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Eli Gilbert & Friends
tonight: Friday, April 14 at 7 pm 
tickets available at the door: $12/adult, $8/child
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EASTER IS BREAKING 
excerpt by Rev. Kathleen Rolenz
And somewhere in the world, Easter dawn breaks over the earth, not only on this day, but every day, and the familiar pulse in our veins throbs of "peace, peace, peace."
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY: APRIL 16
Worship Invitatio n: We are looking forward to our annual Easter celebration this coming Sunday.  Our old tradition of brining in potted lilies excluded some folks, because of the strong smell, however, it's been a looooong winter, so, if you feel moved to bring in tulips, daisies, daffodils or other low-smell, lots-of-color flowers to decorate our lovely Sanctuary for the Easter service, please do!
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
Worship
multi-generational Easter service
10:30am  Sanctuary
Children's Easter Hunt
11:15am 
Peace Garden
Coffee Hour 
Coffee, Tea, Conversation
11:15am 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
Friday, April 14 at 7pm
Eli Gilbert & Friends Perform
This Boston-based bluegrass band joins our Spring Concert Series.

Sunday, April 16 at 10:30am
Easter Sunday
Don't miss the Maple Syrup Communion!

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.  
OUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS: SUNDAY MAY 7 AT 12 PM
New seekers and friends are invited to join a discussion of our spiritual journeys, led by Rev. Jennifer Emrich and hosted by our Member Services Committee. What is your journey? What else do you wish to explore? For those who are interested, after our discussion, you may sign the membership book to affirm First Universalist as your spiritual home. 

Lunch and childcare will be provided. To participate, please contact Gwen Matthews: gwenatfirstu@gmail.com
ALL CHURCH OWL AT FIRST U
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program for all ages, and one of the incredible outreach efforts of our faith!  We will be highlighting our beliefs about human relationships and sexual health throughout March and April, and all ages will be participating.
Safe Congregation Policy at First Universalist
Part of teaching comprehensive sexuality education, through the Our Whole Lives program, is to help educate our congregation and community with the goal of preventing abuse and harassment, supporting those who have survived, and advocating for the proper treatment for those who have committed offenses.

The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is committed to creating an environment that protects children, youth, and adults from harm and supports their spiritual growth. 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Paula Palmer will present The Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing Our History and Ourselves on Tuesday, April 18 at UMaine Augusta. Join the discussion on what it means to be a student of decolonization. 
The final end of Winter Yoga Session is this Saturday, April 15. Class is 10:00 - 11:15 AM at the Church. This is a multi-level class. Donation requested: $10. One-half of the funds collected go to the Church and one-half to a charity selected with the class. Contact: Lois Howlett at loishowlett@yahoo.com or 
847-3055. Newcomers welcome!
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.