Congregational Life

Quaker Faith/George Fox University Tour on February 4, 2014

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Join us on February 4th for a continuation of the Churches of Other Cultures series as we learn of the Quaker faith and the Friends Church from Dr. Paul Anderson, professor of religion at George Fox University. The day will include his presentation and discussion, a campus tour, lunch with the George Fox faculty, current…

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Naomi Circle: Join the discussion about “The Love of Books” at Terwilliger Plaza

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February — the month which turns our hearts and minds to. . . Love!  In a group of caring friends the joys of love are nourished in many ways. The Naomi Circle, meeting in the Terwilliger Plaza Club Room, on Thursday, February 27 at 2:00 PM, will discover new joys in bloom in “The Love…

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Ruth Circle: “Sabbath Living” on Ash Wednesday

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“Living the Sabbath Wholly” On Wednesday, February 19, at noon, members of Ruth Circle will have an opportunity to focus upon the approach of Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the Lenten season. The experience of ongoing “Sabbath Living” will enhance spiritual growth, as it encourages each participant to seek time for reflection and renewal. …

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Small Groups Registration Now Open

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Our Winter 2014 semester has begun! Check out five new groups and many returning ones!

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Stephen Ministry: Review of a New Book – “The Grieving Teen”

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Stephen Ministry at First Church presents a must-read for teenagers and their friends dealing with all types of death: Renowned grief counselor Helen Fitzgerald addresses the special needs of adolescents struggling with loss and gives them the tools they need through everything from the sickbed to the funeral, from the first day back at school…

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Hidden Talents?

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Are you a secret bass player?  Did you once play in a garage/school/rock band? Well…. we’d like to know who you are.  The Music Committee is compiling a list of people who might be willing and able to provide assistance, of a temporary nature, with music as we expand our worship and outreach activities.  The Music…

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Planet Church Invites You to a Winter Read-In During February

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Planet Church would like to invite you to join us in reading Barbara Kingsolver’s award-winning novel, Flight Behavior this February.

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Oregon Interfaith Power and Light’s Earth Care Summit Scheduled for January 27th

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Oregon Interfaith Power and Light (OIPL, a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon) has scheduled its annual Earth Care Summit, titled Breath of Life: Earth’s Atmosphere, on January 27th at the First Christian Church, 1314 SW Park Ave, from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

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Leaning into a New Year

This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead… (Philippians 3:13)

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Take What You Need, Leave What You Don’t

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This past Wednesday, our communion was participatory: a sung communion service. But it had an additional activity: every seat had a “tear-off sheet” like you would find on a telephone pole…

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A Fireside Chat About Marriage Equality and the United Methodist Church

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How do we live out a call to reconciliation and inclusion, individually and as a congregation, when the United Methodist Church sometimes seems headed in the opposite direction?

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First Church Birders Schedule Bleak-Midwinter Bird Walk, Sunday December 29th

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Following a successful late-fall outing to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and the Reed College Canyon, the First Church Birders are planning a late December field trip to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. On the October trip—in addition to a glorious display of fall colors—the Birders were treated to sightings of Great Blue Herons, Double-crested Cormorants, Belted Kingfishers,…

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Stephen Ministry Discusses Suicide Prevention on Tuesday December 17

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Stephen Ministry invites anyone at FUMC to attend an information meeting about suicide prevention, Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 to 8:00 in Room 160. Morgan Leets, training coordinator for Lines for Life, will answer questions about suicide, such as: What signs that a person is contemplating suicide can you watch for?  What do you say and…

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Longest Night Service on December 21

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Stephen Ministers will attend the Longest Night Service in the Chapel at 7:00 PM Saturday, December 21.

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“Christmas Unwrapped”

God has a way of taking what is secular and even profane, and using it to create a depth of meaning drawing us closer to the Divine source of all life and love.