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

Striking Out
Why White People Fail So Often in Anti-Racism Work

Rev. Barnaby Feder
Upcoming Worship Services
Nov. 17 |10am
Unconscious Bias
Kathy Vezina
Nov. 24 |10am
& Cider Service
Rev. Christina
Dec. 1 |10am
Rev. Christina
Many thanks to Francesca Galluccio-Steele for
donating flowers for worship on Sunday, November 10th.

RE Announcements
Children will be sung out to their RE classes on 11/10

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

A Reminder From the Director of Religious Exploration- 
I’m so glad to have you all back for the 2019-20 RE Year! Registration information is needed for all children and youth from Nursery to Grade 12 who regularly attend the RE Program so, if you have not yet done so, please stop by the RE table during coffee hour and pick up registration forms!

FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at  dre@firstparishportland.org.
Memorial Garden Fall Clean-Up!
November 9 | 10am | First Parish Gardens  

A great way to participate in community and steward our gem in the heart of the city. Bring garden gloves, rakes, shears or just come for the Tony’s donuts… The FP Garden Committee will meet at 9am inside briefly before we rake; if you’d like to consider joining the committee, you are welcome to attend the meeting beforehand. FMI: contact Linda Shary at lindashary3@gmail.com .
Minister Exchange
October 21 - November 11

Reverend Christina Sillari will be exchanging pulpits with Rev. Barnaby Feder (see below) 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.
Rev. Barnaby Feder

Rev. Barnaby Feder is a native of San Mateo, Calif., where he grew up in a UU. He graduated from Williams College in 1972, and went to the Univ. of California at Berkeley School of Law. After graduating in 1977 with his law degree, he returned to journalism as a free-lancer in Scandinavia. From 1980 to 2008 for the New York Times as a business and technology reporter in New York, London, and Chicago. He entered Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, NJ, in 2008, served his internship at the Morristown (NJ) Unitarian Fellowship and the UU Fellowship of the Poconos in Stroudsburg, Pa. before being called to the Champlain Valley UU Society in 2012. He has been married to Michele Lowy for 32 years. 
UU History Class
with Rev. Barnaby
November 10 | 12-2pm | Community Room

Join our visiting minister, Rev. Barnaby, for a history of Unitarian Universalism as told through the stories of significant UU people. All members and friends of First Parish are encouraged to attend. A light lunch will be offered and childcare may be available, so pre-registration is required; there is no cost, however. FMI: Laurie Hasty  membership@firstparishportland.org.
A Church for Every Body
The Campaign for First Parish in Portland
November 10 | 11:15am | Youth Room

Join us for a Campaign Conversation to learn more about the Accessibility Project and  A Church for Every Body Campaign , ask questions, and learn how you can be involved in this transformation endeavor.
Come join the fun…
Dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the World-
Fall Fund Raiser Raffle!
NOW through December 22

We are at the best time of year for selling our Raffle tickets. Thanksgiving is fast approaching when many of us will gather with family and friends. What better time to offer them an opportunity to win a Dinner for 2 anywhere in the world! Great stocking stuffer! Or, Share the Raffle drawing with your Facebook friends and list your contact information – you’ll be amazed at the response. Please remember, we make our goal if we all sell 10 tickets – Stop by the Raffle table following the service and pick up your share.
Thank You, the Raffle Committee
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.
Welcome Home:
Stories & Music from Maine's Immigrant Community
November 14 | 7pm | Port City Music Hall

Palaver Strings will collaborate with guest artists of Franco-American, Burundian, and Iraqi heritage, sharing traditional music and personal stories of their families’ journeys to Maine. As we tour with this program around Maine, we will celebrate Maine’s cultural diversity, reflect on our own histories, and create space for dialogue between performers and listeners from different backgrounds. We believe deep listening and empathy for unfamiliar experiences is an important part of making Maine a safe and inclusive home for everyone.
Religious Exploration
Volunteer Workshop
November 17 | 11:15am
Youth Room

The Director of Religious Exploration, Toben, will be offering opportunities to participate in a Religious Exploration Volunteer Workshop this Fall for anyone who has thought about helping out in the RE classrooms and would like to learn more about volunteer possibilities and/or teaching tricks and tips.  FMI, please email Toben:  dre@firstparishportland.org .
1619 Slavery Project
November 19
7- 8:30pm | Pre-K Classroom

The Racial Justice Team invites you to a slavery study group based on The New York Times Magazine's 1619 Project. Let's learn why slavery lingers in our culture, institutions, and dwells in our behavior.  For details and reading assignments, leave your name and contact info on Kris Minister’s phone 207-415-8274 or  email krisminister@me.com .
The Original Meaning and Intent of the Maine Indian Land Claims:
a presentation by Maria Girouard, 
Penobscot Nation tribal member and historian
November 21 | 6-8pm
USM's Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center | 88 Bedford St, Portland

In this talk, Maria will examine intentions and contentions associated with the land claims and the historical context in which the act was framed, and describes ripple effects that have rocked the boat of tribal-state relations ever since. It is free and open to the public. 

Justice Bean Supper Dance

November 23 | 6-8:30pm | Parish Hall

Come join us and bring family and friends for good food, community, and fun to benefit great causes! Homemade baked beans, hot dogs & fixins, sides, salads, and desserts! Dance after dinner! $10 per person/$20 for a family.

Potluck dishes and setup/cleanup volunteers WANTED.
Contact  angus@angusferguson.com  or 749-6618 to RSVP and volunteer.
Cornbread and Cider Communion and
New Member Ceremony
November 24 | During Sunday Service
Join us for this intergenerational autumn service before Thanksgiving celebrating our wider community through a communion ritual which honors the Native People of this land. Please also help us welcome our newest Members on 11/24! Contact Laurie Hasty if you are hoping to become a Member of FP:  membership@firstparishportland.org . There will be another Membership Ceremony and round of classes in the spring.
Thanksgiving Feast
November 24 | 11am- 12:30pm Parish Hall
$5 per person; $10 for families (to help cover costs)

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 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! P lease SIGNUP HERE, or email Jennifer at jbell6083@gmail.com .
Congregational Vote on Updated Bylaws December 8 | 11am | Meeting House
First Parish Members will be asked to vote on our updated Bylaws. Aside from technical cleanup and modernization, revision of the Bylaws are necessary in light of our recent adoption of the Policy Governance model. The Governing Board, in consultation with Reverend Sillari and others, have updated the Bylaws (last revised in 2015) to best suit the needs of our church. See eNews for link to read the updated Bylaws. 
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. 
        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!
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 .
Updated for 2019-20!

There are so many ways to get involved at First Parish:
  • Usher/Greeter
  • Community Dinner
  • Flowers for Sunday Service and more!
Contact Sheila in the Office if you have any questions about signing up online: office@firstparishportland.org.
Office Notes:

We receive many requests for copies of Rev. Christina's thought-provoking sermons. You can now find her sermons in this Shared Sermons Folder. Please allow up to a week for sermons to be posted here.

Phishing Emails

Please be aware of any emails you receive from Rev. Christina asking for help, money, or a return email, as there have been many recent phishing emails that claim to be her.  "I would never ask Members or Friends of First Parish for money, gift cards, or help in any way, other than regular FP business," says Rev. Christina.

These emails are always sent from fake email addresses that look real. Rev. Christina only uses the following email addresses:
  • minister@firstparishportland.org
  • cmsillari@gmail.com

These scams are an unfortunate reality for many churches these days. The UUA published an article on this issue titled, " Phishing: Don't Take the Bait! "

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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