Congregational Life

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.

Fireside Chat: A Church for ALL God’s People

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Monday, December 9th, join with us as we talk about the news and how we can love an imperfect church.

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Zoolights! – CANCELLED

DUE TO WEATHER WE ARE CANCELING ZOO LIGHTS.

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Music, Sunday, December 15

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On December 15th the Chancel Choir will be singing “Shepherd Story” and “African Noel” for worship! Be sure to come to hear the story of how the shepherds learned from the angel that they should go to Bethlehem.  Once there, they found the baby lying in a manger with Mary and Joseph.  Glory to God…

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First Church Members Visit Other Worship Centers

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On Tuesday, November 19th, a group from First Church visited Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in NE Portland. While there, our members helped fill food boxes for distribution, had a small service and were treated to a special lunch. The group also visited Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church in NE Portland. There, they were given…

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