First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service starts at 5:00pm

This Sunday

Join us for a message about Festivals of Fire, Lessons in Light by Rev. Eva Cameron. The band will leave you with a smile on your face and spring in your step. 

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.

Linda Goddard who is having surgery to drain a giant leg hematoma on the 24th.

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:

12/22 (Sun) @ 6:30pm Writers Group

12/23 (Mon) @ 6:30pm Tai Chi

12/24 (Tues) @ 5:00pm Candlelight Service

End of Year Giving

Please remember our church in your "end-of- the-year" giving!  As you know, balancing our budget continues to be a challenge.  So, if you plan on taking advantage of tax breaks on charitable giving before the end of the year,  please think about giving to our church.  

There are many ways to give.  You can give directly to the church and receive the tax break.  If you have stock that you would like to donate, you can do this through your accountant, or go to the UUA website.  They have made it easy to give.  See below:

"If needed, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) can prepare a letter for you to sign and send to your investment agent; we can also email or fax transfer instructions directly to your broker if you wish. Complete the Gift Notification Form and note what help you need on the preparations for the transfer."

Thank you for the support you give to this congregation.  We wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful season! -Debbie

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.

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. Click here for the schedule of events and for more information.

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.

Christmas Eve Offering

This year the Board has decided to donate 50% of our plate to ECCO! Please mark your checks to designate if you want them to be for ECCO, the church or 50/50. 

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.

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 

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