CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
Being the Change
Guest Speaker: Lily O'Brien
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
NEW Spring 2018 Program Calendar
Check out what's coming up by looking at our new Spring 2018 Program Calendar , the RE Google Calendar, and visit our website to read more about our program offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: APRIL 29
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
*Our junior youth group is away for the weekend visiting Salem, MA!
Earth Day Carnival: Thank You!
Thank you to all who organized, ran a station, brought supplies, participated, and attended the Earth Day Carnival. It was a success with many happy families in attendance.
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP FUNDRAISERS
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO this June.

Smartphone Photography Class
Would you be interested in learning how to use your smartphone to take beautiful photographs of your sp ecial events, our gorgeous Maine scenery, or capture images of your family and friends? Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how to take and edit your smartphone photos. Interested? Sign up in the Gathering Room and together we’ll pick a date and time for the class. Suggested donation of $25.

Car Detailing
Saturday, May 19, 1 pm - 3 pm
When mud season ends, it’s the right time to get your car’s interior cleaned! For just $40, our senior youth crew will vacuum and clean your car’s interior (professional car detailing services often cost over $100!). Save the date!

THANK YOU — Senior Youth Receive GA Grant!
Our senior youth group applied for and received a $1,000 youth group grant to assist in attending the 2018 UUA General Assembly. These funds come from the UUA’s Annual Program Fund and is supported by Honor Congregations — First U is among those Honor Congregations, as we’ve paid our UUA dues for over 25 years. 
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Save the Date: Sunday, May 6th after worship. OPEN meeting with Stewardship to learn of next church year's plans for fundraising and financing. Some new ideas, and a balanced budget to be voted on at the June 3 Annual Meeting. This is your chance to be an informed voter!
A Night of Country & Blues
Thursday, May 3, at 7 pm, in the Sanctuary
Join us for a night of country and blues featuring alumni from our very own Senior Youth group! If you were around First U between 2000-2010, you'll probably recognize these musicians. Who knew our very own Yarmouth graduates would start the Christmas Extravaganza Band that would 
become Low Flying Airplanes and now they're returning as: Friendship. 
Come welcome these hometown heroes back to First U and enjoy the music of Friendship, Kath Bloom, and Hour. Tickets $15 at the door, Children 10 and under free. 
INTERIM MINISTER FAQ CORNER
Q. When will we know that an interim minister has been chosen?
A. The UUA process of hiring an interim minister is designed so that First U’s Interim Search Committee will have interviewed applicants, successfully recommended a finalist to First U Board, and have a signed contract by the end of May. 
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar: May 2018
4/29 - Small Group #4 (Ruth White)
5/6 - Small Group # 5 (Joanna Landsman)
5/13 - Member Services - Mother's Day
5/20 - Member Services & Worship Council - Sign the Book Ceremony
5/27 - Sew'n'Sews - Memorial Day Weekend
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
As village traditions fade, the people of Torockoszentgyorgy have embraced a "kaláka" project that will reinvigorate their community. Volunteers are expanding their church hall, which is "the heart of our community." Now, they need our help to raise the walls.

Torockoszentgyorgy is one of 3 communities raising funds through Unitarian Kaláka and First Universalist –  now through May 9  you can donate at  Faithify.org .

This is Torockoszentgyorgy's story.
Be part of preserving this community - donate at   Faithify.org .
FIA Photos Wanted!
You all are invited to submit photos and/or newspaper clippings about any First U social justice project you've been a part of during the past 3 years! These are to be featured in a new Faith in Action bulletin board in the Gathering Room, starting in September 2018.Please contact Mariana before the end of June at catalpa.girl@gmail.com or (207) 975-2884 to submit items or ask how to have your project included.

P.S. All photos should be of US, by the way--not the population on whom we are focused. Thank you in advance for participating!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click below to read the many community announcements from:
  • Global Action Coalition
  • Safe Passage
  • Furniture Friends
  • New England Region of the UUA
  • Therapists Kristin Areglado Hurley and Jennifer Weissner
  • UU Church of Brunswick
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • Life Coach Jessie Graham
  • Allen Avenue UU Church
  • and Grad Student Amanda Gordon
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
Pastoral Emergencies
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer Emrich on her cell phone (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.
Submit Your Announcement
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays please fill out this form or email the information to Gwen at  gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition of Channels or the Sunday Morning News.
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