First Universalist's weekly newsletter
Father Time
Worship Leaders: Sarah Witte and Nancy Austin
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 10:30 am
This is our last Sunday together for this church year, but we hope to see you at the Clam Fest in July, at Vespers at 5:30 pm on August 12, 19, & 26, and at Ingathering on September 9th with our new interim minister, Rev. Frieda!
Living Our Mission - Even in Summer!
Check out some suggestions on ways to Explore, Embrace, and Engage during the summer. There are ideas for all ages!
August 12, 19, & 26, 5:30 pm, Peace Garden
Lovely warm summer nights, ahhhh! And in August, on lovely warm summer SUNDAY nights, all are welcome to come to our Vespers circles. At First Universalist, this means we gather in the Peace Garden* at 5:30 pm for a half-hour of centering music, readings, and meditation, and then share a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Bring yourself and anything you’d like to share. Invite others to come with you. However you spent your weekend, it’s nice to know you have a circle of friends who will be glad to see you. (*Rainy? Inside!)
ice cream
Ice Cream Social
Stay after worship this Sunday for a sweet send off to summer, brought to you by the Member Services Committee. All are welcome to enjoy some ice cream sundaes! (Dairy-free ice cream will be available, too.)
What Time Is It? It's Clam Time!
It's time to sign up to volunteer at Clam Fest! This year's Clam Fest is July 20 - 22. New this Year: 1. First U will be only having one booth on the Town Green. 2. We'll be making Clam Fritters. 3. Sign-ups will ONLY happen online.
1. Sometimes the Buildings and Grounds Committee is shortened to B&G. 
  • This works because B&G also stands for what a Beautiful and Giant place!
  • And it reminds us that people join B&G for two reasons: the Bugs and the Glamour.
  • Of course, it also tells us that members of the committee are Brilliant and Generous. 
  • And that the committee cares for everything from the Belltower to the Gathering Room. 

2. First U was built in 1860. It must be a coincidence that 1,860 things also need to be fixed each year. 
Check Out the LibraryThing App!
Or visit the website to check out First U's online library catalog! There are currently over 375 books listed - and more being added each week. Learn more about our Library.
YOGA at First U
The Spring Yoga Session ends this Saturday at the Church from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. Any questions contact the Instructor, Lois Howlett, at or tel 847-3055. Everyone welcome! You can modify or stop at anytime.
Pride Portland! Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 16, beginning at 11:00 am
You are invited to participate in the annual PRIDE PARADE in PORTLAND with FIRST UNIVERSALIST and MUUSAN - march with friends from First U and other UUs from around the state! Wear a yellow shirt if possible. Loving signs and rainbow flags are welcome. Meet at 11 am at First Parish UU Church downtown to line up. Parade starts at 12 pm in Monument Square. The Festival immediately follows the Parade.
Summer Sign-Ups Wanted: Preble Street Soup Kitchen
Tuesdays, July 7, August 4, & September 1
We need YOU to help out with dinner service at Preble Street. You will feel good about yourself if you take a few hours to volunteer. This can also be a great way introduce teenagers, aged 13 and older, to a rewarding service experience. The clients are appreciative and the Preble Street staff is highly organized and helpful at making us feel welcome and useful.  

The job means reporting for duty at 3:30 and staying till 6:30, following instructions from the Preble Street staff. You are encouraged to commit to the entire 3 hours, but there is some flexibility: arrival anytime before 4:15 is acceptable.

To volunteer for the dinner service, find the lists in the Gathering Room or contact Phyllis Chinlund, 207-781-8842, or .
ADVANCE NOTICE OF GOOD NEWS Rev. Thandeka  is coming to First Parish in Portland, Maine with her  Love Beyond Belief™  congregational workshop program! October 26 - 28, 2018 .

All Maine UU ministers, worship leaders, and their congregations are invited to collaborate and participate in this inspiring and thought-provoking workshop. Rev. Thandeka will also present her  “Got Race?”  public lecture during her time here which deeply explores race, white privilege, and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s question,  "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?"  We will be engaging with social justice partners in our communities as well for this important talk.  Express your interest to Jane Makela at if you would like to attend.
Please click below to read the community announcements from:
  • YCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors)
  • The New England Arab American Association and The Angle Project
  • Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group
  • Village Harmony
  • UUA New England Region
  • Allen Avenue UU Church
Please note: Channels will be on a short hiatus and return on July 6.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, please contact the church office or the Caring Connection Coordinator to be put in touch with our on-call minister this summer. Our interim minister, Rev. Frieda, will arrive August 1 and will take over pastoral care duties then.
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