This week at First Church – February 6 – 12


  Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett  February 12 at 12:30pm    UU Alliance Lunch and Program with   Mark Rosenstein on “The Fijiian People and their Coral Reefs”  February 15 at  12 noon for lunch and 1pm program
  First Church Book Group Discussion of Americanah  February 22 at 7:30pm
  “Frayed Lives” with Debra Michlewitz  February 26 at 12:30pm

  Women’s Retreat
  retreat-registration-form-2017 still available
  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

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 or a mentor in these youths’ lives. Refreshments.

Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee


Jess Hicks
Sundays, February 12, all of March, April 2, 9, 23, 2:30 pm, 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



All Women and Men Welcome!
Wednesday, February 15, 12 noon Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

The Fijian People and Their Coral Reefs will be presented by Mark Rosenstein, an amateur marine biologist and avid scuba diver and underwater photographer. After ten trips to Fiji, he has visited several villages there as well as spending many hours studying the reefs. He will present a brief overview of the history and culture, then the coral reefs that surround the islands and creatures that live on them, illustrated with many colorful photos.

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

Kathy Lind
Thursday, February 15, 7pm, 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, February 16, 7:30pm,
Conference Room

Elizabeth Archer will lead a discussion of “Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith.

The author gives vivid accounts of the behavior and particular intelligence of cephalopods. “The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”

Selected pages can be downloaded from:

Eva Patalas
Thursday, Feb. 16, 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.

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is
Americanah by Chimamand Ngozi Adichie.

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: or Karl Klasson at to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Debra Michlewitz
Sunday, Feb. 26, 12:30pm, Library

“As a first generation American in a Brooklyn household cobbled together from fragments surviving the Holocaust, Debra describes her experience as ‘a stranger in a strange land'”. Her memoir paints the panorama of a family record while depicting the desperation of refugees of war.

A retired English teacher, Debra is now a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Her book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Refreshments.

Social Action Committee
Sunday, Feb. 26, 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.

This group meets monthly.