This week at First Church – May 22 -28

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  Hootenanny/Jam Session with Jon Svetkey  Wednesday,  May 31 at 7:30pm in the Parlor
  The Sanctuary Movement  Sunday, June 4 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall
  First Church Book Group potluck and discussion  Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm in the Upper 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

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

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.


Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 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!

We will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of the month – June 28 and July 26

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 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.

This is our last meeting this church year.
We will resume on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Eva Patalas
Thursday, June 1, 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.

Liz Keating and Eva Patalas
Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Come learn about the Sanctuary Movement:
The origins of the New Sanctuary Movement
Local and national efforts to support sanctuary and solidarity
The Unitarian Universalist Declaration of Conscience
First Church Bedford (UU)’s recent decision to offer sanctuary
Local churches preparing to support sanctuary
Ways to become involved individually and as a congregation

Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 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.

We will continue to meet throughout the summer. Contact Melissa with questions.


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7pm, Upper Hall

The Book Group will be hosting its Fifth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, and plan for the coming year.

Please feel free to come (and bring a friend) — even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert.

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