The First Religious Society Newsletter
The Steeple Biweekly

Scroll down to find these news sections. 
  • Sunday Services
  • Annual Book Sale
  • Calendar of Events

  • Ministerial Search
  • Journey of Faith

Sunday Services

Services at FRS resume on September 10. For the summer, the First Congregational Society (UU) of Hampton Falls, NH invites you to attend their Sunday services at 10:45am. The church is located at 143 Exeter Road (Route 88). Read more...

Books on shelves

The FRS Book Sale fundraiser is this Thursday to Saturday, a part of Newburyport's Yankee Homecoming Week. Can you help on Saturday (10-4) with sales or packing up? Contact Tom Pagel (978-790-0853) to take a shift.

The sale is on in the Parish Hall Thursday, 10am-4pm; Friday, 10am-4pm; and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Prices: Hardcovers $2, paperbacks $1. Children's books and media various prices, special books priced with stickers. Saturday is half price from 10am-12pm then a "Buck a Bag" from 12-3pm.
Calendar of Events

August 3-5: Book sale. Parish Hall. Donate, volunteer, buy. See details above.

Tuesday, August 8: Parish Board members are available to answer your questions about the Business Administrator's resignation and replacement. Lower Meeting House, 3:30-6:30pm. Or contact Parish Board Chair Barbara Garnis  or Governance Committee Chair Frances McLaughlin . A letter from the Interim Minister was emailed to the congregation on July 28.

Tuesday, August 15: Short Story Group. Lower Meeting House, noon-1pm. The story for discussion will be "To Room 19" by Doris Lessing.

Wednesday, August 16: Retired Ladies Lunch . New Oyster Bar at Firehouse, noon. Call Peg Mays to reserve.

Tuesday, September 5: Short Story Group. Lower Meeting House, noon-1pm. The stories for discussion will be "The Chicken" by Clarice Lispector and "The Jewbird" by Bernard Malamud.

See the website calendar for a complete listing of events.

Ministerial Search

Dates to remember
August 10: Ministerial survey is sent to members and friends of FRS, via email or mail. Please share your ideas about what you want in a minister.
September 15: Survey closes.
September 17: After-church opportunities to talk about the data collected and to expand on the ideas people have about who our new minister should be.
October (TBD): "Beyond Categorical Thinking" Workshop, led by a representative from the UUA. This workshop promotes inclusive thinking to prevent unfair discrimination during our search for a settled minister.

Have a question about the ministerial search process?
Visit the Ministerial Transition FAQ Page. If you don't see your question there, submit a new one via the form on the page.
Email your questions to
Put your questions in the marked suggestion box in the vestibule of the church.
Rob Burnham
Journey of Faith

Given by Rob Burnham on June 18, 2017.

I will begin with a reading from the book of Psalms: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I was raised in a Congregational Sunday school where Bible readings were common. Over the years, I have become accustomed to morning readings to help guide my thoughts and behavior throughout the day. The Psalm I just read is one of them. I also enjoy the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: "Waking up this morning I smile. 24 new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion."

However, my personal version would go something like this: The Universe has presented a new day, another 24-hour spin on the dirt ball. May we enjoy the ride as we meet the opportunities and challenges that come our way. Read more...
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