This Week at First Church – Adult Programs

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg

Thursday, January 7, 7:30 p.m., 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. 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.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas

Thursday, January 7, 8 p.m., 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.. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary.

Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry — Peter Guthrie

Sundays, January 10, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 3pm, Parlor

Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.

Small Group Ministryis Welcoming New Members — Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg

Wednesdays, January 13 and 27, 7:30 p.m., Library and Parlor

Small group ministry is a vital part of our First Church community as it is in many UU congregations. In this group you will have the opportunity to get to know others and yourself during discussion of significant life topics. Themes such as Gratitude, The Gifts We Already Possess, Prayer, Family Communication are a few examples of topics. On January 13 the group will be suggesting and choosing discussion topics for the coming year and would welcome your participation.

     If you are interested in attending Small Group Ministry but are unable to attend on Wednesdays we also have other groups that meet regularly on Thursday evenings or Friday afternoons. For more information contact Lillian Anderson at

Belmont UU Alliance Program and Lunch

Wednesday, January 20, 12 noon, Upper Hall

Mary Carter, Belmont Library Reference Librarian will speak about new books and the use of the library website. All are welcome for lunch, conversation and discussion.

Living Positively (formerly known as “Living with Serious Illness”) — Kathy Lind

Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m., Tinkham Room

We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

     Please join us on a path of living positively and boldly in the New Year. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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