We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
Sunday, May 17
10:00 am

ONLINE Worship Service


RE Sunday: HOPE

Toben Cooney-Callnan
& Rev. Christina Sillari

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 387 790 755

One tap mobile
+19294362866,,387790755# US (New York)

Call in as early as 9:30 am
to test your Zoom connection,
and say hello to other First Parish friends.

Or watch the livestream service on our Facebook page .

Please have a candle ready to light during the service.
The above Zoom link will work for all upcoming online services.
Upcoming Online Worship Services
May 24 | 10am
With Liberty and Accessibility for All
Stephanie Desrochers
May 31 | 10am
Music Sunday: Separate but Together
Deena Hastings
& Tricia Naddaff
June 7 | 10am

Rev. Christina Sillari
Religious Exploration Sunday
Sunday | 10 am
 
There will not be a Children's 9am Zoom meeting this Sunday, May 17th. Instead children and families are encouraged to attend the service at 10 am, which will be about Hope and will feature a video that I made with the children. I wanted to note that I made the decision not to use live video or current images of the children as part of upholding our Safe Congregation practices. There is not a specific policy in place about sharing images of our children in live feed on the internet because these live services are new to us. However, I personally didn't feel comfortable doing so for many reasons. Although there will be no images of our children, I hope that hearing their voices and seeing their art will warm your hearts as much as putting the video together warmed mine. FMI about the RE program, please email Toben dre@firstparishportland.org

Pledge Statements

Check your email or mailbox for a statement showing payments made towards your 2019-2020 pledge as of April 30. Updated statements will be sent monthly through the end of the church year. We kindly request that all pledges be fulfilled by June 30. You will receive a statement even if your pledge is paid in full due to system limitations.

If you have fulfilled your pledge, thank you! 
Text to Give &
Pledge Checks

You can now make donations
to First Parish via TEXT
by following these steps:


  1. Type in (833) 763-0068 in the "To:" field of a text
  2. Type in the amount you want to give in the text box
  3. Click on the link to enter your billing information
  4. 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 04101. It is essential for us to maintain a smooth cash flow in these difficult times.
Thank you for your generosity!
Campaign and Construction Update

Wonderful news! On Monday, the City Council voted to accept Community Development Block Grant allocation recommendations that included $50,000 for our A Church for EveryBody (CFE) Accessibility Project! This brings the total pledged to our project to $1.1 million, 92% of our goal!

THANK YOU to all who have contributed to our CFE campaign so far. THANK YOU to all who have worked so hard on behalf of First Parish to make our accessibility vision a reality. We are SO CLOSE!

If you have not made a pledge to our campaign yet and would like to do so, please let us know. There are still four years over which you can fulfill your pledge! If you know of friends or businesses in our community who may like to make a tax-deductible donation to our campaign, please let us know. We would love to reach our campaign goal prior to our planned groundbreaking in June! FMI, please email Austin Farrar at ahfarrar47@gmail.com.
Wayside Pulpit
Laurie Hasty, Membership Coordinator
Music for the Soul
Scott Wheatley,
First Parish Music Director

Enjoy this recording of Long Time Traveler by First Parish’s wonderful women’s quartet featuring: Sarah Bartlett-Collins, Deena Hastings, Brenda Franey and Susan Farady.
Small Discussion Groups Forming

These groups offer an opportunity for us to support one another during this challenging time but are not formal Chalice Groups. Groups will be small, no more than eight plus the leader, and will meet on Zoom. Click button below for a list of groups with topics, meeting times, and leader's name. To sign up, please email Laurie:  membership@firstparishportland.org.
Mask Collection for our Community

Kate and Jen Stenberg are still making face masks! If you'd like to help make them for donation, or if you need masks for you and your family, please reach out to us!  Kate.a.stenberg@gmail.com.
Mother's Day Service
Maria Ptacin, Mary Wheeler
& Sarah Collins
May 10, 2020

Did you miss last week's service? You can now watch recordings of all Online Services on our FaceBook page!
“UU the Vote”
Campaign Leader

First Parish is looking for a volunteer to organize the “UU The Vote” campaign at our church as part of a statewide effort sponsored by The Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network ( MUUSAN ). Along with MUUSAN and other UU congregations in Maine, we can fight for our values, counter voter suppression, and expand democracy. The FPUU campaign leader will be part of a team organized under our Faith in Action Committee. If you are interested in volunteering to organize this campaign or have questions about it please email Carl Cappello at ccappello@maine.rr.com.
The Stewardship Team
needs to hear from YOU !
 
Our goal this year is to collect $225,000 in pledges! If you haven't done so already, please take the time to fill out your pledge card and return it to us, or make your pledge ONLINE here!   
If you did not receive a pledge packet, please contact Greg Dorsey at  soulrnrg@gmail.com . The magic of what we do together is the miracle of community. Thank you! The Stewardship Team
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.

Breathing and Meditation Class
Wednesdays | 8-9am
Join Zoom Meeting

Explore breathing techniques to nurture your mind, body and spirit from the comfort of your own home! 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#
Poetry & Meditation
Gatherings
Thursday Mornings | 8-9 am
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/250298315

Join Rev. Christina on Zoom on Thursday mornings for Poetry and Meditation. We will share poetry and spend time in silence together. All are welcome. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/250298315
Meeting ID: 250 298 315

One tap mobile: +19294362866,,250298315#
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  membership@firstparishportland.org. We look forward to connecting with you!
Welcome Saoirse Haluzak Nunziato!

Jenna writes, "(on April 29th) at 10 am, I went into MMC OB Triage for a stomachache. It turns out it wasn't a stomachache, and a mere 2.5 hours later, Saoirse Haluzak Nunziato arrived, after absolutely no signs of labor and getting right to pushing as soon as possible.
6 lbs, 4 oz, 19 inches, and all three of us are doing well.❤️"

Congratulations, Jenna & Mike!
We cannot wait to meet sweet Saoirse!
Keeping Busy at First Parish
Moe has been busy cleaning, painting, varnishing and organizing throughout our buildings recently! Here he is removing the glass plates from the beautiful chandelier in the Meeting House to dust and clean them. Everything will be sparkling when we return!
Weekly eNews Tips

Thank you for reading this eNews email! We hope the following tips will help you get the most out of this important mode of communication while we cannot be meeting together at First Parish:

  • CLICK on the rectangular buttons & blue underlined words throughtout 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.
Books Available from the
First Parish Library

The First Parish Library Catalogue is available online through the Members page of our website! If you see a book you would like to read you can contact the Office with your request, and arrange curb-side pick-up!
Portland Conservatory of Music's
Noonday Concert Series
Online Performance Schedule

May 7 – May 20: Titus Abbott and Jim Lyden
May 21 – June 3: Mary Johnston Letellier

Each Noonday concert will be available online for two weeks. Be sure to join us online for the entire series. https://portlandconservatoryofmusic.org/
The World Needs Chaplains

Deepen your spirituality. Serve your community. Hold and be held in justice and love. Learn more about ChIME's two-year Interfaith Chaplaincy program, including our new Blended/Distance Learning program. FMI: chimeofmaine.org or email admin@chimeofmaine.org.
Tara Brach's
Podcasts & Guided Meditations
Sheila Sullivan,
Congregational Administrator

Please join me in listening to Tara's most recent dharma talk, "Sheltering in Love (Part 7): Awakening from the Prison of Blame". Tara writes, " These talks explore the bodhisattva path – practices of an awakening being dedicated to living from love. The invitation is to let this season of close-in and global suffering deepen our collective commitment to creating a more compassionate world."

I listen to these podcasts while doing the dishes at night, or while getting ready for the day in the morning- instead of listening to the news! You can also find a wonderful variety of Tara's Guided Meditations HERE . Email me and let me know what you think! office@firstparishportland.org
Need Help Getting Started on Zoom?

Thanks to Kate Stenberg, Worship Team, we now have our very own

Have a look through this guide well before Sunday morning so you are up and running for our online worship service! Or watch this helpful Zoom video.

If you run into trouble accessing our online worship service, please email Laurie at membership@firstparishportland.org and someone will contact you to help troubleshoot your tech issues.

If you are not able to join us at 10 am on Sunday mornings, look for all recorded services on the First Parish Facebook page. Be sure to Like us on Facebook, and you will be alerted when services are LIVE!
Mass Poor People's Assembly
& ONLINE Moral March on Washington

June 20, 2020

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! On June 20th, we will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. On June 20, the 140 million poor and low-wealth people across this nation will be heard!

Have you visited the UUA's website recently? Many great resources can be found there, including the following:
Braver/Wiser : Courage & Compassion For Life As It Is
Fortification: Spiritual Sustenance for Movement Leadership
Rev. Christina's 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.
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 Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community 
and Help Heal the World