SEARCH COMMITTEE NEWS
SEARCH TIMELINE
The Ministerial Search Committee has been very busy preparing a carefully choreographed sequence of preparatory steps which are followed throughout all UU churches involved in the search process. Please look on the church website for a detailed timeline which explains how it all works, and who does what when.
CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY
One of the first steps for the church is the Congregational Survey, which is essential for a successful search. This is an opportunity for each of us to step forward to share our views and aspirations for our church community. The survey is now ready for your input. This is open for all members and friends, no matter what your age. Multiple people from the same household can each complete the survey, and no identifying information is retained. The results will be tabulated and compiled electronically, then shared with the congregation and with prospective candidates to give them an overall picture of who we are and what we are looking for. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and we are hoping for 100% participation in the next two weeks. You may click on the link and take the survey at any time between now and Sunday, September 22nd.  

Our plan is to use the collected information to guide the Search Circles, the next phase of the process, where we will meet together in small groups to collect even more in-depth information from all of you. Stay tuned for sign-up details.

If you or anyone you are aware of cannot do the survey electronically, we can provide you with a paper copy. Please contact Anne Turner ( annelewisturner@gmail.com or 207-415-3644) with any questions.
WORSHIP
INGATHERING & SAND CEREMONY
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:30 am
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Welcome back! We're delighted to gather together again. Please bring any sand you have collected this summer for the Sand Ceremony this Sunday.
FROM THE WORSHIP COUNCIL
Welcome to the start of another Church year. We are entering into our second year of Interim Ministry with Frieda Gillespie continuing with us, grateful for this time to explore our way forward. After a day and a half retreat, we have decided to experiment a bit with the order of worship over the next several months, hoping it will make us all more aware of our words and silences. We are looking for ways to deepen our worship experiences and our connections with each other. As you are greeted by changes in parts of the service, we hope that you will welcome this opportunity to explore and grow! At the same time, PLEASE feel free to give feedback to the Worship Council members during coffee hour or by email. -- Anne Turner ( annielew@maine.rr.com) Joy Ahrens ( jahrens1@maine.rr.com) Brenda McKee ( bjymckee@gmail.com) Cheryl McGilvery ( nitna@maine.rr.com) Lily O’Brien ( lily.c.obrien@gmail.com)
FINANCIAL TIMES OF FIRST U
FAITH EXPLORATION
UU CONVERSATIONS
UU Conversations returns on the first and third Mondays of each month from 6 pm - 7 pm. Join Rev. Frieda as she facilitates a deeper dive into our UU principles. This Monday, September 16, 6 pm - 7 pm, will focus on the fifth UU principle: "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large." Please contact the church office if you need childcare.
NEW! IN CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS
We have some exciting new programs happening this Fall that we'd like to share with you:
  • In the Nursery, beginning later this Fall, we will have books, coloring pages, and activities relating to our UU principles. Little ones visiting the nursery will have the opportunity to play and learn.
  • In Children's Chapel, we will be going on a Faithful Journey, learning how Unitarian Universalism translates into every day actions and life choices. On this faithful journey, we will be learning about the Seven UU Principles.
  • In Junior Youth Group, we will be focusing on community building, small group faith exploration, and faith-in-action.
  • In Senior Youth Group, we will be partnering with other local yoUUth!
  • First Tuesdays of the month will be open to families from 3 pm - 7 pm with faith-in-action activities for people of all ages. Parents will have the option of going to serve dinner at Preble Street Soup Kitchen while their children engage in faith-in-action programming, play games, and eat dinner.
REGISTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS ONLINE
This year, there is the option to  register online for children and youth programs! There will also be paper copies available at the church. Please register your children soon to participate in church programs.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
HEALING CIRCLES
Healing Circles with Rev. Frieda will resume in October. Meanwhile, the Transition Team would like to know how you would like to proceed with these sessions. Please contact the church office, Rev. Frieda, or members of the Transition Team with your feedback.
yoga
NO YOGA THIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
There will be no Yoga class this Saturday, September 7. Come to our yard sale instead at 894 Princes Point Rd from 9 am which will include yoga and other health and fitness items. Classes resume next Saturday, September 14 in the Church sanctuary 10:00 - 11:15 AM.  This is a multi-level yoga class. You can modify or stop at any time. Newcomers welcome. Ten dollars donation suggested per class. Half the funds go to a charity agreed with the class and half to the Church. Any questions contact the instructor, Lois Howlett, at loishowlett2@gmail.com or tel 847-3055.
CONSIDERING MEMBERSHIP? NOW IS THE TIME!
You can join as a member of First Universalist and vote on our ministerial candidate in June! Your vote and your voice will help determine who becomes our called, settled minister.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
PREBLE STREET RESOURCE CENTER
Let's recommit our church to be part of our partnership with the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland. The start of a new church year is a good time to remember the folks at Preble Street where up to 400 people are served three meals per day every day of the year. Our church has been sending volunteers to help for nearly eight years!

New volunteers will be gladly welcomed. We are committed to filling at least six slots (of prepping, serving dinner, and/or cleaning up) on the first Tuesday of every month, starting with September 3, 3:30 - 6:30 pm. This is not only a chance to be of service but to do something for ourselves as well. Joining together, we have a chance to make new friends and deepen our commitment to UU values.

To volunteer, sign up on the list in the Gathering Room downstairs at church or contact Phyllis Chinlund at pchinlund@gmail.com.
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
Please join us in welcoming Connie Densmore , our new Administrative Assistant, to First Universalist! Connie brings years of bookkeeping and office experience and is a welcome addition. Connie began working at First Universalist over the summer and is looking forward to meeting more First U members and friends this September. Please stop in say hello on Mondays or Thursdays, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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 gwenatfirstu@gmail.com 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 | office@uuyarmouth.org | www.uuyarmouth.org