Join your church community in a day of service! Sign up for one of three service projects offered the morning of Saturday, May 18:
- 9:00 – 11:30 AM The Oregon Food Bank, Portland Location (Ages 16+)
7900 NE 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97211
- 9:30 – 11:30 AM The Children’s Book Bank (Ages 6+)
728 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232
- 9:30 – 11:30 AM All-Family Goosehollow Family Shelter project, FUMC (All ages)
1838 SW Jefferson, Portland, OR 97201
Change the World Weekend is a global Rethink Church event. United Methodists in over 1,500 locations will venture out and get involved in their local communities.
Our First Church projects will conclude with a deli style lunch in Collins Hall, beginning at 12:00 PM. All Change the World participants are invited to come, eat, and share their stories from the morning.
Register here for one of the projects in the Change the World Weekend, and plan to meet us at the worksite to do the work!
Join us this week for worship at 10:30.
Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:11-14
Sermon: A Constant Message in a Changing World, The Youth of Portland’s First United Methodist Church
Focus: A Constant Message in a Changing World
This Week’s Music
- Prelude: Allegro (Concerto in A), A. Vivaldi/J.S. Bach; Jonas Nordwall, organist
- Offertory: Lord, I Lift Your Name on High, arr., Arnold B. Sherman; juBELLation, Karin McDonough, director
- Preparing our Hearts For Holy Communion: I Love to Tell The Story, William G. Fischer
- Postlude: Final (Symphonie No. 2), Charles M. Widor (1844 – 1937)
We extend a special welcome to our visitors. Portland First United Methodist Church declares that we will be an advocate for peace in our local communities and world. As a Reconciling Congregation, members of this congregation have pledged to welcome and support all who want to worship with us, regardless of race, gender, class or sexual orientation.
Visit the Coffee Hour after worship today for a tasty treat, good coffee, and lively conversation. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the people and programs of First Church.
“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” is the title of the book by Barbara Kingsolver from which this year’s quilt theme is based hosted by Portland’s First United Methodist Women on April 26, 2013.
The quilts on display are created by MIX with preview beginning at 11:00 AM, luncheon at 11:30 AM, followed by the program.
Tickets are $20.00 with $15.00 designated for Mission Giving and will be available for purchase after church service in Collins Hall on Sunday April 7, 14 and 21.
Deadline for ticket purchase is April 21. For more information, please contact FUMC office at 503-228-3195.
Palm Sunday, March 24, our worship will begin in collins Hall at 10:30 AM. We will greet each other, sing a hymn and then parade with palms into the sanctuary. (Please note: If you have trouble walking, you are welcome to begin in the sanctuary as usual.) This will be a jubilant celebration of our faith.
Maundy Thursday, March 28, we will worship in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM, as we remember Jesus’ last supper and celebrate Communion together. The service will include choir music, a celebration of communion, and a message about “One More Chance at Love.”
Good Friday, March 29, join us in the chapel for a Tenebrae service of darkness and light at 7:00 PM, as we continue to walk the pathway to the cross and beyond. The service will include a vocal soloist and a gradual extinguishing of lights with the retelling of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Holy Saturday, March 30, children are invited to an Easter Egg hunt (rain or shine) followed by lunch and arts/crafts for the whole family at 11 am in Collins Hall.
Easter Sunday Worship Services will be March 31, 2013, at 9:00 and 11:00 AM in the sanctuary.
Focusing on a Redeeming Second Chance for the Church
Beginning with Ash Wednesday, Lenten Suppers will be held each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:15 pm in Collins Hall and the Fireside Room.
Ash Wednesday February 13
Supper begins at 5:30 pm in Collins Hall, then gather in the Chapel at 7:00 for the imposition of ashes, a visual reminder of our second chances.
Each week following supper we will host a speaker on these topics:
One More Chance at Compassion – February 20
How the church is called to ministry with the poor and the homeless.
Guest Speaker: Paul Schroedeh, New City Initiative
One More Chance at Reconcillation – February 27
The story of First Church’s continuing efforts to include gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender persons ln the life of the church.
Guest Speaker: Panel of First Church’s Reccnciling Ministry
One More Chance at Understanding – March S
Caring for those with mental illness.
Guest Speaker Chris Bouneff, NAMI Oregon
One More Chance at Justice – March 13
Multiculturalism and how we might truly accept and empower
Guest Speaker: Kristina Gonzalez, Pacific NW Annual Conference
One More Chance at Our Borders – March 20
Responding to the needs of immigrants in our community.
Guest Sbeaker: Mira Conklin, Jeremiah House
Christmas has come and gone again, with all its beauty and wonder and stress. So what happens now?
The last carols have been sung, the trees have been recycled, and the New Year has brought with it many of the same old questions.
Join us for worship beginning January 13th, as we consider going “Beyond Belief”, and finding a “Real Faith for the Real World”.
Here’s what’s on tap:
- January 13 BEYOND RELIGION…
Is it possible to be “spiritual but not religious”… and what does that look like?
- January 20 BEYOND TOLERANCE…
We say social justice is a part of our faith… but what does that mean in everyday life?
- January 27 BEYOND STRESS…
How do you take the unnecessary busy-ness out of life and reclaim a balanced mix of work, leisure, family, friends, faith, etc?
- February 3 BEYOND CONTROL…
How do you learn to let go of your obsession with perfection, and to realize it isn’t even possible to “be in control” of everything?
- February 10 BEYOND LONELINESS…
How can you live a joyous life whether you are coupled, or single, widowed or divorced?
Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Is it really just about the parties and the presents? Does it really have to overwhelm us with busy-ness, or leave us with a debt we regret come January 1? What if we took our Christmas “presents” and focused instead on Christmas “presence”… being there for your friends, your family, your community?
You are invited to pause, take a breath, and “be there” this Christmas – maybe in the joy of a children’s pageant… or in the stillness of a candlelit sanctuary…or in a contemplative moment of late-night communion. This year, do more than “presents” for Christmas. Give yourself the gift of PRESENCE. Make it your intention to “be there” for every moment of celebration and hope.
And let us be present with you this Christmas as well!
- Children’s Pageant – a play with Christmas heart – will be presented in worship Sunday, December 23rd at 10:30 am. See and hear the familiar Christmas story through the eyes and actions of our children.
- Christmas Eve at 5:00 worship will be inter-generational and interactive for all ages. Sit at tables in Collins Hall and enjoy a little bit of drama, a little bit of art, a lot of love and laughter.
- Christmas Eve at 7:00 and at 9:00 pm join us in the Sanctuary for carols and candlelight. Our Chancel choir will add to the beauty of our celebration along with a traditional candle lighting and Rev. Donna’s reflections upon the gift of the Christ child for us all.
- Christmas Eve at 11:00 pm we will share Communion in the Chapel. This last worship of the evening will be a little quieter, and equally as beautiful as all the rest. A flute and piano trio will lead our music, and Rev. Jeremy will reflect upon the meaning of Christmas.
Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, the stress of too much to do and not enough time to do it? Are you weary of buying gifts for family and friends who already have so much “stuff”? Would you like your faith to be more fully present, even in the presents you give?
Consider doing your shopping in a new way, by making gifts to this year’s Alternative Christmas at First Church! For each gift you will receive a card letting a loved one know that a gift has been given in their honor to bring healing, hope and love into the world.
You can choose to have a presence right here in Portland, or on the other side of the globe … or both … because Christmas is really about God’s presence with us…and ours with all the world.
Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is a United Methodist ministry seeking to raise $75 million in order to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. In addition to providing mosquito nets through
the “Nothing But Nets” campaign, Imagine No Malaria is now educating and establishing community-based malaria control programs, conducting outreach through radio advertising, and revitalizing hospitals and clinics across Africa.
Dee Poujade to Palestine
Dee Poujade is heading to Palestine as a United Methodist Volunteer in Mission and as an Ecumenical Accompanier under the World Council of Churches, to monitor and report human rights abuses, and to support Palestinians and Israelis who are working together for peace. Your contribution will help to pay the $10,000 fee for Dee’s participation in the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Israel and Palestine.
Sustainable Agriculture And Development
Sustainable Agriculture and Development is being done in developing nations thanks to this United Methodist Advance project. Rural areas account for three quarters of the world’s malnourished population. This Advance will train at least 3,000 people in these areas in appropriate agricultural methods to protect the environment while also providing much needed food and economic growth.
SOLVE is an Oregon non-profit which aims to bring volunteers together to “take care of Oregon” by teaching stewardship of our natural environment. Planet Church has worked with SOLVE on many clean-up projects. Your gift will support efforts to remove invasive plants, clean up litter, and much more.
Goose Hollow Family Shelter
Goose Hollow Family Shelter is housed right here in our building, and provides year-round shelter for homeless families. Your gift will help our shelter guests to feel the warmth and love of Christmas now and into the new year.
The Macdonald Center
The Macdonald Center is a leader in providing outreach and support services to the forgotten poor in the heart of Portland. Their work helps keep people in housing and off the street by providing education, encouragement and one-to-one care.