CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
GALA DINNER 2018
AWAY ON APRIL 7? You can still participate! You can proxy bid (contact Marge at 207-846-4148 for details) AND/OR you can donate to our Pot of Gold matching funds that reach their value! Both options are so important to meeting our ambitious fundraising goals. 

HOME ON APRIL 7? There are still a few seats available! And free childcare is available, as well. You can make your reservation by signing up on our website ( uuyarmouth.org ) or by contacting Marge Titcomb (207-846-4148 or mjtbean@aol.com ).
THE FINANCIAL TIMES OF FIRST U
YOU WON'T BELIEVE THIS CLICKBAIT!!!
Brought to you by the Stewardship Committee and creatively edited by Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant.
WORSHIP
Easter Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, April 1, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES & UU GAMES
Please note that Adult Conversation Circles and UU Games at 9:30 am will be canceled on Easter, 4/1, but WILL be held on 4/8 (Cromwell Center) and 4/15 (ACC with Rev. Jennifer) starting at 9:15 am !
NEW Spring 2018 Program Calendar
Check out what's coming up by looking at our new Spring 2018 Program Calendar , the RE Google Calendar, and visit our website to read more about our program offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: APRIL 1
10:30 am - Easter Egg Hunt (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
Guest Speaker Series: The Cromwell Center
Sunday, April 8, 9:15 am (Gathering Room)
Building Kinder Communities: A Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Program for Adults will be brought by the Cromwell Center to First U. This special session begins at 9:15 am before worship and helps adults to have positive conversations with kids about disabilities, model positive attitudes and language for children at home and in the community, and help children to be more supportive and respectful.
First U’s (First Annual??) Earth Day Carnival
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:30 am—1:00 pm
As Spring emerges in Maine, we joyfully gather to celebrate our natural world and to commit to protecting our environment. This Earth Day Carnival will feature games, prizes, food, face painting, planting, recycling, and more!  How can I participate? We need people to help plan, set-up, and/or run a station at our carnival. To volunteer, contact Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or call 207-846-4148.
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP FUNDRAISERS
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. Our tickets are now booked, so we’re committed and could use your support!

Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Yes, we will be holding this fundraiser again - Stay tuned! 

Smartphone Photography Class
Would you be interested in learning how to use your smartphone to take beautiful photographs of your special events, our gorgeous Maine scenery, or capture images of your family and friends? Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how to take and edit your smartphone photos. Interested? Sign up in the Gathering Room and together we’ll pick a date and time for the class. Suggested donation of $25.

Babysitting Night: Saturday, April 14, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Kids—leave your parents at home or send them out on the town, but don’t miss this FUN night! Food, games, and the Pixar Movie, Coco (shown on a big screen!) with our experienced CPR-certified teen babysitters is not something to be missed. Just $20/child for a movie, dinner, and 3 hours of fun—what a deal! RSVPs are required! Please RSVP by April 8 to Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or call 207-846-4148. 
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 2018
The Tuesday Morning Book Group are planning to treat us to a festive Easter coffee hour again this year, and want to extend an enthusiastic invitation to all in the congregation who would like to celebrate Spring/Easter/April Fool’s Day by joining us in wearing a bonnet that feels festive and fun!
YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED...
Thank you to everyone who has offered their financial commitment for the coming church year! We are, however, still waiting for about 25 more commitments – is yours counted yet? If not, visit our website to make your 
commitment or contact First U Treasurer Marge Titcomb (207-846-4765). 
INTERIM MINISTER FAQ CORNER
Q. Does the interim minister stay until we find a settled minister? 
A. Especially in the cases of long-term ministers leaving a church, the UUA recommends a two year interim. The first year is devoted to normalizing the transition period with the second year devoted to preparing ourselves to welcome a new minister. 

Q. When will I get to meet the interim minister?
A. Most likely the interim minister will begin August 1. The month of August may be mostly about getting the interim minister settled. Many churches enhance the first service back after summer, Ingathering, with a meet-and-greet social event—Stay tuned!

Q. When does First U begin the search for a settled minister?
The search will begin when the Board of Trustees appoints a Search Committee. If you are interested in learning more about the search process, keep an eye out for information coming from the Board, likely in the late Fall of 2018, after the interim minister is in place. 
Our Congregational Covenant Will Spring Forth On April 8th!
Our Covenant is our Promise - made of faith and hope - to answer these questions: What do you need to thrive in this church? What do you promise? Last Fall, we each were given the opportunity to offer, from our hearts and our heads, thoughts and hopes for our Congregational Covenant. Our Writing Team crafted the Covenant over the winter. It has now bloomed! The Board and Healthy Congregation Team are excited to bring it to the congregation at the Worship Service on April 8th - a Covenant created from our own words, given back to us. We will have the rest of the spring to get to know it, so that at the June Annual Meeting, we can vote to adopt it. 
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
FAITH-IN-ACTION NEWS
Good news for all of you who are curious or concerned about Maine politics!
A consortium of 12 area UU churches (MUUSAN) has done the initial checking on upcoming legislative initiatives--to save us time as we work to support what is most important to us. MUUSAN has endorsed or opposed bills in all four mission areas: Democracy in Action, Health Care for All, Climate Change, and Racial Justice. To see where/when to speak /write in support of crucial issues, see MUUSAN's Legislative Agenda .
Cooking Oil for Yarmouth Food Pantry
Our Faith-In-Action Council have signed up to meet the challenge of a continuing need at the Pantry. Check out the big bottle poster in the Gathering Room - drop a few bucks in, and we will transform your donation into the cooking oil the food pantry so desperately needs to meet the needs of Yarmouth families. The pantry needs about 25 bottles a month—please help if you can!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click to read the many community announcements from:
  • The Sacred Art of Storytelling
  • Allen Avenue UU Church in Portland, ME
  • Safe Passage
  • Make Shift Coffee House
  • Therapist Jennifer Wiessner
  • Northern New England District of the UUA
  • Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • New England Region of the UUA
  • Furniture Friends
  • UU Ministry for the Earth
  • and Grad Student Amanda Gordon
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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