This week at First Church – November 14 -20


  “Scottsboro Boys” Theatre Discussion with cast members – November 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
   Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie – Wednesday, November 30 (note date change), 7:30pm, Parish Hall
   Save the Date!  Holiday Gift Fair – December 4, 10:15am – 2pm, Parish Hall


  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
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, 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 to let us know you are coming.


Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 17, 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.

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


Social Action Committee
Sunday, Nov. 27, 7:00pm, 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.

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

We are pleased to have cast member, Maurice Parent and other cast members 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. 26

Tickets are going fast!
For ticket information:

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30pm, Library
Poetry of Walt Whitman

In November, we will be meeting on the FIFTH Wednesday, November 30, due to Thanksgiving week. At that time we will be enjoying and discussing the poetry of Walt Whitman.

We have selected three short poems for all to read and discuss.
The poems are:
“I Saw In Louisiana a Life-Oak Growing”
“A Noiseless, Patient Spider”
“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”

These poems and other poems by Whitman can be found easily at:

We hope that many of you will join us for this special evening to discover, rediscover, and savor Walt Whitman’s work. We ask that participants select at least one other Whitman poem to share with the group that evening.

As always, the Book Group is an open group, we welcome all who would like to participate at anytime. There is no long-term commitment required.

Jon Svetkey and friends
Wednesday, Nov. 30,
7:30pm, 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.

All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesday of every month!


Ian Garvie
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30pm,
Parish Hall

J.S. Bach, Cantata #140 “Wachet Auf.”

Ian will help us to understand and enjoy this wonderful piece of music.

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

Melissa Irion
Friday, Dec. 2, 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.

Social Action Committee
Sunday, Dec. 4, 10:15am – 2pm, Parish Hall

Please join us for a not-to-be-missed longstanding, new and improved holiday tradition at First Church!

Do your holiday shopping..
and help others. Buy gifts for everyone on your list by choosing from an array of products featuring the work of both local and international artisans and craft makers. Items for sale will include crafts, clothing and accessories, bags, baskets, children’s items, jewelry, coffee, note cards, calendars, photography, specialty food items, and more.

This year’s Social Action Gift Fair has been expanded to include a bigger selection of gift items and will benefit a greater number of charitable causes including the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Amnesty International, the Coral Reef Alliance, the Sharing Foundation (Cambodian children), Tilonia (rural poor in India), Zienzele Foundation (villages in Zimbabwe), Chalatenanto Province in El Salvador, and our very own Youth Group and Social Action Committee!

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:

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