Upcoming Events at First Parish

June 3, 2018 Bulletin

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. Parents are welcome to bring babies or toddlers upstairs to the Nursery for childcare. School-aged children are welcome to join the Religious Exploration program for the day. 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: There will be a Children’s Activity in the Community Room on June 17th. RE classes will resume in September after the summer break. FMI about the RE program, please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan: dre@firstparishportland.org.



Ice Cream Social | June 17th | 11:15am | Parish Hall  Join us for this celebration of a great church year! June 17th will be the last service before our summer break.


Memorial Service for Hope McMahon | June 24th | 2pm | Parish Hall   Friends and family are invited to this intimate service to remember Hope.


No Community Dinner in July: Please join us on August 5th for the next Community Dinner.


The Marriage of Figaro: Open Rehearsal | July 6th | 6pm | Meeting House   The Opera Maine chorus will hold a free, open rehearsal before the upcoming production of Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO as part of First Friday in July. Come enjoy the beautiful music of Mozart with this sneak-peak ahead of performances at Merrill on July 25 and 27, featuring our very own Music Director, Scott Wheatley, in the role of Antonio.



Faith in Action Meeting | June 17th | 11:20am| Youth Room  The Faith in Action Committee will be choosing Share-the-Plate recipients for the coming church year.  All are invited to attend; only FIA members will vote. For a list of nominees, contact Marianne Hill at hillmarros@aol.com.


CANCELLED: Journeying and Healing through Sound | June 25th | 7-8pm | Meeting House  Stay tuned for the fall schedule for this class.


First Parish Book Group |Fourth Mondays | 7pm | Parish Hall  No book group in June or July. Next meeting August 27. For August, come share your favorite summer read!



Rev. Christina’s Summer Schedule: The last service of the Church Year is on June 17th. Services will resume after the summer break on August 5th. Rev. Christina will be at the UUA General Assembly from 6/17-23. She will then take her study leave/vacation from 6/29-7/31. The Pastoral Care Team will be available for emergencies during this time, and can be reached through the First Parish Office.


Summer Office Hours: The First Parish Office will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 9am-4pm throughout the summer, or by appointment. The Office will be closed from July 16-20. Happy summer!


Call for Revisions to Declaration of Conscience | September 1st Deadline & Special Meeting | September 9th | 11:20am | Meeting House   At last week’s annual meeting, the congregation voted to hold a special meeting in September to consider a revised First Parish Declaration of Conscience. Many members wanted the opportunity to further consider the wording; some raised questions about several marginalized or oppressed groups that the document did not mention specifically. Any First Parish member is invited to propose revised wording or additions, but all proposed revisions must be received in writing by September 1.  The special meeting will be held September 9 after service.  The proposed revisions will be made available to church members to consider in the September 7 e-blast.  Check the weekly email for a link to the draft document.


Thank You, Tina! Tina Smith, our enthusiastic Membership Coordinator, will be moving on from her position at First Parish. She is pursuing her career in graphic design, and will continue in her role as Marketing Coordinator at Art Night Out. We are so grateful to Tina for all her hard work this last year, and wish her all the best in her next endeavors.


Job Posting- Membership Coordinator: Do you know a First Parish Member or Friend who would be great in this role? The goal of this position is to work to increase our media presence, diversify our congregational growth, and increase congregant’s participation in programming. Please email Sheila for more information: office@firstparishportland.org.


Flower Cart | Thursdays – Sundays | In Front of First Parish  Keep an eye out for Brianna Beebe and her unique Flower Cart outside of First Parish this summer! Brianna will be selling flowers from local farms, and is pleased to be renting space in front of First Parish for her new business.


Clynk Bags: Pick up extra Clynk bags in the Parish Hall to keep up with all your returnables throughout the summer.


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 if you’d like to sign up: office@firstparishportland.org.