First Universalist's e-newsletter
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All-Church Covenanting
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:45 am
All members, friends, and newcomers of First U are called to participate in covenanting. A covenanted community is a healthy community, so please don't miss this very special one-time (at least for the next few years) event! Much more information will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now. Thank you - The Board of Trustees, the Healthy Congregation Team, and Reverend Jennifer Emrich
Take Courage, My Friends
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Series: Check It Out
Preble Street Resource Center
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9:30 am
in the Gathering Room
Are you curious about what it's like to serve dinner at Preble Street? Are you interested in learning about or discussing the ways First U offers support to people experiencing homelessness in Maine? Come learn, discuss, and share. Facilitator: Phyllis Chinlund, Faith-In-Action Council Clerk.
UU Games
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 9:30 am
meet in the Common Room
Children are invited to play games and share a snack with
members of our senior youth group before worship.
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 24, 2017 during worship
begin in the Sanctuary
To Be Brave. Also: a courage workout!
2017-2018 Program Calendar and Descriptions
Click below to view - includes information on programs for ALL ages!
A Letter from Rev. Jennifer and the Board of Trustees on RE
Parents and caregivers, please read the letter linked below.
Adult Conversation Circles: Identity and Inclusion
9:30 am, Gathering Room
Facilitator: Rev. Jennifer Emrich
This Fall, the book Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson will be the focus of the discussions and explorations facilitated by Rev. Jennifer. You can opt to read along or just attend the conversation circle.
UU Games
9:30 am, begin in the Common Room
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, meet in the Common Room
Middle schoolers (5th - 8th grade) can join us on Sunday mornings during worship for snacks, games, social justice work, and faith exploration.
Games and Tea with the Minister
11:45 am, begin in Rev. Jennifer's Office
We're Hiring!
Do you know someone who loves to teach and share UU values? We're searching for two part-time religious education teachers.
Please note: While First Universalist doesn't hire from within our own congregation, we know that our members and friends often are the right source for attracting great employees.
Adult Conversation Circles: Soul Matters
Sunday, October 15 at 9:30 am
meet in the Gathering Room
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm
meet in the Gathering Room
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us for fun, faith exploration, snacks, games, the Our Whole Lives program, and social justice work.
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.
This Just In: Yarmouth's number one Unitarian Universalist financial newspaper, The Financial Times of First U , returns.
Dinner at Gather
Thursday, October 26, beginning at 5 pm
This Fall, come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends. A portion of the night’s proceeds are given to the church. Reserve your place at Gather.
Coffee 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 for the year here or look for it in the church's kitchen by the coffee brewing instructions.
First U Name Tags
Do you have a name tag to wear on Sundays? Check the holder on the left before you enter the Sanctuary. If not, contact Gwen at to have one created. If yes, remember to wear it!
Be a Great Greeter
Sundays at 10:10 am or at Special Events
Your friendly face could make ALL the difference to new folks as they walk through our doors. Attend a mini-training (just a half hour!) if you're new to ushering/greeting and then sign up to greet at worship services or events when you're available. Interested? Contact Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at .
Cold Weather Clothes Drive for New Mainers
items due by Sunday, October 8, 2017
Many refugees and asylum-seekers who arrive in Maine bring almost no possessions with them, and most have never experienced the cold of a Maine winter. Please consider donating new or clean, gently used boots, jackets, gloves, hats, and scarves. Click to view specific sizes needed.
Questions? Contact Anne Turner at
Help Young Adult UUs Attend the 2018 International Council of UUs
The Unitarian Universalist Partner Church Council is asking for donations to support a gathering of international UU young adults in India in 2018. These funds support young adults from outside of North America to participate. Visit their faithify campaign to find out more.
The Guys Next Door Documentary Film
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7 pm
The Faith-In-Action Council invites you to a free screening of the film The Guys Next Door at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. This award-winning feature-length documentary about family, friendship, and gay rights "goes well beyond issues of surrogacy and gay parenthood and explores the humanity that connects us all." The screening will be followed by a Q&A with one of the filmmakers and one of the film's subjects.
Preble Street Resource Center
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
First Universalist is committed to sending six volunteers on the first Tuesday of every month to Preble Street's Soup Kitchen to help prepare and serve dinner. Up to 400 people are served at Preble Street where they can receive three meals per day, every day of the year. Deepen your commitment to your UU values and make new friends: sign-up to volunteer by contacting Phyllis Chinlund at
The Fall Yoga Session at First Universalist starts Saturday, September 23rd. Classes are 10:00 - 11:15 AM at the church. This is a multi-level class. Donation requested: $10. One-half of the funds collected go to the church and one-half to a charity selected with the class. Contact: Lois Howlett at or 847-3055. Newcomers welcome.
The First Universalist Church of West Paris is hosting a Pete Seeger Songfest with composer and guitarist Jim Scott on Sunday, October 1 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided after the concert along with the opportunity to purchase CDs. There is a suggested donation of $10 - $20.
The Greater Freeport Community Chorus is looking for more singers, especially tenors and basses. Weekly rehearsals take place on Sundays from 6:30 - 9 pm with special winter concert performances.

The group is an adult, mixed-voice choir. No audition or previous experience with choral singing is required. Membership dues: $70/individual, $120/couple. For more information call 844-1166, visit  or find the chorus on Facebook. 
UUA News
Doug Muder, a columnist and contributing editor for UU World, writes "Of course I'm racist."

The UUA offers suggestions on how to support the Dreamers.

A UU Minister from Mississippi announced that he is running for the U.S. Congress.

As of September 13, donations to the UUA and UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund were approaching $250,000.
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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