We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community 
and Help Heal the World.

May 13th, 2018
10:00 am

Mother's Day

Rev. Christina Sillari
Upcoming
Worship Services
May 20 | 10am
Youth Sunday
Rev. Christina Sillari
May 27 | 10am
Music Sunday
Scott Wheatley
June 3 | 10am
UU Principles
Rev. Christina Sillari
Welcome Newcomers! 

We hope you'll find a spiritual home full of love, tolerance, and justice at First Parish. Parents are welcome to bring your baby or toddler upstairs to the Nursery for childcare on Sunday. School-aged children are welcome to join the Religious Exploration program for the day. 

Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall after service, and use a  YELLOW MUG  to help us welcome our newcomers. Thanks for coming!
RE Announcements

On Sunday, Grades 3 and under start in the Meeting House and are sung out to class. Grades 4 and up will begin in their respective O.W.L. classes. Children in grades two and below need to be picked up from class right after the service. Nursery Care is available.

Please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org  if you have any questions.
Spring Fling Dinners

The Spring Fling Dinners will be on sale in the Parish Hall after service on Sunday. Please click the link below to see who is offering their homes for food, fun and community. Enjoy an intimate meal with other parishioners and develop a deeper bond with the church. This is an important FUN-draiser for First Parish. Dinners are $35.00 per seat; all proceeds support the church. Many dinners have already filled, so sign up quickly! Credit cards accepted.
Pride Parade: Calling All LGBTQI
Folks and Allies! 
May 13 th  | 11:15am | Youth Room

The Portland Pride Parade is on  Saturday, June 16 th , and we'd love for First Parish to be enthusiastically represented! Please join Toben on May 13 th  to help get organized for this fun & important event. FMI, please email Toben at  dre@firstparishportland.org .
Poor People's Campaign Rally
Monday May 14 th | 2pm| Maine State House, Augusta

We are building a moral movement to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to take action together and become what Dr. King called “a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.” For more information, conta ct  maine@poorpeoplescampaign.org  .
Important Dates for FP Leaders
in preparation for the Annual Meeting on June 10th

  • May 15- Committee Charters due; submit to liaisons on the Program Council Committee.
  • May 22- Deadline for the committee paragraphs to be published in the Annual Report; submit to Sheila Sullivan office@firstparishportland.org.
  • May 22- Let the Program Council know of any leadership changes in your committees.  
Do you love to knit or crochet?  
Join our Prayer Shawl Ministry 
First and Third Wednesdays- May 16th & June 6th
5:00-7:00pm | Youth Room

Prayer Shawls were originally developed by women studying feminist spirituality, as a way to combine passion for crafting with passion for service. Our mission is to create shawls imbued with love and support for members in need. All ages and skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies or use those provided.  FMI: Jenna Nunziato  jennanunziato@gmail.com
Storytelling Evening
Third Monday of Every Month
May 21st | 7-8pm | Parish Hall
May Theme: Rocky Roads

We're looking for Storytellers! Please join us for this monthly Moth-style event. Optional Teller's workshop the Saturday prior to each event, from 10:30am-12:30pm, to shape stories and get comfortable with them. Up to 7 tellers per month. Please join us! FMI or to register, please contact Kali Bird Isis at
 abrushwithfire@gmail.com or 208–9995.

First Parish Book Group
May 28th | 7pm | Parish Hall
Fourth Monday every month

The next selection is  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance  by Barack Obama. Please join us!


Journeying and Healing through Sound
Fourth Monday of Every Month
May 28th | 7-8pm | Meeting House

Join Reverend Christina for a monthly exploration of using sound as a tool to shift your perspective, relax your body and mind, and receive knowledge and wisdom. We will use singing bowls, drumming, toning, and recorded sound to enter altered states of consciousness for the purpose of peace, clarity and healing. 
First Parish Member Mixer
June 1 st  | 5:30 – 7:30pm| Parish Hall

Please just us for fellowship, fun, and friendship at our Member Mixer! This is a great time to socialize and connect with other Members. Light appetizers and drinks provided. Make an evening of it, and stay for the Concert for a Cause at 7:30pm!
First Parish Annual Meeting
June 10 th | 11:30- 1pm | Meeting House

This meeting is a critical function of our self-directed and self-funded church, where we members make our own decisions and elect our own leaders. This year’s agenda includes the following exciting opportunities for your active engagement in the business of our church: election of new leaders and trustees; review and vote on a First Parish Statement of Conscience, developed by the Faith in Action Committee; volunteer awards; committee reports; and more. All welcome!
Healing the Wounds
of Turtle Island
July 13 th – 16 th in
Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine

No matter where we come from, we all carry the wounds of historical trauma within us. Please help support Healing Turtle Island, a gathering and ceremony led by indigenous activist Sherri Mitchell with spiritual elders from around the globe. Free and open to all, along the waters of the Penobscot River. Donations greatly appreciated
May Share the Plate: Gateway Friends

Each month, First Parish shares its abundance by making a $300 contribution to an organization whose work is helping to further our mission of healing the world. Every church member is invited to nominate an organization to receive this gift. The organization selected for Share the Plate this May is Gateway Friends.

 Gateway Friends hosts Welcome Centers in Portland and Lewiston for New Mainers. At these centers, New Mainers can receive support and learn about services available; they can meet and socialize. The Portland center has hosted youth educational events, most notably a youth leadership racial justice workshop that was run by New Mainer youth.
First Parish Artwork

MECA student, KunHyung Kay Yoo, has decorated the back wall of First Parish (facing Portland High School) with her unique wheatpasting artwork. Wheatpasting is a form of street art. It is a very organic process, using wheat flour, water, and sugar. It will come off the wall over time, giving the work a vintage touch. Kay writes, “I want my work to be a Wonderwall to the viewer for deviating from whatever unhappiness or emptiness they feel. ” Check it out! 
UU Go --
it's not just for singles anymore!  

Join this group of active folks looking for ways to  get together for hikes, movies, theater, chats over dinner or coffee, bowling, dancing at Bubbas, etc. No meetings, just get-togethers with like-minded folks who have a shared spiritual home here at First Parish. To join in, email Patty Renaud .
Flowers for Sunday Service

Please help brighten up the Meeting House on Sundays! Sign up to donate flowers in the Parish Hall- look for the poster on the coat rack .
Office Notes

Large Print Orders of Service are now available every Sunday! Ask an Usher, or look for them at both entrances to the from the Meeting House.

Be sure to ask for a Bulletin when you pick up your Order of Service on Sunday, so you don't miss out on any First Parish news or events!

Click the link below for our semiannual Stone Soup Newsletter .
Print copies are available in the Parish Hall.
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

 Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community 
and Help Heal the World