Upcoming Events at First Parish


Religious Exploration Calendar:  4/21- No RE- Intergenerational Service | 4/28- Youth Sunday. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI contact Toben: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Easter Bonnets, Bowties & Egg Hunt | April 21st   Our congregation was invited to wear/decorate an Easter Bonnet or bowtie today for a fun & colorful Easter! All children are invited to join in an Easter egg hunt in the Meeting House after service. Eggs will be hidden by the Youth Group.


Earth Day: Short Films and Discussion | April 22nd | 6-8pm | Parish Hall   Celebrate Earth Day with soul-stirring videos and discussion led by Dr. Marianne Hill. The three videos, each less than 15 minutes, are:  “The Climate Kids”, a film focusing on the lawsuit brought by children against the federal government for doing too little to fight climate change, a CNN report “Greenland is melting”, and a National Geographic film on species at risk. Refreshments will be served.


Celebration of Life for First Parish Member Robbie Robinson | April 27th | 10:00am | Meeting House   All are welcome. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Robbie’s name to: Maine Veteran’s Home Activity Fund, 290 US-1, Scarborough, ME 04074-8370.
Chicago Children’s Choir Concert | May 2nd | 7– 8:30pm | Meeting House  Pihcintu, Maine’s multi-national immigrant and refugee girls chorus is celebrating their new cd release, One Journey Many Roads, with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the preeminent youth choir, organized in Hyde Park in 1956 as a direct result of the Civil Rights Movement. Please come and hear them join hearts and souls in song.


Memorial Garden Spring Clean-up! | May 4th | 9:30 am  Join the Garden Committee in gently raking, pruning and picking up after old man winter. A great way to participate in community and steward our lovely gem in the heart of the city… our First Parish garden. Also Tony’s donuts will be on hand! FMI contact lindashary3@gmail.com.


New Member Ceremony | May 5th | During Worship Service  Thinking of becoming a Member of First Parish? Please be in touch with Sheila in the Office if you are hoping to become a Member of First Parish on May 5th: office@firstparishportland.org. There will be a New Member Brunch, hosted by the Governing Board and Program Council Team, for new members and their families after service on May 5th.

Community Dinner | May 5th | Meal Prep in Basement Kitchen & Dinner in Community Room  Please join us to feed and build community with our neighbors! Prep volunteers: 12-4:30pm; Serving and clean-up volunteers: 4:30-7pm. Meal served: 5-6pm. FMI: Noel De Young at noeledey@yahoo.com or phone 939-3118.

Meetings & Classes


Breathing and Meditation Class |  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: May Classes | 10:30-12:00 | Community Room

Class 4: Discipline: Teaching that Strengthens the Child and theRelationship | May 11th  

Class 5: The Relationship between the Partners | May 25th 

Explore the nature of safe and nurturing relationships that facilitate curiosity, comfort, and joy among family members. Future class topics include: couple relationships and the role and importance of grandparents. Taught by new First Parish Member Dan Hughes. Free to members; $5 for non-members. FMI: dhughes202@gmail.com or 717-673-6119.


Newcomer Coffee | May 5th | 11:30am | Youth Room (upstairs)   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.



Please Welcome LAURIE HASTY as our Interim Membership Coordinator!  Laurie is a third generation UU. In December, she coordinates our historic Nativity Pageant. Laurie believes deeply that personal connections are essential to growing a community within our church and healing our world. If you have any questions about Membership, you can reach Laurie at membership@firstparishportland.org. Laurie will be answering First Parish emails on Wednesdays and Sundays.


Spring Fling Dinners are Here!!  We are recruiting folks to host the upcoming Spring Fling Dinners. Spring Fling is where welcoming congregants open their homes to a small and intimate dinner party for a set number of guests. We charge $35 per seat for dinner and all the funds go to the church. It’s fun and it builds community. Please email John at johnschaberg@outlook.com (or call- 303-7203) if you would like to host, or if you have any questions.


Photography Show by Moe Blanchard  Our very own Moe Blanchard has over 40 photographs highlighting Casco Bay displayed at The Works Cafe on Temple St– a short walk from First Parish. The show will run until the end of April.


Share the Plate Nominationsfor 2019-20| Due May 5th  This is your opportunity to nominate a nonprofit organization to be considered for a one-time, Share the Plate contribution. Nomination forms can be found in Parish Hall (& linked in the weekly eNews), and are due by May 5th. FMI: Marianne Hill, hillmarros@aol.com.


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– at our new site: https://tinyurl.com/y8soqwfs. Or link to the Volunteer Sign Up via the Volunteer page on the FP website: http://firstparishportland.org/get-involved/volunteer/


Rug Braiding Materials  Do you know anyone who braids rugs? Elaine Bonney is looking to give away her rug braiding wool. If interested, please contact Elaine Bonney at 207-774-6920.



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.