Channels Newsletter
   April 15, 2016  
Please welcome our new office administrator: Jenn Edwards! 
click here to read her bio
1.  Worship on Sundays at 10:30am 
Rivers of Life 
April 17, 2016 
Details about worship can be found on our website.  
May 1 is Child Sunday at First U

We will begin the last theme of the year,  Promises , by celebrating the next generation of UUs in Yarmouth!
This service may include a Child Dedication. If you would like your baby or child included in a Dedication and Naming ceremony, please let our office staff know ASAP by emailing  to RSVP. If we have enough families interested, Rev. Jennifer will contact you with the details.
Not sure what Naming and Dedication is in the UU tradition? Check out this blog  for a quick and accessible explanation
2.  Religious Education 
Climate Change Action Course

Adult Education offering: Change is Our Choice: Creating Climate Solutions four Monday evenings beginning April 25.

We will explore climate change from scientific, psychological and social perspectives.  We will consider actions we can take locally and on a larger scale.  Lois and Al Howlett will lead the course which takes place April 25, May 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

This is an environmental discussion course designed by the Northwest Earth Institute. The cost is $30 for the course book with excellent readings, which may be shared.  There will be an optional, free field trip to Bowdoin College on the evening of May 5 for a program of: 1) four very short films from the Island Institute, and 2) related discussion of fisheries, warming waters, and ocean acidification.

More information and sign up during coffee hour April 17 and 24th. Or contact Lois: 847-3055 or 
Information about Children's RE programming can be found here.

Information about Youth Group programming can be found here.

Church Library 
Click here for more information about our Church Library.
3.  Member Services 
Did You Know...? 
 In part, UUs are connected to one another by how much they care.
click here to read how!

Curious about other First U facts? Visit our archive to learn more.

Brought to you by the Member Services committee. 
Considering Membership? 
Visit our website for more information on how to become a member.
4. Faith in Action
Half-Plate this Sunday: 
Maine Rivers , based here in Yarmouth, is this week's half plate recipient. For more than a decade Maine Rivers has worked to protect and restore the ecological health of Maine's river systems. Maine Rivers advocates for laws that protect clean water and healthy waterways, and catalyzes efforts to restore native sea-run fish. Your support is greatly appreciated.
5.  Here for Good NEWS
Dear UU Friends, 

While the daffodils have been pushing up through the earth, the Here for Good Steering Committee and Project Team have been pushing through some important work for our church home. We developed bid documents for the Sanctuary Chancel renovation and other interior improvements (such as glass panels in classroom doors), for repairs to the Gathering room and exterior drainage improvements. 

We got back three excellent bids and chose Wright-Ryan Construction (W-R) from Portland. They have a lot of experience with older buildings and super project management skills, so while these projects feel big and daunting to us, they are completely routine to W-R! We did get back some not-great news about the condition of the Gathering Room floor, and are currently sorting out options for timing and funding, in collaboration with Rev. Jennifer and the Board of Trustees. 

The amazing best news from W-R though is that ALL the work could conceivably happen between the end of our Worship year (last service is June 19th) and Ingathering, with a break in the middle for us to do Clam Festival. 

Questions? Ideas? Stay tuned! We'll have info sessions in May as we approach the Annual Meeting in June.

With love and excitement, 
The Here for Good Team
Marge Titcomb, Peter Titcomb, Charlie Horstmann, Anne Turner, Jane Cleaves, Dorothy McAloney, Frank Read, Sarah Witte, & Ben Tupper
6.  From the Board 

Are you called by LOVE? Sustained by COMMUNITY?  
And committed to JUSTICE? Wonderful!

We invite you to join us in building a better world with your generosity and spirit. Please go online today and make your financial commitment to the Annual Campaign of our church.

We would be so grateful if YOU would take this step 
soon and help us bring our mission to life. Our super Board members will be calling to help you make your commitment if we haven't heard from you.

Paper or online, your choice! Pledge forms are at church, and you can also email Leslie Livingston at

Here are some details on that, because some of us needed a little support:
  1. Click the link above.
  2. Click First Time User Registration.
  3. Fill out the form to set up your account. (This is not a payment page.)
  4. Click "My Account" to make a giving commitment. Click the 2017 campaign for the annual fund.
  5. Click "Scheduled Giving" to set up automatic recurring donations.
  6. Set the date you wish the giving to begin.
  7. Click "Give Now" for one-time donations.
Make sure you click the campaign you wish to give to in the drop down box when making payments or setting up recurring donations. You can set up more than one for different campaigns. If you wish to do an e-check, you will need the routing number and account number for your bank account. If you wish to pay the 2.4% processing fee instead of the church, you can check that box.

Hope that helps! Don't give up...just call or write. THANK YOU!

For more information  
about the annual campaign click here
This week's Healthy Congregation Tip  
Cultivate non-anxious leadership: "Work on both understanding and trust."

Click here to read more on this week's tip.
And here to view the HCT archives. 
Brought to you by the HCT:  
Jane Cleaves, Sue Ellen Bordwell, Steve Thomas, Tom Carlisle, Sarah Witte, Ellen Kornetsky
Embracing Who We Are:
Unlocking the Aging Congregation's Gifts    
Saturday, May 28th at First Parish in Portland, ME
please click here for more information
Hannaford Bonus Cards For Sale! 
There's one card available for $77.50 and one for $128.75.
Please email Dorothy McAloney to purchase or for more information. 

To learn about our Hannaford Gift Card program click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page. 
7.  Community Announcements 
Community Outreach - Opportunity for Volunteers

Yarmouth Community Services is seeking individuals who might be interested in helping with one of their summer programs, specifically Tuesdays, 9:00-11:30(ish) running June 28 through August 30. 

Call Karyn Garofoli at 846-2406 for more information.
YOGA - Update

The spring yoga session continues every Saturday through May 14th.  Classes are 10:00 - 11:15 am at the Church.  This is a multi-level yoga class.  Drop-ins welcome.  Donation requested: $10.  One-half of the funds collected go to the Church and one-half to a charity selected with the class.  Contact: Lois Howlett at or call 847-3055.  
Safe Passage 5K & Fiesta

The 12th annual Safe Passage 5K and Fiesta will be held on Sunday, 5/1 at Greely High School in Cumberland, Maine. This will be a festive, family-friendly event beginning with a 5K Walk/Run, followed by a Fun Run for Kids and ending with a Fiesta for all featuring Maine-made Cuban music provided by Primo Cubano! Registration is $20 for adults, $8 for students or $45 per family.
Donations will benefit Safe Passage, an organization that provides hope, education and opportunity to the students and their families in the Guatemala City dump community. For more information or to register, go to
8 .  Church and Office Information 
Please welcome our new office administrator!
Hi, my name is Jenn Edwards.  I was born and raised in Poland, Maine and still reside just up the road from my childhood home.  I have been blessed with three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from 14 to 23.  I hold a degree in Business Administration & Management and a degree as a Medical Assistant. Bookkeeping, accounting, and office management/administration have been a part of my life for the past 15 years.

I look forward to getting to know each of you, and would like to thank you for this opportunity. (And please forgive me at first as I am terrible with names!)

- Jenn Edwards
Jenn will be in on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am - 4:00pm. 
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torm Cancellation Information:
First Universalist service and event cancellations are announced on the following radio stations: WGAN (560 AM), WMGX (93.1 FM), WPOR (101.9 FM), WYNZ (100.9 FM) and on WCSH channel 6 (television station) 

For more Church information click here

If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call her on her cellphone: 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.
9.  Blog Links
(updated 9/2015)
A new blog from Worship Council: 
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