The Match- 2/8/19

08 February 2019
Tickets are on sale in Eliot Hall after each service. Remember, one day, it might be your youth fundraising for a trip! Give generously!

UU of the Week

This month, in honor of Black History month, we will be highlighting important UU's of color. Meet Joseph H. Jordan, our UU of the Week! 

The first black Universalist minister was from Norfolk, Virginia, where he returned to begin a Universalist mission effort. Jordan was born in West Norfolk, Virginia in 1842, and was converted to Universalism mostly through the writings of important leaders such as Thomas Whittemore. He visited Philadelphia in the late 1880’s and attended the Church of the Messiah, where he was eventually received into fellowship. Edwin S. Sweetser, the minister there, presided over Jordan’s ordination in 1889. Jordan wanted to start a Universalist church in his hometown of West Norfolk. The congregation, which had begun to gather in 1887, was accepted into fellowship by the General Convention at the same time as Jordan. Within two years he had organized a day school and a Sunday School. In 1893 he made an address before the Universalist General Convention where he asked for support for the mission. The support was voted, and a building was erected in Norfolk in 1894, which served as church and school. It was dedicated in November 1894 as the First Universalist Church of Norfolk with Edwin Sweetser preaching on the occasion. Quillen Shinn, who was a missionary in the South, organized a youth group and preached there in September. A second mission was established in Suffolk by Jordan’s assistant Thomas Wise. He had preached and taught school there previously. After raising some funds, a building was erected in Suffolk in 1898. Jordan died on June 3, 1901 in Huntersville, Virginia, but the work was carried on initially by Wise, who was placed in charge of both missions.(Text from Harvard Library Square, Digital Library of Unitarian Universalist Biographies) 

Join us in Little Chapel each week to learn about other important UU's during Children's Chapel!
With classes beginning this week, we need you to sign up to volunteer in your child's classrooms! We ask that all families signup throughout the year. Signup today!
Is your family new to First Church? Are you looking to connect with other families and learn more about the program offerings at First Church? Join us for our New Family Dinner on February 26th at 6 pm in Eliot Hall to connect, socialize, and learn more about First Church. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Amanda Esko, Director of Religious Education, at

Chalice Lighting Family

Each month we invite a family from our Religious Education community to light our chalice. Meet the Fetter-Bond’s!

Who's in your family?

Cassius Fetter-Bond, Jonquille Fetter-Bond and Melissa Bond.

How long have you been attending First Church?

We’ve been attending First Church for about 5 years now.

is First Church and RE important to your family?
First Church and RE are important to us because we believe in the inherent worth of all beings. Additionally, we want a community that has social justice and action as a prevalent force behind
the spirituality. Beyond that, we love making friends that share our values and sense of fun!

RE Calendar
February 17- Upper School attend service
February 26- New Family Dinner
March 1- High School Coffee House Fundraiser
March 3- Sandwich Sunday
March 4- Family Fun Night
March 10- Sanctuary Sunday