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

October 7, 2018
10:00 am

Unconditional Love

Rev. Christina Sillari
Worship Services
October 14 | 10am
Who We Are Meant to Be
Penthea Burns,
Maine-Wabanaki REACH
October 21 | 10am
Loving Our Faith
Rev. Christina Sillari
October 28 | 10am
Love Beyond Belief
Rev. Christina Sillari
& Thandeka
Concerts for a Cause:
Pianist Mark Rossnagel
October 5 th | 7:30pm | Meeting House

Former Music Director, Mark Rossnagel, will be performing the works of Chopin, Ravel, Couperin and Rameau on this season’s first Concert for a Cause.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood of Portland.
RE Announcements

Intergenerational Service on 10/7: NO RE. 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.

Flower Dedication

This Sunday’s flowers are in memory of
Val Blais' brother Bruce
and all our beloveds lost to AIDS.
Share the Plate Recipient for October: 
Theater Ensemble of Color 

A performance and community outreach group seeking to improve racial relations in Portland, and beyond, through the use of art, culture, education and social activism. FMI: teoc-maine.weebly.com .

A second Offertory to benefit the Theater Ensemble of Color 
will take place at the end of the service on Sunday.
Owning White Blindness Workshop
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 Sunday, October 7 , click here:
Type in this password: FP or fp. 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!

Watch for an announcement coming in the bulletin next week for the second level workshop, “Owning Your White Story,” scheduled for November 4th.
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 .
Exploring Wabanaki /
Maine History
October 14 th | 11:30-3:30 | First Parish Community Room 

Interactive storytelling workshop about the colonization of Native Peoples in Maine. Please contact Rev. Christina to register: minsiter@firstparishportland.org. Suggested Donation $20. 

Please register ASAP! Everyone is welcome.
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 October 7th. (See below for details.)
Welcome to First Parish!
Newcomer Coffee
October 7 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
October 7 th | Every First Sunday
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 phone 939-3118.
Save the Date:
First Parish Auction
November 3 rd | 5pm
Woodford’s Club in Portland

Please signup to VOLUNTEER for the auction & s tart lining up your donations. Many hands make the work lighter!

Donations Needed
for the

Suggested items :
  • Tickets to sporting events, plays or concerts
  • Use of camp, cottage, cabin, or condo
  • Food Baskets or Theme Baskets
  • Home cooked Gourmet Dinners
  • Professional Services
  • Household items
  • Paintings, artwork, crafts
  • Gift cards to restaurants, massage, yoga etc.

Or, solicit items from local businesses that we can auction off! 

FMI please contact Bill Adams at wadams5071@gmail.com
or Jane Schaberg at janeschaberg@gmail.com
Story Telling Event:
On the Border
October 8 th | 6:30pm | Parish Hall   

Doors open at 6:30- please come for light refreshments and socializing as stories begin promptly at 7pm. 7 tellers for 7 minutes each. 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 more info. $5.00 donation at the door but no one is turned away! FMI: 207-208-9995 or
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.
Second Sunday Lunch
Second Sundays every month | October 14 th | 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  .
Friends of Safe Harbor Committee
October 17 th |Third Wednesdays | 5:30-7pm | Youth Room

Please join us for our first meeting of the new church year. Friends of Safe Harbor works to support the needs of new immigrants in Portland. FMI: Jenn McAdoo a t mcadoo.jenn@gmail.com
Sharing Circle for Women
(who have been sexually violated)
with Reverend Christina Sillari
October 24 th | 7-8:30pm | Youth Room
or November 3 rd |10-11:30am | Community Room

Come and share your story and listen to others in a safe place. All persons identifying as female are welcome. Please contact Rev. Christina with questions: minister@firstparishportland.org .
Thandeka Lecture: Got Race?
Americans Most Successful Add Campaign
October 26 th | 7-9:45pm | Meeting House  

This lecture will track the hidden history of racial identity-formation and how whites and blacks were made in America. Be a part of the conversation which deeply explores race, white privilege, and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s question, "Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?" Thandeka is a theologian, professor, Unitarian Universalist minister, congregational consultant, and  formerly an Emmy award-winning television producer. $10 per person at the door in the Meeting House at First Parish.
Love Beyond Belief with Thandeka
October 27 th | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | Meeting House & Parish Hall

Practicing the heart of our Unitarian Universalist Faith:  A Faith Development Workshop for congregation leaders and laity, designed to develop a deeper sense of who we are as Unitarian Universalists and gain an expanded sense of what we can do together. All members of First Parish are welcome.
Please email Sheila in the Office to register: office@firstparishportland.org .
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.
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.

Share the Plate Recipients
for 2018-19

Congratulations to the following organizations who will each receive the donations collected during a special second collection one Sunday per month: Window Dressers, MUUSAN, Theater Ensemble of Color, Boys to Men, Hair Matters, Sea Change Yoga, Furniture Friends, Preble Street Resource Center, Maine Council of Churches, The Youth & Family Outreach Program, and Maine Poor People's Campaign . Please click the link below to read more about each of these organizations. 

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. 
Sustainable Leadership for
Social Change

The Rowe Center in Western Ma. is offering a new intersectional program in social justice activism and is looking for students! The 2 yr program meets for a week in November and again in May. Scholarships available.
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