This Week at The First Church

From The Unitarian – November 10, 2015

Belmont Unitarian Alliance Lunch & Program —“Wildlife in Belmont”

Wed., Nov. 18, 12:00 Noon

All Women and Men Welcome!

The next Alliance lunch and program will be on Wednesday, November 18 from noon – 2:00 p.m. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, 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, 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 Janice in the the church office (617-484-1054, for yourself and your guests.

Second Friday Coffeehouse, Nov. 20

Emily Vick Agnew

Emily Vick Agnew

Please mark your calendars for November 20 when Emily Vick Agnew (main act, pictured) and Jim Hall (opener) will perform at the Second Friday Coffeehouse. The featured beneficiary is Izotalillo, a village in El Salvador.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Team Monthly Note —

November 22 is Guest at Your Table (GAYT) Sunday. This annual UUSC fund-raising program for human rights applies to all at First Church, and this year’s theme highlights refugees and displaced people. RE students will be distributing GAYT boxes at the services that day. Please take the boxes home, and contribute to them regularly in the weeks afterwards. There will be instructions for submitting the proceeds, or you may donate on through the GAYT. Stories of Hope booklets and other materials provide information for discussion and education.

Why Contribute to GAYT:
  • This 503(c ) organization raises millions of dollars for human rights work throughout the world.
  • UUSC has the highest rating from Charity Navigator so your dollars are in good hands.
  • All GAYT gifts earn a UUSC membership, so if you haven’t had a chance to renew or begin one, you’re in luck.
  • You can help our congregation be in the top 75% of fundraisers or reach 75% or more participation so that we can be included in the UUSC time capsule for 2040 — the 100th UUSC anniversary.
  • By contributing to GAYT, you honor the special relationship of our church to UUSC as its first home.

~ Alice Trexler for the UUSC Team

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!

Children’s HealthWatch, the Grow Clinic’s research arm, identifies the need for additional services for children in pediatric emergency rooms with “food insecurity”.  Please help us support these medically fragile babies in economically fragile homes.

     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!”alt

  • 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

The U.U. Urban Ministry’s Kitchen Project

The First Church in Belmont is kicking off a new fundraising effort for Phase 1 of the Putnam Building kitchen renovation at the Urban Ministry. Purchase and installation of a new commercial dishwasher, three-basin sink with new counters, and an island counter with a prep sink will enable the UU Urban Ministry to provide the Roxbury Youth Program with an excellent experience in an environmentally-friendly way.

     In the longer-term, the Putnam Hall kitchen and common room is a tremendous community-building asset which is currently underutilized because of its limitations. A re-do of the space will allow social and educational programs that can’t be accommodated right now.

     Over the next month, please consider making a generous gift to the U.U. U.M. in addition to your current annual support; one FCB donor has agreed to match gifts up to $10,000.

UUUM Special Projects

Please donate your unwanted jeans (in any condition) for a fundraiser for the Urban Ministry’s table at the Holiday Fair. Give to Nancy Davis or leave on the shelf in the Parlor coat closet. Thanks!

We are hiring!

The First Church has two positions to fill:Help-Wanted-newspaper-headline

  • Part-time Office Assistant
  • Nursery Assistant

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

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