First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

Grace Center, Fifth Friday

Once again, there are five Fridays this month, so on Friday, January 31, our congregation will provide lunch for the guests at the Grace Center.  For the past few months, to pay for the main dish, which we purchase from The Causeway restaurant, money has been raised by several generous congregants giving donations of $10 or $20, rather than one or two larger donations.  We will be asking for similar donations over the next two Sundays.  Please help by donating a modest sum, so we can continue this tradition of shared giving.  Alternatively, If you could be present on the 31st to help make the rest of the meal or contribute by making brownies beforehand, please let Becky know.  The guests are truly appreciative!

This Sunday:

Join Rev Eva as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Upcoming Events:

1/20 (Mon) at 6:30pm Tai Chi

1/25 (Sat) at 4:30pm Spiritual Parenting

Prayer List... In Our Thoughts and Prayers:

Pat Murphy, who would appreciate prayers and healing energy for extreme pain and stiffness from a chemo pill.

Lindle's brother, who is undergoing chemo and radiation for his brain cancer.

Mike Attridge, is still having trouble eating . . . but the new cancer therapy seems to be slowing the growth of his cells. 

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

Please let us know if you would like to be added to this list, or have a loved one to add. 

Theologies of Universal Salvation, Harvard Divinity School 

In spring 2020 Harvard Divinity School will honor the 250th anniversary of John Murray’s arrival in North America with a special open course on “Theologies of Universal Salvation,” taught by Dan McKanan. The Course Introduction takes place on January 30th from 3 to 5pm. Click here for the schedule of events and for more information.

Alprilla Farm Bulk Orders

Part of the pleasure of being the UUEssex  is the Essex part - marshlands, tidal waters, a historic town hall and welcoming library, all the restaurants and antiques you could wish for – and the Kellerman-Courser family’s Alprilla Farm. Bulk orders from the farm are available. Order by Sunday Midnight pick up Wednesday. A bounty of winter vegetables plus a big focus on grains this month - they'll have fresh tortillas from the farm's corn!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The MLK event in Rockport takes place on Monday, January 20th; meet at the Rockport UU; short parade steps off at 10:00am.

Then things move to the Gloucester  Meetinghouse, for an action-packed afternoon of events. Gloucester Meetinghouse MLK Schedule

Essex Housing Forum

Invitation to Essex Housing Forum on January 22, 7-8:30 PM at Essex Town Hall.

Join the Essex Housing Group for “Making Essex a Place to Call Home: Housing Needs and Choices in Essex,” a Forum on Housing on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00-8:30 PM at Essex Town Hall. Click here for more information.

Common Read

Join me in reading the book Through a Portagee Gate by Charles Reis Felix. It's first hand account of an immigrant experience, to me seemed like a useful way to "re-center" myself. It is available on Amazon

I have heard from a few people--but please let me know if you want to join in, so we can set a schedule that works for most. We can talk about our experiences in reading the book. And then perhaps have some people share their own family's stories of immigration. ~Eva

Hullabaloo and Auction

Mark your calendars! We are planning the Hullabaloo for Feb 29th! We are looking for someone to organize the evening's spaghetti dinner.

We are also getting ready for our Auction in April!  We have a strong group that will help with this event, but are looking for someone to chair the group.

Please let Debbie or Eva know if you can help with either of these (really fun!) events.


UBU meets from 6 to 8pm at the Gould's on Sundays: Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19. See Molly with questions.

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!


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 

A note from Becky:

Join a fun group number for the Hullabaloo on Saturday, February 29th!

I am inviting any performers, teens to adult, to join a group number for the Hullabaloo, "The Farmer and the Cowhand", from Oklahoma. I thought it would be a good number to do at our fundraiser, since in the show, the territory folks have gotten together for a box social to raise money for the schoolhouse.  There are jibes between the ranchers and the cowboys, who are rivals over land use in the territory.  A fight breaks out, but Aunt Eller settles everybody down. Chorus people need only learn the simple four-line refrain, "Territory folks should stick together," etc  Dancers are welcome, since the chorus a hoedown. Alexandra has agreed to play for us, so please join the fun!  We will need to meet a few times to rehearse, but solo parts can be learned beforehand to keep rehearsal time to a minimum.  If interested, please let me know. 


Publishing Information: 

The Weekly Update is sent out by Eva each week.  Please send information about events and happenings to Laurel by Wednesday.

First Universalist Church of Essex

59 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929