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Our March Edition, Vol. 14: PSHAW, SCIENCE-SCHMEINCE
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Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yes, we are a non-profit organization, but quite different from others that you undoubtedly support with enthusiasm. This place, this faith, is not only something we believe in, but something we live. This is our community, where all our values are brought to life every day. And, being self-funded, we rely totally on our own generosity and resources. This is a challenge, but it also gives us freedom to define our community, how we will be together, and how we will live our UU values together.
FACT:  We live our values in worship and religious education, study groups, covenantal small groups, social justice projects near (Preble Street, New Mainers, Yarmouth Food Pantry) and far (Transylvania), and at least 6 annual social events. Your Board is open to your new ideas! 
You can offer your commitment right now through our website!
Jane's Day
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 10:30 am
Winter 2018 Program Calendar
Click to view the Google Calendar and/or view or print the handy one-page PDF: Winter 2018 Program Schedule (updated this week!) .
Also: check out our website to see offerings for children , youth , and adults.
9:30 am - Adult Conversation Circles (Gathering Room)
9:30 am - UU Games (Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
11:45 am - Children's Tea & Games (begin in Rev. Jennifer's Office)
3:30 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
Exciting Things are Springing Up in RE!
With Spring on the horizon, it’s a great time to bring your children or grandchildren to First U! Join us for:
  • (This Sunday!) March 4—Children’s Tea & Games with the Minister
  • March 11—Pi(e) Sunday (because who doesn’t like pie?)
  • March 18—PLAY IT SAFE (for animal lovers and kids who want to gain more confidence around animals)
  • March 25—Palm Sunday
  • April 1—Easter Sunday (with an Easter egg hunt!)
  • April 22—Earth Day
PLAY IT SAFE: ARLGP Educational Visit
Sunday, March 18, during Children's Chapel
A humane educator from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be visiting during Children's Chapel with Play It Safe curriculum that focuses on safety, compassion, and kindness in order to promote a healthy relationship between people and pets. All children are welcome to attend!
Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Sunday, March 18, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Do you have questions about how to
use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram),
operate your smartphone camera,
download and use various apps,
or adjust your phone settings?
Then come see our 'genius' senior youth group members for assistance and one-on-one guidance! Just $15 for 15 minutes.

Come with questions about your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or Other Devices! To make good use of your time, consider preparing a list of questions. If our geniuses get stumped, we’ll pause the clock and do our best to look up answers to your questions. We will have 5-6 teens available to help, so get a cup of coffee and then come say hello.

This senior youth group fundraiser will support their attendance at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Kansas City, MO this June where they'll be able to meet, worship with, and address social justice issues with youth from across the country and around the world.
Our Junior Youth Want Your Old Clothes... give them new life as dog toys! Old t-shirts, fleece blankets, or socks are the most helpful (and holes or stains are no problem!). We’ll cut them up, braid them, or stuff them to make chew or cuddle toys for dogs at the local animal shelter, ARLGP. We have a box downstairs in the Gathering Room for you to put any donations (we'd love for any donations to show up by Sunday, March 11!).
Pi(e) Sunday
March 11, 2018, during Coffee Hour in the Gathering Room
In advance of pi(e) day (3/14), First U will celebrate this mathematical date with culinary festivities. Purchased or homemade, sweet or savory, gluten-free or gluten-filled, we welcome all pies, so please consider bringing one or two to share!
The LAST Gather Dinner of this Church Year!
Thursday, March 22, seatings at 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends. You get to enjoy great company and food and Gather donates a portion of the night’s earning to First U. You can reserve your spot at Gather online or sign up downstairs in the Gathering Room during Coffee Hour. Also, consider making it a night on the town and follow your dinner with Irish music by Daymark at First U!
A Night of Irish Music with Daymark
Thursday, March 22, 7:30—9:00 pm, Sanctuary
Tickets are sold at the door, $15/person
Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar
Committees, councils, and groups at First U are all signed up for a turn to host coffee hour. Mariana Tupper will be contacting your group a few weeks ahead of time with a reminder, but you can also view the schedule here.
Cooking Oil for Yarmouth Food Pantry
Our Faith-In-Action Council have signed up to meet the challenge of a continuing need at the Pantry. Check out the big bottle poster in the Gathering Room - drop a few bucks in, and we will transform your donation into the cooking oil the food pantry so desperately needs to meet the needs of Yarmouth families. The pantry needs about 25 bottles a month—please help if you can!
TEMPORARY HOUSING SUPPORT: Yarmouth Community Housing Initiative supports New Mainers, refugees and asylum-seekers in Maine, by providing temporary emergency housing assistance, meals, rides, childcare, and more. If you would like to join the team that both hosts and plans, please contact Anne Turner ( or Rev. Jennifer Emrich (
PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: Seeking professional mentors to befriend and guide New Mainers who are seeking ways to secure employment in their field. There are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, journalists and others, from countries around the world, who need your input and support as they look to transfer their skills and education to jobs here in Maine. Contact: Rev. Jennifer Emrich (
HOUSING COACHING: Housing coaches spend a few hours per month with New Mainers who recently moved into apartments. As a housing coach you might, for example, help the tenant learn to use unfamiliar kitchen appliances or utilities such as heat, and help with occasional questions or issues between the tenant and landlord. If you’re interested, please contact Jane Makela (
Spring into Yoga!The Spring Yoga Session starts this Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Church from 10:00 - 11:15 AM. Ten dollars donation suggested per class. One-half of the proceeds will 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. Every body’s welcome!  You can modify or stop at anytime.
Footlights Theatre in Falmouth presents APPELL: The Other Side of the Fence, March 8 - 24. This production is a haunting account of a small gathering of Holocaust prisoners, brought to life with brutal honesty, recognizing that the stories of those who died - and those who survived - must never be forgotten. Tickets are $18/adults, $15/seniors, $10/children under 17.
Workshop: Raising Sexually Healthy Children, Ages Birth - 8 Years offered by Therapist Jennifer Wiessner on Thursday, April 5, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, $40/participant. Early registration is suggested as the workshop is limited to 12 participants.
Save the Date: Spring Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association on April 13-14, 2018.
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.
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