This week at First Church – April 1-7

Check out descriptions and all our programs at

Meditation – Rob Cosinuke and James Hencke, 8-9 pm,Church Library

Jobseekers Buddy Group – 4-5:30pm, Library

The Quilters’ Group and Knitting Circle – Gladys Unger and Eva
Patalas, 7:30 pm,   RE Classroom #4

First Church Book Group, 7:30pm, Library
Emergence by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin’s brief, first book tells the story of how she
overcame the challenges of autism. In Emergence, Grandin details her early
struggles at home and in school, as an intelligent and curious child
who was unable to express herself or behave according to the
expectations around her.  With perseverance and courage, Grandin has
gone on to great professional success in the animal welfare movement
and as an autism advocate. She has also written a number of
critically acclaimed books and become the subject of an award-winning semi-
autobiographical movie (starring Claire Danes).  You will find that
Emergence is a quick read; please come join us and talk about this
fascinating woman.

The Book Group is always open to new members. Please contact Anne
Stuart at: to confirm attendance if you are
interested in participating.

Grandparenting – Near and Far, 7:30pm, Library

This new group will share the challenges of being a grandparent, both
at a distance and close by.  Bring pictures to share.  For more
information contact

Coming Up:

Sunday, April 7, 12:30-2pm, Library
The Myth of Universal Love?
Discussion led by Edwin Taylor assisted by Rev. Doris Hunter and
Lillian Anderson

“Love your neighbor as yourself,” said Jesus. Is “neighbor” everyone?
How much do we owe to our close and distant neighbors? Isn’t our
little jug of personal effort and financial resources hopelessly
inadequate to fill the thousand empty flasks of desperate need around
the world? How can we contribute to all our neighbors, not only
responsibly but also without guilt?
Edwin, Lillian, and Doris will launch a group discussion of these
troubling questions. The idea for the topic was inspired by a New York
Times article by Stephen Asma entitled ” The Myth of Universal Love”.
Copies are available by clicking here and at coffee hour.  Refreshments provided.

Sunday, April 7, 2-4pm, Library
Kids with Challenges
Andrea Prestwich

Does your child have special challenges?  Has he/she been diagnosed
with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems?  Maybe he/she is just
slightly “quirky”.  You’re invited to a inaugural meeting of a new
First Church support group for parents and family of kids with special
needs, with a focus on neurological issues.  We will offer support and
share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request.

Women’s Retreat Registration Deadline extended to April 1st.
The Retreat is April 26-28

This weekend retreat is a wonderful way to connect, make new friends
and deepen existing friendships. Senexet House in Woodstock, Ct. is a
90 minute drive.  Two nights and five delicious meals are provided
for $185.  Scholarship assistance is available.  Registration forms
are on the web-site. For more information contact

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