This week at First Church October 9 – 15

Fall 2017 brochure

Belmont UU Alliance – Armenian Museum Tour – Oct. 18
Boston Theatre Scene with Nancy E. Carroll – Oct. 22
“Starshot” Program and Potluck – Oct. 27
“Sabbatical Learnings” – Nov. 5

Next Chapter – group meets monthly on 3rd Mondays beginning on October 16 – Registration required.


James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Classroom #5

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, 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



Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 15, 4:00pm, Conference Room

This diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4-5:30pm. Contact for more information or to participate.



Lunch and Armenian Museum Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
1:25pm – Tour

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 18 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. Soup, fruit and dessert will be provided.
After lunch we will carpool to the Museum. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

Our guided tour of the Armenian Museum of America will begin at 1:15PM at 65 Main St, Watertown. The Museum has extensive exhibits of the artifacts, history and culture of the Armenian people.

A donation of $3 per person is requested. If you would like payment assistance or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at or call 617-489-2058.
Contact Janice Zazinski at, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.


Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:00pm, 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.

Please join us on a path of living positively and boldly in the New Year. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.


Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Christine Stone will lead the Science and Spirituality Group
in the following discussion on”Living With a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich

A spiritual quest often brings the searcher back to a position not far his or her starting point, presumably with a fuller and more nuanced view. C.S.Lewis returned to the Church of England; St. Augustine found his way back into the Christian faith his mother had taught him. It is interesting how spontaneous religious experience
worked out in the life of, as Ehrenreich describes herself, a fourth-generation atheist with a lifelong commitment to figuring out what life was all about. She had the first of these experiences in adolescence and has tried for the rest of her life to date to make sense of it all.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s writing has a delightful scratch-where-it-itches quality, succinctly nailing her points and puncturing absurdities.


Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.


Melissa Irion
Friday, Oct. 20, 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. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.


Nancy E. Carroll
Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm, Library

Surviving in the theatre – artistically and financially – is never easy. Nancy has been involved in the Boston theatre scene as a well-known actress for the past thirty years. She will share the struggles and joys of her life in the theatre with us.
Prepare to laugh and to be surprised by her stories. Refreshments.

Nancy’s theatrical credits include Present Laughter, at the Huntington Theatre and on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Big Maggie (Druid Theatre Company) and Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland), Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, A Man Of No Importance at Speakeasy Stage, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie at the Lyric Stage, The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport at the New Repertory Theatre.


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Library
What Love Tells Me by Richard Waring

On October 25, the Book Group will be exploring the poetry
of First Church’s own Richard Waring from his newest book, What Love Tells Me. Richard will join us for this special
evening as we share poems from What Love Tells Me* and learn about the process and power of writing poetry. Richard has described his book this way:

The varied terrain of love, family, solitude, the natural world, the condition of loss,
the spirit of place – all align themselves in poetry. As a letter from the front lines, where
the latest changes are taking place, a poem is the frankest and most immediate communiqué that struggles to reenact the original feeling in all its complexity and singularity, lifting the personal into a transcendent music. As a spiritual discipline, poetry foregoes the familiar public domain in search of the unsayable, gesturing beyond words. The questions asked can be dangerous: How do you love?
When do you forgive? Do you forgive?

The Book Group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We welcome all who want to join us. There is no ongoing commitment required. For more information about the Book Group, please contact either Anne Stuart at or Karl Klasson at

*What Love Tells Me is available in the Minuteman Library network. If you would like to purchase your own copy, you can purchase it from Richard directly by contacting him at, or order it from most local or national booksellers.


Steve Saar and Andrea Prestwich
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00pm potluck, 8pm program, Parish Hall

Exploring a New Earth in 40 Years: Project Starshot, Happening Now!
An Earth-like world has been discovered around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. A daring plan to visit it robotically in about 40 years is underway… with a fleet of micro-craft sailing on
beams of light. Will it succeed? How will it work? What will we find? A real “Star Trek” adventure is underway;

find out all about it!

Andrea will provide an update to her previous talk, discussing the latest gravitational waves results, as well.

The Adult Programs Committee invites you to join us for a potluck supper at 7pm .Plan to bring a dish and a beverage to share.  RSVP to Lillian ( to let us know that you are coming to the potluck so we can set up enough tables.  No need to rsvp if you are just planning to attend the 8pm program.


BEYOND FERGUSON: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm, Library

Discussions on how to close the gap on race, social, and class differences seem to be more needed now. The impact of our actions goes far. Join us and learn what we are planning to do, and please share what you would like for us to do together.

This group meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month.


Jess Hicks
Saturday, November 4, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Library

Mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice to share. Just bring a mat, and a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind.

This will be held on the first Saturday of the month all year.


Rev. David Bryce
Sunday, November 5, 12:45pm, Library

While respecting confidentiality, David will reflect on the people he met, the circumstances they found themselves in and some thoughts about what could, or should be, done by us.
Refreshments served.



Rick Hawkins
3rd Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16, 7:30-9pm, Conference Room

The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering retirement or are in a major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. Monthly on the third Monday from October – June. Contact Rick to participate


Fall brochure is here!


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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