CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
SUMMER WORSHIP + POTLUCK = VESPERS
August 26, 5:30 pm, Peace Garden
Lovely warm summer nights, ahhhh! And in August, on lovely warm summer Sunday nights, all are welcome to come to our Vespers circles. At First Universalist, this means we gather in the Peace Garden* at 5:30 pm for a half-hour of centering music, readings, and meditation, and then share a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Bring yourself and anything you’d like to share. Invite others to come with you. However you spent your weekend, it’s nice to know you have a circle of friends who will be glad to see you. (*Rainy? Inside!)
INGATHERING
Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am
Come together for Ingathering as we greet long time friends and welcome newcomers as we begin our church year together. Plus, welcome our new interim minister, Rev. Frieda Gillespie, as she leads her first worship service at First U. (P.S. Our traditional Sand Ceremony will take place our second Sunday together, September 16.)
FAITH FORMATION & RE PROGRAMS
NURSERY STAFF, RE ASSISTANTS WANTED AT FIRST U
Work just 1-3 hours per week on Sunday mornings and/or Monday evenings. Redcross Babysitting Certification required. Open to teens and adults. $12/hour. Contact Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com for more info.
FALL 2018 PROGRAM SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE
Read one, read all: the Fall 2018 Program Schedule for September - December 2018 is now available complete with dates, times, and locations of your favorite First U programs!

Click for more information about our children, youth, and adult groups and email Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com with any questions about church programs.
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ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES: NEW DAY, NEW TIME
Yes, Adult Conversation Circles (also known as Adult RE), facilitated by Rev. Frieda Gillespie, will be moving to the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:00 pm. Children are also welcome to come to play games, do activities, and connect with their UU peers in a safe, inclusive environment. The first ACC and UU Games evening will be held on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm.
OUR WHOLE LIVES PROGRAMS OFFERED THIS FALL
For Middle Schoolers (7th - 8th grade) - Thursdays, October 11 - November 15, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, held at First Parish, UCC in Yarmouth.

For High Schoolers (10th - 12th grade) - Sundays beginning September 16, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, held at First Parish, UU in downtown Portland.
What is Our Whole Lives? The Our Whole Lives program is a comprehensive, accurate, and developmentally appropriate human sexuality curriculum available for kindergarten aged children through senior adulthood. Developed to meet or exceed the National Sexuality Education Standards, OWL empowers participants to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.

To register or for more information about OWL, contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.
2018 - 2019 PROGRAM REGISTRATION
All children and youth attending First U programs must complete registration information. You can view/print the Program Registration in advance or complete a copy available at church in September.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
MUSIC ON MAIN: HANZ ARAKI BAND
Friday, September 7 at 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join flute/whistle player and singer Hanz Araki along with Colleen Raney, Elly Marshall, and Yarmouth's own Miles Isacke for a fantastic night of traditional Irish tunes and songs. Tickets $15 at the door.
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.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
PREBLE STREET SOUP KITCHEN
Tuesday, September 4
We need YOU to help out with dinner service at Preble Street. 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, contact Phyllis Chinlund, 207-781-8842, or pchinlund@gmail.com .
COMMUNITY NEWS
Please click below to view these community announcements:
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
REV. FRIEDA'S VACATION & OFFICE HOURS
Rev. Frieda will be on vacation and out of the country from August 18 - September 3. For pastoral emergencies, please contact the church office or Caring Connection Coordinator, Joan Guild, who can put you in touch with on-call ministers while Rev. Frieda is away. To schedule a non-emergency appointment with Rev. Frieda when she returns, check out the Contact Us page on First U's website.
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 fill out this form or email the information to Gwen 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.
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