Upcoming Events at First Parish


Come join the fun… Dinner for 2 ANYWHERE in the World- Fall Fundraiser Raffle! We are at the best time of year for selling our Raffle tickets.  Thanksgiving is fast approaching when many of us will gather with family and friends.  What better time to offer an opportunity to win a Dinner for 2 anywhere in the world!  Great stocking stuffer!  Or, Share the Raffle drawing with your Facebook friends and list your contact information – you’ll be amazed at the response. Please remember, we make our goal if we each sell 10 tickets!  Stop by the Raffle table following the service and pick up your share.

Justice Bean Supper Dance | November 23 | 6-8:30pm | Parish Hall  Come join us and bring family and friends for good food, community, and fun to benefit the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC).  Baked beans, hot dogs & fixins, sides, salads, and desserts! $10 per person/$20 for a family.  Carl Cappello will lead us in song and Marcy Makinen will share about support for the Poor People’s Assembly in Washington D.C. on June 20, 2020.  HELP WANTED: potluck dishes, setup and cleanup volunteers. Contact  angus@angusferguson.com or 749-6618 to RSVP and volunteer.

Cornbread and Cider Communion | November 24 | During Sunday Service   Join us for this intergenerational autumn service before Thanksgiving celebrating our wider community through a communion ritual which honors the Native People of the land.

New Member Ceremony | November 24 | During Worship Service  Help us welcome our newest Members on 11/24! Please be in touch with Laurie Hasty if you are hoping to become a Member of FP:  membership@firstparishportland.org.  There will be another Membership Ceremony and round of classes in the spring.

Thanksgiving Feast | November 24 | 11am- 12:30pm | Parish Hall | $5 per person; $10 for families (to help cover costs)  We will provide the turkeys, fixings, and drinks. Please bring a contribution of a side dish or dessert. Sign up in the Parish Hall this Sunday to come, bring a dish, and/or volunteer. We will need lots of volunteers (especially for clean-up) to help with this special community event! Please SIGNUP HERE, or email Jennifer at jbell6083@gmail.com.

Community Dinner | December 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.


Meetings & Classes


Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays| 8-9am | Meeting House  Note: Class will continue while Rev. Christina is in VT! 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.

A Church for EveryBody: The Campaign for First Parish in Portland  | November 10 | 11:15am | Youth Room  Join us for a Campaign Conversation to learn more about the Accessibility Project and A Church for EveryBody Campaign, ask questions, and learn how you can be involved in this transformation endeavor.

Religious Exploration Volunteer Workshop | November 17 | Youth Room | 11:15am-12:45pm  If you would like to learn how to support the RE Program by volunteering in the classroom please attend. Pre-registration is not required.If you have any questions about whether this workshop is right for you please email Toben: dre@firstparishportland.org.

1619 Slavery Project | November 19 | 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.

Newcomer Coffee | December 1 | 11:30am | Youth Room (upstairs)  This is a great opportunity to meet our Membership Coordinator, Laurie Hasty, 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.

Congregational Vote on Updated Bylaws | December 8 | 11am  First Parish Members will be asked to vote on our updated Bylaws. Aside from technical cleanup and modernization, revision of the Bylaws are necessary in light of our recent adoption of the Policy Governance model. The Governing Board, in consultation with Reverend Sillari and others, have updated the Bylaws (last revised in 2015) to best suit the needs of our church. See eNews for link to read the updated Bylaws.

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.



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.

Instrumentalists Come Forth! If you are a “mature” instrumentalist looking to polish old skills or a “younger” player interested in more experience, the choir invites you to join us. Occasionally songs are enhanced with something more than the piano and our fledgling Folk Group would love to add a bass, mandolin or fiddle. If interested; please send your name, the type of instrument, and your contact information to brendafraney6@gmail.com. We look forward to making beautiful music together!

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.

    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 flowers.