This week at First Church – November 28 – December 4

” The Scottsboro Boys”  Tuesday, November 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall  Members of the cast will be joining us for     this discussion  of this play and the history of racial injustice it represents.  Not necessary to have seen the show to participate!


  Driving an Electric Vehicle in Belmont – December 11
  UUAlliance – December 14

  Save the Date! – Women’s Retreat
  March 31 – April 2, 2017

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

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.  Another chance to see the play – January 1-22, 2017
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!

Social Action Committee
Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

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.



FCB Green Sub-committee
Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 – 1pm, Parish Hall

Switching to an EV can cut your household’s greenhouse gas emissions almost in half and save you money too! Please come to this short info session in the Parish hall after the Major Music Service to learn about the Belmont Drives Electric program, a new community run program that aims to switch people over to electric cars and help reduce our carbon footprint in Belmont.

The program will be hosted by FCB Green group members Phil Thayer, Martin Plass & John Koltermann and will provide valuable information about:
– The Belmont Drives Electric (BDE) program
– Environmental advantages of EV’s
– Economics of EVs (cheaper than almost any other gasoline car)
– Current State and Federal Incentives (up to $10,000) and Group Buying Discounts (up to $7000)
– Belmont Light incentives for EV-chargers and off-peak charging
– Experiences from EV owners (Fahrvergnuegen, practicality, range anxiety, maintenance, charging, winter driving, …)
– How to arrange for test drives right from your home
– Q&A session with EV owners

Please check out the BDE website for more information, to arrange a test drive or to get in touch with one of us: . You can also call an EV coach at 617-855-5405 with any questions or email us at:


Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00pm, Lunch,
Upper Hall, 1pm Program
All Women and Men Welcome!

Please join us on Wednesday, December 14 for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich and soup, fruit and dessert will be provided. The suggested donation for the meal is $1-2.

NicoleBernstein will present “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain for Artists and Non-Artists”. The participants will be shown how to see differently when they draw pictures leading to results they might not have expected. Please bring a photo of a person whose image you would like to create.

Contact Janice Zazinski at, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

Kathy Lind
Thursday, Dec. 15, 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.

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

We will meet on Thursday, December 15 (NOTE that we will be back to our regular schedule, meeting on the 3rd Thursday) at 7:30 in the Conference Room.

Bill Zinn will lead the discussion based this on excerpts from
Why the World Exists? by Jim Holt.

The author interviewed scientists, philosophers, and theologians to answer the question posed by the title. We will focus on the views of one scholar who seeks to use his deep faith in the existence of God to explain the scientific evidence of the origins of the universe.

The excerpts can be downloaded from the Sci & Spi drop site accessed through:

Eva Patalas
Thursday, Dec. 15, 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.

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:

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