This week at First Church – October 5-11

October 5 – October 11, 2015


Belmont Serves needs volunteers

       “Awe at the Edge of the Universe” – Oct. 18

      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 has begun and the deadline is October 31. Only 35 spaces are available, on a first-come, first-served basis. See the display at coffee hour, contact Lillian Anderson
for more information or click here for information and registration form.

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!


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.


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.


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.


Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, October 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Kirk Israel will lead a discussion on his comic book So You’re Going to Die. He and illustrator James Harvey, take us on a tour of thinkers, story tellers, commentators, and philosophers, and draw some of their own skeptical conclusions.

You may download a 19 megabyte version from

OR you can read it online at:
Kirk will bring hard copies of the comic book to the discussion for you to take home.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, October 15, 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.


Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, October 18, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a golden age of cosmology. The Hubble Space Telescope can use light deflection by “nearby” galaxies to image-“take pictures of”-galaxies 100 times fainter than before.

Edwin introduces gravity as a lens and how looking outward in space means looking backward in time. Andrea shows Hubble Space Telescope pictures taken directly with its regular mirror lens–then images of galaxies at the edge of the universe that use intermediate galaxies as lenses.

Taken together, these different lenses show how the first galaxies formed, how they changed with time, and the part that black holes play in sculpting galaxies themselves. Are astronomers and astrophysicists motivated by professional prestige or by awe?

Refreshments served.

Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, October 18, 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

Wednesday, October 21, 11:45 am, Upper Hall
All Women and Men Welcome!

The Alliance lunch will be at 11:45 – 12:35pm at First Church in Belmont. Bring your own sandwich; we will provide beverages, chopped fruit, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

The Alliance program will be at Tufts University’s Art Gallery. We will car pool, leaving First Church by 12:45 pm. At Tufts we will have free parking. The tour is about 45 minute long.

To help us prepare for the number of attendees for this event, it is important to notify Janice Zazinski (tel. 617-484-1054, x 201) and let her know that you will attend and the number of guests you will bring.


Downing Cless and Alice Trexler
Sunday, October 25, 12:30pm, Library

Meet representatives of three different climate action groups in our area. Presenting in a round table format, speakers from 350MASS, Mothers Up Front, and Sustainable Belmont will discuss their histories and upcoming projects with questions following. This program coordinates with the environmental campaign of the UUA and UUSC described in, and it is co-sponsored by FCBGreen.

Debora Hoffman: Mothers Out Front (Belmont group)
Tony Alcorn and Tom Neel: Sustainable Belmont
Downing Cless: 350MASS (Cambridge node)

Refreshments Served.


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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Adult Programs Brochure:Fall brochure is here

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