This week at First Church – May 29 – June 4

  Do you have a program idea for next year?  We’d love to hear about it. Contact

  Hootenanny with Jon Svetkey  Wednesday  May 31  7:30pm  Parlor  

  The Sanctuary Movement  Sunday, June 4 at 12:30pm Parish Hall

  First Church Book Group potluck and discussion  Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm

  Save the Date! – Women’s Retreat – March 9-11, 2018

 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

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


Kathy Lind
Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm, Kathy Lind’s house,
68 Fairmont St., Belmont

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.

This is our last meeting until we reconvene in September.

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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