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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!
Volunteers Needed! October Parking Fundraiser
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The church's biggest fundraiser of the year is the Annual October Parking Fundraiser and it continues through Halloween night!
The premise is simple: church volunteers help to sell park spots in the back church parking lot and front circle. Each shift will be run by either Helen Jacoby or Mary Collari (or another church member), but we do need additional volunteers to help hold signs, collect money, and organize the cars as they come in. Shifts are generally two hours.
Costumes are welcome and encouraged but not required!
We hope you can spare a little time this special Salem Holiday Season to help support First Church! Please sign up online by going to the First Church website, in the weekly e-Herald or with Mary on Sundays!
Family Fun Night Halloween Party
Friday, October 19, 6:00pm
Come in costume and be ready for some spooky fun. We will have games, crafts and some special surprises. Requested donations of $5/person or $10/family for pizza being provided. Thank you!
Social Justice & Outreach Sunday
Sunday, October 21
Join us Sunday, October 21st as we share our expression of UU Principle #1 - We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Yes, we do! We do this by offering justice, equity and compassion to each other and to those in our community (Principle #2). Our service and fellowship hour will celebrate how we are making a difference today and offer an invitation to what we might do in the future to continue to affect positive change. Representatives from a few of the social service agencies we support will be present at fellowship hour. Come, share, and learn over some fair trade coffee and delicious treats!
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 email@example.com or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue, October 16
7pm Membership Committee
Fri, October 19
6:00pm Family Fun Night
Sun, October 21
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Social Justice and Outreach Fair during Fellowship
4:00pm OWL Session at UUCGL
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Thu, October 25
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, October 27
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, October 28
10:30am All Hallow’s Eve Service
Wed, October 31: Halloween
4pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser