CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
The Celebration of the Life of Jane Cleaves will be held at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center at Yarmouth High School tomorrow, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1 pm. All are welcome.

If you would like to bring food or assist in setting up, please sign-up and remember that all offerings needs to be finger food and pre-plated - there is no kitchen space available at the high school - and to drop off your food early (at 12 pm).
FIRST U'S MIDYEAR MEETING
You're invited to First U's Mid-year Meeting this Sunday , January 21, 2018 following worship.
Ministerial Transition : preview this brochure of frequently asked questions (that will also be available in print form on Sunday during Worship and at the Midyear Meeting) about saying a Good Goodbye to Rev. Jennifer and welcoming an Interim Minister to First Universalist.
WORSHIP
People of Intention
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Winter 2018 Program Calendar
Click to view the Google Calendar and/or view or print the handy one-page PDF: Winter 2018 Program Schedule . Want to know more about our programs? Check out our website to see offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: JANUARY 21
9:30 am - Adult Conversation Circles: Soul Matters (Gathering Room)
9:30 am - UU Games (Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
Guest Speaker Series: MUUSAN
RESCHEDULED: New Date TBA
Are you interested in the moral and faith issues in governmental legislation and policy? The Maine Unitarian Universalist State Action Network's mission is to educate and organize for a more just society. They accomplish this mission through social activism and public witness.
Children's Tea & Games with the Minister
First Sundays from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: February 4 & March 4
Calling all children - there are snacks and fun and games to be had after worship on the first Sunday of the month. Rev. Jennifer and one of our teens will host with a snack, a chance to chat, and games. New children are always welcome!
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Gather Dinner
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm seatings
Our Gather dinner is this coming Thursday! Come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends. Check out Gather's dinner menu and join us for a drink or two, appetizers, dinner, or dessert. Sign-up online or in the Gathering Room at church.
Maine Farm Supper
Saturday, February 10, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
February 10th marks our 9th Maine Farm Supper, and we want YOU to get involved! Although the supper itself is an all-inclusive locally-sourced feast, it’s our wonderful First U community working together that MAKES the event. Seasoned volunteers can tell you that prepping and serving this meal together is loads of fun…a great way to connect with each other and meet new people. Keep February 9th and 10th open so you can join us, and watch for volunteer opportunities in upcoming issues of Channels, as well as downstairs at coffee hour.
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar
Committees, councils, and groups at First U are signed up for a turn to host coffee hour. Mariana Tupper will be contacting your group a few weeks ahead of time with a reminder, but you can also view the schedule here.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
#TakeAKnee in Prayer Event
Saturday, February 3, from 4:30—5:30 pm
Portland International Jetport Baggage Claim Area
Participate in the #TakeAKnee in Prayer event to demonstrate our fervent prayer that our black and brown sisters and brothers will be treated with justice and kindness and that nationalism does not trump our national values of equality and justice. All are invited, including: clergy and lay people of all faiths (including vets and high school athletes). Please dress in black. All are encouraged to bring a pad, blanket or jacket to kneel upon. 
The Poets and the Assassin
Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm
Talbot Hall at USM—85 Bedford Street, Portland
This five-act play, The Poet and the Assassin, written by Reza Jalali, offers historic and contemporary insight into the situation of women in Iran, a society shrouded in mystery. A carpool will be leaving from First Universalist at 6:30 pm to attend the play. The performance is free, but pre-registration is encouraged to reserve seats. Please contact Sue Ellen Bordwell if you plan on attending: 207-650-3858 or sebordwell@gmail.com.
THREE OPPORTUNITIES TO ASSIST NEW MAINERS
Affect Immigrant Rights: Be a Professional Mentor
Seeking professional mentors to befriend and guide New Mainers who are seeking ways to secure employment in their field. There are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, journalists and others, from countries around the world, who need your input and support as they look to transfer their skills and education to jobs here in Maine. If you are interested in being a professional mentor, please contact Rev. Jennifer at revjemryq@gmail.com. We will meet together as mentors, review our cultural consideration skills, and then work with Opportunity Alliance to connect with New Mainers chosen for this program. We need you! 
Become A Volunteer Housing Coach
A volunteer housing coach helps New Mainers to navigate the U.S. rental housing system and assists with things like learning to use unfamiliar kitchen equipment or answers questions about landlord/tenant issues. This volunteer role requires no financial commitment and would be only a few hours per month. Read more about this program .
Volunteer Teacher Needed
Parkside Community Center is seeking a volunteer teacher to guide intense English as Another Language learning for New Mainer adults. These adult students are highly educated and motivated. The position is for 2 days per week, speech therapy background is a plus. If you are interested please contact Claudette Ndayininahaze at ndayininahaze@opportunityalliance.org for more information and a chance to interview for the position.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the Date: Spring Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association on April 13-14, 2018.
The Chalice Lighter Program is seeking contributions to support the Starr King Fellowship in hiring a temporary, part-time staff member to set-up and work the expanded technology in their Sanctuary. Read more .
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.
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