Transformation of the World

FUMC’s Church and Society for Social Justice Committee focuses on local issues of homelessness, hunger and poverty. This committee raises consciousness and provides opportunities for service for FUMC congregants around these and so many other issues that threaten the basic rights of our community members. Raising money, awareness, donations of needed goods and food are among our activities. Oregon Food Bank, FISH, Goose Hollow Family Shelter and Macdonald Center in Old Town are current recipients of our attention.

 Ongoing Programs

FISH Drive every First Sunday

On the first Sunday of each month (Communion Sunday), we fill our food barrels in the narthex with donations to help clients of FISH Emergency Food Services.  Our food donations (non-perishable items) are received by many families struggling to live day to day.  As people cope with lost jobs and budget cuts, they turn to FISH for help to meet their basic needs.  Our generous efforts at First Church extend a hand of friendship, hope, and help to those individuals and families in need.

Greathouse Summer Intern Program | Applications accepted March 2014

Watch this space for upcoming information on the 2014 Greathouse Summer Intern Program.  This year, as in the past, we will award two summer internships for high school seniors or college age youth to do community service as their summer internship experience.

The interns are paid $2,100 for the 210 hours of service they provide.  The application which will be posted on the web appx. March 15, outlines all the qualifications for applying and general information about the program.  Applications are due April 15, 2014. If interested, see Mark at the Outreach Table any Sunday after worship OR email:

On Our Horizon: Downtown Compassion Clinic in June

Watch for information about this years’ Downtown Compassion Clinic. It takes place this summer inside the Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Each year, this is the ONLY venue where hundreds of Portland’s poor and homeless get the medical and dental attention they desperately need. Last year, First Church sponsored over 70 individuals who received treatment at the Clinic. This is the major annual fundraising effort of our Church and Society group. Stay tuned for information on how you can volunteer or donate funds to help those whose needs are so much greater than our own.

Launching Youth in Foster Care Into a Bright Future

The Church and Society Committee is gathering goods to create Launch Boxes for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care during the month of May. We will be collecting items in the narthex before worship.

These items will then be assembled into Launch Boxes that are given to foster youth when they reach adulthood and move out on their own for the first time.

Please bring one of the items listed below with you to church on either of the first three Sundays in May and help a foster youth launch into adulthood a little more prepared.

  • 40 Quart Storage Tote
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Utensil Sets
  • Bath Towels
  • Pillowcases
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Soap Bar
  • Can Opener
  • Tool Set
  • Candles
  • Picture Frames
  • Journal
  • Blankets
  • Gift Cards

Please note, all items should be new.