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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!
Family Promise Training
Thursday, March 22 7pm-8:30pm at First Church
Family Promise is a non profit organization working to end homelessness, one family at a time. First Church helps by hosting 3-4 homeless families for one week, during dinner and overnight. If you would like to visit with our guests and enjoy a meal, or sleep over night (on a cot in a private room) then please attend a volunteer training. Other roles that do not require training are; providing meals, setting up cots for the guest families, or washing the linens after their stay.
We do also require a CORI background check, so please bring a valid driver's license or other government ID.
For more information please contact Jessica Kane, email@example.com or (978)210-8785. Thank you!
Palm Sunday Readers
The Easter and Passover seasons are quickly upon us.
This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week for Christians all over the world. As a way of honoring our connection to these traditions, it is the First Church's practice to host every few years a reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday.
We need 8-10 people to volunteer as readers / performers. It involves one brief read-through rehearsal, scheduled for next Saturday, March 24 at 11 AM. This time might be adjusted depending on people's availability. If you are interested, please speak with the Jeff Barz-Snell or call the Church Office.
April 6, 7, 8
Please join your First Church friends at our Stewardship Pledge kick-off for Fiscal Year 2019. This is an exciting time at First Church in Salem, Universalist Unitarian. We’re growing our membership, expanding our programs, and extending our support of important happenings around Salem.
This expansion is happening because you always step up to the plate with the generosity of your time, your talents, and especially, your financial contributions. It is through these contributions that First Church can thrive, andit is through your annual pledge that First Church is able to budget its resources for the year.
Join old friends and new at the small-group potlucks hosted by First Church members to jumpstart our pledge drive. These will be held the weekend of April 6, 7, and 8. Please email your date preference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once all RSVPs are received, you will be contacted by your host with details.
The Stewardship Committee of First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist
Lifebridge Dinner Team Members
Next Dinner: Sat, March 24 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. The Lifebridge teams of the First Church serve dinners at 56 Margin Street on the third Sunday and the fourth Saturday of every month. You can sign up in the Barnard Room or send Alan Hanscom an email (email@example.com) to be put on the email list. Additionally you can sign up using these links: Sunday Dinnersor Saturday Dinners.
Annual Reports Due Thursday, April 5
Please submit your Annual Report to Catherine Bertrand by Thursday, April 5 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chat with the Minister this Spring
Pint with the Pastor
Sunday, Apr 8, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at O’Neill’s Pub
Washington Street in Salem
Join Jeff and others for a popular new monthly gathering. He will have a few tables at O’Neill’s starting at 4pm. There will be a copy of the Sunday NY Times as he wont to possess on a weekend afternoon. The music will be live and Irish, and the conversations stimulating. We had 18 people show up in January. You never know who might drop by.
Lunch with the Pastor
Tuesday, Apr 10 at 12 noon
Join Jeff and an eclectic and very articulate group of regulars on the second Tuesday of the month for a brown bag lunch. Conversation often ventures into current events, local history, religion and … you name it.
Fellowship Hosts Needed!
Sign Up HERE.
Members and friends of The First Church volunteer to host Fellowship each week. One or two people volunteer to host the adult table in the Cleveland Room or the Children's Table in the Barnard Room. Some people find that co-hosting can be more fun and make the hosting easier. Fellowship Committee members are available to assist any "first-timers", or to help pair someone up with another co-host. For information click here!
Meeting House Flowers: Sign Up Here
Flowers beautify the spaces of our church and are a gift to those who attend our worship services. A contribution of altar flowers also provides an opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one or to celebrate an event. The Garden Committee invites you to participate in this meaningful tradition:
You can supply the arrangement. We are happy to loan you a vase or a basket.
You may make a donation ($15, $25 or $45) to the Meeting House Flower Fund, and we'll handle the details in consultation with you.
Committees are encouraged to participate annually to highlight an aspect of their work.
Your commemoration will be acknowledged in the Sunday Order of Service.
If possible plants will be re-used in the foyer or the Churchyard Garden. Or if you've provided the arrangement it can be returned to you.
You can sign up online here. Additionally, a signup sheet is available in the Barnard Room 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.
Upcoming Youth Group Events
March 24-25 (Sat-Sun) - Youth conference; overnight in Sharon
April 18 (Wed) - 5:00pm - Trip to Sanctuary Boston
We will also be painting the youth room, planning a heritage trip to Boston, and discussing General Assembly.
Wed, March 21: First Day of Spring!
7:15pm Standing Committee Meeting
Thu, March 22
7pm Family Promise Training
Sat, March 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
11am Passion Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Youth Group Conference Overnight
Sun, March 25: Palm Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
During Religious Education: Egg Decorating
Thu, March 29: Maundy Thursday
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
7pm Maundy Thursday Candlelight Service
Fri, March 30: Good Friday
Passover Begins at Sundown
Sat, March 31
9am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, April 1: Easter Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
Annual Egg Hunt
Thu, April 5
Annual Reports Due
Sat, April 7
Passover Ends at Sundown
Sun, April 8 “Low Sunday”
4pm Pint with the Pastor
Tue, April 10
12pm Lunch with the Pastor, brown bag