Meetings & Classes

Poetry and Prayer Virtual Gatherings: Take a deep breath, allow your nervous system to settle, and join Rev. Christina for these Poetry and Prayer gatherings on Zoom.
  • Monday, March 23 | 10:00 am | Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/374035667; Meeting ID: 374 035 667; One tap mobile: +19294362866,,374035667# US (New York)
  • Wednesday, March 25 | 7:00 pm | Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/810104792; Meeting ID: 810 104 792; One tap mobile: +19294362866,,810104792# US (New York)
Pastoral Care Calls with Reverend Christina | Tuesdays: 10 am- 12 pm & Wednesdays: 12 – 2 pm: Reverend Christina will be holding Pastoral Care phone or Zoom calls for members of First Parish. Please email Sheila to schedule a call in the weeks ahead.

ONLINE Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 8-9 am  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. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/630981602 ; Meeting ID: 630 981 602. One tap mobile (audio only): +19294362866,,630981602# US (New York)

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:

Path to Membership Class | Stay Tuned for New Date | 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!

Upcoming Events at First Parish

Register for the Bus Tour to DC!  Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington | June 19-21, 2020  Join First Parish and March Forth memebers to challenge the evils of racism, systemic poverty, the war economy, and ecological devestation and the nation’s distorted morality and demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda! Trip includes:

  • Roundtrip Custom Coach transportation from Portland to DC
  • 2 nights accomodations
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director
  • $100 per person deposit due on or before March 17, 2020
  • FMI or to REGISTER ONLINE, CLICK HERE!

Fun-A-Day Community Creative Show | Stay Tuned for New Date | 5:30-8:00 pm | Parish Hall  Create Your Projects in Feb & March!  Do you have a hobby, craft or talent waiting to pop out? Are your doodles looking more original? Do you write poetry or songs or keep a journal? Here’s your chance to play and display what fun things you like to do.  All ages welcome! Contact John Tiedje to show or volunteer: johndesignx@gmail.com or 730-2630.

Child Dedication Ceremony | May 17 | During Sunday Worship Service  If you would like to have your child dedicated during the Religious Exploration Service on May 17th, or have questions about Child Dedication, please email Toben dre@firstparishportland.org.

Announcements

March is  STILL Stewardship Month! Our goal this year is to collect $225,000 in pledges! Please, take the time to fill out your pledge card and return it to us, or make your pledge online. If you did not receive a pledge packet, please contact Greg Dorsey at soulrnrg@gmail.com. Stay tuned for the new date for our Annual Stewardship Brunch. The magic of what we do together is the miracle of community. Thank you! The Stewardship Team

Need Help Getting Started on Zoom? Watch this helpful video to make sure you are up and running for Worship Service on Sunday, as well as other Zoom offerings!
Are you Tech Savvy? We are looking for folks who are comfortable with technology to join our Tech Support Team! Do you know the in’s & out’s of Zoom? How about livestreaming on Facebook? Perhaps you’d like to help get people up and running to see our services online? You don’t need to be an expert- just a quick learner! Please email Laurie if you can help:membership@firstparishportland.org.
You Are Not Alone: The discomfort of social distancing, challenges of interrupted routines and patterns, feelings of isolation and uncertainty are stressful. Each week as we begin worship, we covenant together to “help one another to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the divine.” We come together because at our core we are committed to one another. We are a community. This week, members of the Pastoral Care and Membership Teams and the Governing Board will be calling every member of First Parish to check in with you. It is good to hear another person’s voice. We need to share what is on our minds, what we are doing, and the highs and lows of our days. Friends of First Parish are also part of our community. Please email membership@firstparishportland.org if you would like to talk with Laurie Hasty, our Membership Coordinator.
Hello Families! This is a tricky time. People are stuck at home. Kids can’t go out to play with their friends. In times like these we need a little something to remind us of the hope we carry hope in our hearts. A reminder like this one from Kid President: https://youtu.be/4z7gDsSKUmU
We Are Not Alone, by Pepper Choplin: Scott Wheatley, First Parish Music Director, sent this video from Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church to our church choir recently, and hopes everyone will appreciate the message. Scott says, “We will definitely be singing this in the choir at some point.” https://youtu.be/OviilwuJVtE
MAINE 211 Resources for the Public: Maine State Government announced yesterday that 211 will be available 24×7 to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The ways to contact them include:
• Text your zip code to 898-211
• Email: info@211maine.org
Instructions for a patient who is sick with or who has been tested for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/…/do…/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
How to live with someone who has suspected Covid or who has Covid illness:(from CA Dept of Health):
Community Pandemic Mitigation Strategies:

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.

SIGN UP to VolunteerThere 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.