We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
December 1, 2018
10:00 am

To Be or Not to Be...

Rev. Christina Sillari
This week's chancel flowers are donated by Michelle Lamb.
December Worship Services
Dec. 1 | 10am
To Be or Not To Be ...Conscious
Rev. Christina
Dec. 8 | 10am
Worship Team
Dec. 15 | 10am
Hymn Sing
Rev. Christina &
Scott Wheatley
Dec. 15 | 5pm
Pageant of the Nativity
Rev. Christina
Dec. 21 | 5pm
Winter Solstice
Rev. Christina
Dec. 22 | 10am
What Star Do You Follow?
Rev. Christina
Dec. 24 | 4:30pm
Christmas Eve Service: Awe
Rev. Christina
Dec. 29 | 10am
Climate Change Update
Allen Armstrong

RE Announcements
11/24 is our
Cornbread & Cider
All-Generation Service- No RE

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

FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at  dre@firstparishportland.org.
Come join the fun…
Dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the World-
Fall Fund Raiser Raffle!
NOW through December 22

The Holidays are here – the best time for selling Raffle tickets! We are on the home stretch – only 3 weeks to go! We have already collected enough money to pay for all our raffle expenses so, the proceeds from every ticket you sell go directly into the church budget.  We still have 500 tickets left to sell so, please stop by the Raffle table and pick up your tickets. Let’s make this happen! Contact Bill Adams with questions: (207) 939-8766 or wadams5071@gmail.com. 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.
Newcomer Coffee
December 1 | 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. 
Community Dinner
December 1 | Anytime between 12-7pm
Meal Prep in Basement Kitchen
& Dinner 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 939-3118.
1619 Slavery Project
December 3 & November 17
 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 .
Youth Climate Strike
December 6 | 11am-1:30 pm City Hall & FP Parish Hall 

The Parish Hall will be open to support the Youth Climate Strike rally at Portland City Hall. HELP WANTED for setup, snacks, greeting and cleanup. FMI:  angus@angusferguson.com  
Maine Gay Men's Holiday Concert
December 6 & 7 | 7:30pm | December 8 | 2:30pm  
First Parish Meeting House

The Maine Gay Men's Chorus would like to invite you to a night of holiday music and merriment! MGMC will serenade you with songs of peace, love, joy and CAMP. The chorus is now bigger and better than ever. We are very excited to welcome special guest soloist Rachel Henry. Don't miss it!
Tickets: $17 online ; $20 at the door. 
Congregational Vote on Updated Bylaws December 8 | 11:15am | 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. 
December 15 | 5pm
Meeting House

Please join us on Sunday, DECEMBER 15, at 5 p.m. for the PAGEANT OF THE NATIVITY. It is truly a magical experience! The meetinghouse will be lit by candles. The choir is preparing some very lovely music. And by the end of the story, there will be over 50 participants gathered on the chancel. Some of their costumes are over 80 years old with fabrics from the Holy Lands. If you are interested in being involved in the cast or behind the scenes, please contact Laurie Hasty laurie@maine.rr.com .
National Vigil to Remember
Victims of Gun Violence
December 16 | 6pm | Parish Hall
Sponsored by the Maine Gun Safety Coalition
FMI: Geaoff Bickford geoff@mainegunsafety.org
Christmas Bells:
A Holiday
Handbell Concert
December 19 | 7pm
First Parish Meeting House

Ring in the season with MHS and The Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers with a program of seasonal music, including arrangements set to the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem,  Christmas Bells . $10 for MHS members, $15 general admission. Purchase tickets online at  www.mainehistory.org  or at the door. Sponsored by the Maine Historical Society. 
Prayers for the People
December 15

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.
Please Welcome the following
NEW MEMBERS to First Parish!
The New Member Ceremony will be held during service this Sunday, November 24th.
Richard Barrali recently relocated to Portland with his partner, Maryellen McCone. He has been a certified yoga instructor for 12 years and co-facilitates workshops in mindful self compassion. He loves riding his bicycle all over the peninsula, exploring Maine, and taking his dog, Chauncey, to the beach.
Trudy Baylock now lives in South Portland, moving here from New York to be closer to three of her five children. After 25 years in teaching, she is semi-retired from the classroom but works in the office at Cheverus High School. She enjoys restoring furniture, travel, and gardening.
Emily Dupraz lives in Portland with her son, Wilder (age 2). She practices environmental law at Pierce Atwood LLP and enjoys yoga, hiking, knitting, visiting her family’s farm in South Dakota, and exploring the Maine coast with Wilder and her dog, Eleanor.
Markis Larrivee currently lives in Lisbon Falls. He works in advertisement sales at the Sun Journal in Lewiston. He loves to sing, cook, and be active in his community helping others. Markis has joined First Parish’s choir!  
Jake Kulaw lives in S.Portland with his partner Carolyn, a sweet rescue beagle, Major, and an adorable cat, Gracie. He enjoys nature, hiking, the great outdoors and the beach. He is a health teacher at both Portland HS and Deering HS and football coach at Deering HS. He has been a fierce advocate for most of his adult life, fighting oppression and injustice. He feels a deep connection with First Parish's values and mission.
Taryn Friedman lives in South Portland with her dog Bea. For the past nine years she has been Co-owner of Mad Science of Maine. Recently, she stepped back to see where life takes her. She has been enjoying backpacking throughout New England, volunteering at the Preble Street Teen Center and Resource Center, with Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and becoming involved at First Parish. 
Maryellen McCone moved to Portland in August with her partner Richard Barrali. She is a licensed counselor and Certified Daring WY Facilitator™️ and along with her partner, Richard, she co-facilitates workshops on mindful self compassion as well as vulnerability and shame resilience. She loves living in Portland and is enjoying getting to know her new home and all the wonderful people who inhabit the city.
Jaimie Mulligan lives in Portland, Maine with her partner, Michael Brooks, pet dog and rabbit. Jaimie enjoys any excuse to travel and enjoys exploring new places. She moved to Portland after visiting during a road trip. A perfect weekend is cooking for her friends, going for a swim, and enjoying the company of others
Eric Sharpe and his wife Lisa Hallee recently moved from Oakland to Cape Elizabeth with their Springer Spaniel Jenny. Eric is retired from the Concord, New Hampshire Fire Department. He has been a member of the Waterville UU Church for 15 years. He likes camping, singing, and golf. Lisa prefers yoga to golf.
Kate Stenberg lives in Portland after a long time away. She worked as a teacher in primary schools, and currently she is a graduate student of Linguistics at Boston University. In her free time she enjoys reading and writing and spending time with her family and she serves on the Worship Committee here at First Parish.  
Ginny Weill: Growing up, First Parish was Ginny Weill’s second home - from being a heavenly host to an associate member, to being the pianist for the summer services. She has moved back to Maine and is a speech language pathologist in the NICU at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. She’s so happy to be home!  
Bob Zager lives in Portland with his wife, Molly, and cat, Hugo. Bob moved to Maine in March from the Boston area and started work at Greater Portland Health as their CFO. He is originally from St. Louis (go Cardinals!) and enjoys running, biking, camping, and hiking.
Carolyn Tkach  wants to be part of this community which shares her values and make a commitment to living in a world where we all matter. She is a social justice activist, a member of the LGBT+ community, and a practicing Buddhist. She lives in South Portland with her partner Jake, their beagle and cat. She loves to write, make music, and organize for justice. 
Happy Feet!

On October 29 our Parish House was enlivened by a group of young people from Transylvania. As soon as they arrived in their vans from Concord, MA, music filled the room with improvisations on the piano, two violins, and a cello. ( Click the link below to read the full article.)

for Sunday Service

Please help brighten up the Meeting House on Sundays! Sign up to donate & dedicate flowers on our SignUp page HERE !
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. 
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.
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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