First Universalist's weekly newsletter
It's Clam Fest Time! July 20 - 22.
Yes, you should sign up to volunteer at Clam Fest! Learn more about Yarmouth's famous Clam Fest online. NEW THIS YEAR for First U:
1. We will be only having one booth on the Town Green.
2. We'll be making Clam Fritters.
3. Sign-ups will ONLY happen online. Sign up today!
Sunday, June 17, was our last service together for this church year, but we hope to see you at the Clam Fest in July, at Vespers in August, and at Ingathering on September 9th with our new interim minister, Rev. Frieda!
August 12, 19, & 26, 5:30 pm, Peace Garden
Lovely warm summer nights, ahhhh! And in August, on lovely warm summer SUNDAY nights, all are welcome to come to our Vespers circles. At First Universalist, this means we gather in the Peace Garden* at 5:30 pm for a half-hour of centering music, readings, and meditation, and then share a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Bring yourself and anything you’d like to share. Invite others to come with you. However you spent your weekend, it’s nice to know you have a circle of friends who will be glad to see you. (*Rainy? Inside!)
Living Our Mission - Even in Summer!
Check out some suggestions on ways to Explore, Embrace, and Engage during the summer. There are ideas for all ages!
We had an amazing turnout from both First Uers and community members for the June 15th Music on Main: West African Drumming with Namory & Friends. It was great to host four friends from Guinea and one friend from Ghana for a celebratory night of drumming and dance with a special highlight: Namory just became a US citizen! (Cue the standing ovation!) 

McKasson & McDonald: Celtic Tunes from Boston
Tuesday, July 10, at 7:00 pm
Please plan on attending and spreading the word about our next concert on Tuesday, July 10th at 7pm. We'll host a night of Celtic tunes and songs with McKasson & McDonald, an amazing duo from Boston. Check out their website. Please tell your friends to tell their friends to tell their friends about these concerts! The concerts support the projects and programs of First U while inviting community members into our space and sharing amazing music in a newly renovated venue. Tickets are $15 at the door and children under 10 are free. Email Lily at with any questions. 
Check Out the LibraryThing App!
Or visit the website to check out First U's online library catalog! There are currently over 375 books listed - and more being added each week. Learn more about our Library.
On June 17th we decided to give our half-plate collection to ACT BLUE which will distribute funds to eight different charitable organizations defending the rights of people in crisis at our country’s borders, specifically the rights of children who are being separated from their families. If you would like to learn more about this effort, or set up donations through the summer, please visit this site.
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 First Parish in Portland, Maine with her  Love Beyond Belief™  congregational workshop program! October 26 - 28, 2018 .

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.  Express your interest to Jane Makela at if you would like to attend.
Please click below to read the community announcements from:
  • Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group
  • Village Harmony
  • UUA New England Region
  • Allen Avenue UU Church
Please note: The next issue of Channels will be on July 6.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, please contact the church office or the Caring Connection Coordinator to be put in touch with our on-call minister this summer. Our interim minister, Rev. Frieda, will arrive August 1 and will take over pastoral care duties then.
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 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 | |