First Universalist Church of Essex  a Unitarian Universalist Church 





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11/08/19 Weekly Update

November 08, 2019 10:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

 First Universalist Church of Essex 


Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 23rd, 9am to 2pm

Click here for the flyer.

This Sunday

Join Eva as we moment to honor our Veterans. We will also experiment together with a new way to co-create a sermon. It promises to be fun! 

Prayer List... In Our Thoughts and Prayers:

Lindle's brother, who began chemo and radiation for his brain cancer. 
Mike Attridge is continuing cancer treatment.

To all of those in our congregation, and to their loved ones, we send sincere, heartfelt messages of healing and comfort.

Upcoming Events:


11/08 6:00pm UU Hang Out 

This weekend:

11/10 @ 6:00pm UBU

11/10 @ 6:30pm Writers' Group

Next week:

11/11 @6:30pm Tai Chi

Holiday Craft Fair

The Holiday Craft Fair is Sat., Nov. 23rd9am to 2pmClick here for the flyer.

Our sale captains are:
Crafts: Bethany Swanson
Food: Lindle Willnow

White Elephant: Melanie McDonald & Robin Rogers-Browne
Cookie Walk: Jenn Sauriol
Help with clean-up:  Peggy Duff
Please contact any of these captains to help out!

We still need help with set-up and sales during the day as well as people to sign up to donate cookies
Click below 
for the Sign Up Genius.

Sign Up!

Crafts at the Holiday Fair

Bethany Swanson will be organizing the Craft Fair portion of the Holiday Fair, and she is looking for more craft vendors - members and friends are welcome to participate!  If you or someone you know would like to be a part of the event, please contact her at

or call/text 914-953-7061.

Crafting Get-together to prepare for the Holiday Fair

Bethany will be hosting some drop-in-as-you-like crafting time at her house on the Saturdays leading up to the Holiday Fair (11/9 and 11/16) from 12-5 pm.  If you would like to lend your creative minds and helping hands to the effort to make items to sell at the Fair, please feel free to stop by, even if just for part of this time.  We will have all range of activities, from cutting and gluing to painting and feltwork.  Even if you'd just like to come cheer us on, please feel free to stop by!  If you need directions, please email or call Bethany (

A Caring Need

As many of you know, our beloved RE director Allison Rosner and her family will be moving to a new home in Newbury.  They have closed on their new house, but are still living in their Gloucester apartment.  Allison has been driving back and forth to houseclean before they move in their things, targeting the week of November 17.  She could really use some help with general cleaning tasks over the next couple of weeks.  If anyone has any daytime availability, please contact Allison to discuss details further.  Allison and Sean's new address is 48 Moody Street, Byfield, MA 01922.  Their phone numbers and emails are in the directory.  Any questions, please contact Becky of the C&H Committee.  

Conserving Heat

We ask that the last person to leave the church please shut the double doors in the church foyer to conserve heat. Thank you!

General Assembly

Save the date: Wed, June 24 to Sun, June 28, 2020 in Providence, RIMore information on the UUA website. 

Refugee Immigration Ministry

The Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM) run by Episcopal priest, Rev. Ruth Bersin, is having its annual dinner/ silent auction on Sunday November 17, 5:30pm at the Armenian Cultural Center in Malden. Linda Goddard and Art McDonald support the group. Linda can be reached at 978-835-8505 for more information

Food Drive
The Open Door Pantry has an annual food drive leading up to Thanksgiving. Please remember to bring foodstuff (can, boxes, peanut butter, soups, etc.) over the next weeks and put it into the food baskets up front. We'll deliver the food just before Thanksgiving. Thanks, Open Door team. 

Grace Center 
Our next Fifth Friday lunch for the Grace Center will take place on Nov 29th, the day after Thanksgiving. This presents a challenge coming on a long holiday weekend, but our guests will need food and fellowship all the more.  We can purchase most of the food, so please consider making a donation in any amount. If you have questions or could help on that Friday, please contact Becky.


Interested in Membership or learning more about the UU Faith? Please see Rev. Eva to schedule an appointment.

Google Calendar 

Click here to access the church calendar from a web browser. If you are a user of Google Calendar, you can enter ID: and add our calendar to your line-up of calendars (on your phone or on a browser). We welcome suggestions on how church events and information are shared. Please email Laurel

Publishing Information: The Weekly Update is sent out by Eva each week.  Please send information about events and happenings to Laurel (essexfirstuniversalist@gmail.comby Wednesday.

First Universalist Church of Essex

59 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929


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