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This Week 03/12/2017



This Week @1st. Unplug: Rhythm.

Don’t Forget!



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Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Lenten Stations, 11:00am (S,AR,DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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); In Stitches, 1:00pm-2:30pm (L)

Tuesday: Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am-8:00am (Elmer’s/Offsite)

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: Spring Cleaning, 9:30am-11:30am (GS); Lenten Book Study, 12:00pm (AR); 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)

Saturday: Confirmation Class, 9:00am-1:00pm (YH)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Soul Hike, 12:00pm (GS)





“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”  Thomas Merton

In the beginning, God created rhythm. From the movement of the stars, planets, and moons to the beating of the human heart, we live within rhythms and frame our lives by them. When God rested and then commanded us to rest, God created a sacred rhythm for us to experience the fullness of life.

If you have experienced jet lag then you know how disruptive it is to be thrown out of our rhythms. Disrupting our rhythm of work and Sabbath has much more far reaching consequences than we realize. In a 24/7 society, how do we work this important rhythm back into our lives?

Come worship with us this Sunday with order, rhythm and harmony!

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

Multi-Sensory Opportunities to Experience Lent

After the worship service this Sunday, March 12th,
make time and space by yourself or with your family to experience Lent in a unique way.

Stations will be set up in the Sanctuary, Allison Room, and Dennis Hall. As we prepare for the coming of Easter, we are encouraged to create Sabbath space for God and begin
again in a refreshed new light.

Unplug-Create Deeper Connections
Our church library is open every Sunday:
Thomas Moore, Sue Bender, Katharine Jefferts Schori, John O’Donahue, Marcus Borg and others can guide your way
this Lenten season.
Experience Lent by finding their books in the library, where you can enjoy a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie. Stop by the church library, Sunday mornings March 19 through April 2 for our Children’s Book Fair!

Our church is having a Book Fair!
Looking for that perfect Easter gift for your kids or grandkids? Stop by our Book Fair and shop award-winning Bibles, books, and videos for kids. Save up to 50% PLUS free shipping on all titles.

Stop by the Church Library on March 19th through April 2nd from 9:30am-12:00pm to get faith-filled books and videos for your kids. Our church will earn 20% of the proceeds to go towards curriculum or other resources!

Our Book Fair, sponsored by Sparkhouse Family, is designed to help parents instill an open-hearted, transformational, lifelong Christian faith in their children at every age and stage.


Sunday, March 26th at 2:00pm in Dennis Hall we will show the documentary: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. Although he may be best remembered as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Reinhold Niebuhr — an American-born pastor, writer, and outspoken political activist — became as one of the most influential public theologians in American history. Over a career spanning a half-century, he was a moral voice – a conscience – during some of the nation’s most defining eras. In 1948, Time magazine selected Reinhold Niebuhr for its cover story for the 25th-anniversary issue, a testament to the public theologian’s importance to the wider American culture.

An invitation to an Interfaith Potluck
Sunday, March 19, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis 
4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97330
Please invite your congregations and friends.
Vegetarian potluck to accommodate dietary preferences
Bring labels to indicate gluten or dairy-free, if possible

If it’s easy, bring your own plate/cup/silverware.  We also have some, and will have paper plates if needed.

Let us create and strengthen friendships among our faith communities.
Let us be the peace and love we wish to see in the world.

FMI: UCC Church office, 541-757-8122


Spring ahead! Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour tomorrow, Saturday night, March 11th.

Hard copies of the 2016 Annual Report will be available this Sunday, atop the Gathering Space kiosk. A limited number were printed, so if we run out, please use the sign-up sheet on the kiosk to receive one. The annual report is also available to view on our website.

Lenten Devotional Bookmarks are available in the Gathering Space kiosk. These will guide you through each week of Lent.

Got Wiggles? Going forward, whenever we are not hosting Sunday school: Café Church is open. This is a space in Ed Hall where the service is being projected and there are activities for young ones. Feel free to worship together in the Sanctuary and then head up there during the passing of the peace.

Lenten Book study led by Pastor Sharon. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives, by Wayne Muller. Order your own or sign up and we’ll order for you. ($10) Thursdays, 12:00pm, 3/9-4/13. Also participate through the church Facebook page.

Next Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm- Craig Hanson and Mark Bacon present an Organ and Trumpet Concert. Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St. 541-575-6647. Reception follows. No charge. Donations will be accepted.

Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00am: PW Coffee Presents: Finding Spirituality in Many Places & Our Spaces. Speaker: Pastor Sharon Edwards. Sign-up to attend, today in the Gathering Space.

The next Taizé Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm on April 2nd, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan on the corner of 35th and Harrison. This ecumenical service, led by the Corvallis Taizé Ensemble, includes meditative singing, short readings, and a quiet time for prayer. Future services will be held on the first Sunday of the month through June.

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: Sign up to bring flowers to Worship. 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.

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