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This Week 02/05/2017


This Week @1st. Family Worship Service: Salt and Light.


Matthew 5:13-20



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Sunday: Cultivating a Growth SoulSet Class, 9:00am (D3); Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Ghost Ranch Glance, 11:15am (DH1,2)

Daily (Monday-Thursday): Spiritual Quiet Time, 1:00pm-3:00pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10:00-10:30am (AR); Hula, 12:00pm-2:00pm (DH1,2)

Tuesday: In Stitches, 6:30pm-8:00pm (L)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9:00am-11:30am (B3); Meditation, 10:00am-10:30am (AR); Gentle Yoga, 12:00pm-1:00pm (AR); Bell Choir, 4:00pm-5:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30pm-7:30pm (YH)

Thursday: Reiki, 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm (by appointment/AR); Chancel Choir 7:00pm-9:00pm (S)

Friday: Tai Chi & Meditation, 8:30am-10:30am (DH1,2,AR); Spiritual Life Retreat, (Off-site)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Cultivating a Growth SoulSet Class, 4:00pm (DH3)




We begin February with a family friendly worship and communion service so kids are welcome in the service and there are no Sunday School programs. This week we focus on Jesus teaching to be salt and light in the world. Light shines energy outward into the world. Salt has many different purposes but it brings out true flavors and preserves. Both of these things help us be more truthful people. We shine light to enlighten and uncover that which is hidden in darkness, and we bring out what is true in ourselves and those around us.

The only way we can live with such transparency is if we know we are loved by God unconditionally and to practice that love with each other. It is not easy to love this way but this is the love that the world needs. I hope your worship with us will help strengthen you to be light and salt in the world.

I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:00am for meaningful worship, thoughtful exploration, and community, as we explore this week’s text together. If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream this service through Internet Streaming.

Reverend Matt Gough

Growing our SoulSet: Sunday, February 12th, 4:00pm
in Dennis Hall 3

We are going to look at the concept of sin and salvation. We will spend some time discussing the concept of corporate sin and the role the church has in addressing it, particularly looking at the Barmen Declaration (found in the PCUSA’s Book of Confessions) which was written by German Christians addressing the complicity of the church in the rise of nationalistic fascism in 1930’s Germany.

This Sunday, February 5, at 11:15am in Dennis Hall.
Whether you’re interested in traveling with 1st Pres or independently, there are program opportunities
for the whole family!


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We will never send calls out after 8:00pm or before 8:00am. Your numbers are kept confidential and not sold or traded by the messaging company.

Even if we have worship, if it is not safe for you to venture out or you are vulnerable to being gravely injured if you slip and fall, then stay home!

Weekday Winter Weather Policy-If the schools are closed due to weather during weekdays, then our building and church office are closed. All planned events will be postponed canceled, including rooms rented for events.

We Grow When We Give: Stewardship Update 2017
We Grow When We Give

Thank you for your estimated giving cards! Your estimate of giving could get us to our goal! Our budget will be presented to you at our annual meeting on Feb. 26th. Help us start the year healthy and without cuts to ministry and mission by turning in your card today.

Every commitment matters and helps!

To reach our goals we must receive $28,000 more in estimated giving. So far, we have received 19 fewer pledges than we had last year.


This Sunday: Cultivating a Growth SoulSet: Part 2: 9:00am in Dennis Hall 3.

Caregiver Support Group: Begins on February 13th, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Men’s Cold Weather Shelter: We’re responsible for staffing the overnight shelter Feb 13-16, M-Th. We need volunteers from 6:30pm to 11:00pm, furnish snacks, or sleep at the shelter from 11:00pm to 7:00am. To back-up the paid staff member, please contact Gary Meddaugh at 541-791-7355 or Bill Smart at 541-752-1587 or see Gary and Bill after the service.

The Portland Boychoir will be giving a free performance in our Sanctuary on Friday, February 17 at 7:00pm. Performers are unique as the only all-boy choir in the Portland metro area. It provides a setting where boys’ identity, personality, and self-esteem are fostered by musical excellence. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

Reiki sessions are every Thursday of the month. Sign-ups for Reiki sessions from either 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm are available through the church office. Come join us! For more information and testimonies on the healing relief of a Reiki session, call the church office. 541-753-2228.

Flowers: You can sign up to bring flowers to Worship, and those flowers can then later be distributed to our homebound people! A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board across from the office.

Name tags – Many members and friends graciously wear name tags to be more hospitable. Temporary name tags are available in the Narthex or from an usher. If you make 1st Pres your worshipping home then let the office know and we will gladly make you a permanent one! If you have a name tag please wear one, and introduce yourself to your neighbors!

Just a reminder that there is no parking parallel to the yellow curb in the parking lot. Please only park in designated parking lot spaces or out on the street. On Sundays, parking is also available in the Multi-Cultural Center parking lot across 9th Street.

#worshipleader Is your child interested in being a part of worship? We’re always looking for kids to read or share their musical talents. Find Jonathan after worship or click the buttons in the left-hand sidebar to sign up!

Want to be a Happy Helper in 2017? Sign up by clicking HERE.

Our church library is open every Sunday:
♥♥Celebrate Church Library Month by stopping by our library
♥♥Pick up a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie
♥♥Explore the movie and magazine selection
♥♥See what is new in the library
♥♥Craft activities for kids

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