Congregational Life

Let’s Cook Up Support for Community Warehouse!


During April, our Church and Society team is asking your help in supporting Portland’s Community Warehouse. We need your new or slightly used kitchen items.

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Stephen Ministry: Happy Retirement, Leif Terdal


Stephen Ministry acknowledges the retirement of Leif Terdal.

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Lenten Daily Devotional

lent 2014 confirmation

For our Confirmation students, a booklet of daily devotionals has been prepared by the Confirmation Teachers and clergy.  We welcome you to read it as well, journeying with our students through the life of Jesus and jotting down your thoughts. Confirmation Devotional – Getting Reacquainted with Jesus If you would like a printed copy, please…

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Convergence and Worship Planning

Rev Jeremy Smith

No less than five people who left the worship service on Sunday said the same thing: “I’m so glad you used Laron’s hymn.” For the first person, I was perplexed. I looked at the hymns and I didn’t see any of them written by Laron Hall, former pastor of First UMC about 20 years ago.…

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Tabitha Circle: March 3 from 10am-4pm

Sewers at UMCOR West

The Tabitha Circle will meet Monday, March 3 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in Room 202 for a “Sewing Day”.   Knitters and crocheters are also welcome to come and work on infant sweaters and prayer shawls to be donated to church programs.  Yarn will be supplied.  Bring a sack lunch and stay the…

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Handbell Performance: Distinctly Bronze West perfoming March 2

Distinctly Bronze West

Distinctly Bronze West is an annual national handbell event for about 90 advanced ringers, selected by application from around the US and abroad. That’s the equivalent of 6-7 complete handbell choirs, ringing en masse, using a range of 7 octaves of handbells and 7 octaves of chimes, under the direction of former Oregonian Jason Wells,…

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Pathfinders: Join Us for Our Next Meeting on March 1

The Pathfinders

Are you looking for a group of friends who meet monthly to learn, laugh, share and care, and all the while are taking life a little more easily?  Have you longed for a good, old-fashioned church potluck, featuring everyone’s favorite foods, certain to please your senses and satisfy your appetite?  All this and more can be…

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LGBT & Faith Film Festival – 4 Sundays in March!


Reconciling Ministries will present four award-winning films, on four Sundays in March

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First Church Birders Seek Signs of Spring at Tualatin Hills Nature Park

First Church Birders - Tualatin Park

Several hardy birders struck out in near-freezing weather to tour Beaverton’s Tualatin Hills Nature Park on Saturday, February 22nd. They were rewarded by temperatures that inched up to the mid-forties, and twenty-some species of bird seen or (mostly) heard. The bad news is that most of the birds were playing it a bit coy, and…

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First Church Library Book Sale: Sunday March 2

The Church Library

First Church Library will hold the first of its two 2014 fund-raising book sales on Sunday, March 2, before and after worship in Collins Hall.

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UMW Unit Meeting: March 5 at 10am

United Methodist Women

The UMW Unit will meet Wednesday, March 5 at 10:00 AM in the Fireside Room. The program is “Are you Ready for the Big One?”  A representative from the American Red Cross will tell us about disasters that can occur in our geographic area. We can be prepared and help our friends and families prepare by being…

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Planet Church: Further Thoughts on Climate Change and Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior


Planet Church invites the congregation to a discussion of Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver’s engaging and thought-provoking novel about climate change.

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Planet Church: Guide to Everyday an Earth Day

Falling in Love Again

Earth: It’s a God Thing Follow these steps to help make everyday an Earth Day

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Creative Spirits – Alice Stephens Exhibit


The Creative Spirits Art Committee plans and coordinates the art displays in Collins Hall. The exhibits rotate on either a one month or two month cycle. Most artists are part of the church family. The exhibit for March and into April  will be a one person show by Alice Stephens. Alice has donated several of…

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Community Warehouse comes to you in March!

Warehouse Everything Drive

During the month of March, we encourage our members to divest themselves of unwanted/unneeded household goods. Community Warehouse serves families who have found new housing after being recently homeless. Think how much your extra household goods would mean to a formerly homeless family. Items needed include dressers, kitchen tables and chairs, beds in good condition,…

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