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WORSHIP  THIS SUNDAY: APRIL 9
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FRODO: I can't do this, Sam. 

SAM: I know. It's all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here. But we are. It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened. But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn't. Because they were holding on to something. 

FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?

SAM: That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
Turning Point
Turning Toward Wholeness
9:30am  Gathering Room 
Worship
The Light Inside the Dark
10:30am  Sanctuary
Children's Chapel 
New Life
10:30am 
Begin in Sanctuary
(to Children's Chapel)
Junior Youth
On Walden Pond
10:30am
Common Room
Coffee Hour 
Coffee, Tea, Conversation
11:30am Gathering Room
Senior Youth Group
Welcoming Congregation & Mission
4:00pm
Common Room
GIFT CARDS NOW AVAILABLE AT CHURCH 
GIFT CARDS now available at church for gift giving or your own shopping: Amazon, LL Bean, Williams Sonoma, Staples, and several others. 5% - 18% goes to First U, and you still have the FULL value of the card! Check it out after worship!
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
One of our most popular worship services of the year. 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 and discussing their Welcoming Congregation work, there will be a children's naming and dedication, and our high school seniors will be bridging. Come to celebrate and support the next generation of Unitarian Universalists!
THE PREMIER OF OUR LITTLE FREE LIBRARY
We now have our own beautifully crafted little free library! It debuted in the Gathering Room and already has fiction, nonfiction, and children's books ready to be read. Try out a new book from our shelves; bring a favorite to pass on!
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
The end of Winter Yoga Session will continue two more Saturdays - April 8th and 15th. 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 847-3055. Newcomers welcome!

"Moving to Maine was our salvation" -  A BOOK TALK with First U Congregant PHYLLIS CHINLUND at 2:00 pm this Saturday, April 8  at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. 
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Habitat For Humanity's 31st Annual Good Friday Walk and Fun Run takes place on April 14.  Sign-up to walk and fund raise.
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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. 
Join fellow Unitarian Universalists at the New England Regional Assembly to worship, sing, learn, and meet new UUs. The Regional Assembly will be held in Woburn, MA on April 21-22. 
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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