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

April 8, 2018
10:00 am

The Impacts of
Historical Trauma

Sherri Mitchell
Worship Services
April 15 | 10am
The Promise &
the Practice
Rev. Christina Sillari
April 22 | 10am
Our Sixth Principle
Rev. Christina Sillari
April 29 | 10am
We Never Went to Disneyland
Irv Williams

April Concert for a Cause:
Musicians of First Parish

April 6th | 7:30pm | Meeting House

Tonight's concert will feature the musicians of First Parish. This will be a fun concert showing our community what amazing musicians we have at First Parish. This concert will honor Louise Berlin with part of the proceeds benefiting the Maine ALS Organization.
 Tickets: $15 adults; $10 seniors & students. 
Sacred Dance Group-
Please join us next week- 4/14
Saturday Mornings | 8:30-10:00am | Meeting House

Explore your spiritual path through movement. For those interested, this group will participate in Sunday services with Christina. No prior movement experience necessary! Led by Kali Bird Isis, who is a second-year student at ChIMe, and is serving as Christina’s intern this year. She’s an expressive arts therapist and story coach with a Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy. FMI or to register, please contact Kali at abrushwithfire@gmail.com or 208–9995.
Join Us TOMORROW for
UU Go --
it's not just for singles anymore! 
April 7th | 9am
Meet at the Convention & Visitors Bureau
at the end of Commercial Street near India Street

If you're interested in doing activities with other UU members, join us Saturday morning before 9am at the Convention & Visitors Bureau.We will walk around the base of the Promenade to East End Beach, up over the hill and back, a less than 2 mile walk. Questions, email Patty Renaud
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

Children will be sung out to their
RE classes this Sunday . 

Please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org  if you have any questions.
Sacred Instructions Book Sale
April 8th | During Coffee Hour | Parish Hall

Sherri Mitchell's book, Sacred Instructions , will be available for sale during Coffee Hour. Thanks to Longfellow Books for handling the sales. Sherri Mitchell has agreed to sign books for those interested. 
Program Council Meeting
April 8th | 11:30am | Upstairs Classrooms

The ​Program Council has its next meeting this Sunday, April 8th, after coffee hour.​    Committee Chairs or representatives are asked to attend.   Our efforts will be focused on mini-workshops addressing: "Ice breakers" -Welcoming visitors and new members; Meeting and Agenda management; and Website Waltz - navigating our new First Parish Website.  

Path to Membership Class
April 8 th | 11:30am – 1:30pm
in the Community Room (downstairs)

Participation in this class is mandatory
for anyone considering membership at First Parish. 

New Member Ceremony | May 6 th  | During Service | Meeting House
During the service, New Members will sign their names in the historic Membership Book, and be recognized on their new journey as a Member of First Parish with a ceremony that celebrates them. Please join us!

Anyone considering Membership is asked to email Sheila in the Office to arrange a time to meet with Rev. Christina.
Community Dinner
April 8 th | Community Room

Please note: Due to Easter, the April Dinner will be moved to 4/8.  

Dinner prep volunteers: 2-4:30pm. Serving and clean-up volunteers: 4:30-7pm. FMI: Noel De Young at noeledey@yahoo.com or phone 939-3118. 
Office & Bulletin Note

The Office will be closed from April 13-22 while Sheila is away. We will run ONE bulletin for the next two Sundays, April 15 & 22. Please send Sheila (office@firstparishportland.org) any bulletin or email announcements for this period by noon on 4/11 . Christina, Toben & Tina will be answering the phones and checking messages while Sheila is away. Thank you!
Breathing & Meditation
for Healing & Transformation
Every Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
in the Meeting House

Join Rev. Christina in exploring your internal landscape, reducing stress, and opening up to healing energy through guided breathing and meditation. Members: free. Nonmembers: $10 drop-in.
The Practice and the Promise 
April 15 th | 10am Worship Service

What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of Unitarian Universalists of color? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these UU leaders teach us to be better allies and better citizens in our community? Join us on April 15 th in our commitment to dismantling white supremacy and de-centering our whiteness as we lift up UU voices of color.  
Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel
Connie Simon
Rev. Rebekah Savage
Viola Abbitt
Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson
New Racial Justice Team 
April 15 th | 11:30-1:00pm | Community Room

Please join Reverend Christina in her efforts to form a Racial Justice Team at First Parish, with the intention of becoming a less racist, more welcoming, more multicultural congregation. All are welcome! Refreshments provided.

Monday Night Ministry Program

Third & Fourth Mondays
Every Month
 7-8pm | Meeting House

Storytelling: LIGHT is the theme for April
Third Monday of Every Month: April 16th
We're looking for Storytellers! Kali Bird Isis (see above) will be offering a monthly Moth-style event beginning in January. The Saturday prior to each event, from 10:30am-12:30pm, we are offering a Teller's workshop to shape stories and get comfortable with them. Up to 7 tellers per month. Please join us! FMI or to register, please contact Kali at abrushwithfire@gmail.com or 208–9995.

Journeying and Healing through Sound
Fourth Monday of Every Month: April 23rd
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. 
Do you love to knit or crochet?  
Join our Prayer Shawl Ministry 
First and Third Wednesdays (begins April 4 th )
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
Memorial Garden Spring Clean Up
April 21 st | 10am-12pm | Memorial Garden

YOUR CHANCE TO HELP CLEAN UP OUR ACT! The Memorial Garden Committee needs you… help us rake, prune and tidy up our beloved Gardens. Bring a pair of garden gloves. Not necessary but helpful, too: rakes, pruning tools, tarps, etc. Your reward: satisfaction, good company, and Tony’s donuts! Contact Linda Shary FMI: lindashary3@gmail.com .
Transforming Relationships
to Inspire Social Change:
An Intentional Peer Support Primer
April 22 nd | 11:30-1:30pm | Community Room

Please join us for this insightful presentation to explore the psychiatric movement, its intersection with the civil rights movement, and how to utilize relationships through the Intentional Peer Support model to create social change. For more information, please click the link below.

First Parish Book Group

April 23rd | 7pm | Parish Hall
Fourth Monday every month

The next selection is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow. Please join us!
April Share the Plate Recipient:
The Locker Project

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 April is The Locker Project. The Locker Project provides food to needy children and families throughout the year through public schools. It currently serves over a dozen schools in southern Maine.
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