This week at First Church – October 17 – 23


  Potluck Supper and Program with Simon Andrews   Friday, October 21  7pm  Upper Hall  Contact to sign up.

  Approaching the Election with Mike Widmer   Tuesday, October 25  7:30pm  Parish Hall
  Experiencing the Pyramids   Sunday, October 30 12:30pm  Library
  Scottsboro Boys Theatre Discussion – November 29 with cast member, Maurice Parent


  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
Tuesdays as needed, 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 to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to



Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 12:00pm, Upper Hall

All Women and Men Welcome!
Bring a sandwich and contribution of one dollar to the remainder of the meal.

After lunch we’ll carpool to the nearby Tufts Art Gallery to view “Mortal Things: Portraits Look Back and Forth “, an exhibition about the changing role of artists and subjects and portraiture as a means for examining individual, social, and institutional identities.

Please contact or call at 617-484-1054

Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 20, 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, Oct. 20, 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.

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

We will meet to discuss Eugen Herrigel’s
“Zen in the Art of Archery”. This book, written by a westerner in Japan studying archery under a master, explores achieving an experiential understanding of Zen, with themes of discipline, focused practice, the student/master relationship, and the “thoughtless” control of one’s body via the breath.

Excerpts will be sent out in the weeks ahead of the class and will be posted on the Science & Spirituality drop site. Please contact Ken ( ) if you wish to be placed on our list.

Adult Programs Committee
Program – Simon Andrews
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Join the Adult Programs Committee for an all-church potluck supper. RSVP with what you’ll bring to

Our program speaker is our new organist, Simon Andrews. He’ll share with us a little of what inspires him, musically and professionally.

Melissa Irion
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 – 9pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request.
Snacks provided.

FCB Green
Sunday, Oct. 23, 12:30 pm, Library

All congregants are encouraged to attend an informational session on Fossil Fuel Divestment. Panelists Rev.Fred Small, formerly minister of First Parish (UU) in Harvard Square, and Tim Warren, who chaired the Investment Committee there during the divestment decision will discuss the decision processes and financial experiences of
another UU congregation, as well as UU values in relation to divesting. Warren is the founder and CEO of The Warren Group, and Rev. Small currently is Minister for Climate Justice at the Arlington Street Church.

The attendees will be able to ask questions.
Refreshments will be served.


Mike Widmer
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

As we approach the denouement of these past crazy months of election campaigning, Mike Widmer, who has had a long career in politics and government, will reflect on what he sees and how he interprets the current political landscape.

What might the election results be and what can we anticipate in a new presidency? Following his remarks, there will be time for discussion and refreshments.

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm, Library

Our October selection, Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes, was designated by the New York Times as a Best Book of the Year.

If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty, an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for and against and with God, and at the bloodline whose archivist, following his parents’ death, he has become-another realm of mystery, wherein a drawer of mementos and his own memories (not to mention those of his philosopher brother) often fail to connect.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

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!

Jon Svetkey and friends
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Bring your instruments, your voice and your enthusiasm and be prepared to have some fun.

We have “Rise Up Singing” books but iPads, iPhones etc. help us find lyrics to songs. Refreshments.

All levels welcomed!

Edwin Taylor
Sunday, Oct. 30, 12:30pm, Library

Strictly speaking, the Pyramids is not a religious subject, but the journey is full of implications, both personal and cultural. The pamphlet “Experiencing the Pyramids” describes Edwin Taylor’s 1978 two-day visit to the Pyramids of Giza. On the first day a guide taught Edwin the system of baksheesh (bribes) used to enter passageways usually forbidden to the public. Refreshments served.

Social Action Committee
Sunday, Oct. 30, 7:00pm, Library

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, 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 and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Nov. 3, 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, Nov. 3, 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.

Jane Minasian, Downing Cless, Debbie Dobbins
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We are pleased to have cast member, Maurice Parent with us to discuss this very interesting play.
For more information contact

In this, their final collaboration, legendary songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) bring to light one of the most infamous events in American history: the shocking true story of nine African American boys jailed in Alabama in 1931 for a crime they did not commit. Featuring a mix of gospel, jazz, and vaudeville, this audacious musical uses the construct of a minstrel show to tell the harrowing true story that provoked a national outrage and helped launch the American civil rights movement.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Scottsboro Boys at Speakeasy Theatre
performs Oct. 21 – Nov. 20

http://www.speakeasystage.comTickets are going fast!
For ticket information:

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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