CHANNELS
First Universalist's e-newsletter
WORSHIP
Take Courage Friends
by the Rev. Wayne Arnason
Take courage friends.
The way is often hard, the path is never clear,
and the stakes are very high.
Take courage.
For deep down, there is another truth:
you are not alone.
Ingathering
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Welcome back! Join us for our first preaching and teaching theme of the year: Bravery . Please bring sand that represents your summer travels, adventures and/or inner explorations  for our Sand Ceremony as we begin again in each other's good company. Rev. Jennifer Emrich returns from her sabbatical this month and looks forward to seeing all of you in worship.
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious education programs will be starting soon!
Check the schedule below to know when your group starts up.
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 17, 2017 during worship
Please join us as we create our covenant and
begin our worship theme of bravery.
Adult Conversation Circles: Spirit of Life
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9:30 am
This guided discussion will help you to recognize and claim your own internal experiences of wonder, awe, and connection. Facilitator: Nancy Dix.
UU Games
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9:30 am
Children are invited to play games and share a snack with
members of our senior youth group before worship.
Our Whole Lives for 6/7th Graders
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm
All 6/7th graders are invited to participate in the Our Whole Lives program. Members can sign-up by contacting Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant,
at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com. Participants from outside the First U community can register through Yarmouth Community Services.
Junior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
Middle schoolers (5th - 8th grade) can join us on Sunday mornings during worship for snacks, games, social justice work, and faith exploration.
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us for snacks, games, social justice work, faith exploration, and to prepare for our justice-based mission trip.
Please Note : To sign up children or youth for any religious education programs, please fill out the form below and give it to the church office.
Copies will also be available on Sundays during coffee hour.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Be a Great Greeter!
Sundays at 10:15 am or at Special Events
Your friendly face could make ALL the difference to new folks as they walk through our doors. Attend a mini-training (just a half hour!), gain
confidence on how to greet and usher, and then sign up to greet at
worship services or events when you're available. Interested? Contact
´╗┐Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com .
Nursery Refresh
Do you have gently used play kitchen items, board games, puzzles, or
other toys for young children that are ready for a new home? First U's Nursery is looking for a few new items. You can bring in donations during church office hours or on Sunday mornings. Questions? Contact
´╗┐Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com .
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
The Guys Next Door Documentary Film
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 pm
The Faith-In-Action Council invites you to a free screening of the film The Guys Next Door at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. This award-winning feature-length documentary about family, friendship, and gay rights "goes well beyond issues of surrogacy and gay parenthood and explores the humanity that connects us all." The screening will be followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers and one of the film's subjects.
Preble Street Resource Center
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
First Universalist is committed to sending six volunteers on the first Tuesday of every month to Preble Street's Soup Kitchen to help prepare and serve dinner. Up to 400 people are served at Preble Street where they can receive three meals per day, every day of the year. Deepen your commitment to your UU values and make new friends: sign-up to volunteer by contacting Phyllis Chinlund at pchinlund@gmail.com.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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The Greater Freeport Community Chorus is looking for more singers, especially tenors and basses. Weekly rehearsals take place on Sundays from 6:30 - 9 pm with special winter concert performances.

The group is an adult, mixed-voice choir. No audition or previous experience with choral singing is required. Membership dues: $70/individual, $120/couple. For more information call 844-1166, visit  www.gfccsings.org  or find the chorus on Facebook. 
UUA News
Watch for the opportunities to rise and carry: Reflections and a prayer on Houston and its recovery from flooding and hurricane devastation.

The UUA and UUSC have joined together to create the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.

Appalled by the decision to end DACA, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and UUSC President and CEO, Thomas Andrews, declared solidarity with DREAMers.
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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