Upcoming Events at First Parish


Bowling with the Minister | Jan 13th | 1-3pm | Bayside Bowl | 58 Alder Street, Portland  Want to beat the January chills? Come join us for our popular bowling event & witness Rev. Christina’s fancy bowling moves! Come early- limited to the first 24 people that show up! FMI, please speak with Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator, during coffee hour today. $5.00 per person | $10.00 per family | $4.00 shoe rentals.


WOMEN’S MARCH PORTLAND | January 19th | 11am | Congress Square Park  The March will start 11am at Congress Square Park (High & Congress) and walk to City Hall.  Rally for Justice will open our Parish Hall from 11am to 2pm to provide warmth, refreshments and restrooms.  Help needed- contact angus@angusferguson.com or 749-6618.  FMI re March maine@womensmarch.com .


Child Dedication Service | February 3rd | 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. Please contact Toben at dre@firstparishportland.org if you would like your child(ren) to be included.


Meetings & Classes 

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.


Flaming the Fires: The Art of Intention in the New Year | January 26th | 10am- 4pm | Youth Room  Make art, have fun, create a deeper perspective of the past year and what you hope for in the next. Here’s a chance to put what’s cherished and what’s challenging together using a variety of tools to create real vision for 2019. Co-facilitated by Kali Bird Isis and Anne Gresinger. For more info call Kali at 207-208-9995 or email abrushwithfire@gmail.com.


Interpersonal Intervention in Racist Behavior | January 27th | 11:30am- 1:30pm | Community Room  It takes good judgment and practice to confront racist talk and behavior.  Acquire the skills of nonviolent confrontation that help heal the world on Sunday, January 27th.  The Racial Justice Team will lead a workshop in the Community Room from 11:30 to 1:30.  Snacks and drinks provided.  Limited to 20 persons.  Reserve your place by emailing Carl Cappello:  CCAPPELLO@MAINE.RR.COM.



 Welcome to our New Members! Please make sure to introduce yourself and welcome our new group of Members to First Parish! Our next New Member Ceremony will be in May. Keep an eye out for the Membership classes that will be held this Spring. FMI on becoming a Member of First Parish, please contact Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator, at membership@firstparishportland.org.


Looking for an easy way to get involved at First Parish? Please sign up to be a Sunday Greeter, and be a part of the team to help people feel warmly welcomed on Sunday mornings! FMI:  membership@firstparishportland.org Sign up online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E44AEA829AAF94-sunday


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.


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!


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.