CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
OUR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.  - Helen Keller 
We are called to stand in Love and Justice, to be a safe place for vulnerable people, to be a source of strength and love, to stand up to hate and bigotry and fear. We come together - we pool our resources of time, talent, and treasure to bring about the world we seek. This is not just something we believe in, but something we live. This is our community, where our values are brought to life every day. 
FACT:  By increasing your financial commitment by 5% we can continue the work we do, including fair compensation for staff, care of our building, and our Fair Share contribution to the UUA which provides valuable consultation and resources to us each year. 
You can offer your commitment right now through our website!
WORSHIP
Deepest Grief
Rev. Jennifer Emrich
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 10:30 am
Jane's Day: Sunday, March 4, during Worship
This is it, our special Sunday service to celebrate the life of Jane Cleaves. Wear your brightest colors, your biggest hat, and bring all your hope, stories, tears and laughter to this morning full of love for a woman who brought so much to so many. 
FAITH FORMATION &
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Winter 2018 Program Calendar
Click to view the Google Calendar and/or view or print the handy one-page PDF: Winter 2018 Program Schedule (updated this week!) .
Also: check out our website to see offerings for children , youth , and adults.
THIS SUNDAY: FEBRUARY 25
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
PLAY IT SAFE: ARLGP Educational Visit
Sunday, March 18, during Children's Chapel
A humane educator from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be visiting during Children's Chapel with Play It Safe curriculum that focuses on safety, compassion, and kindness in order to promote a healthy relationship between people and pets. All children are welcome to attend!
Our Junior Youth Want Your Old Clothes...
...to give them new life as dog toys! Old t-shirts, fleece blankets, or socks are the most helpful (and holes or stains are no problem!). We’ll cut them up, braid them, or stuff them to make chew or cuddle toys for dogs at the local animal shelter, ARLGP. We have a box downstairs in the Gathering Room for you to put any donations (we'd love for any donations to show up by March 11!).
Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Sunday, March 18, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Do you have questions about how to
use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram),
operate your smartphone camera,
download and use various apps,
or adjust your phone settings?
Then come see our 'genius' senior youth group members for assistance and one-on-one guidance! Just $15 for 15 minutes.

This senior youth group fundraiser will support their attendance at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Kansas City, MO this June where they'll be able to meet, worship with, and address social justice issues with youth from across the country and around the world.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
Pi(e) Sunday
March 11, 2018, during Coffee Hour in the Gathering Room
In advance of pi(e) day (3/14), First U will celebrate this mathematical date with culinary festivities. Purchased or homemade, sweet or savory, gluten-free or gluten-filled, we welcome all pies, so please consider bringing one or two to share!
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
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!
SUPPORT, MENTOR, AND EMPOWER NEW MAINERS
TEMPORARY HOUSING SUPPORT: Yarmouth Community Housing Initiative supports New Mainers, refugees and asylum-seekers in Maine, by providing temporary emergency housing assistance, meals, rides, childcare, and more. If you would like to join the team that both hosts and plans, please contact Anne Turner (annelewisturner@gmail.com) or Rev. Jennifer Emrich (revjemryq@gmail.com).
 
PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: Seeking professional mentors to befriend and guide New Mainers who are seeking ways to secure employment in their field. There are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, journalists and others, from countries around the world, who need your input and support as they look to transfer their skills and education to jobs here in Maine. Contact: Rev. Jennifer Emrich (revjemryq@gmail.com).
 
HOUSING COACHING: Housing coaches spend a few hours per month with New Mainers who recently moved into apartments. As a housing coach you might, for example, help the tenant learn to use unfamiliar kitchen appliances or utilities such as heat, and help with occasional questions or issues between the tenant and landlord. If you’re interested, please contact Jane Makela (janemakela@earthlink.net).
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Save the Date: Spring Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association on April 13-14, 2018.
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.
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