Hooray for the wondrous third annual Neighborhood Block Party on Saturday, October 17, hosted by East Church in conjunction with the Frends of Crane's Field. It was a bright, blustery, crisp, and beautiful day. Susan Harvey once again worked tirelessly with Ken, one of our neighbors, to orchestrate a fantastic party for well over 120 people ranging in age from eleven days to ninety-seven years old! An abundance of canned and boxed goods were donated and our 50/50 raffle netted $226 for the Milton Food Pantry. Many East Church volunteers were on hand on Saturday and donations from The Fruit Center, Abby Park, The Plate, Stop & Shop, and Star Market complemented the goodies neighbors brought with them. Three of our teens, Ruby, Elena, and Sarah, painted the faces of many children, Dan Harvey ran games for the kids, and the Full Turn Band, with Jason English and a guest appearance by Ben Pinola on guitar, rocked us all. Our very active Reading Changes Lives literacy initiative hosted a book swap and were thrilled to have Milton Selectwoman Katie Conlon and State House Representative Walter Timilty on hand for the dedication of our brand new Little Free Library on the church lawn. Thank you to all who helped make this a stellar East Church happening!
As part of our "Reading Changes Lives" initiative, East Church organized a Book Swap on a sultry, sticky July Sunday afternoon. Perfect conditions to swap out some old for some new reading material!
East Church's second annual music and story telling event was held in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, May 2. The 2015 theme was "Romance." One rockin' band, seven story tellers and an exceptional saxophone/piano duo, combined with delicious cookies, cakes, and pastries from the Milk and Honey baking collaborative made for a memorable experience. The program was organized into three "acts." Lively music (with The Full Turn Band), story telling, and more music, classical this time, with Seychelle Dunn (saxophone) and Lucia del Guerzo (piano). An intermission between each act allowed the audience to visit and to munch on the freshly made goodies.
On Sunday afternoon, April 26, Pastor Shelly was officially installed as East Church's Settled Pastor. Rev. Wendy Vander Hart, Associate Conference Minister, represented the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC. Numerous supportive clergy were present, some of them friends of Pastor Shelly, some of them members of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA), and one of them a former East Church pastor. Bishop Dwayne Royster travelled from Philadelphia to deliver a sermon entitled "Change the World, Just Start in Milton." Katie Conlon, Chair of Milton's Board of Selectmen, offered the Greeting from the civic community. Rev. Hall Kirkham, President of MICA, offered the Greeting from the religious community. Numerous members of the East Church community played important roles throughout the service. David Palmer and Deena Randall emerged from "retirement," presenting an unbelievable dinner following the service, aided by a small army of volunteers. It was a warm, uplifting love-filled affirmation as East Church begins a new chapter under Pastor Shelly's leadership.
April 12 - a special fund raiser event featuring Lynn Salmonsen (piano) and Scott Woolweaver (viola).