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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!
December Holiday and Caroling Party hosted by the First Church Youth Group
Friday, Dec 15 from 6:30 -8:30 ish
The Youth Group of the First Church invites you to join us for a night of caroling, game playing and cider sipping by the fire. We will gather at 6:30 and spend some time caroling in the neighborhood. We will then return for warm cider and stew by the fire, and perhaps a few games. Plan to dress warmly as we plan to be outside for 45 minutes to an hour. All are welcome.
Pageant Sunday: Sun, Dec 17
8:45 Pageant Call for all participants
9:00 Choir Rehearsal
10:30 Christmas Sunday Service
11:30 Community Fellowship Hour, featuring our annual serving of Milk Punch
12:00 Family Holiday Party begins with large red-suited guest
Christmas Eve Services of Lessons & Carols
10:30am A Christmas Eve Morning gathering of song and merriment. Come and learn about the history of some of your favorite carols as we sing songs and tell a few stories inspired by the season.
5:45pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00pm Christmas Eve Service of Lessons & Carols
New Year’s Eve Service
Sun, Dec 31 10:30am
New Year’s Eve service and gathering. Join us as we bid adieu to 2017 and hold up our hopes for 2018.
Stocking Project Update!
Each December we partner with the YMCA to provide holiday gifts for those in need. This year, as always, we've received a hearty response from the congregation. All items are due this Sunday, December 17th so they can be brought to the YMCA right away. Please place your gift in the designated pew box near the piano in the sanctuary (gifts on one, diapers in another). The gifts should be unwrapped. You may choose to donate wrapping paper as well, but not required.
IMPORTANT: All gifts (excluding diapers) must be clearly marked as to both the family and person in the family. To that end, there are green index cards with your name on it, used as identifiers currently stored in the pew box. Please attach your green card to your gift so it is clearly designated. Thank you! Any questions, please feel free to email Jim Ognibene @ firstname.lastname@example.org. or speak with Brenda Marean or Reverend Jeff. Thank you for your generosity from the Social Outreach Committee.
Chase the Chill
Bring in winter items for this year's 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.
Fri, December 15
6:30pm Caroling & Holiday Party hosted by Youth Group
Sat, December 16
9am Choir Rehearsal
10am Pageant Dress Rehearsal
Sun, December 17
Christmas Pageant and Multigenerational Holiday Party
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner Team
Wed, December 20
7:15pm Standing Cmte Meeting
Hanukkah ends at sundown
Thu, December 21
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
Sat, December 23
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner
Sun, December 24
10:30am Yuletide Theme Service
5:45pm Choir Rehearsal
7pm Christmas Eve Carols and Lessons Service
Mon, December 25: Christmas
Sun, December 31
10:30am New Year’s Eve Janus Ritual Service