Channels
a weekly newsletter
THE BEGINNINGS OF COVENANT
As we explore our way into covenant...Oh, what  is  covenant? Well, let's start there (and remember to sign-up for February and March workshops).
UPCOMING EVENTS
Tomorrow! February 11
Maine Farm Suppers
Tomorrow evening is the night! This highly anticipated culinary event attracts foodies, local farm supporters, carnivores, vegans, and those who eat gluten-free. Food, wine, and beer are all locally sourced.
RSVP: On Facebook
Read more: Maine Farm Suppers

Sunday, March 12
Pi(e) Sunday
Picture a Venn Diaram; on one side is number-lovers, pie-appreciators on the other, and then the happy overlap on March 14 (3.14). Enjoy a slice of sweet and savory pies during coffee hour.
Thursday, March 16
Gather Dinner
Another delicious dinner is just around the corner! Save the date.

Saturday, March 18
Murder Mystery Cafe
First U's own senior youth will be hosting a New Orleans themed Murder Mystery cafe! The teens will be providing beignets, chicory coffee, and other NOLA treats, as well as acting in their own whodunit performance. The Murder Mystery Cafe will help our senior youth to raise money to attend the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans and participate in social justice work to continue to help the city rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Tickets will be available soon.
R
Learn More
WORSHIP 
What gives you hope in times of fear?
seeking our truths. 
nurturing our spirits. standing of the side of love. creating peace. welcoming all.
NEW SMALL GROUP
There are one or two spots still open if you'd like to join our newest Small Group Ministry this month! Please email Rev. Jennifer at revjemryq@gmail.com to register.  Small group ministries provide a place in which to discuss our faith and our church life together. The more intimate setting creates lasting friendships, and we highly recommend this spiritual practice for newcomers and long-time members alike!

THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE
Program
Time
Location
Turning Point
What does it mean to be a 21st century UU? This month's discussion: Love Reaches Out.
9:30am
Gathering Room
Worship
Finding Hope.
10:30am
Sanctuary
Children's Chapel
We have a special mission this week: blanketing the church in love. 
10:30am
Begin in Sanctuary
Coffee Hour
Meet new friends and old. Drink coffee/tea. 
11:30am Gathering Room
Senior Youth Group
Writing workshop - Murder Mystery Cafe. Bring a laptop or tablet, if able!
4:00pm
Gathering Room
CHILDREN'S DEDICATION & NAMING
Families, is it time for you and yours to participate in a Naming & Dedication ceremony? We invite you to be part of this great UU tradition on Sunday, May 7th.
CHI BIKE DRIVE: HELP WITH PLANNING
Jamie Brookes is spearheading the launch a bike drive for  asylum-seekers in Maine. This effort is still in the planning stages - help get it started!
plain_wreath_ribbon.jpg
EVERGREEN HOLIDAY FAIR 2017
Yes, it's 10 months away but the good folks who put on the Holiday Fair are being proactive. Take a look at their requests!
A DECLARATION OF CONSCIENCE
The UUA and UUSC are asking individuals and congregations to affirm the core values of Unitarian Universalism and declare a willingness to put them into action as a response to the looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. The UUA and UUSC welcome and invite all to join in the commitment for justice by signing the Declaration of Conscience. 
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.