WORSHIP
Embracing Brokenness
THEME: FORGIVENESS
Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 10:30 am
Leslie Hyde, Interfaith Chaplain
FAITH EXPLORATION
PROGRAM SCHEDULES FOR THIS SUNDAY
10:15 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
1:00 pm - 7th-9th Grade OWL (UUCB)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
FIRST U'S SENIOR YOUTH GROUP PRESENTS...
HYGGE DINNER & TRIVIA NIGHT
Saturday, November 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Come for a calm, comfortable time spent in good company with warm, comfort food and a fun group trivia night. A buffet of cozy Fall favorites like corn chowder and baked macaroni and cheese will be served, along with an appetizer and dessert. Nut-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options all available. Your attendance supports the projects of our senior youth group, including this year's service mission trip. Tickets will be sold at the door. $15/adults, $10/children and students, children under five are free. All are welcome at this family-friendly event!
COMING UP IN CHILDREN'S CHAPEL
October 27: We’ll have slime-making Halloween fun!
November 3: We will begin exploring our next UU principle, “ we believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.” Through this shared value, we’ll do activities, have discussions, and play games related to understanding prejudice, racism, and the importance of inclusion . A “Taking It Home” email with more details will be sent to parents and linked here in Channels in November.
COMING UP FOR JUNIOR YOUTH GROUP
October 27: Halloween slime-making and a small party.
November 3: Crafting contributions for the Holiday Fair.
November 10: No group this Sunday.
REGISTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS ONLINE
This year, there is the option to  register online for children and youth programs! There will also be paper copies available at the church. Please register your children soon to participate in church programs.
A RETREAT FOR ALL
WE-B-SEEKERS; WE-B-LEADERS WEEKEND
Acknowledging our interconnected and interdependent web of church life,  We-B-Seekers; We-B-Leaders Weekend   is your chance to explore, embrace, and engage the world as a spiritual seeker and a spiritual leader.

SATURDAY, NOV. 2

Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop (in the Sanctuary)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, facilitated by UUA Trainer, Rev. Jane Dwinell
BCT is a program designed to promote inclusive thinking and decrease unfair biases. It is a very important step in a congregation’s search for a minister, helping us explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister and understand how we can prevent our own history (both personal and congregational) from interfering with our efforts in this search.

Lunch (in the Gathering Room)
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Tasty soups, salads and bread, yum!

Leadership Retreat (in the Sanctuary)
1:15 pm – 3:45 pm, facilitated by the Leadership Development Committee
Who me, a leader? Don’t be afraid! We’re all about leading from the heart. This retreat will help us to begin practicing the concept of Spiritual Leadership.

SUNDAY, NOV. 3

Sunday Worship Service (in the Sanctuary)
10:30 – 11:30 am with   UUA Trainer, Rev. Jane Dwinell
Read a sample of a sermon from Rev. Jane Dwinell  here .

*To help us prepare, please RSVP by  TOMORROW, Saturday, October 26  to Joanna Landsman  jslandsman@gmail.com  or Steve Thomas  scrx@aol.com   or sign up on the sheets posted in the Gathering Room. We invite you to sign up for one or both!
EVERGREEN HOLIDAY FAIR
THE HOLIDAY FAIR SILENT AUCTION
Each year at the Evergreen Holiday Fair we have a silent auction full of special items and experiences. Surely, you have a talent or treasure that someone would love that could be part of the silent auction!

It could be something you do:
  • Cook a meal (soup for six? omelets for eight?)
  • Guide a hike (with some bird watching? plant identification?)
  • Give music lessons (or voice lessons!)
  • Organize closets or paperwork (or go through basements or attics or mudrooms)
  • Dog-sit, cat-sit, house-sit, or baby-sit

It could be something you share:
  • Your camp or guest room for a weekend
  • Tickets to sporting event, music, or a play
  • Kayaks, canoes, or bikes to loan
  • Professional (or semi-professional!) skills
  • Access to your workshop or craft area with lessons

It could be something you give:
  • One-of-a-kind works of art
  • Treasures in search of a new home
  • Antiques and heirloom pieces
  • Gift baskets you've assembled

Have ideas? Want to contribute? Please contact the Holiday Fair team: Janice Tooker - janicetooker44@gmail.com
Dorothy McAloney - dmcaloney48@gmail.com
Phyllis Jones - phyllisteacher@aol.com
Cheryl McGilvery - nitna@maine.rr.com
christmas tree
YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE
TO THE HOLIDAY FAIR
Items to auction, crafts, handmade jewelry, birch logs, volunteer time, baking cookies, donating holly, making soup, etc. Let us know what you would like to do to contribute to the Holiday Fair. Contact Janice Tooker, Dorothy McAloney, Phyllis Jones, Cheryl McGilvery with ideas, questions, or to volunteer (contact info. can be found in the church directory).
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM THE OFFICE: STAFF TRANSITIONS
Our office administrative staffing is in transition. Consequently, office hours will temporarily be by appointment only. Connie Densmore has left First Universalist, but while we look to fill that position, Gail Mills has generously agreed to help us with bookkeeping tasks on a temporary basis. Volunteers and Gwen Matthews are picking up other tasks -- Yay for UU teamwork and thank you for your patience!
TRANSITION TEAM NEWS: CHANGE NOTICE
Rev. Frieda and the Transition Team have decided to cancel the Listening Circle scheduled for Nov. 3. With the workshop happening on Nov. 2 and the Search conversations happening, it seems better to wait a few months before holding another Listening Circle.

We will be doing some outreach to Small Groups and other groups to schedule more Circles. If you or your group is interested in participating, please call Rev. Frieda or a member of the Transition Team. As always, all are welcome and encouraged to share past or present concerns in a supportive environment.

Your Transition Team: Rev. Frieda -  flgillespie@gmail.com; Nancy Austin -  naustin63@gmail.com; Karen Carlisle -  karencarlisle1@gmail.com; and Nancy Read -  nafread@prexar.com
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
TRANSYLVANIAN DANCE TROUPE & BAND TO VISIT MAINE
Monday, October 28 & Tuesday, October 29
For two days in late October, 15 young dancers and musicians, and 10 adult companions from Romania will visit Southern Maine. The travelers, all ethnic Hungarians, are from the Transylvanian region of Romania. The dancers and musicians are members of two performance groups, the  Vadrózsák Néptánccsoport  (Wild Roses folk dance group) and the  Lelkes Zenekar  (Enthusiastic Band). The groups were founded by two teachers at the Unitarian School in Székelykeresztúr, Romania who are passionate about keeping their ethnic Hungarian folk music and dance traditions alive. 

Monday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 pm: Traditional Hungarian Dance Performance
at First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist, 425 Congress Street, Portland
These Transylvanian Youth Dancers and Musicians, all ethnic Hungarians from the Transylvanian region of Romania, are touring New England for two weeks.  Their performance will be followed by an invitation to learn some simple Hungarian dances. $10 at the door. FMI: Contact Laurie at laurie@maine.rr.com

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Traditional Hungarian Dance Performance, Workshops and Community Dance Party  
at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, Rowland Hall, 5 Morris Avenue, Saco, ME
Come to beautiful Ferry Beach for an exciting afternoon and evening of cultural exchange. These Transylvanian Youth Dancers and Musicians, all ethnic Hungarians from the Transylvanian region of Romania, are touring New England for two weeks. 
1:30 pm  Music for Folk Dance: Workshop/Jam Session for musicians, singers and dancers.
3:30 pm  Transylvanian Dance Workshop (beyond the basics) Led by the visiting dancers, $15 at the door.
6:00 pm Dinner at Ferry Beach (available by advance reservations only, before 10/15, $20)
7:30 pm  Performance and Community Dance (a dance party for everyone featuring simple dances (all will be taught) from Transylvania, USA, Canada, England, France, Israel or others. Suggested donation $10 - $25.

The performances and workshops are fundraisers to help finance the group’s visit to New England. Your participation is important in welcoming the visitors to Maine, to continuing our Partner Church work, as well as in helping to support the costs of the tour and to ensure similar opportunities in the future. Come meet these talented youth and experience the rich culture of Transylvanian Hungarians. For more info contact Marie Wendt,  mwendt@maine.rr.com , or 207-688-2293.
THE NEXT FIRST TUESDAY: NOVEMBER 5
AT PREBLE STREET, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Work with your fellow UUs to prep. and serve dinner at Preble Street Soup Kitchen for people experiencing homelessness or folks who need a hot meal. Register in advance by contacting Phyllis Chinlund at pchinlund@gmail.com . Your help is needed and appreciated!

AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On Nov. 5, our projects, activities, and donations at First Universalist are in support of Maine Baby ( Maine Needs ). Maine Baby is a free shop for mothers, babies, and toddlers in Portland. 

Activity Options
- Making glove stuffed animals for children (Maine Baby)
- Assembling art therapy kits for children and families (Maine Baby)
- Letter-writing to home bound folks due to injuries, illness, or age
- Pre-register and go to Preble Street to help make and serve dinner (adults and youth ages 14+) from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Donations
We will be collecting donations for the art supply kits and for Maine Baby. Think seasonally appropriate clothes (maternity and newborn - 5T), baby and toddler gear, and toys to fill Maine Baby's wish list.
Needed for the art supply kits (please include new or items in good condition):
  • tote bags
  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • paper
  • play dough or clay
  • glue
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • markers
  • coloring pencils
  • coloring books
  • journals

Dinner
The dinner will be a spaghetti supper with pasta, sauce, vegetarian meatballs, salad, and bread (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available).

Volunteer with Maine Baby
Maine Baby needs help sorting donations on Tuesday mornings, 9 am - 12 pm, and volunteers to help run the 'shop' on Wednesdays in two hour shifts, 9 am - 11 am and 11 am - 1 pm. New volunteers are always welcome.
FAITH-IN-ACTION 3D NIGHT
Saturday, Nov. 16, 5:30 pm in the Gathering Room
For our first 3D (Dinner-Discussion-Documentary) event of the year we are featuring three short films about transgender youth. Come hear from parents who have become advocates for their children as they figure out what this journey means for them. Learn some new vocabulary words! Even if we think we don’t know anyone personally affected by this topic, we can help by being informed neighbors. This even is free but please sign up by contacting Mariana at catalpa.girl@gmail.com or calling 207-975-2884. Chef John needs to know how many people to cook for!
OUR HALF-PLATE
Each Sunday, we donate half of our collection plate directly to projects and organizations that live and promote our shared values. This week, our half plate supports our long partnership tradition with Gyepes, our Hungarian Unitarian partner village in Transylvania; this is the week when we support Gyepes education. Attending school is financially very difficult - most kids must board away at their own expense. We support these education needs by funding half of the annual need for each student. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
COMMUNITY NEWS
AN EVENING WITH PASTOR IDA NELSON
OF KAKAMEGA ORPHANS CARE CENTRE, Oct. 25, 7 - 8:30 pm
The Friends of Kakamega invite you to an evening with Pastor Ida, administrator of Kakamega Orphans Care Centre, on Friday, October 25, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, at the Freeport Community Center. KOCC is a unique approach to the care of orphans and vulnerable children in Western Kenya and a grassroots effort helping Kenyan children and families rise out of deep poverty. Now in its 18th year, KOCC has grown a great deal, with the support of Friends of Kakamega, its American nonprofit counterpart. Desserts and wine will be served. For more information, contact sukie@friendsofkakamega.org or call 207-318-8531.
CONCERTS FOR A CAUSE: SUEDE,Oct. 26, 7:30 pm
Pop/Jazz/Blues singer Suede will perform at the Brunswick UU Church on Sat, Oct 26 @ 7:30 to raise money for Tedford Housing and Oasis Free Clinics. Suede has been a headliner with Melissa Etheridge and Sarah McLachlan and was also Joan Rivers' opening act. Described as a cross between Adele, Diana Krall and Bette Midler, Suede has performed at sold-out shows at world-renowned clubs like NYC's famous Birdland, Boston's Scullers Jazz Club, and Washington DC's Kennedy Center. She has also appeared on ABC's 20/20, NPR, and MTV. Her PBS fundraiser "Suede, Live at Scullers Jazz Club" has aired on over 50 stations nationally. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $10 students/children. Available at the church office, Gulf of Maine Books, or online.
THE GREAT PUMPKIN BALL, Oct. 26, 7 pm - 1 am
The Great Pumpkin Ball, hosted by Equality Maine, returns to the State Theatre in Portland! Get ready for their largest event of the year... and the biggest Halloween dance party in Maine! Last year's event had over 1000 attendees and this year promises to be even bigger, don't miss your chance for early bird ticket pricing! They'll have dancing and entertainment all night, a costume contest with killer prizes, live performances and special guest performances by Peppermint, the Season 9 Runner-up on RuPaul's Drag Race. Hosted by Blake and Eva from Coast 93.1. Ages 18+. Tickets can be purchased here.
PREBLE STREET ADVOCACY WORKSHOP, Nov. 19, 5:30 - 7 pm
An Advocacy 101 workshop is being held on Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-7 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Portland — Payson Smith/Room 42 by Preble Street. Learn the basics of the Preble Street advocacy philosophy; explore the complexity of advocacy work in the United States, the history behind systemic injustice and poverty, and how advocacy can lead to change. Register for this workshop or other Preble Street workshops here.
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
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.
  First Universalist Church of Yarmouth | 207-846-4148 | office@uuyarmouth.org | www.uuyarmouth.org