Request from Lifebridge Dinner Team Committee
In an effort to stretch their food budget, the Lifebridge Dinner Team is currently accepting donations of non-perishable food items. First Church prepares meals twice a month according to a fixed menu of baked ziti and salad, so the following specific items are requested:
-Ziti Pasta (any sized boxes)
-Plain tomato sauce, tomato puree, or crushed tomatoes (28 oz cans)
-Olive oil
-Minced garlic (small jars)
-Croutons (ideally vegan-friendly)
-Caesar salad dressing
-Vegan-friendly salad dressing (no dairy, cheese or anchovies; small bottles)
-Spices—Oregano, parsley flakes, dried basil
-Iced tea mix (size sufficient to make 2 gallons of beverage)
Each Sunday you may place the items in one of the well-marked blue plastic bins located outside the Barnard Room. PLEASE DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS DIRECTLY TO THE LIFEBRIDGE SHELTER.
Thank you,
Paul Marquis, on behalf of the Lifebridge Dinner Team

Message from the Membership Committee
New Member Information Sessions

On April 7th and 14th, there will be short, informal meetings after church in the meeting house for those who wish to find out more about becoming a member of First Church. In addition to the Interim Minister, Terry Sweetser, there will be representatives from the Membership Committee to talk about their history with the church and to answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in joining the church, we will be welcoming new members during the annual meeting on May 12, immediately following the service. Please contact Mary Krigbaum of the Membership Committee ( or the Church Office with any questions (
From the Ministerial Search Committee
We have completed our second pre-candidate weekend and are deep into the discernment of a final candidate.  While our conversations and deliberations must be confidential, we can tell you that they are bottomless – there are no questions that you have asked, either in the survey, the cottage chats, or in direct communication, that we have not asked the pre-candidates and that we have not asked ourselves. 
Candidate Week spans two Sundays and in between there will be several opportunities to connect with our potential new minister.  Please make every effort to be in church on Sunday, April 28 for worship with the candidate and again on Sunday, May 5 for worship and the vote to call our new minister. 
Your trust in us and our trust in the search process continue to buoy us in the deep waters of this journey.  The shore is in sight! 

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: Thank you!  

Meeting House Flowers

Order Easter Flowers! Download the Form Here
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 or contact Jan Eschauzier directly at 978-969-1820 or  


Click here for a list of upcoming Potluck/Special Fellowships!

Sunday, March 24
10:30am Service

Thursday, March 28
4pm Salem Pantry Bagging

Saturday, March 30
9am Choir Rehearsal
9am Salem Pantry Distribution

Sunday, March 31
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service

Monday, April 1
7pm HR Committee

Sunday, April 7
10:30am Service
11:30am New Member Info Session

Tuesday, April 9
7pm Standing Committee

Saturday, April 13
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, April 14: Palm Sunday
9am Choir Rehearsal
9:30am Archives Cmte Meeting
10:30am Service
11:30am New Member Info Session
Egg Dying After the Service

Thursday, April 18
7:30am Breakfast at Maria’s
7pm Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 19
Good Friday

Saturday, April 20
9am Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, April 21: Easter
9am Choir Rehearsal
10:30am Service
Easter Egg Hunt to follow