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

June 9, 2018
10:00 am

Spiritual Longing
Rev.Christina Sillari
Upcoming Worship Services
June 15 | 10am
Pride Service
Samaa Abdurraquib,
Toben Cooney-Callnan
& Rev. Christina Sillari

June 16 | 10am
Flower Communion
Rev. Sillari

Please bring a flower on June 16 th
for the Flower Communion Service.
Offertory on June 9 th
to Support
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
( BLUU )

This Sunday we will honor our financial commitment to Black Unitarian Universalists by pledging 100% of the offering to  The Promise and Practice campaign . The congregational giving component of this  historic  campaign challenges every UU congregation to pledge the equivalent of $10 per member (or souls served). First Parish’s realized pledge goal will be triple matched! 
RE Announcements

June 9:
Children will be sung out to RE classes
June 16:
No RE-
Flower Communion
All Congregation Service

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.
Family Matters Class Series
Class 6: The Role & Importance of Grandparents
June 8 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. (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. 
10th Annual 5K WALK/RUN
June 8 th | 8:30 am | Back Cove Park, Portland


Free for walkers (pledges encouraged) • Timed run for runners
Register & create a pledge page at WWW.KONBITSANTE.ORG.

Our Youth Service Begins with YOU!  

In August the First Parish Youth Group is going on a service trip to West Virginia. We need your support to raise enough funds to make this trip accessible to all of our Youth Group members.  Visit our Faithify campaign  www.faithify.org   and enter “First Parish Youth Group Portland,   Maine” into the search field to learn more. 

Please donate by June 16 th  
in order to help us reach our $2,500 goal.

Thank you for your generosity!! FMI please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org .
First Parish Annual Meeting
June 9th | After service | Meeting House

This meeting is a critical function of our self-directed and self-funded church, where we members make our own decisions and elect our own leaders. This year’s agenda includes the following: report on the results of the Accessibility Project Feasibility Study; election of new leaders and trustees; committee reports; approval of the First Parish budget, and more.

All members are encouraged to attend this important event.
Portland Pride
Service & Parade
June 15 th | 10am | Meeting House

Please join us on June 15 th as we celebrate and recognize this important day for the LGBTQ community through song and worship. You are also invited to march with the First Parish contingent in the Portland Pride Parade- the more the merrier! We’ll meet on the front steps at 11:15 to walk over to the parade.
Don't miss the FUN!
Ice cream social
June 16 th | After Service | Parish Hall

Celebrate the arrival of summer and join us for the Ice Cream Social on June 16 th . Frozen treats and light refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the Sunday Service.
Breathing and Meditation Class

Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm
in the K-1 Classroom
 (upstairs in Parish House)
Taught by Rev. Christina

Please note that June 19 th
is the last class before our summer break.
Classes will resume on August 7 th .

Free to First Parish Members; $10.00 non-members.

First Parish Bastille Day Bash

July 14 th | 10am-12pm | First Parish Memorial Garden

Come celebrate French culture with First Parish Friends! 
Light refreshments provided. Cost: $5 per person. 
One Climate Future Survey

One Climate Future is a municipal collaboration to develop plans for mitigating and dealing with climate change. Elissa and Allen Armstrong and Leslie Pohl are helping to spread the word with a slide show and dissemination of a survey. Please help by taking the survey online:
Help Needed for Coffee Hour

Please contact Hannah Herbold if you'd like to help make Coffee Hour a great part of the First Parish experience! We're looking for a group of people who can bring occassional treats, and serve as Coffee Hour hosts from time to time. FMI: hherbold@yahoo.com or (207) 233-2147. Thank you!
First Parish Summer Break
June 16 th will be the last service of this church year before our summer break. Please mark your calendars that services will resume on August 4 th with the Lammas: A Harvest Celebration service. Please join us for the Bastille Day Bash on July 14 th (see below) to stay connected with the First Parish community over the summer! 
Don't Miss Out!
Have you ever wondered why you didn't know about some First Parish events?Did you know that most email browsers cut our weekly eNewsletter off after a certain length? Click on the "View Entire Message" link at the end of each eNews to be sure you don't miss out!
for Artists 18+
August 30th- September 2nd
Friends Camp | South China, Maine

Art Camp seeks to transform the lives and practices of artists of a wide variety of media by creating intentional community through Quaker practice and the magic of summer camp. Together, we seek to live out the question central to Art Camp: how are our spiritual and creative practices intertwined? Art Camp under the care of Friends Camp, a Quaker summer camp belonging to New England Yearly Meeting of Friends in South China, Maine. 
Roots and Wings:
Lay Justice Ministry Program
September 2019- June 2020

Roots and Wings is a two-year lay justice ministry program that invites UU’s to engage their deepest passions and convictions in answering the call to  creating a more just and equitable world community .  This new, cross-congregational leadership program offers UU justice advocates and leaders the opportunity to identify and transform their gifts and commitments into spiritual leadership. Click the link below for more information. FMI: minister@firstparishportland.org
New First Parish
Board Policies

Reverend Christina shows off our new Board Policies, which were formally signed by the Governing Board and presented to her on May 9th.  These policies, which were two years in the making, provide requirements and directions for church ministries and complete our transition to Policy Governance. 
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.
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. If you have any questions about our online Volunteer Sign Up, please email Laurie Hasty, Membership Coordinator, at membership@firstparishportland.org .
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