Women’s Ministry: The Other Couch

The Women’s Ministry Group of First Church is pleased to host a gathering to discuss The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy, coauthored by Patricia Peters Martin, Ph.D and our own Helene DeMontreux Houston, M.S., APRN. The meeting will occur on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Buxton Room. Helene Houston will join us to present this work & answer questions.


Through the eyes of two wise and experienced therapists, The Other Couch explores the lives of 36 spirited women who struggle and overcome challenges with courage, resilience, and commitment.


The Other Couch is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and e-reader formats. Several copies of the book will be available in the church office for $15/each, as well. More information is available here: http://theothercouch.com


Light refreshments will be served. As always, Women’s Ministry invites all to attend, whether or not you are a member of the church, so please bring a friend & come with questions! Contact Kristin Thomas at kristinannthomas@gmail.com for assistance, and to be placed on the Women’s Ministry mailing list.

Women’s Ministries Book Group Reconvenes

The Women’s Ministries Book group of First Church Longmeadow will reconvene Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7pm in the Buxton Room.  We will be discussing Patti Smith’s new memoir M Train.

The website Brain Pickings (which you should consider bookmarking if you havent already) has put together a salient & beautiful review of this book.

Copies of M Train will be available on reserve in the Storrs Library on the “First Church” reserve shelf within the next couple of weeks.  Because this is a brand new book, it may be difficult to reserve many copies for any length of time, but we will try.  The book is also available online at Amazon & in bookstores everywhere (especially independent bookstores – purchase from there if you can, I am sure Patti would approve!)

Last year we had a wonderful time reading our way through a couple of books & sharing our dreams & experiences.  One thing that we were reminded of is that women of our faith community are intellectually powerful.  I chose this book because I am sure the wisdom, poetry & intellectual rigor of this author will challenge us all (in a good way)!

This is an open group – we welcome those both from our church & those who are not – so please bring a friend, I will see you all in December.



The 5 Women Who Birthed Moses


September 20, 2015

The Five Women Who Birthed Moses


Scripture:  Exodus 1:8-2:10

The final installment of Dr. Jay/Pastor Marisa’s sermon series Women of the Bible concludes with Pastor Marisa preaching about five women who conspired to bring one baby boy to adulthood, a boy who would go on to become the greatest prophet of the Hebrew scriptures: Moses.  In their stories, we encounter challenging issues such as abortion, genocide, mixed-race adoption, political enemies working together, and God’s power made perfect in the powerless.