Our Senior Youth Group Is Available THIS SUNDAY!
Would you like help cleaning up your yard post-storm? Our senior youth group is available to help this Sunday afternoon - and are asking for donations to support their trip to the UUA General Assembly in return. Would you like to schedule them to help? Contact Joanna Landsman ( or Gwen Matthews ( if you would like the senior youth group to help with yard clean-up on Sunday!
Meet First Universalist's New Music Director, Sam Chandler
Sam Chandler is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and educator based out of Portland. Sam seeks the connections that can be made with individuals and communities through music, and is always looking to expand his knowledge and repertoire of music to better achieve this goal. As an educator, Sam has found great joy connecting children with their own innate abilities. Sam can be seen playing music both locally and abroad as a jazz pianist, songwriter and keyboardist mostly in projects that focus on new original compositions.
Welcoming Maine's Newest Immigrants
Guest Speaker: Reza Jalali
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 10:30 am
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
All children are welcome to learn, grow, and make friends. Please note: This Sunday will be all-ages games during Children's Chapel! Our Nursery and Children's Chapel will be combined for this Sunday. Next Sunday, 11/19, our new RE teacher will begin leading our Children's Chapel, with our senior youth still assisting with all of the games, projects, activities, and fun.
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
All middle schoolers (grades 5-8) are welcome to participate as we have fun, make friends, explore our faith and those of neighboring religions, and give back to our community.
Senior Youth Group
4 pm - 5:30 pm, Gathering Room
All high schoolers (9th-12th grade) are welcome to join as we forge friendships, make justice in our community, explore our beliefs, and strengthen our values.
2017-2018 Program Calendar and Descriptions
Click below to view - includes information on programs for ALL ages!
Adult Conversation Circles: Soul Matters
9:30 am, Gathering Room
UU Games
9:30 am, Common Room
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
Senior Youth Group
4:00 pm, Gathering Room
Please Note: To sign up children or youth for any religious education programs, please fill out the form below and give it to the church office.
Copies will also be available on Sundays during coffee hour.
It’s Time To Make Your Donation To The Silent Auction! 
  • We currently have 6 items, but need to get to 60.
  • You can donate experiences, skills, or items of value.
Want to check-in about an idea or need help brainstorming what you could contribute? Contact: Marge Titcomb at or Sarah Witte at
Sign Up Today to Be Part of the Holiday Fair
Your help is appreciated to make our Evergreen Holiday Fair fun and festive. Sign-up sheets are available during Coffee Hour following worship. Please help out on December 2 and/or by being one of our valued cooks or bakers. Contact Phyllis Jones at if you have 
Have questions? Want to know more about what’s going on and how to get involved? With the new streamlined user-friendly layout easily find access to the valuable information you need including resources about Unitarian Universalism and our community. 
Join First U's Events Team
Are you someone who wants to help but don’t necessarily want to be on a committee and attend regular meetings? We have something perfect for you! Please join our Events Team!
First U has been promoting our beautifully renovated space as a venue for weddings, memorial services, community events, and music concerts. It’s shaping up to be a great source of revenue for us, but we need your help now! As part of the Events Team, you’re simply joining a pool of people who will be asked to commit to specific, occasional events. There are 3 primary roles we need to fill: 

  • Event Coordinator(s) – primarily responsible for communication and lining up the open/close and host volunteers for events (this role can be done from home!).
  • Opening/Closing Team – primarily responsible for preparing and resetting the space and for opening and closing the building before and after the event.
  • Host Team – be a welcoming face during the event, there to service any needs that may arise (elevator use, etc.).

For a more detailed description of the roles, or to join the Events Team, please contact Joanna Landsman at or call 207-536-1177. Thank you!
Hannaford Cards to Support First U
Purchase in the Gathering Room
Your purchase of a re-loadable Hannaford card makes for convenient grocery shopping/budgeting AND earns the church money. (ex: your $100 becomes a $100 gift card, and Hannaford gives the church $5!) Learn more!
Coffee Hour Hosting Calendar
Committees, councils, and groups at First U are 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.
Partner Church: How do YOU want to participate?
First Universalist has a wonderful and long lasting partnership with the small Unitarian village of Gyepes in the region of Transylvania, and now you have four opportunities to participate in that partnership:

2018 Adult Pilgrimage to Transylvania
FMI contact Rev. Jennifer Emrich:

Transylvanian Crafts and Gifts
FMI contact Lily O’Brien:

Unitarian Kaláka
Projects will be updated soon, FMI visit:

Educational Scholarships
We still are seeking partial sponsorships for 3 students, total $620. We have already raised $1960 from 13 families! 
FMI contact Marge Titcomb:
Help Fill Thanksgiving Baskets
Please continue First U’s contribution of frozen turkeys to Yarmouth’s Food Pantry which prepares over 80 Thanksgiving baskets for Yarmouth and other area wide families. Almost all Yarmouth churches and organizations contribute to this effort. Turkeys may be brought to church on the next two Sundays, November 5 and November 12, and the senior youth will bring them to the pantry. Or, if it is more convenient, you may deliver them to the pantry which is located across Main Street at the First Parish church. Pantry hours are Tuesday and Friday from 10:00am to noon and Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00pm.
Annual Winter Clothing Drive. Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) has announced the start of its annual winter clothing drive, Operation Bundle-Up. The program provides winter
coats, snow pants, and related gear at no cost to Yarmouth residents across the age spectrum. The program is carried out in collaboration with Yarmouth Community Services (YCS). Although
drop-off boxes will soon be placed around town, winter coats, snow pants, mittens, and hats at this time should be taken directly to YCS, 200 Main Street, behind Town Hall. YCAN, a 501(c)3
organization, also welcomes monetary donations for Operation Bundle-Up. Donations, which are tax deductible, should be identified for Operation Bundle-Up and mailed to YCAN, PO Box553, Yarmouth, ME 04096. For additional info, contact Yarmouth Community Services at 846- 2406 or Peter Small at 847-3706.
First U will be ringing our bell for peace and to honor and remember our veterans.
The town of Yarmouth intends to close Main St. on the evening of Friday 11/17/17 to demo the western half of the bridge throughout that weekend. They intend to work 24hrs per day starting Friday night until complete and re-open per contract at or before 4AM Monday 11/20/17.
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 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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