COMING UP THIS WEEK
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT & GREENING THE SANCTUARY
The Worship Council invites any and all who would like to help us with a fun, one-time effort to get our beautiful sanctuary ready for the holidays. We will gather at church tomorrow, Saturday, December 14th at 11:30 am to Deck our Halls. We have most of what we need to start, but still could use some garlands of artificial greens. (The fire marshal doesn't allow live greens, sadly.) We also invite all congregants to bring in poinsettia plants to contribute to the beautiful decorations. We will welcome new plants right up to Christmas, so bring them in anytime. Any questions, call Anne Turner at 415-3644.
UU PATHWAY TO MEMBERSHIP
What is Unitarian Universalism? on Monday, Dec. 16, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
UU History and Theology, including the merging of Unitarianism and Universalism. Understanding our Seven Principles and Six Sources, plus our focus on social justice. Childcare provided. Hosted by Congregation Connections and Interim Minister Rev. Frieda.
WORSHIP
WORSHIP THEME: LIGHT
Celebrating Hanukkah
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Sam Chandler, Music Director
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
THANK YOU FROM THE HOLIDAY FAIR TEAM
The Holiday Fair Team would like to extend a huge THANK YOU for all the people who cooked, cleaned, set up, cleaned up, crafted, shopped, donated and enjoyed the Holiday Fair! We so appreciate your sharing of your time, talents, and treasure!

A special shout out to the junior and senior youth who helped with the soup lunch and gingerbread houses! Thank you to our next generation UUs!
CLAM DROP DROPPED: STEAMER ON HOLIDAY
This year, Steamer is enjoying a well deserved tropical vacation and has had to drop being dropped meaning First U's New Year's Eve Clam Drop won't be held this year. Bon voyage, Steamer!
UU PATHWAY TO MEMBERSHIP
If membership calls to you, or you have questions about this faith and our community, you are warmly welcomed to attend the following events. Of course you always have the option of exploring and discussing your spiritual journey with Rev. Frieda, solo style. May a way be found, and the courage to take it step by step! 

What is First Universalist Church? on January 20, 6:30 -9:00 pm
We will share our own stories. What brings us together here? Why become a member? (Besides being able to vote when we have a new ministerial candidate?!) How do we belong and how does First Universalist belong to us? Childcare provided. Hosted by the Board of Trustees and Congregation Connections.

Membership Celebration Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 - 10:30 am
Come at 10 am for coffee, treats and book signing before worship. Worship service that morning includes words of welcome and commitment, spoken in unison by congregation and new members. We welcome, celebrate and thank you!
FROM YOUR SEARCH COMMITTEE
For the past month, the Search Committee has been researching different group decision making methods to help us discuss and choose ministerial candidates. Of the many available methods we have decided, in accordance with UUA guidelines, that the consensus method will be the most effective in calling a best-match minister for our congregation.

Consensus is characterized by all perspectives being heard, explored and deliberated. Consensus is reached when no participants hold strong concerns that are based on the group’s stated purpose. Consensus decisions are preferred when the decision will affect many people, the impact will be deep, and the decision will last a long time. As important as the decision method is, so is the way in which the group discusses candidates. So within the consensus method, the Search Committee will follow a codes of conduct list, use structured discussion methods, and utilize roadblock guidelines as needed. This will ensure all views are thoroughly heard and explored in the challenging task of calling a minister.
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
PROGRAM SCHEDULES FOR THIS SUNDAY, 12/15
10:15 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
1:00 pm - 7th - 9th grade OWL (Common Room)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
A COVENANT FOR RE PROGRAMS AT FIRST U
To create a healthy and thriving partnership and community, Unitarian Universalists develop covenants, or promises, to one another about how we will behave together. Contained in the attached letter is our religious exploration program covenant. We ask that you share this covenant with your family and commit to these shared values and promises of how we will treat one another.
PARENT GUEST VOLUNTEERS ON SUNDAY MORNINGS
Curious about Children's Chapel or Junior Youth Group? Want to get a better sense of what's happening downstairs during the service? Now you can sign up for a Sunday to visit with and help out in Children's Chapel (K-4th grade) or Junior Youth Group (5th-8th grade)! No requirement to volunteer; just an opportunity for interested parents, grandparents, or guardians. 
CHILDREN'S CHAPEL: DECEMBER UPDATES
In the beginning of December, we will continue to learn about racism and prejudice through the lens of our second principle, “We believe all people should be treated fairly and kindly.” Later this month, our focus will be on the winter holidays and three multi-generational services. For more information and ideas for things to talk about or try at home, check out Taking It Home for December.
REGISTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS ONLINE
This year, there is the option to  register online for children and youth programs! Please register your children if they participate in any programs.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
DONATIONS OF COLD WEATHER CLOTHES BEING COLLECTED
For the next First Tuesday on January 7, 2o20.
We'll be collecting donations at the church of cold weather clothing (hats, gloves, coats, boots, etc.) and personal care items (toothpaste, tooth brushes, sanitary pads, shampoo, etc.) for Preble Street Resource Center. Please drop off your donations during office hours or on Sundays before/after church. Thank you!
OUR HALF-PLATE
Each Sunday, we donate half of our collection plate directly to projects and organizations that live and promote our shared values. Embracing our 5th UU principle, we covenant to use the democratic process in our congregation and society at large. The recipient of our half-plate this Sunday, the Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network (or MUUSAN) helps us do just that. Connecting Maine’s 25 UU congregations to amplify our influence in social justice policy in Maine, MUUSAN focuses on four areas to: strengthen our democracy; achieve healthcare for all; slow the effects of climate change; and advocate on behalf of racial, native and immigrant populations. Please give generously to support the work of this important collaboration.
COMMUNITY NEWS
WhaleCoast Alaska 2020
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2020 is for you! 4 Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental/ cultural/spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships -- our program is truly the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete info go to:  www.WhaleCoastAK.org , email dfrey@whalecoastak.org or call 907-322-4966. Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
ANNOUNCEMENTS SCHEDULE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Please submit your announcement by the deadlines below to ensure its inclusion in Channels, the Sunday Morning News, or to be posted to the website. 
  • For Friday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 29: All announcements are due by Wednesday, December 18, at 12 pm.
  • For Friday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 5: All announcements are due by December 23, at 10 am
WEATHER CANCELLATION INFORMATION
First Universalist service and public event cancellations are announced on WSCH Channel 6, WMTW Channel 8, and WGME Channel 13, as well as on Facebook.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you have a pastoral emergency, you can contact Rev. Frieda Gillespie on her cell phone at 508-207-7566. Please note that most weeks she will be in Yarmouth Sunday - Tuesday and working from her home office in MA Wednesday - Friday. Saturdays are typically her day off, but she will answer calls for pastoral emergencies.
Submit Your Announcement
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays please email the information to Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, 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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