This week at First Church – January 4 – 10, 2016


Adult Programs Winter Brochure coming next Sunday!


Small Group Ministry
Wednesdays, January 13 and January 27 at 7:30pm
    Welcoming new members!

Hootenanny/Jam Session – note date change!
    Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30pm




    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!

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, January 7, 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, Jan. 7, 8pm, Location TBD
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-mess 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 for location


Livia Racz and Lynn Read
Sunday, January 10, 12:30pm, Parlor

Please join us to learn of our planned visit to our partner village of Désfalva and surroundings. We will talk about trip dates, cost per person, scholarship opportunities, tentative trip agenda, and have a question-and-answer session.

Andrea Prestwich
Sunday, January 10, 2:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request. Snacks provided.

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: How can we lead a meaningful life? How can we make sense of loss and joy? How can we connect on a deeper level with ourselves and others? We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.


Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg
Wednesdays, January 13 and 27, 7:30pm, 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 as you discuss significant life topics. The themes encompass topics such as Gratitude, The Gifts We Already Possess, Prayer, Family Communication.

On January 13 the group will be discussing the topics they are interested in discussing in the coming year. Why not plan to attend and decide if you’d like to make the commitment to participate on a regular basis. For more information contact Lillian Anderson at



Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12 noon, Upper Hall
All women and men welcome!

Bring your own sandwich; we will provide beverages, chopped fruit, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

This month’s program features Mary Carter, Belmont Library Reference Librarian who will speak about new books and the use of the library web-site.

Contact Janice Zazinski if you are planning to attend. 617-484-1054, x.201. Email Janice Zazinski

Kathy Lind
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:00pm, 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 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30pm, conference room

Jack Dennis will lead a discussion on Machines of Loving Grace by John Markoff. Subjects: Between Human and Machine; A Tough Year for the Human Race; Masters, Slaves, or Partners? Download the reading from:

Rick Hawkins
Sunday, Jan. 24, 12:30pm, Library

This 2-part workshop began with identifying the concerns and values that will guide decision making and practice in how to begin The Conversation with a loved one. In part two, participants will share the experience of starting The Conversation and consider the next steps they need to take to insure that their wishes will be respected. For more information contact or visit the website:

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:30 – 9:30pm, Library

Are you a closet guitar hero with no band?
A great shower singer?
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 yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. Bring your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs.
All levels encouraged!

We will meeting on the last Wednesday of every month.
Mark your calendars (Feb. 24, March 30, April 27)


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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