We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
ONLINE Worship Service:

Sunday
April 4th, 2021
10:00 am

Easter: Resurrection
Reverend Christina Sillari
Join Zoom Meeting:
(This link will work for all upcoming online services.)
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Call in as early as 9:30 am
to say hello to other First Parish friends.

Or watch the livestream service on our Facebook page.
Upcoming Online Worship Services
April 11 | 10am
Is Peace Possible?
Rev. Christina Sillari
April 18 | 10am
Our Blue Boat Home
Mark Gallup
April 25 | 10am
Youth Sunday
Toben Cooney-Callnan
Rev. Christina Sillari
 Pastoral Care
Breakout Room
Sunday Mornings after Worship
 
All are welcome to join a confidential pastoral care breakout room each Sunday after worship. Please send a chat message to the worship tech person during the service if you would like to join. A member of the Pastoral Care Team will be present with an open heart. For any questions or concerns please contact team leader Judy Micoleau.
Prayers for the People 
Sunday Worship

Once a month, Reverend Christina will share "Prayers for the People" during Sunday service. If you would like her to share your prayer of joy or sorrow with the congregation please contact her at minister@firstparishportland.org or 207-773-5747.

Stewardship 2021 -
Be a Sustainer!

If you haven’t done so already, please make your annual Stewardship pledge online, or return the pledge card that is in the pledge materials sent by mail. Also available online are instructions for making an online pledge or setting up an automatic payment schedule and pledge FAQs. NOTE: when you set up an automatic payment for this pledge, enter the periodic amount in the field “Pledge Payments after July 1, 2021.” To make your donation continuous, do not enter a Donation End-date in the schedule of payments. For more information, or if you need a set of the printed materials, contact Susan Cook, Stewardship chair. Thank you!

Path to Membership Class
Tuesday, April 6 | 5-7pm | Zoom

Are you interested in joining First Parish as a member? Join members of the Leadership Team to learn about our church governance and the responsibilities of membership at First Parish. For more information, please contact Laurie Hasty, Membership Coordinator.
UU Book of the Year!
Breathe: A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry

The Library has ordered 6 copies of this powerful book in which the author explores thoughts, issues, and concerns that she has for her sons' future. Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. A notice will be placed in this newsletter to let you know how to borrow a copy when it is available through our library. It is also available through the public library system and can be ordered on Amazon.
The Safe Congregation
Committee Needs You!

The Safe Congregation Committee is looking for more volunteers! Are you passionate about keeping our congregation safe? Are you a creative problem solver? Can you commit to attending 1-2 meetings a month? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be the right fit for the Safe Congregation Committee! Please email Jen Stenberg for more information.
Jan & June Take on
Racial and Cultural Lines
in Their New Book!

Jan Froehlich, MS OTR/L (First Parish Member) and her colleague, June Thornton-Marsh, MSW, are pleased to announce the December 30, 2020 publication of their book Transforming Racial and Cultural Lines in Health and Social Care: Listening, Loving, and Lifting Spirits When You Can.  They invite you to view the book here. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, use this code to receive a 20% discount: FLR40.
Are You a P.R Pro?
Or, do you know someone who is?

The Church for EveryBody campaign needs you! We are on the verge of taking our campaign to improve the accessibility of First Parish to the greater Portland community for donations to get us over the top of our fundraising goal. We've secured a matching gift challenge, so now we need someone who can help us with media relations, advertising, etc. Please contact Austin Farrar if you can help!
Wayside Pulpit
Laurie Hasty
Membership Coordinator
Words by UU Minister
Rev. Joel Miller
We Are Looking For..

Three volunteers to help Moe move the large furniture being stored in the Meeting House back where it belongs! We will be needing these volunteers within the next few weeks, once the construction is complete. If you are able to help, please email Hannah at the office for more information.
Pastoral Care Calls
& Office Hours
with Reverend Christina
Mondays | 9am-12pm
Tuesdays | 2pm-5pm

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 the Office to schedule a call.
Breathing and Meditation 
with Reverend Christina
Wednesdays | 7:30-8:30am | Zoom

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. Free to members. $10.00 per class for non-members. You can find the Zoom link here.
Poetry Hour with Reverend Christina
Thursdays | 8-9 am | Zoom
 
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. You can find the Zoom link here.


Church for EveryBody Project Update

Marge Stockford
CFE Project Manager
We've got color! Here are some sneak peeks at some new colors you can expect to see in the church! We are putting the finishing touches on the project including new LED lights, painting the walls, finalizing the closet space, and hanging plaques and signs. Please check out an update on the overall project here.  Photos by Moe Blanchard.
Peaceful Harbor Sangha
Sundays | 6:30-8:00pm | online

Peaceful Harbor Sangha meets weekly for shared Buddhist practice. Meetings include sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma reading and discussion. Come experience the calm in the storm! Meetings are now held on Zoom, and all are welcome; donations are gratefully accepted but not required. To receive the Zoom link, contact Susannah Ristine.  
Hope for Spring 2021
Rev. Christina Sillari

The Unitarian Universalist Association recommends that we do not return to in-person Sunday worship until May 2021. I feel this is very wise. The great state of Maine has one of the lowest rates of COVID cases in the country, but these cases are on the rise. We have also seen serious outbreaks from a few religious gatherings. As a faith community with social values, it is important that we not only consider ourselves during these times, but all of our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable among us. We will soon share with you how we determine the most responsible pathway forward during these unprecedented times.
COVID + Construction:
Getting in Touch with First Parish

With the combined challenges of COVID and the CFE construction project, business is anything but normal at First Parish! It may take a few days to return phone messages; email is the best way to reach all First Parish staff. Please keep in mind that Scott, Toben and Laurie work part-time, and will return messages when they are able. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Reverend Christina Sillari
Minister

Hannah Gilman
Congregational Administrator

Scott Wheatley
Music Director

Toben Cooney-Callnan
Director of Religious Exploration

Laurie Hasty
Membership Coordinator

Moe Blanchard
Sexton
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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