First Universalist's weekly newsletter
Sunday, June 3 at 10:30 am—Children & Youth Sunday
Our first Sunday together in June honors our children and youth in the congregation and we come together for our annual Flower Communion, a visual representation of the beauty we can create when we, diverse as individual flowers, come together to create a lovely bouquet of community.

Sunday, June 3 at 11:45 am—Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of First Universalist will take place after church. This is your opportunity to vote on next year’s Board Members, the church’s budget, and to hear about the state of the church. A light lunch and childcare will be provided. 

Sunday, June 10 at 10:30 am—Member Recognition Sunday
On Member Recognition Sunday, we officially welcome our newest members to the congregation and we honor some of our members who have embraced and championed our mission this year.

Sunday, June 10 at 12:30 pm—Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party
After church, the Nathanson’s are hosting Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party with a potluck/barbeque at their home in Freeport. 

Sunday, June 17 at 11:30 am—Ice Cream Social
A new tradition, the Member Service Committee wants to give you a sweet send-off to summer with the annual Ice Cream Social. 
Your Board and your Interim Search Team are pleased to announce that our search has been successfully completed! We are excited to welcome Rev. Frieda Gillespie as our Interim Minister for the next two years. Rev. Frieda specializes in Interim Ministry and has a lot of experience with congregations in transition. We believe she is a great fit! We're delighted to be working with her, and she is just as excited to be working with us.

Rev. Frieda plans to arrive in Yarmouth on Monday, Aug. 1. Her first service at First Universalist will be on Ingathering Sunday, September 9. More information will be shared soon.

On behalf of the Interim Search Team and the Board,
Joanna Landsman, President of the Board of Trustees
Music Sunday
Sam Chandler, Music Director
Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 am
What's Happening in RE?
There's a few different ways to know what's going on at First Universalist. Check out: What's happening this Sunday on the website, visit the RE Google Calendar, find more detail about our children , youth , and adult programs on our website, or view the First U brochure.
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
Child Dedication & Naming Ceremony
Sunday, June 3, during worship
If you would like your child(ren) to be recognized by our congregation for their unique nature as they are born and growing and to have it declared that your child(ren) are in the care of the whole community, you and your child(ren) are welcome to participate in the Child Dedication & Naming as part of our Children & Youth Sunday. To participate, please contact Rev. Jennifer at before May 31st.
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO this June.

Car Detailing: Sunday, May 27, 1 pm - 4pm
Hancock Lumber on Main Street in Yarmouth
When mud season ends, it’s the right time to get your car’s interior cleaned! For just $40, our senior youth crew will vacuum and clean your car’s interior (professional car detailing services often cost over $100!). Sign up right now to reserve your spot! P.S. Our original car detailing date got rained out, so please, instead, join us on Sunday, May 2th!

Smartphone Photography Class
You already have a great camera in your pocket—learn how to use it! Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how some techniques for taking and editing your smartphone photos. Sign up in the Gathering Room today—date TBA soon. $25/person.
Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party
Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm, at the Nathanson’s in Freeport
Rev. Jennifer’s Farewell Party will take place service at the Nathanson’s home at 362 Lower Flying Point Road, Freeport, after church. For this potluck/barbecue, please bring:
  • a dish to share
  • lawn chairs or folding chairs
  • bathing suit and towel
  • your best wishes for Jennifer as she embarks on her next adventure
If it rains, we'll stay at First U and have fun indoors!
First U has been welcoming many talented musical acts into our acoustically superb Sanctuary - stop in on a Thursday or Friday night to experience live Music on Main in Yarmouth!
A Night of West African Drumming & Dance: June 15th at 7 pm
Join us for a night of West African drumming and dance as we feature four West African master drummers: Theo Marty from Ghana, Abou Sylla from Guinea, Seny Daffe from Guinea, and Namory Keita from Guinea. We're excited to have these artists here in Yarmouth. It's sure to be an upbeat evening that's not to be missed. Tickets are $15, under 10 free. All are welcome. 
YOGA at First U
The Spring Yoga Session continues every Saturday at the Church from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. That includes this Saturday, May 26 during Memorial Day Weekend. Ten dollars donation suggested per class. One-half of the proceeds go to a charity agreed with the class, and one-half to the Church.  Any questions contact the Instructor, Lois Howlett, at or tel 847-3055. Everyone welcome! You can modify or stop at anytime.
What Time Is It? It's Clam Time!
(Okay, not yet, but soon!) The festival is July 20, 21, and 22. Please watch for the notice to sign up to help at the Clam Festival as this will be an online only sign up this year. Please note: First U will have only 1 booth at the Green this year, but we will be making our famous crab crabs as usual.
-- The Clam Festival Committee
UU congregations are self-funded, relying on pledges and fundraisers to pay their minister and staff, care for their building, and engage in their good works. (This isn't the joke; it's just the setup.)

  • Given the success of Our Whole Lives, the sexuality education curriculum, the Stewardship Committee is thinking of offering their own course, Our Whole Checking Account, a congregational finance course.
  • UUs don’t necessarily believe in sin or heaven...but some congregations are considering adopting the theology as a means to balance their budget.
  • Song lyrics that are completely unfamiliar to UU congregational leaders:
  • "mo' money, mo' problems"
  • "I got 99 problems, but Stewardship ain't one"
  • "pennies from heaven"
  • "you can rely on the old man's money"
  • Some UU congregations are blessed with a sizable endowment ...and other UU congregations support a universal basic income for churches. 
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar: May & June 2018
5/27 - Sew'n'Sews - Memorial Day Weekend 
6/3 - Board of Trustees - Annual Meeting
6/10 - Rentals Team - Rev. Jennifer's Farewell Party
6/17 - Member Services - Ice Cream Social, Father's Day
Summer Sign-Ups Wanted: Preble Street Soup Kitchen
Tuesdays, July 7, August 4, & September 1
We need YOU to help out with dinner service at Preble Street. You will feel good about yourself if you take a few hours to volunteer. This can also be a great way introduce teenagers, aged 13 and older, to a rewarding service experience. The clients are appreciative and the Preble Street staff is highly organized and helpful at making us feel welcome and useful.  

The job means reporting for duty at 3:30 and staying till 6:30, following instructions from the Preble Street staff. You are encouraged to commit to the entire 3 hours, but there is some flexibility: arrival anytime before 4:15 is acceptable.

To volunteer for the dinner service, find the lists in the Gathering Room or contact Phyllis Chinlund, 207-781-8842, or .
Please click below to read the community announcements from:
  • Southern Maine Agency on Aging
  • UU Church of Brunswick
  • Allen Avenue UU Church
  • and YCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors)
Is your nonprofit or community group offering a class, event, or other interesting activity? We're happy to include your announcement in Channels. Please follow the directions below in "Submit Your Announcement" to have your information included.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer Emrich on her cell phone (207.356.1467) any time. Please note that Friday and Saturdays are typically her days off - Rev. Jennifer does not check email on these days, but will answer any crisis or emergency calls.
Submit Your Announcement
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