The Unitarian – April 21, 2017

The Unitarian – April 21, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday Worship —April 23

Earth Day — FCBGreen

Prelude: To A Wild Rose by Edward Macdowell (1860 – 1908); Simon Andrews, piano

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Morning Has Broken; words by Eleanor Farjeon; music by Cat Stevens and Harry Simeone

Offertory: The Sky Above the Roof by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Irina Kareva, alto and Ian Garvie, piano

The flowers on the Chancel Table this Sunday are given by the Herbert-Miller Family.

  • Services at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall; childcare is provided
  • Directions and parking information
  • Sermon archive
  • April 30: Youth Group Sunday
    Join youth group members as they lead a fun Sunday service, share reflections and say goodbye to our graduating seniors. We’re looking forward to being in community with you all!

Update on Luis Carrion
We’re glad to report that Luis is home and recovering from his accident, though he likely will not be back to work for at least two more weeks. Many thanks to all who have asked about sending him a card; he is happy to share his mailing address with the congregation: 56 Bishop Allen Drive #1, Cambridge, MA 02139.
     In Luis’ absence, it continues to be necessary for groups to set up and take down their own space for meetings and events. Please let Janice in the office know if you need any assistance.
     Special thanks to everyone who has made Sunday coffee and volunteered to help with “trash day” and rental events!

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.

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

Youth Group News
On Sunday, April 2nd the Youth Group wrote and voted to release a statement to support the May 21st vote on responsible investing and divesting from fossil fuels. Interested in reading it? Check it out on the youth programs blog:

Welcome UU Teens from Michigan
Next weekend, FCB will be hosting a Coming of Age group from the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
     A cherished tradition in their congregation, each year the Bloomfield COA youth make a Unitarian Universalist heritage trip to Boston. The youth call it the highlight of their year and on previous trips have been hosted by the UU churches in Watertown and Malden.
     This year they will be staying with us April 27 – April 30 and bunking in the Parlor, so will be around both for the Youth Service and our fabulous Rummage Sale. If you see them in the building, please welcome the 11 eighth-graders and three adults, including program director Kimery Campbell.

Adult Programs News

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Caring for Older Adults — Deborah Blumberg and Miriam Baker
Thursday, May 4, 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.

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.

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch & Program — All Women & Men Welcome
Wednesday, May 17; 12 noon Lunch in the Upper Hall; 1 p.m. Program
All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, including a pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year. Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.
     After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.
R.s.v.p. to, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

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

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, May 14
Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to and sign up as an individual or as part of the “Team Belmont” group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you.
     Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at
     The Peace Institute, founded in 1994 after the murder of 15-year-old Louis D. Brown, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people and the community about the value of peace and assisting survivors of homicide victims with immediate crisis management services and ongoing support to continue to make Louis’ vision a reality. It was co-founded by Louis’ mother, Chaplain Tina Chery. For more

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

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
Thanks for your contributions of vitamins to help nourish the medically fragile infants and toddlers at the Grow Clinic. Flintstone Chewables. Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. What generosity of spirit and pocketbook! Thanks very, very much! 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!

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.

Next issue: April 28
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, April 28. Please e-mail items to by noon on Wednesday, April 26. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory

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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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