This week at First Church – September 28 – October 4




Belmont Serves needs volunteers!

    First Church Women’s Retreat

        We are planning our next FCB Women’s Retreat at Rolling Ridge, in Andover, MA, from February 19 to 21, 2016. Registration begins on October 1, and the deadline is October 31. Only 35 spaces are available, on a first-come, first-served basis. See the display at coffee hour or contact Lillian Anderson
for more information.


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., 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!


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.



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.

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.


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 or on e-vite.

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.

Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, October 4, 4pm, Conference Room

The newly formed diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members to the First Church as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. For more information contact joe weiss


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.

If you are interested in joining the group please contact by Oct. 15.


Jackie Neel, Social Action Committee
Monday, Oct. 12 and the week before (Oct. 6-10)

Bag Delivery
October 6th – 10th – Grocery Bag Delivery. Individuals will be provided with a specific route and a number of bags to deliver to Belmont homes during that week. Bags will have a list of items stapled on them for residents to fill the bags and the bags will be collected and brought to the Food Pantry on Monday October 12th.

Registration – Monday, October 12th
Ten volunteers are needed from 8 AM – 9:30 AM on Monday, October 12th. to greet and check off names of the people who have preregistered and or register the people who arrive and need to be registered. This is done with several other people and is a great way to meet people and make new connections around Belmont.

Easel collection, delivery and return
Belmont serves has borrowed easels from First Church for the past several years. We are looking for someone who can gather the easels (search for them out around the church) and take them to St. Joe’s by 8AM Monday morning the 12th or if that isn’t possible arrange to drop them off on Sunday afternoon the 11th They will also need to be picked up and returned to First Church on Monday after 9:30 AM. The easels are not heavy but it does require the ability to lift, carry and transport them to and from First Church.

Contact Jackie Neel if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information


Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm, Parlor

We have added 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 by Oct. 10.

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure:Fall brochure is here

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