This week at First Church – December 12 – 18


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

 Creative Writing Workshop with Joslyne Decker – January 8  12:30pm
  Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry with Peter Guthrie – January 8  3-4pm
  Feminism & Reproductive Justice with Andrea Spencer-Linzie –  January 15 12:30pm

   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, 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.

Nicole Bernstein 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.


PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES                                                                                                     Melissa Irion     Friday, Dec. 16, 9:15am, Library



Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, January 5, 7:30 pm, 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, January 6, 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.

Joslyne Decker
Sunday, January 8, 12:30 – 2pm, Library

This workshop will focus on generating new writing material from writing prompts. Participants are invited to share their work after each writing period and the group will be guided in offering positive feedback. Participants are never required to follow a prompt and there is no pressure to read aloud. Write what needs to be written. This is a supportive and safe environment to try out writing or
to deepen your craft.

Joslyne has been leading workshops for 5 years and is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. The workshops are for everyone, from people who are terrified to pick up a pen to published authors. We all start from the same place – a blank page.

Peter Guthrie
Sundays – January 8, 15, 22, 29
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Parlor

Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.

Andrea Specer-Linzie
Sunday, January 15, 12:30pm, Library

Join our ministerial intern as we
examine these issues using feminist theology and our UnitarianUniversalist principles as our guides.

Refreshments served.

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