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Thomas Lamb Eliot Presentation

Tom_Eliot_PosterThomas Lamb Eliot, the first minister of First Unitarian Church, arrived in Portland on Christmas Eve, 1867, having traveled from St. Louis via New York and the isthmus of Panama.

He is considered by many to be Portland's most influential citizen. 

Learn more about this man; presentation by Chet Orloff, at McMenamins Mission Theatre, Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m.

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B&B Program Seeks Home Hosts

bungalowWould you like to increase your participation in the church while helping to contribute financial support? An easy way is to host fellow Unitarians for overnight stays in your home. We welcome all sorts of accommodations, whether you are downtown or in a neighborhood. Guests pay between $65 and $75 per night; the total amount goes to the church. Since it began operation in 2005, the program has brought in about $50,000, thanks to those who have served as hosts.

What is involved? You agree to provide a bedroom and breakfast, which can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. While many of our hosts become more involved with their guests, sometimes showing them around town, it’s entirely up to you.

Please e-mail either of the coordinators below to begin the process of signing up for hosting: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will come to your home, take pictures to help us remember the accommodations, and contact you when there’s a good match. Of course, you are never obligated to accept a request if it’s not convenient.

We urge you to join the ranks of hosts who open their doors to other religious liberals. As is so often the case, you’ll get back even more than you give.

 

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Welcome the Mason Bees!

As part of our work to become a certified “Backyard Habitat” with the Audubon Society, we have added four  mason bee houses on the SE corner of the church property. Mason bees are non-aggressive, non-stinging native pollinators. They are small, solitary bees that live in empty holes, whether natural or human-made, like our bee houses. They emerge in early spring to mate, pollinate and prepare their holes for the next generation. Watch for the first mason bees to be moving into our houses by March!

Read more about mason bees and their amazing pollination. There are also lots of resources online to tell you how to make your own mason bee house. You may also direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. n.

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