Summer 2017 at The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist

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What you need to know about the summer at FCB …

Rev. David Bryce’s sabbatical ends on July 1. He will be on vacation in July and has study leave in August, during which he reads, plans, and prepares for the next church year.

In July, emergency pastoral care will be provided by Rev. Mark Caggiano. Contact him at, 617-566-6237 (office) or 617-232-0011 (home). Rev. Bryce will provide pastoral care in August.

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, ends her service at the First Church on June 30. She, Ian Garvie, Sana Saeed, and Lillian Anderson will be attending UUA General Assembly from June 20 – 25.

Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs, Nate Sellers, Interim Director of CRE, and Ian Garvie, Director of Music, are on vacation in July and return to work in August to prepare for the church year.

Jim Staton, Lillian Anderson, Wendy Conroy and Simon Andrews are on vacation in July and return to work in late August.

Sexton Luis Carrion works in the summer getting the building ready for the fall and assisting our renters.

Janice Zazinski, Church Administrator, has a summer schedule:

  • June 19 – 23: vacation (office is closed)
  • Starting the week of June 26, office hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 – 2
  • August 7 – 18: vacation (office is closed)
  • Regular office hours, M-F, 9 – 3, resume Monday, August 28

Sunday Lay-Led Worship
Worship takes place in the Parish Hall every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted), followed by coffee and fellowship. Childcare is available. The schedule is at

Summer Building Use
The entire church building is rented in July by the Powers Music School for their summer camp during the day, and on several evenings for concerts.

In August, another summer camp will be renting the entire church building for 3 weeks.

Please contact Janice ( if you would like to use church space during the summer and are not already on the calendar.

Welcome-Back Reception — Thursday, Sept. 7
The Fellowship Committee and the Parish Board invite you to reconnect with your friends after a long summer break, meet & greet staff, officers, and new church members, and socialize at this informal gathering!

  • September 7, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  • Appetizers and light refreshments will be served
  • Bring a bottle of wine to share
  • Childcare and entertainment for younger kids
  • All are welcome!

The church year begins Sunday, September 10
Our services on September 10, at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary, will be multigenerational water Ingatherings. We will celebrate the opening of the church year with a ceremony in which we each pour a small amount of water into a common vessel. The water we bring represents a part of our summer that we are bringing into the new church year.
     Whether you go on an exotic journey or vacation in your backyard, bring a small amount of water to represent your summer’s spiritual journeys.

Committee Meetings
Most church committees do not meet over the summer. Check the online calendar for updates.

Adult Programs
Several programs meet over the summer. Check the church calendar at for dates, times and updates.

Unitarian and Order of Worship Deadlines
There will be a midsummer issue of The Unitarian on Friday, July 28 (deadline Wednesday, July 26).

The first Unitarian of the church year is Friday, September 1 (deadline Wednesday, August 30).

The first Order of Worship is Sunday, September 10 (deadline for announcements is noon on Wednesday, September 6).

Have a safe and fun summer — see you in September!

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