This week at First Church – February 13 – 19


   First Church Book Group Discussion of “Americanah”  February 22 at 7:30pm
  “Frayed Lives” with Debra Michlewitz   February 26 at 12:30pm 
  The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett   March 5 at 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


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 16, 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 and March 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 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.

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm, Conference Rm

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, March 3, 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.

Meets monthly on the first Friday.

Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Library

Join Devon for a living room version of her pilgrimage, walking 70 miles along Roman roads, following the yellow arrows and scallop shells which point The Way.

Organizing tips and resources for making your own Buen Camino will be offered.

Jess Hicks
Sundays, 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.
For more information contact

Winter brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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