First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

Community and Care Coming to YOU:  Introducing Chalice

     The newly formed Chalice Community and Care Network grew out of a need to make sure we can all stay connected and supported by our congregation. Under the Chalice umbrella, each town or region is represented by a “Neighborhood” group. These Neighborhoods have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and plan support.  

     In the next few weeks, your Chalice Neighborhood representative will be reaching out to invite you to a casual get-together near you.  Join in for the fun, the socializing, or the pro-active community care.  Please reach out to Kim Tompkins, 978-816-8773 or Eva with any questions you may have.  

Here is a current list of Neighborhood Facilitators: 

Essex: Tom and Peggy Duff, Isabel and Bob Parlee

Hamilton/Wenham: Carol and Bill Thedford

Beverly/Prides Crossing: Amy and Gordon Morrison

Rowley/Byfield/Newbury: Max Schenk

Peabody/Salem: Art and Melanie McDonald

Ipswich: Tudy Bartlett and Liz Raycroft

Gloucester: Rev. Eva Cameron

-Kim Tompkins, Chair

This Sunday:


~don't forget to set clocks ahead~

And make it easier, show up in your PJs! 

It's Jammie Day for kids and grow-ups alike.

(A chance to show-off your bunny slippers.)  

Rev. Eva will lead a service based on the Purim story, as found in the book of Esther.

No choir rehearsal

Hospitality by the RE Parents 

Don't forget:

Blessing Bag supplies (see below)

Food for Open Door (Food Pantry)

Upcoming Events:

3/11 (Wed) 7:00pm Lent Meditation

3/13 (Fri) at 6:00pm Hang Out

3/15 (Sun) at 6:00pm UBU

3/15 (Sun) at 6:30pm Writers Group

Prayer List... In Our Thoughts and Prayers:

Mike Attridge, is having some trouble with pain, and eating is still an issue, BUT he is happy to report that his tumor is shrinking. He is thankful for all the prayers and support. 

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. 

Lenten Activities

Join Art and Eva each Wednesday evening at 7pm for a Meditative Service.

Facebook UU Lent group has a word a day for focus and photo sharing. 

Rev. Eva has written a UU Stations of Cross Prayerbook, you are welcome to use at any local church that is doing Stations of the Cross. 

Auction Fundraiser

We are looking for someone to take the lead on our annual Auction.  We have a strong group of people who have already volunteered to serve on the Auction committee, but need someone head it.  This is a major fundraiser for the church.  Let's make it a success!

Please let Debbie or Eva know if you can help with this (really fun!) event.

Inviting Knitters, Alerting Bidders

A group of us plan to knit the covers for a dozen cushions for the church pews; they will be available at our Auction early in May.   If you are a knitter, please contact Diana for the pattern. 

Diana, 978-369-8649


Ecco's Sanctuary Coalition's Volunteer Systems Team is offering an exciting new way for congregation members to contribute critical skills toward making the sanctuary efforts possible by launching its 'presence volunteer' infrastructure. If you are interested in volunteering, a team is now being formed. The initial gathering is March 25th. See Debbie for more info.

Anne Frank Parallel Stories

Join us on March 12th at Shalin Liu for a film and discussion co-sponsored by Temple Ahavat AchimAnne Frank Parallel Stories, a holocaust documentary.

Remaining Blessing Bag Needs

10 gloves*

19 hats*

15 hand sanitizer*

4 shampoo

11 conditioner

19 lotion*

14 soap

7 chapstick*

21 wipes

24 hand warmers

24 ponchos*

*priority items

Many thanks to the many generous donations we have received. Monetary donations allowed us to purchase sunscreen, bug repellent, and gloves for the bags.

Allison Rosner, DRE

Family Promise

CORI'ed/trained FP supporters are invited to volunteer as an Office Angel at the Family Promise day center. If you are interested in signing up but have not yet been oriented to the Family Promise day center space, please let Debbie, Becky or Diana know. Diana has offered to bring any of our congregants or friends who would like to go with her for a shift at the FP Rantoul Street location in Beverly.

Open Door Pantry

Just a quick reminder for folks to donate food items to Open Door Pantry. Basket is up front.

Blessings, Art

Antisemitism Here and Now

Temple Ahavat Achim book group invites you to join them in reading their next selection Antisemitism Here and Now which they will discuss in late April. Professor Lipstadt is scheduled to visit the North Shore to speak to all participants on May 19th.

Coffee Hour Hosting Schedule

March 8 - RE parents

March 15 - Lindle's Group

March 22 - TBD

March 29 - Hospitality Committee 

If anyone could help on March 22, please contact Becky.

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 

General Assembly

The UUA General Assembly takes place in Providence, RI June 24-28, 2020. 

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