First Universalist Church of Essex

Weekly Update

Happy New Year!

We wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful new year!

This Sunday:

Please join us this Sunday as Lindle leads our annual tradition of sharing. Bring your favorite reading or poem and share it with the congregation.

Upcoming Events:

12/30 (Mon) at 6:30pm Tai Chi

12/31 (Tues) at 6:00pm New Year's Eve Gathering

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

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. 

While Eva is away, Art is available for any pastoral needs. Please feel free to contact him, or call Eva on her cell phone. 

New Year's Eve

Please join us for the annual New Year's Eve celebration at the Swansons’ home in Hamilton!

This is very casual, come as you are and feel free to stay for as little or as much time as you are able. We will have some food and drinks, but if you can bring something to share, that’s great! The main objective is sharing each other’s company as we welcome in 2020!

Time: starting after 6, till midnight if people last that long!
Phone: 914-953-7061 / 978-468-3333
Address: 191 Asbury Street, South Hamilton
Parking: in driveway (if you don’t mind risking being parked in) or along Asbury by the church or on Porter or Day streets (off Asbury)

See you there!

-Bethany and Ken

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.

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 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

Pop Up Farmers Market

Alprilla Farm, on Rt. 133, will hold a Pop Up Farmers Market on Sat., Dec. 28th from 10am to 1pm. 

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.

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.


The crowdfunding site brings you projects created by UU congregations and organizations. Faithify is a crowdfunding option unlike others because it does not charge fees to run a campaign on the website. Visit the website and support Unitarian Universalism in action!

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