The Unitarian – April 14, 2017

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Sunday Worship —April 16

Begin Again — Andrea Spencer-Linzie

Prelude: Allan Marcia by John Ireland (1879-1962); Simon Andrews, organ

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: Awake Thou Wintry Earth by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates by William Mathias

Offertory: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth by G.F. Handel; Melanie Bacaling, soprano and Simon Andrews, organ

Postlude: Carillon by Herbert Merrill (1909-52); Simon Andrews, organ

The plants on the Chancel Table this Sunday are given by the Belmont Unitarian Alliance.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that “It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
     What a wonderful idea to guide our lives and our outlook on life.
     Play is a source for the imagination and creativity. Play helps us create the world around us, and can help us understand it. For play and imagination helps us to see past the concrete and tangible to understanding in a different way…. the meaning beyond the obvious.
     Creativity and imagination can help us develop a keen sense of intuition because we know that there is always something else beyond the concrete, the practical. It helps us be curious … a great way to learn. Intuition can lead us to new people, new ideas and new inventions. Creativity, imagination and intuition feed our souls…. We’re allowed to color outside the lines. And when we do, sometimes new things, even great things happen.
     There is an interesting tradition in the Greek Orthodox Church on the Monday after Easter. Members of congregations and communities get together to tell jokes. In their tradition “the most extravagant ‘joke’ of all took place on Easter Sunday – the victory, against all odds, of Jesus over death.” (Doris Donnelly) So the community gets together with a great sense of humor and shares stories with unexpected endings and surprise embellishments. It is a whimsical celebration of life, of playing that brings in the lightness of being.
     Playing is a good thing. It is pathway to laughter and pleasure. Laughter can help us see the fanciful sweetness of life. It puts us in good humor. It helps create a positive outlook, can invigorate our imagination and creativity, and can actually make us healthier.
     Try to play every day. Have a good laugh. And whenever you can, share your play and laugh with someone else. You’ll make the world lighter.

2017 March Stewardship Drive
Many thanks to all who have pledged and contributed to the 2017 March Stewardship Drive so far. If you haven’t yet pledged, please contact us as soon as possible so that the Parish Board can complete the budget for the upcoming church year. Pledging is easy:

Any questions, please contact Roger Read, Stewardship Chair, at
~ With thanks, The Stewardship Committee

Among Us
Our deepest sympathies to Susan Galli, Mark Thurber, and family on the death of Susan’s mother, Mary Galli, on April 5.

Update on Luis Carrion
As many of you know already, last Friday Luis Carrion, our Sexton, was hospitalized due to an accident while doing some work for the Armenian Church. His accident was precipitated by a seizure. Luis suffered a blow to his head, and has some other contusions. As of Thursday, April 13, Luis was still at Mt. Auburn Hospital and thought he would be discharged within a day or so. However, he may need to move on to a rehab program, and we anticipate his being off work for several weeks so he can fully heal.
     For the foreseeable future, if your program has an event coming up, please plan to do the set-up and take-down with members of your group. If that’s not possible, please contact Janice in the office so that she can assist you in your needs. We have contracted with a cleaning service in the interim for bathrooms and other common areas.
     Please hold Luis in your hearts as he heals. We will update you as well as we can.
     Thank you for all you do, and to all who have volunteered to help out during Luis’ absence.

Tiffany Window Update
The Window Committee shares your sadness to see the cover remaining over the Tiffany window. Just as we did not intend the need for further work on the Tiffany window itself, none of us intended a long delay for the exterior glazing.
     We would like the church community to know that the protective glazing components have taken some time for fabrication and receiving. It also took some time for the committee, fabricators, installer, and consulting engineer to sort the details and agree on a frame design that would provide suitable protection, including wind load, to preserve the window and help minimize required maintenance going forward.
     The framing will generally consist of aluminum extruded profiles, painted to match the existing surround, and three laminated/tempered glass panels. We have just ordered the last component of the framing, which will take 3 weeks to source. After all parts are received, the next step will be to schedule the installer to erect the exterior staging.
     Thank you for your ongoing patience.

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
Thank you to the Senior Choir, soloists, and orchestra for a truly magnificent service this past weekend. This was the first time Morten Lauridsen’s music has been performed at a major music service, and it was simply stunning. The choir’s exuberant Alleluias at the end of the piece seemed to come from a much larger group of singers. The arias were poignant and beautiful, and the orchestra sounded wonderful. A heartfelt thank you to each and every person who made this possible.

The Rummage Sale is back! Saturday, April 29
Many ways to help:
WE STILL NEED SOMEONE TO BE IN CHARGE OF CLEAN-UP 2-4:30. Please e-mail if you can take that on. Thank you!!
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 at SAC table, or on-line via SignUp Genius. Here’s the link: . 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. Thank you!!

Donations will be accepted starting on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. and through Wednesday, April 26 at 9 p.m.

Need help transporting stuff? Nancy McCabe and Richard Curzi can help with pick up of small items:

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.

Second Friday Coffeehouse: Tonight — April 14
Tonight the 2nd Friday Coffeehouse is proud to one present new performer and a group of old friends . Heather Quay and Jon Svetkey (aka The Yellow Room) have delighted our audiences many years and they will have their new CD —”Live At The Second Friday Coffeehouse” —available at the show. Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Jeffery Isen will be making his first appearance at 2nd Friday and it is rumored that he may join Heather & Jon for a few combined numbers. So join us at 1st Church and support our featured beneficiary The Judith K Record Memorial Conservation Fund.

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!

Saturday’s auction dinner, “You’ll Think You’re in Italy,” put our kitchen to memorable use as First Church members created a stunning meal under the guidance of Cristiano Bonino and Angelo Guida. Photo by Eliza Burden.


Ugandan couple seeks housing
Joseph and Cate, a quiet, clean, well-mannered couple in their 20s, can afford $1,000-$1,200 per month. They are looking in Belmont, Watertown or Arlington, beginning mid- to late May. He is working two jobs; she is working as opportunities arise. Please contact Katharine Canfield, with any suggestions.

Adult Programs News

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

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

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. Refreshments.

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.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m., 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.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., 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!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Library
This month’s book is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. 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.

Breast Cancer Wellness Journey — Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 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

Divestment Panel Discussion — FCBGreen
Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil fuels. At annual meeting we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2 the Parish Hall.
     This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

Renaissance Worlds — Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain. In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In DaVinci’s Ghost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square—the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk. Discussion and refreshments.

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

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
Our campaign to help the GROW babies and toddlers GROW by sending them lots of Vitamins is nearing its end. Won’t you please make a note to put Flintstone Chewables or Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins on your shopping list this week? Many, many thanks for your generosity! Pick up a food list for shopping or bring an April Special Request: Vitamins
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
In September 2017, the U.U. Urban Ministry will launch Believe in Success, its exciting new job-readiness training program for survivors of domestic violence. The U.U.U.M invites us all to partner with them in our joint new initiative. Needed are volunteers who want to mentor, teach, career coach, garden, lead yoga and wellness groups, and provide childcare. Requirements are: attending two training workshops (May 9 or May 13 and fall TBA) and a commitment to volunteer on a regular basis. Exact hours for each job will be forthcoming, but all will be within the 9 – 2 weekday timeframe.
     For more information, contact Rev. Susan Chorley at or fill out a volunteer form

Community News
Picadilly Farm to offer a discount to FCB community on CSA shares
Announcing a new option for summer veggie lovers: CSA produce boxes delivered to First Church on Thursdays, from Picadilly Farm! For $735 paid in advance, reserve 23 deliveries, June through mid November. Each pre-boxed share contains nine to twelve different items, and comes in a ¾ bushel reusable waxed box. The entire share is grown on Jenny and Bruce Wooster’s (brother to parishioner Jim Wooster!) family farm, and is certified organic. To learn more and then sign up, visit
     If you sign up by May 15, type SPRING into the coupon field to receive $20 discount. Shareholders support every aspect of operating our farm — from paying a living wage, to caring for the soil with the long view in mind, to growing our food with organic and other best practices. Since 2006, we thank you!

(Editor’s note: Picadilly Farm is a different business from Farmers To You.)

New England Regional Assembly: April 21-22uua
Gather with New England Unitarian Universalists for a celebration of spirit. Free child care available for ages 11 and under. Visit for details.

UU General Assembly 2017: June 21 – 27,
New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. First Church has eight delegate positions and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees for attending GA increase after May 1.
     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. Registration and housing information are on the web-site
     If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at

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.

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Next issue: April 21
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, April 21. Please e-mail items to by noon on Wednesday, April 19. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

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The church office will be closed on Monday, April 17, for Patriots Day.

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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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