This week at First Church – Feb. 23 – March 1

February 23 – March 1, 2015
New programs!

Belmont’s Path to Caring – “Raising Caring, Ethical and Happy Children”
Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography


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!

Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, Feb. 24, March 10, March 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.

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

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
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.


Tom Neel and Martha Read
Thursday, February 26, 7:30pm, Library

The Wi$dom Path is for adults, and it is about money. This month’s topic is The Meaning of Money in Our Lives: consider how childhood & family values influence us. All are welcome. For more information contact Tom at The third session will be held on Thursday, March 26th.


Jennifer Sato, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR)
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



Beyond Ferguson – Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separation
Dorothy Stoneman
Sunday, March 1, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

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.


Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 5, 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
Thursday, March 5, 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.

Saturday, March 7, 12-4pm, Parish Hall

A gathering of local non-profits. Each organization has a direct link to Belmont, either by its location, the people it serves, or by Belmont resident involvement. Learn about what it means to be a Gleaner, how to help others learn English, making Quilts that are donated to Victims of Violence, finding Homes for Kittens and Cats and more.

Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Making Caring Common Project (MCC) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will speak at 3pm. The title of his talk is “Raising Caring, Ethical and Happy Children”.

Childcare provided during the talk. Please e-mail by 5pm on March 6th to sign up for childcare.


Andrea Prestwich
Sunday, March 8, 2:30-4pm, 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.

Jean O’Farrell
Sundays, March 15, 22, 29, April 12
4-5:30pm, Classroom #5

This course is based on Dan Wakefield’s book and course, “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.” The willingness to write from the heart will make writers of all participants. That will guide them in the formation of beautiful personal accounts of their journeys that may have been solitary, even secret, but have led them to search for greater meaning in their lives and, ultimately, to make fulfilling connections with others.

No one is pressured into sharing, and everyone is urged into active listening. It is entirely voluntary and what is read and said is confidential to those who are there to listen. It is a fulfilling process to anyone who comes with an open heart and a desire to quiet the mind through writing so that we can give voice to what the heart is trying to say.
Please register with Jean at


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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