New at the Library: "Does Jesus Really Love Me"

[cro_calendar no=”2″]In his new book, Does Jesus Really Love Me:  A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, Jeff Chu recounts his year-long exploration into what it means to be a gay man and a Christian.  He describes his search for God in churches as diverse as the conservative Westboro Baptist Church to

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Thank You from First Church Library

First Church Library volunteers thank everyone who participated in our February and May 2013 fund-raising sales by donating books, helping on the setup and sale days, and purchasing books.  If you haven’t had a chance to drop off your donation for the books you picked up, it isn’t too late.  You

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May 19 Library Book Sale

First Church Library will hold another used book sale on Sunday, May 19, before and after worship in Collins Hall.  This is our final book sale of the year, and everything must go.  Books will be for “sale” by donation.  Take what you want, and we ask that you give

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At the Library: Focus on Frederick Buechner

During the month of April, First Church Library is highlighting the writings of Frederick Buechner with a display of a sample of his many books in our collection. Buechner is America’s most distinguished living pastor-novelist with over 30 books to his credit.  His writing career began in 1948, and his

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First Church Library Book Sale

First Church Library will hold the first of its two 2013 fundraising books sales on Sunday, February 24, before and after worship, in Collins Hall.  There will be a wide variety of books available (fiction, biography, crafts, history, children’s, cooking, etc.).  Even the most hardcore e-book reader might find something

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At the Library: "The Soloist"

In order to address the problem of homelessness in our community, we need to understand that the solution is more than just making more affordable housing available.  In his book “The Soloist,” Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, describes his efforts to help Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless musician, move into

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At the Library: "Neighbors and Wise Men"

If you’ve read Donald Miller’s “Blue Like Jazz,” you might remember Tony the Beat Poet who played a role in Miller’s spiritual journey through the halls of Reed College and at SE Portland’s Horse Brass Pub.  Tony the Beat Poet is Portland resident Tony Kriz who has written a new

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First Church Library Book Sale Donations

First Church Library is now accepting donations for its fund-raising book sales in 2013.  The first book sale is scheduled for late February with a follow-up sale in May.  All proceeds will benefit First Church Library. We accept fiction and non-fiction books in good condition for adults and children, as

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Library Volunteers Work Day

Almost every Monday throughout the year, you will find a small group of volunteers working in First Church Library.  They're all readers and love books, all kinds of books.

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At the Library: "Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed"

Do you remember First Church’s Compassion Coins?  The idea was to pass along the coin when doing a kind deed for someone else and asking them to do the same for another person.  Did you do it?  What might have happened if you did?  In her book for children, “Ordinary

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