This week at First Church – December 15-21

Winter brochure is here

December 15- 21, 2014

There will be no adult programs weekly calendar next week. Merry Christmas!
New programs to watch for in January!

Mindful Yoga
Living Later Life to its Fullest
Spiritual Renewal through Poetry



Theresa Howe, Tom Neel, Ed Yee, 9:30-11am, Library

The jobseeker buddy group is a support group for people that are looking for a new job or to transition into a different job. We typically go around the room and review the activities from the prior week, provide support and ideas for what could be done in our respective job searches, provide each other with referrals, tips, resume critiques, etc. It is a great way to keep the momentum up during a job search and relate to others in a similar situation.

James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!



12 noon, Upper Hall

The Alliance invites members and guests to attend a viewing of the film, Green Fire, about the life and work of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) environmentalist and father of land conservation and wildlife in the mid-west in the first half of the twentieth century. Leopold began his career as a forest ranger in New Mexico, and then as a student and professor at the University of Wisconsin. The Leopold Foundation, headquartered at Baraboo, Wisconsin perpetuates his teachings of sustainability and responsible land management.

Attendees are invited to bring their brown bag sandwich for lunch at noon followed by the showing of the film at 1pm. We will provide soup, beverage, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.To help us prepare for the number of attendees, please call Susan Street, 617.484.1054 x201 and let her know that you will attend and the number of guests you will bring.

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
7:30pm, Conference Room
Dick Lyon will lead a discussion on the Biblical story of Ruth, along with Mark Russell’s street-wise, unconventional retelling from his Bible commentary ” God is Disappointed in You”. The reading is posted at

It includes both the Bible story and Mark Russell’s racy retelling. Only eight pages altogether; this is a good month to joint Science and Spirituality!


Eva Patalas
8:00pm, Classroom #4

Come join us in the fun and fellowship of knitting with a genial group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. Projects could include knitting for non-profit organizations such as Caps for Kids, making small gifts for the Holiday Fair or working on personal projects. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary. Contact Eva with any questions.

Jessica Hicks
Saturdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30-12 noon; Parish Hall

Slow flow, mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels*. Come experience embodied awareness in motion while stretching and strengthening your body in a supportive community. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice and a love of both the movement and still aspects of yoga practice to share.
Jess and her family joined the First Church community last year, and she is thrilled to give back to our community by offering these classes for free. Just bring a mat, a twin-sized blanket if you have one, and a curious mind. *Jess can help you modify all of the movements even if you are practicing in a chair rather than on the floor, and chairs also can be used for support in standing postures for those with limited balance or lower body strength. It really is for every body! Drop-in. To be continued if there is interest. For more information contact


Bob Weber with Jackie James
Sunday, Jan. 11, 12:30-2pm, Library

What constitutes a spirituality that facilitates living life in all its fullness as we age. Fullness of life involves living well within four dimensions: the body, the mind, the heart, and the spirit. This presentation will explore the fourth dimension, the spiritual- from a psychological perspective, i.e. what it takes to live well interiorly, in solitude, and in community.


Peter Guthrie
Sundays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1.
3-4pm; Parlor

Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.



Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24
7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment. For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at




Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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