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

March 10, 2018
10:00 am

Reverend Christina Sillari
Upcoming Worship Services
March 17 | 10am
Justice Sunday
Social Justice Chalice Group
March 24 | 10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
March 31 | 10am
Come Home
Matthew Francis
Spring Ahead!

Remember to turn your clocks
one hour FORWARD
on Saturday night!
RE Announcements

Children will be sung out
to RE Classes on 3/10/19.
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.
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.
March is Stewardship Month!

Mark your calendar for these important dates:

  • Stewardship Sunday | March 3rd – Thank you to everyone who participated in this powerful service!
  • March 17th - end of campaign – be sure to have your pledges turned in or posted online – even if you are unable to pledge.
  • March 31st - Annual Stewardship Brunch following the service in the Parish Hall – Everyone is welcome - come join us for the celebration.

If you did not receive a pledge packet, please visit the Stewardship table during Coffee Hour, or contact Greg Dorsey at soulrnrg@gmail.com.

Thank you!
The Stewardship Committee
Thinking of becoming a Member?
New to UU Class
March 10 th  | 11:30am – 1pm | Youth Room (upstairs)

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. Light lunch served. Please register if you are considering becoming a Member of First Parish: membership@firstparishportland.org .
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!
Breathing and Meditation Class

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

Taught by Rev. Christina. Members: Free; Non-Members: $10.
Bean Supper &
Game Night
March 16 th | 5 - 8:30pm | Parish Hall

Please join us for this fun First Parish community event! Bring your favorite board or card game. $5 per person; $10 per family. RSVP & sign up to help HERE, or email membership@firstparishportland.org.
"The Dhamma Brothers" Documentary
+ Q&A with one of the meditation teachers in the film

March 16 th | 6:30pm
Portland Friends Meeting, 1837 Forest Ave, Portland

“The Dhamma Brothers” is an award-winning documentary of an intensive silent 10-day Vipassana meditation course held inside Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security men’s prison in Alabama.  It challenges assumptions about the nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation and raises questions about the possibility of real freedom.
Free and open to the public. FMI: dhammabrothersfilm.eventbrite.com

“... Compelling story of an astonishing treatment program with prison inmates that, against all odds, actually worked.” – Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian
“.... Relays one of the most astounding recent tales of social evolution in contemporary America.” – The New York Times 
New First Parish Governance Features
and Vision Goals 
March 17 th | 11:30am – 1 pm
Community Room
Governing Board President, Janet Robinson, will describe the new Vision Statement, Values, Policies and Vision Goals for First Parish, developed by the Board over the last two years.  These foundational documents will help create a more stable and engaged First Parish, and each of us has a role to play.  This is a condensed version of the presentation given at the Leadership Retreat on February 3.  Light snacks will be provided. Please join us for one of these important presentations.
Family Matters Class Series

Class 2: The Development of Emotions and Self-Awareness
March 23 rd | 10:30-12:00 | Community Room

Class 3: Maintaining Strong Relationships
while Handling Conflicts with Relationship Repair
April 6 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; first class is $10 for non-members. Contact Dan for registration and class details: dhughes202@gmail.com or 717-673-6119. 
Bystander Intervention
in Public Racist Behavior
March 24 th
Lunch |11:30-12:30pm | Community Room
Workshop | 12:30- 3:30pm | Parish Hall

The Racial Justice Team will sponsor a team from Prevention. Action. Change to conduct a highly interactive training in the skills to safely and effectively intervene in identity-based harassment. Participation is limited to 30. Lunch provided. Register by email: marcymakinen@yahoo.com .
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.
"Lock Them Up” Worship Service
Sunday, March 24 th
Worship Service: 9:15am and 11am
Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition presentation: 12:30-1:30pm
UU Community Church of Augusta
69 Winthrop St, Augusta

We live in a society where “lock them up” is the reflexive response to those who challenge or threaten us— a society where people chanting “Lock Her Up” seems natural. This service will weave together professional, prisoner and ministerial perspectives on incarceration. With Jim Boyle, retired prison social worker; Peter Lehman, formerly incarcerated UU; Rev. Carie Johnsen, minister and mother of an incarcerated son. Bring a brown bag lunch. We will provide coffee, tea, and something sweet.
2019 Faith-Based Advocacy Days
Building peace with justice, guiding justice with love
March 25-26 | Augusta

Join leading policy analysts and theologians who will inspire and equip you to speak confidently and with conviction to legislators about key issues facing our state. Featuring keynote speaker, The Rev. Dr. James Gertmenian “Speaking the Truth, Even If Your Voice Shakes”.

Includes four “Policy, Theology & Advocacy” workshops:
  • Hunger and Poverty
  • Immigration and Racism
  • Health Care and the Opioid Crisis
  • Climate Justice

And a panel presentation: Moving Beyond the Savior Complex-- Grounding our advocacy in the reality of those with whom we seek to stand. A discussion of why advocates need to be aware of the privilege we often hold, and why our advocacy work must be guided by the voices of those directly affected by the systems and policies we seek to create or repair.

Cost: $25 Register at: www.mainecouncilofchurches.org 
NNED Spring Assembly:
Nurturing Congregational Connections!
April 5 th & 6 th | UU Church of Concord, NH

With Nurturing Connections as our underlying theme, we invite you to the Northern New England District's 2019 Spring Assembly and Annual Meeting. Come meet your New England Region staffers and gather samples of the harvested wisdom, practices, and learning materials available to you for growing healthy and vibrant UUism in our home churches. You’ll meet leaders from other congregations and discover how together we plan to forge supportive relationships.  Click here for Our Spring Assembly offerings.
Email Rev. Christina if you are interested in attending/carpooling: minister@firstparishportland.org.
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!
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
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. 
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 April Bulletin should be emailed to Sheila by noon on March 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!
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