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SOCIAL EVENT & TRANSITION TALK
COME ONE, COME ALL TO A FIRST U SOCIAL EVENT
An open invitation to old friends and new. An opportunity to meet Rev. Frieda, our new Interim Minister, ask questions you may have about the transition, and share some good food. If you have not already attended a gathering, look for a sign-up sheet downstairs on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 12 @ 6 pm at Nancy Austin’s home, 40 Sandpiper Cove, Yarmouth.
WORSHIP
CHANGING ANOTHER PERSON'S MIND
Sunday, October 7, 10:30 am
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
FAITH FORMATION & RE PROGRAMS
PROGRAM SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (The Nursery)
11:45 am - Children's Tea (Minister's Office)
REMINDER--YOUTH GROUPS
No Junior Youth Group or Senior Youth Group this Sunday, October 7. Junior youth group members are welcome to participate in Children's Chapel this Sunday. ALSO, junior youth will make their visit Neighboring Faith visit on October 21st to Sacred Heart in Yarmouth.
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ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES: NEW DAY, NEW TIME The spirited, lively Adult Conversation Circles focused on 
discussing relevant issues to our lives, facilitated by Rev. Frieda Gillespie, will be moving to the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Parents—please RSVP if you’re planning on attending and childcare (with games and snacks!) will be provided. The next ACC will be held on October 15, 6—7 pm. 
RE PROGRAM REGISTRATION
ALL children and youth who participate in any First U programs (Nursery, Children’s Chapel, Junior Youth Group, or Senior Youth Group) must complete a registration form. Copies are available in the Gathering Room.
OUR WHOLE LIVES PROGRAMS OFFERED THIS FALL
For Middle Schoolers (7th - 8th grade) - Thursdays, October 25 - November 29, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, held at First Parish, UCC in Yarmouth.
Our Whole Lives program is a comprehensive, accurate, and developmentally appropriate human sexuality curriculum.
To register or for more information about OWL, contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.
A SPECIAL GUEST IS COMING TO CHILDREN'S CHAPEL!
A friendly pet lizard will be visiting both our K-2nd-grade and 3rd-4th-grade groups on Sunday, October 14. Children, under supervision from the lizard's owner, will get a chance to interact with the lizard and ask questions.
HELP DECIDE THE FUTURE
At First U, we offer all ages programs because we believe that we are all lifelong learners and explorers. Now, we’re looking for a team to help envision and guide these programs. If you help to launch our RE Council, your ideas and efforts would be focused on:
  • growing our great adult, youth, and children programs
  • deciding what topics we should focus on exploring
  • assisting with some logistics of programming
  • promoting some of our great programs like Our Whole Lives, Neighboring Faith Communities, and Adult Conversation Circles
Interested? Contact Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
UUs, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS: SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, November 2, 5-7 pm is our first MAINE FARM SUPPER of the year. The farmers are kicking back with a scrumptious menu. Please invite your peeps - they’ll be glad you did! The farmers welcome anyone to pitch in with cooking, serving, and washing up. Be in touch. More details will be coming soon or for more information, please write to Sarah Witte at sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com
A VERY SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: VISIT TRANSYLVANIA & OUR PARTNER CHURCH IN GYEPES, ROMANIA - APRIL 2019
Explore the roots of our Unitarian faith; immerse in the beauty of Transylvania; connect with our Gyepes friends; meet some of the 
students we have sponsored over the 20+ years of our partnership.
In person connections are the backbone of keeping our partnership alive. Over 40 First U youth & adult ‘pilgrims’ have visited our Gyepes partners over the past 10 years. We come back changed, with a new depth to our faith and commitment to keeping the partnership thriving for future ‘pilgrims.'
  • Estimated Cost: $2500-$3000 per person, reduced by fundraising efforts the group wishes to pursue, (and perhaps your frequent flyer miles)
  • When: Spring 2019 – likely about April 12-22 (includes school vacation week) OR April 19-28 (Easter is 4/21). 
  • We seek at least 6-8 people who are definitely interested in this opportunity. If enough respond positively to this survey, we will hold an informational meeting on Oct 7 following worship.
IF INTERESTED, please contact Marge Titcomb (mjtbean@aol.com or 207-846 -4765). You can also talk with Marge about this opportunity during Coffee Hour.
Join us for the next Music on Main: The Casco Bay Tummlers. Featuring long-time First U congregant, Steve Gruverman, and First U Music Director, Sam Chandler, come experience live klezmer music in our renovated sanctuary. Treats and coffee served at intermission. All are welcome. Music on Main exists as a fundraiser to support First U's projects and programs, to welcome the community into our space, and to bring world-class music to Yarmouth. Please tell your friends to tell their friends! 
THE EVERGREEN HOLIDAY FAIR IS QUICKLY APPROACHING!
The Holiday Fair team is looking for the following skills/items:
• someone to cut birch trees into usable logs and someone to drill holes in birch logs for candles
• cut greenery, holly branches, and pine cones
• hand knit mittens
• cookies decorated in holiday themes
• soups and breads for the luncheon
• pantry items such as jellies, jams, pickles, vanilla
• any other handmade items you think might sell!
Contact Dorothy McAloney dmcaloney48@gmail.com, Janice Tooker janicetooker44@gmail.com, or Phyllis Jones phyllisteacher@aol.com if you have questions or items/skills to contribute. Thanks!
WELCOME TO THE WORSHIP COUNCIL
The Worship Council helps create and sustain a vibrant, meaningful spiritual practice each Sunday. We are looking for church members to help! Some roles are finite, and others are open-ended, without committee meetings or long-term commitments. 
Would you like to: read poems or passages on occasion, play a musical instrument or sing, help plan lay services, worship weave, support the minister and guest speakers
or… be a full-fledged Worship Council member looking at the whole year?
We work as a team with Rev. Frieda Gillespie. Talk to any of the council members (Reverend Frieda Gillespie, Nancy Austin, Jeanette Newton, Joy Ahrens, or Anne Turner) or send emails to Frieda Gillespie flgillespie@gmail.com, Nancy Austin naustin63@gmail.com, or Jeanette Newton  medfordjen@aol.com
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
LOVE BEYOND BELIEF with REV. THANDEKA
Love Beyond Belief™ is a spiritual practice for insight, reflection, and action guided by compassion. Each step begins with the discovery of connections that create awe, care, and joy. Using personal experiences, Love Beyond
Belief™ workshops help individuals develop a deeper sense of who they are and gain an expanded sense of what they can do with others to heal and transform oneself, others, and the world. This workshop series and pubic lecture will take place at the First Parish Portland, UU. All Maine Unitarian Universalist congregations are invited to collaborate and participate in this inspiring and thought-provoking workshop, October 26—28. The costs to attend the Friday & Saturday workshops have already been paid by First Universalist.
LET'S RE-COMMIT TO OUR PREBLE STREET PARTNERSHIP
With a new church year underway, it's a good time to remember the folks at the Preble St. Resource Center, where up to 400 people are served 3 meals a day, every day of the year. Our church has been sending volunteers to help for nearly 8 years! New volunteers will be gladly welcomed. We are committed to filling at least 6 slots on the first Tuesday of every month. Our next Tuesday is November 6. Joining together, we have a chance to make new friends, and to deepen our commitment to UU values.

The job does not include bringing food, but helping to prepare and serve it. We report for duty at 3:30 and stay till 6:30. You are encouraged to commit to the entire 3 hours, but there is some flexibility for those who must come late or leave early. To volunteer, find the lists in the Gathering Room and look for empty spaces or contact Phyllis Chinlund at pchinlund@gmail.com. Once you sign up you will receive detailed information by email.
GET OUT THE VOTE
Voting happens on Tuesday, November 6! Be sure you are registered to vote and urge others to register. UUs cherish our right and responsibility to vote as an article of our faith: our Fifth Principle is "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process in our congregations and at large."
COMMUNITY NEWS
Please click below to view these community announcements:
  • Tibetan Speaker
  • New England Region UUA News
  • Central Men's Club of Yarmouth
  • Mano en Mano-Volunteer/Donate Clothing and/or Food
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
SUBMIT YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT
To have your church or community event or announcement included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays, please email office@uuyarmouth.org AND gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition of Channels or the Sunday Morning News.
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 office in MA Wednesday - Friday. Saturdays are typically her days off, but she will answer calls for pastoral emergencies.
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