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All-Church Covenanting
THIS Sunday, October 22, 2017 after worship
All members, friends, and newcomers of First U are called to participate in covenanting.  What is a covenant? A covenant is a promise that we make to each other, an understanding of how we will be together.  A covenant focuses on two questions: What do you need to fully participate in the group? What do you promise to the group? Why covenant? A covenanted community is a healthy community, so please don't miss this very special one-time (at least for the next few years) event!  All ages are invited and welcome! A light lunch will be provided.
In Sweet Company
Rev. Jennifer Emrich, Minister
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 10:30 am
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
Welcome, pumpkins!
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
All-Church Covenanting - and, yes, also pumpkins.
Senior Youth Group
4 pm - 5:30 pm, Gathering Room
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us for fun, faith exploration, snacks, games, the Our Whole Lives program, and social justice work.
2017-2018 Program Calendar and Descriptions
Click below to view - includes information on programs for ALL ages!
Guest Speaker Series
Check It Out: Green Burials
9:30 am, Gathering Room
Green burials involve ways of caring for the dead with minimal impact on our natural environment. Green burials use non-toxic, biodegradable materials for caskets, shrouds, and urns, and often involve foregoing the embalming process in order to protect the health of people and the 
environment. Join First U members, Kevin Kilcline, manager, and Kerry Kilcline, preplanning counselor, of Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services to learn more.
UU Games
9:30 am, Common Room
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
Senior Youth Group
4:00 pm, Gathering Room
We're Hiring!
Do you know someone who loves to teach and share UU values? We're searching for a part-time (~4/week, $15/hour) religious education teacher.
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.
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.
First U's Music Series
Daymark: Monday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Come check out Daymark, an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson, Dan Foster and Eric McDonald, this is an evening that's not to be missed! Tickets: $15/adults, $10/youth or seniors, available at the door.
Dinner at Gather
Thursday, October 26, beginning at 5:30 pm, Gather
This Fall, come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends. A portion of the night’s proceeds are given to the church. Reserve your place at Gather.
Boo! It's First U!
Trick-or-Treating at First Universalist
Tuesday, October 31, Evening, Outside or Sanctuary Entrance
Ready to have a scary good time? Dress up and hand out candy and other goodies to trick-or-treaters on Halloween and/or stop by to get your own treat. If you want to get in on the fun, head to the Halloween table (with Rebecca Rundquist and Kerry Kilcline) in the Gathering Room during coffee hour after worship.
Join First U's Events Team
Are you someone who wants to help but don’t necessarily want to be on a committee and attend regular meetings? We have something perfect for you! Please join our Events Team!
First U has been promoting our beautifully renovated space as a venue for weddings, memorial services, community events, and music concerts. It’s shaping up to be a great source of revenue for us, but we need your help now! As part of the Events Team, you’re simply joining a pool of people who will be asked to commit to specific, occasional events. There are 3 primary roles we need to fill: 

  • Event Coordinator(s) – primarily responsible for communication and lining up the open/close and host volunteers for events.
  • Opening/Closing Team – primarily responsible for preparing and resetting the space and for opening and closing the building before and after the event.
  • Host Team – be a welcoming face during the event, there to service any needs that may arise (elevator use, etc.).

For a more detailed description of the roles, or to join the Events Team, please contact Joanna Landsman at or call 207-536-1177. Thank you!
Help Advertise Our Fun, Festive, Fabulous Holiday Fair
From the Comfort of Home
Let’s invite everyone in from the cold to enjoy hot soup and to browse the fine items we have for sale. The Holiday Fair is looking for your help to get the word out—and you don't even need to leave your house to help! If you are interested, please contact Phyllis Jones at
P.S. There will be sign up sheets for volunteers to help with all aspects of the Holiday Fair coming soon!
Hannaford Cards to Support First U
Purchase in the Gathering Room
Your purchase of a re-loadable Hannaford card makes for convenient grocery shopping/budgeting AND earns the church money. (ex: your $100 becomes a $100 gift card, and Hannaford gives the church $5!) Learn more!
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.
Preble Street Resource Center's Soup Kitchen
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
Appeal for Volunteers for the Yarmouth Food Pantry
The Yarmouth Food Pantry is seeking new volunteers to donate a few hours a week a couple of times a month. The Pantry is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church, just across the street. It is a Yarmouth organization, under the YCAN umbrella. It operates year round, and is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, and Wednesday afternoons/evenings from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Pantry currently serve just under 80 families, and over 200 individuals per month. Most are Yarmouth folks from working families, many with children.
Please talk with Charlie Horstmann (at church or by phone 846-3985) about this opportunity to serve our community’s folks.  
Free and open to the public, the Iranian Film Festival begins today and continues through November 17 with screenings held in Portland at MECA and USM. The festival will present the community with the rare opportunity to learn about a nation, with the help of its cinema, which has been dehumanized in the U.S. since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.  

Films include: Women Without Men (10/20), The Circle (10/20) About Elly (10/27), Ten (10/27), The Hidden Half (11/3), The Music Man (11/3), No One Knows About Persian Cats (11/10), A Moment of Innocence (11/10), The Song of Sparrows (11/17), and Marooned in Iraq (11/17).
The Yarmouth Community Garden Harvest Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 25, 5-7 PM at High School Cafeteria. This is the annual fundraiser for the work that we do in the garden which results in over 3000 pounds annually of beautiful organic produce that we donate to local seniors, the Yarmouth Food Pantry, and the Summer Lunch Crunch Program for children. Please come, bring friends, and help us support this effort, enjoying great local food (marinara sauce from garden produce) and a fun silent auction & raffle.  
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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