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OUR UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST HERITAGE
Because of those who came before, we are
in spite of their failings, we believe
because of, 
and in spite of the horizons of their vision,
we, too, dream
BY BARBARA PESCAN
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE 
Program
Time
Location
UU Heritage Tour
9:00am
Leave from Parking Lot
Worship
10:30am  Sanctuary
Children's Chapel
10:30am
Begin in Sanctuary
Coffee Hour 
11:30am Gathering Room
A DISCUSSION ON RACISM AND PLURALISM
Sunday, May 7, Adult Conversation Circles, facilitated by Rev. Jennifer, will be a discussion on racism and the challenges we face as we try to move toward greater pluralism. This discussion will also address the resignation of Rev. Peter Morales from the UUA.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, May 7 at 10:30 am
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!

Saturday, May 20 at 2 pm
LoveFest
ALL are invited to celebrate love in all of its forms with opportunities to participate in faux-weddings, and/or genuinely  renew your vows. 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 dedicated volunteers and leaders in our congregation,  introduce and celebrate our  newest members, and give thanks to our entire community of members, seekers, and friends.
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!
TURNING POINT - PARTICIPANT RESPONSES WANTED
If you were able to participate in the Turning Point discussions on Sunday mornings this year, please consider giving your feedback regarding the group. All responses will be anonymous and the survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Thank you!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in North Yarmouth, one of our partners in the Compassionate Housing Initiative, invite all to meet for an interfaith prayer service on Thursday, May 4 from 6-6:30 pm in observance of the National Day of Prayer. 
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.

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