WORSHIP AT HOME
SOUL FOOD
Sunday, May 17, 2020
will be delivered via email at 6:00 am
Rev. Frieda Gillespie, Interim Minister
Sam Chandler, Music Director
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
PLEASE JOIN IN WELCOMING OUR NEWEST MEMBER!
Debbie Starkel has just joined with us in membership at First Universalist - yes, even during this time of distancing and pandemic! - and we're delighted to have her as a part of our community.

Debbie writes: "I look forward to being an active participant in First Universalist Church of Yarmouth. I moved from Manchester, CT last November, though I had been a frequent visitor for many years. I am a retired health and safety professional and nurse.

I was/am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Manchester for over 25 years. I was most recently a member of the Stewardship Committee at the church and over the years I served on the Finance Committee and was the Assistant Treasurer for many years. I was involved in the planning of and volunteering at the yearly holiday fair. I was and still am a member of a Small Group Ministry. I can be at their meetings now because of COVID-19 and Zoom.

My interests include gardening, watching wildlife out my kitchen window, reading, walking, and playing bridge. As the weather warms, I hope to kayak and go bicycle riding. I love it here!"
ATTEND THE UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY - VIRTUALLY!
This year, the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly, the largest gathering of UUs each year for worship, learning, connecting, business, and more, is going to be held virtually. This year's theme is Rooted, Inspired, & Ready.

The good news about this online format:
  • GA is more affordable! Registration is $150 to attend all (or part) of the five days online, June 24 - June 28, 2020.
  • There will be free, live streamed content. If registering doesn't make sense for you, you can still attend the General Sessions (business meetings), the Service of the Living Tradition, the Synergy Bridging Service, and the Sunday Worship Service.

Want to know more?
CONTRIBUTE VIA PAYPAL
You can pay your pledge, make a Sunday offering, or make another donation online via PayPal. Please make sure to indicate via the drop down menu what your payment is intended for. Thank you for giving!
yoga
YOGA FROM HOME
Yoga teacher Marni Prince is hosting live video yoga classes. Classes are on Saturdays at 10 am, now through Saturday, May 30, and on Wednesdays at 7 pm. Anyone interested can email Marni to get on the mailing list for when she'll be holding classes and video details: marniprince@gmail.com. Marni is not charging anything for the classes as of now, but is accepting optional donations. Might as well do some yoga if we can't leave the house!
RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION
VIRTUAL YOUTH GROUPS
Both junior and senior youth groups are now meeting online. You can download the Zoom app in advance to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. You will need to create a free account with Zoom. Details about how to connect will be arriving in a separate email.

Virtual Junior Youth Group is on for 11 - 11:45 am on Sunday, May 17.

Virtual Senior Youth Group is on for 4:30 - 5:30 pm on Sunday, May 17.
PEACE & JUSTICE WORK
CAPTURING THE FLAG DISCUSSION HAPPENS TOMORROW!
Saturday, May 16, 7:00 pm on Zoom
You can still participate in the 3D event. Watch the Capturing the Flag documentary ( Click here  to watch. The password is 5F1@UuY .) and then email Mariana Tupper ( catalpa.girl@gmail.com) to participate in the discussion via Zoom.
FOLLOW-UP: THIS IS PALESTINE DOCUMENTARY
Those who attended the 3D showing of the film “This is Palestine” in January may recall meeting new friends from Maine Voices For Palestinian Rights, who added so much to our post-film discussion. You may be pleased to know that Peace Action Maine has just given its annual Peace Maker Award to the organization for their "tireless work ... as peacemakers advocating for an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and recognizing political rights, human rights and dignity for all Palestinian people.”
VOLUNTEERING AT PREBLE STREET
Our next first Tuesday to volunteer at Preble Street is June 2, 3 - 6 pm. At this time, Preble Street still really needs your support in putting together to-go meals for their clients who they serve daily. Help to feed some of Maine's most vulnerable people who continue to rely on Preble Street for food and other resources. Contact Ruth White ( rwhite7@maine.rr.com) with any questions or if you would like to sign up. Thank you!

Please note a few changes:
  1. There is now a limit of three volunteers per shift in order to ensure social distancing.
  2. Volunteers are asked to bring their own mask or face covering.
  3. The time for dinner shifts has altered slightly. It is now 3 - 6 pm (instead of 3:30 - 6:30 pm).
  4. You can view all of Preble Street's response information about COVID-19 on their website.
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
The Church Office is Closed, But Minister and Staff Are Still Working!
Rev. Frieda, Gwen, Sam, and Andrea all continue to work from home to support the church community. You can reach them via email, call and leave a voicemail at the church office (messages are checked on Monday & Thursday), or call Rev. Frieda on her cell phone: 508-207-7566.
Pastoral Emergencies
If you have a pastoral emergency, you can contact Rev. Frieda Gillespie on her cell phone at 508-207-7566. Saturdays are typically her day off, but she will answer calls for pastoral emergencies.
Submit Your Announcement
To have your announcement included in this newsletter please email the information to Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12 pm.
  First Universalist Church of Yarmouth | 207-846-4148 | office@uuyarmouth.org | www.uuyarmouth.org