Pastor's Office Hours
If you would like to talk with Elizabeth, please contact 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:

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.
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 or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at

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

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


Sunday, September 15
Blessing of the Backpacks
10:30am Service

Thursday, September 19
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s

Saturday, September 21
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, September 22
10:30am Service
3pm Choir Rehearsal
4pm Ordination of Pastor Ide

Wednesday, September 25
7pm Standing Committee Meeting

Sunday, September 29
10:30am Service

Sunday, October 6
10:30am Service
Bread Baking during RE

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