This week at First Church – February 20 – 26


  “Frayed Lives” with Debra Michlewitz  February 26 at 12:30pm in the Library
   The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett   March 5 at 12:30pm in the Library
  Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett (re-scheduled)   March 12 at 12:30pm
   Theatre Discussion Series Play reading event  March 12 at 4pm

  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

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 and will be available for purchase. 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.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 2 and 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.

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

Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 pm, 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 mentor in these youth’s lives.
Co-sponsored by SAC.

Refreshments served.

Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor

We will read together Bertolt Brecht’s “The Exception and the Rule”.

Brecht is generally considered to be the greatest political playwright of the 20th century and also one of the most innovative in stylistic conventions.

This short play tells the story of a rich merchant who is increasingly cruel to his porter and guide as he tries to get them to travel faster. To this simple parable, Brecht adds songs, a chorus, and ironic juxtapositions that provoke thought.

We will explore how this early play shaped the content and form of Brecht’s masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, that in turn have had profound influence on theater and film of the last 50 years.

We will provide copies for the reading. If you would like to read the play in advance here is the the Exception and the Rule.

Winter brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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