This week at First Church – March 27 – April 2


 Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie  Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall   Prison Reform with Leslie Walker  April 6, 7:30pm, Library
  Theatre Discussion Series of “Precious Little” with Downing Cless, Jane Minasian  April 9   12noon, Library;
  Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger   April 13  7:30 pm, Parish Hall;
  Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring   April 21  7:30pm  Parish Hall;

  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


Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

The Major Music piece this spring is Lux Aeterna, by Morten Lauridsen.
This 30-minute requiem for choir was composed in 1997, the year Lauridsen’s mother died. She was the one who first taught him piano, and instilled in him a love of music. The five movements of the piece seamlessly integrate the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. In the performance at First Church, Lux Aeterna will be paired with several arias from other requiems to round out the service.

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parlor

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!

Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at

Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, 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


Leslie Walker
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm, Library

Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty.

Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services and First Church member will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system.

Co-sponsored with SAC. Refreshments.

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, April 6, 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.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 6 and 20, 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.

Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from
March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets:

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

State senator, Will Brownsberger, and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress.

Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee.
We’ll also learn how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change.

Discussion and refreshments. Co-sponsored by SAC.

Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,” lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.



Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.

Spring brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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