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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!
CALL TO THE ANNUAL MEETING
To the Members of the First Congregational Society:
You are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of the First
Congregational Society in Salem will be held in the Meeting House of the church at 316 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts,
on SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017, directly after the morning Service,
for the following purposes:
1) To receive and act upon the reports of the Society;
2) To elect a Moderator and Officers of the Society;
3) To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
Yard Sale Coming Soon to a First Church Near You!
Peter Eschauzier, "Master of the Sale", has posted a schedule in the Cleveland Room of the days and hours he will be at First Church working on the Yard Sale in Willson Hall. For the next two weeks, starting on Monday, April 17th until Saturday, April 29th, Peter will be in Willson Hall almost every day. Feel free to come and stay as long as you can. No need to sign up. You can call or text him - 239-290-0591 - to make sure he’ll be there or to let you in. If the past two years are any indication, we know we can count, once again, on a terrific group of talented and enthusiastic volunteers. The Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 8am - 2pm.
A draft of the Annual Report will be available for review. Two copies will be placed at the back of the Meeting House for this Sunday, April 23.
Calling all Flutes!
The Welcome Committee is looking for “champagne style” flutes and glassware for an upcoming and amusing event. If you have any old wine glasses or champagne flutes collecting dust, consider donating them to the cause. They we will be used here for a special festive toast (with sparkling grape juice) involving everyone. Add your flutes to the festivity!
Family Promise Returns
May 14 - 20
Our Family Promise guests will be arriving on Sunday May 14. We are welcoming volunteers to serve as dinner hosts, overnight hosts, dinner preparers, as well to help with set up and take down. Here's the link to sign up: http://signup.com/go/diZR2o
May Day with the First Church
Sun, April 30
On Sunday, April 30 join us for our Beltane Celebration. The service will conclude with a May Pole ritual and dance, weather permitting!
New Member Orientation Session
Sunday, April 30
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 an opportunity to learn more about the church and meet some of our leadership and members. The New Member Orientation session will be offered after church on Sunday, april 30. Anyone wishing to join in May is encouraged to attend . New Members will be voted in during the Annual Meeting of the Society at church on Sunday, May 7. To sign up or learn more, please speak with Rev. Barz-Snell or call the Church Office.
Walking Tour of Local Plants
Sunday, April 30, 12:30 pm after church
Plants are much more than pretty flowers or annoying weeds. They are a huge part of what sustains us in the world. Our church values sustainability in this modern world and knowing and using the useful plants is a big part of living sustainably. Want to know which plants and weeds are good for food or medicine (yes, even in the city!)? Join Iris Weaver, Foraging Instructor and member of our congregation, for a walk around the church and a few blocks of the McIntyre District to learn more about our local plants. Bring your camera or a notebook to record all the exciting things you will learn.
Walk for HAWC
Sunday, April 30, 11:30am meet at Salem Common
Walk Begins at Noon.
Again First Parish in Beverly and First Church in Salem will form Team UUWannaWalk2017 for the 25th Annual HAWC Walk on Sunday April 30, 2017. Join the UUWannaWalk2017 team - contact Chris Weis, firstname.lastname@example.org/617-407-6767 and she will be glad to add your name to the team More information on HAWC can be found on hawcdv.org.
Meeting House Flower Update!
The Garden and Decorating Committee are pleased to announce several enhancements to the Altar Flower Program:
· Three different price points: $15, $25, $45.
· We supply the arrangement in consultation with you.
· Or we gratefully accept the arrangement you provide.
· Your donation will be acknowledged in the Order of Service.
· If possible, plant material will be re-purposed in the foyer or in the garden.
· Committees are encouraged to participate once a year to highlight an aspect of their work.
We hope this new program will inspire more members to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one. Sign Up Online! Additionally, a signup sheet will also be circulated during Fellowship Hour or 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.
Thu, April 27
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, April 29
9am First Church Yard Sale
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
Climate Rally in Boston and DC
Sun, April 30
10:30am Service and May Day/Beltane Celebration
Following Service: New Member Orientation
12:30pm Walking Tour of Plants
Sun, May 7
Annual Meeting Sunday and the Welcoming of New Members
Tue, May 9
12pm Lunch with the Pastor, brown bag
Wed, May 10
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg
Sun, May 14
Mother’s Day Sunday
Family Promise Week begins
Sun, May 21
Flower Communion Service followed by “Sundae Sunday,” one of the most popular fundraisers of the year.
Family Promise Week concludes