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Christmas Flower Order Forms Here!

New Member Orientation Session: Sunday, Nov 26
Interested in joining the First Church and deepening your involvement with our liberal religious community?  We welcome new members twice a year, in December and May.  Towards that, we offer two opportunities to learn more about the church and meet some of our leadership and members. 
The next New Member Orientation session will be offered after church November 26.  Anyone wishing to join in December is encouraged to attend this session. New Members will be voted in during a Special Meeting of the Society immediately after church on Sunday, December 3. To sign up or learn more, please speak with Rev. Barz-Snell or call the Church Office. 

The Stocking Project is back!
Starting next Sunday, November 26 and in December, members of the church will once again team up with the Salem YMCA to help provide presents and clothes for 15 local families that are having a hard time.  People can team up or "adopt" a family (with one or two kids) on their own.  For more information, call the Church Office, or speak with Jim Ognibene of Social Outreach Committee.  And look for the Stockings on display in the Cleveland Room.

First Church Needs Firewood
The church is in need of firewood to be used in our fireplace during the coming colder months. If you're able to make a donation please contact Rev. Barz-Snell. Thank you!

The Gratitude Graffiti Project
Take part in the First Church Religious Education Gratitude Graffiti Project! This practice is a purposeful appreciation of one’s life through interactive art. Contemplate a source of gratitude in your life and express the thought on our gratitude graffiti wall!

Volunteer Opportunities to Make a Difference
· Donate canned goods and personal care products at our Thanksgiving service on Nov 19 or bring them to church on Sun, Nov 26
· Serving Dinner at Lifebridge on Sun, Nov 19 and Sat, Nov 25
· Bringing in winter items for this year's Scarf, Mitten, and Hat Drive – "Chase the Chill"
· “Plug in” with the work of our Social Justice and Social Outreach Committees
· Join us for the screening of the documentary film, “For Akeem,” on Sun, Nov 26 at 4:30 pm at the Cabot Cinema in Beverly.
· Help a local family in need with the holidays through our Stocking Project.  Pick up a stocking (with suggested items for children’s gifts) at the service on Nov 26 or Dec 3.


WARRANT
To the Members of the First Congregational Society:
You are hereby notified that a Special Meeting of the First Congregational Society in Salem will be held in the Meeting House of the church at 316 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts, on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017, directly after the morning Service, for the following purposes:
To vote upon and welcome new members into the Society.
By order of the Standing Committee.

WARRANT
To the Members of the First Congregational Society:
You are hereby notified that a Special Meeting of the First Congregational Society in Salem will be held in the Meeting House of the church at 316 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts, on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017, directly after the Special Meeting, for the following purposes:
To act upon a report from the Membership Committee regarding inactive members.
By order of the Standing Committee.

 

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Sat, November 18
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
8am Garden Bulb Planting & Clean Up
 
Sun, November 19: Thanksgiving Sunday
8am Family Promise Move Out and Clean Up
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
Canned Food Drive
Thanksgiving Community Fellowship Hour
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
7pm Youth Group
 
Sat, November 25
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
 
Sun, November 26
10:30am Service
12pm New Member Orientation
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
4:30pm “For Ahkeem” Film at The Cabot
7pm Youth Group
 
Sat, December 2
9am Choir Rehearsal
 
Sun, December 3
9am Rehearsal
10:30am Service
New Member Sunday
1st Sunday in Advent
Special Mtg of the Society to Welcome New Members
 
Sun, December 10
10:30am Service
12pm Pageant Rehearsal
 
Fri, December 15
6pm Congregational Caroling Party hosted by the Youth Group