Calling ALL Strings and Strummers!
Guitar Choir: “We’re Going to Sit at the Welcome Table”
Sunday, November 5, during Worship
GUITAR/UKE/MANDOLIN/FIDDLE PLAYERS, we are creating a one-time open  Guitar Choir  event for the morning of Sunday November 5th. We’ll all play together on the gospel hymn "We're going to sit at the Welcome Table.” Please plan on one rehearsal on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm, then one last practice at 9:30 am before worship on Sunday. And if you can’t get to the Thursday session, no worries… we’ll send guitar tabs and a youtube video and you’ll be FINE jumping in on Sunday. Really! 

To RSVP or get more info:, contact Sarah Coffin Witte at .
All ages, all abilities, one big beautiful sound!
What Does It Mean To Be A People Of Welcome?
Worship Leaders: Nancy Austin and Ben Tupper
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Series
Check It Out: Green Burials
9:30 am, Gathering Room
Green burials involve ways of caring for the dead with minimal impact on our natural environment. Green burials use non-toxic, biodegradable materials for caskets, shrouds, and urns, and often involve foregoing the embalming process in order to protect the health of people and the 
environment. Join First U members, Kevin Kilcline, manager, and Kerry Kilcline, preplanning counselor, of Advantage Funeral and Cremation Services to learn more.
UU Games
9:30 am, Common Room
Children are invited to play games before worship, lead by members of our senior youth group.
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
This Sunday, we learn about Dia De Los Muertos and how the dead are welcomed and celebrated by their loved ones each year.
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
All middle schoolers (grades 5-8) can join with us to reflect on Dia De Los Muertos and welcoming the dead. We will also be creating our own treats for an offering for the dead who return each year.
Senior Youth Group
4 pm - 5:30 pm, Gathering Room
All high schoolers (9th-12th grade) can just us as we plan our invitation and welcome to other UU senior youth groups for a yoUUth con.
2017-2018 Program Calendar and Descriptions
Click below to view - includes information on programs for ALL ages!
Adult Conversation Circles: Identity and Inclusion
with Rev. Jennifer Emrich
9:30 am, Gathering Room
UU Games
9:30 am, Common Room
Junior Youth Group
10:30 am, Common Room
Children's Chapel
during worship, begin in the Sanctuary
Games and Tea with the Minister
11:45 am, meet in the Sanctuary
Senior Youth Group
4:00 pm, Gathering Room
We're Hiring!
Do you know someone who loves to teach and share UU values? We're searching for a part-time (~4/week, $15/hour) religious education teacher.
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.
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.
First U's Music Series
Daymark: THIS Monday, October 30, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Come check out Daymark, an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson, Dan Foster and Eric McDonald, this is an evening that's not to be missed! Tickets: $15/adults, $10/youth or seniors, available at the door.
Silent Auction at the Holiday Fair
Our Silent Auction is always a huge success - because of your generous donations! NOW is the time to figure out what YOUR donation will be. Past successes include wonderful meals, weekend getaways, soups, pies, parties, guided hikes, and special items looking for a new home. Talk 
to Sarah Witte, Marge Titcomb (846 4765) or Lisa Williams about your ideas, or stop by the Coffee Sales Table at coffee hour on Sunday.
Help Advertise Our Fun, Festive, Fabulous Holiday Fair
From the Comfort of Home
Let’s invite everyone in from the cold to enjoy hot soup and to browse the fine items we have for sale. The Holiday Fair is looking for your help to get the word out—and you don't even need to leave your house to help! If you are interested, please contact Phyllis Jones at
Join First U's Events Team
Are you someone who wants to help but don’t necessarily want to be on a committee and attend regular meetings? We have something perfect for you! Please join our Events Team!
First U has been promoting our beautifully renovated space as a venue for weddings, memorial services, community events, and music concerts. It’s shaping up to be a great source of revenue for us, but we need your help now! As part of the Events Team, you’re simply joining a pool of people who will be asked to commit to specific, occasional events. There are 3 primary roles we need to fill: 

  • Event Coordinator(s) – primarily responsible for communication and lining up the open/close and host volunteers for events.
  • Opening/Closing Team – primarily responsible for preparing and resetting the space and for opening and closing the building before and after the event.
  • Host Team – be a welcoming face during the event, there to service any needs that may arise (elevator use, etc.).

For a more detailed description of the roles, or to join the Events Team, please contact Joanna Landsman at or call 207-536-1177. Thank you!
Have questions? Want to know more about what’s going on and how to get involved? With the new streamlined user-friendly layout easily find access to the valuable information you need including resources about Unitarian Universalism and our community. 
Hannaford Cards to Support First U
Purchase in the Gathering Room
Your purchase of a re-loadable Hannaford card makes for convenient grocery shopping/budgeting AND earns the church money. (ex: your $100 becomes a $100 gift card, and Hannaford gives the church $5!) Learn more!
Coffee Hour 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 here.
Partner Church Education Scholarships
Sunday, November 5, during coffee hour
First U has a special partnership with Gyepes, a small agriculture-based Unitarian village in Transylvania. Pete and Marge Titcomb have just returned from Gyepes, and are excited to share updates on 'our' kids. This will be your once-a-year opportunity to give an education sponsorship to one of the Gyepes kids so that they can further their education - $60, $360, or $660. Enjoy some Hungarian treats while you peruse the gifts we brought back! (To pre-sponsor a student, contact Marge: 846-4765.)
Appeal for Volunteers for the Yarmouth Food Pantry
The Yarmouth Food Pantry is seeking new volunteers to donate a few hours a week a couple of times a month. The Pantry is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church, just across the street. It is a Yarmouth organization, under the YCAN umbrella. It operates year round, and is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, and Wednesday afternoons/evenings from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm. The Pantry currently serve just under 80 families, and over 200 individuals per month. Most are Yarmouth folks from working families, many with children.
Please talk with Charlie Horstmann (at church or by phone 846-3985) about this opportunity to serve our community’s folks.  
Free and open to the public, the Iranian Film Festival continues through November 17 with screenings held in Portland at MECA and USM. The festival will present the community with the rare opportunity to learn about a nation, with the help of its cinema, which has been dehumanized in the U.S. since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.  

Films include: The Music Man (11/3), No One Knows About Persian Cats (11/10), A Moment of Innocence (11/10), The Song of Sparrows (11/17), and Marooned in Iraq (11/17).
The Yarmouth Aging in Place Project is sponsoring a viewing of the movie Being Mortal on Oct 30 from 6-8 PM in the Yarmouth Library. Our goal is to open up the conversation about end of life issues and this is a must see/read on this topic. The author (a physician) challenges the medical community and all of us to find a better way at the end of life (regardless of age) rather than the "over medicalization" that is more typical. Carol Schoneberg from Hospice of Southern Maine will facilitate the after movie discussion. Questions? Call Leigh at 712-7244 or email her at
A theater production of the dark comedy, Detroit, performed in Brunswick, ME this weekend. Click to purchase tickets.
The town of Yarmouth intends to close Main St. on the evening of Friday 11/17/17 to demo the western half of the bridge throughout that weekend. They intend to work 24hrs per day starting Friday night until complete and re-open per contract at or before 4AM Monday 11/20/17.
Activities you should expect to see primarily include excavator hoe-ramming work to break the bridge into rubble, and hauling of debris from site by dump truck. You will see the town beginning to mobilizing and begin work over the coming days. Work between now and the closure date will include SB on-ramp work and Rte.1 mainline work to put a cross-over in place so they can put two-way traffic on the two existing NB lanes.
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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