Please Note:  
Channels will be on a hiatus until Vespers begin in August.
Channels Newsletter
 July 8, 2016
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Yarmouth Clam Festival - July 15, 16, 17 
Dig up some summer fun and volunteer with First U.
It's easy to sign up online and you'll be happy as a clam when you join in and receive your free slice of UU cheesecake.

Click for: Clam Fest Free Parking Map, Lemon Blueberry Bars recipe, and First U Cheesecake recipe.
Fantastic Gather Dinner
Thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday and dined with us. It was immensely fun with fantastic food and lovely music. 
Bonus: View a short clip of First U members singing Hallelujah
Chancel Renovation Update
The new chancel area is beginning to take shape - and volunteers have been (and will continue to be) hard at work clearing out the Gathering Room and Kitty Corner for the new floor installation to take place post Clam Fest.

Thanks to Peggy Becksvoort for capturing the progress.
We are Unitarian Universalists and...
As Unitarian Universalists , we promote love beyond belief. Our faith is active, inclusive, and expansive. We are guided by our Seven Principles, and we know that there is more than one way of experiencing the world and understanding the sacred. 

That means that we can be UU and... 
  • Atheist or Agnostic
  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Earth-centered Pagans or Wiccans
  • Hindu
  • Humanist
  • Interfaith
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Social justice activists
  • Spiritual but not religious
So, if you, like us, see the importance of equity and compassion in human relations; if you, like us, believe everyone should have the opportunity to search for their own truth and meaning in the world; if you, like us, want to work to improve our world and believe that faith should be active, not passive, then welcome and please join us.

You can visit our website or email Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com to learn more about becoming a member at First U.  

First U is Growing & Evolving!
New Sanctuary * Expanded Programs and Outreach * New Staff
And through Here For Good we will have our new space.

Community Announcements
Need some babysitting or a date night out?
Sophie Walsh, a regular nursery caregiver at First U and rising high school sophomore, is available to babysit this summer: days, nights, and weekends. Reasonable rates, call or text Sophie at 329-6293. She is certified in babysitting, rescue breathing and CPR. Babysitting
A Note on the Church Office In The Summer
While the office will be closed during the summer months, you can still make an appointment with Gwen Matthews, our Program Assistant, by contacting her via email: gwenatfirstu@gmail.com 
 
Reverend Jennifer works differently in the summer: after her vacation weeks we ask her to engage in four weeks of study, as well as two weeks leading the mission trip with our teens in Transylvania. She will be offline after Monday, June 20, but will be back in the office by Tuesday, August 23rdOfficeHours  
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer on her cellphone: 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.

If you would like to have an announcement included in Channels, please send an email to gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by the Wednesday of the week you wish it to be published.  Please put "CHANNELS" in the subject line. Thank you!