This week at First Church October 31 – November 6

 

  Buddhist Spiritual Practice with Eleanor Hobbs   November 13, 12:30pm, Library
  Scottsboro Boys Theatre Discussion with cast members  November 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
  Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie   November 30, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION – CANCELLED DUE TO HALLOWEEN

  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!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
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 mplass@uubelmont.org. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
http://uubelmont.org/jobseekers-buddy-group/.

THURSDAY
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

SUNDAY
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
AND FIRST CHURCH
Social Action
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10:15am Parlor; 12:15pm PH

According to the UN there are 65.5 million refugees in the world, the most since WW II and we can help. On Sunday, November 6, 2016, Rev. Bryce will preach on Refugees and he will be joined by Cheryl Hamilton, Director of Partner Engagement with the International Institute of New England (IINE).

After the 9:00 service there will be a question and answer meeting with Cheryl in the Parlor for those who would like to learn more. After the 11:00 service we will host a meeting in the Parish Hall for members who would like to learn more about refugee resettlement and what we can do as a congregation.

Many First Church members are actively engaged with IINE and the families in Lowell. If you would like to learn more and join us in these efforts, please attend the worship service and one of the follow up meetings.

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF REGULAR MEETING DATE FROM LAST WEEK.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Social Action
Sunday, Nov. 6, 7pm, Library

Please join members of , the Belmont Religious Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department, First Church Belmont Social Action Committee and graduates of YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

COMING UP:

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30pm, Conference Room

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE from third Thursday to second Thursday!

Paul Estin will examine “God and the Limbic System” from Phantoms in the Brain by V. S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee. This excerpt can be downloaded from the
Sci & Spi drop site accessed through:
eftaylor.com/sands

Ramachandran examines the phenomenon of temporal lobe epilepsy patients who undergo religious experiences and then investigates various hypotheses as to how religious experience might relate to the way that the human brain has evolved. He looks at the links between sensory centers and the amygdala, which control emotional significance of events in the world; we will discuss the interplay between “cognitive” and “emotional” centers of the brain, not just with regard to religion but how we experience and explain all aspects of “meaning” in life. Ramachandran posits the even more speculative idea that humans have evolved specialized neural circuitry for mediating religious experience.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Nov. 11, 7:30pm, 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. Snacks provided.

BUDDHIST SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Eleanor Hobbs
Sunday, Nov. 13, 12:30pm, Library

Are you interested in understanding Buddhist practice of meditation or Buddhist retreats? Eleanor Hobbs will lead a short presentation followed by a Q&A about issues related to beginning and sustaining a Buddhist meditation practice and her 3 month silent meditation retreat in the fall of 2015.
Refreshments provided.

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE LUNCH AND DOCUMENTARY
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:00pm, Lunch, Upper Hall
12:45pm Documentary, Library
All Women and Men Welcome!

Please join us on Wednesday, November 16, for lunch and a documentary film. Bring a sandwich and soup, fruit and dessert will be provided. The suggested donation for the meal is $1-2. After socializing over lunch, the documentary, “Merchants of Doubt”, will be shown in the Library at 12:45 pm with a brief intermission at 2 pm when you can leave or stay for the last 20 minutes.

Last spring, a coalition of groups, including FCBGreen, presented this fun and educational documentary to a full house at Temple Beth El. Don’t miss the chance to learn how paid pundits have presented themselves as scientific spokesmen in important national debates. You will be amazed at the facts and the entertainment values packed into this film.
Contact jzazinski@uubelmont.org to let us know you are coming.

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:00pm, Kathy Lind’s house

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. Contact klind@uubelmont.org.

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

We are pleased to have cast member, Maurice Parent  along with other cast members with us to discuss this very interesting play.
For more information contact landerson@uubelmont.org.

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

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

SAVE THE DATES!
Wednesday, November 30th

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
7:30pm, Parish Hall

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
7:30pm, Conference Room

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey and friends
7:30pm, Library

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

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