Upcoming Events at First Parish


Religious Exploration Calendar:  5/26- No RE. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery. FMI contact Toben: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Justice Bean Supper Dance | Saturday, May 25th | 6-8:30pm in the Parish Hall   Featuring Jason Wentworth’s Climate Comedy Act.  John Schaberg will DJ after-dinner DANCE romp.  $10 per person. Bring friends and family! Contact angus@angusferguson.com or 749-6618 to RSVP and volunteer to help.

Community Dinner | June 2nd | Meal Prep in Basement Kitchen & Dinner in the Community Room  Please join us as a volunteer or guest! 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


Family Matters: May Classes | 10:30-12:00 | Community Room

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

Class 6: The Role & Importance of Grandparents | June 8th | Last Class of the Series!

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.


Joys and Sorrows Circle | June 2nd | 11am | Back Corner of Parish Hall  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.


Newcomer Coffee | June 2nd | 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.


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.


First Parish Annual Meeting | June 9th | After service | Meeting House  This meeting is a critical function of our self-directed and self-funded church, where we members make our own decisions and elect our own leaders. This year’s agenda includes the following: report on the results of the Accessibility Project Feasibility Study; election of new leaders and trustees; committee reports; approval of the First Parish budget, and more. All members are encouraged to attend this important event.


Committee Reports Due May 20th for the Annual Report: In preparation for the Annual Meeting on June 9th, Committee & Team leaders are asked to email their Committee Reports (approx. 150 words) to Sheila in the Office by May 20th–office@firstparishportland.org. Thank you!


Service begins with you!  In August the First Parish Youth Group is going on a service trip to West Virginia. We need your support to raise enough funds to make this trip accessible to all of our Youth Group members. Visit our Faithify campaign www.faithify.org and enter “First Parish Youth Group Portland, Maine” into the search field to learn more. Please donate by June 16th in order to help us reach our $2,500 goal. Thank you for your generosity!!


Coffee Hour Hosts: Please contact Hannah Herbold if you can substitute as Coffee Hour Host on upcoming Sundays, May 26th and June 9th. Ongoing support is also appreciated! Simple routine includes brewing coffee and plating refreshments from 9:15-10:00 A.M., and cleanup from 11:30-12:00. Thank you! hherbold@yahoo.com; (207) 233-2147.


Spring Fling Dinners are Here!!  Tickets will be on sale during Coffee Hour this Sunday– only SIX tickets left!  Welcoming congregants open their homes to a small and intimate dinner party for this Spring Fling fundraiser. 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 have any questions.


Please Welcome our Newest First Parish Members! We welcomed twelve New Members into our community last Sunday. Please read their bios in this week’s eNews, and be sure to say hello during coffee hour!


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.


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/


Do you love the Stone Soup Newsletter?  We are looking for a volunteer or two to take ownership for First Parish’s Stone Soup Newsletter, currently published twice a year. Please contact Sheila in the Office for more information: office@firstparishportland.org.


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.