This Week’s Program & Committee News

From The Unitarian – November 3, 2015

Circle Dinners Start November 7th

Will you be a host or a guest at one of this year’s Circle dinners?

     Circle Dinners are informal dinners held in various church members’ homes. Often dinner is a potluck affair coordinated by the host. Please sign up at coffee hour to attend or host a dinner. You can enjoy an evening out while building more connections to your church community. Circle Dinners are sponsored by the Fellowship Committee. If you have questions, contact Nancy Greiner at or at 857-222-1170.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Group Monthly Team Note

This month’s focus is on two items in the “Our Work” section of the website:

     One article is about water for a Mumbai slum. This project of the Pukar Urban Youth Research Collective is funded with the Service Committee’s first Innovation Human Rights Fellowship grant. Then, scroll down further to view the amazing ten minute video created for UUSC’s 75th anniversary. This overview of efforts over time and geography is a powerful reminder of the good our denomination’s service organization can accomplish.

~ Alice Trexler for the UUSC Group of FCB

Belmont U. U. Alliance Lunch & Program

Wed., Nov. 18, 12:00 Noon

All Women And Men Welcome!

The next Alliance lunch and program will be at the First Church in Belmont on Wednesday, November 18 from noon – 2:00 p.m. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, chopped fruit, dessert, and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

     The Alliance program will be at 1 p.m. in the church library. Our speaker will be Belmont Animal Control Officer, John Maguranis, discussing domestic animals and wildlife in Belmont.

     John Maguranis is a wildlife expert and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote, a national coalition of scientists and educators working to promote coexistence between people and coyotes:

     R.s.v.p. to the church office (617-484-1054, for yourself and your guests.

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 or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

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 Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

Grow Clinic!

“At Boston Medical Center we cannot forget that Economic Conditions and Public Policy are written on the bodies of our children.” Dr. Debbie Frank, Grow Clinic founder

     Remember to pick up a Grow Clinic shopping list next time you’re at church or bring a Special Request. November and December is “Start the day strong!”

  • infant rice cereal
  • cold and hot non-sugared cereals
  • Flintstone chewable vitamins
  • Polyvisol with Iron liquid vitamins

There are collection baskets in the Lower Hall and the vestibule outside the Sanctuary.

Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Now Is The Time To Really Show First Church Spirit!

At 40 Coffeehouse Season Tickets sold and 25 to go, we are about to enter the home stretch of reaching our goal! We KNOW together we will step up in the final two months of our 30th season and complete the drive to our holy grail, the sale of that 65th ticket:

  • for the hundreds of deeply appreciative clients of our worthy beneficiaries
  • for great music (were you lucky enough to catch either of those spectacular first two shows????)
  • for warm shared fellowship
  • for the deep satisfactions of supporting this great cause and model program with the easiest and most efficient social action contribution you will ever make!

Come be a part of it! Bring your checkbook or cash to the Coffee Hour 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 02478. Join your friends in the First Church family to help achieve this important social action goal! Many thanks!




Holiday Gift Program Opportunity! By Sara Oaklander

For many years I have been part of a team coordinating First Church’s holiday gift program — with Joan Stoddard and Sherry Mulloy. This is the program through which First Church members and friends can contribute holiday gifts for distribution to the clients of four organizations: the Grow Clinic (Grow Clinic kids and their siblings), Heading Home (adults in transitional housing), Mary’s Family Shelter (moms and kids) and Bristol Lodge (homeless men and women).

     This year I am compelled by competing priorities to step aside from this project. While Joan and Sherry are happy to carry it forward, they would very much like some additional help.

     This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to get involved in a concrete, one-time project from mid-November through mid December.

     You’d help out with materials preparation and be on site at coffee hours (and at other church activities) to make sure all of the gift cards (representing commitments to donate gifts) are taken by church members and friends.

     Sound interesting? I hope so! If so, please contact Sherry Mulloy before November 5 at or 617-484-3024.

From the UU Urban Ministry —

  • Please join us for the 2015 Mendelsohn Lecture on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. Shay Stewart-Bouley, the first African American Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a Boston-based anti-racist organization and Debby Irving, the author of Waking Up White, will present “Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations.”
  • Calling all UU Teens! Join with the youth in the Roxbury Youth Program for “Environmental Justice in the City,” a year of learning, sharing, and justice making as we explore the intersections of environmental and racial injustice. Second Wednesdays: Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, May 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Dinner included.

We are hiring!

In addition to being a place to nurture the spirit, The First Church is an employer … and we currently have two positions to fill:

  • Part-time Office Assistant: we’re seeking a detail-driven person who can help administer the congregational needs of our busy church. This could be a great fit for a stay-at-home parent with kids in school, or a college student, with excellent data-entry skills.
  • Nursery Assistant: Assist with childcare in the nursery during two worship services each Sunday, from 8:55 – 10:15 a.m. & from 10:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Details of both positions, and how to apply, are online at

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