Channels
a weekly newsletter
BE THE BLESSING YOU ALREADY ARE
excerpt by Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh & Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh
You are more than you know, and more beloved than you know. Take up what power is yours to create safe haven, to make of earth a heaven. Be the blessing you already are. That is enough.
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
Worship
Exploring Unitarian Universalism
10:30am  Sanctuary
Children's Chapel
Spring Planting Party
10:30am
Begin in Sanctuary
Coffee Hour 
Coffee, Tea, Conversation
11:15am Gathering Room
Senior Youth Group
Worship Service Prep & Games
4:00pm
Gathering Room
CALL TO ACTION: ASYLUM-SEEKERS ARE WELCOME HERE
Would you (or you and your whole family!) like to mentor and befriend an individual or family who is new to the U.S.? The next phase of our New Mainer Faith In Action initiative is to match our congregants closely with New Mainers who need an American friend - someone to reach out to with questions, concerns and celebrations!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, May 7 at 10:30am
Children & Youth Sunday
Our senior youth group will assist in leading worship, there will be a children's naming and dedication, and our high school seniors will be bridging. Come celebrate and support the next generation of Unitarian Universalists!

Sunday, May 7 at 12pm
Our Spiritual Journeys
This event for new seekers and friends explores our spiritual 
journeys and provides an  opportunity to join First 
Universalist in membership. 

Saturday, May 20 at 2pm
LoveFest
ALL are invited to celebrate love in all of its forms. Dress up in your fancy or special occasion clothes, help us take pictures to promote our space, and BYOChampagne or sparkling cider. We'll have
flowers, wedding cake, and
opportunities to participate in faux-weddings, and/or genuinely  renew your vows.  

Save the Date: Sunday, May 21
Member Recognition Sunday, Flower Communion, and 
Our Annual Meeting
FROM THE OFFICE: COMMUNICATIONS
If you would like your announcement included in Channels or the Sunday Morning News next week, please contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by this Tuesday, April 25 at 12 pm in order to have it included. 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Romania kids
The UUPCC is offering two pilgrimages to Transylvania in 2017: August 16-29 and September 16-28. Both are intended to be more budget friendly than previous Transylvanian trips. 
The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is a  Welcoming Congregation .

WEATHER CANCELLATION INFORMATION
First Universalist services and event cancellations are announced by 7am on our website  and on WCSH Channel 6 (television station). 

PASTORAL EMERGENCIES
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer on her cellphone: 207.356.1467 any time. Please note that Friday and Saturdays are typically her days off - Rev. Jennifer does not check email on these days, but will answer any crisis or emergency calls.

ADD YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT TO CHANNELS
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter, please email the information to Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12pm to have it included in that Friday's edition.