OUR MINISTERIAL CANDIDATE
GETTING TO KNOW REV. HILLARY COLLINS-GILPATRICK
By now, most of you have watched the introductory video from our Candidate for ministry, Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, and are full of excitement and questions about next steps. There will be many opportunities for everyone to get to know her in the next four weeks:
  • Please visit her website, https://hillarycollinsgilpatrick.com/. She describes her life and work experiences, her roles as ministerial intern, religious educator, teacher of lifespan religious learning, high school teacher and school chaplain. Included is her resume showing her education, employment and relevant experiences. On the website, there are several sermons available for watching as well. 
  • Hillary has said that she would welcome the opportunity to answer any specific questions that folks may want to pose. If you are interested, please email Anne Turner at annelewisturner@gmail.com so these can be compiled and sent to Hillary.  
  • Stay tuned for more videos to come. Hillary is preparing a series of short videos on several topics which may be of interest to many of us. These will be sent out over the next two weeks.
  • Candidate Week(s) begin Monday, April 27th, and will have virtual meetings scheduled over a two-week period, ending on Sunday, May 10th, which is the day we will have the Congregational Vote. More details about that schedule, the contract we are creating with Hillary, virtual voting, etc, will be available as the time gets closer.
  • If you have other questions or would like more information, please contact members of the Search Committee.
WATCH A SERVICE!
I Find You , a Mother's Day Sermon
by Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Sunday May 8, 2016
CONGREGANT RELIEF FUND
Donate today to support the new congregant relief fund by having your donation matched two-to-one. For example, your $50 will go towards church operations while $25 that the senior youth group raised will be put into the congregant relief fund. To date, $2,205 has been contributed to church operations and $1,103 has been matched in the relief fund! Please help us reach the goal of $1,500 for the relief fund and $3,000 for church operations. Thank you!
Need to access the fund? These funds raised by our senior youth group and donors will go to support any in our congregation who are facing financial hardships related to COVID-19 to pay for expenses likes groceries, medical bills, or utilities. The minister and board president will review and co-approve use of the funds. All requests to access the fund will remain private. Please email or call Rev. Frieda ( flgillespie@gmail.com) or Joanna ( jslandsman@gmail.com) directly.
WORSHIP AT HOME
GENEROSITY
Sunday, April 19, 2020
will be delivered via email at 6:00 am
Senior Youth Group
CANDLES OF JOYS & CONCERNS
You can now add your virtual candles of joys and concerns to our online bulletin board whenever you have something in your heart that you'd like to share with this community. Visit the Joys & Concerns sharing board to add yours or to read the notes that others have left.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
COFFEE HOUR IS LIVE ON ZOOM!
Sunday, April 19, 12:00 pm
Please join us for a virtual coffee hour hosted on Zoom! (New to Zoom? Check out this informative guide .) For security purposes, details for joining will be sent on Sunday morning.
CHURCH DIRECTORY SUPPLEMENT
The church directory that came out this past Fall already has a few updates, a few errors were spotted, and we have some new members to include! Please see the new directory supplement. Thanks to the Congregation Connections Committee, and especially Jerry Myers, for their hard work of putting together and editing the directory!
ANOTHER WAY TO DO CHURCH:
UU GARDEN TIME
Saturday, April 18, 2 - 4 pm
“Come out, come out, wherever you are!” All are welcome to come do a cheery/safe garden clean up this Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm. (Raindate Sunday 2-4.) Bring your own tools, tarp, gloves, etc. We will each tackle a zone and cheer each other on from 3 rakes-length away.
For more information, write to Sarah at sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com
FROM YOUR FIRST U TREASURER
My heart is filled with gratitude to all who have already fulfilled their annual commitments for this current church year - only $11,000 remains to be received by June 30. I am also so grateful for $13,600 early fulfillment of commitments to our next church year. Thus, with some expense adjustments, we are financially able to maintain our full staff and programs (albeit adapted to online) for the remainder of this church year and through the summer as we ride out this unsettling time, even as we look ahead to welcoming our new minister.

To those who are being hit hard, please reach out to Rev. Frieda or Joanna to see if we can provide either comfort, or some financial help available through the generosity of our Senior Youth and generous donors. We are here for you, and for our wider community!

Stay safe! Marge Titcomb
yoga
YOGA FROM HOME
Yoga teacher Marni Prince is hosting live video yoga classes. The next one will be happening this Saturday at 10 am. Anyone interested can email Marni to get on the mailing list for when she'll be holding classes and video details: marniprince@gmail.com. Marni is not charging anything for the classes as of now, but is accepting optional donations. Might as well do some yoga if we can't leave the house!
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
Spirituality can still be a part of your family's life. We'll be offering ideas for something to do every day to RE-inspire your week. These offline activities will help you and your family stay connected to your values, our planet, and each other. NEW: You can now view the archive of ideas for each day.
VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUPS
Both junior and senior youth groups will be meeting online this week. You can download the Zoom app in advance to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. You will need to create a free account with Zoom.

Junior Youth Group will meet from 11:00 - 11:45 am this Sunday, April 19
For security, details to connect will be sent via a separate email.

Senior Youth Group will meet from 4:30 - 5:30 pm this Sunday, April 19
For security, details to connect will be sent via a separate email.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In the Fifth of our Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, we covenant as a congregation to affirm and promote “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” One of the most important ways we do this in society is by exercising our right to vote. If you are concerned about voting in-person in the upcoming June election (which may be delayed until July), absentee ballots can be easily obtained through online request using this link.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT PREBLE STREET NOW?
I’ve never volunteered at Preble, since 3:30 is the kids’ school pick-up time, but obviously not any more! No one in my house is immunocompromised or considered on the older side (I think?). I’m not working full time, and food banks and soup kitchens are hurting. So all signs pointed to “go to Preble,” and I’m so glad I did. We boxed up dinner for the different serving locations, made snack bags, cut carrots for the next day’s dinner, gave the kitchen a deep clean, and disinfected every handle, knob, and switch we could find. All workers had to wear face masks, gloves, and aprons. The only problem is it gets a bit warm in a long-sleeve shirt, given all the moving around. I’ll be returning soon (in a short-sleeve shirt)! - Christy Hayashida

Our next first Tuesday to volunteer at Preble Street May 5, 3 - 6 pm. Please contact Ruth White ( rwhite7@maine.rr.com) with any questions or if you would like to sign up. Thank you!

Please note a few changes:
  1. Volunteers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering.
  2. Dinner shifts are now limited to a maximum of five volunteers to assist with physical distancing.
  3. The time for dinner shifts has altered slightly. It is now 3 - 6 pm (instead of 3:30 - 6:30 pm).
  4. You can view all of Preble Street's response information about COVID-19 on their website.
PLEASE SEND IN YOUR SELFIES BY MAY 10!
Whatever you are busy with during this Coronavirus time, I hope you will take a moment to snap a photo of yourself and send it to me by email. Or send 2 or 3 photos!

Why? I'm planning a Spring Makeover for the bulletin board in the Gathering Room. I'd love to include photos of everyone! Snap a photo of yourself doing whatever, and send it to catalpa.girl@gmail.com. The more the merrier! I plan to get the photos printed and arranged on the bulletin board before our new minister arrives. I also plan to share the final product (a collage) online. Sooner or later, it should be visible to all.

Thank you in advance! Say cheese,
Mariana (for the Faith in Action Council)
COMMUNITY NEWS
COVID-19 RESOURCES
For up-to-date local information:

For food and other resources:
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
The Church Office is Closed, But Minister and Staff Are Still Working!
Rev. Frieda, Gwen, Sam, and Andrea all continue to work from home to support the church community. You can reach them via email, call and leave a voicemail at the church office (messages are checked on Monday & Thursday), or call Rev. Frieda on her cell phone: 508-207-7566.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you have a pastoral emergency, you can contact Rev. Frieda Gillespie on her cell phone at 508-207-7566. Please note that most weeks she will be in Yarmouth Sunday - Tuesday and working from her home office in MA Wednesday - Friday. Saturdays are typically her day off, but she will answer calls for pastoral emergencies.
Submit Your Announcement
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays please email the information to Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition of Channels or the Sunday Morning News.
  First Universalist Church of Yarmouth | 207-846-4148 | office@uuyarmouth.org | www.uuyarmouth.org