Upcoming Events at First Parish


Welcome Newcomers! We hope you’ll find a spiritual home full of love, acceptance, and justice here at First Parish. Please fill out a Visitor’s Card and put it in the offering. Please join us for coffee hour in the Parish Hall after service and use a YELLOW MUG to help us welcome you!


Religious Exploration News: RE Classes begin today! Children will be sung out to their classes. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery (upstairs in the Parish House). FMI about the RE program, please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Flowers on September 23rd will be given by Richard and Elsa van Bergen as joyful marking of their 50th anniversary.



Days of Mindfulness | September 29th (in Augusta) & September 30th (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.


Buddhist Walk to Feed the Hungry | September 29th | 2:00 pm | Back Cove Trail  Benefiting Buddhist Global Relief and Preble Street. FMI: http://vajradakininunnery.org/activities-2/events/


Chief Polin Celebration | September 29th | 5:30-6:30pm | 89 Conant St. in Westbrook  Join with First Parish friends & members to celebrate a memorial by Friends of the Presumpscot River, dedicated to Wabanaki Chief Polin. In 1739, Chief Polin walked to Boston to protest English colonists damming the Presumpscot River, which disrupted fish runs critical to native subsistence. After many peaceful efforts to protect the river, Polin took up arms and was killed in a skirmish with English troops in 1756. FMI: contact Angus Ferguson at 749-6618 or angus@angusferguson.com.


Owning White Blindness Workshop | September 30th or October 7th | 12- 2:30pm | Parish Hall  The First Parish Racial Justice team is presenting two workshops on “Owning White Blindness” with a goal of understanding why racism thrives and how we have all been involved. It is important to find out, because whites who don’t know they are white is the central reason racism persists. To learn more about these workshops and register for one:

Link for 9/30 workshop: https://september30helpingtohealwhiteblindness.eventbrite.com/

Link for 10/7 workshop: https://october7helpingtohealwhiteblindness.eventbrite.com

Password: FP or fp. Each session is limited to 20 persons. FMI: contact Kris at 207-415-8274 or krisminister@me.com.


Concerts for a Cause: Pianist Mark Rossnagel | October 5th | 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.


Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History | October 14th | 11:30-3:30 | First Parish Community Room  Interactive storytelling workshop about the colonization of Native Peoples in Maine.

Please contact Rev. Christina minsiter@firstparishportland.org to register. Suggested Donation $20. Everyone is welcome!


Meetings & Classes

Program Council Meeting | September 23rd | 11:30am | Community Room: All committee chairs should plan to attend this meeting, 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, Program Council Committee Chair.  Childcare available. Contact Robert directly with any questions:  moldaver.robert@gmail.com


Children’s Choir | Sundays | 11:15- 11:45 | K-1 Classroom: FMI: contact Arne at arne.gronningsater@gmail.com.


Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm | K-1 Classroom 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.



Save the Date: First Parish Auction | November 3rd | 5pm | Woodford’s Club in Portland: There will be an Auction Table during Coffee Hour throughout September for volunteers to sign up to help make the auction a success. Please also start collecting your auction items. Many hands make the work lighter! FMI please contact Bill Adams at wadams5071@gmail.com or Jane Schaberg at janeschaberg@gmail.com.


2018-19 Share the Plate Recipients: 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. Read more about each of these organizations in our weekly eNews.


Please Welcome our New Membership Coordinator, Diana (Dee) Pecoraro! Dee has been hired as the new Membership Coordinator for First Parish. She 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, Dee is a mom, loves to read, paint, daydream and take her dogs on long walks in nature. Please say hello to her at Coffee Hour!


Housing: 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.