This week at First Church – April 20 -26

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 20 – 26, 2015

Spring brochure is here!
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Programs Coming Up!

April 28 – The Birth of a Nation
May 9 – Rummage Sale

 

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!

WEDNESDAY
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. Refreshments.

 

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, spoke at Belmont High School on April 15
as part of the Social Action Committee’s A Path Appears in Belmont initiative.

 

FRIDAY
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.

 

SUNDAY
FROM BRAIN SCIENCE TO
YOUR DAILY LIFE:
BRAIN CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
Dr. Laurance M. Hirshberg
Sunday, April 26, 12:30pm, Library
More neurons in the motor and somatosensory cortex are devoted to control of and sensation in the thumbs in texters than in those who don’t text.
An expert braille reader, born blind, uses his visual cortex for touch processing, and can’t read braille when this cortical area is temporarily blocked.

Our brain reorganizes itself constantly to help us adapt, and with repetition of these responses, this reorganization becomes lasting.

Brain science has shown that the brain is changeable.
This key insight is increasingly being used to develop new approaches to behavioral or mental health intervention.

Brain training treatment methods have been developed and evaluated to address a wide range of difficulties in daily life functioning including attention, organization, self control, mood, anxiety, social functioning, and learning. This talk will describe several of these new brain training approaches, the research supporting them, and clinical 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.

Refreshments served.

BEYOND FERGUSON: FIFTH POST VIGIL DISCUSSION
Dorothy Stoneman, facilitator
Sunday, April 26, 7:00pm, Parish Hall
Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department and graduates of YouthBuild USA as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont
and the wider world. Our guests from the YouthBuild program will return to share with
us their experiences growing up and facing challenges related to class and racial bias.

We recommend (not required) reading The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. It
provides a highly relevant analysis of some of the profound present-day issues of racism today in the United States. Reading it can deepen our knowledge and discussion.

 

COMING UP:

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.

Book Signing and Refreshments.

 

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

All First Church men and friends are invited to bring a beverage of choice AND one of the following: a main dish, salad or dessert. No need to sign up in advance. Just plan to come and have a good time. For more information contact jstaton
@uubelmont.org.

 

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, May 2, June 13, 1-2:30pm, 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.

 

SAVE THE DATE!
ALL-CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
Saturday, May 9
Get ready for some great times and great bargains!

Spring has sprung on us quickly, and so has the Rummage Sale! In just 2 weeks we’ll set up for our fabulous Sale, where bargains and treasures abound. Please donate your purchase mistakes, outgrown clothing, duplicates, and replaced items. We accept most things; check the wanted items list posted on the lower hall SAC pillar. Any questions to fcb404@gmail.com

Volunteering for the Sale is a great way to meet and get to know other FCB folks. Set-up and take-down go quickly and easily with big crews. Saturday, on Sale Day, many volunteers are necessary for a smooth operation. Come and enjoy!
Sign up on line at http://vols.pt/P1Evrp or in the Upper Hall on the volunteer chart.
Any church member or good friend is welcome to volunteer for 2 hours, and then to shop at the Pre-Sale Friday evening at 6 P.M. (Personal purchases only; not for resale.)

One of the three beneficiaries is the Partner Church Committee. Funds from the Sale pay for cooking oil for the needy in Desfalva, as well as for transportation costs for visiting between our communities. Our mutual visits strengthen connections between our two communities, and especially lend spiritual support to the Désfalva community in its struggles as a minority within Romania.

 

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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