We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
August 11, 2018
10:00 am

Journey for
Planetary Healing

Rev.Christina Sillari

August Worship Services
August 18 |10am
Spirituality in the
Age of Surveillance
Vaishali Mamgain
August 25 |10am
The Paths That
Brought Us Here
Rev. Shay MacKay & Rev. Diana McLean
Sept. 1 |10am
Marianne Hill
RE Announcements
August 11 th  -  No RE
All Congregation Service

Childcare for babies and toddlers will be available in the Nursery
(upstairs in the Parish House).

RE classes will resume on September 15 th .

FMI about RE at First Parish, please contact, Toben Cooney-Callnan, Director of Religious Exploration, at  dre@firstparishportland.org.
Have you fulfilled your
2018-2019 pledge? 

If no, contributions will be accepted until August 31. The church year ended June 30 and we are showing a deficit as there are many households that have not completed their pledge. Updated pledge statements will be sent to all households the first week of August. Stewardship will be reaching out to these households in August to help bring the budget deficit to at least $0! Pledge contributions can be mailed to the church, dropped in the offertory box, or on the "Give" button at wwwfirstparishportland.org
Snacks for Coffee Hour
Sundays | 11am | Parish Hall

Please bring a snack to share during Coffee Hour! Sign up online , or just bring your donation to the kitchen before service. Thank you!
Mainers for Health & Parental Rights
August 11 & 25 | 11am | Parish Hall

Mainers for Health and Parental Rights will have a table set up at coffee hour August 11 and 25 to collect signatures for the 2020 ballot for the People’s Veto to preserve religious and medical freedom. Please join them in their efforts to preserve democracy. 
For more information: info@veto798maine.com
Tours of our Historic Church
Sundays | 12:00, 12:30, 1:00 & 1:30pm | Meeting House

Join us on Sundays for a
20 minute tour of our historic building!

Would you like be a tour guide? We have begun doing guided tours for visitors to our historic church.  Tour guide training will be provided and volunteer commitment is a few hours a month. Contact Kip DeSerres at  kipdes@gmail.com or 557-4006.
Volunteer Opportunities
to Help Asylum Seekers

First Parish IS a welcoming community!  Many thanks to Bruce Carver and Brenda and Harty Norris who have opened their homes to two asylum-seeking families formally housed at the Portland Expo. And, many thanks to all of you who have responded to the survey indicating your availability to help support our hosts! We are in the midst of matching needs with volunteer availability.

If you still wonder how you can help, feel free to contact Jenn McAdoo at  mcadoo.jenn@gmail.com  or Molly Juhlin at  mollyjuhlin@gmail.com
Join us for our weekly planning meetings to learn more:
Mondays | 6-7:30pm | Parish Hall

***Please note, there will be no meeting on 8/12***
Youth Social
Justice Trip

Our Director of Religious Exploration, Toben Cooney-Callnan, and our Minister, Reverend Christina Sillari, are taking a group of our First Parish youth to West Virginia from August 17th to August 24th with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice. They will be working with Southern Appalachian Labor School and the UU Congregation of Charleston to explore Appalachia in transition through exploring the social, economic and legal structures which affect the lives of the Appalachian people. They hope to create a worship service of the experience in September. 
Updated for 2019-20!

There are so many ways to get involved at First Parish:
  • Usher/Greeter
  • Community Dinner
  • Building Tours and more!
Contact Sheila in the Office if you have any questions about signing up online: office@firstparishportlan.org.
A Peek into the
Bones of our
Historic Building

Work was recently completed to better secure the large plaque to the left of the pulpit in the Meeting House. When the plaque was removed, we found that the text from the plaque had originally been painted on the wall of the Meeting House, surrounded by a frame mural! The "door" in the photo was simply a wooden frame used to hold the brass plaque in place. Many thanks to M.R. Brewer for their careful attention to our historic building, and for making this job a priority in their schedule!
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

 Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community 
and Help Heal the World