flowers, Chalice Lighters…

The link to the signup genius can be found HERE.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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