This week at First Church November 13 – 19

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

First Church Book Group – November 29
Prequel to Major Music – November 29


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


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12:00pm Lunch, Upper Hall
1pm Program, Parish Hall

“Living with Coyotes”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 12 noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

Belmont Animal Control Officer (ACO), John Maguranis, will speak about “Living With Coyotes”. The program will be at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
John Maguranis has been Belmont’s Animal Control Officer for 15 years .
As ACO John: rescues injured animals, reunited lost pets with owners, provides some adoption services and provides public education. John is a wildlife expert and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote, a nation coaliton of scientists and educator working to promote coexistence between people and coyotes:

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at, or call 617-484-1054
(ext. 201).Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions:, 617-489-2058


Kathy Lind
Thursday, Nov. 16, 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.

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Rick Eastwick will be leading a discussion focused on the Bhagavad Gita.
For those who have one of the copies of the Gita given out at the last meetings, Rick recommends reading pages 25 to 64 and 169 to 171.

The importance of the “Bhagavad Gita” to Hinduism would be hard to overstate. For our discussion, Rick would like to focus on the “Gita” in light of its great importance to Mahatma Gandhi. He finds it fascinating to reflect on how this treatise, which focuses on why and how to fight a violent battle in an ancient mythological tale, could become so important to the foremost proponent of non-violence in his darkest hours. And although he does not believe in reincarnation, the caste system, or the law of karma, Rick still finds much wisdom in this ancient poem.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 16, 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, Nov. 17, 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.


Rachel Greenberger
Sunday, Nov. 19, 12:30pm, Library

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it may be worth considering: How do you express yourself through food?

Community Table is a gentle design for sparking rich interactions on important topics connected to food. Always one circle and one conversation, the attendees steer the discussion.

Community Table is a signature program of Food Sol at Babson College (co-founded and directed by Martha Spaulding’s daughter Rachel).
At Food Sol we believe that if you eat food, you can make a difference in the food system.


Downing Cless, Jane Minasian
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:00pm, Library

KISS by Guillermo Calderón playing October 26 – November 19, 2017
at ArtsEmerson in Boston.
To order tickets

Discount tickets are available on Goldstar

When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
“The true meaning of the title will shock you.”

See the play and join us for a lively discussion. Refreshments.


Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Nov. 19, 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.


Coming Up:

Social Action Committee
Sunday, November 26, 7pm, 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. Meets monthly.


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm, Library

Our November 29* book is Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, which was a New York Times 2016
Notable Book and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

Here is a bit more about Hope Jahren and her book:

Hope Jahren was born and grew up in small-town southeastern Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and in 1999 she was hired by Johns Hopkins University and went on to become the first woman ever to be promoted with tenure within their Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (est. 1876). In 2008 she was hired to build the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories at the University of Hawaii. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and in 2005, Popular Science named her one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists in the United States.

“Gratifying, spirited . . . a moving chronicle of an eminent research scientist’s life . . . It takes a passionate geobiologist with the soul of a poet to make us swoon in the face of computational amplitude . . . Jahren’s aim is to make the reader appreciate the fascinations of studying flora, to infect us with the same enthusiasm that has driven her ever since she was a child hanging around in her father’s lab, falling hard for the sensuous allures of the slide rule.

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.


Ian Garvie
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

The Mass No. 13 in B-flat major, was composed by Joseph Haydn in 1801.

On December 10th, as part of the long Major Music Service tradition, the Senior Choir will be performing Joseph Haydn’s Mass #13, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra. The Schöpfungsmesse, or ‘Creation Mass’, derives its nickname from a notorious musical reference to his own famous oratorio The Creation.

Join us for an evening lecture where Ian will explain the history, influences, and impact of this joyful mass.