This week at First Church – April 6 – 12

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 6 – 12, 2015

Spring brochure is here!
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New programs coming up!
A Path Appears – Nicholas Kristof

Lima Climate Discussion

Brain Change is Possible

 

MONDAY 
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
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.
MEDITATION
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!

TUESDAY
FACILITATOR’S TRAINING AND
GROUP SKILLS
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.

Contact landerson@uubelmont.org if you couldn’t make it to the first session but would like to attend this one.

 

THURSDAY
GETTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER
Neil Winston
7:30pm, Library

Are you and those you love adequately prepared for medical crises and increasing care needs? Please join First Church member Neal Winston as he discusses estate and asset protection planning, public benefits protections and what legal documents each of us needs to have in place.

 

SATURDAY
NEW UU CLASS
Rev. David Bryce and Jim Staton
9am – 12pm, Classroom #5

This class will provide answers to all of the questions you have about Unitarian-Universalism (the history and current programs); also the history and current activities of First Church. Discuss the meaning of membership at First Church and have a tour of the building.

Childcare provided upon request. Contact jstaton@uubelmont.org
MINDFUL YOGA
Jessica Hicks
Saturday, April 11, May 2, 1-2:30 pm, Parish Hall

Mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice to share. Just bring a mat, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in.

 

SUNDAY
3 SCIENTISTS PREDICT THE FUTURE
Jack Dennis, Jon Graves and Edwin Taylor
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.

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Andrea Prestwich
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.

 

COMING UP:
BELMONT UNITARIAN ALLIANCE
Lobster Roll Lunch and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 12 noon, Upper Hall

This lovely once-a-year Lobster Roll Lunch also includes: salad, chips, and angel-food cake with strawberries and ice cream. The price for this luncheon is $12/person.

Please contact Janice Zazinski (our new 1st Church administrator) right away at 617.484.1054, x201 to register yourself and friends for the lunch so we will have enough Lobster Rolls for everyone.

Our Annual Meeting will begin at noon and in case we have to vote on something, you must be a paid member to vote. If you have not yet paid for your 2014-15 membership, please bring an additional $15 to pay for your membership. Lunch will be served following our annual meeting.

 

A PATH APPEARS IN BELMONT:
A CAMPAIGN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Nicholas Kristof
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30pm, Belmont High School

We are honored to host best selling author, two time Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof on April 15th at the Belmont High School at 7:30 P.M.

To reserve (free) seats go to – http://www.apathappearsinbelmont.eventbrite.com/
Mr. Kristof will speak about his latest best selling book- A Path Appears; Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities which he wrote with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.
The book describes how ordinary people can make extraordinary differences in the lives of others, both globally and locally. The issues addressed are closer to home then we may think; human sex trafficking, domestic violence, poverty, and hunger.

http://www.apathappearsinbelmont.eventbrite.com/

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor

Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm, conference room                                                                                                               

Jack Dennis will lead us in a discussion of from
Truth and Tension in Science and Religion by Varadaraja Raman. A selection is posted at eftaylor.com/sands
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LIMA CLIMATE DISCUSSION OF DECEMBER 2014
Monte Allen
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Tony Alcorn of FCBGreen starts the evening with short remarks on “carbon footprint. Monte Allen, senior development director of CARE, was an official observer of COP20 in Lima. He offers a rare opportunity for a first-hand inside look at meetings that could impact our future. In this presentation, he will explain COPs and the experience of attending them. The perspectives of several other important voices will shared through videos. Finally he will discuss the broad outcomes of COP20 and his hopefulness about the process moving forward. An opportunity for questions follow.

Co-sponsored by FCB Green, Adult Programs and Social Action.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm, Library

The Book Group will meet to discuss
A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In
A Path Appears the authors provide stories of individuals who have worked in varying ways to make make a difference in the world. Kristof, an op-ed columnist for the
New York Times, will be speaking at Belmont High School on April 15 at
7:30 p.m. as part of the Social Action Committee’s A Path Appears in Belmont initiative.

Although Kristof’s talk is free and open to the public, you encouraged to reserve tickets here: http://apathappearsinbelmont.webs.com/nicolas-kristof

 

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 24, 7pm, Upper Hall

A lovely way to connect, re-connect and welcome Spring together! Choose an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage of your choice to bring. This is a true pot-luck so there is no need to respond in advance. All are welcome. Childcare provided with advance notice. Contact landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

FROM BRAIN SCIENCE TO
YOUR LIFE:
BRAIN CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
Dr. Laurance M. Hirshberg
Sunday, April 26, 12:30pm, Library
Brain science has shown that the brain is changeable. This key insight is increasingly being used to develop brain training treatments to address a wide range of difficulties, including attention, organization, self control, mood, anxiety, social functioning and learning. This talk will describe several of these new brain training approaches and the research and experience with them in practice.

Dr. Hirshberg is the Director of the NeuroDevelopment Center and a Clincial Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University

 

THE BIRTH OF A NATION:
HOW A LEGENDARY FILMMAKER AND A CRUSADING EDITOR REIGNITED AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR
Dick Lehr
Tuesday, April 28, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
1915 saw the release of D. W. Griffith’s
The Birth of a Nation, both a cinematic masterpiece and a vitriolic racist diatribe. It brought about a backlash led by William Monroe Trotter, a Boston newspaper editor. Our own Dick Lehr’s latest book explores this tumultuous period in American race relations.

 

SAVE THE DATE!

MEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, May 1, 7pm, Upper Hall

SAVE THE DATE!
ALL-CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
Saturday, May 9
Get ready for some great times and great bargains!
Set up is only 4 Sundays from now! The Sale needs your help over the entire week – sorting and assigning spaces etc.. As you do your spring cleaning and decluttering, please consider donating your useful items for resale. Evelyn Corsini and Nancy Davis are providing coordination this year with the help of a great team of section leaders.

The Rummage Sale brings programs, events, and items to First Church which our budget can’t cover. Proceeds are divided three ways to the Social Action Committee, the Stained-Glass Window Fund., and the Partner Church Committee.
As part of the Social Action Committee, the Sale is currently providing funds for the “A Path Appears” program which is Town-wide and also sponsored by the Belmont Religious Council. What a difference this can make to our community and even further afield! We’re certainly keeping up our reputation as “the action congregation.”

So please check your availability, and sign up for an activity you will enjoy. Look for the sign-up boards after services. Or go to: http://vols.pt/P1Evrp
For newer church members, the Sale is a great way to meet people, but for everyone it’s a chance to catch up with friends, do good things, and have fun, all at the same time! Volunteers are especially needed for set up Sunday, May 3rd and for Saturday, May 9th during and after the Sale. Questions? Please email fcb404@gmail.com

 

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207
landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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