This week at First Church – May 9 – 15, 2016


May 25   First Church Book Group discussion of “Life After Life”  7:30pm, Library
  May 25   Hootenanny/Jam Session with Jon Svetkey  7:30pm  Parish Hall

New Group Forming in the fall   “Next Chapter”
   Are you thinking about retirement, about to retire, are retired, or considering (or in) retirement? The Next Chapter support/discussion group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering or are in that major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. The members of the group will decide on the topics for each session based on our life experiences. We will meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:30-9 PM from October – June. Facilitator: Rick Hawkins. If you would like more information or would like to participate contact Lillian Anderson at

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!

Martin Plass
Every Tuesday, 10-11:30am, Library

The jobseeker buddy group is a small support group for people looking for new or better jobs. We provide encouragement, feedback, ideas, resume suggestions, job leads, unemployment assistance, advice and networking opportuniites to each other.
For more information contact


Film Fundraiser
Partner Church Committee
Saturday, May 14, 7:00pm, 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



All men and women welcome!
Wednesday, May 18, 12:00pm, Upper Hall

Wednesday, May 18, the Alliance lunch will be potluck here at the First Church in Belmont. This will be our final Alliance lunch and get-together until September, 2016. We will welcome suggestions for our 2016-16 Alliance programs, and we will share summer reading ideas. To help us set up for the number of attendees, please call Janice Zazinski (tel: 617-484-1054, x. 201) and let her know that you will attend and also the number of guests you will bring.


Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 19, 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.


Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 19, 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, May 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room

The final spring meeting of the Science and Spirituality Group will take place at 7:30PM on Thursday, May 19 in the UUBelmont Conference Room. 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:


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30pm, Library

Our May book is the dazzling “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson; a synopsis about the book from 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.

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

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 date – June 21st meeting. Please note that this is a departure from our traditional meeting date.

Spring brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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Adult Programs Brochure:Winter Brochure is here

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