This Week’s Announcements & Events

From The Unitarian – September 22, 2015

Ushering opportunities are now opened in October and November for both the 9:00 and 11:00 o’clock services. Please consider signing up to usher. This key volunteer responsibility is a tremendous contribution to the smooth operation of our worship services. To select your dates now, sign up to usher on the bulletin board in the upper gathering area, or contact:

Thank you for your service to First Church!

Partner Church Pilgrimage Planning: Sunday, September 27, 12:30 in the Library. As most of you know, our community has a partner church in a little village of Romania. We are planning a pilgrimage there in July 2016 in collaboration with First Parish in Concord.  If you think you might be interested in coming or just want to hear more about us, please join us for an informal informational gathering in the Library at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Group Monthly Note

The UUSC Group brings you a monthly note to promote actions you can take, fair trade merchandise, upcoming events at FCB and elsewhere, and ongoing Service Committee initiatives (visit uusc.org for these and more). As examples, consider signing the “Action Center” petition pressing the US to take additional refugees; see the new products in the online UUSC.org store; and read about environmental justice efforts under the menu item “Our Work.” Watch for our new FCB webpage that will list UUSC-related church events of the year. Finally, we welcome new members to this group any time! Visit uusc.org for much more.

~ Alice Trexler for the UUSC Group of FCB

Caring Connection

The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Second Friday Coffeehouse Season Needs Your Help To Finish Up the Celebration Of Our 30th Year With a Bang!!

HELP WHOM?

  1. Help your friends on the Coffeehouse Committee reach our goal! Last year we sold a record 62 Season Tickets, and this year we really hope to match or break this record!
  2. Help truly worthy and needy individuals and the programs that serve them locally, nationally, and internationally, with needs ranging from food, shelter, and physical and emotional safety to the most basic health care, social justice for marginalized groups, and investment in a global future!
  3. Help yourself to a great deal on amazing music in a warm and welcoming setting AND the easiest and most efficient charitable contribution you’ve ever made!

HELP HOW?

  1. Buy a Season Ticket to the Second Friday Coffeehouse! Only $99 (no price increase in ten years!) for two people for nine shows and ten beneficiaries, a mere 55% of the price at the door, AND it’s tax deductible to boot! Bring your checkbook to the coffee hour after either service this fall or send your check for $99 made out to First Church in Belmont (memo line marked Coffeehouse) to First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave, P.O. Box 113, Belmont, MA 02478.
  2. Come to all the Coffeehouses you can. They are a genuine feel-good experience!
  3. Consider whether you might want to become a part of the Coffeehouse Committee; we have fun together bringing music and fellowship to the Parish Hall once a month and helping to do some concrete meaningful good in the world. Ask anyone on the committee to learn more.

THE LATEST DETAILS?

  1. We really do need you. As of September 16th, after only one Sunday of sales, we had a respectable start of 11 tickets purchased. (Thank you all so much!) This leaves a minimum of 52 to go, and the needs have never been greater. So c’mon, First Church family! TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT!
  2. Click here for (almost completed!) season details.

With deepest affection and appreciation, Your Coffeehouse Committee!

Richard Curzi, Lauraine Dalton, Kathy Dunlap, Patricia Garcia [on leave}, Monte Grob, Jim Hall, Roger Miller, Anne Selman, Lanier Smythe, Jim Staton, Jim Sugarman, Jon Svetkey, and Deborah Youngman!  Check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/secondfridaycoffeehouse.

Sunday Flowers

The flowers on the Chancel each Sunday are donated by parishioners. You may sign up to donate flowers on the sheet outside the Church Administrator’s office, by e-mailing flowers@uubelmont.org, or by using this form. The flower calendar is getting full — sign up soon!

Lay Pastoral Care Team

The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of The First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

Grow Clinic!

More than 200 children each year benefit from the Grow Clinic services; 90% of those fully recover; average treatment time is 19 months. “Many of these children would not be alive today were it not for the Grow Clinic.” (The Boston Globe) More on the Grow Clinic here: bmc.org/pediatrics-growclinic.htm.

        Pick up a food list for shopping or bring a Special Request. There are collection baskets in the Lower Hall and the vestibule outside the Sanctuary. September and October is “Protein Power:”

  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna or chicken
  • canned stews
  • infant strained chicken/beef/turkey

Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

UU Urban Ministry September Updates

Located in Roxbury, the UU Urban Ministry works side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future. This year in addition to all of the regular UUUM programming, there are a number of new opportunities for UU volunteers!

  • Mentor a 6th grader at the Timilty Middle School once or twice a month over lunch.
  • Sign up for a Toxic Tour of Roxbury with ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment).
  • If you are a woman in STEM, volunteer with Science Club for Girls on Saturday afternoons.
  • Spend a Saturday morning with us and Fair Foods packaging fresh produce for our Roxbury neighbors.
  • More volunteer opportunities here: uuum.org
  • To learn more or to sign up to volunteer, please contact the Rev. Rebecca Hinds at 617-318-6010, ext. 214 or rhinds@uuum.org.

{ The complete church calendar is online. }

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