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Fall Story Slam
Friday, October 13                        
7:00 pm Gathering, 7:30 Story-Telling

BYO Appetizers and Beverages
Join us for an evening of fun and fright as we tell stories.  Given we will gather on Friday the 13th in October, in Salem, the theme will be stories of “Superstition and Luck.”  Real life ghost stories are encouraged! Hosted by Liv and David Radue, who will “appear” just for the night.
 
Small-Group Potlucks: Sign Up for November
A few years ago we began a successful program of small-group pot luck dinners at members' homes. These dinners give people a chance to meet and talk with other members of the church in an informal, relaxed setting. The groups are formed randomly so that people meet with a cross section of church members. Some groups include both adults and children.

We are starting a new round of dinners in November. The host(s) for the dinner will be responsible for timing, what to bring, etc. The only official order of business for each group will be to schedule a second dinner some time in February.

To participate in one of these groups please print and fill out this form and return it by email to firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com or drop it by the Church Office. You'll be notified by email about the location and date of your dinner group by Friday, October 27.

PLEASE SIGN UP BEFORE OCTOBER 23 especially if you are able to be a host. This way dinner groups can be formed before everyone's calendars fill up. Both newcomers as well as small-group veterans are encouraged to join in. If you do sign up after October 23 it should still be possible to add you to a group.
 

Family Fun Night Halloween Party
Friday, October 20, 6:00pm

Come in costume and be ready for some spooky fun.
We will have games, crafts and some special surprises.
Requested donations of $5/person or $10/family for pizza being provided. Thank you!!!
 
Family Promise: We Walk to End Homelessness
Saturday, October 21

On Saturday, October 21, join neighbors and friends to support Family Promise. The 4th Annual Walk begins and ends at seaside Lynch Park. Enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries before heading off for a scenic 3-mile loop along the shore and through downtown Beverly. Tee-shirt pick-up starts at 8:00 a.m. Helping families who experience homelessness has never been so easy or enjoyable. Please join us and show your support! Register or donate online, and find out more at www.familypromisensb.org. 
 
October Parking Fundraiser
The Halloween season is upon us once again.  Some of you know what that means – All of you can participate.  We have the opportunity to raise money for the church fiscal year.  Last year, we had a successful month of fundraising in October by renting the church parking lot the weekends before Halloween and Halloween itself.
This is a fundraiser that requires little overhead and is easy and fun to do.  For those who would like to offer two to three hours of your time during this month, please look for the sign-up sheet in the Cleveland room or online. This is a fun way of meeting people at the church and to contribute to the church as well. Please sign up in the Barnard Room or contact Helen Jacoby at hkjacoby@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions regarding this church fundraiser.

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 email Jess Kane at jesskane07@gmail.com. 
 
Meeting House Flowers
Sign Up Here
Meeting House Flower Sign Ups are available online or at the Sign Up Table in the Barnard Room. Currently the Garden Committee is coordinating flowers which are a wonderful way to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one. For further questions you may email Catherine in the office at firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or janeschauzier@gmail.com.  

 

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Tue, October 10
12pm Lunch with the Pastor
6:30pm 350MA Northshore Cluster Meeting

Fri, October 13
5pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser
7pm Fall Story Slam

Sat, October 14
9am Choir Rehearsal
12pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser

Sun, October 15
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
1pm-4pm Parking Fundraiser
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Wed, October 18
7:15pm Standing Committee Mtg

Fri, October 20
6pm Family Fun Night

Sat, October 21
10am-6pm Parking Fundraiser
6pm Youth Group Pumpkin Carving

Sun, October 22
10:30am Service
1pm-4pm Parking Fundraiser

Thu, October 26
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Fri, October 27
5pm-8pm Parking Fundraiser

Sat, October 28
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
10am-6pm Parking Fundraiser
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, October 29: All Hallow’s Eve Sunday
10:30am Service with Guest Speaker Dr. Rose Wolf
12pm Youth Group Jack-o'-lantern Pumpkin Fundraiser
1pm-5pm Parking Fundraiser

Tue, October 31
2pm-9pm Parking Fundraiser