The Unitarian – March 8, 2018

The Unitarian – March 8, 2018  (pdf)

Daylight Savings Time begins Saturday, March 10

Remember to set your clock ahead one hour on Saturday night.

Sunday Worship, March 11: Spring Forward into Action — Rev. David Bryce; multigenerational service

Prelude: On Golden Pond by Dave Grusin, Richard Curzi, piano

Postlude: New Hampshire Hornpipe by Dave Grusin, Richard Curzi, piano

9 a.m. Service

Chancel Choir: O Lovely Peace, With Plenty Crowned by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)

Junior Choir: All Nature Smiles to See Fair Spring, traditional round

Chancel Choir: Come, Enjoy God’s Festive Springtime by G.F. Telemann (1681-1767), with Ken Stalberg, violin

Junior Choir Offertory: All God’s Children Got A Place in The Choir by Bill Staines (b. 1947 in Medford, Mass.)

11 a.m. Service

Youth Choir: Come, Gentle Spring by Joseph Haydn

Youth Choir: Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?, traditional spiritual, arr. William Henry Smith

Senior Choir Offertory: Melodies Steal Into My Heart by Antonin Dvorak

The flowers this Sunday are given by Martha Spaulding in joyful celebration of the 7th wedding anniversary of her daughter, Rachel and son-in-law, Cristiano.

Services at 9 and 11 a.m.; childcare is provided

  • Directions and parking information at
  • Sunday, March 18 — UUSC Sunday: Something New, Something Saving, Something True, with Rev. Kathleen McTigue

Reflections from Rev. David Bryce, Senior Minister


I raise my voice in support of the annual Stewardship Drive.

I am not just encouraging you to give; I am encouraging you to increase your giving, if you can. And to do so as much as possible. And to do so as a spiritual act. And to do so as an act of generosity, an act of support for your fellow congregants, an act of support for all of the social service and social justice programs we have, an act of support for your own future.

I will not try to detail the budget needs; that is for others to do.

My hope is that you recognize all of the gifts that this congregation provides to so many and that you will feel moved to participate in providing those gifts.

How we allocate our money is an expression of our values. And while I know we all have many things that motivate us, that move us, that call to us, I hope that the spiritual nature of this church and of its many programs and activities are important to you, and that you will express that importance with generous contributions.

I do not ask this for me or for my future, I ask it for you and for your future.

I ask it that this place of love and welcome will thrive for decades to come.

Find Your Sanctuary. Be A Steward.

The 2018 March Stewardship Drive has made a really good start, but we still need your help. Thanks to pledges from 156 families and individuals, we have raised $464,525 as of the morning of March 7th — 74% of our $625,000 goal to support First Church next year. Importantly, many have increased their financial contribution to get us this far. However, we still need $160,475 to reach our goal. To get there, we need everyone to participate with strong increases in pledge amounts. Let’s all do our part!

Please make your pledge by Friday, March 16th to be included in the Stewardship Honor Roll and to be in the drawing for Ariane Frank’s legendary Black Forest Torte. You may:

  • Bring or mail your completed pledge form to church, or
  • Pledge online

Questions? Need another copy of your personalized appeal letter and pledge form? Please contact us at or visit us at the Stewardship Table during Sunday Coffee Hour. Thank you for your generous support of First Church and this Stewardship Drive — Find Your Sanctuary. Be a Steward.

With gratitude, Anjali Kumar, Stewardship Chair

Among Us
Our deepest sympathies to Eleanor and Jim Sugarman and family on the recent death of Eleanor’s brother, Nicholas Buckley.

Program and Committee News & Upcoming Events

The Alphabet Rockers are coming to First Church!

Sunday, April 8, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd, co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multigenerational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages.

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen

Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs?

If so, FCBGreen will be offering two educational sessions on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday 3/25 and again on Earth Day 4/22. Both sessions will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Easter Sunrise Service

Come join our ritual of creating sacred space at sunrise at Habitat in Belmont. Meet in FCB parking lot at 5:45 a.m. or join us at the Habitat parking lot at 10 Juniper Road at 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 1st. Breakfast served at church following the service. All are warmly welcomed to be in fellowship with us.

Chalice Lighting — All Are Welcome

We invite ALL members of the church community to light our Chalice on Sundays — children and adults, groups and individuals. There is a sign up list near the elevator in the Upper Gathering Hall, or you can sign up here.

Berklee College of Music Night at Second Friday Coffeehouse! Friday, March 9
Featuring Brooks Robertson and Big Little Banter

Friday March 9 @ 7:30 p.m.

Fingerstyle-guitarist Brooks Robertson blew us all away when he played at FCB last year. We are thrilled to have him back.

Big Little Banter is duo of Nate Daviau and Julia Gartha. They are bringing a new energy to folk and country pop. Details at

Wine Tasting Soiree, Saturday, March 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Come and share a glass of wine with old and new friends, and learn the nuances of old world and new world wines. Bring your good humor and cheer! Learn as we taste a varied selection, and impress your friends by winning our wine tasting contest.

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie

Sunday, March 11th, join all of the Children’s Choirs as we sing in the spring season, and the start of Daylight Savings Time. The Chancel Choir and the Junior Choir will be singing at the 9  a.m. service, and the Youth Choir will join the Senior Choir for the 11 a.m. service.

Sunday, March 18th is Gospel Sunday! Once again, we will welcome Roger Brown and his gospel band, joined by members of Berklee College of Music. They will be providing a whole service full of wonderful music for everyone to enjoy.

And finally, Sunday, March 25th is Major Music Sunday. The Senior Choir will be joined by a professional orchestra led by Ken Stalberg. This spring, they will perform two wonderful pieces – JS Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Ushers Needed for Spring Term (3/18/18 – 6/10/18)

Thanks to everyone who helped make our winter ushering a success. Now please consider volunteering to usher for the spring. You can sign up online or on the Ushering Sign-Up Poster in the Upper Gathering Hall during coffee hour. Thanks for your help.

All are Welcome to the Newcomers’ and Community Breakfast – March 25, 9:15

Come to the Newcomers’ and Community Breakfast at 9:15 before the Major Music Service on March 25 in the Parish Hall. If you are a First Church newcomer, or would like to meet and welcome a newcomer, please join us for bagels and coffee before enjoying some wonderful music at the Major Music Service. Everyone Welcome! For more information, contact Mark Thurber at

Adult Programs News

Call the church office about adult programs: 617-484-1054, ext. 10.

Sign up for the weekly Adult Programs newsletter or download the Winter 2018 brochure

The Adult Programs Committee Wants To Know….
What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening? Please email Lillian Anderson — — with a suggestion.

Meditation — James Hencke
Mondays, 8:00 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!

Parenting Adolescent Girls — Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m., Library
Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.

The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support!

  • Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – Thoughts and ideas in regard to – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
  • Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
  • Takeaways – A rich network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom and current research and local resources.
  • Contact for more information.

Prequel to Major Music — Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
This spring, the Senior Choir will be perform two wonderful pieces as part of the enduring Major Music tradition – J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Though both of these pieces are somewhat short, they are some of the most thrilling music the composers wrote. Join Ian Garvie for a talk about the pieces, how they came to be composed, and what to listen for. Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Science and Spirituality – Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Richard Eastwick will be the presenter. Please view the 27 minute episode and join us. See it at:

In the episode Richard would like the group to view and discuss, Kuhn focuses on the question, “Did God Create Time.” The answers are thought provoking and worthy of being the focus of our Thursday, March 15 meeting.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn has been a scientist, an entrepreneur, and an expert on China with 25 books to his name. In addition, he is the creator, producer, writer, and host of “Closer to Truth,” a series of public television shows featuring interviews with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars where he poses life’s biggest and toughest questions. For more on Kuhn or the show, check out Wikipedia or the “Closer to Truth” website.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 8 p.m., 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 join us. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary. Contact with questions.

It’s not too late to sign up to tell your story! First Church “Moth” Hour — Ian Garvie and Richard Waring
Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Join us for First Church’s own “Moth Hour”, an evening of unscripted, first-person storytelling in five to six minutes. Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. For more information or to sign up see or e-mail Richard ( or Ian (, or at coffee hour. Refreshments.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Belmont UU Alliance Members and Friends
Wednesday, March 21, 12 p.m. Lunch, 1 p.m. Program, Parish Hall
Program: “Our Democracy is in Trouble”
All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 21 at 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.
Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord’s social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, ( will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it. R.S.V.P. to or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions:, 617-489-2058.

Chuck Collins – Lecture and discussion
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins — the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists —  grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality. He is based at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes extensively inequality. His previous books include 99 to 1 and Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.). His new book is Born on Third Base.

Book signing and refreshments. Cosponsored by Social Action. This program is part of First Church’s ongoing theme of addressing issues of Escalating Inequality.

Theatre Discussion Series – Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4 p.m., Library
Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy, performs at Central Square Theatre March 1 – April 1.
1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty. See the play and join us for a lively discussion and refreshments. Tickets:

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m., 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.

Social Action News in Brief

Sign up for the Social Action newsletter at

“March for Our Lives” — March 24, Boston Common
Join members of the Social Action Committee at 11 a.m. at Alewife Station, inside and downstairs, in front of the Charlie Card machines across from the turnstiles.

Save the Date for the First Church Rummage Sale: Saturday, May 5, 2018
As you carry out your New Year’s resolution to de-clutter, please set aside any “saleable” items for the Rummage Sale!!

Drop-off of saleable items begins on Sunday afternoon, April 29. And please plan to volunteer. Information about sign-up for volunteers coming soon.

Kathy Crawley and Deb Lockett are co-chairing the Rummage Sale this year. For more information, contact:

Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center

Still time to provide more “Macaroni Miracles” for the Grow Clinic families. Think MAC & CHEESE when you shop this week. Pick up a food list for shopping or bring a March Special Request: Mac & Cheese. There are collection baskets in the Sanctuary vestibule and Lower Hall. Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Bristol Lodge
We continue to collect travel toiletries for the clients at Bristol Lodge; baskets in Upper Gathering Hall.

Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work from 5 – 6:30 p.m. You can sign up at or send questions to

In the Community

Winchester Unitarian Society presents Singer/Songwriter Vance Gilbert, March 16, 8 p.m.
Gilbert has recorded numerous albums and has been the opener for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, Anita Baker, George Carlin, and Paul Reiser and The Subdudes. Admission by suggested donation; a reception will follow the concert. Details:

Meet Belmont Presents “Talk of the Town,” March 20
Register for the 2nd Annual Meet Belmont – Talk of the Town event, a community event presented by the Vision 21 Implementation Committee and co-sponsored by Belmont Public Schools. or

Lowell Institute Lecture, April 3, with Rev. Traci Blackmon
The Boston University School of Theology invites the community to the upcoming Lowell Institute Lecture Series featuring Rev. Traci Blackmon on April 3 at 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Boston University School of Theology.

Rev. Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ as well as the Senior Pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, MO. The event is free but reservations are suggested. Details:

Coffee and Conversation with Clergy
All are welcome to join in monthly coffee and conversation with Belmont clergy at the Black Bear Café (inside Belmont Books).

  • Second Wednesdays of the month, through June
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 79 Leonard Street
  • Sponsored by the Belmont Clergy Association

UUA Commission on Appraisal Seeks Input

The UUA Commission on Appraisal serves similarly to a “think tank” on larger issues facing Unitarian Universalism. As it prepares to select a new issue the commission would like to have input and feedback on topics to be considered. Members of the congregation are invited to take a brief survey at

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Contact Laurie Graham at or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 10.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

Housing Needed This Fall

We are looking for a two bedroom apt./condo/home to rent or housesit for three months or so while our home being renovated, starting 9/1 through November. Ideally, we’d like to be in Belmont, but nearby towns okay, too. A family of three, no smokers, no pets. Thank you, Leslie Talmadge, Brian and Lauren (11) Kopperl.; 617 686 3166.

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In Case of Severe Weather

If a service is to be canceled a message will be placed on the church’s website, voicemail and Facebook page. However, in any weather condition which concerns you or your family, it should be clear that no one should ever feel pressure to come to the church if their travel conditions seem unsafe.

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