Support Groups

Facing Illness Together (formerly Living with Serious Illness) – Kathy Lind
Thursdays, Jan. 21, Feb.18, March 17, April 21 at 7pm, 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.  3rd Thursdays

Caring for Older Adults
Deborah Blumberg and Miriam Baker
Thursday, Feb.4, March 3, April 7, 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.
1st Thursdays

Parenting Kids with Challenges
Melissa Irion     Friday, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5  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.
1st  Fridays


Jobseeker Buddy Group  Martin Plass

The Jobseekers 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 opportunities to each other.  Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m., First Church Library.  Contact Martin at for assistance.


Women’s Support Groups
Deb Lockett and Eloise McGaw, facilitators
2nd and 4th Thursdays

Miriam Baker and Anne Stuart, facilitators                                                                                                              1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Please contact Lillian at if you are interested in participating.

Men’s Group
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sundays,  4pm, Library
The newly formed diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members to the First Church 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.  
1st and 3rd Sundays


Women’s Retreat   March 31 – April 2, 2017  Rolling Ridge Retreat center


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