Family Promise Volunteers Needed!
First Church will once open our doors to 3-4 homeless families for seven nights from November 12-19.  We will need volunteers to make dinner, host dinner, and stay overnight.  Ideally, we need one male and one female to sleep over night for each of the seven days we are hosting the families.  Overnight volunteers have their own private room (one of the two offices upstairs) and a comfortable bed to sleep on. To sign up please go to the link:  

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Needed
Sunday, November 12

Shifts: 8:30am-9:30am & 9:30am-10:30am
Sign ups are available in the Barnard Room to help set up, cook and clean up for the Pancake Breakfast.

New Member Orientation Sessions: Nov 12 & 26
Interested in joining the First Church and deepening your involvement with our liberal religious community?  We welcome new members twice a year, in December and May.  Towards that, we offer two opportunities to learn more about the church and meet some of our leadership and members. 

Two New Member Orientation sessions will be offered after church on Sundays, November 12 and 26.  Anyone wishing to join in December is encouraged to attend one of these sessions.  New Members will be voted in during a Special Meeting of the Society immediately after church on Sunday, December 3.  To sign up or learn more, please speak with Rev. Barz-Snell or call the Church Office.  

Lecture by Ambassador Emeritus Thomas R. Pickering
Thursday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.
Russia and the United States: Marriage, Separation, Divorce?
Ambassador Pickering served as the U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York under President George H.W. Bush. $75 pp, $125 per couple (includes lecture)
7:00pm Lecture at First Church in Salem at 316 Essex Street, Salem
$25 for Pickering Foundation members; $35 for non-members  Email for reservations.



Wed, November 8
7pm HR Committee Meeting
Thu, November 9
7pm Pickering Lecture

Sat, November 11
9am Garden Clean Up & Bulb Planting

Sun, November 12
8am Family Promise Move In & Set Up
9am Pancake Breakfast
10:30am Service
Pageant Casting During Religious Ed
11:45am New Member Orientation

Tue, November 14
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
Wed, November 15
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg

Thu, November 16
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, November 18
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
9am RAIN DATE: Garden Bulb Planting & Clean Up

Sun, November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday
Family Promise Move Out and Clean Up
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
Thanksgiving Community Fellowship Hour
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sat, November 25
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, November 26
10:30am Service
11:45am New Member Orientation
12pm Pageant Rehearsal