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Sermon Series Readings

Visit the First Church Library and check out these titles that would be excellent readings to dive deeper into our current Sermon series.
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Fall Program Guide 2022

Every September brings a new beginning to the life of this congregation, the beginning of new classes, programs, and activities, so make sure you get…
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Prayers That Don’t Work

Do you struggle with prayer? Do you maybe even wonder, “What’s the point of praying? It’s not like this is some kind of Christian magic.”
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Women’s Retreat

All women of First UMC, Portland are invited for a weekend at Alton L. Collins Retreat Center for our annual Women's Retreat.
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Workday Update

The church looks a bit spiffier now, thanks to 20 volunteers who turned up for Shovel and Rake Gang’s Saturday Work Day on August 27th.
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The Art of Gathering

What makes a gathering special? Meaningful? Good? Even if we can’t put exact words to answering these questions, we know the answers ...
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Swampy & Sacred

The history of First Church is a long one, spanning almost 175 years and five different locations throughout the city of Portland. Since 1957 ...
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Protect Yourself from Scams

Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or text messages. Legitimate, responsible companies will never solicit personal information over email. Never reveal personal or financial…