Family Promise Volunteers Needed!
July 7-14:
August 11-18:
First Church in Salem will be hosting Family Promise during the week of July 7-14. We know it's summer vacation- cool off with some time in the AC, enjoying a tasty dinner with our guests or sleeping over on the new air mattresses (in rooms with AC!). We will plan fun outdoor activities for the kids, too. Feel free to bring your kiddos! Thank you, and have a happy summer!  

Summer at First Church
There will be no services held during the month of July. We’ll return on Sunday, August 4th for our annual Founders Day service with our new minister, Pastor Elizabeth Ide! We hope you will join us then.

SAVE-THE-DATE For The First Ordination in Twenty Years at First Church!
Sunday, September 22

Although the church year is coming to a close, the beginning of Pastor Elizabeth Ide's ministry will be here in the blink of an eye.  We are honored that she will be ordained by First Church on the afternoon of Sunday, September 22.  The planning for this important ritual is under way, and there will be many opportunities to help and participate.  For the moment, please just put it on your calendars.
Elizabeth will begin her ministry with us on August 1, and she will participate in worship on 3 Sundays in August - the 4th, 11t , and 25th.  She and her husband have found a place to live, so transitions are in process all around.
Please join us for worship on Rev. Terry Sweetser's last Sunday, June 23rd, and again on June 30, when the Ministerial Search Committee is excited to be leading the service.

And so the bell rang.

32 times.  Because she’s the 32nd minister.

Plus one more.  Because she’s the first female minister in our 390 year history. 

On Sunday, May 5, 2019, First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist overwhelmingly and joyously called Pastor Elizabeth M. Ide as our 32nd minister.  

Candidate Week was a whirlwind. Through 23 occasions in nine days (including one that ended with deep conversation by candlelight when the power failed), Elizabeth eventually met the entire staff and the majority of our active members. Her intense interest in our church community was palpable, whether during worship, in meetings, or socializing.  She spoke quietly and confidently from her heart about things that matter to her and to our community.  She is our minister now, and we are her congregation. 

The work of the search is over, and the work of a new shared ministry begins.  Our walk together continues and the First Church community is thrilled at the prospect.


Sun, August 4
Founders Day Service
Pastor Elizabeth Ide Preaching

Sun, August 11
Pastor Elizabeth Ide Preaching

Sun, August 18
Rev. Claire Donaldson Preaching

Sun, August 25
Pastor Elizabeth Ide Preaching

No service Labor Day weekend—Sunday, September 1. We then return on September 8.

Have a wonderful summer!