This week at First church – March 2-8

March 2 – 8, 2015
New programs!

Spiritual Autobiography
Prequel to Major Music
“Fields of Blood” – The Relationship between
Religion and Violence


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!

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
7:30pm, classroom #5

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.


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.


Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, 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

Kathy Lind
Thursday, March 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.

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

Jessica Hicks
Saturdays, March 14, April 11
1 – 2:30 pm, Parish Hall

Due to popular demand Jess has offered to continue the class on the second Saturday of each month. Please note the time change.
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. Drop-in.


Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Inspired by The Messiah during his second London visit, Haydn vowed to compose his own oratorio. Based largely on Paradise Lost, “The Creation” is a masterpiece of the form, both luminous and powerful.


FIELDS OF BLOOD” – The relationship between religion and violence
Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, March 22, 12:30pm, Library

Karen Armstrong’s book “Fields of Blood”- The relationship between religion and violence” notes that not until the 1700s was religion ejected from political life in the West. “When, therefore, people claim that religion has been responsible for more than any other human institution, one has to ask, “More than what?” . . . John Locke believed that the separation of church and state was the key to peace.” Modern wars have proved him wrong too. What is the source of the evil of war? Doris and Edwin will start our discussion.
Refreshments served.


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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