This week at First Church – December 18 – 25

     There will be no weekly announcement next week
    Happy Holidays!

  winter-2017-brochure

   Creative Writing Workshop – January 8 – 12:30-2:30pm;
   Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry – January 8;
   Feminism & Reproductive Justice – January 15;
  Poetry and Music – January 20;
  Serenity in the Age of Trump – January 22

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

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION

  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/.

COMING UP:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Jan. 5, 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.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
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.

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

This 2 hour 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.

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL THROUGH POETRY
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.

FEMINISM AND
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
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.

UU BELMONT ALLIANCE LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, January 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
All men and women welcome!

The program will be the screening of Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations”. Alice Trexler will lead the discussion following the film.

Bring a sandwich.  The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $1-2. Contact jzazinski@uubelmont.org to let us know you are coming.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, January 19, 7:30pm, Conf. Rm.

Edwin Taylor will lead a discussion on the book Tribe by Sebastian Junger. Why did colonists captured by Native Americans refuse to return home, while Native Americans captured by colonists returned to their tribes when released?

CAUTION: A couple of pages in this reading may be too graphic for children.

A selection of pages from Tribe is available for download at
http://eftaylor.com/sands

 

POETRY AND MUSIC
Richard Waring and Sam Waring
Friday, January 20, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book,
“What Love Tells Me,” interspersed with classical pieces for oboe
performed by Sam.

Refreshments served.

 

SERENITY IN THE AGE OF TRUMP
Edwin Taylor, Will Brownsberger,
James Hencke, Eleanor Hobbs
Sunday, January 22, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

The election of Donald Trump is one sign of a new Age, a national and international political turn away from some current visions of governance. Our session will NOT be about this turn, but rather about our individual response: how much to participate, how much to hibernate; in any case, how do we establish and maintain equanimity?

Refreshments served.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays, beginning January 22, 2:30pm,
Parish Hall

Mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice to share. Just bring a mat, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org.

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