First Universalist's weekly newsletter
The Mystery of Prayer
November 4, 10:30 am
The Reverend Frieda Gillespie
10:15 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (The Nursery)
12:00 pm - Healing Circle (Sanctuary)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
Program schedules for all ages are available. Check out what's coming up in October, November, and December!
7th - 8th Grade OWL Postponed
Our 7th-8th grade Our Whole Lives program is being postponed until March 2019. Sign-ups will happen in February 2019 and we encourage any/all 7th & 8th graders to participate. Our Whole Lives is a secular, non-religious program that assists people in making healthy, responsible, and informed decisions about relationships and helps to prepare and empower people with accurate information. For more information, contact Gwen at

Sunday, November 4 : 3rd & 4th graders will be living in abundance and making a snack to share during coffee hour while K - 2nd graders will be learning about and making worry dolls. 
Sunday, November 11 : Goats in Space! - Supporting a local farm through artistic expression. 
Sunday, November 18 : An all-ages Thanksgiving worship service and bread communion.
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.
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 will be provided. The next ACC will be held on  Monday, November 5, at 6 pm .
Saturday, November 3, 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
ALL humans are invited to the first FREE community Hungry Human Breakfast featuring a breakfast buffet with vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options on Sunday, November 18 beginning at 9:30 am. Meet and make friends while you take a break from making and cleaning up after breakfast. Invite any and all that you know to come (they don’t even have to stay for worship, just enjoy a free breakfast)! Breakfast is proudly hosted by Member Services.
The EVERGREEN HOLIDAY FAIR - Saturday, December 1, is quickly approaching!
The Holiday Fair team is looking for volunteers to:
  • cut birch trees into usable logs and drill holes in birch logs for candles.
  • cut greenery, holly branches, and pine cones
  • hand knit mittens
  • bake decorated holiday cookies
  • make soups and breads for the luncheon
  • donate jellies, jams, pickles and other pantry items
  • donate your handmade items to sell
  • give good quality items for the Second Time Around shop

The Silent Auction and Buy it Now table have always been 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. Contact Dorothy McAloney , Janice Tooker , or Phyllis Jones , if you have questions or items/skills to contribute. Thanks!

Save the Date: Welcome Tea
All who are new, new-ish, recently returned, or curious about learning more about First U are invited to a Welcome Tea on Sunday, December 2, following the worship service at 11:45 am in the Common Room. Please join us for a light brunch and the opportunity to get to know about First U while we get to know more about you and what you need from your spiritual community. To learn more about this event, chat with someone from Congregation Connections (formerly Member Services): Sarah Witte, Kerry Kilcline, Annie Cook, Martha Hutchinson, or staff member Gwen Matthews.

  Sunday Morning Greetings & Farewells
Interested in giving a friendly welcome or a cheerful goodbye on Sunday mornings? Contact Gwen Matthews to get details and/or to sign up as a greeter. ( )
Check out the NEWLY UPDATED Coffee Hour Calendar for the 2018 - 2019 church year to see what date your group has! 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. 
Healing Circles to Process Transition at First U
What is a healing circle? An opportunity facilitated by Rev. Frieda or a Transition team member to join in a small group style process and share feelings you may have about change at First U. The process is designed to be confidential and safe. All thoughts and feelings will be welcome and
respected. Active listening will be as important as sharing.
Why now at First U? Change can trigger a wide range of
reactions - everything from hurt and disappointment to grief and loss. You may feel happy or sad about losing Rev.
Jennifer. You may feel abandoned or unsupported by fellow congregants. Maybe you are incredibly grateful to be a part of this community. This Interim Ministry period is a chance to be honest, loving and supportive with each other, a chance to create a clean slate as we begin to explore our potential for the future.
Who is invited? Anyone who is or wants to be a part of the First U community. We aspire to be good ministers to each other. This process can help us learn to be better at it.
When will they occur? Three of these healing circles will be hosted in November in First U’s Sanctuary: Nov. 4 at 12 pm, Nov. 11 at 4 pm, and Nov. 18 at 12 pm.  Childcare will be provided by request.
To RSVP: Look for sign up sheets in the Gathering Room or contact a member of the team:
Rev. Frieda Gillespie:
Nancy Austin:  n
Sue Ellen Bordwell:
Karen Carlisle:
Nancy Read:
A timely film about health care, toxic stress, and exciting new solutions. This is a 1 hour film for adults in the Gathering Room with a discussion to follow. Childcare and a fun film for kids will be provided in the Common Room with preregistration. Saturday, November 10, beginning at 5:30 pm. A pasta and salad supper will be provided. RSVP to Mariana Tupper at or 207-975-2884. This event is FREE but please RSVP. You can bring your own wine or beer - and a dessert to share while we watch the film. Bring a friend!
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 Once you sign up you will receive detailed information by email.
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? 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, or call 207-650-3858. Sue Ellen will contact the FIA drivers, who will contact you to set up a pick-up time.
Program Assistant Gwen Matthews will be out on parental leave (approx. December - mid-February), but there are many folks helping out to make sure your questions still get answered! Please check out the document below for contact information and who to ask about what.
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.
Submit Your Announcement
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter or in print on Sundays please email the information to Gwen at and Gail at by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition of Channels or the Sunday Morning News.
Please click below to view these community announcements:
  • The New England Region UUA News and Events
  • The Future of Faith Formation
  • Culinary Talents of Immigrant Women
  • Different Drummers Circle Reunion
  • Maine-Wabakani REACH Workshop
  • Gathering for Thanksgiving
  • Midcoast Humane's 1st Annual Shelter-bration
  • Multicultural Fair in Falmouth
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