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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!
Random Acts of Breakfast
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30am
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.
Leslie’s Retreat Sunday Service and Reenactment
Sunday, February 24
Mark the Occasion! Join the Ranks! Join us for the annual fun and informal reenactment of Colonel Leslie's 1775 march to the Salem. The service on Sunday, February 24 will be led by Deacon Charli Newhall followed by the reenactment down North Street and a reception back here at First Church.
Winter Shabbat Potluck: Friday, March 1 at 6:00pm
We will celebrate the Jewish tradition of Shabbat. “Beginning just before sunset on Friday night, it is traditional to light Shabbat candles, sing Shalom Aleichem (welcoming angels to one’s table) make blessings over wine and bread, to bless one’s children, and to enjoy a leisurely meal characterized by good food, stimulating conversation, singing and Jewish learning.” We hope to have a congregant who is familiar with Shabbat to lead us in blessing the Challah and wine and lighting Shabbat candles. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/marchpotluck Children welcome and babysitting available.
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.
Tuesday, Feb 19
7pm Standing Committee Mtg
Thursday, February 21
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Saturday, February 23
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Sunday, February 24
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Leslie’s Retreat Service
Friday, March 1
6pm Winter Shabbat Potluck
Friday, March 8
6pm Family Fun Night