This week at First Church – Sept. 21-27

 

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
September 21 – 27, 2015

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       Fall brochure is here

    New programs coming up!

                                   PBS Frontline – “Being Mortal” on September 29th at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall. Viewing of the program followed by facilitated small group discussion

 

 

 

 

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

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 pm, Library

Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria is a meticulously researched homage to Mead’s restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday. It’s also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace-a love triangle in extremis…The steam the book emits is as much intellectual as erotic…and King’s signal achievement may be to have created satisfying drama out of a quest for interpretive insight…King is brilliant on the moral contradictions that propelled anthropological encounters with remote tribes…In King’s exquisite book, desire-for knowledge, fame, another person-is only fleetingly rewarded.”-Emily Eakin, New York Times Book Review

The Book Group is always open to all and does not require any commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org if you are interested in participating.

Other books for this fall:
October 28
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

November 18
Poetry of Emily Dickinson with the optional epistolary novel I Never Came to You in White by Judith Farr
(in the Parlor)

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7:30pm, Parlor

We are adding one new small group ministry group to our three ongoing groups. Small Group Ministries provide a spiritual practice that encourages members to engage more fully with their own faith, with each other, and with the larger world. Facilitators Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays in September and October and then monthly on the second Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining our new group or are eager to explore joining another group please contact Lillian Anderson landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

THURSDAY

HOOTENANNY/
JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:30 pm, Parish Hall

Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Have you ever wanted to just sit around the porch with a bunch of friends singing and strumming songs that you (mostly!) know? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just bring yourself. Most of all bring your enthusiasm. All levels encouraged! Moonshine not provided.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP

Deb Lockett and Eloise McGaw
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:30pm, Library

Are you interested in sharing deeply with other First Church women on a regular basis? If you are, you might consider participating in our new women’s support group beginning this fall. Using active listening techniques, the format of the gatherings will include time for getting to know one another as well as discussing topics of concern to women. The group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

FRIDAY

WOMEN’S FALL POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, September 25, 7pm, Upper Hall

Gather with new friends and old to celebrate the beginning of the church year. Bring a dish to share (main dish, appetizers, salad or dessert) and the beverage of your choice. All are welcome.

 

COMING UP:

PBS FRONTLINE –
“BEING MORTAL”
Adult Programs Committee
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:15 pm, Parish Hall

Sooner or later most of us will have to grapple with issues of aging, health complications, and death, whether these issues are presented by challenges facing our parents, grandparents, spouses, other loved ones, or ourselves.

Being Mortal, the extremely readable and thought-provoking book by Dr. Atul Gawande discusses the six transitional stages from “The Independent Self” to “Letting Go.” Using the stories of his own patients and family and eye-opening research, he discusses the dilemmas created by modern medicine and how we can do better.

Join us for a showing of the 2015 Frontline program based on the book. We will have an opportunity after the program to discuss the issues in small groups.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, October 1, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, October 1, 8:00pm, Classroom #4

Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. If you knit, crochet, quilt, bead or dabble in other low-miss crafts, please come join us. Projects could include creating items 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.

 

MEN’S FALL POTLUCK SUPPER
Jim Staton
Friday, October 2, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Join the fun by bringing a dish to share (appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert) and a beverage of your choice. Share talk and laughter with new friends and old. RSVP to jstaton@uubelmont.org or on e-vite.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jessica Hicks
Saturday, October 3, 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.

 

LIVING WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS
Kathy Lind
Thursday, October 8, 7:00m, 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.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP

Deb Lockett and Eloise McGaw
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30pm, Classroom #5

Are you interested in sharing deeply with other First Church women on a regular basis? If you are, you might consider participating in our new women’s support group beginning this fall. Using active listening techniques, the format of the gatherings will include time for getting to know one another as well as discussing topics of concern to women. The group will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

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