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SAY YES TO THE DRESS (OR TUX OR OTHER FINERY)
Are you coming to LoveFest on Saturday, May 20 at 2 pm? It's time to make a commitment - don't get cold feet! Contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com to RSVP and let her know the number of people attending in your party. 

A MUSICAL MOTHER'S DAY

THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
Worship
10:30 am  Sanctuary
Children's Chapel
10:30 am
Begin in Sanctuary
Coffee Hour 
11:30 am 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
poppy_flower_red.jpgA 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, May 20, 2 - 3:30 pm
LoveFest
ALL are invited to celebrate love in all of its forms . Dress up in your fancy clothes, help us take pictures to promote our space, and enjoy some wedding cake.

Sunday, May 21 at 10:30 am 
Flower Communion & Member Recognition Sunday
Flower Communion is a beloved Unitarian Universalist tradition. We invite all to bring flowers - from your garden or field, from the forest or a florist - and come together to share in community our bounty of Spring and to show our willingness to walk together in our search for our own  truths.  
Member Recognition Sunday is the day when we honor some of our leaders,  introduce and celebrate our  newest members, and give thanks to our entire community of members, seekers, and friends. 

Sunday, May 21, 11:45 - 1 pm
Annual Meeting
Get your 5th UU Principle on! Members can vote on next year's church budget and for new leaders on the Board of Trustees. All are invited to learn about the state of church financials and  programs and upcoming plans for the 2017/2018 year. A light lunch and childcare will be provided.  

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. 
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.
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. 
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!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Spring Yoga Session starts this Saturday, May 13th. Classes are 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 tel: 207-847-3055.  Newcomers welcome!
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.