Upcoming Events at First Parish

Religious Exploration Calendar: 6/16- All Congregation Service: Flower Communion. Childcare for babies and toddlers is available in the Nursery upstairs. RE Classes will resume on September 15th. FMI about RE, please contact Toben: dre@firstparishportland.org.


Pride Service & Parade | June 15th | 10am | Meeting House  Please join us on June 15th as we celebrate and recognize this important day for the LGBTQ community through song and worship. You are also invited to march with the First Parish contingent in the Portland Pride Parade- the more the merrier! We’ll meet on the front steps at 11:15 to walk over to the parade. Don’t miss the FUN!


Ice cream social | June 16th | After Service | Parish Hall  Celebrate the arrival of summer and join us for the Ice Cream Social on June 16th.  Frozen treats and light refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall following the Sunday Service.


Justice Bean Supper Dance: EAT, LAUGH, TALK JUSTICE & DANCE! | June 29th | 6-8:30pm | Parish Hall  Come join us and bring family and friends for good food, community, and fun to benefit great causes! Homemade baked beans, hot dogs & fixins, sides, salads, and desserts! Dance after dinner! $10 per person/$20 for a family. Potluck dishes and setup/cleanup volunteers WANTED. Contact angus@angusferguson.com or 749-6618 to RSVP and volunteer.


First Parish Bastille Day Bash | July 14th | 10am-12pm | First Parish Memorial Garden  Come celebrate French culture with First Parish Friends! Light refreshments provided. Cost: $5 per person.

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


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!


Kudos to Scott! He’s “talented, gifted, inspirational, a good listener and teacher”. Who could this amazing person be but Scott Wheatley, our Music Director. When Scott said he wanted the choir to sing 22 minutes of classical music in Latin and with strings, a few (maybe several) of us were hesitant. But, Scott “had the courage to take us on this journey…and make sure we were up to the task”. It was a wonderful and fulfilling Music Sunday! Scott, you “inspire us to higher levels while at the same time having fun” and we look forward to making more beautiful music with you.  (Quotes from FP Choir Members)


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!


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!!


Furniture Friends needs your help! We have a unique opportunity to receive a large donation of high quality furniture from an Old Port hotel. They want to donate 75 rooms of furniture to us and are proposing to donate 25 rooms per week for 3 weeks. How can you help? These donations are scheduled for the next 3 consecutive Sunday afternoons (June 16, 23 and 30) and we need teams of volunteers from approximately 1-4 pm to help us load the truck for one Sunday — or possibly more. If you have a team of 6-10 high-school aged able-bodied youth and/or adults to help us, please reach contact our Volunteer Coordinator Elise Moody-Roberts at volunteer@furniturefriends.org or 207.712.8686.


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:

    • 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 grab an armful of Clynk Bags this Sunday for all your summer beverage bottles & cans!
    • Please join us for the Justice Bean Supper on June 29th & the Bastille Day Bash on July 14th (see above) to stay connected with the First Parish community over the summer!
    • There will not be a Community Dinner in July. 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.
    • Services will resume on August 4th with the Lammas: A Harvest Celebration service.


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 especially need someone for Labor Day weekend, but will continue to 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 .


Mueller Report Discussion Group: Please contact Nancy Greenleaf if you would like to get together to read and discuss the Mueller Report this summer. If interested, please call or email Nancy at (207) 522-0178 or Greenleaf.nancy@gmail.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: 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.