Upcoming Events at First Parish


Come join the fun… Dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the World- Fall Fundraiser Raffle!  Our “Dinner Anywhere in the World” Raffle is creating a buzz throughout First Parish. Everyone wants to know, where would you go if you win the raffle? We need your help to ensure we meet our goal of raising $33,000 to balance our FY2019 – 2020 budget. Since many of you will be visiting with family and friends over the holidays – what better time to sell your tickets. They make great stocking stuffers for Christmas! We still have 400 tickets left to sell so, please stop by the Raffle table and pick up your tickets. Contact Bill Adams with questions: (207) 939-8766 or wadams5071@gmail.com. Thank you, The Raffle Committee


Prayers for the People | December 15 Once a month, Reverend Christina will share “Prayers for the People” during Sunday service.  If you would like her to share your prayer of joy or sorrow with the congregation please contact her at minister@firstparishportland.org or 207-773-5747.


NATIVITY PAGEANT and VESPERS SERVICE | December 15 | 5pm | Meeting House  Please join us in celebrating our 93rd annual VESPER SERVICE and NATIVITY PAGEANT with candlelight and music. There is a place in the Pageant for everyone from First Parish who wishes to participate in some way. It is our hope that this special worship service will be a meaningful part of your family’s holiday celebration – in the tableau, behind the scenes, or in the congregation. No admission fee; contributions are greatly appreciated. FMI: Laurie Hasty laurie@maine.rr.com.


National Vigil to Remember Victims of Gun Violence | December 16 | 6pm | Parish Hall   December 14, 2019 marks the 7-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. We urge you to join the gun violence prevention community in our collective effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced. The vigil will bring together survivors of gun violence, victims’ family members, concerned citizens, faith leaders, lawmakers, and many more. Sponsored by the Maine Gun Safety Coalition.


Christmas Bells: A Holiday Handbell Concert | December 19 | 7pm | First Parish Meeting House  Ring in the season with MHS and The Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers with a program of seasonal music, including arrangements set to the words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Christmas Bells. $10 for MHS members, $15 general admission.  Purchase tickets online at www.mainehistory.org or at the door. Sponsored by the Maine Historical Society.


Meetings & Classes


1619 Slavery Project | December  17 | 7- 8:30pm | Pre-K Classroom (upstairs)  The Racial Justice Team invites you to a slavery study group based on The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project. Let’s learn why slavery lingers in our culture, institutions, and dwells in our behavior.  For details and reading assignments, leave your name and contact info on Kris Minister’s phone 207-415-8274 or email krisminister@me.com.


Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays| 8-9am | Meeting House  Note:  No class on 12/25 or 1/1. 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 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. We will kick off the new church year with a Choir Retreat on Saturday, September 7th from 10-2 in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Scott 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.




Mitten Tree: The RE Program will be taking collections of new or gently used gloves, hats, scarves, and mittens for Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services. They are in high need of men’s items. Donations should be placed in the boxes below the tree in the Parish Hall. Thank you!


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.


Security at First Parish  We are working closely with the Maine GuardSafe security agency to maintain our Sunday morning worship as a warm, welcoming, and safe experience for all. Now that our RE program has started back up, the Parish House doors will be locked between 10:15-11 am. The Meeting House doors will remain open during service. Our security guard is able to contact Moe for access to the building up the ramp, if it is needed during this time. Thank you for your patience as we work towards making Sundays at First Parish a safe and secure experience for everyone.


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.