Channels Newsletter
  June 17, 2016   
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Inside this week's Channels, you can find...
Join in at the Yarmouth Clam Festival 
July 15th, 16th, 17th 
More information is available here and on our website.  
You can sign up for a volunteer spot online.
Worship on Sundays at 10:30am 
Let the Labyrinth Lead You       
June 19, 2016 
Details about worship can be found on our website. 
Not a typo! We'll have a Make-your-own-SUNDAE party at church This Sunday, June 19th and then... it's Make-your-own-Sundays! Until Vespers at 6 pm on Sunday evenings in August, and Ingathering in September, we are on our own to explore in faith, worship in the wild, pray in private, and to walk the pathway of peace. 
How will you make your own Sundays? We look forward to hearing about each others Sundays when we get back together again. Ready, set, make your own Sundays! Wishing you a healthy happy summer, and spirited Sundays. Sundaes 
Religious Education 
Please Note:
Children's RE, Adult RE, and UU Games have ended for this church year.
Member Services 
GatherDinnerHave you been t o a dinner at Gather with your First U friends? Thursday, June 30 is another opportunity to join us for great food, drinks, conversation, and live music. Sign up in the Gathering Room of First U to reserve your spot. 
The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth
In Conjunction with the Member Services Committee
Proudly Present:
The Bake Off Recipes of 2016

Did You Know...?
UUs have long championed and affirmed LGBTQ inclusion in religion and society.
  Click here to learn how.
Considering Membership? 
Visit our website for more information on how to become a member.
Faith in Action
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
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
New Mainer Family Hosted in Yarmouth NewMainers 
Thank you to every generous person who allowed us to provide emergency housing to our first New Mainer family this week. This Yarmouth interfaith effort kept at least one asylum-seeking family from sleeping on those plastic chairs in Portland! To join this effort please contact Rev. Jennifer at 

Half-Plate this Sunday:
In support of our New Mainers, this month's half plate is for the Al Zahra  mosque and Arabic school. Al Zahra started in Portland in October 2015 to serve as a spiritual center and gathering place for women and children. The school has over 60 students of all ages and a variety of cultures learning Arabic on Sat. and Sun. afternoons. The half plate collection will go toward much needed supplies for the school. Thank you for your generosity.
Here for Good
First U's Chancel Through The Ages  
Original chancel from the 1860s.
Chancel update, 1938
First chancel renovation, 1895

Third chancel renovation, 1955

2014 touch ups to the chancel area
From the Board 

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 

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
Healthy Congregation Tip: In Mission to the Community
How many congregations mistake the means for the ends?  
Click here to read more about this week's tip.

To learn about our Hannaford Gift Card program click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page. 
Community Announcements 
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
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.
Support Joey O'Neil's Fight Against Neuroblastoma
4-year-old Joey is facing a challenging fight against neuroblastoma, a very aggressive cancer, and his family, who live in North Yarmouth, are facing mounting medical bills.
In response, friends of the O'Neil family are raising money via a 200 mile relay race. 
You can visit their crowdfunding site or the family's site chronicling Joey's journey. 
From the Yarmouth Police Department
The church sent a note to commend Det. Paul Martin for his work in regards to investigating the break-in that occurred in December. Michael E. Morrill, Chief of Police for the town of Yarmouth, responded:
Church and Office Information 
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)
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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