The Unitarian – May 17, 2016

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Sunday Worship — May 22

Called To Love — Rev. David Bryce
Our Universalist forebears proclaimed God’s universal love for all, and the universal salvation of all. That was a declaration of freedom from fear. But it was a declaration that also came with a burden: since God loves all of us, each and every one, then we in turn should all love all of us—each and every one.
     In our heritage we are called to accept and love those who agree with us and behave like us, and those who do not. We are called to accept and love those whose actions and politics and religion we despise.

Prelude/Postlude: Dylan Sauerwald, organ

Offertory solo: Du Bist die Ruh; Franz Schubert (1797-1828) — Melanie Bacaling, soprano

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: Amazing Grace; arr. Marguerite Shaw

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Measure me Sky; James Mulholland (contemp.)

Welcome and Announcements: 9 a.m. Peter Guthrie; 11 a.m. Jackie James

9 a.m. Ushers: Bethany Allen & Ann Dexter
11 a.m. Ushers: Laurie Graham & Judy McSwain

Lay Pastoral Care: 9 a.m. Steve Saar;  11 a.m. James Hencke

The flowers on the Chancel Table this Sunday are given by Pat Paul in loving memory of her husband, Bill, and her friend, Mary Harsch.

  • Services at 9 & 11 a.m.; childcare is provided.
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  • Sunday, May 29 — Rev. John Nichols

Reflections from Rev. David Bryce, Senior MinisterRev. David Bryce


As most of you know, I will be taking a sabbatical next year.
     It is standard in Unitarian Universalism—as in a number of other religious traditions — for ministers to take sabbaticals.
     Sabbatical is meant to be a time of study, reflection and renewal of ministry; a renewal that then serves both the minister and the congregation and its needs and functions. That can happen in a variety of ways.
     In my first sabbatical, in 2002 (when I served a different congregation) it was clear to me that we (both the congregation and I) needed to think about growth issues and also that I wanted to hone my pastoral counseling skills. That clarity made it obvious to me what to do on my sabbatical. So I used my sabbatical time to serve in chaplaincy in a local hospital and to study factors in congregational growth that either hinder or help — including recognition of structural changes that are needed for growth and of attitudes that can keep a congregation small.
     Upon my return from that sabbatical I was able to bring visions and information that helped us to break through a natural plateau that often occurs in membership.
     In preparing for next year’s sabbatical, I have spent much time pondering what would serve both the congregation and me. That assessment, that sense of questioning, continues.
     What would resonate for me — what would feed that place in my soul where my need for growth meets my passion — and also would meet some need or challenge or dream of the congregation?
     The answer to that last question is not yet clear to me. I have been thinking about a number of options, and may well spend my time engaged in two or three different kinds of activities.
     I will keep you apprised as the sabbatical time draws near.
     Meanwhile, you know that during the sabbatical the congregation will be served by our incoming Intern Minister, by the Sabbatical Committee and by other leaders in the congregation.

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

Unitarian Deadlines through August 2016

  • June 7, last “regular” issue: Deadline June 1
  • June 14, “Lay Led Service” issue: Deadline June 8
  • Midsummer issue: July 26: Deadline July 20
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016: Deadline August 31

File under … “the things you find at FCB…”


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In 1977 the late Harrison Radford, Alfa’s husband, built the beautiful harpsichord that sits in the Sanctuary. He gave it to the church, and it has been the source of much beautiful music ever since.
     This spring the Music Committee has elected to have the instrument professionally refurbished. This will include replacing the strings, re-voicing all of the plectra, and replacing old and worn leather and felt throughout the instrument.
     Upon evaluation of the instrument, the keyboard technician wrote “This instrument was very finely made, and with a complete restoration, has the potential to be a first rate, concert quality instrument. The case, soundboard, wrestplank, bridges, nuts, keyboards, registers and jacks were assembled and installed cleanly and properly…”
     He also found the inscription in the photo (right) written inside the instrument. My heartfelt thanks to Mr. Radford, who gifted the church with such a wonderful instrument!

~ Ian Garvie, Director of Music

Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

Spring really is here at long last and summer weather won’t be far behind!
     Please bear in mind that the Church is not responsible for the children’s health and safety when they are playing unsupervised on church grounds or adjacent property.
     The following was communicated in September and it’s time to remind you of our policy.

Important Biannual Reminder Regarding Free Time on FCB Playground from the CRE Committee:
The First Church in Belmont (FCB) staff and Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Committee wish to communicate that the church cannot under any circumstances be responsible for children playing in the stream behind the playground. Some children and families have gotten into the habit of going through the arbor vitae hedge along the property line between Powers Music and FCB to play in the water.
     The area in question is private property belonging to the Baker/Underwood Condominiums. So, in point of fact, the children are no longer on church property and are trespassing on private property.
     Whether they are back there with adult supervision or not, such activity is a safety risk and poses a liability to the congregation. This kind of activity becomes an insurance issue whether an accident happens or not.
     While we are strong advocates for children engaging in play outdoors/in nature, please limit outdoor play to church property.
     Again, please be advised that First Church in Belmont is not responsible for those children who play on the other side of the playground fence, nor does the First Church in Belmont encourage any such activity.
     Please play safely and respectfully. Remember to clean up after yourselves and let church staff know if you notice anything that needs attention or repair.
     Thank you.

~ 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: 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:
  • Lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday. Click to sign-up: 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 ( 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:

New Church History Committee

A new initiative committee has been approved by Parish Board to take on the role of maintaining church history. Lauraine Dalton, Lanier Smythe, and Martha Spaulding volunteered to be a team of church historians, working with Jim Landfried who unofficially was the sole historian for the last 11 years.
     The congregation owes Jim great appreciation, and now can look forward to the committee’s excellence in documenting major events and in archiving historical materials.
~ Downing Cless, Parish Board Clerk

Aging in Community — a Community Conversation

Since so many members of the congregation attended our many programs concerning of end-of-life issues, I thought you might be interested in attending this program. For more information contact Lillian at

“Senior Cohousing: Taking Charge of the Rest of your Life”
June 5, 2-4:30 p.m., Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown

Senior cohousing is an innovative model for housing seniors that started in Denmark and is now taking off in the USA. Cohousing enables seniors to take control of the inevitable and live as independently as possible, as long as possible, within a community of peers. It’s an entirely new way to house ourselves as we age—with dignity, independence, safety, mutual concern, and fun. Register at


Marian Melnick Reprises “Meet Fannie Barrier Williams” — May 18 at the Arlington Library

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFor those who missed Marian Melnick’s wonderful in-character presentation of “Meet Fannie Barrier Williams” at the March Alliance meeting (left), there’s a new opportunity to see her.
     On Wednesday, May 18, Marian will reprise her presentation at Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Marian portrays a black woman activist — and Unitarian — from the early 20th century. The event is free.
     Marian originally created her characterization for the FCB children’s RE program. She has embedded Fannie’s story in the historical context of 1855 – 1944, Fannie’s life span.

Adult Programs News – the Spring Brochure is now online

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 p.m. from October – June. Facilitator: Rick Hawkins. If you would like more information or would like to participate contact Lillian Anderson at

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 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:

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 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 date — the next session will be on June 22!

Jobseeker Buddy Group — Martin Plass
Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m., 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 opportunities to each other. Information:

Help Jobseekers in Our Congregation

We have a number of people in our community that are looking for a new or better job. If you can help with networking or know of any open positions in your company, please contact us at or talk to Martin Plass (617-977-4515). Any help is greatly appreciated!

Senior Finance/Accounting Manager (part-time)
Accomplished professional with experience in all areas of finance and administration operations including accounting, budgeting, forecasting, benefits management, forensic accounting, financial statement reporting, income taxation, insurance management, internal controls and IT management. Proficient in Microsoft Office products, Peachtree and QuickBooks (QB certified). JD, State of Michigan; CPA, State of Michigan (Licensed through 2005).

Senior Operations and Business Development Manager
Proven history of successfully launching new business operations and propelling business development in both international and national scopes. Responsible for successfully planning and implementing a solar test laboratory and large scale international projects of upwards of $20M. Extensive expertise in cultivating meaningful business relationships with a keen sense for fostering dynamic team morale. Possesses exemplary negotiation and communication skills and excels in demanding, fast-paced environments. Industries: Renewable Energy, Start-ups, Capital Equipment, Medical Devices

Technical Support Engineer IT
Looking for a position as a Technical Support Engineer doing desktop and helpdesk support bringing over 8 years’ experience to this essential field.

Biomedical Science Writer/Editor (part-time)
Biomedical science writer-editor offers integrated assistance with research manuscripts and grant proposals. Skills include literature research, data analysis and graphic presentation. Flexible schedule allows full-time management of specific projects or long-term part-time work.

Senior Life Science Business Development Professional
Utilizing a combination of business development, strategy, finance, scientific and cross-functional leadership skills to drive revenue and P&L growth. Built trust at the executive level to identify, negotiate and execute over 30 high-impact transactions. These deals resulted in the acquisition and commercialization of 12 drugs, 5 medical devices and 3 diagnostic imaging products; 7 currently marketed products achieved $2.2b sales in 2015. Industries: Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device (anywhere in US or Canada).

Program & Committee Updates Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Team Monthly Note (May)
The UUSC invites you to attend Justice Sunday on June 5th. Not only does this yearly event inspire us through the stories of UUSC’s work, but it also reminds us of First Church ties to its origin in the thirties.
     This year’s Justice Sunday is especially meaningful as our guest, the Rev. Dr. William Schultz, is preaching one of his last sermons as the outgoing President and CEO of the organization. His distinguished career also includes directing Amnesty International and the presidency of the UUA among many other accomplishments.
     Special refreshments and UUSC literature will be available at both coffee hours. For a very easy way to help the UUSC today, go to the website action center to sign one of its important petitions.
~ Alice Trexler for the UUSC Team

Grow Clinic!alt
Polyvisol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. Canned Fruits Packed in Syrup. Canned Vegetables. Carnation Instant Breakfast. Peanut Butter. Thanks for your generosity!
     May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list — pick one up in the Lower Hall or outside the Sanctuary.
     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 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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Unitarian Deadlines through August 2016

  • June 7, last “regular” issue: Deadline June 1
  • June 14, “Lay Led Service” issue: Deadline June 8
  • Midsummer issue: July 26: Deadline July 20
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016: Deadline August 31

Church Staff

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

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3

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

Parish Board, 2015 – 2016

President: Todd Schatzki —
Vice President: Ana Hammock —
Treasurer: Penny Schafer —
Clerk: Downing Cless —
Ex-Officio President: Carolyn Howard —


  • 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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