We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
October 6, 2018
10:00 am

Poor People's Campaign

Rev. Christina Sillari

Upcoming Worship Services
Oct. 13 |10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
Oct. 20 |10am
Laurie Hasty
Oct. 27 |10am
Call Waiting?
Rev. Barnaby Feder
RE Announcements
Children will be sung out to their RE Classes on 10/6

Childcare for babies & toddlers is available in the Nursery every Sunday from 9:45-11:15am.

We ask that all families regularly participating in Nursery Care, RE Classes, and Youth Group fill out the 2019-20 Registration Forms . Forms will be made available at the RE table during Coffee Hour. 

RE Welcome Back Mixer
October 6 | 11:15-12:25 | Community Room
The Religious Exploration Committee would like to invite all RE families to please join us for food and fun during our Annual RE Welcome Back Mixer!!

Youth Group Halloween Party
October 27 | 6-7:30pm | | Youth Room
Grade 9-12 Youth Group- please plan on attending this fun event!

Our Religious Exploration Teachers
The RE Program would like to introduce you to our teachers. Heather Davis will be teaching our Pre-K/K class. Heather has a rich history of working with kids and youth in a variety of capacities and is a long time member of First Parish. Michelle Atwell will be leading classes for grades 1/2/3. Michelle has a natural way with children and has been a Friend of First Parish over the past few years. Kiren Ovady is returning for his second year at First Parish and will be leading classes for grades 4/5. Emily Rothberg is new to First Parish but served as a volunteer in the RE Program back at her home church in New Jersey. Emily will be leading the 6/7/8 class. We are very excited to have all of these awesome teachers as part of our RE Program! Stop by the classrooms and say hello if you haven’t gotten a chance to meet them yet!

FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at  dre@firstparishportland.org.
Join the Youth Choir!
in the K-1 Classroom (upstairs) 

Our Youth Choir is lucky enough to led by Scott Wheatley-- a professional musician with an exceptional ability to connect with his audience! Assistant director, Arne Gronningsater, will help Scott to channel raucous enthusiasm into beautiful music. Any young person is welcome to join. Our first song will be “Happiness Is” from Charlie Brown. FMI: arne.gronningsater@gmail.com
Security at First Parish

We are continuing our work to maintain our Sunday morning worship as a warm, welcoming, and safe experience for all. The Parish House doors will be locked between 10:15-11am. The Meeting House doors will remain open during service. Our security guard is able to contact Moe for access to the building up the ramp, if it is needed during this time. Thank you for your patience as we work towards making Sundays at First Parish a safe and secure experience for everyone. 
Coffee Hour Snacks

Snacks for the coffee hour after the worship service are much appreciated by all! Please SIGN UP to bring a plate of cookies, crackers and cheese, or vegetables. Food should be brought into the church kitchen by 9:45am on Sunday morning before the service. Thank you.
Newcomer Coffee
October 6 | 11:30am | Youth Room (upstairs)  

Join Rev. Christina and members of the Membership Team after service for coffee and conversation. This is a great way to meet other newcomers, and to learn more about what makes this church unique. Grab a cup of coffee from Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall, and join us upstairs in the Youth Room. Hope to see you there! For more information, please email Laurie Hasty at membership@firstparishportland.org .
Interested in Becoming a Member of First Parish?
Please join us for the following classes leading up to the
next New Member Ceremony on November 24th:

New to UU Class
October 6 | 1– 4pm | Youth Room

Join Rev. Christina as we explore the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism, its liberal faith tradition, and First Parish. This is an opportunity to meet other newcomers, ask questions, and explore your own religious journey.
Path to Membership Class
October 20 | 11:30am – 1:30pm | Community Room

Join Jason Shedlock, President of the Governing Board, to explore membership at First Parish. We will look at the benefits and responsibilities of membership, opportunities for spiritual development as well as community connections.

For more information on Membership at First Parish, please email Laurie Hasty at membership@firstparishportland.org .
Concerts for a Cause
October 6 | 2pm
in the Meeting House

On Sunday, October 6th, we will kick off our Concerts for a Cause Revolution Season with pianists Tina Davis and, former Music Director, Mark Rossnagel. This concert presents keyboard music from five great composers, all of whom were themselves skilled keyboard players: J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Sergei Rachmaninov. Each in their own way created revolutionary new sounds and textures in the piano literature. Proceeds will benefit the India Street Public Health Center. Tickets sold at the door: $15 for adults; $10 for students and seniors.
Come join the fun…
Dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the World-
Fall Fund Raiser Raffle!
October 6 - December 22

The raffle winner wins dinner for 2 at the restaurant of their choice anywhere (yes, anywhere) in the world! Read all about it by through the link in this week’s eNews! The Grand Prize includes:
  • AIRFARE for 2 to any major international airport
  • DINNER for 2 (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • HOTEL Accommodations for 2 nights*
Volunteers Needed This Week!!
Community Dinner
October 6 | Meal Prep in Basement Kitchen &
Dinner in the Community Room

Please join us on the first Sunday each month as a volunteer or guest! Prep volunteers: 12-4:30pm; Serving and clean-up volunteers: 4:30-7pm. Meal served: 5-6pm. FMI: Noel De Young at noeledey@yahoo.com or phone 939-3118.
The Poor People’s Campaign:
We Must Do MORE Tour
October 10, 2019
5:45pm | Meet-Up & March | Lincoln Park | 350 Congress St.
7pm | Mass Meeting | First Parish Meeting House

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and national co-chairs Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis are organizing a 22-state We Must Do MORE Tour ! from September 2019 to May 2020.  The We Must Do MORE Tour is coming to Portland, ME on October 10th!  This tour will lead into the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington, DC, where thousands of poor people and moral agents will gather at the nation’s capital on June 20, 2020, to demonstrate their power. We will demand the implementation of our  Moral Agenda  and call all people of conscience to engage in deeply moral civic engagement and voting that cares about poor & low-wealth people, the sick, immigrants, workers, the environment, people with disabilities, first nations, the LGBTQ community, & peace over war.

Prayers for the People
October 13 | During Service

Once a month, Reverend Christina will share "Prayers for the People" during
Sunday service. If you would like her to share your prayer of joy or sorrow with the congregation please contact her at minister@firstparishportland.org  or 207-773-5747.  
Celebration of Life for Nancy Burns
October 13 | 2pm | Meeting House

Nancy Burns died peacefully in her home on September 26. Nancy was a long time member of First Parish, and spent many decades as our Treasurer. 

There will be a reception in the Parish Hall following the service. 
Opportunity Fair
October 20 | 11am-12pm | Parish Hall

Meet representatives from a variety of teams to learn about all of the activities that our church offers and the opportunities to get involved in the life of First Parish. FMI: Laurie Hasty  membership@firstparishportland.org.
Religious Exploration
Volunteer Workshop
10/20- Youth Room
11/3- Community Room
11/17-Youth Room

If you would like to learn how to support the RE Program by volunteering in the classroom please attend. Pre-registration is not required.    If you have any questions about whether this workshop is right for you please email Toben:  dre@firstparishportland.org .
"To Make the Angels Weep":
The Fight to Make the Maine Constitution (1819-2019)
October 21 | 7pm | Meeting House

A Bicentennial look at the surprising backstory of the struggle to make the Maine Constitution in October, 1819, held in the hall of the First Parish "Old Jerusalem" -- slavery, freedoms, and the rights of man argued out anew. Followed by a panel discussion with Herb Adams, Marshall Tinkle, Donald Soctomah, Anne Gass, and Mary Bonauto . With audience Q & A.
Minister Exchange
October 21 - November 11

Reverend Christina Sillari will be exchanging pulpits with Rev. Barnaby Feder from the Champlain Valley UU Society in Middlebury, Vermont for three weeks from October 21st to November 11th.   Rev. Barnaby and Rev. Christina will be leading worship, attending meetings and community gatherings, and be available for pastoral care in each other's congregations. They hope their exchange is a learning opportunity for themselves as ministers and for both their congregations. Stay tuned for an introduction to Rev. Barnaby in next week's eNews!
October 28 | 7:30-8:30pm | Meeting House

The Romanian Wild Rose Dance Troupe is coming to First Parish on Monday, October 28. The dancers and musicians rehearse at and are supported by the Unitarian Church in Szekelykeresztur, Transylvania. They are lively, colorful and great fun! Join us in welcoming them to America, and our UU church! Suggested donation $10 at the door to help cover their travel expenses. FMI: laurie@maine.rr.com, or watch this VIDEO.   
A Church for Every Body
The Campaign for First Parish in Portland

First Parish has embarked on A Church for Every Body Campaign , a project that will make our space accessible to everybody. To meet this need, we have set a goal of $1.2 million. To date, we have raised over $820,500! Our thanks go out to all of those who have supported such a successful endeavor. We have more to do though, as we have yet to receive a decision from EVERYONE at First Parish.

Volunteers led by Reverend Christina are working to reach out to as many parishioners as possible by the end of November. Every family is invited to participate in this historic campaign. Please consider your support with an open heart and a wish for our success as we continue.
        Instrumentalists Come Forth !

If you are a “mature” instrumentalist looking to polish old skills or a “younger” player interested in more experience, the choir invites you to join us. Occasionally songs are enhanced with something more than the piano and our fledgling Folk Group would love to add a bass, mandolin or fiddle. If interested; please send your name, the type of instrument, and your contact information to brendafraney6@gmail.com . We look forward to making beautiful music together!
     New Bulletin Board
for the Parish Hall

Many thanks to John Schaberg (overall guidance), John Tiedje (design work), the Trustees (funding), and Chris Beasley & Moe Blanchard (installation) for our beautiful new MAGNETIC bulletin board! The magnets for holding posters will arrive next week. Please only use MAGNETS on our new board... no tape!
     Library News
Thanks for making the Library book sale a success. Let us know if you have suggestions for new books. We have several new books which will be available to take out in October: Becoming by Michelle Obama,  Dream Big Dreams by Pete Souza, and Obama- an Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza. Thank you to our anonymous donor! Check out the Library e-Catalogue !
Breathing and Meditation Class
Wednesdays | 8-9am
 in the Meeting 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.
First Parish Choir Rehearsals
Thursdays | 7pm | Parish Hall

We welcome international opera stars, beginners and everyone in between, ages 14 to 104. Enthusiasm and the ability to carry a tune are the only requirements. If you have any questions, please contact Scott at  musicdirector@firstparishportland.org .
Get Involved with UU Go!

Join this informal group of folks  getting together for activities like walks, movies, lectures, dinner, bowling, etc. No meetings! Anyone can suggest an activity. Says member Val Blais, " Even though I can't always go to the events, I love having the opportunity."  To join, email Patty Renaud at  prenaud301@gmail.com .
Interfaith Climate
Film Series:

From Paris to Pittsburgh
October 13 | St. Luke’s | 143 State St.

October 20 | St. Ansgar | 515 Woodford St

The Cathedral of St. Luke, St. Ansgar Lutheran Church and the State Street Church are hosting an interfaith climate film series: From Paris to Pittsburgh on October 13 at St. Luke’s and Tomorrow on October 20 at St. Ansgar. Following From Paris to Pittsburgh, Troy Moon, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Portland will speak about One Climate Future, a collaboration between the cities of Portland and South Portland. Following Tomorrow we will have a community conversation on what our various faith traditions have to say about care for our environment. FMI please contact Sarah Braik at sbraik642@gmail.com .
Make Shift Coffee House:
What is Freedom?
Oct 15 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Patriot Insurance
701 Rte. 1, Yarmouth

Facilitator Craig Freshley will coordinate a conversation about the meaning of freedom and help us learn from that conversation. Make Shift Coffee House’s seeks to provide practical tips and tools to use in discussions – not debates – across different points of view. To learn more visit, https://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/ . Attendance is free.

 First Parish Welcomes
our New Renter:
Palaver Strings

Palaver Strings  is a Maine-based musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization founded in 2014. Now in its sixth season, Palaver has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is rooted in community and creative programming. Palaver has performed at the Kennedy Center, a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall, and has toured the East and West Coasts of the United States. Equally passionate about education, Palaver has recently launched the Palaver Music Center in Portland, ME, fostering creativity and dialogue and making high-quality music education accessible to students of all backgrounds. Palaver Strings will be renting space at First Parish for its 2019-20 rehearsal season.
Black Lives UU presents:
Memorial Symposium
October 30- November 2 | St. Paul , MN

The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium responds to a longing on the part of many Black Unitarian Universalists to more fully understand how to live out a Unitarian Universalism that centers our Blackness. At this four-day gathering, we will break bread together, learn about and engage a Black Unitarian Universalism, spiritually connect, build community, have fun, and unapologetically proclaim a Black UU theology! For the first time, BLUU is hosting a gathering that is open to all. We know that a Black UU theology doesn’t just benefit Black people - just as our history isn’t isolated in its impact and relevance, the ways in which we think about and live out our faith are useful to anyone committed to lives of spiritual resonance and justice making. Register, book accommodations, and check out the schedule at  https://www.blacklivesuu.com/about
Updated for 2019-20!

There are so many ways to get involved at First Parish:
  • Usher/Greeter
  • Community Dinner
  • Building Tours and more!
Contact Sheila in the Office if you have any questions about signing up online: office@firstparishportland.org.
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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