First Universalist's weekly newsletter
Sunday, June 3 at 10:30 am—Children & Youth Sunday
Our first Sunday together in June honors our children and youth in the congregation and we come together for our annual Flower Communion, a visual representation of the beauty we can create when we, diverse as individual flowers, come together to create a lovely bouquet of community.

Sunday, June 3 at 11:45 am—Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of First Universalist will take place after church. This is your opportunity to vote on next year’s Board Members, the church’s budget, and to hear about the state of the church. A light lunch and childcare will be provided. 

Sunday, June 10 at 10:30 am—Member Recognition Sunday
On Member Recognition Sunday, we officially welcome our newest members to the congregation and we honor some of our members who have embraced and championed our mission this year.

Sunday, June 10 at 12:30 pm—Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party
After church, the Nathanson’s are hosting Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party with a potluck/barbeque at their home in Freeport. 

Sunday, June 17 at 11:30 am—Ice Cream Social
A new tradition, the Member Service Committee wants to give you a sweet send-off to summer with the annual Ice Cream Social. 
Children & Youth Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Emrich, Minister
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 10:30 am
Please remember to bring flowers for Flower Communion this Sunday.
Please note: This Sunday is our Children & Youth Sunday, Child Naming & Dedication, and Flower Communion, so our worship service will be for all ages! The last Children's Chapel for this church year will be on June 10. June 17 will also be an all ages service.
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
1:00 pm - GA Parent/Youth Meeting (Common Room)
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO this June.

Smartphone Photography Class: Monday, June 4, 6-7:30 pm
You already have a great camera in your pocket—learn how to use it! Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how some techniques for taking and editing your smartphone photos. $25/person.
Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party
Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm, at the Nathanson’s in Freeport
Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party will take place service at the Nathanson’s home at 362 Lower Flying Point Road, Freeport, after church. For this potluck/barbecue, please bring:
  • a dish to share
  • lawn chairs or folding chairs
  • bathing suit and towel
  • your best wishes for Jennifer as she embarks on her next adventure
If it rains, we'll stay at First U and have fun indoors!
First U has been welcoming many talented musical acts into our acoustically superb Sanctuary - stop in on a Thursday or Friday night to experience live Music on Main in Yarmouth!
A Night of West African Drumming & Dance: June 15th at 7 pm
Join us for a night of West African drumming and dance as we feature four West African master drummers: Theo Marty from Ghana, Abou Sylla from Guinea, Seny Daffe from Guinea, and Namory Keita from Guinea. We're excited to have these artists here in Yarmouth. It's sure to be an upbeat evening that's not to be missed. Tickets are $15, under 10 free. All are welcome. 
What Time Is It? It's Clam Time!
Okay, not yet, but it IS time to sign up to volunteer at Clam Fest! This year's Clam Fest is July 20 - 22. New this Year: 1. First U will be only having one booth on the Town Green. 2. We'll be making Clam Fritters. 3. Sign-ups will ONLY happen online.
Download the LibraryThing App!
Or visit the website to check out First U's online library catalog! There are currently over 325 books listed - and more being added each week. Learn more about our Library.
YOGA at First U
The Spring Yoga Session continues every Saturday at the Church from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. Ten dollars donation suggested per class. One-half of the proceeds go to a charity agreed with the class, and one-half to the Church.  Any questions contact the Instructor, Lois Howlett, at or tel 847-3055. Everyone welcome! You can modify or stop at anytime.
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar: June 2018
6/3 - Board of Trustees - Annual Meeting
6/10 - Rentals Team - Rev. Jennifer's Farewell Party
6/17 - Member Services - Ice Cream Social, Father's Day
Pride Portland! Parade and Festival
Saturday, June 16, beginning at 11:00 am
You are invited to participate in the annual PRIDE PARADE in PORTLAND with MUUSAN - march with other UUs! Wear a yellow shirt if possible. Loving signs and rainbow flags are welcome! Meet at 11 am at First Parish UU Church downtown to line up. Parade starts at 12 pm in Monument Square. The Festival immediately follows the Parade.
Summer Sign-Ups Wanted: Preble Street Soup Kitchen
Tuesdays, July 7, August 4, & September 1
We need YOU to help out with dinner service at Preble Street. You will feel good about yourself if you take a few hours to volunteer. This can also be a great way introduce teenagers, aged 13 and older, to a rewarding service experience. The clients are appreciative and the Preble Street staff is highly organized and helpful at making us feel welcome and useful.  

The job means reporting for duty at 3:30 and staying till 6:30, following instructions from the Preble Street staff. You are encouraged to commit to the entire 3 hours, but there is some flexibility: arrival anytime before 4:15 is acceptable.

To volunteer for the dinner service, find the lists in the Gathering Room or contact Phyllis Chinlund, 207-781-8842, or .
ADVANCE NOTICE OF GOOD NEWS Rev. Thandeka  is coming to Maine with her  Love Beyond Belief™  congregational workshop program!

All Maine UU ministers, worship leaders, and their congregations are invited to collaborate and participate in this inspiring and thought-provoking workshop. Rev. Thandeka will also present her  “Got Race?”  public lecture during her time here which deeply explores race, white privilege, and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s question,  "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?"  We will be engaging with social justice partners in our communities as well for this important talk. The tentative dates of  August 17-19, 2018  have been set for Rev. Thandeka’s visit.  Express your interest to the Church Office if you would like to attend.
Please click below to read the community announcements from:
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • UU Church of Brunswick
  • Allen Avenue UU Church
  • and YCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors)
Is your nonprofit or community group offering a class, event, or other interesting activity? We're happy to include your announcement in Channels. Please follow the directions below in "Submit Your Announcement" to have your information included.
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
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