CANDIDATING WEEKS
CANDIDATING WEEKS WITH REV. HILLARY COLLINS-GILPATRICK
We're smack dab in the middle of candidating weeks, now! Small groups meet today, Rev. Hillary's first worship service for us at First U will arrive on Sunday and she'll be attending the virtual coffee hour this Sunday, too. This coming week, we hope you'll join for Morning Tea or the Evening Open House.

A note about the schedule: the open slots to meet one-on-one with Rev. Hillary have shifted slightly. These twenty minute sessions are now available on Thursday, May 7, 12:30 - 2:30 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm. To schedule an individual appointment, please contact Sarah Witte at sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com.
VOTE MAY 10 TO ACCEPT THE MINISTERIAL AGREEMENT
The Ministerial Agreement is provided by the UUA, and begins with stating the intention to “strive to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to serve one another and the larger community” and that the relationship “must be grounded on both sides in open communication, mutual trust, good faith, and an open and agreed-upon process.” There are then seven detailed sections defining all aspects of responsibility. The Agreement ends with “It has been drawn, offered, and accepted in the spirit of the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association.” The Agreement is deep and broad, unlike 2-page letters of past engagements. You can read a summary of the Agreement.

Discussion of the Agreement details will NOT be part of the meeting on May 10, but you may contact board president Joanna Landsman jslandsman@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns to be addressed.

For gardeners who love to get into the weeds, you can read the full Agreement (22 pages, PDF).
EMAILS AND MORE EMAILS, OH MY!
  • You should have already received an email "All The Deets for Ministerial Candidating Weeks!" Save this email! It has links to access meetings with Rev. Hillary and the Ministerial Agreement review.
  • You also should have already received an email with links to two videos about Rev. Hillary's UU theology and path to ministry. Expect to get two more emails with videos covering other topics this coming Monday and Wednesday.
  • This Sunday, you'll get an email with the information on how to access coffee hour PLUS it will contain a link to do a test vote so we can practice before the congregational meeting on May 10.
WORSHIP AT HOME
TOGETHER
Sunday, May 3, 2020
will be delivered via email at 6:00 am
Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Candidating Minister
Sam Chandler, Music Director
FINANCIAL TIMES OF FIRST U
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PLEASE SEND IN YOUR SELFIES BY MAY 10!
Whatever you are busy with during this Coronavirus time, I hope you will take a moment to snap a photo of yourself and send it to me by email. Or send 2 or 3 photos!

Why? I'm planning a Spring Makeover for the bulletin board in the Gathering Room. I'd love to include photos of everyone! Snap a photo of yourself doing whatever, and send it to catalpa.girl@gmail.com. The more the merrier! I plan to get the photos printed and arranged on the bulletin board before our new minister arrives. I also plan to share the final product (a collage) online. Sooner or later, it should be visible to all.

Thank you in advance! Say cheese,
Mariana (for the Faith in Action Council)
CONGREGANT RELIEF FUND & MATCHING DONATION
Our matching donation campaign was a huge success! Thank you to our senior youth group for launching this campaign and to all who have contributed. $3,000 were raised for church operations and $1,500 are now available in our newly created congregant relief fund.

If you need to access the congregant relief fund, please contact Joanna Landsman, Board President, or Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister.
COFFEE HOUR IS LIVE ON ZOOM!
Sunday, May 5, 12:00 pm
Please join us for a virtual coffee hour hosted on Zoom! (New to Zoom? Check out this informative guide .) For security purposes, details for joining will be sent on Sunday morning around 8:00 am.
WHERE'S THAT EMAIL?!
Some congregants have been having trouble with receiving emails from the church and we've determined that there are most likely one of two issues going on:
  1. The email has been put in a spam, promotions, or other folder. You can prevent this from happening! These are step-by-step instructions on how to whitelist email addresses (for many popular mail programs including AOL, gmail, yahoo, verizon, etc.). The first thing to do if an email is missing is to check other folders that it may have been accidentally sorted into.
  2. Your internet service provider is delivering your emails late. Unfortunately, there is nothing the church can do to fix this, but you can contact your ISP to see if they can help. This may be happening with some emails and not others. It depends on time of day, how busy your ISP is at the moment, your email program, etc.
CONTRIBUTE VIA PAYPAL
You can pay your pledge, make a Sunday offering, or make another donation online via PayPal. Please make sure to indicate via the drop down menu what your payment is intended for. Thank you for giving!
yoga
YOGA FROM HOME
Yoga teacher Marni Prince is hosting live video yoga classes. The next one will be happening this Saturday at 10 am. Anyone interested can email Marni to get on the mailing list for when she'll be holding classes and video details: marniprince@gmail.com. Marni is not charging anything for the classes as of now, but is accepting optional donations. Might as well do some yoga if we can't leave the house!
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
Dear Parents,

As we navigate this shifting landscape of social distancing, virtual schooling, and a plethora of unknowns, we want to provide you with what feels right for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of your family.

If and when you have a moment, consider what might be the most beneficial for you and your family:
  • a parent's virtual UU small group with the opportunity to check in and chances to tend to your own spiritual needs
  • a continuation of RE-inspire your week ideas for spirituality at home
  • an opportunity for children ages kindergarten - fourth grade to attend a virtual Children's Chapel on Sunday mornings
  • phone call, email, or live video one-on-one check-ins with you or your children
  • some other idea that you'd like to share

Please share any thoughts you may have with Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com. Thank you!
VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUPS
Both junior and senior youth groups will be meeting online this week. You can download the Zoom app in advance to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. You will need to create a free account with Zoom.

Junior and Senior Youth Groups will be combined this week to meet with Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick on Sunday, May 3, 4:30 - 5:00 pm. Details about how to connect have already been sent in the email that arrived on Monday titled "All the Deets for Ministerial Candidating Weeks!".
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST: A GROUP READ & DISCUSSION
Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 10 - 11:30 am, on Zoom
There has never been a better time to read and discuss How to Be an Antiracist:
  • the Poor Peoples Campaign challenges us to confront systemic racism, jails and prisons (including here in Maine) disproportionately incarcerate minorities
  • daily news coverage informs us of the higher death and disease toll covid-19 imposes on African Americans and Latinos due to inequities in our labor force and health care system

With this context in mind, Andrew Tonks will facilitate a 3-session study-by-Zoom of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi on Thursdays May 21 and 28 and June 4 from 10:00-11:30 am. To participate, please email Jane Makela at  janemakela@gmail.com so you get the Zoom link. Give yourself ample time to order the book online and begin reading: hard copies ($14.79) and Kindle version ($13.99) can be obtained from Amazon with about a 6-day delivery time. Join us to consider what an antiracist society would look like and how we can be part of making it happen!
MUUSAN NETWORKING MEETING: ELECTORAL JUSTICE
Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 - 11:30 am
MUUSAN presents a first-time-ever opportunity to attend one of its networking meeting from the comfort of your own home! Join other UUs from around the state to talk about what’s at stake for Maine and for the country in the 2020 elections. It’s free, but be sure to register so you will get the link to join the meeting. This conversation will include special guests:
  • Susan Leslie, Congregational Advocacy & Witness Director, UUA Organizing Strategy Team
  • Nicole Pressley, UUtheVote National Organizer
  • Evan Tess Murray, Education and Engagement Projects Manager, Maine League of Women Voters and the Democracy Project
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In the Fifth of our Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, we covenant as a congregation to affirm and promote “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” One of the most important ways we do this in society is by exercising our right to vote. If you are concerned about voting in-person in the upcoming June election (which may be delayed until July), absentee ballots can be easily obtained through online request using this link.
VOLUNTEERING AT PREBLE STREET
Our next first Tuesday to volunteer at Preble Street is May 5, 3 - 6 pm. At this time, Preble Street still really needs your support in putting together to-go meals for their clients who they serve daily. Help to feed some of Maine's most vulnerable people who continue to rely on Preble Street for food and other resources. Contact Ruth White ( rwhite7@maine.rr.com) with any questions or if you would like to sign up. Thank you!

Please note a few changes:
  1. There is now a limit of three volunteers per shift in order to ensure social distancing.
  2. Volunteers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering.
  3. The time for dinner shifts has altered slightly. It is now 3 - 6 pm (instead of 3:30 - 6:30 pm).
  4. You can view all of Preble Street's response information about COVID-19 on their website.
COMMUNITY NEWS
COVID-19 RESOURCES
For up-to-date local information:

For food and other resources:
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
The Church Office is Closed, But Minister and Staff Are Still Working!
Rev. Frieda, Gwen, Sam, and Andrea all continue to work from home to support the church community. You can reach them via email, call and leave a voicemail at the church office (messages are checked on Monday & Thursday), or call Rev. Frieda on her cell phone: 508-207-7566.
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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