We Commit Ourselves and Our Resources to 
Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community, and Help Heal the World.
Sunday, March 22
10:00 am

ONLINE Worship Service

Wisdom and Imigination:
Our 7 UU Principals

Angus Ferguson

Meeting ID: 517 005 8808

Call in as early as 9:30 am on Sunday, March 22,
to test your Zoom connection,
and say hello to other First Parish friends.

Please have a candle ready to light during the service.

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Please spread the word regarding Online Worship Services
to any First Parish Members & Friends
who may not receive this email.
Need Help Getting Started on Zoom?

Watch this helpful video to make sure you are up and running for Worship Service on Sunday, as well as other Zoom offerings!
Upcoming Online Worship Services
March 29 | 10am
The Wisdom
of Positivity
Rev. Christina Sillari
April 5 | 10am
With Liberty and Accessibility for All
Stephanie Desrochers
April 12 | 10am
Easter Sunday
Rev. Christina Sillari
Letter from Rev. Christina

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish,

What a surreal time for us humans…we are entering unknown territory as a species, as a world community, as a people of faith. None of us know what the future may bring. I am using the earth, spiritual practices, my ancestors, and people in my life to stay grounded and calm as I witness our world transforming.  It is a scary but necessary time.  Our beloved earth is waking us up. We must really listen to her right now. Every morning the birds remind me that I am alive and life is precious and beautiful. Our forced isolation is calling us into being with our own hearts in a deep way. We may have all kinds of feelings and we need to find ways to process them so we can keep our hearts open. Those of us who live with others may experience difficult challenges in our relations. Remember kindness and boundaries will save us. Those of us who live alone have different challenges and may need to reach out and ask for connection.  For many of us, our computers and phones will be our primary way to work, to socialize, to pray, to meditate, to tell stories, and to worship.

The leaders and staff at First Parish have been working hard to adjust to this new world. We are creating online opportunities for worship, meetings, chalice groups, music, prayer, religious exploration, and pastoral care. I know online communication is challenging for some folks. Please let us know if you need help using zoom or you just need a phone call. 

My hope for First Parish is that we stay connected during this difficult time and even grow stronger as a community. We need each other more than ever right now. 

Blessings of spring and hope to all of you,

Poetry and Prayer
Virtual Gatherings

Take a deep breath, allow your nervous system to settle, and join Rev. Christina for these Poetry and Prayer gatherings on Zoom.

Monday, March 23 | 10:00 am
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/374035667
Meeting ID: 374 035 667
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Wednesday, March 25 | 7:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/810104792
Meeting ID: 810 104 792
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Pastoral Care Calls
with Reverend Christina
Tuesdays | 10 am- 12 pm
Wednesdays | 12 - 2 pm

Reverend Christina will be holding Pastoral Care phone or Zoom calls for members of First Parish. Please email Sheila to schedule a call in the weeks ahead.

Online 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

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March is STILL Stewardship Month!
Our goal this year is to collect $225,000 in pledges! 
Please, take the time to fill out your pledge card and return it to us, 
If you did not receive a pledge packet, please contact
Greg Dorsey at  soulrnrg@gmail.com .
 Stay tuned for the new date for our Annual Stewardship Brunch.

The magic of what we do together is the miracle of community.
Thank you! The Stewardship Team
Are you Tech Savvy?

We are looking for folks who are comfortable with technology to join our Tech Support Team! Do you know the in's & out's of Zoom? How about livestreaming on Facebook? Perhaps you'd like to help get people up and running to see our services online? You don't need to be an expert- just a quick learner! Please email Laurie if you can help: membership@firstparishportland.org.
You Are Not Alone
by Laurie Hasty, Membership Coordinator

The discomfort of social distancing, challenges of interrupted routines and patterns, feelings of isolation and uncertainty are stressful. Each week as we begin worship, we covenant together to “help one another to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the divine.” We come together because at our core we are committed to one another. We are a community.

This week, members of the Pastoral Care and Membership Teams and the Governing Board will be calling every member of First Parish to check in with you. It is good to hear another person’s voice. We need to share what is on our minds, what we are doing, and the highs and lows of our days. Friends of First Parish are also part of our community. Please email  membership@firstparishportland.org  if you would like to talk with Laurie Hasty, our Membership Coordinator .
Hello Families!

This is a tricky time. People are stuck at home. Kids can't go out to play with their friends. In times like these we need a little something to remind us of the hope we carry hope in our hearts. A reminder like this one from Kid President:

We Are Not Alone
by Pepper Choplin
from Sandy Ridge Mennonite Church

Scott Wheatley, First Parish Music Director, sent this video to our church choir recently, and hopes everyone will appreciate the message. Scott says, "We will definitely be singing this in the choir at some point."
Some Positive News About the Coronavirus Response

Rev. Christina shared this article from Psychology Today:
Fun-A-Day Community Creative Show
Stay Tuned for New Date

Tap into your CREATIVITY
while staying safe at home!

Do you have a hobby, craft or talent waiting to pop out? Are your doodles looking more original? Do you write poetry or songs or keep a journal? Here’s your chance to play and display what fun things you like to do.  All ages welcome! Contact John Tiedje to show or volunteer:  johndesignx@gmail.com  or 730-2630.
Resources for the Public

Maine State Government announced yesterday that 211 will be available 24x7 to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The ways to contact them include:
• Text your zip code to 898-211
• Email:  info@211maine.org

Instructions for a patient who is sick with or who has been tested for COVID-19:   https://www.cdc.gov/…/do…/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

How to live with someone who has suspected Covid or who has Covid illness:(from CA Dept of Health):

Interested in Becoming a
Member of First Parish? 

For more information on Membership at First Parish, please email Laurie Hasty at  membership@firstparishportland.org . Please join us for the next class leading up to the New Member Ceremony:

Path to Membership Class | Stay tuned for new date
Join members of the Leadership Team to explore membership at First Parish. We will look at the benefits and responsibilities of membership, opportunities for spiritual development, as well as community connections.  Childcare is available!
Child Dedication Ceremony
May 17 during Sunday Worship Service

Through this ceremony, we honor the children of First Parish members, and dedicate ourselves to building the kind of world in which this child and all children can grow to be spiritually, ethically and morally mature individuals. Although child dedications are most often provided for infants, a child can be dedicated at any age, and more than one child may be dedicated at a time in the ceremony.  If you would like to have your child dedicated during the Religious Exploration Service on May 17th, or have questions about Child Dedication, please email Toben  dre@firstparishportland.org.
Bus Tour to DC
to Attend the
Mass Poor People's Assembly
& Moral March on Washington
June 19-21, 2020

Join First Parish and March Forth members to challenge the evils of racism, systemic poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality and demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda! Trip includes:
  • Roundtrip Custom Coach transportation from Portland to DC
  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director

Volunteer to feel Connected!

There are so many ways to get involved and make connections at First Parish:
  • Usher/Greeter
  • Community Dinner
  • Flowers for Sunday Service and more!
Contact Sheila in the Office if you have any questions about signing up online: office@firstparishportland.org.
Office Notes:

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.
425 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101   207-773-5747  

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