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

August 5, 2018
10:00 am


Rev. Christina Sillari
Worship Services
August 5 | 10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
August 12 | 10am
Hawaiian Way
Sally Waite
August 19 | 10am
Rev. Christina Sillari
Welcome Newcomers! 

We hope you'll find a spiritual home full of love, tolerance, 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. Thanks for coming!

RE Announcements

RE classes will resume in September after the Summer break.  FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org.
Community Dinner in the Garden
(weather permitting)
August 5 th
Meal Prep in Basement Kitchen

Please join us as a volunteer or guest! Prep volunteers: 2-4:30pm.
Serving and clean-up volunteers:
4:30-7pm. Meal served: 5-6pm.
FMI: Noel De Young at  noeledey@yahoo.com  or phone 939-3118.
Racial Justice Team Meeting
August 14 th  | 7pm | K-1 Classroom  (upstairs in the Parish House)

The Racial Justice Team will be meeting on the second Tuesday each month. In August, we will plan the series of congregational workshops in racial justice for 2018-19. Please join us!   FMI: Kris Minister at krisminister@me.com .
SanctUUary Summit
August 18 th | 10:00-2:00pm
UU Community Church of Augusta
69 Winthrop Street, Augusta

MUUSAN invites and challenges all Maine UU congregations to send representatives to this summit to explore how they can deepen participation in efforts to support immigrants and refugees in Maine.  The Summit will be free but registration is encouraged at https://www.muusan.org/racial-justice.html . Participants will be asked to bring their own brown bag lunch. 
First Parish Book Group
Fourth Mondays | 7pm | Parish Hall

Next meeting August 27 . For August, come share your favorite Summer read!
Call for Revisions to
Declaration of Conscience
September 1 st Deadline
Special Meeting | September 9 th | 11:20am| Meeting House

At last week's annual meeting, the congregation voted to hold a special meeting in September to consider a revised First Parish Declaration of Conscience. Many members wanted the opportunity to further consider the wording; some raised questions about several marginalized or oppressed groups that the document did not mention specifically. Any First Parish member is invited to propose revised wording or additions, but  all proposed revisions must be received in writing   by September 1.   The special meeting will be held September 9 after service. The proposed revisions will be made available to church members to consider in this eNewsletter on September 7th. Click the link below to read the Declaration. Send your suggestions/revisions to Marianne at fia@firstparishportland.org .
Training in Tenderness
by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
September 3 rd | 7pm
First Parish Meeting House

Training in Tenderness  talk with world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Rinpoche will speak on the value of cultivating love, and the methods for doing so, from the perspective of Buddhism, and will then sign copies of his new book,  Training in Tenderness.  Free.
Newcomer Coffee
September 9 th 11:30am | Youth Room (upstairs)   
No Newcomer Coffee in August.

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.  
Save the Date:
First Parish Auction
November 3 rd | 5pm | Woodford’s Club in Portland

Start lining up your donations! FMI please contact Bill Adams at wadams5071@gmail.com or Jane Schaberg at janeschaberg@gmail.com
Stone Soup :
Summer Edition

Did you catch the Stone Soup Newsletter that was emailed back in July? You won't want to miss the Baby Photo quiz and poetry selections by your loving First Parish Staff! Click the link below to read the latest Stone Soup.
Stock up on Clynk Bags !

Pick up extra Clynk bags to keep up with all your returnables throughout the summer. The Clynk bags are in the Parish Hall on the table near the stairs.
Flowers 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