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CEREMONIES & CELEBRATIONS
Dear Everyone ,

You are invited to First U'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, and Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS AT FIRST U
Sunday, May 20 at 11:35 am—Sign the Book Ceremony
ALL are invited—friends, you are invited to join with us in membership. Members, you are invited to stay to witness this ceremony and celebrate the joining of our newest members!

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. 
THE FINANCIAL TIMES OF FIRST U
WORSHIP
Forgiveness
Guest Preacher: Lou Lessard
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
What's Happening in RE?
There's a few different ways to know what's going on at First Universalist. Check out: What's happening this Sunday on the website, visit the RE Google Calendar, find more detail about our children , youth , and adult programs on our website, or view the First U brochure.
THIS SUNDAY: MAY 13
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
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
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. Sign up in the Gathering Room today—date TBA soon. $25/person.

Car Detailing
Saturday, May 19, 1 pm - 3 pm, Hancock Lumber in Yarmouth
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).

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
NEW UU JOKES!
As part of this year's Gala, the Call to the Heart auction included a challenge for Gwen to create brand new UU jokes. These jokes will be published in Channels.

Some UU Cliches
While these UU cliches may not yet be...cliche, they're sure to ring true for many UUs.
  • UUs exclusively dance to the beat of different drummers.
  • Your church home is where you hang your name tag. 
  • A journey of a thousand miles begins with forming a Journey Committee.
  • "Brother, can you spare a dime?" - Stewardship Committee
  • A chalice in the hand is worth two in a storage closet. 
  • "Good things come to those who join committees." - Nominating Committee
  • A church divided against itself must be having its annual meeting.
Not too impressed with these? Well, that's okay, you can lead a UU to a joke, but you can't make them laugh. 
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 & June 2018
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 
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
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
THANK YOU!
Unitarian Kaláka has met and exceeded the Faithify crowdfunding goal! 

Thanks to the support of so many, we raised almost $4,300 for projects in Transylvanian villages – kaláka efforts that will bring people together and change lives.

Why are we so passionate about supporting communities in the Unitarian villages of Transylvania? Here is one person's story answering the question: Why Unitarian Kaláka?
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 community announcements from:
  • Royal River Community Players
  • Therapists Kristin Areglado Hurley and Jennifer Weissner
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • UU Church of Brunswick
  • 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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