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 membership@firstparishportland.org. We look forward to connecting with you!

 

Meetings & Classes

 

What’s Going on in Religious Exploration (RE)?

For more information about the RE program, please email Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at dre@firstparishportland.org.

  • 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 dre@firstparishportland.org for more information.

Religious Exploration Updated Calendar

The RE Calendar has been updated to reflect our shared classes with the UU Church of Brunswick.  Our Online RE Calendar is the best place to go for the most up to date information on what is happening each week in the RE Program.

 

First Parish Book Group | August 3 | 6-7 pm | Online 
Pop in to share about a book you are reading or have read and to hear about books others are reading! This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month. Members free; $5 non-members. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Betsy Garnett: ekgarnett@yahoo.com Sponsored by the Library Team.

 

 

Pastoral Care Breakout Room 

There will be no Pastoral Care Breakout Rooms during the Summer months.  If you have a Pastoral Care Emergency, please contact team leader Judy Micoleau:  judymicoleau299@gmail.com.

 

Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays |  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.  Free to members. $10.00 per class for non-members.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96586136052. Note: this is a new link!

 

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 poems.  All are welcome.  Free to members.  $10.00 per class for non-members.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99801024214Note: this is a new link!

 

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 ristinesusannah@gmail.com.

 

Events

 

ONLINE Worship Service | Sundays | 9 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.

 

Announcements

 

Update on Church for EveryBody  We’re getting down to the last few details – adding the last electrical outlets, painting the walls, putting the kitchen back together, etc.  We’re still waiting for the elevator completion and final brick work, but we are almost there!   In related news, the church has a new phone (although same number) and Internet service – expect a new recording on the voicemail service when you call the main number and faster Internet service if you connect to the network.  You can learn more about the project’s status here.

 

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 office@firstparishportland.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 chalice@firstparishportland.org.

 

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 (hfcjdc@gmail.com), Bruce Carver (brucedcarver@gmail.com), and/or Tom Rogers (trogers1@me.com).

 

Phishing Emails: Please be aware of an emails you receive from anyone 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!

 

Need Help Getting Started on Zoom?  Thanks to Kate Stenberg, Worship Team, 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:

  1. Type in (833) 763-0068 in the “To:” field of a text
  2. Type in the amount you want to give in the text box
  3. Click on the link to enter your billing information
  4. 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: office@firstparishportland.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.