Congregational Life

First Church Volunteers Leave Oregon Beach Cleaner Than We Found It

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On Saturday, March 22nd, a crew made up of First Church Hikers, Young Adults, and members of Planet Church joined SOLVE for their annual Spring Beach Cleanup. The eleven of us joined 4,500 other volunteers in pulling out close to 50,000 pounds of litter and debris from 350-plus miles of Oregon coast. Our group was…

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UMCOR One Great Hour of Sharing Kit Event


Please join us as Global Missions hosts a One Great Hour of Sharing Health Kit Assembly Event in Collins Hall following worship. All completed kits will be taken to the West Depot in Salt Lake City.

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12th Annual Quilt Show and Luncheon – April 11

UMW Quilt Show - April 11

Join us on April 11. Tickets are $20.00 with $15.00 designated for Mission Giving. Net proceeds will help fund our worldwide mission outreach.

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UMW Unit Meeting: April 2 at 10am – Rev. Tom Foster Discusses the Current Plight of Honeybees


The Rev. Tom Foster, lifetime beekeeper, will bring the latest information on the current situation of one of the world’s most important pollinators, the honeybee.

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Welcome to New Stephen Ministers

Stephen Miniistry - Marta Hammel & Francis Garoutte

New Stephen Ministers were welcomed in Collins Hall on Sunday March 16.

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Compassion is not a Christian Thing


For our Sunday morning class The Gathering, we began a series on Compassion this past Sunday. We started out by looking at “The Golden Rule” in the Christian Tradition: What many of us didn’t know is that a similar orientation towards compassion exists in other religions. For example, the Judeo-Christian religions all have some semblance…

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PATHFINDERS: Next Gathering on Saturday April 12

Graceful Path

The next Pathfinders gathering will meet Saturday, April 12 at 11:30 AM in room 202.

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UMW: Reminder – Upcoming Events in March

United Methodist Women

Join us for fellowship during the month of March and beyond.

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Like a Day at the Beach! Early Earth Day Service Project on Saturday March 22

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Saturday, March 22 Join members of Planet Church for an early-Earth Day service project at the coast. SOLVE’s annual Beach Cleanup will be held on Saturday, March 22nd and we’ll be there. Our site will be at Nehalem Bay Beach, south of Manzanita, and the Cleanup will be held between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM,…

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Dr. Anton Armstrong: Working with the Chancel Choir on Thursday March 13

Dr. Anton Armstrong

Dr. Anton Armstrong will be the clinician with our Chancel Choir on Thursday, March 13 during their regular rehearsal. Our director, Erick Lichte graduated from St. Olaf and has been mentored by Dr. Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong is the conductor of the St. Olaf Choir as well as the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor…

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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

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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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