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FIRST U FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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You are invited to our special services and events for the rest of December!

Christmas Eve Family Service
Sunday, December 24 at 6:30 pm
(no morning service)

Christmas Eve Late Service
Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 pm
(no morning service)

New Year's Eve Clam Drop
Sunday, December 31 at 6:30 pm
(no morning service)
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Save the Date: Events in January & February 2018
Sunday, January 7, 11:30 am - Coffee Hour Connections
Sunday, January 21, 11:45 am - Mid-year Meeting
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm seatings - Gather Dinner
Saturday, February 10, 5:00 - 7:00 pm - Maine Farm Supper
Gift Cards are available for purchase! Call Marge Titcomb at 207-846-4765 to arrange purchasing. You get the full value of the card and First U receives 5% - 18% - a true win-win! Happy gifting!
Concerned about the new TAX PLAN? You can honor your financial commitment in full before Dec 31. You can even make a contribution to next church year now; we will apply it to next year, but you get the tax deduction this year.

We are also seeking a few remaining payments on Here for Good pledges, which were expected to be complete by Dec. 31. These remaining payments will fund much-needed repairs to the Sanctuary windows. We have already collected 98% of the pledges! The HfG team is filled with gratitude.
Q: When you have a new idea for the church, do you wonder where to go? Start it up, or give it up?

A: Bring your ideas to a Board Member for suggestions on the next steps. Generally, if it’s a PROGRAM thing (worship, faith development for all ages, social justice work, caring for our members who are in need), it will go to the Minister. If it’s a BOARD thing (welcoming new folks, events, fundraisers, finances, the church building, administration of the church), it will go to a committee of the Board. Thanks!

Board members are: Joanna Landsman, Marge Titcomb, Lily O’Brien, Sarah Witte, Charlie Horstman, Lauren Taylor, Rebecca Rundquist, and Jamie Brookes. 

And hey, also check out the new poster which illustrates our church organization. It’s getting built on the wall in our Gathering Room.  
Come connect in the new year with friends old and new! The Member Services Committee is proud to host the first Coffee Hour of 2018 and want to invite you to a special Coffee Hour Connection. There will be some brunch items, treats, coffee, and tea, a chance to reconnect with your First U community after the busy holiday season, or the opportunity to meet new friends during this brand new year. Join us to connect and re-connect during this special coffee hour.
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.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
Help New Mainers: Become A Volunteer Housing Coach
A volunteer housing coach helps New Mainers to navigate the U.S. rental housing system and assists with things like learning to use unfamiliar kitchen equipment or answers questions about landlord/tenant issues. This volunteer role requires no financial commitment and would be only a few hours per month. Read more about this program.
Assistance Needed at Preble Street Soup Kitchen
PREBLE STREET will be serving dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 2 (3:30 - 6:30 pm) and they URGENTLY need our help. CAN YOU BE THERE? Please sign up by emailing Phyllis Chinlund at pchinlund@gmail.com.
Information Night: Adult Pilgrimage to Transylvania
Wednesday, January 3, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Gathering Room
Come one and all to hear about the possibility of an adult pilgrimage to Transylvania and our Partner village of Gyepes. This pilgrimage will be lead by our Partner minister, Pal Janos, and will be in the company of adults and young adults from Gyepes - truly a joint venture of faith and friendship!
For more information, contact Rev. Jennifer at revjemryq@gmail.com.
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.
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