First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

Volunteers needed to help with snow shoveling!

See below for details or speak with Neil.

This Sunday

Please join us for our second Sunday of Advent, with Tori Rosati (our very own student minister) preaching on the topic of Spiritual Companioning. 

Choir practice is at 9am. Newcomers welcome!

Prayer List... In Our Thoughts and Prayers:

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

Mike Attridge who started a new cancer treatment recently.

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

Upcoming Events:

12/8 (Sun) @ 6:00pm UBU

12/8 (Sun) @ 6:30pm Writers Group

12/9 (Mon) @ 6:30pm Tai Chi

12/10 (Tues) @ 7:00pm PFLAG

12/11 (Wed) @ 7:00pm Advent Meditation

12/13 (Fri) @ 6:00pm Hang Out

‘(Wo)men wanted for hazardous activity. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.’- newspaper advertisement by Ernest Shackleton for the Endurance expedition

SNOW EMERGENCY volunteers needed for the FUCE snow patrol to shovel sidewalk and steps. Scheduling via group text as availability allows and weather dictates.

Sign up sheets are in the lobby and downstairs by the kitchen. Sign up/text Neil Bassom on (978) 626-4620 NOW to join this exclusive group before he starts randomly texting numbers from the directory.

Family Promise Toy Collection

Family Promise is collecting holiday gift donations and event volunteer sign-ups to help add joy to the families' holiday seasons.

Family Promise Holiday Fair - Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12

Family Promise organizes a holiday fair for the current resident families, as well as for families that have graduated from the program and are now living independently.  The mothers and kids request certain toys, clothes and other gift items. Volunteers buy items of their choice from these lists. Volunteers also work at the Holiday Fair locations by setting up the "stores", helping the Moms select their items, or wrapping and tagging the gifts.  Learn about all the ways you could help by clicking on this link.

Thanks, Becky

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is being held each Monday evening at 6:30pm in the basement of our church. Beginners are welcome! Often referred to as "meditation in motion", Tai Chi movements are done slowly, in combination with mindful breath patterns, mental focus and relaxation. Feel free to stop by just to observe if you would like. For more information contact jenney Harkness @ 978-768-6630 or email

Advent Meditation

Eva and Art will lead Advent meditations Wednesdays at 7:00pm: Dec. 11th and 18th.


Lois will order poinsettias again this year for delivery on 12/21. Anyone who wants a plant, please pay Lois.

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 

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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