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Chase The Chill
Our Chase the Chill program continues.  Help us prepare and hang up hats, mittens and scarves on our front fence during Fellowship Hour.

Conversation Circles Continue
Sunday, February 19

February 19 we continue our Conversation Circles after church.  These small group discussions are held every other week after church for 15 minutes or so during Fellowship Hour (or at some other scheduled time). Each Circle is a space for people to be in conversation as they share information and ideas and express their fears, hopes, and resolve for our community, region and country.

Wintertime Book Group
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Final Meeting: Thursday, February 23, 7:30pm

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.
A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.

Family Fun Night
Friday, February 24 at 6pm

Our theme for this family gathering is Music! We will have karaoke, a sing along, and lots of other varieties of musical fun. We will serve pizza and enjoy the ever popular decorate your own cupcake for dessert. Donations of $5 per person or $10 per family are welcome to help cover the cost! We hope to see you there.

Reenactment & Celebration of Leslie’s Retreat
Sunday, February 26

Come be a part of the Resistance!
The service on Sun, Feb 26 will be a community-wide commemoration of Leslie's Retreat, cosponsored by First Church, Historic Salem and the Federal Street Neighborhood Assoc.  There is going to be a reenactment of the famous event from Feb 26, 1775 immediately following church during which Rev. Jeff will play his predecessor from the time of the Revolutionary War, the Rev. Thomas Barnard, Jr.  After the reenactment outside, there will be an early afternoon reception and celebration back here at the church with people in period costume.  Join us for what should be very Salem and very fun morning of events.  

Film Screening: Time to Choose
Tuesday, February 28
6:30pm Social Hour, 7:15pm Film

Join us for a FREE screening of "Time to Choose," a documentary by Charles Ferguson about the urgent need to transition to renewable energy. With footage from five continents, "Time to Choose" explores the scope of the climate change crisis and the power of solutions already available. Learn more about this inspiring film and watch the trailer here, http://www.timetochoose.com/

SNOW DATE: Wed., March 1 (you never know; it could happen!)
For more information, visit www.SalemSAFE.org.
 
Snow Cancellation Information
Not that we ever want to use this but in the event that church is cancelled due to snow/weather we will post it on the website, our Facebook page, and on WBZ. Happy Winter! Stay warm!

NuDay Syria Collection
Throughout the month of February, First Church will be a drop-off location for items for NuDay Syria, an organization committed to helping Syrian refugees currently living in camps.
The following items are needed:  
Toys:  NEW coloring books and crayons, LIKE NEW stuffed animals, soccer balls, and non-battery operated toys. 
Health:  Diapers, vitamins, OTC painkillers, feminine pads, bar soap, toiletries, first aid supplies
Items may be left in the labeled bin outside the kitchen near the elevator.
For further information or questions please contact Stephanie Diozzi at stephanie.di@comcast.net

Meeting House Flower Update!
The Garden and Decorating Committee are pleased to announce several enhancements to the Altar Flower Program:
· Three different price points: $15, $25, $45. 
· We supply the arrangement in consultation with you. 
· Or we gratefully accept the arrangement you provide. 
· Your donation will be acknowledged in the Order of Service. 
· If possible, plant material will be re-purposed in the foyer or in the garden. 
· Committees are encouraged to participate once a year to highlight an aspect of their work. 
We hope this new program will inspire more members to celebrate an event, memorialize or honor a loved one.
Sign Up Online! Additionally, a signup sheet will also be circulated during Fellowship Hour or you may email Catherine in the office at firstchurchinsalem@gmail.com or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or janeeschauzier@gmail.com. 

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Sat, February 18
9am Choir Rehearsal

SSun, February 19
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
Conversation Circles
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Thu, February 23
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging
7:30pm Book Group

Fri, February 24
6pm Family Fun Night

Sat, February 25
9am Salem Pantry Distribution
4:45pm Lifebridge Dinner

Sun, February 26:
Resistance Sunday!
10:30am Service

Tuesday, February 28
6:30pm Film - Time to Choose
 
Sunday, March 5
10:30am Service
Story Teller: Tony Toledo
 
Saturday, March 11
9am Choir Rehearsal
 
Sunday, March 12
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Communion Service
Stewardship Luncheon
 
Tuesday, March 14
7pm Program on Election with Exec. Dir. Of Common Cause of MA, Pam Wilmot