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January Potluck at First Church
Please join us for our first winter Potluck on Friday, January 18th from 6pm-9pm.  Bring a game to play, a question or two for discussion, or not.  We will have a warm fire, to chase the January chill. Bring a friend, come by yourself, but please join us!
As for potluck dishes please bring the following if your last name begins with…
·         A to H: a main dish,
·         I to O: side or salad;
·         P-Z: dessert.
All are welcome to bring a beverage of your choice; there will be warm cider provided. Babysitting will be available. RSVP Here!

Announcement Sign Ups
If you have announcements today please see Church Administrator Catherine Bertrand to sign up before the service. She will be near the pulpit between 10am and 10:30am with a black clipboard. Thank you!
 
Chase the Chill Returns!
Started by Susan Huxley in Pennsylvania in 2008 this event started as a “scarf bombing” by knitters leaving scarves in public places so those in need could take them without any strings attached. Bring in winter items for this year's Chase the Chill Scarf, Mitten, and Hat Drive! Items can be left in the bin in the hallway behind the Cleveland Room. Sundays during Fellowship we'll pin a tag on donated items and then hang them up on the fence in the front of the church for people to take as they need.  The drive will run through February or March weather pending. Helen Jacoby has been running the drive at First Church for several years. Please feel free to contact Helen or the Church Office with any questions.

From the Ministerial Search Committee
The big news recently is that members and friends can now read the results of some of our work!   Both the Congregational Record and the Congregational Survey results are now in the password-protected area of the church website. The password has been sent out via separate email.  If you are a member or friend and you didn't receive it, you can contact anyone on the MSC for the password.  Our contact information is below.
We expect questions to arise during the search process, so for the next couple of months two members of the MSC will be available in the meetinghouse after the worship service to talk about what we are doing and to answer your questions.
As always, we are listening.

Random Acts of Breakfast -- Repeatedly!
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.
Next gathering: January 17, 2019, 7:30 AM. I’ll be there. Hope to see you!

Host Fellowship Hour
Sign Up Here!
Members and friends of First Church often volunteer to host part of Fellowship Hour each week: one person/family/group for the Cleveland Room and one person one person/family/group for the Barnard Room. Each month we hold one or two Potluck Fellowship where we ask anyone attending that upcoming Sunday to bring a bite to share! Fellowship Hour takes place following the service and coffee, tea, and light refreshments are served. 
Please note all sign ups will take place online. Click the link above or email the Church Office with any questions: firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com. Thank you!  

Meeting House Flowers
Meeting House Flower Sign Ups are available online or at the Sign Up Table in the Barnard Room. Currently the Garden Committee is coordinating flowers which are a wonderful way to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one. For further questions you may email Catherine in the office at firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or janeschauzier@gmail.com.  

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Click here for a list of upcoming Potluck/Special Fellowships!

Thu, January 17
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s

Fri, January 18
6pm First Church Potluck

Sun, January 20
10:30am Service
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Thu, January 24
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, January 26
9am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, January 27
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Soup & Bread Fellowship
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