Upcoming Events at First Parish

Justice Bean Supper & Dance | February 29 | 6-8:30 pm | Parish Hall  LEAP INTO ACTION! Come join us and bring family and friends for good food, community, and fun. Benefit for Southern Maine Worker’s Center – tireless advocates for Health Care (including Dental Care) as a Human Right – at  maineworkers.org.  Baked beans, hot dogs, sides, salads, and desserts!  $10 per person/$20 for a family.  HELP WANTED: potluck dishes, setup and cleanup volunteers. Contact angus@angusferguson.com or 749-6618 to RSVP and volunteer.

Community Dinner | March 1 | 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.

Bus Tour to DC to Attend the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington | June 19-21, 2020  Join First Parish and March Forth memebers to challenge the evils of racism, systemic poverty, the war economy, and ecological devestation and the nation’s distorted morality and demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda! Trip includes:

  • Roundtrip Custom Coach transportation from Portland to DC
  • 2 nights accomodations
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director
  • $100 per person deposit due at registration.
  • Final payment due on or before March 17, 2020.

Fun-A-Day Community Creative Show | April 3 | 5:30-8:00 pm | Parish Hall  Create Your Projects in Feb & March!  Do you have a hobby, craft or talent waiting to pop out? Are your doodles looking more original? Do you write poetry or songs or keep a journal? Here’s your chance to play and display what fun things you like to do.  All ages welcome! Contact John Tiedje to show or volunteer: johndesignx@gmail.com or 730-2630.

Child Dedication Ceremony | May 17 | During Sunday Worship Service  If you would like to have your child dedicated during the Religious Exploration Service on May 17th, or have questions about Child Dedication, please email Toben dre@firstparishportland.org.

Meetings & Classes

Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 8-9 am | Meeting House 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 Deena Hastings & Sheila Sullivan while Rev. Christina is away.

Newcomer Coffee | March 1 | 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.

UU Common Read Discussion Group | March 1 | 11:30 am | Blue Room  Due to high demand we have ordered 2 more copies of the UU Book of the Year, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, for our Library.  It is available from Amazon if you would like a copy for yourself. Please join us!

Wabanaki REACH Workshop Decolonization and the Role of Faith Communities
March 1 | 1-3:30pm | Parish Hall  Come learn about the harmful impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples, the role of churches, and strategies for repair and healing. Co-led by interfaith clergy and Wabanaki people. Includes film, presentation, and conversation. Sliding scale donations cover Wabanaki expenses and support REACH programming. FMI or to RSVP, click HERE or Cindy at cjcpaper@yahoo.com.

Interested in Becoming a Member of First Parish? For more information on Membership at First Parish, please email Laurie Hasty at membership@firstparishportland.org. Please join us for the next classes leading up to the next New Member Ceremony on April 19 (new date!):

New to UU Class | March 8 | 11:30-2:30 pm | Youth Room Join Rev. Christina as we explore the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism, its liberal faith tradition, and First parish. This is an opportunity to ask questions and explore your own religious journey. Childcare is available!

Path to Membership Class | April 5 | 11:30-1:30 pm |Youth Room Join members of the Leadership Team 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. Childcare is available!

First Parish Choir | Thursdays  | 7pm | Parish Hall  We welcome international opera stars, beginners and everyone in between, ages 14 to 104. Enthusiasm and the ability to carry a tune are the only requirements. FMI: Scott Wheatley at musicdirector@firstparishportland.org.

Join the Youth Choir! | Sundays | 11:15-11:45 | K-1 Classroom (upstairs)  Our Youth Choir is lucky enough to led by Scott Wheatley– a professional musician with an exceptional ability to connect with his audience! Assistant director, Arne Gronningsater, will help Scott to channel raucous enthusiasm into beautiful music. Any young person is welcome to join. Our first song will be “Happiness Is” from Charlie Brown. FMI: arne.gronningsater@gmail.com.


Rev. Caroyln Lambert | Guest Speaker | February 23, 2020  Rev. Carolyn Lambert is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and most recently served as Senior Pastor of Woodfords Congregational Church, U.C.C. here in Portland. Woodfords is a progressive Protestant congregation, both a “Just-Peace” church and an “Open and Affirming” congregation. While at Woodfords, she helped convene an interfaith clergy group where she has had the privilege to work with and beside Rev. Christina and more than 30 other local clergy. She completed her 14 year ministry at Woodfords in October of last year and is currently discerning the next “Big Adventure!” Read more HERE.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all your friends at First Parish! The Valentine’s Day Phantom paid us a visit this year! Our special HEART banner is adorned with “200”, noting First Parish as the site the Maine constitution was signed 200 years ago! Happy Birthday, Maine! Happy Valentine’s Day, Portland! PS- The phantom received approval from the Trustees & Governing Board!

Get Ready for Stewardship Sunday on March 1st!  Stewardship Month is fast approaching! We want you to be thinking about your pledge for the upcoming fiscal year (2020-21) now so, you will be ready to hand in your pledge card on Stewardship Sunday, March 1st. You will receive your pledge packet in the mail later this month. This should give you time to fill out your pledge card or post your pledge on-line, and bring your card with you on Stewardship Sunday. This is an extremely powerful service and we invite everyone to participate. The magic of what we do together is the miracle of community. Thank you! The Stewardship Team

Rev. Christina’s Study Leave & Time with Family: Rev. Christina will be taking the month of February off from all of her First Parish responsibilities. She will be using this much deserved time to rest and rejuvenate for the busy and exciting work ahead. Please contact the following people for any questions or concerns during her absence:

Pastoral Care Needs:

2/1-2/7: Jeanne Mullen- 207-838-0062

2/7-2/13: Anne Hemninway- 207-798-2856

2/13-2/27: Judy Micoleau- 207-773-5475

Membership Questions: Laurie Hasty- membership@firstparishportland.org.

Building Issues: Sheila Sullivan-office@firstparishportland.org.

Leadership Questions:

Dirane Kelekyan (Ministry Leadership Team)- dkelekyan@gmail.com

Jason Shedlock (Governing Board)- jjshedlock@gmail.com.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Courses Taught by First Parish Members- The spring schedule for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) includes program offerings by at least five members of the First Parish community. Spring semester classes run from March 16 – May 8 and registration is happening now: www.usm.maine.edu/olli.

  • Elizabeth Chapman- Perception and Creativity through the Lens of Sensory Neuroscience
  • Mark Gallup- From Christ to Creed
  • Mary Gelfand- Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, and Exploring the Mysteries of Tarot
  • Marianne Hill- What Can We Learn From Europe?
  • Evy Newlyn- Classical Literature, Mostly Drama

Where are Those Nametags? Time to go find them! For our Vision Goal to “improve the Coffee Hour experience”, we’re resurrecting the use of nametags. Nametags invite conversation, make our interactions more personal and welcoming, and save the embarrassment of forgotten names. To request a nametag, please contact membership@firstparishportland.org with your first and last names, whether you are a First Parish member, and your email address.

Safe Congregation: The Safe Congregation Team strives to attend to the safety of our members, friends, visitors, and renters while affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people. If you are interested in being part of this team, please contact Laurie  at membership@firstparishportland.org.

Safety Tip for February: We can all help! When exiting the Parish House by the front door, please tug on the door outside to make sure that it has closed behind you completely. This door is very tight to keep out the cold air but doesn’t always catch in the lock by itself.

Sermons: We receive many requests for copies of Rev. Christina’s thought-provoking sermons. You can now find her sermons in this Shared Sermons Folder. Please allow up to a week for sermons to be posted here.

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.

Flowers for Sunday Service: Please help brighten up the Meeting House on Sundays! Sign up to donate & dedicate flowers on our SignUp page.

Volunteer SIGN UP’s Updated for the New Church Year! There are so many ways to get involved at First Parish:

          • Usher/Greeter
          • Community Dinner
          • Building Tours
          • Flowers for Sunday Service and more!

    Please CLICK HERE to sign up! Contact Sheila if you have any questions about signing up online: office@firstparishportland.org.