First Universalist's e-newsletter
Thank you to our Clam Fest volunteers!
Your hard work before, during, and after lead to another successful Clam Fest for First U. We did a great job this year with all the wonderful food we served thanks to everyone's help. A special thank you to those who did the moving, setting up, and dismantling of our food booths and equipment.
- The Grateful UU Clam Festival Team
Vespers Service
Sunday, August 20 at 6 pm
Please join us for an evening worship service and potluck.
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 10:30 am
Rev. Jennifer Emrich returns from her summer sabbatical and we rejoice in reconvening in fellowship for our 2017-2018 church year.
Children's Chapel
Sunday, September 17, 2017 during worship
We bravely begin our worship theme of courage during Children's Chapel during the week following Ingathering Sunday.
Junior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
Middle schoolers (5th - 8th grade) can join us on Sunday mornings during worship for snacks, games, social justice work, and faith exploration. Please note we'll be starting in October and our junior youth group will be meeting EVERY week this year (October - May)!
Senior Youth Group
Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 4 pm - 5:30 pm
High schoolers (9th - 12th grade) can join us on Sunday afternoons for snacks, games, social justice work, faith exploration, and to prepare for our justice-based mission trip. Please note we'll be starting in October. 
Adult Conversation Circles
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9:30 am
There are plans to bring back Adult Conversation Circles every Sunday morning before worship. Please stay tuned for more information.
The Bridges Out of Poverty Conference, sponsored by Freeport Community Services, is for professionals and communities to learn about breaking the cycle of generational poverty. September 21 - 22. $75 registration fee.
New Oasis International Education is seeking a host family for a young man from China who will be attending North Yarmouth Academy this Fall. Families receive 24/7 support, get to experience cultural exchange, and receive a stipend. You can apply to be a host family or contact Dana Manel Jarvis at 207-233-2497 for more information. 
Suzanne Aubrey, a member of the UU church of Ellsworth and a retired EMT, teacher, and social worker, is seeking housing in the Freeport or Portland area. She is moving in order to be closer to her soon-to-be grandchild and while she is on waiting lists for elderly/disabled housing, the wait is long and she would like to be living in the area by December. If you have or know of space where she could stay, please contact Suzanne at 
or 207-272-7008.
News from the UUA
1. Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was elected president of the UUA at this year's General Assembly. 
2. The 2017-2018 Common Reads have been chosen and are Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want and   Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry.
3. New UUA President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, denounced the transgender military ban as "blatant discrimination." 
Pastoral Emergencies
Rev. Jennifer Emrich is on Sabbatical from June 1, 2017 - September 5, 2017. If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact the office or reach out to our Caring Connection Coordinators, Joan Guild or Nancy Read, to be connected with an on-call minister.
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