Upcoming Events at First Parish


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: Cornbread & Cider Intergenerational Service- no RE on 11/18. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI about the RE program, please contact Toben Cooney-Callnan: dre@firstparishportland.org.


THANKSGIVING CORNUCOPIA: The cornucopia arrangement this Sunday will be provided by Laurie Hasty and Benson Gray and the Portland Food Coop. The food will be donated to First Parish’s Community Dinner program. Parishioners are invited to bring additional food donations (non-perishables and freshly baked items) to church on 11/18, 11/25 & 12/2– donations will be collected in baskets at the entrance to the Meeting House.


Thanksgiving Feast |November 18th | After Service | Parish Hall | Adults $5 & Kids $2 at the Door   We will need clean-up volunteers! A big thank you to Jennifer Bell Taylor & Joan Stanton for helping to organize this event.


Gerald Dickens Performs “A Christmas Carol” | November 26th | 7pm | Meeting House   Maine Historical Society is pleased to offer a special performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, performed by Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens. This one-man show is inspired by the 1860s performances by Charles Dickens. Tickets- 207-774-1822 or visit mainehistory.org. Ticket price: $25 MHS members / $35 general admission / $15 for age 18 and under.


Upcoming First Parish Holiday Services

  • Hymn Sing | December 16th | 10am
  • First Parish Pageant of the Nativity | December 16th | 5pm
  • Winter Solstice Service | December 21st | 6pm
  • Is Jesus a UU? | December 23rd | 10am
  • Christmas Eve Service | December 24th | 6pm


Meetings & Classes

Shamanic Journeying for Healing and Transformation | Tuesdays 11/20-12/18 | 2-3:30pm | Meeting HouseCome and learn how to journey to the upper and lower worlds by entering altered states of consciousness through sound.  We will meet spiritual teachers to receive information about our lives. Must attend all 4 sessions (no class 11/27). Free to First Parish Members; $75.00 non-members. Limited to 15 participants! Registration required. FMI & to register: Rev. Christina: minister@firstparishportland.org  or 207-773-5747.


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.


Buildings & Grounds Meeting | November 25th | 11:30am | Youth Room  Please join us for this meeting of the Buildings & Grounds Team to find out how you can help keep our historic building in top shape!


Upcoming Membership Class: Are you considering becoming a Member of First Parish? Join us for the next class! Light lunch provided- please register so we have enough food. FMI & registration: Dee Pecoraro, Membership Coordinator: membership@firstparishportland.orgParticipation is highly recommended for anyone considering membership. 

Path to Membership Class | December 2nd | 11:30am – 1pm | Community Room  Join Janet Robinson, President of the Governing Board, to explore membership at First Parish. We will look at the benefits and responsibilities of membership, opportunities for spiritual development as well as community connections.


Joys and Sorrows Circle | Dec. 9th | 11am | Bride’s Room (near the choir loft upstairs in the Meeting House)   The Pastoral Care team is offering an alternative method of experiencing Joys and Sorrows through these listening circles. Open to all to create space for sharing our largest griefs and greatest joys.  Length of the circle determined by the level of interest.  There will be no discussion during the sharing circle.



THANK YOU for a Successful & Fun Auction! To all those who donated items and food for the auction and/or volunteered their time to set up displays, sell tickets, serve wine, prepare food and clean-up – THANK YOU VERY MUCH!  We had a highly successful auction – taking in over $9,000 – and we couldn’t have done it without the many hands who helped. Please speak with Bill Adams or Jane Schaberg about auction items that are still available.


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.


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-sundayIt’s such an easy way to sign up!  Questions, comments please email:  membership@firstparishportland.org


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.


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.


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.