Worship Committee invites your participation

If you’ve ever thought of joining the Worship Committee, please come to our next meeting on Wednesday, May 17. We are a relatively small committee of about six members and we’re hoping to recruit a new member(s). Please contact Merryl Maleska Wilbur if you think you might be interested. The Worship Committee is responsible for facilitating worship services and for running the services when the minister is not in the pulpit. The Annual Report provides a full description of our goals and duties. We meet at 5:30pm in the Lower Meeting House conference room on a monthly basis. Thank you!

2017 raffle update

1380 tickets are assigned to sellers - thank you! 1120 collecting dust in the office - please help!

How you can help:

  • I am working on my 7th packet now. I am not asking anyone to sell that many but I am asking everyone to try to sell one packet. These tickets are an easy sell and if everyone sells 10, we will reach our goal. Nicole can give you a packet in the office Monday through Friday 9am to 1 pm. Or you can pick one up at coffee hour.

A note from the Parish Chair

Barbara Garnisby Barbara E. Garnis, Parish Board Chair

As the current Chair of the FRS Parish Board, I believe I have the responsibility to witness the workings of the congregation and also do my part with Parish Board members in moving us forward toward our vision. I credit the amazing work of the members of the congregation, its officers, committee leaders, and staff that have moved our vision forward step by step.

In response to suggestions for more communication from the Board, I plan to make use of The Steeple Biweekly to share with you information and insights about the goals and activities that make up the evolving agenda of the Parish Board. Our theme for the current agenda is to continue our second year of work on transition. If you are curious about the work of the Board, you are welcome to attend Parish Board meetings on the second Wednesday of every month, 7pm, in the Lower Meeting House. Or, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at  barbaragarnis@comcast.net.


How can we as UU’s help protect and empower the most vulnerable among us? At the UU General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017, we will band together to develop strategies at the national and local level to help those most targeted by new government policies. Workshops, fantastic worship, meet UUs from congregations that are doing amazing work and finding exciting ways to do ministerial transition. Share your faith with 3,000 other folks who are as committed as you to being the change. Resist and Rejoice! Rejoice and Resist!

Take an envelope to support the youth trip

Thank you to those who have given so generously to our B’Link envelope fund drive. Many envelopes remain and are waiting to be filled. Look for the board in the vestibule or Parish Hall, take an envelope, and return it with the designated number of dollars to the basket (or give to Julie Parker Amery). And don’t forget—each envelope contains an inspirational quote or immigration fact and one contains a $100 Newburyport gift card, Choose wisely!

Donate flowers or steeple lighting

The following dates are open for donations. Donations usually carry over from year to year. For flowers, you may provide the bouquet yourself or have the office order them for which you will be billed directly from Denise’s Flower Shop ($35 pre-tax). Light the steeple for a week with a donation of $75. Contact Nicole Salemi, nicole.salemi@frsuu.org, X401.

May 21
May 28
December 3
December 31
January 14
March 11
March 25

The FRS Spring Fundraiser 2017


Grand prize: Dinner for 2, Anywhere in the World

Raffle Drawing: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 3pm

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Fasten your seatbelts! The raffle winner wins dinner for two at the restaurant of their choice anywhere (yes, anywhere!) in the world. The prize includes:

  • airfare for two to any major international airport
  • dinner for two (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • hotel accommodations for two nights*

Total package value is not to exceed $5,000.

Pre-paying parking on Sunday

Ever rush out of coffee hour or a meeting to feed a parking meter at noon? You can avoid any panic by pre-paying your parking fee. Paid parking begins at noon on Sundays in Newburyport and costs $1 per hour. If you think you will be staying later than 12:00 you can pay any time that morning at Kiosks #3 and #5, or in the Prince Place lot. For example, if you arrive at 10:20 for worship service and insert a dollar, you’ll see that the expiration time is not 11:20am but 1:00pm. Pay on your way in, and relax. If the kiosks ever don’t comply, please let the City Clerk know. 

Get your “Newburyport Coloring Book”

The Historical Committee is delighted to announce FRS’ own contribution to the wider community’s new enthusiasm for coloring books. With the help of fourteen local artists, “Today and Yesterday...A Newburyport Coloring Book” contains twenty-four drawings, from old-time Joppa clam shacks to the gardens at Maudslay State Park. Each full-page drawing is accompanied by historical background text. “A Newburyport Coloring Book” was introduced at Yankee Homecoming, and sales exceeded even our ever-buoyant expectations.


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