Upcoming Events at First Parish

Special Meeting: Temporary Housing for Asylum Seekers | Monday, July 22nd | 6:30-8pm | Parish Hall  If you are wondering about the immigrants currently living at the Portland Expo, thinking about ways First Parish can support these newest members of our community, or are interested in the possibility of hosting a family, join us for this meeting! We’ll quickly share highlights from our last meeting then get right down to brainstorming ways for First Parish members and friends to get involved. Come with your questions! Come with your ideas! For more information, contact Jenn McAdoo at mcadoo.jenn@gmail.com.

Meetings & Classes


Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays through June 19th | 5:30-6:30pm | Youth Room   Taught by Rev. Christina. Please note that June 19th is the last class before our summer break. Classes will resume on August 7th. Free to First Parish Members; $10.00 non-members.


Roots and Wings: Lay Justice Ministry Program | September 2019- June 2020   Roots and Wings is a two-year lay justice ministry program that invites UU’s to engage their deepest passions and convictions in answering the call to creating a more just and equitable world community.  This new, cross-congregational leadership program offers UU justice advocates and leaders the opportunity to identify and transform their gifts and commitments into spiritual leadership. Brochure with more detailed information is attached in eNews. FMI: minister@firstparishportland.org


First Parish Justice Bean Supper Supports ILAP and Asylum Seekers: First Parish Members Angus Ferguson, Marcy Makinen, & Jason Shedlock presented a check last week to Sue Roche, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project. The Justice Bean Supper held on June 29th raised over $500 for ILAP and their work on behalf of immigrants in Maine. Thanks to all who participated in this event. Stay tuned for the next Justice Bean Supper, possibly in August.


Welcome Rosalie! Rosalie Ragan Rachel joined the Collins family on April 19th. Our new family of four is healthy and well, and big brother Wynn is doing a great job!


Black Lives UUMatching Goal: First Parish has raised close to $1,300 in our Offertory to benefit Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). Thank you for your generosity! We are deeply grateful for your support. There is still time for you to contribute! If we can raise another $600 by June 30th, we will meet our $3,010 challenge goal, ensuring that BLUU receives $3 for every dollar that First Parish collects. There are 3 ways to donate to BLUU: Put a check in the offertory with “BLUU” in the memo line, send a check to First Parish with “BLUU” in the memo line, or donate through the FP website: click the GIVE button & choose Donation. Please help us reach our goal by June 30th!


Annual Meeting Followup: A great deal of new information was shared at last week’s Annual Meeting about two major initiatives: the First Parish Vision Goals and the Accessibility Project. If you have any questions or would like to follow up with your thoughts, please reach out to our new Board President, Jason Shedlock (jjshedlock@gmail.com; 202-431-0877) or Vision Goal Coordinator Janet Robinson (jrobinson@woodardcurran.com; 207-400-2525) with your questions about the Vision Goals, or to Austin Farrar (ahfarrar@aol.com; 207-797-7286) with questions about the Church for EveryBody project. We’d love to hear your thoughts!


First Parish Summer Break: June 16th will be the last service of this church year before our summer break. Please make note of the following items:

    • Services will resume on August 4th with the Lammas: A Harvest Celebration service.
    • Reverend Christina will be on study leave/vacation until August 1st. The Pastoral Care Team and the Governing Board will be managing all church related issues.
    • Please volunteer or join us for the Community Dinner in the Memorial Garden on August 4th.
    • Many First Parish groups take a break from meetings over the summer. Please contact the group leader FMI on the summer meeting schedule.


Calling Potential Speakers!  The Worship Committee is seeking members of our congregation who are interested in leading a service in the next church year. We will have spots available each month when Rev. Christina is out of the pulpit. A member of the Worship Committee will support you in each step of creating your service. FMI, please contact Jenna Nunziato at jennanunziato@gmail.com.


One Climate Future Survey: One Climate Future is a municipal collaboration to develop plans for mitigating and dealing with climate change. Elissa and Allen Armstrong and Leslie Pohl are helping to spread the word with a slide show and dissemination of a survey. Please help by taking the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OneClimateFuture .


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: https://firstparishportland.org/get-involved/volunteer/


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.