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Welcome to Salem!
The First Church is an active congregation with a long and fascinating history. We are proud of our open-minded approach to matters of faith informed by our past and inspired by our values.
Today, we are a growing, multi-generational Unitarian Universalist church still grounded in the Biblical tradition but open to many different religious paths that we all encounter here in the 21st Century. We call it our "walk together" as our old covenant so elegantly states it.
We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association dedicated to the ideals of individual conscience, a reverence for the sacred, the dignity of all people, the interconnectedness of all things, and a vision of world community. We are a gathering of people from different backgrounds, traditions and perspectives coming together to celebrate, to serve, to enjoy one another’s company, and make a difference in our world. And we do this in a variety of engaging and inspiring ways each and every Sunday.
We invite you to join us for a service or attend one of our programs. Explore our historic Meetinghouse (built by Unitarians in the 1830’s), ask questions, introduce yourself to a few people, and take a few minutes to attend Fellowship Hour after the service.
If you are visiting, feel free say hello to one of our ushers before church or stop by our Welcome Table after church, located near the piano in the parlor (aka the Cleveland Room). We offer great programs for kids and have infant and toddler care each Sunday. We are always happy to meet new people and make connections. Before the age of computers this is what “friending” was all about!
We know how limited our time is and how many options all of us have on Sunday mornings. But we also believe in the difference just one hour can make in how we live our lives—an hour set aside for reflection, spirit, joy, and community.
Welcome to the First Church!
Pastor's Office Hours
If you would like to talk with Elizabeth, please contact email@example.com to make an appointment.
Blessing of the Backpacks
On Sunday, September 15 we will be trying something new during our Time for All Ages. We will have a Blessing of the Backpacks. Pastor Elizabeth will bless the children’s backpacks, or, for those of us who no longer use a backpack daily, we will bless “that which helps you learn”.
Fellowship Committee Meeting Sun, September 15 at 12pm
Following service please join Stephanie Diozzi for a meeting regarding Fellowship Committee!
Random Acts of Breakfast -- Resumes!
Next gathering: September 19, 2019, 7:30 AM.
For all those First Churchers who would like to gather socially in simple ways, Ben Waxman, past chair of Standing Committee, offers the following standing invitation: Every Third Thursday of the month, anyone so motivated can come to Maria’s in Salem (10 Jefferson Ave) to join others for breakfast and casual, upbeat chat. There will be no kvetching at these gatherings! (Well, maybe there will be a little kvetching since we are New Englanders.) General guidelines: Starts at 7:30 am. No RSVPs necessary. Everyone pays their own way. Sometimes there may be just 2 of us and other times maybe we’ll have 12 of us. No pressure to show up or stay long. Just an opportunity for us to gather, have pancakes, eggs and coffee, lighten our days, and get to know each other a bit better.
Desserts and Beverages Needed!
Would you like to help contribute in some other way on the day of the Ordination and Installation of Pastor Ide? We're hoping to have friends and members bring their favorite dessert or non-alcoholic beverage for the reception (beer and wine will be available)! If you are able to bring something to share please complete the short form at this link: http://bit.ly/dessertsbevsord
Halloween Parking Fundraiser: October Weekends & Halloween
The Halloween season is upon us once again. Some of you know what that means – All of you can participate. We have the opportunity to raise money for the church fiscal year. Last year, we had a successful month of fundraising in October by renting the church parking lot the weekends before Halloween and Halloween itself. This is a fundraiser that requires little overhead and is easy and fun to do. For those who would like to offer two to three hours of your time during the month, please look for the sign-up sheet soon!
This is a fun way of meeting people at the church and to contribute to the church as well. The job is very simple: Church volunteers’ sign up for a few hours, then on the designated day, pull out the parking sign and other supplies. Bring out a couple of chairs and sit and enjoy the company of another church volunteer. Collect money from those very happy to pay and park for $20.00 a day ($25.00) on Halloween) or what the neighbor lots are charging for the day. Fill up the lot until full (approximately 15 vehicles). See how many times you can turn over the lot in a shift/day. You have a choice of being in costume or not. It’s up to you! Please contact Helen Jacoby hkjacoby@gmail for day of shift information
Meeting House Flowers
Meeting House Flower Sign Ups are now available online or at the Sign Up Table in the Barnard Room. http://bit.ly/flowers2020
The Garden Committee coordinates the Meeting House flowers each Sunday as a wonderful way to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one. For further questions you may email Catherine in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at email@example.com.
Fellowship Hour Sign Ups Available Online
Members and friends of The First Church volunteer to host Fellowship each week. One or two people volunteer to host the adult table in the Cleveland Room or the Children's Table in the Barnard Room. Some people find that co-hosting can be more fun and make the hosting easier. Fellowship Committee members are available to assist any "first-timers", or to help pair someone up with another co-host. For information email Stephanie Diozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to Know the Committees of First Church!
In simple terms the FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE is responsible for the weekly coffee hour following service each Sunday. Yet, that coffee hour, known as "Fellowship" is a time, a tradition, that bring us closer as a community. It's a time to connect, catch up, and make new friends.
Participation on the Fellowship Committee may be as basic or as expansive as you wish it to be. Each week, it is helpful to have one or two “point people” to assist Fellowship hosts with set up and clean up. Sometimes, we need folks to do the shopping for Fellowship “angels” (donors), and at other times, we need many helping hands to coordinate large events, such as the reception after the re-enactment of Leslie’s Retreat. We welcome suggestions for themes of all kinds, from the communal Soup and Bread Fellowship to the humorous May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Fellowship. This year, we hope to inspire some deeper, more meaningful conversations within First Church and the community at large about such issues as the reduction of single-use plastic and food waste, increasing composting and recycling, and food justice.
No matter what your level of participation, be it Fellowship guest, host, angel, or committee member, we look forward to seeing you after each service for coffee, conversation, and connection.
The next Fellowship Committee Meeting will be Sunday, September 15 at 12pm. The link to sign up for hosting is http://bit.ly/fellowship2020
Sunday, September 15
Blessing of the Backpacks
Thursday, September 19
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
Saturday, September 21
9am Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, September 22
3pm Choir Rehearsal
4pm Ordination of Pastor Ide
Wednesday, September 25
7pm Standing Committee Meeting
Sunday, September 29
Sunday, October 6
Bread Baking during RE