CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
MAIN STREET DETOUR
Due to road construction, there will be a detour on Main Street in Yarmouth (near Gather, under the Bridge). Please be prepared to take an alternate route to church. See you on Sunday!
GALA DINNER 2018
Please invite a friend or two and join us at the Gala Dinner! This gourmet dinner is available for your kind contribution of $75 per person and features delicious vegan and gluten-free options along with select wines and other beverages. 
Childcare is available by request. There is limited seating and reservations must be made by March 25th. There's also a limited printing of color postcards that can be taken to share with friends. You can make your reservation by contacting Marge Titcomb at 207-846-4765 or by signing up in the Gathering Room after worship.
WORSHIP
When Hockey Meets Jazz and Other Conundrums in Finding Balance
Guest Speaker: Katie Payson, Dean of ChIME
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES
Please note that Adult Conversation Circles and UU Games at 9:30 am will be canceled THIS SUNDAY, 3/18 and 4/1.
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: MARCH 18
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
11:45 am - Ask a Teen Fundraiser (Church Office, Children's Chapel)
1:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
PLAY IT SAFE: ARLGP Educational Visit
THIS Sunday, March 18, during Children's Chapel
A humane educator from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be visiting during Children's Chapel with Play It Safe curriculum that focuses on safety, compassion, and kindness in order to promote a healthy relationship between people and pets. All children are welcome to attend!
Exciting Things are Springing Up in RE!
With Spring on the horizon, it’s a great time to bring your children or grandchildren to First U! Join us for:
  • March 18—PLAY IT SAFE (for animal lovers and kids who want to gain more confidence around animals)
  • March 25—Palm Sunday (we'll be using the palm leaves made in Children's Chapel)
  • April 1—Easter Sunday (with an Easter egg hunt!)
  • April 22—Earth Day (planting, recycling, and Earth appreciation!)
  • May 6 - Children's Tea and Games with the Minister (Rev. Jennifer's last Children's Tea)
Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
THIS Sunday, March 18, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Do you have questions about how to
use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram),
operate your smartphone camera,
download and use various apps,
or adjust your phone settings?
Then come see our 'genius' senior youth group members for assistance and one-on-one guidance! Just $15 for 15 minutes.

Come with questions about your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or Other Devices! To make good use of your time, consider preparing a list of questions. If our geniuses get stumped, we’ll pause the clock and do our best to look up answers to your questions.

This senior youth group fundraiser will support their attendance at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Kansas City, MO this June where they'll be able to meet, worship with, and address social justice issues with youth from across the country and around the world.
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.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
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 40 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. Why does First U need an interim minister?
A. The UUA sees interim ministry as an important part of the process for finding a new settled minister. The interim minister will provide First U with our normal ministerial needs.

Q. Does the congregation “call” the interim minister?
A. The interim minister is hired by the Board. The settled minister is called by a vote of the Congregation.

Q. How does the Board decide who to hire?
A. The Board appointed a committee to conduct the search for the interim minister using the process established by the UUA.

Q. Who is on the interim search committee?
A. Joanna Landsman, Lily O’Brien, Nancy Read, Joe Dreher, Pete Titcomb, and Sue Ellen Bordwell.
The LAST Gather Dinner of this Church Year!
Thursday, March 22, seatings at 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends. You get to enjoy great company and food and Gather donates a portion of the night’s earning to First U. You can reserve your spot at Gather online or sign up downstairs in the Gathering Room during Coffee Hour. Also, consider making it a night on the town and follow your dinner with Irish music by Daymark at First U!
A Night of Irish Music with Daymark
Thursday, March 22, 7:30—9:00 pm, Sanctuary
Tickets are sold at the door, $15/person
Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.
Our Spiritual Journeys
Sunday, March 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
All those who are new or new-ish to First U are invited to attend the Our Spiritual Journeys lunch and conversation, facilitated by Rev. Jennifer Emrich. It's an opportunity to connect, share your spiritual journey, and learn more about how Unitarian Universalism may fit in your life. Childcare is available. Please RSVP to Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.
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 .
Maine Interfaith Advocacy Days
March 19 & 20 in Augusta
A two-day event designed to bring people of all faiths together in our state capital to worship, learn, and advocate effectively with Maine’s legislators on the issues of immigration, poverty, health care, and climate justice. Read more.
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!
SUPPORT, MENTOR, AND EMPOWER NEW MAINERS
TEMPORARY HOUSING SUPPORT: Yarmouth Community Housing Initiative supports New Mainers, refugees and asylum-seekers in Maine, by providing temporary emergency housing assistance, meals, rides, childcare, and more. If you would like to join the team that both hosts and plans, please contact Anne Turner (annelewisturner@gmail.com) or Rev. Jennifer Emrich (revjemryq@gmail.com).
 
PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: Seeking professional mentors to befriend and guide New Mainers who are seeking ways to secure employment in their field. There are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, journalists and others, from countries around the world, who need your input and support as they look to transfer their skills and education to jobs here in Maine. Contact: Rev. Jennifer Emrich (revjemryq@gmail.com).
 
HOUSING COACHING: Housing coaches spend a few hours per month with New Mainers who recently moved into apartments. As a housing coach you might, for example, help the tenant learn to use unfamiliar kitchen appliances or utilities such as heat, and help with occasional questions or issues between the tenant and landlord. If you’re interested, please contact Jane Makela (janemakela@earthlink.net).
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click to read the many community announcements from:
  • Footlights Theatre in Falmouth
  • The Sacred Art of Storytelling
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Yarmouth Aging in Place
  • Therapist Jennifer Wiessner
  • the Northern New England District of the UUA
  • 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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