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WORSHIP
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE
Living with Loss
October 21, 10:30 am
The Reverend Frieda Gillespie
FAITH FORMATION & RE PROGRAMS
PROGRAM SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group Neighboring Faiths Visit to Sacred Heart (meet in Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (The Nursery)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
FALL PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Program schedules for all ages are available. Check out what's coming up in October, November, and December!
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.
ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES ON MONDAYS
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  Monday, November 5, at 6 pm .
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
UUs, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS: SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, November 3, 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! 
INTERIM MINISTRY EVENTS
Rev. Frieda and the Transition Team will be hosting three Healing Circles in November. All will be held in our Sanctuary: Nov. 4 @ noon, Nov. 11 @ 4 pm, & Nov. 18 @ noon.
 
What is a healing circle? An opportunity facilitated by Rev. Frieda or a Transition team member to join in a small group style process and share feelings you may have about change at First U. The process is designed to be confidential and safe. All thoughts and feelings will be welcome and respected. Active listening will be as important as sharing.
 
Why now at First U? Change can trigger a wide range of reactions - everything from hurt and disappointment to grief and loss. You may feel happy or sad about losing Rev. Jennifer. You may feel abandoned or unsupported by fellow congregants. Maybe you are incredibly grateful to be a part of this community. This Interim Ministry period is a chance to be honest, loving and supportive with each other, a chance to create a clean slate as we begin to explore our potential for the future.
 
Who is invited? Anyone who is or wants to be a part of the First U community. We aspire to be good ministers to each other. This process can help us learn to be better at it.

Look for sign up sheets in the Gathering Room or contact a member of the team. Parents--if childcare is needed, please email a member of the team so that it will be provided.
Rev. Frieda Gillespie: flgillespie@gmail.com
Nancy Austin: naustin63@gmail.com
Sue Ellen Bordwell: sebordwell@gmail.com
Karen Carlisle: karencarlisle1@gmail.com
Nancy Read: nancy4937@icloud.com
We will be having "A Second Time Around" table with small good quality items. And, also we will be having the "Famous Silent Auction" and "Buy it Now" table. Our Silent Auction is always a huge success ~ because of your generous donations!  NOW is the time to figure out what YOUR donation will be. Past successes include wonderful meals, weekend getaways, soups, pies, parties, guided hikes, and special items looking for a new home. Talk to Marge (846-4765) or Lisa Williams about your ideas, or stop by the Fair Table at coffee hour on Sunday!
COFFEE CALENDAR: FALL 2018
Check out the Coffee Hour Calendar for this Fall to see what date your group has! And if you're new to this whole Coffee Hour thing, be sure to view the information on hosting and brewing coffee available in the church kitchen.
FOUND: BICYCLE
A light blue bicycle was left at church - is it yours? Please contact the church to claim it!
YOGA - NO CLASS OCTOBER 20
There will be no Yoga class this Saturday, October 20. Classes will resume the next Saturday, October 27, in the Church's Sanctuary from 10:00-11:15 am . Ten dollars donation suggested per class. One-half of the proceeds go to a charity agreed upon with the class, and one-half to the Church.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
DINNER & A MOVIE
A timely film about health care, toxic stress, and exciting new solutions. This is a 1 hour film for adults in the Gathering Room with a discussion to follow. Childcare and a fun film for kids will be provided in the Common Room with preregistration. Saturday, November 10, beginning at 5:30 pm. A pasta and salad supper will be provided. RSVP to Mariana Tupper at catalpa.girl@gmail.com or 207-975-2884. This event is FREE but please RSVP. You can bring your own wine or beer - and a dessert to share while we watch the film. Bring a friend!
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 date is Tuesday, 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."
The Faith in Action Council is offering rides to the polls for our First U members needing transportation. These rides on election day, November 6, will be in Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth. If you are interested, contact Sue Ellen Bordwell, sebordwell@gmail or call 207-650-3858.  Sue Ellen will contact the FIA drivers, who will contact you to set up a pick-up time.
LOVE BEYOND BELIEF
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. And now, 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. For more information, contact anyone on the Faith In Action Council.
Rev. Thandeka is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, congregational consultant, the creator of the Love Beyond Belief initiative, and the founder of Contemporary Affect Theology. She has taught at seminary schools and formerly was an Emmy-winning TV producer. 
COMMUNITY NEWS
Please click below to view these community announcements:
  • The New England Region UUA News and Events
  • Midcoast Humane's 1st Annual Shelter-bration
  • Winter Clothes and/or Food Donations Needed
  • Multicultural Fair in Falmouth
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
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 at  gwenatfirstu@gmail.com and Gail at office@uuyarmouth.org 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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