Sign up to volunteer for Family Promise!
The First Church will once open our doors to 3-4 homeless families for seven nights in the middle of May.  We will again 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 hosting is easy. Overnight volunteers have their own private room (one of the two offices upstairs) and a comfortable bed to sleep on.  
Who doesn't love a free meal? Dinner hosts are treated to delicious delectables prepared by our fellow volunteers.
Making lasagna? Why not make a few extra? Or just pick up some rotisserie chicken from Market Basket. Proving dinner can be as simple or complex as your inner Julia Childs wants!
Please click here to sign up. Thank you! Your time and caring are appreciated so much! We can't do this without your support.

Social Justice Committee News
Tue, May 16 after 6pm

Are you interested in racial justice? Climate change? LGBTQ issues? Saving the world through the resistance? The Social Justice Committee is looking for friends to join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at 6:00 in the Barnard Room. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages. We will be talking about the latest work with ECCO, and UUMassAction, including Salem’s sanctuary city ordinance. We will also be thinking about new initiatives we would like to undertake.  
Also, please consider donating to ECCO’s No One Stands Alone Fund.  We are sad to report that on Easter Sunday, two active ECCO members were the victim of a shooting in Lynn. Lenny Clement passed away from his injuries and Prince Belin was hospitalized. This fund will ensure that Lenny’s family can pay for his funeral, that Prince can move to a safe place as he recovers from his injuries, and that no one in the ECCO community should ever stand alone. The website is:
Questions about the Social Justice Committee? Contact

Lifebridge Dinner Team
Next Dinners: Sun, May 21 and Sat, May 27 at 4:45pm

The Lifebridge teams of the First Church serve dinners at 56 Margin Street on the third Sunday and the fourth Saturday of every month There are THREE ways you can sign up to help; the easiest is to just use the sign-up sheet in the Barnard Room. Alternatively, you can always join our Facebook page, or send an email to Alan Hanscom ( to be put on the email list.

Flower Communion followed by Sundae Sunday
Sunday, May 21

Bring a flower with you to church on May 21 for our annual celebration of spring and flowers.This distinct Unitarian ritual was brought to the United States in the 1940’s from the Unitarian church in Prague. After the service, join us for one of the more popular fellowship hours and youth fundraisers of the year- Sundae Sunday.  Ice cream sundaes during fellowship: what’s not to like!?  All proceeds will go to a local charity project selected by our kids.

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 or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or


 Wed, May 10
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg

Sun, May 14
10:30am Service: Mother’s Day Sunday
Fellowship Hosted by Gentlemen and Children of First Church
Family Promise Week begins

Tue, May 16
6pm Social Justice Meeting

Sat, May 20
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Garden Clean Up and Mulching

Sun, May 21  
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service Flower Communion Service followed by “Sundae Sunday,” one of the most popular fundraisers of the year.
Family Promise Week concludes
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sat, May 27
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, May 28
10:30am Service: Memorial Day Sunday, Jeff Barz-Snell Preaching

Thur, June 1
Coming of Age Dinner with Students and Parents

Sat, June 3
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, June 4
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Coming of Age Service and Celebration of Youth
Annual Church Picnic to follow [Rain Date: June 11]

Sun, June 11
10:30am RE Sunday