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As previously announced, we’re just about ready to select our Ministerial Search Committee! Members of the Board and the Leadership Development Committee will be reaching out to active members and friends to ask a series of questions aimed at identifying strong candidates.

You can participate in 1 of 3 ways:
1.  On Sunday, April 28, right after the service, we will be available to meet with you in person on a one-on-one basis .
2.  Also on Sunday, April 28, we will call you between the hours of 3 and 5 pm unless we already met with you. Please be prepared to answer a call coming from an unknown number during that time.
3.   If you know you won’t be available at all on April 28 , please email or call Joanna Landsman ( or 730- 3299) to make arrangements to speak before April 28, but not after.
Here are the question for you to ponder in advance:
  • What are the good qualities needed for someone to serve on a Ministerial Search Committee?
  • Who in the congregation works well with others? Can you give me some examples of that collaboration?
  • Who can represent and serve the whole congregation well (including looking out for the needs of children) and not just a piece or “faction” of the congregation? Who would have no “axe to grind”?
  • Who knows the history and culture of the congregation, whether a member of long standing or relatively new?
  • Who has been and/or is active in the congregation and has demonstrated both responsible participation and responsible leadership?
  • After a high salary, the most attractive quality a congregation can have is self-awareness – awareness of strengths and weaknesses, what the congregation is like at its best and at its worst, as well as on an average day. Who would be able to know and relate all this to potential candidates?
  • Finally, after thinking about all of these questions, who would you trust to serve on the Search Committee on behalf of the congregation? You can list more than one person.
Resurrecting Paradise
with the Reverend Frieda Gillespie
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 10:30 am
9:30 amStart your Easter Sunday with Holy Donuts! (And coffee and juice) Come to mingle with friends and learn more about the Pathway to Membership. Newcomers are especially welcome!

10:30 amEaster Worship Service (for adults) and a Children’s Chapel Easter egg hunt (for kids and youth).  For our Children's Easter Egg Hunt, please note: (1.) there will be a small amount of chocolate in some of the Easter eggs - the chocolate is nut-free and gluten-free and (2.) the Easter egg hunt will be held outdoors if possible - if it is raining, it will take place inside. (3.) Please bring an Easter basket!

11:30 amCoffee Hour hosted by the Tuesday Morning Group who invite you to join in the fun of wearing Easter bonnets or hats. The Tuesday Morning Group will be wearing their Easter bonnets to celebrate spring and would like to encourage any and all to join in the fun and wear hats. They have decorated several extra hats, both simple and extravagant ones, which they are happy to lend to anyone in the festive spirit.
Sunday night Jennifer and I are joining Marge and Pete Titcomb and David and Ann Swardlick on a pilgrimage to Transylvania, Romania. Transylvania is where our Unitarian faith was first established in 1568. It is because of the desire of rulers of what was then Hungary to end religious fighting and bigotry that the concept of religious tolerance and freedom developed and for a time flourished. That a person has a right to their own religious faith is the foundation of Unitarian Universalism. 

It has been a desire of mine to visit Transylvania ever since I heard about the partner church program in the late 1990’s. Because of your partnership with the Unitarians in Gyepes, we will be able to experience this connection to our religious history first hand. I am more than a little daunted by the difficulty of the Hungarian language and don’t really know what we can find in common with these people. But I know we do have a love of religious freedom that is the foundation of all of our beliefs. I also know that these are courageous people who even in recent history have had to struggle for the way of life that is so dear to them. I am excited to meet them.
We will be traveling from the 21st of April until the 2nd of May. I expect to be with you again on Sunday May 5th.  

Blessings of renewal and the emergence of new life to you all! - Rev. Frieda
Sunday, May 5, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Our Earth Day Carnival returns for its second year! Featuring planting, activity stations, games, popcorn, a prize wheel—and it’s all free and open to the public! 

We are especially looking for a few more people who can run stations. We can supply ideas and materials OR let us know if you have an idea for a child-friendly game or activity that relates to caring for our planet.

Questions? Ideas? Want to help with planning or organizing? Contact Gwen Matthews or members of the RE Council: Christy Hayashida, Lauren Taylor, and Jen Civiello. 
Are you interested in being trained to become an Our Whole Lives facilitator? The church has funding available ( thanks to our amazingly successful Call to the Heart) and we would love to expand and be able to offer more sessions of OWL for all age groups.

What we need from you:
* A short meeting with Gwen Matthews to discuss your interest
* One weekend to train (training, food, and lodging included)
* A commitment to teaching a minimum of two OWL class cycles

All OWL facilitators must:
* Be 25 years old or older
* Have been attending First U as a friend or member for 6+ months
* Be comfortable discussing sex and sexuality
* Consent to a background check if working with children/youth
* Agree to abide by the church's Safe Congregation Policy

What you get back:
* An incredibly fulfilling volunteer experience
* An opportunity to positively influence children, youth, or other adults and promote justice, inclusivity, consent, and healthy relationships
* Cross-generational connections
We will be starting a series of conversations about Unitarian Universalism, starting with the Seven Principles, facilitated by Rev. Frieda. These UU Conversations will take on the first and third Mondays of each month from 6—7 pm. How do we live into our principles? 
May 6 —"Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations"
May 20 —"A free and responsible search for truth and meaning"
June 3 —"The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large"
June 17 —"The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all."
July 1 —"Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
Interested in delving more deeply into being a member of our beloved community and "finding the access point to spiritual awareness (Thandeka, 2018)"? If yes, consider joining in small group ministry. Small groups are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation and with the sacred. 

A small group is seeking new members. This group meets the first Monday of the month, from 1 pm—3 pm. The group has used the UUA publications Hand to Hand and Soul to Soul to guide our meetings and discussions. June begins a new series of discussions for us. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Frieda at 207.846.4148. 

Interested in a small group but not free on Monday afternoons? Contact Rev. Frieda or the church office to see if we can connect you with an existing or new small group.
95 Main is now at full occupancy with four tenants moved in! All tenants are New Mainers (immigrants, refugees, or asylum-seekers). Please stay tuned to learn about how to continue to aid our new tenants and thank you to all who have supported and continue to support the 95 Main Project.
First Universalist donates half of its collection plate directly to organizations and missions that live and promote our shared values. This week's half-plate will be shared with Cultivating Community 's youth program.

This week's half-plate combines our congregation’s commitment to the New Mainer community with Earth Day, youth and the environment. Cultivating Community supports and manages urban growing spaces, enabling community members to grow their own food within city limits. It empowers New Americans by teaching them sustainable farming practices and connecting them to the community through their food hub. Cultivating Community also invests in youth by offering opportunities for food education, community engagement, and leadership development.
A young man named Isaiah Gilles is relocating from northern Maine this spring to work as a landscaper in Raymond. He is seeking a room to rent in the area. Isaiah would pay rent as well as help out as a handy man in their house. If you have space or know of someone who does, you can contact him at 207-860-7466.
The Congregational Church in Cumberland is having its 18th annual auction at the Yarmouth AMVETS Hall on Saturday, May 4, from 5-9 pm. There will be light fare, desserts, a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and auction items (art, handmade goods, home and garden items, gift baskets, gift certificates, recreation and leisure activities, health and fitness items) Complimentary tickets available for First U members and friends!
Celebrate and support New Mainer entrepreneurs with artisans and chefs from around the world, including foods from Syria, Italy, Latin America, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, and the Middle East, and artisans with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, baskets, wood burning art, scarves, bags, clothing, and other artwork. This multicultural fair takes place on Sunday, May 5, 3 - 6 pm, at St. Mary's Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth.
Join the Center for Wildlife for an inspiring evening dedicated to raising funds for the future of our environment. At Call of the Wild, you will immerse yourself in the lifesaving work you make possible. You can bid on extravagant silent and live auction items, meet animal ambassadors and immerse yourself in a panel discussion with Center for Wildlife experts Kristen Lamb, Sarah Kern and Shelley Spanswick. A barbeque style dinner will be served with vegan, vegetarians and gluten-free options.
Purchase your seats now through May 1, 2019, to receive the Early Bird ticket pricing of $55 per person.
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 by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition of Channels or the Sunday Morning News.
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