Welcome VISITORS! To receive more information about First Parish, please fill out the Visitor Card linked HERE or email our Membership Coordinator, Laurie Hasty, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you!
Meetings & Events
What’s Going on in Faith Formation (Formerly Religious Exploration)?
For more information about the Faith Formation program, please email Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Faith Formation, at email@example.com.
- Grades 1-7: Zoom Meetings most Sundays 9-9:45 am.
- Grades 10-12: Youth Group Sundays 6-7:15 pm
Storytellers Invited! We can always use storytellers to tell stories or read books for our messages to younger kids and for the Time for All Ages part of our online worship services. Email Toben at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pastoral Care Breakout Room | Sundays after Worship Service
All are welcome to join a confidential pastoral care breakout room each Sunday after worship. Please send a chat message to the worship tech person during the service if you would like to join. A member of the Pastoral Care Team will be present with an open heart. For any questions or concerns please contact team leader Judy Micoleau.
Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays from Nov. 3 – Dec. 29 | 8-9 am | Online
The practice of pranayama is essential to a calm mind, a healthy body, and a free spirit. Through breathwork, kriyas, mudras and sutras we prepare for silence and stillness. Please email Susannah for information about payment. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96586136052.
Poetry Hour | Fridays | 8-9 am | Online
We listen to poems, reflect on them, and share how they touch our beings. Some of us have begun to write and share our own poems. All are welcome! Donations are gratefully accepted but not required. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99801024214.
Peaceful Harbor Sangha | Sundays | 6:30 – 8:00 pm | Online
Peaceful Harbor Sangha meets weekly for shared Buddhist practice. Meetings include sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma reading and discussion. Come experience the calm in the storm! Meetings are now held on Zoom, and all are welcome; donations are gratefully accepted but not required. To receive the Zoom link, contact Susannah Ristine at email@example.com.
ONLINE Worship Service | Sundays | 10 am | Join Zoom Meeting HERE
Join us online each Sunday for our Unitarian Universalist worship service. Use the Zoom link above to call in as early as 9:30 am to say hello to other First Parish friends. Or watch the livestream service on our Facebook page.
COVID and First Parish Meetings Our congregation has been vigilant and patient throughout the last year of the pandemic. We appreciate all of your hard work to keep our community safe. With the number of vaccinations on the rise, and COVID cases decreasing, we are now able to return to in-person meetings, with some guidelines. Groups of up to 25 inside and up to 45 outside have now been approved. Masks must be worn in the building, but are optional in the Memorial Garden. No food or drink is allowed inside at this time, but personal beverages are permitted in the garden. Please email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve all spaces at the church.
Sunday Plate Needs Help! Sunday Plate donations are currently less than half of pre-pandemic levels. Weekly donations are an important revenue source keeping our church on sound financial footing. Even though we can’t gather in person, there are still ways to contribute during or after Sunday worship. Click here to learn all the ways to give to First Parish.
Join a Chalice Group! Chalice Groups are a great place to get to know other people and to get to know yourself. Groups of approximately 10 people meet monthly to reflect upon and discuss significant life topics. The conversations are respectful and caring. Currently we are going strong and making connections using Zoom. For more information, please contact: Barbara DeSerres, Chalice Group Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Committee on Ministry: The Committee on Ministry (COM) assists the minister and the congregation in promoting the well-being of the congregation’s ministry. Should a member have an inquiry or feedback pertaining to The Reverend’s ministry at First Parish, please contact a member of the COM team: Andrew Bloom (ABLOOM@maine.rr.com), Jen Caswell (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bruce Carver (email@example.com), and/or Tom Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Phishing Emails: Please be aware of an emails you receive from Rev. Elaine asking for help, money, or a return email, as there have been many recent phishing emails. These scams are an unfortunate reality for many churches these days. The UUA published an article on this issue titled, “Phishing: Don’t Take the Bait!” As a reminder, Rev. Elaine will only ever email from email@example.com.
Need Help Getting Started on Zoom? Thanks to Kate Stenberg and the Worship Committee, we now have our very own First Parish Zoom Guide linked HERE! Or, watch this helpful video to make sure you are up and running for Worship Service on Sunday, as well as other Zoom offerings!
Watch Previous Online Services: Did you miss a service recently? You can watch all of our online services on our FaceBook page, or read the transcripts of the services HERE.
Text to Give: You can now make donations to First Parish via TEXT by following these steps:
- Type in (833) 763-0068 in the “To:” field of a text
- Type in the amount you want to give in the text box
- Click on the link to enter your billing information
- For subsequent donations, simply text the amount you want to give to the (833) 763-0068 & hit SEND.
OR… Mail Your Pledge Check! Many of our parishioners usually pay their pledges with a check placed in the Offertory, and may prefer not to give online. If this is YOU, please mail your pledge checks to the church office at 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101. It is essential for us to maintain a smooth cash flow in these difficult times. Thank you for your generosity!
Weekly eNews Tips: Are you receiving our weekly eNews email? The eNews is filled with valuable information on how to get involved at First Parish. Email Hannah in the Office to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope the following tips will help you get the most out of this important mode of communication:
- CLICK on the rectangular buttons & blue underlined words throughout the eNews to link to more information.
- Click on the “ORDER of SERVICE” button above to get more information on readings and music from each service.
- Wait…there’s more! Click on the “View Entire Message” link at the end of this email to read the full eNews!
- Is someone you know not receiving the eNews even though they signed up? Encourage them to check their Promotions or Junk folders, and then move the eNews into their Inbox.