The Unitarian – May 3, 2016

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Sunday Worship — May 8

Coming of Age Ceremony
The Coming of Age program creates a supportive environment where youth are able to explore big questions, reflect on their beliefs, and ultimately to have the confidence to make decisions based on their values. In this program, participants explore their UU roots alongside the personal beliefs and values that they are developing.
     Together with adult mentors, youth put their faith into action through community service projects, social action and by working to develop language to express their personal beliefs. The Coming of Age culminates when the youth share their personal credo statements with the congregation at the COA Ceremony.

Welcome and Announcements: 9 a.m. Ana Hammock; 11 a.m. Deveaux Duckworth

9 a.m. Ushers: Ana Hammock

11 a.m. Ushers: Laurie Graham, Judy McSwain, Tilly Hamer & Ella Ciccolo

Lay Pastoral Care: 9 a.m. Devon Beckett; 11 a.m. Martha Spaulding

The flowers on the Chancel table this Mother’s Day Sunday are given by Anne Selman in joyful celebration of the lives of her mother, Jean Savage, and her sister, Susan Pearce, and in gratitude and awe for the legions, across the years, of mothers, fathers, extended families, and so many others who nurture and support and care for each generation of new life!

  • Services at 9 & 11 a.m.; childcare is provided.
  • Sunday, May 15 — New Member Sunday
  • Rev. David BryceSermon archive

Reflections from Rev. David Bryce, Senior Minister

Our Religious Education

Most of you will be receiving this newsletter in the week bracketed by the Youth Sunday service and the Coming of Age Sunday service. These are each among the favorite services of this congregation and are a true celebration of our youth, of The First Church in Belmont and of Unitarian Universalism.
     Our religious approach includes the individual search for truth — though within a community context — and the upholding of certain values, values of respect, inclusion and welcome to all people. This is sometimes termed a commitment to “radical welcome.”
     Those Unitarian Universalist values are taught in our “lifespan” religious education programs. That is, we teach them in our children and youth religious education programs, and seek to raise them up and honor them in our adult religious education programs.
     And we seek to help people live these values both within the congregation and in the world.
     We know that we do not and will not always succeed in living these values. They sound easy, but they are not.
     Radical welcome means that we should welcome and be kind to even people who do things we dislike, no matter how justified that dislike may be.
     It means extending respect to people who, in our view, do not “deserve” it.
     It also includes smaller, simpler, uncontroversial acts.
     Radical welcome involves actively reaching out to everyone. Truth be told, many of us arrive at our building on Sunday morning feeling somewhat worn and seeking comfort, quiet and a place to recharge and renew. And so, whether before services or during coffee hour, many of us turn to talk with friends; and that is great. But this can leave out the visitor and the newcomer. If we can each also make a commitment to talk (really talk) with someone (just one person) we do not know, that will build community. And that is a big part of what we are about.

A Call to the Annual Meeting at The First Church In Belmont: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4 p.m.

Pursuant to a call by Todd Schatzki, President of the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the election of officers, status of next year’s budget, committee highlights, and the transaction of such other businesses as may lawfully come before the meeting.
     Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.
     Only active adult members, who have had standing as such for not less than seven days prior to the meeting, may vote. No proxies will be accepted: you must attend the meeting in order to vote. —Downing Cless, Parish Clerk

Stewardship Drive — Please pledge today

Make a Pledge Online Now!

Hi everyone – If you have not yet pledged or responded, please let us hear from you ASAP. We need pledges or responses from everyone now to fund essential church programs for the coming church year. Please visit www.uubelmont.org/stewardship today to make your online pledge. Questions? Please contact Roger Read (rread@uubelmont.org) or Mark Thurber (mthurber@uubelmont.org). 

Reminder: Rummage Sale Postponed to 2017

Just a reminder that, after 73 consecutive years, the annual First Church Rummage Sale is being postponed until May 2017.
     But fear not! We have the leadership in place for a rummage sale in May of 2017 and are already looking forward to next year’s sale brimming with two years’ worth of amazing deals.
     We are beginning to formulate plans for an alternative fundraiser for these three beneficiaries and would love to hear your ideas. Please send them to Patricia Garcia at socialaction@uubelmont.org (617-866-9366).

Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Endings. Beginnings. Next steps. These are what I am thinking about right now. They are often all mixed up together. Spring is here and new life is bursting forth. Yet we sense and are getting ready to wrap up the end of the church year, the budget is being finalized, the annual meeting is three weeks away; it won’t be long before the Flower Communion and the annual picnic. Next fall there will be new staff members.
     A case in point is the leadership of the CRE program. My time here is drawing to a close, only two months to go now. The Search Committee is actively working towards identifying the person who will fill the role of Director for CRE. When my tenure ends, a new person will begin working to ensure that FCB continues to have an excellent program for its children on Sunday mornings and at other times as well. This person may have different ideas about how that excellence is achieved; so there will be next steps underway to reach those goals. There will be questions to ponder and solutions to try out. The new director will likely have a different style from mine. Get to know each other before making judgments. Be open to trying new ways of doing religious education.
     On a personal note, even before the church year and my position come to a close, I am working to put together my ministerial record, a search packet that shows more about me as a minister, and check out what possibilities exist for ministry positions. Truly, the end of my preparations for preliminary fellowship in the UUA brings lots of new beginnings in my life.
     It is always a journey that we are on. Endings roll into beginnings. We must always be ready to take the next step.
     ~ Charlotte Lehmann

There are always volunteer opportunities in CRE for ALL at FCB; before the end of this church year, please consider:

  • Sign up to teach in any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: tinyurl.com/teachCRE. You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using the form on-line: uubelmont.org/coriandsori/.
  • Lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday. Click to sign-up: tinyurl.com/chalicelighting. You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 a.m. each Sunday. You can easily sign-up here: com/sundaynursery. You will receive an e-mail reminder.

Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:
If you haven’t registered your children for CRE, please do so ASAP using the registration link found on the Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website (www.uubelmont.org/childrens-re/) which allows you to register children from birth through 12th grade. All children must be registered for CRE.

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
Office hours: Tues-Weds, 10am-6pm. E-mail: clehmann@uubelmont.org.

Among Us

Our deepest sympathies to Rev. Doris Hunter, whose brother passed away a few weeks ago.

Urgent Campaign to Support Asylum-Seeking Families from Central America

FCB Social Action Committee has joined forces with our FCB member, Bev Freeman, who has established a link to RAICES, a Texas legal services nonprofit, to help asylum-seeking families who were once incarcerated there and have already migrated to Massachusetts. These are women and children who were imprisoned in Texas for seeking asylum in the US – and who are now being released due to U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee’s court order and public pressure.
     The goal is $35,000 to support a half-time case manager position at the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) in Boston. This professional would be a lifeline for the families, and would be sure they get needed services including legal help. To donate, go to http://www.iiicenter.org/2016/02/case-manager/
     If you have questions, reach Bev Freeman who is organizing this fundraising campaign: beverlyjfreeman@gmail.com. The families are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and they fled very dangerous conditions. 55 families have already arrived in Massachusetts; many of the family members have suffered trauma and the women spouse abuse. This effort to help the families now here will hopefully serve as a model for other states.
     Any amount is appreciated. Those who donate will receive a full report of progress in resettling these families and giving them a truly openhearted welcome to Massachusetts. Read a recent New York Times article concerning family detention in Texas: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/magazine/the-shame-of-americas-family-detention-camps.html

Belmont Religious Council’s Annual Meeting: Belmont a Partner in Refugee Resettlement

The Belmont Religious Council’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2016 at the First Church of Belmont from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The theme is a kick-off for a potential consortium of faith and community groups to work together to help resettle refugees coming to Massachusetts. Organizers will provide information and open dialogue about the feasibility of Belmont’s residents becoming a partner in the Resettle Together – Partners in Local Refugee Resettlement program led by the International Institute of New England (IINE).
     IINE’s Director of Partner Engagement, Cheryl Hamilton, will describe the resettlement process and discuss actions concerned Belmontians can take to help locally alleviate the consequences of the world refugee crisis. Cheryl and her staff will speak for 45-minutes, following the BRC’s business meeting, and then there will be Q&A for an additional 30-minutes. At the conclusion, interested people can meet to explore getting to work, i.e., next steps. Participants do not need to be a Belmont citizen or a member of a faith-based organization in order to join in this discussion. ~ Sam James

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, May 8

Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 20th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 8 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org and sign up as an individual or as part of the Belmont group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street. Dorchester, Mass. 02122.
     Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at prilcobb@gmail.com.

Second Friday Coffeehouse: May 13 at 7:30, to benefit Renewal House

JohnBunzli2Colorado based singer-songwriter John Bunzli (left) writes songs that explore the darker side of the human condition with compassion and sincerity. His rich voice, fraught with the emotion inherent in the tales he tells, flows over the hypnotic, melodic grooves he weaves with his guitar.
     For as long as he can remember, John has been surrounded by music. As a child, he spent hours listening to his family’s record collection. He bought every one of the Beatles’ records with his hard earned paper route money. But it was a dream he had in high school that changed his life.
     “I woke up the next morning and knew I had to have a guitar.” He managed to wrangle his sister’s old beat up nylon string and never looked back. That decision, which can be heard on his stunning, award winning debut CD, The Well, has earned him considerable acclaim throughout the Colorado music scene. www.johnbunzli.com

GerriStrickler     Singer/autoharpist Gerri Strickler (left), leads a quintet that plays broadly influenced folk-music revival favorites, with beautiful vocal harmonies. She is joined by Belmont friends, Lakshmi Nayak on vocals, Eve Patalas on recorder and penny whistle, Roger Miller on guitar and vocals, and Jim Sugarman on percussion and bass. Additional appearance by Webb Sandquist on guitar and vocals.

 

 

Adult Programs News – the Spring Brochure is now online

“Salsa Sensation,” with Patricia Garcia and Laurie Carter Noble
Tuesday, May 3, 7-9 p.m., Parish Hall
Join us for two evenings of Cuban music, dance and culture. Cuba has been a pioneer in the visual arts, music and dance throughout its history. Learn about this unique country and its gifts to our own artistic heritage. We will conclude our celebration with a Salsa demonstration and ask all of you to join in the fun. Come dance with us!

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 5, 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. 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.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m., 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-miss 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 at epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Men’s Spring Potluck Supper — Jim Staton and the Adult Programs Committee
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
Join in the fun and friendship of this gathering. Just bring the beverage of your choice and either an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert to share. Contact Jim at jstaton@uubelmont.org for more information or to sign up.

Jimmy Tingle for President — SAC and A Path Appears in Belmont
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Belmont High School, Concord Ave.
Unique, funny, pure entertainment. Humor for Humanity and A Path Appears in Belmont are pleased to announce a unique opportunity to FEEL GOOD.
     Funds raised are going to support the top three issues identified in the community surveys collected at the A Path Appears in Belmont events last year, leading up to bringing Nicholas Kristof to Belmont. These are Hunger, Education/Literacy and Homelessness. The three organizations selected are The Belmont Food Pantry, Belmont METCO and Bristol Lodge.
“Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better. Clean, funny intelligent humor for all audiences.” — Comedian and commentator seen on 60 Minutes II and MSNBC
     Tickets $30 each available on eventbrite.com or apathappearsinbelmont.com

Beneath The Surface Film Fundraiser — Partner Church Committee
Saturday, May 14, 7:00 p.m., Parish Hall
The Partner Church Committee presents Beneath the Surface, a feature-length documentary film.
     A beautiful lake now covers the drowned village of Bözödújfalu in Transylvania, where members of three ethnicities and five religions used to coexist peacefully. The village was destroyed by a dam built by the Ceaușescu regime just before the 1989 downfall of Ceaușescu and the Iron Curtain.
     Twenty-five years later, now dispersed across different countries and social classes, former inhabitants of Bözödújfalu meet, as they have every summer, on the lakeshore to remember their heritage and pass on their traditions to younger generations. Among those featured in the film are the minister of Concord’s partner church, Rev. József Szombatfalvi, and his brother István, a beekeeper.
     This 90-minute documentary is a meditation on history, families, traditional values and loss. Directed and beautifully filmed by Alex Debreczeni, Beneath the Surface was nominated for the Ensor Award for Best Belgian Documentary in 2014
     Members of First Church will travel to Bözödújfalu this summer, as part of our visit to partners in Désfalva, Transylvania. The film will help raise funds for the trip. Tickets are $10 each and there will be desserts and popcorn for sale.
     Please join us for the movie and fellowship with our travelers afterward. To watch the trailer visit bit.ly/bts-trlr.

Belmont Unitarian Alliance — all women and men welcome!

Wednesday, May 18, 12 noon, Upper Hall
Join us for the final meeting of the church year: a potluck lunch and discussion of summer reading and program ideas. R.s.v.p. yourself and guests to Janice at office@uubelmont.org or 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 19, 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.

Science and Spirituality — Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, May 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room
At this final spring meeting, Edwin Taylor will lead the group in a discussion of The Tides of Mind by David Gelernter. Your mind is not a machine and it is not computer. It is tidal. Memory is often disciplined and focused in the morning, wanders freely in the afternoon, and takes off on its own in the evening and as we sleep. Which tide accomplishes the most? Which tide creates the most? Download the reading from: http://eftaylor.com/sands

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., Library
Our May book is the dazzling Life After Life by Kate Atkinson; a synopsis about the book from Goodreads.com is posted below.
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual.
     For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.
     Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned 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. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. We’ll have copies of “Rise Up Singing”. All levels encouraged!  Save the dates — last Wednesday of every month!

From the UU Urban Ministry

UUUM Annual Meeting, Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
The UU Urban Ministry has moved this important event to Sunday in the hope that more of our friends will be able to join us. Same great gathering, different day! We’ll see you there! Details at www.uuum.org.

From Rev. Hinds – Seeking Congregational Leaders
A few months ago we hosted an Anti-Racism Summit at the UU Urban Ministry. More than 140 Unitarian Universalists from around the Boston area, including many of you, attended. It was a very successful and energizing day and we would like to keep the momentum going.
     Here at the UUUM we would like to try forming a UU network of congregational leaders in Anti-Racism work. We imagine quarterly meetings that serve primarily as a way for UU’s to gather around this important issues and figure out how to stand with organizations and groups run by and in support of people of color in Boston. It may be educational or oriented towards action. We will figure it out together. Either way, we hope by coming together lay leaders will create a resource network that will strengthen the capacity of each individual congregation and the movement towards racial justice.
     Can you think of 1-2 people from your congregation that would be a good fit for this group? We are looking for strong, creative, and thoughtful anti-racism leaders from each congregation and I welcome your suggestions.
     Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 6-8pm. Contact rhinds@uuum.org for information.

Program & Committee Updates

Grow Clinic!

Can it be that we’re already speeding toward the end of our church year? That also means that our GROW CLINIC families will be losing one of their supports (us!) to help feed their infants and alttoddlers over the long summer months. Join in to help STOCK THE SHELVES FOR SUMMER. Thanks!!!

May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list
     Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

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Church Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. David Bryce — 617-484-1054, ext. 202; dbryce@uubelmont.org
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Dr. Victor Carpenter — 617-676-6186; vcarpenter@uubelmont.org
Minister of Music Emerita: Rev. Alfa Joy Radford — alfajoy@comcast.net
Director of Music: Ian Garvie — 617-484-1054, ext. 206; igarvie@uubelmont.org
Organist & Assistant Music Director: Dylan Sauerwald — 617-484-1054, ext. 206; dsauerwald@uubelmont.org
Acting Director of CRE: Charlotte Lehmann — 617-484-1054, ext. 205; clehmann@uubelmont.org
Director of Youth Programs: Julie Ennis — 617-484-1054, ext. 204; jennis@uubelmont.org
Adult Programs Advisor: Lillian Anderson — 617-484-1054, ext. 207; landerson@uubelmont.org
Church Administrator: Janice Zazinski — 617-484-1054, ext. 201; jzazinski@uubelmont.org
Membership Coordinator: Jim Staton — 617-484-1054, ext. 207; jstaton@uubelmont.org
Sexton: Luis Carrion — 617-484-1054

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3

617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Street:       404 Concord Ave., Belmont
Mailing:   PO Box 113, Belmont, Mass. 02478

Parish Board, 2015 – 2016

President: Todd Schatzki — tschatzki@uubelmont.org
Vice President: Ana Hammock — ahammock@uubelmont.org
Treasurer: Penny Schafer — pschafer@uubelmont.org
Clerk: Downing Cless — dcless@uubelmont.org
Ex-Officio President: Carolyn Howard — choward@uubelmont.org

Trustees

  • Catherine Claypoole
  • Deveaux Duckworth
  • Betsy George
  • Peter Guthrie
  • Jackie James
  • Sarah Oaklander
  • Jack Weis

Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Lower Hall bulletin board.

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