CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
PARTNER CHURCH SUNDAY
Courage During Change
Sunday, October 14, 10:30 am
Reverend Frieda Gillespie & Marge Titcomb and Lily O'Brien, Speakers
FAITH FORMATION & RE PROGRAMS
PROGRAM SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
10:15 am - Junior Youth Group (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)
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.
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ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES: NEW DAY, NEW TIME
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 and UU Games evening will be held on Monday, October 15, from 6-7 pm.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
UUs, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS: SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, November 2, 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! 
JOIN THE FIRST U CHOIR!
Did you know that EVERYONE is welcome at the First U Choir? TRUE FACT! There are no auditions or try-outs.We are very friendly and easy-going, without almost zero crazy perfectionist performance anxiety. We love to welcome new folks, first time singers, and need people in every section from high (soprano) to low (bass) voices. Even quiet voices!  
  • We will sing a few Sundays each month.
  • We meet to practice on Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm in the Common Room, and then again on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am to warm up before the service. If you like to sit with your loved ones during the worship service, and then pop up to join the choir when we sing, no problem!
  • Singing is really good for your body and spirit. We go home feeling spiritual connection and nourishment. And if you have been looking for a group of people who love to laugh and sing together, maybe you just found it!
  • One more thing: it isn't an all-or-nothing commitment. You can join up and then when you need to be away for work, travel, family or anything, just let us know when you'll be back.

Please email Music Director Sam at schandler1103@gmail.com for more info, or...just show up on Thursday!
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.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
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."
Need a ride to the polls? 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.com 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
  • Winter Clothes and/or Food Donations Needed
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.
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