Channels Newsletter
   April 8, 2016  
Our Annual Campaign Continues 
More information is available on our website or here in Channels.
Senior Youth Car Detailing Event this Sunday! 
click for details 

Be part of the Heart In Hand Gala in spirit: 
make your proxy bid on our auction items today! 
click here for the list of auction items 
or here to learn more about proxy bidding
1.  Worship on Sundays at 10:30am 
May Joy Be Yours In The Morning   
April 10, 2016 
Details about worship can be found on our website.  
2.  Religious Education 
Senior Youth Car Detailing Event

Please come out and support the UU Senior Youth this Sunday as they raise funds for their upcoming trip to Romania this summer. They are at your service to detail the inside of your car on Sunday, April 10 , from 12-3, in front of Hancock Lumber on Main Street in Yarmouth.

$30 buys you a car that will be vacuumed, with the interior windows cleaned as well as your dashboard and interior areas.
After all the salt, sand and dog prints of winter, come away with a clean interior and some funds
for the senior youth and their mission trip. 

You can either drive by after church, or reserve a spot by emailing
Missy Walsh Innes

Any drive-by donations will be happily accepted as well, if you don't have a car or can't stay for a 20-minute time slot.  
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 
Congratulations to our First U Bake Off Champion!

Our final round featured:
Aliceson Soto, with her Chocolate Truffles
Nancy Dix, with her Raspberry Crumble Bars
and Brenda McKee with her Black Forest Chocolate Crinkles


 The treats are ready to be tasted                      Maddie and Evie tally the votes                  

  And Brenda McKee is declared the champion!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bake Off.

It was a fabulous series full of delicious treats - meaning that all of us who got to taste these special creations can be counted among the winners of this event!

A special thank you to Steve Thomas for supplying these photographs.
Did You Know...? 
That First U (and you!) are part of a national religious movement
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
rainbow common chalice
Compassionate Housing Initiative Update
Click here for more information. 
Insulating Window Inserts from Window Dressers

Is your home chilly?

First U is partnering with UCC Cumberland to offer low cost insulating window inserts from Window Dressers for residents of Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, and Cumberland. A 'Community Build' is scheduled for October, but window measurements will be taken in April.

To participate, see Marge at coffee hour (or call 846 4765) or visit Window Dressers' website for more information or to place your order. Cost is less than $2.50 per square foot, they are easy to install, last for several years, and lower your heating costs. This is a wonderful opportunity!
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
6.  From the Board 

     Heart in Hand 

Can't come April 9?
You can still be part of the FUN!

Proxy bidding available

Pot o' Gold Contributions 
are warmly welcomed to match bids that reach the item's value. This $1000 Pot generates lively successful bidding - and you can be a part - any amount welcome.
Contact Marge at 846 4765

Please click here to view all the fabulous auction items.

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
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
Healthy Congregation Tips
Click here to read 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
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 
You are invited to a
celebrating the publication of
Looking Back from the Gate: A Story of Love, Art, and Dementia .
by First Universalist member PHYLLIS CHINLUND
on: Saturday April 16  from 4:00 to 6:00
at: The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth

For more information about Looking Back
visit First U's events page or email Phyllis Chinlund. 
Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

The Tri-Community Interfaith Council is hosting the 2016 Music Fest on April 10th at 3pm at the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church in Cumberland, Maine. Admission is Free.
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.

The spring session will start on Saturday, March 19.  Classes are 10:00 - 11:15 am at the Church.  This is a multi-level yoga class.  EVERYONE 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 loishowlett@yahoo.com or call 847-3055. 
Transgender 101 Workshop

This workshop, held on Saturday, April 16th in Damariscotta and led by Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, will be an exploration of the notion of gender with the goals of understanding gender identity & gender expression, and developing empathy for people who are transgender and gender nonconforming.

For more information, please view the flier.  
STAY (Senior Tax Assistance Yarmouth) Program Proposal

Yarmouth Town Councilor, David Craig, is proposing a potential tax assistance program for seniors (modeled off the Cumberland program). The proposal will be discussed at the April 14th town meeting.

For more details about the proposal, email David Craig or Leigh Kirchner.
Camp Quinebarg in Moultonborough, NH

Since 1936, Quinebarge has provided a fun and safe environment for children ages 7-15 to learn new skills, make friends and explore the world around them. They offer all the trappings of a great summer camp: sailing, archery, team building, horseback riding, arts and crafts, sports, ropes and climbing wall, wood shop, nature, hiking, singing and so much more.

They have 100 scholarships available via their "Send a UU to Camp" program.

For more information, visit their website
8 .  Church and Office Information 
Update: While we're still searching for a new administrator, you may notice that the church office has no regular business hours. Regularly
scheduled hours will commence again when the position is filled, but
until then, you are always welcome to schedule an appointment with
Rev. Jennifer (revjemryq@yahoo.com) , if you have spiritual questions or are in need of pastoral care, or seek greater connection to the programs and offerings of the church, or Gwen (gwenatfirstu@gmail.com) , if you would like to discuss children's religious education, youth groups, or member services.
If you would like to have an announcement included in Channels, please send an email to office@uuyarmouth.org by the Wednesday of the week you wish it to be published.  Please put "CHANNELS" in the subject line, otherwise it's very likely we will not recognize your request. Thank you.

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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