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First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
The Faith of Science
with the Reverend Frieda Gillespie
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:30 am
ON THIS SUNDAY...
REMINDER: SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, April 7, immediately after the service
There will be a special congregational meeting after the service this Sunday in the Sanctuary. The purpose of this brief meeting is to vote on a small bylaw change related to the Search Committee selection process in order to align us with UUA recommendations.
 
Members - please come vote! Friends, stick around for this quick meeting and see UU democracy in action! Coffee, tea, food, and fellowship directly afterwards in the Gathering Room.
CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMMING: APRIL 7
Nursery Care (10:30 - 11:30 am), just down the hall from the Sanctuary, is available for our littlest friends staffed with Red-cross certified teen caregivers.

In Children’s Chapel (10:30 - 11:30 am), for kindergarten - fourth graders, we begin our theme of Emergence by thinking about what sorts of things are emerging this time of year and then we'll go outside to find evidence of new life emerging.

Our Junior Youth Group (10:15 - 11:30 am), for fifth - eighth graders, will have their final OWL session of this year! We conclude by examining peer pressure, talking about healthy relationships, and having a celebration.

Our Senior Youth Group (4:00 - 5:30 pm), for ninth - twelfth graders, will be meeting to work on developing our belief statements that will be presented on the May 5th Children and Youth Sunday. 
FROM THE MINISTER
People have asked for access to the Harvard Business Review article about the failure of negative feedback. Here are some links you may be interested in: p odcast and an article. I will be at the NNE Minister's Retreat 4/3 to 4/5. See you next Sunday afternoon for the Healing Circle. - Rev. Frieda
FAITH EXPLORATION
EARTH DAY CARNIVAL
Sunday, May 5, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Our Earth Day Carnival returns for its second year! Featuring planting, activity stations, games, popcorn, a prize wheel—and it’s all free and open to the public! 

We are especially looking for a few more people who can run stations. We can supply ideas and materials OR let us know if you have an idea for a child-friendly game or activity that relates to caring for our planet.

Questions? Ideas? Want to help with planning or organizing? Contact Gwen Matthews or members of the RE Council: Christy Hayashida, Lauren Taylor, and Jen Civiello. 
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
We are blessed with a number of babies and young children at First Universalist. One of the most beautiful ceremonies in the UU faith is the Child Dedication. It includes a naming ceremony and words from the parents about what they want for the child's future. A charge to the parents and godparents if there are any present, and a blessing of the child. The congregation is asked to affirm their support for their spiritual development as well. Child Dedications will take place on May 5th.

If you would like to participate, please contact Rev. Frieda Gillespie or Gwen Matthews by Sunday, April 14, and let us know the name(s) of your child(ren) and if you will have grandparents or godparents participating. We also ask for you to prepare to read or have read the significance of your child(ren)’s name(s) and any wishes you have for their future. 
ADULT PROGRAMS
We will be starting a series of conversations about Unitarian Universalism, starting with the Seven Principles, facilitated by Rev. Frieda. These UU Conversations will take on the first and third Mondays of each month from 6—7 pm. How do we live into our principles? 
April 15 —"Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations”
May 6 —"Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations"
May 20 —"A free and responsible search for truth and meaning"
June 3 —"The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large"
June 17 —"The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all."
July 1 —"Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
HEART IN HAND GALA
DINNER - LIVE AUCTION - CALL TO THE HEART
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 6-9 PM

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE! You can proxy bid (contact Marge at 207-846-4765 for details) AND/OR you can donate to our popular ‘Pot of Gold’ matching fund for certain bids that reach their value! Both options are so important to meeting our ambitious fundraising goals.

Up for bid at the live auction (or by proxy bid):
2 Sunday Soup Dinners for 4 by Jen
Indian Dinner for 6-8 by Joy
Cocktail Party by Cindy
BBQ for 6 by Sarah
Celebration Brunch for 8 by Sarah
Gourmet Dinner for 6-8 by Tom
OOB Beach Party for 8 at Titcombs
… and a few more coming
MUSIC ON MAIN: Fódhla 
Friday, April 12, 2019, 6 pm
Join us for a night of Irish music now featuring a coffeehouse feel in the lower-level Gathering Room. Featuring, Fódhla, a local Irish trio made up of Maine-based flute player Nicole Rabatam Boston-based fiddler Ellery Klein, and Portland-based Bethany Waickman on guitar. Stop by for savory finger food and sweet desserts while you enjoy incredible live music. Tickets are $15 at the door by cash or check ($12 for seniors and $10 for youth). 

Fun Fact : Did you know the Music on Main concert series has welcomed over 250 guests from outside our congregation into our 97 Main Street home? Come welcome new friends into our community or consider inviting non-church friends along to experience the music and our warm community on April 12th! 
EASTER SUNDAY
9:30 am—Start your Easter Sunday with Holy Donuts! (And coffee and juice) Come to mingle with friends and learn more about the Pathway to Membership. Newcomers are especially welcome!

10:30 am—Easter Worship Service (for adults) and a Children’s Chapel Easter egg hunt (for kids and youth). 

11:30 am—Coffee Hour hosted by the Tuesday Morning Group who invite you to join in the fun of wearing Easter bonnets or hats. 
YOGA IN THE SANCTUARY
Spring Yoga classes continue in the church Sanctuary 10:00 - 11:15 AM. This is a multi-level yoga class. You can modify or stop at any time. Newcomers welcome. Ten dollars donation suggested per class. Any questions contact the instructor, Lois Howlett, at loishowlett2@gmail.com or tel 847-3055.
FAITH IN ACTION
DINNER * DOCUMENTARY * DISCUSSION 
Saturday, April 13, 5:30 pm
TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet. Check out the trailer for the film, TOMORROW, at tomorrow-documentary.com

Our next 3D event (Dinner—Documentary—Discussion) takes place in our Gathering Room. We plan to screen 55 minutes of this beautiful film—and then pause for dessert and discussion—but you may watch the rest courtesy of Yarmouth’s library. This event is FREE, but please sign up by April 10 to let us know how many hungry people to expect and to let us know if you need childcare. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals available. 

Bring friends! Contribute a dessert!
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
SEEKING: ROOM FOR RENT
A young man named Isaiah Gilles is relocating from northern Maine this spring to work as a landscaper in Raymond. He is seeking a room to rent in the area. Isaiah would pay rent as well as help out as a handy man in their house. If you have space or know of someone who does, you can contact him at 207-860-7466.
FREE FILM SERIES: "READY FOR A CHANGE," March 10 - April 7
Congregational Church in Cumberland—282 Main Street—829-3419. Join The Social Justice and Green Teams for a series of films that will instruct, inspire, and challenge us to open our hearts and amend our thinking. Popcorn, beverages, and kid-friendly alternative films. Free and open to the public. Films are shown from 3 - 5 pm.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S GOOD FRIDAY WALK & FUN RUN, April 19
Join us for our 33rd annual Good Friday Walk and Fun Run on April 19! Walk the route or run it! This is a fun run, without bibs or timing, but is a great way to see the course. 
Enjoy the route with family, friends, and community members in Cumberland, Yarmouth, and N. Yarmouth, and fundraise for Habitat's mission. Every $100 in donations raised earns one ticket in the raffle filled with great gifts from local businesses!   Sign up as a fundraiser today to register as a walker!   
MULTICULTURAL FAIR, May 5
Celebrate and support New Mainer entrepreneurs with artisans and chefs from around the world, including foods from Syria, Italy, Latin America, the Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, and the Middle East, and artisans with earrings, necklaces, bracelets, baskets, wood burning art, scarves, bags, clothing, and other artwork. This multicultural fair takes place on Sunday, May 5, 3 - 6 pm, at St. Mary's Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth.
CALL OF THE WILD, May 17
Join the Center for Wildlife for an inspiring evening dedicated to raising funds for the future of our environment. At Call of the Wild, you will immerse yourself in the lifesaving work you make possible. You can bid on extravagant silent and live auction items, meet animal ambassadors and immerse yourself in a panel discussion with Center for Wildlife experts Kristen Lamb, Sarah Kern and Shelley Spanswick. A barbeque style dinner will be served with vegan, vegetarians and gluten-free options.
Purchase your seats now through May 1, 2019, to receive the Early Bird ticket pricing of $55 per person.
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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