Upcoming Events at First Parish

Justice Bean Supper & Dance |  January 25 | 6-8:30 pm | Parish Hall  Come join us and bring family and friends for good food, community, and fun, benefiting the First Parish Minister’s fund to help immigrants, asylum-seekers and others ub need.  Baked beans, hot dogs & fixings, 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 | February 2 | 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.

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 Rev. Christina. Free to First Parish Members; $10.00 non-members.

UUA District and Regional News and Events | January 19 | 11:30 – 12:30 pm | Youth Room  The Board of the Northern New England District of the UUA  is recommending that delegates from NNED congregations vote to dissolve the District at the 2020 NNED Annual Meeting, April 24-25, in Nashua, NH. Please join us if you would like to represent First Parish as a delegate at this meeting or if you would just like to learn more about the issue. We will also discuss members of First Parish serving as delegates at the UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI in June.

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 May 10:

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!

Newcomer Coffee for Families | February 2 | 11:30-1 pm | Youth Room Come learn more about what makes this church unique especially for children and families. Grab a cup of coffee from Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall and join us upstairs in the Youth Room. Childcare is provided. Hope to see you there! FMI: Toben dre@firstparishportland.org or Laurie membership@firstparishportland.org

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.


Prayers for the People | January 19 | During Service  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.

Folk Group Call for Instrumentalists: The Folk Group is looking for instrumentalists to back up our vocals on an “as needed” basis. No need to commit to weekly rehearsals. We are particularly interested in a banjo, fiddle, bass and mandolin but will consider other appropriate instruments. FMI contact Tony at TLacert@gmail.com.

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. Need one? We’ll get one for you. Stay tuned for more info later this month!

UU Common Read: The UU Common Read book this year, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, will be available (2 copies) in the First Parish Library by Sunday January 19th. Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz explores US history through experiences and perspectives of indigenous peoples.  You can also order your own copy at uuabookstore.org.  Last year’s Common Read book (Justice on Earth) is also coming to our library.  Check them out!

Raffle Wrap-Up: We are happy to report that we sold 1745 tickets which generated a new revenue stream of $34,900 for First Parish. Given our conservative estimates of $7,000 in expenses, we will make $27,900 – three times what we made on the auction. Yippee! In addition to our 3 raffle prize winners, we also awarded prizes for selling the winning ticket ($200) and selling the most tickets ($300). See the eNews for more information on our heavy hitting ticket sellers. We asked all of you to sell 10 tickets.  109 people accepted the challenge – they averaged 16 tickets per person.  So, it can be done!  Just think what we could do if more of you joined in on the fun.  You have a year to think about it. Congratulations to all! Bill Adams, Raffle Chair

Thank You! The Religious Exploration Program gives a big THANK YOU to all who helped with the Mitten Tree!! We collected 101 articles of warm winter clothing including hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, socks, jackets, and sweaters. All items collected go to the Refugee and Immigration Services at Catholic Family Charities.

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.

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.