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a weekly newsletter
TWO REASONS TO WRITE A LETTER
1. Send greetings to our friends in Transylvania. Write a brief note during coffee hour at our letter-writing station.

2. Express your opinions to legislators or with letters to the editor. Mariana Tupper is offering a free letter-writing clinic this Sunday to assist you in crafting your message.
WORSHIP
 THIS SUNDAY: FEBRUARY 26
"Sometimes out on the street it's hard to see the little glimmers of hope shining through the cracks of the suffering. [...] Thankfully, there are other days when hope gets all in your face like a puddle splash from a passing dump truck on a busy street." - Grace Street Ministry

Please note: Reverend Jeffrey Logan from Grace Street Ministries will be our guest minister this Sunday. He asks, if possible, that we bring in warm socks that can be distributed to the homeless. Also welcome are used backpacks!
THIS SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE
Program
Time
Location
Letter Writing Clinic
Craft your thoughts in community
9:30am Gathering Room
Worship
Grace Street Ministries
10:30am
Sanctuary
Children's Chapel
Our Heroes
10:30am
Begin in Sanctuary
(to Children's Chapel)
Junior Youth Group
Transylvanian Connections
10:30am
Common Room
Coffee Hour
Meet friends new and old
11:30am Gathering Room
Senior Youth Group
Murder Mystery Cafe writing workshop
4:30pm
Gathering Room
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, March 5 at 9:30am
Adult OWL Launch Session
Before worship, explore the Our Whole Lives program and why it matters in our faith community. 

Sunday, March 12 at 10:30am
Pie Sunday
A celebration of pi and pie.  Please consider bringing a sweet or savory pie to share!

Wednesday, March 15 at 5:30pm
Welcoming the Stranger
Learn about the program that matches New Mainers with mentors.

Thursday, March 16 at 5pm
Dinner at Gather
Eat locally and enjoy good music and great company.
Learn More         RSVP

Saturday, March 18 at 7pm
Murder Mystery Cafe
A New Orleans themed whodunit mystery to support our senior youth's mission trip.
Learn More       RSVP

Friday, March 24 at 7pm
Darlin' Corey Performs
This local bluegrass band kicks off the Spring Concert Series.
Learn More       RSVP
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2017 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
Join us as we stand on the side of love and justice. Now is the time to support our caring community and ensure our continued ability to engage in good works to help those who are marginalized and threatened. 
Express your commitment to our shared values and church programs with your annual commitment. 
ALL CHURCH OWL BEGINS IN MARCH
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.
UU HERITAGE WALKING TOUR OF BOSTON, MA
Our congregation has a special opportunity to explore our UU roots as we are lead around Boston, MA by Harvard Divinity school students. Sign-up for this trip by contacting Gwen Matthews at  gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or by adding your name to the list in the Gathering Room on Sunday.
SIGN-UP FOR A COVENANT WORKSHOP
Learn more about what covenant is and isn't - and then have your voice heard as we create our congregational covenant together.  Sign-up  for a workshop - our goal is to have 80 people participate.
CHI BIKE DRIVE: ASSIST WITH PLANNING

Jamie Brookes is spearheading the launch of a bike drive for  asylum-seekers in Maine. This effort is still in the planning stages - help get it started!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Yoga classes resume Saturday, February 25 and will continue each Saturday morning (until further notice). Classes are at 10:00 AM in our peaceful, light-drenched Sanctuary.
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. 
Purchase a Fight Hunger shopping bag at Yarmouth Hannafords in March - $0.25 from each purchase will go to support Yarmouth's Food Pantry. 
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.