This week at First Church – January 18 – 24


Hootenanny/Jam Session
  Wednesday, January 27th at 7:30pm
  (Please note that this has changed from Thursdays to Wednesday nights)

Sunday, Jan. 31
  Parenting Concerns – “Children and Technology”
Theatre Discussion Series – “Waiting for Godot”

  Sunday, Feb. 7
  Making Italian Wedding Soup


  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!


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
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
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:

Eva Patalas
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

Rick Hawkins
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:

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


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

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)


Sunday, Jan. 31, 10:15 – 11am, Classroom #5

This program is an opportunity to briefly explore concerns and issues and connect with other parents or interested members of the congregation. We will pose some questions, share information and have a facilitated discussion. Childcare will be provided so let us know of your interest.

Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, Jan. 31, 12:30pm, Library

Join Downing and others as we read Samuel Beckett’s first and most famous play which launched the movement known as Theatre of the Absurd. Two tramps in a void exchange humorous banter and existential queries as they day-after-day wait for the arrival of Mr. Godot, a continuous no-show. We’ll read the play together and then discuss it. Please bring a copy of the play with you if possible.

Our next discussions will be about plays from the current Boston Theatre scene which we will attend in our own time. The following plays will be explored:
The Convert at the Underground Railway Theatre playing from January 28-February 28th – discussion on Sunday, March 6, 3pm, Library
Bootycandy at the SpeakEasy Stage Company playing from March 10 – April 9th – discussion on Sunday, April 10, 3pm, Library


Social Action Committee
Sunday, Jan. 31, 7pm, Library

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious
Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department and
graduates of YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end
racism in Belmont and in the wider world.


Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, February 4, 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.

Donna Ruvolo
Sunday, February 7, 1:00 – 3:30pm, Kitchen

Come in from the cold to a nice pot of soup! In this very basic, step by step class, participants will learn how to make Italian wedding soup (escarole, mini-meatballs and orzo) and it’s cousin, Polish wedding soup (kielbasas, kale and white bean) from scratch. Each participant will bring their own meatball ingredients and will go home with enough for two or three quick and easy pots of soup to make at home. Sample soups will be made in class for everyone to try. Limit 10 students (or pairs of students, working together), ages 15 and above. Taught by First Church member Donna Ruvolo in the First Church kitchen, Sunday, February 7th from 1-3:30 p.m. (Please note: students will receive a complete shopping list in advance from Donna, so make sure to provide an up to date email address when registering. Also note, Superbowl begins later in the day).

Winter Brochure is here

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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