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The Celebration of the Life of Jane Cleaves will be held at the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1 pm in the Sanctuary. All are welcome. If you would like to contribute to the hosting of the Memorial Service, as a Greeter, parking helper, or by bringing food or drink, please contact Rev. Jennifer. If you're missing Jane and need someone to talk to, contact Rev. Jennifer for that as well: .
You're invited to First U's Mid-year Meeting on Sunday, January 21, 2018 following worship.
Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday
Stew Guernsey
Sunday, January 14, 2017, 10:30 am
Winter 2018 Program Calendar
Click to view the Google Calendar and/or view or print the handy one-page PDF: Winter 2018 Program Schedule . Want to know more about our programs? Check out our website to see offerings for children , youth , and adults.
10:30 am - Children's Chapel (begin in Sanctuary)
10:30 am - Junior Youth Group (Common Room)
Guest Speaker Series: MUUSAN
Sunday, January 28, 9:30 am
Are you interested in the moral and faith issues in governmental legislation and policy? The Maine Unitarian Universalist State Action Network's mission is to educate and organize for a more just society. They accomplish this mission through social activism and public witness. Learn more about MUUSAN before worship on Sunday, January 28 - open to all!
Children's Tea & Games with the Minister
First Sundays from 11:45 am - 12:30 pm: February 4 & March 4
Calling all children - there are snacks and fun and games to be had after worship on the first Sunday of the month. Rev. Jennifer and one of our teens will host with a snack, a chance to chat, and games. New children are always welcome!
De-Greening the Sanctuary
This Sunday, January 14, Before Worship
Calling First U Elves and Gnomes of all ages! We're hoping a few of you might be able to come a bit early for church this Sunday, January 14th to "de-green" the Sanctuary. The yule logs and candles could stay through January, but it would be nice for the Christmas trees and other decor to be packed up for a long winter's nap until next Winter Solstice. We believe the boxes and bags for our decorations may be in a closet but we're hoping one of you gnomes might know where they are. Blessings on your new year & thank you in advance.
Gather Dinner
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm seatings
Come enjoy scrumptious local food at a local restaurant with your local church friends! Check out Gather's dinner menu and join us for a drink or two, appetizers, dinner, or dessert. Sign-up online or in the Gathering Room at church.
Maine Farm Supper
Saturday, February 10, 5 - 7 PM
February 10th marks our 9th Maine Farm Supper, and we want YOU to get involved! Although the supper itself is an all-inclusive locally-sourced feast, it’s our wonderful First U community working together that MAKES the event. Seasoned volunteers can tell you that prepping and serving this meal together is loads of fun…a great way to connect with each other and meet new people. Keep February 9th and 10th open so you can join us, and watch for volunteer opportunities in upcoming issues of Channels, as well as downstairs at coffee hour.
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.
Affect Immigrant Rights: Be a Professional Mentor
Seeking professional mentors to befriend and guide New Mainers who are seeking ways to secure employment in their field. There are doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, journalists and others, from countries around the world, who need your input and support as they look to transfer their skills and education to jobs here in Maine. If you are interested in being a professional mentor, please contact Rev. Jennifer at We will meet together as mentors, review our cultural consideration skills, and then work with Opportunity Alliance to connect with New Mainers chosen for this program. We need you! 
Become A Volunteer Housing Coach
A volunteer housing coach helps New Mainers to navigate the U.S. rental housing system and assists with things like learning to use unfamiliar kitchen equipment or answers questions about landlord/tenant issues. This volunteer role requires no financial commitment and would be only a few hours per month. Read more about this program .
Volunteer Teacher Needed
Parkside Community Center is seeking a volunteer teacher to guide intense English as Another Language learning for New Mainer adults. These adult students are highly educated and motivated. The position is for 2 days per week, speech therapy background is a plus. If you are interested please contact Claudette Ndayininahaze at for more information and a chance to interview for the position.
Attend the Emotional Intelligence Workshop, on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Foreside Community Church in Falmouth, to improve your day-to-day life by increasing your capacity to recognize your own feelings and the feelings of others. $35/participant. Co-facilitated by UU Clay Atkinson.
Save the Date: Spring Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Northern New England District of the Unitarian Universalist Association on April 13-14, 2018.
The Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta is seeking a part-time Religious Exploration Coordinator .
The Chalice Lighter Program is seeking contributions to support the Starr King Fellowship in hiring a temporary, part-time staff member to set-up and work the expanded technology in their Sanctuary. Read more .
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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