HAPPENING SOON!
SCRAMBLED TRIVIA NIGHT
Saturday, February 29 | 5:30—7:30 pm | Gathering Room
Celebrate leap day with breakfast-for-dinner and a fun, 
engaging team trivia challenge with prizes for the winning team. You can even wear your pajamas if you want! 

This fundraiser supports our senior youth group’s local service mission in partnership with Cultivating Community, a Maine non-profit focused on sustainable food systems and empowering New American farmers. Our high schoolers will spend three days this June working at community and school garden plots and orchards weeding, pruning, mulching, building garden beds, picking up trash, and shed organizing. 

Do you know high schoolers who might be interested in joining? It’s not too late to be a part of the fundraising and mission trip!
MUUSAN NEWS
(Maine UU State Advocacy Network)
MUUSAN is asking us, as a supporting member, to urge legislators to support these two bills:

Land for Maine’s Future (LMF): L.D. 911
LMF land conservation program protects over 600,000 acres in Maine, including over 325,000 acres of working farms, forests, and waterfronts, miles of recreational trails, and critical wildlife habitat. FACT SHEET
Call or email legislator NOW and ask them to vote for this funding. Contact information below.

Strengthen Maine’s Municipal Recycling Program: L.D. 2104
Product packaging, including plastic, cardboard, glass, and metal, makes up 30%-40% of the materials managed by Maine’s municipal waste management programs. LD2104 would make manufacturers – not Maine taxpayers – responsible for the cost of recycling these materials, making recycling more effective, sustainable, and equitable.  FACT SHEET
Committee hearing is Feb 26. Call or email your legislator; ask them to urge the committee to adopt this legislation.

State Senators

State Representatives:

UU Principle #7 at work: these pieces of legislation speak to the affirmation and promotion of our respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
WORSHIP
MENTORING NEW MAINERS
Sunday, February 16, 2020, at 10:30 am
Guest Speakers: Welcoming the Stranger & First U Congregants
Sam Chandler, Music Director
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CARING CONNECTION
Many years ago First U started a program called Caring Connection, by which we as members and friends at the church could support each other in difficult times, providing meals or rides or just friendly visits. Caring Connection has continued, but with many new friends and members who may not be familiar with its existence. 

We maintain a list of names and contact info of people who would like to give help and support as it works with their availability, and at the same time, we are open to requests if someone is in need. When we receive a request, the information is sent to those on the list, and volunteers can sign up for a slot or two that fits their availability.  

If you would like to be part of this network, please contact Joy Ahrens (jahrens1@maine.rr.com) or 207-807-6899, and we can add you to the list. It helps if we have both phone and email contact info. And if you are in need of support, please also reach out by contacting Joy, Rev. Frieda, or the church office! Don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have further questions. Many thanks!
UUA GA? WHAT’S THAT?
Wed., June 24—Sun., June 28 | Providence, Rhode Island
It’s the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual bash known as GENERAL ASSEMBLY. GA is in a different city each year, and this year it is in Providence, RI, June 24-28! (Sound too long? Lots of people go just for the Ware Lecture on Saturday night or Sunday morning worship.)

Imagine singing and worshipping and learning about all kinds of amazing UU stuff (think peace, love, and justice) with thousands of other UUs. We could even get a van load of people from Yarmouth to go down together for a day. Words can’t describe how powerful and transformative it is…. let’s go!

How can a person afford the registration fee? Our Faith in Action Council has voted to make small sponsorships available. The Board will take applications (deadline 2/25), review need, and decide on distribution. The reason for the hurry is because you’ll need to register by 3/15 to get the best rates. See a member of the Board and we’ll share our application process with you. Promise - it’s not complicated!

Hot Soup Lunch & Meeting
Sunday, March 1 | 11:30 am—12:30 pm | Common Room
Come if you would like to learn more about attending 
General Assembly this year in Rhode Island! Hosted by the Board of Trustees. For more information, please write to Board Clerk Sarah Witte: sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
The church office hours are changing slightly. Andrea, Administrative Assistant, will be in on Mondays 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Rev. Frieda, Interim Minister, continues to be available for in-person appointments Sunday - Tuesday, and Gwen, Program Assistant, is available for in-person appointments Monday - Wednesday.
THE WORSHIP COUNCIL WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Last summer when we had our Worship council retreat, one of our thoughts was to try some different things in Sunday worship during this interim year: we have used a couple of unison affirmations which are different from the one we used for quite a long time; we removed the plastic laminated cards so that all that you need for the flow of the service is actually right there in the weekly paper; had the solstice service in the sanctuary; Christmas services; different voices in the pulpit and different leaders of time for all ages.

We would love to get feedback on how you feel about those and any other changes you have noticed. What has been good? What have you missed? What changes would you like us to try in the remainder of this transition year? And any thoughts that you want to send our way.

YOGA IN THE SANCTUARY
Saturday mornings, 10 - 11 am
Yoga classes continue at the First Universalist on Saturdays led by our new yoga teacher, Marni Prince. She replaces Lois Howlett, our long time yoga teacher, who is moving to North Carolina. Marni is a trained Vinyasa Yoga teacher who has recently moved into Yarmouth. Cost: $10. Classes will be 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Any questions, please contact Marini Prince at marniprince@gmail.com or Sarah Witte at sarahcoffinwitte@gmail.com.
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
PROGRAMS THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
10:30 - 11:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
10:30 - 11:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 - 11:30 am - Nursery Care (the Nursery)
4:00 - 5:30 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL UU CAMP?
The RE Council is trying to gauge interest in a short term (4 days long, partial days) middle school UU summer camp happening at the end of August. This camp would be affordable (approx. $100 for 4 days), fun, happen at church, and include UU values. Would your middle schooler come? Would they bring friends? Let us know! Contact Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com
In Children's Chapel (kindergarten - fourth grade), the month of February is about searching for truth and meaning, our 4th UU Principle. One way to find meaning is by helping others. We can also find truth and meaning in community with our family, friends, and neighbors. Through games, activities, music, and discussion, children at First U are encouraged to search for truth and meaning in our world.

In Junior Youth Group (fifth - eighth grade), we have just begun Riddle and Mystery, an opportunity to ask and find our own answers to some of life's big and meaningful questions like "where do we come from?" and "what happens when we die?" Our activities, games, and discussions take us to some deep places -- and to some good jokes.

In Senior Youth Group (ninth - twelfth grade), we are planning our next fundraiser, Scrambled Trivia Night on 2/29, in order to support our local June mission trip in partnership with Cultivating Community. It's not too late to join in! High schoolers are invited to join senior youth group and be part of our mission trip.

During Peace Play for Littles (ages 0 - 3 and their big person) on Wednesdays, 10:45 am - 11:15 am, our stories, songs, rhymes, and play will relate to the themes of community, peace, kindness, justice, and caring for our planet.

Save the Date: RE Happenings!
  • Sunday, March 22, 10:30—11:30 am Senior Youth Group will help to lead our worship service
  • Sunday, April 26, 4:00—5:30 pm Combined Junior/Senior Youth Group with Ministerial Candidate
  • Sunday, May 31, 10:30—11:30 am Children and Youth Sunday, including Bridging of our High School seniors
  • Sunday, May 31, 11:30 am—12:30 pm RE Family Picnic to celebrate our year together in religious education programs at First Universalist. 
SILKY SCARVES FOR PEACE PLAY FOR LITTLES
Do you have lightweight silky scarves that you no longer wear? Our littlest ones (ages 0 - 3) would love to play with them! Please drop off your donations at the church office. Thank you!
REGISTER FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS ONLINE
This year, there is the option to  register online for children and youth programs! Please register your children if they participate in any programs.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
THE NOVEMBER ELECTION - WHAT CAN WE DO STARTING NOW?
Recently, The Faith in Action Council (FIAC) sponsored a webinar to introduce a new UUA initiative to “UU the Vote." Those in attendance were interested in forming a team to explore ways we can implement this program in our Congregation. Our focus is likely to include voter registration and education opportunities aligning with our values.

Please notify Pam Dyer:  jdyer2@maine.rr.com if you would like to join this team or attend a meeting to learn more.
VOLUNTEER AT PREBLE STREET
First U has a standing commitment to staffing Preble Street Soup Kitchen for their dinner service as they feed homeless and low income people who rely on Preble Street for a hot meal. Help prep and serve dinner with your fellow UUs from 3:30—6:30 pm on this coming first Tuesday of the month, March 3. Sign up in advance by contacting Ruth White at rwhite7@maine.rr.com (please remember to contact Ruth even if you sign up directly with Preble Street so that we can ensure we have enough 
volunteers attending to meet our commitment to Preble Street—thank you!). 
BOOK DONATIONS WANTED FOR CHILDREN OF ASYLUM-SEEKERS
As part of our First Tuesdays in Action we’ll be collecting and sorting books to build home libraries for children (elementary-school aged) of asylum-seekers as part of the Reading Refuges project. With money tight, often asylum-seeking families have none to spend on building home libraries. Books in English are welcome and wanted, but especially needed are books in students’ first languages (French especially wanted!). Please bring books to the church office for donation. Thank you!
FROM THE COMMUNITY
MUUSAN IS HIRING
The Maine UU State Advocacy Network (MUUSAN) is hiring a part-time administrative coordinator based out of Augusta, ME. Click for a full job description and details on applying.
MAINE YOUTH CLIMATE STRIKE, March 3
Maine Youth Climate Strikes group will be gathering all day on Primary Day, March 3, to ask voters to vote with climate, and the future of non-voting youth, in mind. Their main action will be taking place from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and UUs are invited to attend to fight for the future of our planet.
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
EQ UU AL ACCESS: NEW FRAGRANCE POLICY
As part of First U's continuing commitment to radical welcome and inclusion, we are implementing fragrance-free worship . Please refrain from using perfumes, colognes, lotions, etc. with fragrances on Sundays. By using unscented products, you help to create a welcoming space for people with sensitivities and allergies to fragrances. Thank you!
WEATHER CANCELLATION INFORMATION
First Universalist service and public event cancellations are announced on WSCH Channel 6, WMTW Channel 8, and WGME Channel 13, as well as on Facebook.
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