Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 9/13/2013

Weekly Link 9-13-13

Evan Jones Services will be held at First Parish in Milton

Friday, September 13, 2013
4-8pm Public visiting hours

Saturday, September 14, 2013
11:00 Funeral begins
12:00 Procession to burial at Maplewood Cemetery in Stoughton
1:00 Collation in the Parish Hall

Carpooling is strongly encouraged both Friday and Saturday.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to the Milton Athletic Program.
All arrangements are being made through Lydon Funeral Home in Quincy

A Lotsa Helping Hands site has been set up for support for the Bagley Jones family here:

This Week in Worship

Sunday, September 15, 2013

10:30am WORSHIP
‘The Peace of Wild Things’
Rev. Parisa Parsa
With musicians Joel Hiller & Jennie Mulqueen

This morning we celebrate in word, story, song and silence all of the ways that connecting with nature is a balm to our souls.

Religious Exploration

Nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5.

RE classes will begin Sunday, September 22, 2013

Child dedication ceremony Sunday, October 20

Would you like to have your infant or child formally welcomed into this faith community with the commitment that we will be there to support you in the challenges of parenting and your child in the challenges of growing up? If so, please let Rev. Parisa know by October 13 by sending her an email:

Would you like to offer a testimonial in worship?

This year, we are asking members to give a brief, 3 minute reflection on some aspect of their spiritual journey or beliefs. If you would be interested in offering a testimonial in worship, please let the worship committee know by sending an email to Joe Ayoub:

Religious Exploration News

Sunday, September 15
12pm, Parish Hall

Religious Exploration (formerly Religious Education) wants YOU!

  • Have you wondered what all of the different RE classes are?
  • Did you know you can be involved in an RE activity/class as little as once a year, once a semester or once a month?
  • Did you know RE supports adult programming too?
  • Do you have a craft you love to do?
  • A skill you would like to teach?

There are many different classes and opportunities to get involved and enhance your own spiritual development and broaden your connections within the church.

On Sunday September 15th from 12:00-12:30pm the RE committee will be hosting an information session to describe what the children explore in all of the different RE classes.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact RE Chair Jen Erbe Leggett

Religious Exploration Teacher Training will take place following the information session

Religious Exploration Program Begins

Sunday, September 22
Mandatory Welcome back/ RE orientation for parents with children attending the program including youth group will take place Sunday morning from 9am – 10am. Coffee and goodies will be served!

News & Announcements

All Church Council
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dinner: 6:30 pm Meeting: 7:00 to 9:00 pm

The first All Church Council of the church year will be held Friday, September 15. All committees should be represented by two members, including the chair.

At the ACC we will be looking ahead to the coming year, including how we will engage with our Leap of Faith mentee congregation during their upcoming visit. Please respond to the Evite invitation (which will be going out shortly) if you are able to attend. Babysitting will be available upon request.

First Parish Earth-Centered-Spiritualiy Group
Saturday, September 21
Parish Hall at 7:00pm

FlowersMabon, The Autumn Equinox, the second harvest, marks the time of year for thankfulness, equality and harmony. We enjoy a wealth of good, fresh food and weather that is neither too hot nor too cold, but like the day and night, it is in balance.
It is a time to appreciate and enjoy the fruits of our labors after the warm, lush summer. Beauty surrounds us as autumn colors begin to blaze. We reap the bounty of Mother Earth and we also reap the fruit of the seeds we have symbolically sewn in our lives this year.

It is a time to consider which aspects of our lives we wish to preserve and which we would prefer to discard. The dark half of the year brings a greater emphasis on reflection, rest and planning.
Join us as we pull our wild spirits back into ourselves and plan for
our future.
Potluck social hour following ritual; all are welcome.

Caring Committee News

heartPlease consider joining the Lotsa Helping Hands website set up to provide care for India Ennis as she recuperates from back surgery. India will be discharged from the hospital this weekend and will need meals, some light household help, and some visits during her recuperation. Paste this link to sign up:

On behalf of the Caring Committe, thank you to this wonderful community!

A word from Kiki Giatis

KikiI am enjoying my first week working in Milton. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and hearts. I have rolled up my sleeves and started to learn how things work here. My e-mail is up and running. My e-mail address is I can be reached by phone at 617.698.6329 extension 106. I look forward to seeing many of you this Sunday. – Kiki Giatis, Director of Congregational Life and Administration.

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church

Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice.