Congregational Life

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!

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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

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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

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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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New Year, New Books: What’s New at the Library

Library Shelves

To celebrate the start a new year, First Church Library has new books.  The following is a sample of the titles available: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Malala is the Pakistani schoolgirl who was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of education for children, especially girls. Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah…

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Planet Church: Real-life Monarchs Struggle with Climate and Habitat Loss

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Join Planet Church in reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior during February. On February 23rd a forum devoted to discussing this thought-provoking book will be held after church in the Fireside Room. A light lunch will be served. Barbara Kingsolver uses a mysterious visitation of monarch butterflies to the rural Appalachian setting of her novel Flight…

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Olive Oil Sale: February 23 in Collins Hall

Global Missions Committee will be selling Palestinian olive oil and other products on February 23 in Collins.  The olive oil is produced by the Canaan Fair Trade Association cooperative and is organic, cold-pressed, and extra virgin.  Profits from the sales are given to United Methodist projects in Palestine.  FUMC recently sent $600 in profits to…