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

November 4, 2018
10:00 am

Spiritual DNA
Rev. Christina Sillari
Upcoming Worship Services
November 11 | 10am
Shaped by Memory
Rev. Christina Sillari
November 18 | 10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
November 25 | 10am
Thanksgiving, Grief, Joy
John Baugher
Concerts for a Cause:
Portland Piano Extravaganza
November 2 nd | 7:30pm | Meeting House

From the studio of Laura Kargul at University of Southern Maine, young pianists provide a glittering display of virtuoso piano playing. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the piano fund at University of Southern Maine’s School of Music.

Join us TOMORROW for the
 First Parish Auction!!!
November 3 rd | 5pm
Woodford’s Club in Portland

The 2018 Auction is upon us! Below is your personal copy of the Auction Catalog so you can preview items before you get there (copies available at check in). Come join the fun tomorrow night at the Woodford’s Club. Bruce Carver will once again be our auctioneer and he is primed and ready to go. Here are just a few highlights to wet your appetite:

  • Item 221 – 25 hours of service from our High School Youth Group – i.e. babysitting, rides, shopping and raking leaves
  • Item 222 – a ride in Peter Bixby’s Model A Ford
  • Item 206 – 2 weeks in Progresso, Yucatan at beautiful condo owned by Kip and Barbara DeSerres. Check it out HERE!
RE Announcements

Children will be sung out to Children's Chapel today. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available 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.
New Online Sign Up
for Sunday Greeters!

Please sign up to be a Sunday Greeter here at First Parish, and be a part of the team to help people feel warmly welcomed on Sunday mornings! Sign up through the link below. It’s such an  easy  way to sign up! Questions, comments please email:  membership@firstparishportland.org
Owning Your White Story Workshop November 4 th | 12- 2:30pm | Parish Hall

The Racial Justice Team is registering white people for the second workshop in the White Blindness series, entitled "Owning Your White Story.” Discover how the system of white supremacy has supported you. Register through the Eventbrite link below, or contact Kris Minister at  krisminister@me.com
Eventbrite password: FP
Newcomer Coffee
November 4 th  | First Sundays 11:30am | Youth Room (upstairs)
This is a great opportunity to meet our Minister and other newcomers to First Parish, and learn more about what makes this church unique. Grab a cup of coffee in the Parish Hall, and join us in the Youth Room upstairs.
First Parish Community Dinner
November 4 th  | Every First Sunday
in the Community Room

Please join us 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.
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.  
Memorial Garden
Fall Clean Up
Nov 10 th |9-11am | Memorial Garden

All are welcome to join the Garden Committee on Saturday, 11/10, to put our garden to bed for the season! Garden tools available or you can please bring your own garden gloves and a rake. Or just come for the Tony’s donuts! FMI contact Linda Shary, Chair: lindashary3@gmail.com .
Upcoming Membership Classes

Are you considering becoming a Member of First Parish? If so, join us for these classes! Light lunch provided- please register so we have enough food.
New to UU Class
November 11 th  | 11:30am – 1pm | Community 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
December 2 nd | 11:30am – 1pm | Community Room  
Join Janet Robinson, 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.

Participation in classes is highly recommended for anyone considering membership. FMI & registration: Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator:  membership@firstparishportland.org
Joys and Sorrows Circle
November 11 th & December 9 th | 11am | Bride’s Room
(near the choir loft upstairs in the Meeting House)

The Pastoral Care team is offering an alternative method of experiencing Joys and Sorrows through these listening circles . Open to all to create space for sharing our largest griefs and greatest joys. Length of the circle determined by the level of interest. There will be no discussion during the sharing circle.  
Thanksgiving Feast
is Coming!
November 18 th  | After Service in the Parish Hall

SIGN-UP this Sunday!

We will provide the turkeys, fixings, and drinks.
Please bring a contribution of a side dish or dessert.
Sign up in the Parish Hall this Sunday (or call the office)
to come, bring a dish, and/or volunteer.
We will need lots of volunteers (especially for clean-up)
to help with this special community event!
Shamanic Journeying
for Healing and Transformation 
Tuesdays 11/20-12/18 | 2-3:30pm | Meeting House

Come and learn how to journey to the upper and lower worlds by entering altered states of consciousness through sound. We will meet spiritual teachers to receive information about our lives. Must attend all 4 sessions (no class 11/27). Free to First Parish Members; $75.00 non-members. Limited to 15 participants! Registration required. FMI & to register: Rev. Christina: minister@firstparishportland.org  or 207-773-5747. 
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 (increase and extension of the life force) 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 Children's Choir
Sundays after Service | 11:15-11:45a m
in the K-1 Classroom
(upstairs in the Parish House)

The Children’s Choir has started rehearsals after service every Sunday. Children's Choir is a fun way for kids to get more involved at FP! FMI: contact Arne at arne.gronningsater@gmail.com . Please click the image or link below for more information on the Children's Choir.
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 a Greeter, 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