CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
SIGN THE BOOK CEREMONY
Dear Everyone ,

You are invited to First Universalist's Sign the Book Ceremony and Celebration on Sunday, May 20, following worship.

If First U has become your spiritual home, please join with us in membership during this small ceremony by signing the book. To RSVP or to learn more about membership, contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com .

Members, if you are able, please stay after worship on May 20, for this short ceremony and then to celebrate our newest members with a festive celebration.

Sincerely,
The Member Services Committee
The Board of Trustees
Rev. Jennifer Emrich, Minister
Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant
WORSHIP
Whitewashing
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
NEW Spring 2018 Program Calendar
Check out what's coming up by looking at our new Spring 2018 Program Calendar , the RE Google Calendar, and visit our website to read more about our program offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: MAY 6
9:30 am - Adult Conversation Circles (Gathering Room)
9:30 am - UU Games (Common Room)
10:00 am - Junior Youth Tour of ARLGP (Westbrook)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
11:45 am - Children's Tea and Games (begin in Rev. Jennifer's Office)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP FUNDRAISERS
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO this June.

Smartphone Photography Class
Would you be interested in learning how to use your smartphone to take beautiful photographs of your sp ecial events, our gorgeous Maine scenery, or capture images of your family and friends? Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how to take and edit your smartphone photos. Interested? Sign up in the Gathering Room and together we’ll pick a date and time for the class. Suggested donation of $25.

Car Detailing
Saturday, May 19, 1 pm - 3 pm
When mud season ends, it’s the right time to get your car’s interior cleaned! For just $40, our senior youth crew will vacuum and clean your car’s interior (professional car detailing services often cost over $100!). Save the date!

THANK YOU — Senior Youth Receive GA Grant!
Our senior youth group applied for and received a $1,000 youth group grant to assist in attending the 2018 UUA General Assembly. These funds come from the UUA’s Annual Program Fund and is supported by Honor Congregations — First U is among those Honor Congregations, as we’ve paid our UUA dues for over 25 years. 
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
This Sunday, May 6th after worship. OPEN meeting with Stewardship to learn of next church year's plans for fundraising and financing. Some new ideas, and a balanced budget to be voted on at the June 3 Annual Meeting. This is your chance to be an informed voter!
MUSIC ON MAIN: FIRST U'S CONCERT SERIES
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!

Dreamcatcher: May 24th at 7 pm
Come hear North Yarmouth's own (some would say First U's own), Eli Gilbert with his Tennessee-based bluegrass band (although, half of this band was born and raised in Maine!). Tickets are $15 at the door, under 10 free. All are welcome. 

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. 
Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party
Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm, at the Nathanson’s in Freeport
Meghan and Josh (and Jonah and Adrian) Nathanson have offered to host Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party after church on June 10 at their home on Lower Flying Point Road in Freeport. Please save the date for this all-church potluck/barbecue and plan to bring your family to offer your best wishes to Rev. Jennifer as she transitions from the ministry. More details about this event will be coming soon!
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar: May 2018
5/6 - Small Group (Phyllis Chinlund)
5/13 - Member Services - Mother's Day
5/20 - Member Services & Worship Council - Sign the Book Ceremony
5/27 - Sew'n'Sews - Memorial Day Weekend 
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
Your donations matched 1 to 1!
Our fundraising campaign has less than a week to go! Now, thanks to a generous donor, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. 

Please help us meet our goal and help preserve Unitarian communities in Transylvania. Donate today at Faithify.org .

Here is how your donation will change lives in Transylvania.
Thank you to all of our donors who have already contributed to our crowdfunding campaign. Your generosity makes all the difference.
FIA Photos Wanted!
You all are invited to submit photos and/or newspaper clippings about any First U social justice project you've been a part of during the past 3 years! These are to be featured in a new Faith in Action bulletin board in the Gathering Room, starting in September 2018.Please contact Mariana before the end of June at catalpa.girl@gmail.com or (207) 975-2884 to submit items or ask how to have your project included.

P.S. All photos should be of US, by the way--not the population on whom we are focused. Thank you in advance for participating!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click below to read the many community announcements from:
  • Royal River Community Players
  • Safe Passage
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Therapists Kristin Areglado Hurley and Jennifer Weissner
  • Life Coach Jessie Graham
  • UU Church of Brunswick
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • and Allen Avenue UU Church
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
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
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays please fill out this form or email the information to Gwen 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.
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