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THE CLAM COUNT: 28 DAYS & 89 SHIFTS TO GO
Yarmouth's 52nd Annual Clam Festival draws as many as 100,000 visitors to town - and it supports local businesses and nonprofits alike. Help us prep, make, and serve tasty food to festival attendees the third weekend in July.  This is a great chance to have fun with your friends, enjoy the summer days, and help raise money for the church. 

In order to make Clam Fest a success, we need to have 149 shifts (or tasks) filled. Sign up for one (or two or three) shift to help fill up the clam!

DINNER AT GATHER
Visit with old friends and new while you enjoy scrumptious food and drinks at Gather on Thursday, June 29. Contact Nancy Dix at nbellehome@aol.com to reserve your spot. 
WHAT IS A UU TO DO IN THE SUMMER?
Yes, the church year is over, but there are ways you can still stay connected, participate in justice work, and nourish your spirit. While we break from our worship services, our mission to explore, embrace, engage and be spiritual seekers, continue. (Written specifically for First Uers!)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, June 29, 5 - 8 pm
Dinner at Gather
Sign-up to reserve your spot at Gather in downtown Yarmouth and join your friends for food and good company.

Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23
Yarmouth Clam Festival
Help make First U's biggest fundraiser a success by working alongside your friends during Clam Fest. There are many ways to help -  sign-up for a shift online. 

Sunday, August 20, TBA
Vespers Service
Join together for a brief evening
worship service introducing our September worship theme of Bravery and stay for a potluck after. Family friendly!

Sunday, Sept. 10, 10:30 am
Ingathering
Yes, we're putting September on the calendar in June! Save the date for our first worship service of the 2017-2018 church year. 
JAM JARS NEEDED FOR HOLIDAY FAIR
Jam season has arrived with the first strawberry picking! I make LOTS of jams and jellies to sell at the Holiday Fair, and am very happy to reuse/recycle empty jars you may have lying around on your shelves...(or that you see at yard sales!) 8 or 4 ounce glass official jam jars only please. Anything you would like to contribute, just leave in the church kitchen in a paper bag or box with my name on it. Thanks very much. - Joy Ahrens ( jahrens1@maine.rr.com)
SMALL TABLE WANTED FOR CHURCH BATHROOM
We're looking for a small table that can be put in the bathroom near the church office. The table will hold a small "welcome basket" with a few essentials that people might need but have forgotten. Contact Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com if you have a table that's looking for a new home (it's okay if it needs to be painted!). 
LIVE YOUR VALUES: FEED THE HUNGRY AT PREBLE STREET
food.jpg Volunteers are needed to help serve dinner at Preble Street in Portland. On the first Tuesday of every month, we're committed to filling six slots. Celebrate this July 4 by giving back to your community and country.
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Parker Estes' Eagle Project (Boy Scouts of America) is Helping Hands for Furniture Friends. Parker is picking up used furniture in very good condition to be given to New Mainer families. To donate, email 1eagleserve@gmail.com or call 207-632-1133.
The Youth Awareness Summer Series at Freeport Church 7 is for high school aged youth with a goal of raising awareness and having an open dialogue on these important topics. July 1 focuses on Housing and Food Insecurity, July 29 on Community Mental Health and Suicide Awareness, and August 19 on Teen Dating Violence. There will also be refreshments and live music.
The First Universalist Church of Yarmouth is a  Welcoming Congregation .

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.

ADD YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT TO CHANNELS
To have your church or community event included in this newsletter, please email the information to Gwen Matthews at gwenatfirstu@gmail.com by Wednesday at 12 pm to have it included in that Friday's edition.