First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

Volunteers needed to help with snow shoveling!

See below for details or speak with Neil.

This Sunday

We will have a Winter Solstice service for all ages, celebrating the joys we find in this snowy season, 

Mark your Calendars

Christmas Eve service will be at 5pm. 

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

Upcoming Events:

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

12/16 (Mon) @ 6:30pm Tai Chi

12/18 (Wed) @ 6:45pm Board Meeting

12/18 (Wed) @ 7:00pm Advent Meditation

‘(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

We again take our turn to help host the families at the Congregationalist Church next week on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, the 19th.  Debbie and Becky will have a menu and sign up sheet on Sunday at church, so please help with cooking if you can. We'd like to include some holiday cookies if anyone could make some.  We are all set with hosts, so thanks to all who help.   -Debbie and Becky

First Congregational Church of Essex Carol Sing and Potluck

We are invited to a Carol Sing and Potluck Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 22nd from 6 to 8pm at the First Congregational Church of Essex. FCCE hopes this will become a tradition. See Becky for more information and click here for the flyer.

UUA Message of Hope and Renewal

In this video message, UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray shares some of the ways to hold on to hope and renew commitment to justice and community building.

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 an Advent meditation Wednesday at 7:00pm: Dec. 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!

Common Read

Wondering if people would like to 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 am thinking we could meet a few times in mid-January, when life is slower, and talk about our experiences in reading the book. And then perhaps have some people share their own family's stories of immigration. ~Eva


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 by Wednesday.

First Universalist Church of Essex

59 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929