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

September 9, 2018
10:00 am

Touched by Water

Rev. Christina Sillari
Worship Services
September 16 | 10am
The Moral of Our Story
Marpheen Chann

September 23 | 10am
What is Our Vision?
Rev. Christina Sillari

September 30 | 10am
A Bird's Eye View
Rev. Christina Sillari
Welcome Newcomers! 

We hope you'll find a spiritual home full of love, acceptance, and justice at First Parish. Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall after service, and use a  YELLOW MUG  to help us welcome our newcomers. Consider joining us for Newcomer Coffee on Sept. 9th. (See below for details.)
Welcome to First Parish!
RE Announcements

RE classes will resume on September 16th after the Summer break. Childcare will be available for babies & toddlers 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.
Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice
March & Rally
Sept 8 th | 11:30
March from Lincoln Park to City Hall in Portland

Join us for this part of the worldwide mobilization before the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco. Meet in Lincoln Park for a festive funeral procession for the codfish and all victims of the climate crisis in the Gulf of Maine. For more information visit  350maine.org  or email  info@350maine.org .

Bathrooms & seating available at First Parish during the march & rally. Volunteers needed at First Parish, especially set-up from 10:30-11:30am & clean-up from 3-4pm. Please contact Angus to help with refreshments, set-up, greeting and/or cleanup at angus@angusferguson.com   or (207) 749-6618.
Newcomer Coffee
September 9 th 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.  
Newcomer Coffee is typically the first Sunday each month,
but has been moved for September due to Labor Day weekend.
Justice Work at First Parish /
Declaration of Conscience Meeting
September 9 th | 11:30-12:30 | Meeting House

Thank you to those of you who sent in suggestions for the Declaration of Conscience (DOC), which was presented and discussed at the Annual Meeting in June. While that document has been revised, discussions are continuing about the role of the DOC and its use and integration with wider church justice work, so we have decided to push forward with those important conversations and put the DOC on hold for now. To that end, please join us for the meeting after service this Sunday to discuss justice work at First Parish . What are we doing now, and what else could we be doing? How can we make change in the world? Open to all; please bring ideas for an engaging conversation.
Second Sunday Lunch
Second Sundays every month | Starting September 9th |11:30am Public Market House | 28 Monument Sq. | 2nd Floor

Members and non-members are invited to gather for casual conversation over lunch. Come meet new people or enjoy the company of familiar faces. Bring your own lunch or purchase something from the market vendors. Look for us in the seating area on the second floor.
FMI: Jennifer Taylor  jbell6083@gmail.com or Emily Bolt  emswah@gmail.com  .
Save the Date:
First Parish Auction
November 3 rd | 5pm
Woodford’s Club in Portland

There will be an Auction Table during Coffee Hour throughout September for volunteers to sign up.

Please signup to VOLUNTEER for the auction & s tart lining up your donations. Many hands make the work lighter! FMI please contact Bill Adams at wadams5071@gmail.com or Jane Schaberg at janeschaberg@gmail.com
Breathing and Meditation Class
Wednesdays, starting September 12 th | 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.

Shamanic Journeying
for Healing and Transformation
Mondays, September 17- October 15 6:00-7:30 | Meeting House

Join Rev. Christina and learn how to journey to the upper and lower worlds by entering altered states of consciousness through sound. We will meet spiritual teachers in both human & animal form, to receive information about our lives. This is NOT group therapy or pastoral care. Must attend all 5 sessions. Free to First Parish Members; $75.00 non-members. Limited to 20 participants! Registration required. FMI & to register, please contact Rev. Christina: or 207-773-5747 ext. 23 or minister@firstparishportland.org  . 
Program Council Meeting
September 23 rd | 11:30am | Community Room

All committee chairs should plan to attend this first Program Council meeting of the church year, or send a representative to report on your committee goals for the coming church year. Check your email for additional information coming soon from Robert Moldaver, Chair of the Program Council Committee. Childcare available. Contact Robert directly with any questions:  moldaver.robert@gmail.com

First Parish Book Group
September 24 th (fourth Mondays) | 7pm
in the Parish Hall

Please join us in discussing our next selection,
Plainsong by Kent Haruf.
Days of Mindfulness
September 29 th in Augusta | 9am-4pm
September 30 th in Freeport | 9am- 4pm

Come for one or both days to enjoy mindful meditation practices and dharma talks. Children (supervised by adults) are welcome. For more information or to register contact Greg Fahy: peacefulheartsangha@gmail.com  or 207-242-4708. Sponsored by the Maine Communities in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Owning White Blindness Workshop
September 30 th or October 7 th | 12- 2:30pm | Parish Hall
If you are a white person, what does that mean
other than the kind of skin you were born in?

It’s important to find out, because “whites who don’t know they are white” is the central reason racism persists, so declares Ta-Nehisi Coates.
So let’s come together in a workshop, “Owning White Blindness.” There will be two opportunities to participate in the first workshop. After church we will gather for a light lunch in the parish hall before telling our stories and probing them. The goal is to understand why racism thrives and how you have been involved.
To register for the Sunday, September 30 session, click here: https://september30helpingtohealwhiteblindness.eventbrite.com/
To register for the Sunday, October 7 session, click here:
Type in this password: FP or fp. Each session is limited to 20 persons.
“Owning White Blindness” is the first level workshop in a year-long program “Helping to Heal the World.” By telling our stories of white blindness we can see our past blunders so that we will be prepared to be change agents. Truly, it is an amazing grace!
Helping to Heal the World is offered by the Racial Justice Team co-chaired by Carl Cappello, Marcy Makinen, and Kris Minister. For more information, leave a message for Kris at 207-415-8274 or email at krisminister@me.com.
Story Telling Event:
On the Border
Postponed until October 8th
6:30pm | Parish Hall   

We are happy to announce the first Story Telling event of the season. Doors open at 6:30- please come for light refreshments and socializing as stories begin promptly at 7pm. This month's subject is On the Border - 7 tellers for 7 minutes, no notes, no props, just whatever your story is of being on the edge. You must sign up in advance to tell a story! Please contact Kali Bird Isis for help with your story or for more info. $5.00 donation at the door but no one is turned away! FMI: 207-208-9995 or abrushwithfire@gmail.com.
Trauma Intervention Program
Fall Volunteer Training
Begins October 25 th  ends November 3 rd , 2018
TIP  is a program supported by Maine Behavioral Healthcare. We are looking for caring people to join our team! Volunteers provide emotional and practical support to survivors of traumatic events and work with greater Portland Police, Fire, Rescue teams as well as by Maine Medical Center emergency staff. Our Fall Volunteer Training consist of 8 classes. For more information, contact Leslie Skillin at 661-6478.
Please Welcome our New Membership Coordinator: Dee Pecoraro!

Diana (Dee) has been hired as the new Membership Coordinator for First Parish. Dee has a varied background in both the business and non-profit arenas working in marketing and fundraising as key areas of experience. In her other lives, she is a mom, loves to read, paint, daydream and take her dogs on long walks in nature. Please say hello to her on her first Sunday at First Parish on September 9 th

A few members of First Parish are looking for housing. If you have available housing for rent (room or apartment) please contact Reverend Christina- minister@firstparishportland.org or 773-5747. 
Stock up on Clynk Bags

Pick up Clynk bags in the Parish Hall to keep up with all your returnables, and support First Parish at the same time! The Clynk bags are in a basket in the Parish Hall on the table near the stairs.
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 an Usher, 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