This week at First church – February 8 – 14


Understanding Hospice – February 23
  Hootenanny – February 24
  UU Principles – February 28

   Solar Information Workshop – February 28
   Film and Discussion – February 29

Coming in March
Theatre Discussion Series – March 6
  Boston School of Painting – March 6

  James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Classroom #5

  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!

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.


Eva Patalas
Thursday, Feb. 18, 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

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. We’ll have some simple songs for you to sing. 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)


Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, Feb. 28, 12:30pm, Library

WAIT! That is not true. What are UU principles, and what do they demand of us? Who remembers any but number one: the worth and dignity of every person. There are five more. What are they? We “Affirm and Promote” these principles. What does that mean? Who enforces these principles? Discuss! — while you enjoy refreshments.
Second session on March 13.

Social Action Committee
Sunday, February 28, 7pm, Library

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont ReligiousCouncil, 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
Monday, Feb. 29, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

This film, which stars Linda Lavin, tells the true story of Lena Kuchler who at the end of World War II took on the care of 100 Jewish refugee children in Poland. This group was subjected to continued persecution and deprivation. There is a First Church connection to this story as one of the children was adopted by Miriam Baker’s parents.

“A Brush with the Past: Painting in the Boston School Tradition”
Jean Lightman/Laurie Noble
Sunday, March 6, 12:30pm, Library

The Boston School of Painting combines the drawing and design of the 19th Century European academies with the vibrant color and light of the French Impressionists. Jean Lightman will talk briefly about the founders: Edmund Tarbell, Frank Benson, Joseph DeCamp, and William Paxton; and the European masters who inspired them: Vermeer, Velasquez and Chardin; and their painting descendants from the early 20th Century until the present time. She will discuss her painting process that incorporates the principles of the Boston School tradition and show one of her own paintings photographed from blank canvas to finished painting.


Martin Plass and FCB Green
Sunday, February 28, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Learn about the status of solar energy technology, when it makes sense to add a solar system to your house, the economics of going solar, the inside of the current Belmont Goes Solar campaign, experiences from solar owners, and how we can add a solar system to FCB. Solar energy is a great way to help reduce our carbon footprint without having to give up the things we are so fond off, and every small system does make a difference for the planet.

The workshop will be hosted by FCB members and friends (Martin Plass, Phil Thayer, Darrell King and Mark Davis) who are experienced in Solar Energy and will show people how to jump on the solar bandwagon. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Topics to be covered are:-Solar Energy resources and potentials, growth of solar- Rooftop solar: when it makes sense, benefits, costs, potential savings -Experiences with solar systems by homeowners that have done it already – Background and information on the current Belmont Goes Solar campaign -Alternatives to owning your own solar system (Mothers-Out-Front, Yeloha, energy savings)

Downing Cless and
Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 6, 4:00pm, Library

Join us for a lively discussion of this important play now performing at the Central Square Theatre through February 28. We’ll see or read the play independently and get together to discuss it. Use the promotional code DOWNING when you order tickets to receive a 25% discount.

The Convert tells a powerful tale set in Southern Africa in 1895 during the height of colonization and missionary action. A young Shona girl escapes an arranged marriage by converting to Christianity, becoming a servant and student to an African evangelical. As anti-European sentiments spread throughout the native population, she is forced to choose between her family’s traditions and new newfound faith. Look at for a fuller description of the play and some background information.

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Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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