This week at First Church – March 9-15, 2015

March 9 – 15, 2015

Spring brochure is here!
New programs!

“Fields of Blood” – The Relationship between
Religion and Violence

Facilitator Training and Group Skills

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, 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
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.


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.


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


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.


Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Classroom #5

Rick Eastwick will continue our discussion of E. O. Wilson’s book
The Meaning of Human Existence, examining three chapters: Chapter 4. The New Enlightenment, Chapter 5. The All-Importance of the Humanities, Chapter 10. A Portrait of ET.


“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.


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

The First Church Book Group will discuss James Howard Kuntsler’s dystopian novel World Made by Hand. Kunstler has written nonfiction books describing the potential dire results of climate change and the decline of oil production, and in
World Made by Hand he explores the deterioration of civilization that could be brought on by these changes. After roads crumble and other infrastructure is lost, people return to raising their own food, crafting what they need, and depending on horses for transportation.

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 or would like to be on their mailing list.


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

The Wi$dom Path is for adults, and it is about money. Some of our topics will include 1) The Meaning of Money in Our Lives: consider how childhood & family values influence us. 2)What cultural teachings about money do we share, and what is unique to the individual? All are welcome. For more information contact Tom at

Rev. David Bryce and Lillian Anderson
Tuesdays, March 31 and April 7, 7:30pm, Library

In many types of group situations, especially where people express differing views, good facilitation can make a difference in the success of the experience for everyone. Perhaps you have been eager to try to facilitate a group or lead a project but don’t feel you have the necessary skills. This two part workshop will examine aspects of facilitation, how facilitation is different in a church setting, as well as how to participate and communicate effectively in a group. We will also identify problems that occur in group situations and discover effective ways to handle them.


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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