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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!
Minister's Office Hours
If you would like to talk with Rev. Elizabeth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Thank you!
Calling all friends and members!
The Worship Team is reaching out to the First Church community to see who would like to be a part of the Sunday worship service in the future. At the moment we are looking for those who would like to participate as a Chalice Lighter—individuals or families are invited! We would provide the reading that accompanies lighting the chalice. All we ask is that you arrive to church a bit earlier so we can walk through the actual lighting. It’s a simple but lovely way to be a part of the service. Please email Catherine at email@example.com if you’re interested!
Pastoral Care Committee Needs Care Angels!
The Pastoral Care Committee provides assistance to First Church members and friends at times of need such as illness, loss of a loved one, or stay in a nursing facility.
The Committee will ask one of our volunteers to contact the church member and ask what they need. We may provide a meal, ride to an appointment, or visit a member in the hospital or nursing facility.
If you would like to be one of our Care Angels please let us know. All that is required is a willingness to send a card, make a phone call, provide a visit or a meal, or possibly provide a ride or run an errand. If you are interested, we would love to add you to our list of First Church volunteers who might be called upon in time of need. If at the time we contact you, it is not convenient for you to help, we will call on you another time.
To be added to our Care Angel list, please contact Sally Millice at 978-745-1632 or Sallymillice@gmail.com.
Thank you for your interest.
Pastoral Care Committee
Sally Millice, Lynn Taggart, Claire Donaldson, Linda Stark, Terry Bastion, Kris Anderson
Save the date for Games Night in the Cleveland Room on Friday, November 15th! Details to follow soon.
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!
During the month of November we will highlight the Social Outreach Committee! Join us on Sunday, November 3 for Social Justice Sunday!
Feel free to email Congregational Administrator Catherine Bertrand with any questions at email@example.com.
Wednesday, October 30
2pm Worship Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 31: Halloween!
2pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser
Sat, November 2
9am Choir Rehearsal
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour
Sun, November 3
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Social Justice Service
Sat, November 9
9am Garden Clean Up
Sun, November 10