CHANNELS
First Universalist's weekly newsletter
WORSHIP
SUMMER WORSHIP + POTLUCK = VESPERS
August 19, & 26, 5:30 pm, Peace Garden
Lovely warm summer nights, ahhhh! And in August, on lovely warm summer Sunday nights, all are welcome to come to our Vespers circles. At First Universalist, this means we gather in the Peace Garden* at 5:30 pm for a half-hour of centering music, readings, and meditation, and then share a simple potluck supper at 6 pm. Bring yourself and anything you’d like to share. Invite others to come with you. However you spent your weekend, it’s nice to know you have a circle of friends who will be glad to see you. (*Rainy? Inside!)
INGATHERING
Sunday, September 9, 10:30 am
Come together for Ingathering as we greet long time friends and welcome newcomers as we begin our church year together. Plus, welcome our new interim minister, Rev. Frieda Gillespie, as she leads her first worship service at First U. (P.S. Our traditional Sand Ceremony will take place our second Sunday together, September 16.)
FAITH FORMATION
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ADULT CONVERSATION CIRCLES: NEW DAY, NEW TIME
Yes, Adult Conversation Circles (also known as Adult RE), facilitated by Rev. Frieda Gillespie, will be moving to the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:00 pm. Children are also welcome to come to play games, do activities, and connect with their UU peers in a safe, inclusive environment. The first ACC and UU Games evening will be held on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm.
PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER!
Nursery Care (infant - pre-K) -- 9/9 at 10:30 am (Nursery)
Children's Chapel (pre-K-4th grade) -- 9/9 at 10:30 am (Sanctuary)
Adult Conversation Circles -- Mon, 9/17 at 6:00 pm (Gathering Room)
UU Games (infant - 8th grade) - Mon, 9/17 at 6:00 pm (Common Room)
Junior Youth Group (5th-8th grade) -- 9/23 at 10:15 am (Common Room)
Senior Youth Group (9th-12th grade) -- 9/23 at 4:00 pm (Gathering Room)

Click for more information about our children, youth, and adult groups and email Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant, at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com with any questions about church programs.
FALL 2018 PROGRAM SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE
Read one, read all: the Fall 2018 Program Schedule for September - December 2018 is now available complete with dates, times, and locations of your favorite First U programs!
OUR WHOLE LIVES PROGRAMS OFFERED THIS FALL
For Middle Schoolers (7th - 8th grade) - Thursdays, October 11 - November 15, 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm, held at First Parish, UCC in Yarmouth.

For High Schoolers (10th - 12th grade) - Sundays beginning September 16, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, held at First Parish, UU in downtown Portland.
What is Our Whole Lives? The Our Whole Lives program is a comprehensive, accurate, and developmentally appropriate human sexuality curriculum available for kindergarten aged children through senior adulthood. Developed to meet or exceed the National Sexuality Education Standards, OWL empowers participants to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.

To register or for more information about OWL, contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com.
2018 - 2019 PROGRAM REGISTRATION
All children and youth attending First U programs must complete registration information. You can view/print the Program Registration in advance or complete a copy available at church in September.
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE
REV. FRIEDA'S VACATION & OFFICE HOURS
Rev. Frieda will be on vacation and out of the country from August 18 - September 3. If you'd like to schedule an appointment with her when she returns, most weeks she'll be in Yarmouth Sunday - Tuesday and then working from her home office in MA Wednesday - Friday. To schedule an appointment, you can email her at flgillespie@gmail.com.
MUSIC ON MAIN: HANZ ARAKI BAND
Friday, September 7 at 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join flute/whistle player and singer Hanz Araki along with Colleen Raney, Elly Marshall, and Yarmouth's own Miles Isacke for a fantastic night of traditional Irish tunes and songs. Tickets $15 at the door.
FIRST U'S LIBRARY
Our library is continuing to shape up! You can view over 465 titles online and our shelves are beginning to see some organization. Look for the Big Four categories: UU Resources, World Religions, Religious Education, and Social Justice - each book has a corresponding sticker.
PEACE AND JUSTICE WORK: 
FAITH IN ACTION
FAITH IN ACTION BULLETIN BOARD
The new Faith in Action bulletin board is complete! Check it out in the Gathering Room, where you can see what fellow congregants have been up to.
The central part of the green bulletin board is a semi-permanent FiA installation--to be updated perhaps a couple times a year. Many thanks to all the people who helped with set-up or design of the green bulletin board, including Amy, Suzanne, Toby, Leslie, Sarah, and Dorothy. -- Mariana Tupper ( catalpa.girl@gmail.com)
KALAKA NEWS FROM TRANSYLVANIA
Thanks to our friends and donors to Unitarian Kalaka, a playground is taking shape and a community hall is being renewed! Volunteers in Varosfalva have been clearing the site, cutting and preparing the lumber, and beginning installation of a community playground in their village. A new floor, restored walls and ceilings, and hand-painted notice boards are just some of the visible improvements volunteers have completed as they renovate the Brassó community hall this summer.
PREBLE STREET SOUP KITCHEN
Tuesday, September 4
We need YOU to help out with dinner service at Preble Street. The clients are appreciative and the Preble Street staff is highly organized and helpful at making us feel welcome and useful.  The job means reporting for duty at 3:30 and staying till 6:30, following instructions from the Preble Street staff. You are encouraged to commit to the entire 3 hours, but there is some flexibility: arrival anytime before 4:15 is acceptable. To volunteer for the dinner service, contact Phyllis Chinlund, 207-781-8842, or pchinlund@gmail.com .
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Please click below to read the community announcements from:
  • Central Men's Club of Yarmouth
  • Rev. Erika Hewitt, Midcoast UU Fellowship
FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
Pastoral Emergencies
If you have a pastoral emergency, you can contact Rev. Frieda Gillespie on her cell phone at 508-207-7566. To schedule a non-emergency appointment with her, you can email Rev. Frieda at flgillespie@gmail.com . Please note that most weeks she will be in Yarmouth Sunday - Tuesday and working from her home in MA Wednesday - Friday.
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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