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First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
Emerging Gifts
The Board of Trustees
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 10:30 am
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES & UU GAMES
WILL be held THIS SUNDAY on 4/8 (Cromwell Center) and on 4/15
(ACC with Rev. Jennifer) both 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: APRIL 8
9:15 am - Guest Speaker Series: The Cromwell Center (Gathering Room)
9:15 am - UU Games (Common Room)
9:30 am - Junior Youth Group to St. Bart's (Offsite Visit)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
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.
First U’s (First Annual??) Earth Day Carnival
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:30 am—1:00 pm
As Spring emerges in Maine, we joyfully gather to celebrate our natural world and to commit to protecting our environment. This Earth Day Carnival will feature games, prizes, popcorn, face painting, planting, recycling, yoga, and more! 

How can I participate? We need people to help plan, set up, clean up, and/or run a station at our carnival. To join in, contact Gwen at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com or call 207-846-4148.

Tell me more! The Earth Day Carnival is free (food, games, and prizes!), open to the public, educational, and fun. Learn about ways to reduce your household waste, try recycling yoga, get your face painted, and play games. Invite your friends and save the date!
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 9 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! If you haven't yet offered yours, you can still visit our website to make your commitment or contact First U Treasurer Marge Titcomb (207-846-4765). 
Jam Jars Needed!
Berry season seems still far away, but I have started making some marmalades already and I would welcome any empty 8 ounce or 4 ounce size jam jars if you have some empties hanging around your pantry shelves! You can leave them in the church kitchen for me and I will pick them up there. Many thanks. - Joy Ahrens
INTERIM MINISTER FAQ CORNER
Q. Why is it that an interim minister stays for two years?
A. When a long tenured minister leaves it takes time for the congregation to settle and to reassess needs. Before a search is conducted for a settled minister, congregants often need time to assess how they have grown, how they want to grow in the future.

Q. What if the interim minister is great for the first year one but not what we need for the second year? 
Many contracts today are written for a year with an expectation for a second year. This often includes what is called a 1:1 contract that gives both the Minister and Board options as they mutually evaluate the work of the first year and the goals of the second year. 

Q. When will we know that an interim has been chosen? 
The UUA process is designed so that the Search Committee will have interviewed applicants, successfully recommended a finalist to the First U board, and have a signed contract by the end of May. 
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
Good news! If you care about Maine politics but sometimes feel overwhelmed, check out the easy resources from MUUSAN: 
MUUSAN focuses on four primary issues: (1) Democracy in Action, (2) Health Care for All, (3) Climate Change, and (4) Racial Justice.
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
  • Safe Passage
  • Make Shift Coffee House
  • New England Region of the UUA
  • Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • Furniture Friends
  • UU Ministry for the Earth
  • Audrey B. Seale Service Program
  • and Grad Student Amanda Gordon
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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