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Christmas Flower Orders! Click here to download the form.
Help create a festive Meeting House inside and out this holiday season!!!
This year we offering three flower options for decorating the Meeting House: small and large red poinsettias as well as white cyclamen with variegated leaves. Additionally, you can help create a holiday welcome at the church steps by sponsoring a winter arrangement for one of the six planters. Any of these can be done in memory or honor of a loved one or to commemorate a special event. You also have the opportunity to make a contribution to the General Christmas Decoration Fund in honor of family or friends. All pricing details are below.
All orders are due no later than Wednesday, December 5.Please fill out the form below and drop it in the envelope outside the church office door. You can also email your order to Catherine Bertrand, Church Administrator, at firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com.

Family Promise: December 16-23
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First Church in Salem will be hosting Family Promise during the holiday season! December 16-23, please join us at First Church as we welcome families to our warm congregation. Our guest families will be arriving on Sunday December 16, and will be spending evenings and nights within our church until their departure on December 23. We are in need of volunteers to act as overnight hosts, dinner hosts or donate meals. Sign up link is above to volunteer! With the week falling right before the holiday we wanted to let everyone know about it now! If you have questions, and/or wish to be added to the Family Promise email list, please contact Jessica.Kane  jesskane07@gmail.com.

First Church Stocking Project
Remember to bring your Stocking Project gifts on Sunday, December 16! The gifts are to be tagged with the card describing their gift, gifts left unwrapped, but wrapping paper may be enclosed.  The gifts may be left in the labeled box pews in the Meeting House.  Gift cards may be given to Jim Ognibene or Brenda Marean.

Chase the Chill Returns!
Started by Susan Huxley in Pennsylvania in 2008 this event started as a “scarf bombing” by knitters leaving scarves in public places so those in need could take them without any strings attached. Bring in winter items for this year's Chase the Chill Scarf, Mitten, and Hat Drive! Items can be left in the bin in the hallway behind the Cleveland Room. Sundays during Fellowship we'll pin a tag on donated items and then hang them up on the fence in the front of the church for people to take as they need.  The drive will run through February or March weather pending. Helen Jacoby has been running the drive at First Church for several years. Please feel free to contact Helen or the Church Office with any questions.

Host Fellowship Hour
Sign Up Here!
Members and friends of First Church often volunteer to host part of Fellowship Hour each week: one person/family/group for the Cleveland Room and one person one person/family/group for the Barnard Room. Each month we hold one or two Potluck Fellowship where we ask anyone attending that upcoming Sunday to bring a bite to share! Fellowship Hour takes place following the service and coffee, tea, and light refreshments are served. 
Please note all sign ups will take place online. Click the link above or email the Church Office with any questions: firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com. Thank you!  

Meeting House Flowers
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

Calendar
Tue, December 11
7pm Standing Committee Meeting

Fri, December 14
6pm Caroling and Tree Decorating

Sat, December 15
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sun, December 16
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Thu, December 20
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Sat, December 22
9am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
10:30am Pageant Dress Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team

Sun, December 23
8:30am Pageant Players Call Time
10:30am  Service & Pageant
12pm Potluck Fellowship and Family Holiday Party

Mon, December 24
6pm Choir Rehearsal
7pm Christmas Eve Service

Tue, December 25
Christmas Day