The First Church, Swampscott (UCC)
January 2020 | Issue 64
International Food Fair coming up on 2/1/20
This annual event (36th for those who are counting) is coming up again. Sharon Thomas is lining up the table captains about the food offerings for the event, which is happening on Saturday, February 1st from 11 AM to 2 PM. This event benefits Habitat for Humanity (the North Shore affiliate) and international.

Janet Fischer and Siobhan McDonald are working with a team on the Silent Auction offerings for the Fair. Let us know if you have an item or experience to contribute or donate. Thank you ALL!
Breakfast on Communion Sundays
Next one coming up
on January 5th, 2020
9:15-9:50 am, featuring
One Mighty Mill BAGELS!

Little Christmas Luncheon by Dario
Same day, following the service, Dario is hosting a delicious lunch for Little Christmas. When Dario is cooking, you know it will be fantastic. Thank you, Dario, Siobhan, Richard, and all who will help serve this feast.
Pub Theology on Tap, 2020 dates - now held at The Tides!
Theology on Tap will be returning in the new year, on the following Wednesdays, at 6:30pm at The Tides in Nahant,

January 29, February 12, April 22, May 6

This event, led by Amy Weston, features a lively theological take on contemporary questions, pop culture, and current events, from electoral politics to the Big Bang.
Time to turn on the SOLAR panels - January 5th
We will be turning on the solar panels on Sunday, January 5th, 2020, to begin generating solar power! The panels were installed in early November, but additional time was needed to obtain clearance with the Town and National Grid.
Local legend and Red Sox star, Tony Conigliaro (1945-1990)
25...Tony Conigliaro, The Documentary
on January 17th, 8 pm, Lynn Auditorium

Join in the film premiere, a heartfelt story of the life and times of the late Red Sox star Tony C, whose life and career were cut short after being hit by a pitch in August 1967. Hosted by Mike Lynch and Joe Malone, the event offers stage appearances by Rico Petrocelli, Jim Lonborg, Luis Tiant, Richie Conigliaro, and Billy Conigliaro. The general admission price is $28 for the film only, and $40 for a meet and greet, which includes the film.

The Lynn Auditorium is located at 3 City Hall Square in downtown Lynn.
Happy New Year 2020
From a few quick searches on "the internet", I found these actionable steps for improving your life, and the life of the church in 2020. These are taken from a Missouri church called James River. The entire blog post (published in 2017, but still applicable) can be found in the button at right.

1 Find Community
2 Improve Financial Health
3 Reduce the Noise
4 Commit to Reading the Bible
5 Discover Your Purpose
6 Improve Physical Health
7 Give and Receive Grace
Hopefully we will not have any Sunday morning closures this winter....
but we will try to get the word out if we do!