The Unitarian - February 17, 2017
Sunday Worship, February 19
Who's Hearing Who - Andrea Spencer-Linzie
This week's sermon seeks to explore intentional listening to one another, and how does it impact us? Who do we decide to listen to? How are the speaker and the hearer changed in the process personally or theologically?

Prelude: Improvisation on Tallis'  Canon; Simon Andrews, organ

Anthem:  Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone (b. 1928), arr. Craig Hella Johnson; Andrea Spencer-Linzie, cello and Sam Waring, oboe

9 a.m. Nova Choir Offertory:  When All The Peoples On This Earth, by Drew N. Massion (b. 1958)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Offertory:  Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami by Nobuyuki Tsujii (b. 1988), Ian Garvie, piano

Postlude: from  Concerto for Oboe K. 314 by W.A. Mozart (1756 - 91), Simon Andrews, piano and Sam Waring, oboe

The flowers on the Chancel Table are given by Eloise and Bob McGaw.
From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern
You see, the secret of life is that we are all ministers. We all have the ability to bless one another. It's true. - UU Minister, Rev. Webster Kitchell
It is true. The love of the cosmos; the caring of our hearts; the bonds of friendship; the hands offered in support or a hug; our attention and presence; our witness. These gifts are possible for each of us to have and to give.
     When we realize these gifts have power in the giving and receiving of them, then we truly are ministers to one another. As we live in covenant to one another, we minister to one another. Ministry is not so much as "fixing things" as it is about paying attention. In my experience, it's hard to "fix things." It's also hard to pay attention, too, but I believe it is a more effective ministry.
     As you think about your gift of ministry, consider the following scripture from Psalm 139:
You formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb.... I am fearfully and wonderfully made... My soul knows that very well.
     You are wonderfully made. Discover your gift of ministry and share it abundantly. It will not only bless those with whom you share, but in giving you, too, will be blessed.
2017 March Stewardship Drive - Coming Soon
Your pledge packets will be mailed on Feb. 23. Please save the date for March 5, Celebration Sunday, and join us with your pledges for a strong kick-off to this year's Stewardship Drive. ~ Roger Read, Stewardship Chair

Wine Tasting Soiree, Saturday, March 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Come and share a glass of wine and learn the nuances  as we taste a varied selection, and impress your friends by winning our wine tasting contest.

Among Us
Congratulations to Acting Director of CRE Nate Sellers and family on the recent birth of his second child, Leif Holden. Nate reports that his wife, Typhany, is doing well and that daughter Auden is enjoying her little brother.
Adult Programs News

New Programs
  • "Frayed Lives" - Sunday, Feb. 26, 12:30 p.m., Library
  • The Camino Pilgrimage - Sunday, March 5, 12:30 p.m., Library
  • Mindful Yoga - Sunday, March 5, 2:30 p.m., Parish Hall
  • Theatre Discussion Series Play reading - Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m., Parlor
Ongoing Programs
  • Meditation - Mondays, 8:00 p.m., Library
  • First Church Book Group - Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Library
  • Beyond Ferguson - Sunday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Library
  • Caring for Older Adults - Thursday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
  • Fiber Arts Fellowship - Thursday, March 2, 8 p.m., Location TBD
  • Parenting Kids with Challenges - Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Social Action News in Brief: click each item for more information

 VDAY 2017 - begins tonight!
"A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" will be performed on February 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit New Beginnings Reentry Services Inc., a program for women leaving prison based in the Boston area. Tickets available at the door!

Extended Deadline For Shoes - February 19
New Beginnings is collecting new or gently-worn shoes in order to obtain additional funds. Please look in your closets and ask your friends and colleagues to do the same. Collection bin is at the SAC table. Your generosity is hugely appreciated!!!

Grow Clinic 
February Special Request: Baby Food and Formula 
There are collection baskets in the Lower Hall and the vestibule outside the Sanctuary.

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Please click here to see current volunteer opportunities.
Committee News & Updates

Provides support to members of our community who need short-term help.

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.

UUA and UUSC Declaration of Conscience
Commit to putting Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry.  Read the full Declaration of Conscience and sign on today!
All are welcome at the New England Regional Assembly: April 21-22
Register by February 28 for Early Bird Pricing. Youth are welcome to participate; special rate for ages 12-19. Free child care available for ages 11 and under.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources
Parish Board
Information and board minutes are online at
  • 617-484-1054 ~ office@uubelmont.orgStaff Directory
  • Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 3.
  • The church office will be closed on Monday, February 20 for Presidents Day.
  • Church Administrator Janice Zazinski will be out of the office from Friday, February 17 through Tuesday, February 21.
  • 404 Concord Avenue | PO Box 113 | Belmont, Mass. 02478
  • Severe weather policy
Next issue: February 24
The next issue of The Unitarian  is Friday, February 24. Please e-mail items to  by noon on Wednesday, February 22. Items may be edited for space and clarity.
Reverend Bryce's Spring 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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