This week at First Church – February 1 – 7, 2016


UU Alliance and Lunch – February 17
  Understanding Hospice – February 23
  Hootenanny – February 24


  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, 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.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, Feb. 4, 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

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).

Peter Guthrie
Sunday, 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.


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 12pm, Upper Hall
Everyone is 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 Joe Cornish, president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and past president of the Belmont Historical Society who will speak about historic architecture/17th century homes in Belmont. Contact Janice Zazinski if you are planning to attend. 617-484-1054, x.201 or e-mail

(formerly Living with Serious Illness)
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:00 pm, 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. 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.


Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7:30 pm, Conference Room

Jeff Speller will lead the discussion of a reading from The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. Our brains are plastic and ready for learning at any age. Is this true? What is the evidence? How can this ability change our lives? Download the reading from:


Adult Programs Committee
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 pm, Parish Hall

In this 2 part series we will provide useful information to anyone who might need hospice services for themselves or their loved ones in the future. A panel representing roles on the hospice team will help us grapple with some of the more complex issues. Each session will include time for questions. The second session is on Tuesday, March 8.


Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, Feb. 24, Mar. 9, 23, April 6, 7:30 pm, Parlor

An educational series focusing on life and wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be an education topic for discussion as well as an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment. For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at


Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 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 (March 30, April 27)


Winter Brochure is here

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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