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

April 14, 2018
10:00 am

Meaning
Reverend Christina Sillari
Upcoming Worship Services
April 21 | 10am
Easter: The Cross
Rev. Christina Sillari
April 28 | 10am
Youth Sunday: A Single Step
FP Youth Group
May 5 | 10am
Beloved Community
Rev. Christina Sillari
RE Announcements

Children will be sung out
to their RE classes on 4/14/19.
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.
Share the Plate Collection
April 14 th

In Her Presence

Organized and Led by immigrant women living in Maine, In Her Presence strives to bring together immigrant women from across communities and generations to ensure that Maine’s economic agenda includes the aspirations and needs of immigrant women. Our goal is to create and increase educational opportunities and provide access to knowledge through high level training, to empower more women and girls to reduce systems of inequity, to advocate for themselves and their families, to understand, to analyze and to assess the impact of racial injustices and learn tools to overcome inequities without losing our unique identity.
There will be a special second collection this Sunday for In Her Presence.
Breathing and Meditation Class

Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm
in the K-1 Classroom
 (upstairs in Parish House)


Come and explore breathing techniques to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Pranayama is an ancient practice from India used to heal dis-ease, prepare for meditation, and access spiritual realms. All are welcome to join in these powerful tools of transformation. Taught by Rev. Christina. Free to First Parish Members; $10.00 non-members.
Do you love our
Stone Soup Newsletter?

We are looking for a volunteer or two to take ownership for First Parish's Stone Soup Newsletter , currently published twice a year. Please contact Sheila in the Office for more information: office@firstparishportland.org.
Easter Bonnets, Bowties & Egg Hunt
April 21 st

Wear your BONNET, or decorate any old hat with flowers, ribbons, peeps, etc, and we’ll see how colorful we can make the Meeting House on Easter! Or, bring out your BOWTIE for this festive Sunday! All children are invited to join in an Easter egg hunt in the Meeting House after service . Eggs will be hidden by the Youth Group. 
Easter Flowers
April 21 st

Please consider bringing flowers on April 21st in honor of someone who has passed away. Notify Sheila in the office with the name of your honoree(s) by Wednesday, Apr 17th, so she can list you & your honoree(s) in the bulletin.  Be sure to take your flowers home after the service! 
Earth Day: Short Films and Discussion
April 22 nd | 6-8pm | Parish Hall  

Celebrate Earth Day with soul-stirring videos and discussion led by Dr. Marianne Hill. The three videos, each less than 15 minutes, are: “The Climate Kids”, a film focusing on the lawsuit brought by children against the federal government for doing too little to fight climate change, a CNN report “Greenland is melting”, and a National Geographic film on species at risk. Refreshments will be served.
UUA Earth Day /
Climate Justice Initiatives

Click HERE to read UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray's, newsletter highlighting a number of important Climate Justice initiatives sponsored by the UUA.
Celebration of Life for
First Parish Member Robbie Robinson
Saturday April 27th | 10:00am | Meeting House 

All are welcome.  Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robbie's name to:
Maine Veteran's Home Activity Fund
290 US-1Scarborough, ME 04074-8370.

Read Robbie's obituary HERE .
Chicago Children's Choir Concert
May 2 nd | 7– 8:30pm | Meeting House

Pihcintu, Maine’s multi-national immigrant and refugee girls chorus is celebrating their new cd release, One Journey Many Roads , with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the preeminent youth choir, organized in Hyde Park in 1956 as a direct result of the Civil Rights Movement. Please come and hear them join hearts and souls in song.
Memorial Garden
Spring Clean-up!
May 4th   | 9:30 am

Join the Garden Committee in gently raking, pruning and picking up after old man winter. A great way to participate in community and steward our lovely gem in the heart of the city... our First Parish garden. Also Tony’s donuts will be on hand! FMI contact  lindashary3@gmail.com.
Southern Maine AIDS Walk/5K Run
May 4th   | 2 pm

The Southern Maine AIDS Walk/5K Run is Frannie Peabody Center’s largest fundraiser, raising over $100,000 in support of people in Maine living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS. The event takes place on Saturday, May 4 on Ogunquit Beach, Maine at 2pm. Please join us!

For more information: peabodycenter.org/AIDSWalk
Thinking of becoming a Member of First Parish?

New Member Ceremony
May 5 th   | During Worship Service

Please be in touch with Sheila in the Office if you are hoping to become a Member of First Parish on May 5th: office@firstparishportland.org. There will be a New Member Brunch, hosted by the Governing Board and Program Council Team, for new members and their families after service on May 5th.
Share the Plate Nominations
for 2019-20
due before May 5 th

Every month a different nonprofit organization receives the proceeds of a special Share-the-Plate collection taken at First Parish's Sunday service. This is your opportunity to nominate an organization to be considered for this one-time contribution. The Faith in Action Committee will be selecting these share-the-plate organizations for the 2019-20 church year in late May. Please note that FIA will make the final selections and that state or local organizations will be given preference over national organizations. You are invited to attend the FIA meeting at which selections are made. Simply complete the form and return it to the BOX in the Parish Hall or email it to Marianne Hill, hillmarros@aol.com ,  no later than May 5. Thank you!
Family Matters Class Series

Class 4: Discipline: Teaching that Strengthens the Child
and the Relationship  
May 11 th | 10:30-12:00 | Community Room

Class 5: The Relationship between the Partners
May 25 th   | 10:30-12:00 | Community Room

Explore the nature of safe and nurturing relationships that facilitate curiosity, comfort, and joy among all family members. Future classes will explore: 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; $5 for non-members. Contact Dan for registration and class details: dhughes202@gmail.com or 717-673-6119. 
New!
SIGN UP to VOLUNTEER
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. Membership Coorinator, Dee Pecoraro, will be on hand during coffee hour to help orient anyone interested to this new platform.
Photography Show
by Moe Blanchard

Our very own Moe Blanchard has over 40 photographs highlighting Casco Bay displayed at The Works Cafe on Temple St-- a short walk from First Parish. The show will run until the end of April.
Rug Braiding Materials

Do you know anyone who braids rugs? 
Elaine Bonney is looking to give away her rug braiding wool.
If interested, please contact Elaine Bonney at 207-774-6920.
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.  
Trauma Intervention Program-
Volunteers Needed
Spring Training Program | 8 classes between April 25- May 4

Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is looking for caring people to join our team! We are layperson volunteers trained to provide emotional & practical support to survivors and their families of traumatic events i.e. sudden unexpected deaths, accidents, etc. We are called by Greater Portland Police, Fire, Rescue teams as well as by Maine Medical Center personnel. For more information, Leslie Skillin 661-6478. 
Creating Healthy Relationships Workshop
Saturday, May 18 th

Casco Bay Conversations, a project of First Universalist Church in Yarmouth, is excited to be offering this dynamic one-day workshop is for those who want to see healthy organizations, communities, families, and individuals flourish. All who are passionate about justice, counseling, or human relationships will find this workshop illuminating. 
Click HERE for more information.
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 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