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

Sunday
October 10th
10:00 am

Voices of the Wabanaki
Ambassador Maulian Dana
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Or watch the live stream service on our Facebook page.
Upcoming Online Worship Services
Oct. 17| 10am
Appreciating What Is
Rev. Elaine Peresluha
Oct. 24 | 10am
Go Direct!
Rev. Elaine Peresluha
Oct. 31 | 10am
Celebrating Samhain
Rev. Mary Gelfand &
Rev. Mark Gallup
Welcome to Our
Guest Speaker,
Ambassador
Maulian Dana!

Ambassador Maulian Dana grew up on Indian Island within the Penobscot Nation's Reservation. After graduating from University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Political Science, she served as an elected member of the Penobscot Tribal Council. In September 2017, Chief Kirk Francis appointed her as Tribal Ambassador, in which she serves as a liaison and advocate for policy and laws that protect the Penobscot people. For more information about this weekend's service, please click here.
Virtual Rally
For Indigenous
Peoples' Day
Oct 11 | 10 am - 12 pm

In 2019, Maine officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day — an overdue yet important milestone for our state. Now, it’s time to honor the Wabanaki Tribes by restoring their right to self-govern. Join the Wabanaki Alliance for the Rally for Wabanaki Rights. This event will be live-streamed through the Wabanaki Alliance Facebook Page. Click here to RSVP for the virtual Facebook Live event.
Our Folk Group is
Looking for Instrumentalists!

The folk group, 425 Congress, is looking for instrumentalists who enjoy the eclectic blend of music we present to the congregation and would love to have fun backing up the vocalists. No singing is required on your part, just an interest in having a good time when you contribute your musical talents to our ensemble. For more information, please contact Tony or Brenda.
Results From
Our Survey

Thank you for your input and thoughtful comments on our recent survey about returning to in-person worship. We are so pleased that 122 people participated - about 40% of our membership. 99% of the responders reported as being fully vaccinated. 79% of the responders indicated that they would be comfortable returning to indoor in-person services in the Meeting House, if masks and social distancing are required. The results clearly show that there is interest in returning to in-person worship. Still, there were also many valid concerns brought up in the written responses, like the inclusion of children in our gatherings, unvaccinated vaccine-eligible adults, and the logistics of the choir and ushers. We recognize that these must be considered and addressed before we can conduct worship safely for all participants. As of today, with the current data of Covid cases and hospitalizations, we are going to continue worship on Zoom and Facebook live until we are sure we can keep everyone safe inside of our building. Rev. Elaine thanks you for your feedback, your survey responses, and your continued wisdom and patience.
Wayside Pulpit
Words from Sherri Mitchell's book Sacred Instructions

Church For
EveryBody Update
We had a successful ribbon cutting ceremony last week at the new rear entrance of the church! Many came to celebrate this momentous occasion. We could not have completed this project without the incredibly generous donations of our members and friends. A huge thank you to all involved! You can watch the news coverage video here. You can read more about the project here.
Pictured above left to right: Steve Bromage, Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society; Austin Farrar, President of the Trustees and co-chair of the CFE project; A. Jan Berlin; Ted Oldham, architect and co-chair of the CFE project; Mayor Kate Snyder.
Pictured above left to right: Austin Farrar, President of the Trustees and co-chair of the CFE project; Ted Oldham, architect and co-chair of the CFE project; Charlie Micoleau, Trustee of First Parish.
 Pastoral Care
Breakout Room
Sundays After Worship Service
 
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.
Poetry Hour
Fridays | 8-9 am | Zoom
 
We read poems, reflect on them, and share how they touch our beings. Some of us have begun to write and share our own poems. All are welcome! Donations are gratefully accepted but not required. You can find the Zoom link here.
Breathing and Meditation
Wednesdays from Sept 8 - Oct 27 |
8-9 am | 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. Please email Susannah for information about sliding scale payment. You can find the Zoom link here.
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.  
Getting in Touch with First Parish

It may take a few days to return phone messages, so 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!

Rev. Elaine Peresluha
Interim Minister

Hannah Gilman
Congregational Administrator

Scott Wheatley
Music Director

Toben Cooney-Callnan
Director of Faith Formation

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