Channels Newsletter
 June 24, 2016
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Yarmouth Clam Festival 
July 15th, 16th, 17th
More information is on our website.  
You can sign up for a volunteer spot online.
The  Yarmouth Clam Festival is a beloved Maine community event that features a parade, live music, fireworks, food, a carnival, arts and crafts vendors, and races and competitions. First U, along with many local nonprofits, joins in on the fun!

You can work alongside other members and friends of First U by participating in pre-festival  set-up, helping in the kitchen, selling and serving at the Church or on the Green, or assisting in clean-up.  You can also sign-up to bake a cheesecake or lemon bars. 
Working a shift at the Clam Festival is a fun tradition for all of us and we reward our volunteers with a slice of our famous, delicious UU Cheesecake.

NEW: Click for our Lemon Blueberry Bars Recipe and First U Cheesecake Recipe 
Not yet signed up for Gather on Thursday, June 30th ? It's okay, First U procrastinators, last minute schedulers, and those who were focused on end-of-school-year to dos, you can still contact Nancy Dix at to join in the fun!
New Mainer English Immersion Weekend & Potluck
First U, Parkside Neighborhood Center, and St. Bartholomew's are teaming up to offer an English Immersion Weekend in Yarmouth for New Mainers who have been participating in the weekly English conversation circles in Portland.
Participants will be staying in First U homes for 24 hours - from Friday, July 8 to Saturday July 9. On Friday night, a potluck dinner is being held for members, friends, and participants at the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth. Please come extend a welcome and bring a dish to share!
Summer Sign-Ups Needed for Preble Street Resource Center
Tuesdays, 3:30pm - 6:30pm:

The Faith In Action committee still needs a few more people to join in: it's a rewarding experience facilitated by organized and welcoming, helpful Preble St. staff, and greatly appreciated by their clients.

To volunteer please contact Phyllis Chinlund, 781-8842, or
What a wonderful church year we've had!
This summer we invite you to cherish your beautiful, spiritual moments wherever they may occur, to enjoy the company and fellowship of good friends and family, and to rest and play in equal measures. And while our worship services are taking a hiatus over the summer, we still have our dinner at Gather and the Clam Fest to enjoy together.
Left: Flower Labyrinth Walk
Above: Hearts Decorating The Chancel
A Note on the Church Office In The Summer
While the office will be closed during the summer months, you can still make an appointment with Gwen Matthews, our Program Assistant, by contacting her via email: 
Reverend Jennifer works differently in the summer: after her vacation weeks we ask her to engage in four weeks of study, as well as two weeks leading the mission trip with our teens in Transylvania. She will be offline after Monday, June 20, but will be back in the office by Tuesday, August 23rdOfficeHours  
IMPORTANT NOTICE (for those that use a key to the Church)
Due to a theft from the church, all exterior door locks have been changed. New keys can be obtained from Gwen Matthews (send an email at to arrange a pick up time) or Pete Titcomb (846-4765).LockChange

First U is Growing & Evolving!
New Sanctuary * Expanded Programs and Outreach * New Staff
And through Here For Good we will have our new space.
With our operating budget and giving commitments for 2017 we will continue our wonderful programs. This year's giving campaign needs about $20,000 to be complete. If everyone considered adding 12% to their commitment, we'd be almost there! We appreciate and thank you for your contribution.

That means... 
If you committed $100, you'd give $12, an extra $1/month
If you committed $1,000, you'd give $120, an extra $12/month
If you committed $3,000, you'd give $360, an extra $30/month
If you committed $10,000, you'd give $1,200, an extra $120/month 

Gratitude from Northwest Earth Institute and CHANS  First U's half-plate gifts make a real difference to the good works of other nonprofit organizations. It may seem like a small act to put a few dollars in a collection plate, but the impact is felt here in Maine and in the world at large.

Liz Zavodsky, Director of Membership & Engagement for NWEI writes:
"Contributions like yours make it possible for NWEI to reach people and communities across North America with information and inspiration to create positive change. Your generous gift of $330.00 will be put to use right away. Thank you so very much!"

Randee R. Reynolds, Vice President, Community Health for CHANS writes:
"We sincerely appreciate the donation and the spirit in which it was given. Donations such as yours help us provide much-needed services to individuals in our community. Thank you so much for your donations to CHANS!"ThankYou
Need some babysitting or a date night out?
Sophie Walsh, a regular nursery caregiver at First U and rising high school sophomore, is available to babysit this summer: days, nights, and weekends. Reasonable rates, call or text Sophie at 329-6293. She is certified in babysitting, rescue breathing and CPR. Babysitting
Unscripted: A Woman's Living Prayer 
Join authoer Lael Couper Jepson for a heart-centered informal evening of storytelling that is designed to both illuminate and inspire brave souls to expand into more of who they are so they show up in the world bigger, bolder and without apology.
date: Thursday, July 7
time: doors open at 6pm 
location: First Universalist Church of Yarmouth's Gathering Room
for tickets and more information: 
Travel with UUs
Peru: Always wanted to experience Machu Picchu? Join us March 25-April 5, 2017. Our journey will be filled with comfortable places to stay, Shamanic conversations, lovely food, water blessings at an old Inca spring, beautiful natural vistas and reflections while sitting on a mountain top.
Portugal/ Spain: May 14-24, 2017, from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, we enjoy soulful Fado music, a tile-making workshop, wine, port and culinary tastings, and a bit of a walk on the Camino. Imagine cruising down the Douro River tasting Port while reflecting on the scenic vineyard-covered hillsides.
Journeys led by UU minister, Wayne Walder, Toronto, Canada, 
To receive a detailed itinerary for either journey, please email or visit
Mindful Journeys for more information.
Considering Membership? 
Visit our website for more information on how to become a member.
To learn about our Hannaford Gift Card program click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page. 
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer 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.

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