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LOVEFEST: TOMORROW, SATURDAY MAY 21 AT 2 PM
Still not sure what LoveFest is? Read this - and then put on something snazzy and join us!
FLOWER COMMUNION ON SUNDAY
Why do UUs do Flower Communion?  Read this - and then join us and bring a few flowers!
MEMBER RECOGNITION SUNDAY
Why do people join as members? And then why do they stay and celebrate life's journey with this community? Perhaps, like Dana E. Worsnop, it's because they want to be with people. Read this - and then join us in honoring new and longtime members!
ANNUAL MEETING FOLLOWING WORSHIP
Preview our Annual Report - and then join us to vote and/or learn more about what's been happening and future plans for the church. 
FLOWER COMMUNION & MEMBER RECOGNITION SUNDAY
poppy_flower_red.jpg There are many special reasons to be at worship this week: it's Flower Communion, Member Recognition Sunday, the Annual Meeting after worship, and Rev. Jennifer's final Sunday before her sabbatical.
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
Worship
10:30 am  Sanctuary
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am
Begin in Common Room
Children's Chapel
10:30 am
Begin in Sanctuary
Annual Meeting 
11:30 am Gathering Room
Games for Children
11:30 am
Outside or Sanctuary
Senior Youth Group
4:00 pm
Gathering Room
FILL THE CHURCH WITH FLOWERS FOR LOVEFEST
asst-flowers.jpgDo you have a few flowers from your garden who you just know belong in the spotlight? Your beautiful blooms are welcome to participate in LoveFest! All flowers and greens are welcome. Bring them to the Gathering Room by 10 am on Saturday, May 20. If you'd like to help Anne Turner with arranging the blossoms, feel free to come at 10 am and bring your clippers. 
...AND FOR FLOWER COMMUNION ON SUNDAY, MAY 21
A beloved UU tradition, flower communion is a ceremony where members and friends bring in flowers to the worship service and the collected intermingled bouquets represent the beauty of our diversity and the joy of coming together in community.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, June 3, 9 am - 12 pm
First U Community Yard Sale
Want to de-clutter and support First U? First U will provide the tables - you provide the stuff! Looking for some new treasures? Come and buy!

Sunday, June 11 at 10:30 am
Arts Festival Sunday
A participatory worship service for all ages! Sing, dance, create, or write during this special worship service. 
FIRST U COMMUNITY YARD SALE
sale_tags_re.jpg Have too much stuff? How about de-cluttering, having fun, and supporting First U all at once?  Join our First U Community Yard Sale!  Saturday, June 3, 9 am - 12 pm. Rain or Shine. 
LOVE TO SING?
Great! Join our Choir. We are open to amateurs and the musically trained alike and would love new members. Rehearsals are every Thursday from 6:30 - 8 pm. No auditions required! Join us. 
Questions? Contact our Music Director, Jonathan Corey at jonathan.martin.corey@gmail.com.
CLAM FEST 2K17: IT'S ALMOST CLAM TIME!
Making summer plans? Don't forget about Clam Fest! Have fun with your friends, enjoy the summer days, and help raise money for the church. There are MANY shifts available and different ways to help.  Sign up online!
A LETTER FROM GRACE - STREET MINISTRY
Dear Congregation of First Universalist of Yarmouth,

As a loyal supporter of Grace - Street Ministry we want to thank you again for your help and keep you aware of an upcoming transition in the ministry. As of June 2017, I will be retiring from the work on the street but will be remaining the director of GSM. 

Rev. Nancy White, an ordained UCC minister will be taking over my street hours, working part time with GSM. Pastor Jeff Logan and Pastor Bob Ross will also be continuing their part time work on the streets and in the downtown shelters.

To me, GSM has been a small vessel that has sailed through the often choppy waters these past eleven years, helping thousands, looking for Truth and loving without judgment. Through the work, we have tried to recognize the inherent dignity of those we have met, who often do not see their own value. We have offered hope in small but essential acts of kindness. We have done the hard, transforming work of love. 

Clarity and joy to all of us,
Rev. Mair Honan
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.

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