CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
OUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.  - Dakota Proverb
We are called to act now to create a better future. One way we do this at First U is through our strong support and commitment to implementation of OWL, the UU/UCC Our Whole Lives program. OWL gives youth the tools they need to stay safe, model consent and inclusivity to others, and lead their peers as confident young adults – in a word, to persevere. Your annual campaign commitment is an investment in the core health and self-confidence of young UUs! 
FACT:  Our amazing OWL program has reached 35 non-UU's this year so far through our outreach efforts. Over the past 19 years we've taught this healthy view on personal health, sexuality and relationships to 50 of our own junior and senior youth.
WORSHIP
Being a UU at First U
Rev. Jennifer Emrich and First U Members
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 10:30 am
Jane's Day: Sunday, March 4, during Worship
This is it, our special Sunday service to celebrate the life of Jane Cleaves. Wear your brightest colors, your biggest hat, and bring all your hope, stories, tears and laughter to this morning full of love for a woman who brought so much to so many. 
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 (updated this week!) .
Also: check out our website to see offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: FEBRUARY 18
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)
PLAY IT SAFE: ARLGP Educational Visit
Sunday, March 18, during Children's Chapel
A humane educator from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be visiting during Children's Chapel with Play It Safe curriculum that focuses on safety, compassion, and kindness in order to promote a healthy relationship between people and pets. All children are welcome to attend!
Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Sunday, March 18, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Do you have questions about how to
use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram),
operate your smartphone camera,
download and use various apps,
or adjust your phone settings?
Then come see our 'genius' senior youth group members for assistance and one-on-one guidance! Just $15 for 15 minutes.
This senior youth group fundraiser will support their attendance at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Kansas City, MO this June where they'll be able to meet, worship with, and address social justice issues with youth from across the country and around the world.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Our Spiritual Journeys
February 25 & March 25, 11:30 am, Common Room
As part of the path to belonging at First Universalist, we'd like to invite all who are new or new-ish to participate in a conversation, facilitated by Rev. Jennifer Emrich. What is your journey? How does Unitarian Universalism fit in with your life and your beliefs? Choose to attend one or both Sundays! 
Refreshments will be served and games and snacks will be available for children. Please RSVP if you’re able to attend to Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or by calling the church office at 207-846-4148.
Pi(e) Sunday
March 11, 2018, during Coffee Hour in the Gathering Room
In advance of pi(e) day (3/14), First U will celebrate this mathematical date with culinary festivities. Purchased or homemade, sweet or savory, gluten-free or gluten-filled, we welcome all pies, so please consider bringing one or two to share!
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar
Committees, councils, and groups at First U are all 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
A SUCCESS STORY: ASSISTING NEW MAINERS
Yarmouth Community Housing Initiative, a joint effort by local faith organizations including First Universalist, who supports New Mainers, refugees and asylum-seekers in Maine, want you to share in the celebration and birth of a new baby!

YCHI's carefully crafted plans to support a pregnant mom, who was to be induced this past Tuesday, changed suddenly when she was admitted to Maine Medical last Friday instead!

Fortunately, one of our volunteers came through like a champ and took in the pregnant mom's two-year-old while mom gave birth to a healthy baby Saturday evening. This mom was supported throughout the delivery by a doula and we think this was a big part of why the delivery went so well. We will continue to connect expecting moms with doulas through BirthRoots or the doula organization itself as moms express interest.  

Mom and her two-year-old and baby were back at the shelter Monday afternoon. We supported the volunteer watching the two-year-old with food purchases and at Wednesday's new mom gathering, the volunteer was told that the two-year-old had gained weight over the weekend while in the volunteer's care! 

At First Universalist, we enthusiastically support the work of YCHI with direct participation and partnership. If you would like to join the team that both hosts and plans, please contact Anne Turner ( annelewisturner@gmail.com ) or Rev. Jennifer ( revjemryq@gmail.com ). We are looking for a partner in this fun and life-giving justice work!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Theater Project is putting on a production of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray which will run from February 8th - 18th. Click for tickets and showtimes (link has been corrected!).
Save the Date: Spring Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association on April 13-14, 2018.
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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