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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!
Minister's Office Hours
Reverend Ide will have scheduled office hours on Thursdays, October 17 and 24 from 2pm-4pm. Please feel free to stop by then.
If you would like to talk with Elizabeth, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Thank you!
Halloween Parking Fundraiser: October Weekends & Halloween
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 the month, please look for the sign-up sheet soon!
This is a fun way of meeting people at the church and to contribute to the church as well. The job is very simple:
Church volunteers’ sign up for a few hours, then on the designated day, pull out the parking sign and other supplies. Bring out a couple of chairs and sit and enjoy the company of another church volunteer. Collect money from those very happy to pay and park for $20.00 a day ($25.00) on Halloween) or what the neighbor lots are charging for the day. Fill up the lot until full (approximately 15 vehicles). See how many times you can turn over the lot in a shift/day. You have a choice of being in costume or not. It’s up to you! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/FCparking2019 you just fill your name into a BLANK spot.
Please contact Helen Jacoby hkjacoby@gmail for day of shift information.
Pastoral Care Committee
Sunday, October 13 at 12:30pm
Through Pastoral Care we take care of each other and there is a committee here at First Church that helps friends and members in a number of different ways. If you’re looking for a new way to connect and volunteer and would like to find out more please join us for the Pastoral Care Committee meeting on Sunday, October 13 at 12:30pm. New members and friends are welcome!!
Calling all friends and members!
The Worship Team is reaching out to the First Church community to see who would like to be a part of the Sunday worship service in the future. At the moment we are looking for those who would like to participate as a Chalice Lighter—individuals or families are invited! We would provide the reading that accompanies lighting the chalice. All we ask is that you arrive to church a bit earlier so we can walk through the actual lighting. It’s a simple but lovely way to be a part of the service. Please email Catherine at email@example.com if you’re interested!
Salem Backpack Program
We are working on our Salem Backpack Program collection. The program provides a bag of food each Friday for children who need nutritious food over the weekend. Students in all grades will have hands on work and decision making in this project. This project is a way to share our blessings with others. Collection bins will be at the church entrance and in the lobby.
Meeting House Flowers
Meeting House Flower Sign Ups are now available online or at the Sign Up Table in the Barnard Room. http://bit.ly/flowers2020
The Garden Committee coordinates the Meeting House flowers each Sunday as 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 email@example.com.
Fellowship Hour Sign Ups Available Online
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 email Stephanie Diozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get to Know the Committees of First Church!
Thank you to Stephanie Diozzi and all who helped to highlight the Fellowship Committee during the month of September!
One of the goals of bringing a committee and it’s efforts to the forefront each month is to ENLIGHTEN the First Church community to how that committee is one of the many cogs in the wonderful machine that is our church. The other major goal is to ENGAGE friends and members.
Fellowship Hour is a wonderful time to connect with visitors, old friends, catch up on news, make new plans all around the timeless tradition of ‘breaking bread’ and it is our hope to see more people join the Fellowship Committee so we can further the reach of all that can and does happen during our coffee and snack hour following the service.
Please reach out to Stephanie Diozzi at email@example.com.
During the month of October we will assess how our first month went in this new and exciting project highlighting a committee (or two) each month. Look out for a calendar listing the upcoming Committee Highlights!
Feel free to email Congregational Administrator Catherine Bertrand with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 9
7pm HR Committee
Saturday, October 12
10am-6pm Parking Fundraiser
Sunday, October 13
9am Master Planning Cmte Mtg
12:30pm Pastoral Care Cmte
1pm Parking Fundraiser
Thursday, October 17
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
2pm-4pm Rev. Ide’s Office Hours
Friday, October 18
6:30pm RE Family Fun