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

February 21, 2021
10:00 am

Santosha / Contentment
Erica Tetro
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
Feb. 28 | 10am
A New Mythology
Mary Gelfand
March 7 | 10am
Sustainability: Stewardship Sunday
Rev. Christina Sillari
March 14 | 10am
Overly Committed
Rev. Christina Sillari

Welcome, Erica Tetro
Feb 21 Guest Speaker

Erica Tetro is a certified yoga teacher and has been a devoted yoga student for 27 years. While sharing yoga through classes and workshops, Erica seeks to blend her interests in the healing arts, integrative embodiment, and individual & collective harmony. Erica lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and cats.
 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. Any questions or concerns please contact team leader Judy Micoleau:  judymicoleau299@gmail.com.
 Opportunity Fair
Meet the Religious Exploration  
Faith in Action Teams
Sunday, February 21 | 11am 

During the online coffee hour after the worship service, stay connected to meet the leaders of the Religious Exploration and Faith in Action teams to learn about their activities and the opportunities to get involved in the life of First Parish.

For more information:

Stewardship 2021 -
Be a Sustainer!

Your packet of materials for the 2021 Stewardship pledge drive will be mailed to you next week. We ask you to review the materials and consider how you will Be a Sustainer of First Parish over the coming year. Pledges of any size are welcome. Online pledging is encouraged, and, new this year, you can make a continuous pledge that will keep on supporting First Parish and its mission.

For more information, contact Stewardship chair Susan Cook at susan.conant.cook@gmail.com.

With thanks for your upcoming pledge support,
The Stewardship Team

Wabanaki REACH Workshop

Wabanaki REACH will hold a three session Zoom workshop, Decolonization and the Role of Faith Communities, in collaboration with First Parish on Feb 28, March 14, and March 28 from 1-2:30 PM.

The workshop is limited to 30 people with a registration fee of $20 that covers all three sessions. Further information can be found here. We hope you can join us!

ONLY 3 spots left! Sign up now!
Welcome, Hannah!
The New First Parish Office Administrator

After a highly competitive interview process, First Parish is delighted to announce that Hannah Gilman will begin work as our new Congregational Administrator, starting the last week of February. Hannah brings strong organizational, management, communications, marketing, social media, team building and customer service skills. Please welcome Hannah to our First Parish community.

Hello everyone! I’m originally from China, Maine, but have lived in Portland for three years now.

I love to travel, read, go for walks in nature, and journal in my free time. I volunteer for a nonprofit called Humanity and Hope United, and we create sustainable change in remote villages in Honduras. I also co-lead their Book Club, and we are always welcoming new members! I have a passion for serving others, and I am so grateful to be transitioning to a job that is aligned with that passion.

My favorite role that I get to play is Auntie; I have four nieces and a nephew that I adore.

I am really looking forward to getting to know all of you!
Wayside Pulpit
Laurie Hasty, Membership Coordinator
Please Complete the COVID Survey!

We hope you received an email invitation from Reverend Christina to complete our church-wide survey of your experiences over the last year during this "time of COVID." We urge you to take the five minutes required to fill it out--it will help Reverend Christina and all First Parish leadership to better meet the needs of the entire congregation in this difficult time. You can access the survey here. Many thanks!
Calling All Friends
of Art Lovers

Here's an opportunity for EVERYONE to help with this year’s On-Line Art Auction - even if you’re not on the committee or, participating in the auction. Each and every one of you know at least one person who would be a good prospective buyer to invite to our Auction – please send me their contact information. The more buyers we get to participate, the more money we will raise for the church. C’mon now – you can all think of one name! Thank you in advance for your help.

Bill Adams, Art Auction Chair
(207) 939-8766

Church for EveryBody Project Update
Marge Stockford, CFE Project Manager

Now we're getting to a few smaller, but very important, things! A fenced-in area has been set up to house our dumpster, CMP has finally come and gone, leaving behind a massive electrical distribution board (or what I would call a "power box") that will serve all of our electrical needs and more, and the Community Room kitchen door has been installed and the walls painted (pictures above). The next big events will include tile installation on the kitchen floor and the arrival of the oversized glass windows and doors that will be the centerpiece of the church's new entrance. Stay tuned! And please check out an update on the overall progress of the project here. Photos by Moe Blanchard.
Peaceful Harbor Sangha
Sundays | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | 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 at ristinesusannah@gmail.com.  
Reverend Christina's
Winter Break

Reverend Christina will be taking the month of February off for rest and study. We have a great month of worship planned, so please continue to join us on Sunday mornings. Feel free to reach out to any staff or leader if you need anything at all.  We have everything covered!

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.
Committee on Ministry 

The Committee on Ministry (COM) assists the minister and the congregation in promoting the well-being of the congregation’s ministry. Should a member have an inquiry or feedback pertaining to The Reverend’s ministry at First Parish, please contact a member of the COM team: Andrew Bloom (ABLOOM@maine.rr.com), Jen Caswell (hfcjdc@gmail.com), Bruce Carver (brucedcarver@gmail.com), and/or Tom Rogers (trogers1@me.com). 
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!
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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