Upcoming Events at First Parish


Religious Exploration Calendar: 2/17- RE Activity; 2/24-Children’s Chapel.  Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI contact Toben: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Fun-A-Day Art Project | Month of February | Fun-A-Day Community Creative Show | March 1st | 5:30-7:30pm  Express your creativity by participating in Fun-A-Day for the month of February. Write, paint, take photos, knit, sculpt or whatever your creative outlet may be. Participants will share their creations at the First Friday celebration on March 1st. FMI, contact John Tiedje, johndesignx@gmail.com, 730-2630 for more information. Stay for the concert & make it a fun FP evening!


March Concert for a Cause: USM Jazz Combo | March 1st | 7:30pm | Meeting House  The University of Southern Maine Jazz Combo will be playing combo arrangements of different Jazz Standards.  Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  All tickets are $10 at the door. Come early to check out the Fun-A-Day art show!


Child Dedication Service | March 10th | During Service  The Child Dedication Ceremony at First Parish is a special time set aside for us to offer our blessings and support to new children, and to celebrate the blessings each new child offers to our community. Email Toben at dre@firstparishportland.org if you would like your child(ren) to be included.


Meetings & Classes


Breathing and Meditation Class | CANCELLED 2/13 & 2/20 | Starting up Again on 2/27 | Every Wednesday  | 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.


Family Matters Class | March 2nd | 9:00-12:00 | Community Room   Explore the nature of safe and nurturing relationships that facilitate curiosity, comfort, and joy among family members. Five subsequent 90 minute Saturday am classes will explore the development of emotional maturity and self-awareness, relationship repair, discipline, couple relationships and the role and importance of grandparents. Taught by new First Parish Member Dan Hughes. Free to members; first class $10 for non-members. Contact Dan for registration and class details: dhughes202@gmail.com or 717-673-6119.


Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History | March 10th | 11:30-2:00 | Community Room  Maine-Wabanaki REACH and First Parish invite you to an interactive story-telling experience. We will learn about events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. Please register by email: office@firstparishportland.org. Suggested donation: Members $20;   Non-Members $25.  Everyone is welcome!



Reverend Christina will be on Study Leave from February 8th – 25th. She will be back in the pulpit on March 3rd.


SIGN UP to VOLUNTEER at First Parish! Check out and SIGN UP for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities –Community Dinner, Ushers, Sunday Drivers, Flowers, Tours, etc.– at our new site (linked above). Or link to the Volunteer Sign Up via the Volunteer page. Membership Coordinator, Dee Pecoraro, will be on hand during coffee hour to help orient anyone interested to this new platform.


March is Stewardship Month | Stewardship Sunday isMarch 3rd    Please start thinking NOW about your pledge for fiscal year 2019-20, so you will be ready to hand in your pledge card on March 3rd. Pledge packets will be mailed in February, allowing time to fill out pledge cards and/or post pledges on-line. Everyone is invited to bring their pledge card on Stewardship Sunday, when we will demonstrate our commitment to FP by walking to the altar and offering our pledge cards. This is an extremely powerful service and we would love everyone to participate. Thank you! The Stewardship Committee


Monthly Bulletin: We have moved to printing ONE monthly bulletin at the start of each month. All announcements for the bulletin are due by noon on the last Wednesday of every month. For example, all news for the March Bulletin should be emailed to Sheila in the Office by noon on February 27thThe eNews will still be emailed every Friday.


Library Update: The Library Committee invites you to visit the library in the nook area of the Parish Hall.  Checkout is self-serve with books due in 1 month.  Our catalogue of books can now be seen online on the Members page of the First Parish website. Select this link to check it out:  http://firstparishportland.org/first-parish-library/.


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.


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.