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 email@example.com. We look forward to connecting with you!
Meetings & Classes
What’s Going on in RE?- FMI about the RE program, please email Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grades 1-7: Zoom Meetings most Sundays 9-9:45 am
- Grades 8/9: Coming of Age Program Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 pm
- 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 email@example.com for more information.
Pastoral Care Calls & Office Hours with Reverend Christina | Mondays | 9 am – 12 pm &
Tuesdays | 2-5 pm Reverend Christina will be holding Pastoral Care calls and Office Hours for meetings by phone or Zoom every Monday & Tuesday for members and leaders of First Parish. Please email Sheila to schedule a call.
ONLINE Breathing and Meditation Class | Wednesdays | 7:30-8:30 am 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. Taught by Rev. Christina. Free to members. $10.00 per class for non-members. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/63098160.
Poetry Hour with Reverend Christina | Thursdays | 8-9 am 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://us02web.zoom.us/j/25029831
Weekly Bible Study with Reverend Christina| Tuesdays | October 27- November 17 | 4:00-5:30 pm | Zoom: The Bible is a sacred text worth exploring. All are welcome to join in community to read, interpret and discuss “The Book of Thomas” from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. Registration required; must sign up for whole series. Free to members. $50 for the series for non-members.Please email Laurie Hasty to register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcomer Coffee ONLINE! | November 1 | 11:30-12:30 Newcomers and visitors to First Parish are invited to chat informally with Rev. Christina to learn more about what makes this church unique. To join the conversation at 11:30am, use the Zoom link posted above for this week’s online worship service or just stay online after the service. we look forward to meeting you! FMI: Laurie Hasty email@example.com.
Introducing Upcoming Guest Speaker: Ophelia Hu Kinney | Healing After the Election Service | November 8 | 10 am | Zoom Service Ophelia Hu Kinney (she/her/hers) is the child of Chinese immigrants, a sister, and a wife. She is the Director of Communications at Reconciling Ministries Network, an organization advancing LGBTQ justice and inclusion in The United Methodist Church, and the Worship Coordinator at HopeGateWay in Portland. She lives with her wife in Scarborough.
First Parish Memorial Garden Fall Clean Up | October 24 | 9 am (Raindate: October 25) Join the Garden Committee with a pair of gloves to rake, prune and put our beloved garden to bed for the winter. All are welcome- masks and social distancing, please! FMI: please contact Linda Shary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UU the Vote! There are many ways members and friends of First Parish can find useful information on Voting November 3rd, and also find ideas on encouraging family members and friends to vote. The following organizations and websites are the partners in UU the Vote. They welcome your interest and involvement. Be the world changers that our faith calls us to become. Together we can #VoteLove and #DefeatHate.
Election Protection Volunteer Opportunities: For what feels like the first time in all of our lives, there is real concern about the safety and integrity of the upcoming election. Many organizations, like the Maine League of Women Voters, have put together trainings to support people in safely volunteering to do election protection work. From reaching out to support clerks to observing local elections, there are many ways you can actively participate as an election protection volunteer. FMI: League of Women Voters of Maine: Election Protection Information Sessions
Native Justice Resource List: This Native Justice Resource List of educational, historical, and local action materials is offered in response to the interest expressed following the Truth, Grief & Reconciliation service on October 11th. Any suggestions for additions may be forwarded to Carl Cappello, email@example.com.
Poetry and Music Information from the Truth, Grief & Reconciliation Service: There have been requests for more information on Mihku Paul’s poems and the music by Dawnland Singers. Mihku’s featured poem during the service, Song for Machigonne is available HERE. Her poem Jefferson Street School (read just before the breakout sessions) is available HERE and can also be found in her book 20th Century Pow Wow Playland which was published in 2012 by Bowman Books. The music by the Dawnland Singers is from their Honor Songs album. Honor Songs can be found on Amazon or purchased directly from the Bruchac family HERE. All proceeds go to support the Ndakinna Outdoor Education Center.
Update on Church for EveryBody: Work is moving quickly on First Parish’s Accessibility Project, The Church for EveryBody! Demolition is taking place on all the ceiling finishes and some of the walls in the lower level Community Room and kitchen. Demolition is also underway on the 1st floor with the fireplace, chimney & interior of Moe’s office. Moe’s office will become more compact, and an accessible toilet room with shower will be added in the remaining space. The lower level mechanical room is receiving and impressive amount of new power boxes and panels for our upgraded power supply. Learn more about the project here. You can learn more about the project’s status here.
Restricted Reopening for Rental Groups: The Rental Reopening Team has been working for many months on developing protocols for safely welcoming our long-standing rental partners back to First Parish. Our two large AA meetings (7 am Attitude Adjustment & Noon Men’s meeting) will resume their weekday meetings at First Parish next week, with a large portion of their members continuing to meet online. Due to the construction project taking place on the lower level, all all meetings will be held in the Parish Hall, with a max of 30 people. First Parish strongly recommends that most FP meetings and groups continue to meet online. Groups with members who cannot participate online are asked to call Sheila in the Office to discuss the possibility of holding meetings at First Parish. In order to ensure the safety of the Staff, all meetings will be held in the Parish Hall- the upstairs classrooms are closed for the time being. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we juggle the dual challenges of the pandemic and our exciting Church of EveryBody construction project!
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:
- Type in (833) 763-0068 in the “To:” field of a text
- Type in the amount you want to give in the text box
- Click on the link to enter your billing information
- 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 04010. It is essential for us to maintain a smooth cash flow in these difficult times. Thank you for your generosity!
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 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 Sheila in the Office to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.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.