First Universalist's e-newsletter
Holding On and Letting Go
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 17, 2017 during worship
begin in the Sanctuary
Please join us as we create our covenant and
begin our worship theme of bravery.
2017-2018 Program Calendar and Descriptions
Click below to view - includes information on programs for all ages!
A Letter from Rev. Jennifer and the Board of Trustees on RE
Parents and caregivers, please read the letter linked below.
Guest Speaker Series: Check It Out
´╗┐Preble Street Resource Center
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9:30 am
in the Gathering Room
Are you curious about what it's like to serve dinner at Preble Street? Are you interested in learning about or discussing the ways First U offers support to people experiencing homelessness in Maine? Come learn, discuss, and share. Facilitator: Phyllis Chinlund, Faith-In-Action Council Clerk.
UU Games
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9:30 am
meet in the Common Room
Children are invited to play games and share a snack with
members of our senior youth group before worship.
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 24, 2017 during worship
begin in the Sanctuary
To Be Brave. Also: a courage workout!
We're Hiring!
Do you know someone who loves to teach and share UU values? We're searching for two part-time religious education teachers.
Please note: While First Universalist doesn't hire from within our own congregation, we know that our members and friends often are the right source for attracting great employees.
Our Whole Lives for 6/7th Graders
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm
meet in the Gathering Room
All 6/7th graders are invited to participate in the Our Whole Lives program. Members can sign-up by contacting Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant,
at Participants from outside the First U community can register through Yarmouth Community Services.
Adult Conversation Circles
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 9:30 am
Sunday, October 15 at 9:30 am
meet in the Gathering Room
We'll be offering Adult Conversation Circles twice per month on the first
and third Sundays before worship. First Sundays will be facilitated by Rev. Jennifer Emrich and will be a discussion of racism, identity, and inclusion. Third Sundays will more deeply explore our worship themes.
Junior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
meet in the Common Room
Middle schoolers (5th - 8th grade) can join us on Sunday mornings during worship for snacks, games, social justice work, and faith exploration.
Tea and Games with the Minister
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 11:45 am
meet in Rev. Jennifer's Office
All children are invited for games, fun, and snacks with Rev. Jennifer on the first Sunday of each month after worship (during coffee hour).
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm
meet in the Gathering Room
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us for snacks, games, social justice work, faith exploration, and to prepare for our justice-based mission trip.
Please Note: To sign up children or youth for any religious education programs, please fill out the form below and give it to the church office.
Copies will also be available on Sundays during coffee hour.
Is It Your Turn to Fly Out Front?
Be Part of the Team Guiding First U to New Heights!
First U is a voluntary association meaning that we CHOOSE to be together. In this choosing, many talented, spirited and interesting volunteers give their time to get things done! We have a few key volunteer positions that we are looking to fill this Fall. This is a great (and in some cases, rare) opportunity to become involved in the leadership of First U. If you are interested in any of the following positions, please contact the congregant listed, as they would love to tell you the who, what where when and why.
2 openings on the Worship Council - contact Rev. Jennifer Emrich
2 openings on the Member Services Committee - contact Gwen Matthews or Jamie Brookes
1 opening on the Healthy Congregation Team - contact Sarah Witte
Julia and Gary Howitt would like your prayers. Julia gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, but there were some complications, so please send them your thoughts and healing energy. They are not looking for visits or meals, but you're welcome to send written thoughts and prayers.
Be a Great Greeter
Sundays at 10:15 am or at Special Events
Your friendly face could make ALL the difference to new folks as they walk through our doors. Attend a mini-training (just a half hour!) if you're new to ushering/greeting and then sign up to greet at worship services or events when you're available. Interested? Contact Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at .
Cold Weather Clothes Drive for New Mainers
items due by Sunday, October 8, 2017
Many refugees and asylum-seekers who arrive in Maine bring almost no possessions with them, and most have never experienced the cold of a Maine winter. Please consider donating new or clean, gently used boots, jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves. Click to view specific sizes needed.
Questions? Contact Anne Turner at
The Guys Next Door Documentary Film
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 pm
The Faith-In-Action Council invites you to a free screening of the film The Guys Next Door at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. This award-winning feature-length documentary about family, friendship, and gay rights "goes well beyond issues of surrogacy and gay parenthood and explores the humanity that connects us all." The screening will be followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers and one of the film's subjects.
Preble Street Resource Center
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
First Universalist is committed to sending six volunteers on the first Tuesday of every month to Preble Street's Soup Kitchen to help prepare and serve dinner. Up to 400 people are served at Preble Street where they can receive three meals per day, every day of the year. Deepen your commitment to your UU values and make new friends: sign-up to volunteer by contacting Phyllis Chinlund at
The Greater Freeport Community Chorus is looking for more singers, especially tenors and basses. Weekly rehearsals take place on Sundays from 6:30 - 9 pm with special winter concert performances.

The group is an adult, mixed-voice choir. No audition or previous experience with choral singing is required. Membership dues: $70/individual, $120/couple. For more information call 844-1166, visit  or find the chorus on Facebook. 
UUA News
Watch for the opportunities to rise and carry: Reflections and a prayer on Houston and its recovery from flooding and hurricane devastation.

The UUA and UUSC have joined together to create the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.

Appalled by the decision to end DACA, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and UUSC President and CEO, Thomas Andrews, declared solidarity with DREAMers.
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
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