Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 9/27/2014

Weekly Link 9/27/2014

Fall Worship

This Week in Worship

Sunday, September 28, 2014

10:30am in the Meetinghouse

This past Tuesday as I walked around the Church of the Presidents in Quincy, I kept thinking of Tony Dutzik’s mantra, that I shared with you in a recent sermon, of Mission Over Museum. It is very much like a museum not only does it has historic items like 18th-century communion cups in fancy display cases and a plaque announcing the pew where the Adams family sat. It also has the remains of two US presidents and their wives buried in a crypt in the basement! That is a lot more for their new minister Rev. Rebecca Froom to worry about than I need to.

I had spent two years as a student minister at this church and was over visiting Rebecca. I wanted to see what changes she was making or was going to make. I asked if they had a mission statement to guide them. Instead she repeated the church covenant, one I remembered well.

“We unite to lift our hearts
and open our minds to a larger reality,
to accept, support and encourage one another,
to seek the wisdom in all religion
and to cherish and sustain the web of life.”

These words drive this church in directions they might not otherwise go in. This Sunday I’ll be speaking about the HOW of interim ministry and maybe we will start to think about the words and actions that drive and shape this church’s presence in the world and in our lives.

See you in church.


Religious Exploration News

Religious Exploration News

Class Schedule for Sunday, September 28

Spirit Play – Children pre-k through second grade go directly to the activities room.

Small Group Ministry – Third through sixth graders will begin in the Meetinghouse before being dismissed to their Religious Exploration Class.

Neighboring Faiths – Seventh graders go directly to the library.

Youth Chat will meet in the youth room.

The Nursery is available for children ages 4 and younger

News and Announcements

Friday, September 26, 6:30pm

All Church Council

“WHO WE ARE. Perhaps the most difficult part of seeking our next settled minister is knowing who we are. Are we tired, or self-satisfied? Is our world bounded by Milton? Talk about it at the All Church Council meeting on September 26 at 6:30 pm.”

2014 ¡Celebrate Milton! Event is scheduled for Sunday October 5th from 12:00 – 4:00.

First Parish is an exhibitor thanks to the efforts of the Membership Committee. The event will be held at the Pierce Middle School, which will allow us to keep the event in the same spot, rain or shine. Please drop by our space or if you are inspired to help out let Kiki Giatis or Charlie Franich know. The more the merrier.

November 15,2014

Save the date!


The First Parish Fun Raiser of course.

Your chance to bid on and win fabulous vacations, exquisite works of art, delectable gourmet items and highly sought after services. Or just come to marvel at the offerings, share a libation with friends and support our faith community. We are really hope you will come!

Our own Tucker Smith is Milton’s Town Captain for the “Yes on 2” Campaign (referring to the referendum question on the November 4 ballot).

Please join her as she hosts the campaign kickoff meeting in one week – Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m., Milton Public Library’s Keyes Conference Room (downstairs). Some words from Tuckeron this work. Bring your energy, ideas, and your neighbors.

A few words from Tucker:

I’m excited about advocating for our Commonwealth’s environment and standing up to the beverage/grocery industries messing around with their negative ad blitzes. I don’t see them out there cleaning up our streams, highways, byways, parks, beaches, or T stops, do you?
I’m also more than a little overwhelmed and asking for your help to get out the “YES on 2” vote in town. I believe this has a place under the UU banner. SPREAD THE WORD! I will host a campaign Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m., Milton Public Library’s Keyes Conference Room (downstairs). Bring your energy, ideas, and your neighbors. All ages welcomed – kids, families, teens — recruit, recruit, recruit — if you’re a social media maven, let me know, too! I will be a presence at Sunday Social Hours in October with resource goodies.

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 welocme to attend. Thank you, Alta McDonald

Installation of Rev. Robin Bartlett, Sunday October 26, 2014 at 4 pm

The First Church in Sterling
Invites You to Join Us to
Celebrate the Installation of
The Reverend Robin Bartlett
On Sunday, October 26, 2014
At 4 O’clock in the afternoon
6 Meetinghouse Hill Road
Sterling, Massachusetts
Reception to Follow
Please RSVP to:
Or by calling 978-422-6657

KikiKiki’s Corner

Office Updates:

We have been working through all the pages of FP Milton to make sure we have current information. I encourage you to take a look at pages that might be of particular interest to you. If you notice outdated information, please contact me.

Your generosity serves our mission of growing deep faith and taking bold action. The Contribute button on the website is available for you to pay your pledge electronically or pay RE fees. Pledge reminders will also be sent out in October. We are grateful for your financial support of the work of the church.

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.

To quote Peter Bowden, social media guru and UU, “brevity matters”. Please keep your announcement limited to one paragraph.


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Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse

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


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