This week at First Church – October 19 – 25

October 19 – October 25, 2015


Being Mortal Discussion – Oct. 28

Hootenanny – Oct. 29

Prayer Workshop – Nov. 1
  The Conversation Project – Nov. 8

     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 registratio n 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!

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.



Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30pm, Library

Please join us for a discussion of physician/writer Atul Gawande’s powerful book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. In this beautifully written book Gawande, a surgeon and acclaimed writer, examines the ways in which modern medicine fails aging and dying patients, noting that many doctors fail to speak directly to their patients about death and thus miss the opportunity to help their dying patients live their last days, weeks, and months as fully as possible.

The late Oliver Sacks said of Being Mortal, “We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However, it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life – a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.”

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

Next month:

November 18 in the Parlor
We will discuss the poetry of Emily Dickinson; we also suggest reading I Never Came to You in White by Judith Farr, which is short novel based on Dickinson’s life and correspondence.

Jon Svetkey and others
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30pm, Library

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. We’ll have lots of percussion instruments too.

And if you don’t play an instrument but just like to sing, we’ll find some of your favorite songs and all sing along. Bring your iPad, iPhone etc. so that we can pull up the words and just have a good time.

Most of all bring your enthusiasm. All levels encouraged! Moonshine not provided. But refreshments will be here for you.

Rev. David Bryce
Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:30pm, Library

Many Unitarian Universalists pray; many would like to but don’t know how; many would like to find new ways to pray.

This workshop will explore prayer in a variety of forms. It will be a combination of presentation and practice.

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, November 5, 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, November 5, 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.


Rick Hawkins
Sunday, November 8, 12:30pm, Library

Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling guilty, uncertain, and burdened by the decisions they made. The purpose of this workshop is to help the participants clarify and talk about what they want for end-of-life care. By being clear ourselves and communicating it to our loved ones we free them from having to decide what we want.

The Conversation Project believes the most important step is having the conversation with your loved ones around the kitchen table, before a medical crisis (at which time it may be impossible to have the conversation or even more difficult given the circumstances). It is not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. However, it’s one of the most important conversations we can have with our loved ones.

The workshop consists of two-90 minute sessions with an action period between the two sessions. During session one, participants clarify their wishes for end-of-life care and how to have the conversation using the Conversation Project’s Conversation Starter Kit. Each person leaves with a plan to have the conversation. During the action period participants try to put their plan into action.

After the first of the year everyone comes back to the group and talks to one another about how it went-whether they “had the conversation” or not” and to discuss what happened.

For a copy of the Conversation Starter Kit, stories of people who have had the conversation, and other resources, go to

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