CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
GALA DINNER 2018
RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY for the Gala Dinner! This gourmet dinner is available for your kind contribution of $75 per person and is shaping up to be a FUN evening! The dinner features delicious vegan and gluten-free options along with select wines and other beverages and the live auction is always a grand time. Childcare is available by request. There is limited seating and reservations must be made by this Sunday, March 25th. You can make your reservation online or by contacting Marge Titcomb at 207-846-4765 or by signing up in the Gathering Room after worship.
WORSHIP
Hanging In The Balance
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES & UU GAMES
Please note that Adult Conversation Circles and UU Games at 9:30 am will be canceled on Easter, 4/1, but WILL be held on 4/8 (Cromwell Center) and 4/15 (ACC with Rev. Jennifer) starting at 9:15 am!
NEW Spring 2018 Program Calendar
Check out what's coming up by looking at our new Spring 2018 Program Calendar , the RE Google Calendar, and visit our website to read more about our program offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: MARCH 25
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
11:30 am - Our Spiritual Journeys (Common Room)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
Guest Speaker Series: The Cromwell Center
Sunday, April 8, 9:15 am (Gathering Room)
Building Kinder Communities: A Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Program for Adults will be brought by the Cromwell Center to First U. This special session begins at 9:15 am before worship and helps adults to have positive conversations with kids about disabilities, model positive attitudes and language for children at home and in the community, and help children to be more supportive and respectful.
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! Check your mailboxes in the coming weeks for a card with more information.
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP FUNDRAISERS
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. Our tickets are now booked, so we’re committed and could use your support!

Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Yes, we will be holding this fundraiser, again - Stay tuned! 

Smartphone Photography Class
Would you be interested in learning how to use your smartphone to take beautiful photographs of your special events, our gorgeous Maine scenery, or capture images of your family and friends? Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how to take and edit your smartphone photos. Interested? Sign up in the Gathering Room and together we’ll pick a date and time for the class. Suggested donation of $25.

Babysitting Night: Saturday, April 14, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Kids—leave your parents at home or send them out on the town, but don’t miss this FUN night! Food, games, and the Pixar Movie, Coco (shown on a big screen!) with our experienced CPR-certified teen babysitters is not something to be missed. Just $20/child for a movie, dinner, and 3 hours of fun—what a deal! RSVPs are required! Please RSVP by April 8 to Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or call 207-846-4148. 
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED...
Thank you to everyone who has offered their financial commitment for the coming church year! We are, however, still waiting for about 25 more commitments – is yours counted yet? If not, visit our website to make your 
commitment or contact First U Treasurer Marge Titcomb (207-846-4765). 
Our Spiritual Journeys
THIS Sunday, March 25, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Common Room
All those who are new or new-ish to First U are invited to attend the Our Spiritual Journeys lunch and conversation, facilitated by Rev. Jennifer Emrich. It's an opportunity to connect, share your spiritual journey, and learn more about how Unitarian Universalism may fit in your life. Childcare is available.
INTERIM MINISTER FAQ CORNER
Q. Who is on the interim search committee?
A. Joanna Landsman, Lily O’Brien, Nancy Read, Joe Dreher, Pete Titcomb, and Sue Ellen Bordwell.

Q. Will we get an interim minister that meets our needs?
The Unitarian Universalist Association has a process of identifying and training ministers whose ministry IS interim ministry. In addition, these candidates create an extensive CV (resume), as does First U. The candidates will know our needs and First U will know their expertise.
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 1, 2018
For UUs, Easter is a celebration of light, joy, hope, renewal, revival, possibility, and the return of Spring. Children and youth are invited to participate in an Easter Egg Hunt during worship— so please bring your Easter baskets!  Also, the Tuesday Morning Book Group are planning to treat us to a festive Easter coffee hour again this year, and want to extend an enthusiastic invitation to all in the congregation who would like to celebrate Spring/Easter/April Fool’s Day by joining us in wearing a bonnet that feels festive and fun!
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.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
FAITH-IN-ACTION NEWS
Good news for all of you who are curious or concerned about Maine politics!
A consortium of 12 area UU churches (MUUSAN) has done the initial checking on upcoming legislative initiatives--to save us time as we work to support what is most important to us. MUUSAN has endorsed or opposed bills in all four mission areas: Democracy in Action, Health Care for All, Climate Change, and Racial Justice. To see where/when to speak /write in support of crucial issues, see MUUSAN's Legislative Agenda .
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!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click to read the many community announcements from:
  • The Sacred Art of Storytelling
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Allen Avenue UU Church in Portland, ME
  • Safe Passage
  • Therapist Jennifer Wiessner
  • Northern New England District of the UUA
  • Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • Grad Student Amanda Gordon
  • and Furniture Friends
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
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
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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