First Universalist's weekly newsletter
Our 2018 - 2019 church year has ended, but we look forward to working together in community at the Clam Festival in July as well as gathering in August for Vespers on Sundays, August 11, 18, and 25 at 5:30 pm with a potluck at 6:00 pm. All ages are welcome and we often meet in the Peace Garden for these summer evening services.
It's time to get Clam Fest on your summer calendar! Sign up for a spot to participate in the First U summer fun, make friends, and support your church. There are many ways to get involved. Check out all the ways you can support one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.
Our beautifully renovated spaces (the Sanctuary and Gathering Room, in particular) could be rented more often -- but we need to get the word out! We're looking for a couple of people to:
  • Place brochures around town and in surrounding towns
  • Connect with wedding planners, caterers, photographers, florists, anyone who might be willing to suggest our venue to their clients
  • Increase our online presence
If any pieces of this project appeal to you, large or small, we'd love your help. For more information, contact the church office (207-846-4148 or or Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant (
Do you shop at Hannaford? Would you like First Universalist to receive free money from Hannaford? You will be able to balance your checkbook easier with a Hannaford ‘gift card’. Dorothy McAloney will be able to set you up with a gift card, with no extra cost to you.
Twice a month, 1st and 3rd Sundays, I reload your card. You simply write a check to First Universalist Church, with any amount you would like, as long as the amount on the card does not go over $500. The church receives 5% of the amount of the total reload. You get the full amount on your card. Keep the same card and reload when needed. There is a $1 minimum for the card to keep it active. If interested, please contact Dorothy at
Asylum seekers, who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries, have come to Maine in order to keep themselves and their children safe. The newest arrivals are not eligible for state-funded General Assistance and so the city of Portland, nonprofit organizations, and individuals donors and volunteers are stepping up to help.

Here are some ways you can help, too:
Help out Furniture Friends with your First U friends! Sundays June 23 & 30 from 1—4 pm , Furniture Friends needs assistance receiving a large donation of high—quality furniture from a large hotel in Portland’s Old Port who is remodeling. Furniture Friends is receiving 100 rooms worth of furniture over four weeks (25 rooms per week) and need volunteers who are able to help with this big move. First U would like to put together a team of 6—10 volunteers who are able to assist on Sunday, June 23 and/or Sunday, June 30. If you can help, please contact the church office to sign up or for more info ( or 207-846-4148). High schoolers and adults are both welcome to assist.

Assisting Furniture Friends in receiving this donation helps to enable the organization in its mission to provide gently used, good quality furniture to families in need throughout the greater Portland area. (Furniture Friends helped to furnish 95 Main Street for our New Mainer tenants.)
If your group is meeting at the church, please remember to lock the doors and turn off the lights when leaving. It's important to keep our building secure. Thank you!
If you are planning a meeting at the church, please check the church calendar to see where space is available and email or call the church office ( or 207-846-4148) to reserve a room for your group. Other groups and individuals also are welcome to contact the church office to receive a tour and rent space .
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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