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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!
Announcement Sign Ups
If you have announcements today please see Church Administrator Catherine Bertrand to sign up before the service. She will be near the pulpit between 10am and 10:30am with a black clipboard. Thank you!
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.
From the Ministerial Search Committee
Video interviews are nearly finished! Most of our time now is spent in phone interviews with references, deep discussion and deliberation about the ministers' talents and qualifications, listening hard to their sermons, and thinking about which of them will best walk with us in the next part of our journey as a church. Our next big job is deciding on the three people who will become our pre-candidates.
Know also that we are still listening deeply to the comments coming from those of you who have read the Congregational Record and/or the survey results on the church website. Everything we hear from you cycles back into our discernment of what First Church needs in a minister for our bright future.
For more details and contact information please head to our members and friends only page. If you're in need of the password please reach out to Catherine Bertrand, Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Random Acts of Breakfast -- Repeatedly!
For all those First Churchers who would like to gather socially in simple ways, Ben Waxman, past chair of Standing Committee, offers the following standing invitation: Every Third Thursday of the month, anyone so motivated can come to Maria’s in Salem (10 Jefferson Ave) to join others for breakfast and casual, upbeat chat. There will be no kvetching at these gatherings! (Well, maybe there will be a little kvetching since we are New Englanders.)
General guidelines: Starts at 7:30 am. No RSVPs necessary. Everyone pays their own way. Sometimes there may be just 2 of us and other times maybe we’ll have 12 of us. No pressure to show up or stay long. Just an opportunity for us to gather, have pancakes, eggs and coffee, lighten our days, and get to know each other a bit better.
Next gathering: February 21, 2019, 7:30 AM. I’ll be there. Hope to see you!
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or email@example.com.
Sun, February 3
Mon, February 4
7pm HR Committee Meeting
Sat, February 9
9am Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, February 10
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Choir Service
Chocolate Sunday Fellowship
Tue, February 12
7pm Standing Committee Meeting
Sun, February 17
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Thu, February 21
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, February 23
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
Sun, February 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Leslies' Retreat Sunday