The Unitarian – February 17, 2017

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Sunday Worship – February 19

Who’s Hearing Who — Andrea Spencer-Linzie

This week’s sermon seeks to explore intentional listening to one another, and how does it impact us? Who do we decide to listen to? How are the speaker and the hearer changed in the process personally or theologically?

Prelude: Improvisation on Tallis’ Canon; Simon Andrews, organ

Anthem: Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone (b. 1928), arr. Craig Hella Johnson; Andrea Spencer-Linzie, cello and Sam Waring, oboe

9 a.m. Nova Choir Offertory: When All The Peoples On This Earth, by Drew N. Massion (b. 1958)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Offertory: Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami by Nobuyuki Tsujii (b. 1988), Ian Garvie, piano

Postlude: from Concerto for Oboe K. 314 by W.A. Mozart (1756 – 91), Simon Andrews, piano and Sam Waring, oboe

The flowers on the Chancel Table are given by Eloise and Bob McGaw.

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From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

You see, the secret of life is that we are all ministers. We all have the ability to bless one another. It’s true. — UU Minister, Rev. Webster Kitchell

It is true. The love of the cosmos; the caring of our hearts; the bonds of friendship; the hands offered in support or a hug; our attention and presence; our witness. These gifts are possible for each of us to have and to give.
     When we realize these gifts have power in the giving and receiving of them, then we truly are ministers to one another. As we live in covenant to one another, we minister to one another. Ministry is not so much as “fixing things” as it is about paying attention. In my experience, it’s hard to “fix things.” It’s also hard to pay attention, too, but I believe it is a more effective ministry.
     As you think about your gift of ministry, consider the following scripture from Psalm 139:

You formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb…. I am fearfully and wonderfully made… My soul knows that very well.

     You are wonderfully made. Discover your gift of ministry and share it abundantly. It will not only bless those with whom you share, but in giving you, too, will be blessed.

2stewardship logo017 March Stewardship Drive – Coming Soon
Your pledge packets will be mailed on Feb. 23. Please save the date for March 5, Celebration Sunday, and join us with your pledges for a strong kick-off to this year’s Stewardship Drive. ~ Roger Read, Stewardship Chair

Wine Tasting Soiree, Saturday, March 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Come and share a glass of wine with old and new friends, and learn the nuances of the following wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Bring your good humor and cheer! Learn as we taste a varied selection, and impress your friends by winning our wine tasting contest.
    Admission: One bottle of wine (of one of the above types) and/or an hors d’oeuvres to share. Adults only. RSVP to

Among Us
Congratulations to Acting Director of CRE Nate Sellers and family on the recent birth of his second child, Leif Holden. Nate reports that his wife, Typhany, is doing well and that daughter Auden is enjoying her little brother.

Adult Programs News

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., 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.

“Frayed Lives” — Debra Michlewitz
Sunday, February 26, 12:30 p.m., 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.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Sunday, February 26, 7 p.m., Library
Please join Belmont Against Racism, the First Church 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.

Caring for Older Adults —Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., 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
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, Feb. 16 and March 2, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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. Email with any questions.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
 1st Fridays, March. 3, 7:30 p.m., 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.

The Camino Pilgrimage — Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30 p.m., 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.

The Camino Pilgrimage — Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30 p.m., 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.

Mindful Yoga — Jess Hicks
Sundays, all March, April 2, 9, and 23, 2:30 p.m., 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

Theatre Discussion Series: Reading of  “Exception and the Rule” by Bertolt Brecht — Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m., Parlor

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

VDAY is a Global Movement to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls.
     In conjunction with many other Belmont organizations, First Church is proud to support this effort and to be the site of a program featuring essays on this subject. The collection is edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle, and each piece is written by a well known person.

“A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer” (MMRP) February 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m.
Members of First Church. a Belmont Selectman, a Belmont Police Officer, a Cambridge Vice Principal and a few semi-professional actors will be performing. We will be selling tickets at Coffee hour on February 5th and 12th or you can get them on line at
     This is our way of giving voice to the issue of violence against women and girls. Funds raised from the tickets sales, donations and our fabulous Gift Baskets will be awarded to our beneficiary, New Beginnings Reentry Services. Inc.
     This Sunday Stacey Borden, Founder and Director of New Beginnings, will be at Coffee Hour for you to meet and to learn more about her vision and the needs of the women leaving prison and transitioning back into their communities. Her personal story is compelling.

  • 90% of the profits will be donated to New Beginnings
  • 10% go to the global VDAY effort to stop violence against women and girls

We need your help! Please support these critical services. Come to the performance * buy raffle tickets *make donations.
     First Church performers include Anne Adams, Patricia Garcia, Karl Klasson, Jen Marler, Jackie Neel and former Belmont resident member Will Neely. A full cast list will appear in the Program.

Extended Deadline For Shoes!
New Beginnings is collecting new or gently-worn shoes in order to obtain additional funds. Please look in your closets and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. New deadline is February 19th. Collection bin is at the SAC table. Your generosity is hugely appreciated!!!
     For more information about New Beginnings Reentry Services, Inc. please visit our website: Contact: Kristin Phillips – 781-929-9638 or

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: Questions to

Save the Date for the First Church Rummage Sale: Saturday, May 6, 2017
As you carry out your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter, please set aside any “saleable” items for the Rummage Sale!!

FCB Refugee Welcome Dinners
IINE is scheduling welcoming dinners with new refugee family arrivals to Lowell. Two FCB families will “host” two refugee families on a weekday or weekend (at your request).
     FCB families will provide the full dinner and IINE will provide a location in Lowell. IINE will provide a facilitator and interpreter for the evening.
     These dinners are a great way to say hello and welcome moms, dads, and kids who have been on a long journey. It is also an amazing opportunity for FCB youth and children to meet with families from around the world.
     If you would like to sign up to help co-host one of the dinners or if two families would like to host a dinner or would like more information, please contact Joslyne Decker at

Grow Clinic!alt
Dr. Deborah Frank, Grow Clinic Founder writes:  “We are very grateful for your congregation’s sustained generosity particularly as we are concerned about the increasing proportion of our young patients who are homeless.  Your generosity will support nutrition and social work outreach to them in the shelters (and worse yet motels).”
February Special Request: Baby Food and Formula
There are collection baskets in the Lower Hall and the vestibule outside the Sanctuary.
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry — Volunteer opportunities in Roxbury
Please click here to see current volunteer opportunities.

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

In Case of Severe Weather
As winter approaches there maybe foul weather around service times. If a service is to be cancelled a message of the cancellation will be placed on the Church’s voicemail, website and Facebook page. However in any weather condition which concerns you or your family, it should be clear that no one should ever feel pressure to come to services if their travel conditions seem unsafe.
     Read the complete, updated weather policy here:

Lost & Found
The First Church Lost & Found items are in a large labeled box in the Lower Hall, outside the Church Administrator’s office. Every six months the Lost & Found contents are given to a donation center, so don’t wait too long to look, or contact Janice at 617-484-1054, ext. 10, or

UUA and UUSC Declaration of Conscienceuuadeclarationofconscience
Commit to putting Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. Read the full Declaration of Conscience and sign on today!

All are welcome at the New England Regional Assembly: April 21-22, in Woburnuua

Gather with New England Unitarian Universalists for a celebration of spirit. Register by February 28 for Early Bird Pricing. Youth are welcome to participate; special rate for ages 12-19. Free child care available for ages 11 and under. Visit for details.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Next issue: February 24
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, February 24. Please e-mail items to by noon on Wednesday, February 22. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory

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Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3. Church Administrator Janice Zazinski will be out of the office from Friday, February 17 through Tuesday, February 21.

Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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