This week at First Church September 26 – October 2

   Coming Up Soon!

     Men’s Potluck Supper – October 7  7pm  Upper Hall

    Folk Music in the Digital Age – October 12  7:30pm with Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik in the Parish Hall
    Spiritual Pilgrimages –  October 16 12:30pm  Library  with Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom


   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!


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 For a list of needed jobs go to

Jon Svetkey and friends
Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Welcome back to the start of our fall singing!

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 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. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. We’ll have copies of “Rise Up Singing”.

All levels encouraged!


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30pm, Library

Our September book will be Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, a slim but memorable and graceful book that will provide us with much to discuss.

In Our Souls at Night, Haruf shows us two lonely neighbors who find unexpected companionship, share reflections on their lives, and scandalize the neighborhood. In developing the quiet story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters, Haruf provides an exquisite meditation on life’s meaning and its ending.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a continuing commitment. Please contact Anne Stuart at with questions and to confirm attendance.

Happy reading!


Adult Programs Committee
Friday, Sept. 30, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Welcome back from summer. Please save the date for this opportunity to share food, talk and laughter with old friends and new. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert + the beverage of your choice.


a Benefit Concert
for Central American Families Seeking Asylum in Massachusetts
Social Action Committee
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

The Loomers with The Blood Mountain Brothers and a special guest appearance by The Yellow Room
(Jon Svetkey and Heather Quay).

Tickets will be $25 at the door; buy tickets in advance: Donations can be made here:

Bev Freeman, a First Church member, and through the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, is leading a project to help 86 Central American families. These are women and their children who are seeking asylum in the US, and were previously incarcerated in Texas after crossing the border. After their release from prison, these families have migrated to Massachusetts to join a family member or friend for temporary housing.

Bev’s goal is to raise $35,000 to support a case-manager position at the Irish International Immigrant Center, which has long-established relationships with resettlement non-profit agencies and other local services The case manager would immediately extend services to this population.

Bev is happy to hear from people who would like to help these women, especially if you are Spanish-speaking, and she seeks additional ideas and help concerning the fundraising. Donations to IIIC are welcome (see link) and she hopes to see many people at the benefit concert! Contact

Jane Minasian, Downing Cless, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, Oct. 2, 3:00pm, Library

NO EXIT is Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 play rooted in his emerging philosophic principles of existentialism. In this 45-minute play, three damned souls are locked inside a very plain room in Hell. They had expected physical torture, but instead they discover that “Hell is other people” as Sartre bluntly puts it.

We will read aloud and then discuss this famous modern drama, sometimes translated as NO WAY OUT or VICIOUS CIRCLE or DEAD END.
Refreshments served.


Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 2, 4:00pm, Parlor

This diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4-5:30pm. Contact for more information or to participate.



Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Oct. 6., 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, Oct. 6, 8:00pm, 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 with any questions and for location.

Jim Staton
Friday, Oct. 7, 7pm, Upper Hall

All men are welcome to join their friends for food, fun and discussion. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage to share. No RSVP necessary but contact Jim Staton ( with any questions.

Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim in Harvard Square will be joined by veteran folk music reporter Scott Alarik for a discussion on how folk music has changed over the past sixty years, from the folk revival of the nineteen sixties to the modern, digital music industry.

Scott covered the folk beat for the Boston Globe for many years and has also been a contributor on the public radio show “Here and Now.” He will have copies available of his most recent book, “Revival: A Folk Music Novel.”

Reverend Dr. Jim Sherblom
Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:30pm, Library

Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom is an author, mystic, investor, entrepreneur, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. While on sabbatical he engaged in spiritual pilgrimages with Sufis in Turkey and Taoists in China.
He has tales to tell from those travels.

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

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