First Universalist's weekly newsletter
First U Garden Wake-Up Rake-Up
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Outside!
Please grab a rake, come on over and join us for a one hour garden wake up!
(p.s. did you know that our gardens are more awesome every year, with nourishment for pollinator friends? we all made that happen!) For more information, contact Sarah Witte at 207-415-2973.
As Spring emerges in Maine, we joyfully gather to celebrate our natural world and to commit to protecting our environment. Our Earth Day Carnival is free and open to the public—so bring your family and friends for fun, learning, and prizes!  Learn more about this event!
The Emergent Church
Rev. Jennifer Emrich and Gwen Matthews, Program Assistant
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:30 am
WILL be held THIS SUNDAY, 4/15, at 9:15 am !
NEW Spring 2018 Program Calendar
Check out what's coming up by looking at our new Spring 2018 Program Calendar , the RE Google Calendar, and visit our website to read more about our program offerings for children , youth , and adults.
9:15 am - Adult Conversation Circles (Gathering Room)
9:15 am - UU Games (Common Room)
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
10:30 am - Nursery Care (Nursery)
4:00 pm - Senior Youth Group (Gathering Room)
These senior youth fundraisers support our high schoolers attending the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, MO. Our tickets are now booked, so we’re committed and could use your support!

Ask A Teen: Smartphone Questions & Consultations
Yes, we will be holding this fundraiser again - Stay tuned! 

Smartphone Photography Class
Would you be interested in learning how to use your smartphone to take beautiful photographs of your special events, our gorgeous Maine scenery, or capture images of your family and friends? Steve Thomas and members of our senior youth group would love to teach you how to take and edit your smartphone photos. Interested? Sign up in the Gathering Room and together we’ll pick a date and time for the class. Suggested donation of $25.
THANK YOU! We want to extend a thank you to ALL who made our 9th Annual Heart in Hand Gala a success. And we are pleased to announce that we raised $8500 including our new Call to the Heart! - with Sincere Gratitude, Jen Civiello & Marge Titcomb
Add Your Spirit to the Gala: A Call to Heart
There is still time to add your Spirit to the Gala - just write a check to First Universalist for any amount with "Gala" in the memo line. New this year to our Gala was our Call to Heart, a 'reverse auction' starting at $500 donation and going down to whatever one can give. We raised $2500 towards adding flexibility to our Sanctuary Event Venue and dedicating hours of our Program Assistant's creativity to reaching out beyond our walls. We are keeping this Call open for a couple of weeks so that anyone who may not have been able to participate in the Gala can participate in Spirit. Check in with Marge (846-4765) if you'd like more information on this very successful Call.
Lissa Schneckenburger with Bethany Waickman: LIVE!
Friday, April 20, 2018, 7 pm—9:30 pm, First U's Sanctuary
Join us for a night of New England fiddle and folk music with Lissa Schneckenburger and accompanied by Bethany Waickman. Tickets are $15 at the door, all ages welcome—children 10 & under are free.

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new. 
Q. Will the Interim Minister be able to marry, bury, or welcome new members to First U?
A. Interim Ministers have acquired academic and practical training provided by an accredited theological school, just as a Settled Minister. Whether it is performing a marriage ceremony or a memorial service for a loved one, or you have questions about our faith, our Interim Minister will be able to work with you. 
Jam Jars Needed!
Berry season seems still far away, but I have started making some marmalades already and I would welcome any empty 8 ounce or 4 ounce size jam jars if you have some empties hanging around your pantry shelves! You can leave them in the church kitchen for me and I will pick them up there. Many thanks. - Joy Ahrens
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.
First U’s first-ever crowdfunding campaign has launched on the UU fundraising site, . The campaign benefits three projects in Transylvania, Romania, that will help “raise up Unitarian culture and build places to gather.” Check out our Faithify page and consider supporting these “kaláka” (volunteer) projects. Help us make our goal so these village projects can succeed.
FIA Photos Wanted!
You all are invited to submit photos and/or newspaper clippings about any First U social justice project you've been a part of during the past 3 years! These are to be featured in a new Faith in Action bulletin board in the Gathering Room, starting in September 2018.Please contact Mariana before the end of June at or (207) 975-2884 to submit items or ask how to have your project included.

P.S. All photos should be of US, by the way--not the population on whom we are focused. Thank you in advance for participating!
Good news! If you care about Maine politics but sometimes feel overwhelmed, check out the easy resources from MUUSAN: 
MUUSAN focuses on four primary issues: (1) Democracy in Action, (2) Health Care for All, (3) Climate Change, and (4) Racial Justice.
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!
Please click to read the many community announcements from:
  • The Sacred Art of Storytelling
  • Safe Passage
  • Make Shift Coffee House
  • New England Region of the UUA
  • Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • Furniture Friends
  • UU Ministry for the Earth
  • Audrey B. Seale Service Program
  • and Grad Student Amanda Gordon
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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