This week at First Church – January 23 – 29

 

  Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry with Peter Guthrie  January 29 at 3pm
  What’s Going On in West Virginia?  January 29 at 12:30pm 
  “Before the Flood”  film and discussion January 29 at 4pm
 

  Women’s Retreat retreat-registration-form-2017
  Registration deadline is January 29th!  
  March 31 – April 2, 2017
  Retreat information  initial-retreat-letter-2017

  “Reflecting on Racism from the Inside Out” information at the end of this   announcement!

 

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/.

WEDNESDAY  

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30pm, Library

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session.

Please contact Anne Stuart at: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Please note we have to cancel for this month and next.
Plan to attend in March!  HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

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 Hootenanny! 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 Wednesdays of each month

SUNDAY

WHAT’S GOING ON IN
WEST VIRGINIA? –
AN AWARENESS EVENT
Youth, SAC, Adult Programs
Sunday, January 29, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Join the Youth Group, Social Action Committee and Adult Programs for a community dialogue about Appalachian culture and the challenges communities face in West Virginia.

First Church Belmont members, Bethany Allen, Jeanne O’Farrell and Veronica Canas, and guests will share stories of growing up in West Virginia and what’s at stake for vulnerable communities living there today.

Refreshments served.

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.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays, beginning January 22, 2:30 – 3:30pm,
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.

“BEFORE THE FLOOD” 
Film and Discussion
FCB Green
Sunday, January 29, 4:00pm, Parish Hall

Before the Flood is the new movie created by filmmaker Fisher Stevens and actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio about the dramatic changes now occurring around the world because of climatechange-the most pressing challenge of our time.

The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to 5 continents and the Arctic, speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue.

This 96 minute film will be followed by a guided discussion.
Refreshments provided.

Co-sponsored by Belmont Mothers Out Front, First Church Belmont Green Committee and Adult Programs, and Temple Beth El Climate Team.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS,
CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
SAC Committee
Sunday, January 29, 7:00pm, Library

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

Meets monthly.

COMING UP:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Feb. 2, 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, Feb. 2, 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, Feb. 3, 7:30pm, Parlor
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.

FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, February 12, 12:30pm, Library

Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect. Jeremy will share some of his own experiences
in the system and help us to understand why children need foster care, who is in foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent.

Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee

Last chance to register for this new program!

REFLECTING ON RACISM

FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Joslyne Decker
(First Tuesdays) Feb. 7, Mar. 7, April 4,
May 2, June 6, 7pm, Parlor

This group will function as a non-judgmental, supportive space for those open to learning, self-reflection, personal change, and honest conversation around race and racism.
Goals include increasing our understanding of racism and learning how to leverage our privilege to end it.

Registration is required as the class is limited to 12 participants. Regular attendance requested, first session required. Occasional short reading assignments.

For information or with questions, please contact Joslyne at joslyne13@gmail.com.

Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee

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