Upcoming Events at First Parish


First Parish Holiday Services

  • Hymn Sing | December 16th | 10am
  • Pageant of the Nativity | December 16th | 5pm
  • Winter Solstice Service | December 21st | 5:30pm
  • Was Jesus a UU? | December 23rd | 10am
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | December 24th | 4:30 pm


Today’s Hymn Sing Service: There will be no order of service today for the Hymn Sing.  When you enter the Meeting House, please write your name on a slip of paper and place it in the basket.  During the service people’s names who get picked will choose a hymn.


Welcome Newcomers! We hope you’ll find a spiritual home full of love, tolerance, 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: Children will START in the K-1 Classroom upstairs for making Gingerbread Houses! Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI about RE: dre@firstparishportland.org.




PAGEANT OF THE NATIVITY | December 16th | 5pm | Meeting House   Presented in its 92nd year, this event is quite different in the genre of nativity pageants.  Non-denominational in nature, this service uses a combination of music, historic text, and tradition to honor the birth of one of history’s great prophets.  It is a truly magical hour in which we gather in community, quiet our hearts, and remember the spirit that this holiday represents. It is our hope that this special candlelit worship service will be a meaningful part of your family’s holiday celebration.


Winter Solstice Service | December 21st | 5:30pm | Meeting House   Join us at this sacred time of year for music, ritual, and prayers as we celebrate the turning of the year and the rebirth of the sun. All welcome!


Christmas Eve Candlelight Service | December 24th | 4:30pm | Meeting House Join us for this intergenerational, candlelight service honoring and celebrating Christmas with stories, music, singing, and prayers. Come & explore the meaning of the birth of Jesus from a UU perspective, looking through the lenses of love, suffering, activism, mystery & peace.  Children are invited to participate in the Christmas Eve service with the lighting of candles. Please contact Rev. Christina if your children would like to participate- minister@firstparishportland.org.


Meetings & Classes

Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30pm | K-1 Classroom | December 26th class: Cancelled– Resuming on January 2nd    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.


RESCHEDULED: Path to Membership Class | December 30th | 11:30am – 1pm | Community Room  Join Janet Robinson, President of the Governing Board, to explore membership at First Parish, prior to the next New Member Ceremony on January 6th, 2019. We will look at the benefits and responsibilities of membership, opportunities for spiritual development, as well as community connections. Participation is highly recommended for anyone considering membership. FMI & registration: Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator: membership@firstparishportland.org 



 **NEW SIGN-UP PLATFORM for SUNDAY GREETERS**  Please sign up to be a Sunday Greeter here at First Parish, and be a part of the team to help people feel warmly welcomed on Sunday mornings! Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E44AEA829AAF94-sunday  It’s such an easy way to sign up!  Questions, comments please email:  membership@firstparishportland.org


Youth & Family Outreach (YFO) Winter Clothing Collection: Many YFO children are in need of essential winter clothing– coats, boots, hats, mittens and snow pants.  YFO is also collecting diaper donations (sizes 3-5). Items should be new, unwrapped, and brought to First Parish by 12/16.  Donations can be placed in the “YFO” box near the Parish Hall coat rack.  Please be sure to write your name on the donated item so it can be matched up to the right child.  If you can help, please follow the link sent in this week’s eNews, or contact Stephanie finance@firstparishportland.org or 332-3881.


Blankets, Gloves & Socks Collection: Faith in Action is collecting clean blankets, gloves and socks for the homeless. Please place your donations in the box in the Parish Hall, near the coat rack.


Missing Hearing Aid Units: We are missing two of our hearing aid units, and wonder if they were taken home by mistake.  If so, please bring them back to First Parish as soon as possible, as we have many services in December!


Stewardship Committee Seeking New Members: Each year we lead a Stewardship campaign to solicit pledges for the upcoming fiscal year.  These pledges become the foundation of our self-funded budget. If you are willing to assist please contact Greg Dorsey soulrnrg@gmail.com or call (207) 691-2968.


Is there a CPA in our First Parish community? The Finance Community is looking to consult with a CPA about a simple tax question.  A one-time discussion is all that is needed.  If you can help, please contact Stephanie Desrochers, Finance Chair, at finance@firstparishportland.org.


Snow Shovelers Needed! Buildings and Grounds is looking for a few stalwart snow shovelers to help our Sexton, Moe, when winter storms arrive.  Stipend available- call/email Chris Beasley FMI: 207-619-7588 or rcbeasley@live.com.


Weekly e-News: Are you receiving our weekly email? It’s an online version of this bulletin, filled with valuable information on how to get involved at First Parish. Email Sheila in the Office to sign up: office@firstparishportland.org.


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.