Congregational Life

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

The Pathfinders

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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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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