The Unitarian – March 31, 2017

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Sunday Worship – April 2

Long Remembered — Rev. Dr. Victor Carpenter, Minister Emeritus

Prelude: Prelude in G Major, Suite No. 1 for Cello, by J.S. Bach; Andrea Spencer-Linzie, cello

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: O Sing Joyfully, by Adrian Batten (1591-1637)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Tantum Ergo, by Anton Bruckner

Offertory: “It is Enough,” from Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn; Chuck Claus, baritone and Andrea Spencer-Linzie, cello. This week’s offering will benefit the Partner Church.

Postlude: The Swan, by C. Saint-Saens; Ian Garvie, piano and Andrea Spencer-Linzie, cello

The flowers on the Chancel Table are given by Anthony Vagnucci, Anjali Kumar, Anya and Anica to celebrate our family’s Spring Birthdays and in gratitude for our many blessings.

  • Services at 9 and 11 a.m.; childcare is provided
  • Directions and parking information
  • Sermon archive
  • Sunday, April 9: Major Music Sunday; one service at 10:30 a.m.
  • April 16: Easter Sunday, services at 9 & 11 a.m.
  • April 23: Earth Day Services with FCBGreen
  • April 30: Youth Group Sunday

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold and reveal itself. All you have to do is to be still and to take time to seek for what is within, you will surely find it. — Eileen Caddy, Findhorn Community, Scotland
All we need is deep within us. Do we really believe this? For many of us the world has sent us messages that we are not enough, not sufficient, not whole. We are the wrong gender, the wrong race, the wrong color, the wrong weight, the wrong age, we speak the wrong language, we don’t earn enough money, we have the wrong ideas. How tragic it is that we hear these messages over and over in our lives. And once we’ve heard them, it is really hard to un-hear them, to un-learn them.
     What a wonderful gift it is to be part of a community that treasures us; a community that safeguards our dignity, our sacredness, our full humanity.
     Let us be a community that helps one another to hear ourselves, to know ourselves, to find what are our unique gifts that we bring to the world and our community. All you need is within you, and perhaps a little help from your friends. Find all that is within you, and know it, claim it, touch it, name it, own it. Let this knowledge be the fertile soil for you to grow and become more of who you already are. For you are precious. We long to know you and cherish the beautiful garden that you are.

2017 March Stewardship Drive — Mind The Gap!
We still need over $60,000 to meet our goal of $610,000. If you haven’t made your commitment yet to the 2017 Stewardship Drive, please do so ASAP. Why the rush? The Parish Board is planning the budget now, and they need to know how much funding they will have available for the coming church year. Your pledges and contributions to the Stewardship Drive are vital to maintaining the excellent programs at First Church. Over 215 households have pledged so far; please join them promptly. Please be as generous as you can, and please consider increasing your pledge. Pledging is easy:

Any questions, please contact Roger Read, Stewardship Chair, at And if for any reason you cannot make a commitment to the Stewardship Drive at this time, please let us know that too.
~ With thanks, The Stewardship Committee

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
This Sunday, the offertory will be the beautiful and heart-breaking piece “It Is Enough,” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Baritone Chuck Claus will be joined by Andrea Spencer-Linzie on cello to tell the story of Elijah’s break from his faith. He is plagued by the memories of the successes of his ancestors, and feels inadequate by comparison. At this point in the oratorio, Elijah is overwhelmed by the task at hand and has given up, begging the Lord to let him die.
     Next Sunday, April 9th, the First Church continues the Major Music tradition, with a performance of Morton Lauridsen’s beautiful requiem Lux Aeterna. The Senior Choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra led by Ken Stalberg. We will also be including four of the most recognizable and glorious arias from the requiems of Verdi, Faure, and Durufle, with soloists Melanie Bacaling, Chuck Claus, Irina Kareva, and Davron Monroe. There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m.

The Rummage Sale is back! Saturday, April 29
Sign up to volunteer during the week before the sale and/or the day of the sale. Two ways to sign up: during coffee hour or at Volunteering for at least 2 hours qualifies you to shop at the Pre-Sale, Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Thank you!!
     Donate your “saleable” items
: gently used clothes, household items, linens, books (but no textbooks or encyclopedias), jewelry, furniture (but no items larger than 30”x30”x30”), small working appliances and electronics (but no computers, components, monitor screens, and TVs), toys and games, etc. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING THAT IS STAINED, RIPPED, MOLDY, DISCOLORED OR THREADBARE.
     Transport Hiccough? Nancy McCabe and Richard Curzi will pick up small items (to fit in a car) and bring to First Church if you can’t.
     Donations will be accepted starting on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. and through Wednesday, April 26 at 9 p.m.
     Questions? Email or

Ushers Needed for Spring Term, through June 11
Thanks to everyone who helped make our winter ushering a success. Now please consider volunteering to usher for the spring term. You can sign up online at or on the Ushering Sign-Up Poster in the Upper Gathering Hall during coffee hour. Thanks for your help.

Newcomers Breakfast — April 9 at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall
If you are a newcomer to First Church or would just like to meet and welcome a newcomer, come enjoy a bagel and coffee at the Newcomers Breakfast in the Parish Hall at 9:15 before the Major Music service on April 9. For more information, contact Mark Thurber at

Community Seder on April 11
Please join us in a community potluck to celebrate Passover. We are hosting a family friendly event on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Passover is the story of the Exodus from Egypt many years ago. We share prayers, songs, and the retelling of the story. Each participant is asked to read a small part of the order of service, called the Haggadah.
     We ask each family or group to bring a traditional dish to share—and we have lots of recipes. To cover other expenses—$3 child, $5 adult, $12 family.
     To reserve a spot or ask questions:, or look for us at upcoming coffee hours.
~ Eleanor Sugarman and Jackie Neel

Second Friday Coffeehouse: Friday, April 14
Brighten up a spring evening by listening to some excellent acoustic music at the 2nd Friday Coffeehouse on Friday night April 14th! The Main Act will be First Church members, Heather Quay & Jon Svetkey, now known worldwide as The Yellow Room. They have graced our stage numerous times with their beautiful voices and fine song writing and we are happy to welcome them back once again.
     Our opener, Jeffrey Isen, comes from a long line of musicians, and he has kept up the family tradition playing folk, blues, alt country, rock, and everything in between. Thanks to the involvement of his wife and son at the First Church, Jeff has been haunting the FCB Hootenannies and 2nd Friday is happy to welcome him as a performer, to our stage for the first time.
     Our featured beneficiary for the month is The Judith K. Record Memorial Conservation Fund, a unique public/private endeavor to establish a legacy of beauty and inspiration in Belmont.

Easter Sunrise Service — April 16th
Come celebrate the cycle of rebirth at our Easter Sunrise Service. Our service will take place at dawn, surrounded by the interdependent web of all existence in the Highland Farms meadow of the Habitat grounds, in Belmont.
     We’ll meet in the Church parking lot Easter morning, leaving at 5:50 a.m. for the brief drive to Habitat. (Or, you can meet us in the Habitat parking lot at 10 Juniper Rd., Belmont, at 6:00 a.m. Take Leonard St. to Clifton St., left onto Fletcher Rd. then 2nd left onto Juniper Rd.)
     After the short service, all are invited back to church for a community breakfast. Please contact Kristin Phillips, 781-929-9638,, or Kathy Crawley, 617-484-3810,, if you have questions.

Opportunity To Lead Summer Worship Services
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-48-2149 or Although it’s hard to imagine with storm and freezing temperatures outside, summer will come to lighten our hearts again!

Adult Programs News

Mindful Yoga — Jess Hicks
Sundays, April 2, 9; 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

New UU Class — Jim Staton, Andrea Spencer-Linzie
Sunday, April 2, 10:15 a.m., Parlor
Join Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Jim Staton and members of the Membership Committee to answer your questions and discuss the structure and programs of First Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, April 6, 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.

What Occurs in Massachusetts Prisons While No One is Watching? — Leslie Walker
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., 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, will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, April 6 and 20, 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.

Theatre Discussion Series: Precious Little — Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00 p.m., Library
Plan to attend a performance of the play which performs at the Central Square Theatre from March 2 – 26, and join us on April 9 for a lively discussion. Refreshments.
     Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of our 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.

Breast Cancer Wellness Journey — Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30 p.m., 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

Criminal Justice Reform — Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., 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.
     Senator Brownsberger 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. Cosponsored by the Social Action Committee. Discussion and refreshments. 

Belmont UU Alliance Lobster Sandwich Lunch and Program — All Women and Men Welcome
Wednesday, April 19, 12:00 Lunch, 1 p.m. Program
Please join us for the Alliance Annual Lobster Sandwich Lunch, brief annual reports and program. The lunch includes: lobster roll, salad and dessert. The cost of the lunch is $12.00 per person. R.s.v.p. to Janice Zazinski at or 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) by Friday, April 14.
     Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, will present “The Leadership Wheel & The Wisdom Of The Five Directions.”
The ideas and beliefs behind the Leadership Wheel have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples from all over the world have surprisingly similar beliefs and archetypes to explain how humans walk in this world. The model provided is based on the wisdom of one of the North American Lakota Sioux and their Medicine Wheel. They teach that we are each born into one primary direction on the Wheel and spend our lives “walking the wheel” to gain the wisdom and understanding of all the directions.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., 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.

Science and Spirituality — Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Jack Dennis will lead the Science and Spirituality group discussion. He will present The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World. In this short book Huxley describes his experience from taking a dose of mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. How are such experiences related to our dreams, and what do they tell us about our brains and how they function? The book (24 pages) can be downloaded for free: and at

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Poetry and Music — Richard Waring and Sam Waring, with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., 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, including works 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.

Bystander Awareness Training — Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., Parlor
What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.
     Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School. Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

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

First Church Resettle Together
The First Church Resettle Together project continues to provide volunteer opportunities for our First Church community to welcome refugees to the Boston area. For more information contact

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

International Institute of New England Updates
An after-school program will be starting soon. As of now youth will meet at IINE-Lowell from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday.
     We are looking for 2-4 volunteers with tutoring or ESOL experience to help kids out with their homework after school. If there are any interested volunteers please refer them to Peter Saati, IINE Volunteer Coordinator, at
     Meet and Greets happen in Lowell on the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Please note at the Boston and Manchester sites they happen on different days and times.

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

Grow Clinic!alt
Happy Spring! How about celebrating by purchasing vitamins this month for our Grow Clinic children? Flintstone Chewables and Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
     Thanks for helping the Grow kids GROW! Pick up a food list for shopping or bring a Special Request: April Special Request: Vitamins
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry — Volunteer opportunities in Roxbury

  • Roxbury Youth Programs Tutors
  • Explorers Club Children’s Activities Helper
  • English as a Learning Language (ELL) Tutors
  • English as a Learning Language (ELL) Childcare Providers
  • Wednesday Night Supper Cooks/Servers
  • Events Help throughout the year
  • Please click here for details on all volunteer opportunities.

UU Mass Action Advocacy Day, April 11
Let your voice be heard in the People’s House! The program at Arlington Street Church is from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., followed by lunch. We will then walk to the State House. Legislative appointments begin at 1:30.
     Location: Arlington Street Church, Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston Street, Boston. Doors open at 9:30. With:

New England Regional Assembly: April 21-22uua
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.

UU General Assembly 2017: June 21 – 27,
New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
Registration and housing reservations for the 2017 UUA General Assembly are now open! General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. More at Contact Lillian Anderson at with questions.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

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
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Next issue: April 7
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, April 7. Please e-mail items to by noon on Wednesday, Friday, April 5. 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 on Monday, April 3 and the office will be closed.

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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