This week at First church – February 2 – 8

Winter brochure is here

February 2 – 8, 2015
New programs!

Yoga will continue monthly!
CPR/AED Training
3 Scientists Predict the Future

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!


A Path Appears – PBS Film Series
Thursday, February 5, 7-9 pm – Part Two
First Church Parish Hall
Discussion moderated by Anne Donohue,
Assoc. Prof. of Journalism, BU
based on the book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

This film series features Boston’s own My Life My Choice.
Each episode explores tough issues facing women and girls around the world. It shows us the harsh realities of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, slave labor, and lack of access to education, resources, and opportunities.

We will meet women who have survived addiction and abuse. Learn about their work and dreams, what they’ve endured and what they have accomplished. Innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives are highlighted.

Parental discretion advised.

This is one of several events supported by A Path Appears in Belmont, culminating in a talk by Nicholas Kristof on April 16th at Chenery Middle School 7:30 pm

Part Three: February 12th Temple Beth El
2 Concord Avenue 7 P.M.
moderated by Janet Domenitz, Exec. Dir. of MassPirg

more information:
Facebook: apathappearsinbelmont


Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
7:30pm, conference room

Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.


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.


Andrea Prestwich
2:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request. Snacks provided.

Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
4-5:30pm, Classroom #7

We welcome anyone wanting to attend – those men, new and continuing who seek camaraderie in meaningful dialogue about matters of the heart: life, family and relationships.


7pm, Parish Hall
Dorothy Stoneman and SAC
Third post vigil conversation facilitated by Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department and graduates of YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.


Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, Feb. 10, (Parlor) 24, March 10
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.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, Melanie has worked in a variety of clinical settings. In 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer. Upon completion of treatment, Melanie developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. She is passionate about wellness and prevention thus in 2014, Melanie left Spaulding and began working with Wellness Synergy founder, Dr. Elizabeth Frates to create an organization focused on wellness education. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30pm, Library

How we die is part of our legacy to our loved ones and our communities. The Conversation Project is dedicated to supporting congregation members in having crucial conversations about the
kind of care they would want through the end of life. This 2-part workshop begins with identifying the concerns and values that will ground and guide decision making and includes practice in how to begin The Conversation with a loved one.

In part two, participants will share the experience of starting The Conversation and consider the next steps they need to take to insure that their wishes will be respected. If you were unable to attend the first session contact to receive the materials or visit the website:


Maureen Zuccaro
Thursday, February 12, 7-9pm, Upper Hall
(snow date, Feb. 14, 3-5pm)

First church has arranged to have Maureen Zuccaro, a certified American Heart Association (AHA) CPR trainer return to provide certification or re-certification in CPR and the use of the AED machine for those who would like to participate. The Heartsaver AED course is designed for Lay Rescuers by the AHA. It includes Adult child and infant CPR/AED and choking using individual mannequins with plastic barrier protection. The cost is $40 per person.

Registration is required and space is limited to 10 people. if you are interested please contact Lillian at

Kathy Lind
Thursday, February 12, 7pm, Library

Our lives are constantly changing and facing changes that involve illness makes us feel vulnerable. This ongoing support group provides a space and time to understand and process feelings and circumstances related to dealing with serious illness, both for caregivers and people in all stages of discovery and recovery.


By Popular demand this class will meet monthly! Please note time change!

Jessica Hicks
Saturdays, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11
1:00-2:30pm, 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. For more information contact


Jack Dennis, Jon Graves, Edwin Taylor
Sunday, February 15, 12:30pm, Library

People who predict the distant future have a bad record. H. G. Wells expected that television would appear in the twenty-third century. Who would have predicted that by 2014 a young couple could eliminate more than 500 genetic diseases forever from their children’s bloodlines? Jack Dennis (a computer specialist), Jon Graves (a molecular biologist), and Edwin Taylor will make modest predictions about developments in the next five years and join you in thinking about the coming decade.

Refreshments served.


Wednesday, February 18, 12:00pm, Upper Hall
All Women and Men Welcome!

Alice Trexler, a retired Tufts University performing arts professor, will discuss “Viewing Dance” using selected video excerpts from Swan Lake and other classic and recent choreographic examples. This session follows an Alliance arts program on How to View Art and an outing to the Tufts University Art Gallery.
The Alliance lunch begins at 12:00 and the program at 1:00 PM. To help us prepare for the number of attendees, please call Susan Street (tel: 617-484-1054, x. 201) and let her know that you will attend and also the number of guests you will bring. Bring your own sandwich; we will provide soup, beverage, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, February 19, 7:30pm, conference room

Alice Trexler will lead us in a discussion of E. O. Wilson’s latest book,
The Meaning of Human Existence. Wilson is known as the father of sociobiology and a major exponent of biodiversity.
The reading is available for download at


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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