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

February 10, 2018
10:00 am

Creativity: A Birthright
Cecily Merrill
Upcoming Worship Services
February 17 | 10am
Soul Path
Larissa Davis
February 24 | 10am
YOU the Creator
Toben Cooney-Callnan
March 3 | 10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
RE Announcements

Children will be sung out to RE Classes 2/10/19. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available every Sunday in the Nursery (upstairs in the Parish House).

FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org.
UU Go Event- Inanna: Sisters in Rhythm
February 9 th | 7:00 pm
South Portland Public Library

Join members of "UU Go" for a free concert with  Inanna: Sisters in Rhythm , an all-women’s percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to cultural diversity, education, and healing through the universal language of music. 
FMI: Contact B etsy at ekgarnett@yahoo.com .  
New! New! New!
at First Parish!

Check out and SIGN UP for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities --Community Dinner, Ushers, Sunday Drivers, Flowers, Tours, etc.-- at our new SignUp Genius site! Or link to the Volunteer Sign Up via the Volunteer Page on the FP website.
Fun-A-Day Art Project
Month of February &
Fun-A-Day Community Creative Show
March 1 st | 5:30-7:30pm 

Express your creativity by participating in Fun-A-Day for the month of February. Write, paint, take photos, knit, sculpt or whatever your creative outlet may be. Participants will share their creations at the First Friday celebration on March 1 st . FMI, contact John Tiedje,  johndesignx@gmail.com , 730-2630 for more information. Stay for the concert & make it a fun FP evening!
Breathing and Meditation Class
on 2/13 & 2/20
Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm
in the K-1 Classroom
 (upstairs in Parish House)
Family Matters Class
March 2 nd | 9:00-12:00 | Community Room

Explore the nature of safe and nurturing relationships that facilitate curiosity, comfort, and joy among all family members. Five subsequent, Saturday morning classes will explore the development of emotional maturity and self-awareness, relationship repair, discipline, couple relationships and the role and importance of grandparents. (Click the link below to READ MORE about each class).
Taught by new First Parish Member Dan Hughes.
Free to members; first class is $10 for non-members. Contact Dan for registration and class details: dhughes202@gmail.com or 717-673-6119. 
March is Stewardship Month!
Stewardship Sunday | March 3 rd

Please start thinking NOW about your pledge for fiscal year 2019-20, so you will be ready to hand in your pledge card on March 3 rd . Pledge packets will be mailed in February, allowing time to fill out pledge cards and/or post pledges on-line. Everyone is invited to bring their pledge card on Stewardship Sunday, when we will demonstrate our commitment to FP by walking to the altar and offering our pledge cards. This is an extremely powerful service and we would love everyone to participate.
Thank you!
The Stewardship Committee
New Date!
Child Dedication Service
March 10 th | During Service 

The Child Dedication Ceremony at First Parish is a special time set aside for us to offer our blessings and support to new children, and to celebrate the blessings each new child offers to our community. Please contact Toben at dre@firstparishportland.org if you would like your child(ren) to be included in this service.
Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History
March 10 th | 11:30-2:00 
in the Community Room  

Maine-Wabanaki REACH and First Parish invite you to an interactive story-telling experience. We will learn about events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. Please register by email: office@firstparishportland.org . Suggested donation: Members $20;   Non-Members $25.  

Everyone is welcome!
Library Update

The Library Committee invites you to visit the library in the nook area of the Parish Hall. Checkout is self-serve with books due in 1 month. Our catalogue of books can now be seen online on the Members page of the First Parish website. Select this link to check it out
Snow Shovelers Needed:
Stipend Available!

Buildings and Grounds is looking for a few stalwart snow shovelers to help our Sexton, Moe, when winter storms arrive.  Stipend available- call/email Chris Beasley FMI: 207-619-7588 or rcbeasley@live.com .  
New Monthly Bulletin Announcement

We have started to print a MONTHLY paper bulletin beginning this month.  Currently, we update & print the Bulletin every week. We anticipate that moving to a monthly bulletin will reduce paper waste & be a time-saver in the Office. 

Here's how it will work: al l announcements for the upcoming month are due by noon on the last Wednesday of the month.  For example, all announcements for the March Bulletin should be emailed to Sheila by noon on February 27th. 

In cases where events arise after the monthly bulletin has been printed, leaders are invited to create an insert for the Order of Service. You are welcome to make copies here at First Parish, and then stuff your insert into the OOS.  
The eNews will still be emailed every Friday!
Snow Cancellation Policy

First Parish will only cancel Sunday Worship Service if a City-wide parking ban is in effect through 10am on Sunday. We will send an email if Service is cancelled. Click here for the City of Portland's Parking Ban page.
(Moe says you don't have to come if you don't want to! If you come, bring a shovel!)
Blankets, Gloves & Socks Collection

Faith in Action is collecting clean blankets, gloves and socks for the homeless. Please place your donations in the box in the Parish Hall, near the coat rack.  
Office Notes

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!

Large Print Orders of Service are now available every Sunday! Ask a Greeter, or look for them at both entrances to the from the Meeting House.
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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