This week at First Church – February 9-15

Winter brochure is here

February 9 – 15, 2015

New programs!

Yoga will continue monthly!
“Caring Communities”


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., Classroom #5

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!

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
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:


A Path Appears – PBS Film Series
Thursday, February 12, 7-9 pm – Part Three
Temple Beth El – 2 Concord Ave., Belmont
moderated by Janet Domenitz, Exec. Dir. of MassPirg

based on the book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The third and final film of the A Path Appears PBS series focuses on Domestic Violence as well as highlighting the Kibera slums in Kenya.

One in every four women in the United States will experience domestic violence during their lifetime. “It’s not just the victim’s problem. If this could happen to anyone, then it’s our problem,” says actor/advocate Regina Hall.

In A Path Appears, Regina Hall joins Nicholas Kristof to look at domestic violence interventions in Atlanta. Across the USA, domestic violence claims four lives each day.
In Kenya’s Kinera slums most people live in extreme poverty. Mia Farrow and Kristof visited Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a community-run organization that’s transforming the lives of at-risk girls through education and poverty-alleviation programs. Together with the parents and the entire community, SHOFCO is forging better paths for hundreds of girls and giving them hope.

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

more information:
Facebook: apathappearsinbelmont

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.

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
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

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30pm, Library

The First Church Book Group will meet on Wednesday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library to discuss the 2012 National Book Award winner, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Amartya Sen, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, described Behind the Beautiful Forevers as “A beautiful account, told through real-life stories, of the sorrows and joys, the anxieties and stamina, in the lives of the precarious and powerless in urban India whom a booming country has failed to absorb and integrate. A brilliant book that simultaneously informs, agitates, angers, inspires, and instigates.”

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at if you are interested in participating.


Jennifer Sato, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Sunday, March 1, 12:30pm, Library

Since 1998, BCRHHR has evolved organically in response to the needs of refugees and torture survivors in the Greater Boston area. They are situated within Boston Medical Center and embrace its’ mission to provide exceptional care without exception. They also honor the importance of community as a vehicle of healing and recovery.

Utilizing an innovative, holistic approach they work with survivors of torture and refugee communities from around the world to provide vital care for a healthy body, mind, and soul. Their services are designed to meet the special needs of asylum seekers, torture survivors, refugees and their families.

Medical and Mental Health Services
Legal Services
Health Literacy Education
Case Management
Career Development
Refugee Patient Navigation


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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