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This Week 07/23/2017


This Week @1st. Getting Genesis Wrong

400,000 people are expected to come to Benton County for the total solar eclipse on, and the weekend before, August 21st, impacting transportation and communications infrastructures.
Please note that due to safety concerns for staff and the building the church facility and preschool will be closed on Monday, August 21st. Any regularly scheduled meetings are cancelled.

We do plan to hold worship on August 20th but if you have trouble getting to church remember that it will be streamed 


An absence of a sense of the sacred, awe, is the basic flaw in many of our efforts
ecologically or environmentally adjusting our human presence to the natural world.
It has been said ‘We will not save what we do not love’. It is also true that we live neither love nor save what we do not experience as sacred.” 
—Thomas Berry

“Because of a state of dissociated consciousness, we live largely unaware that our own self-interest as a species is intimately and inextricably connected to the interests of the whole planet. We proceed, economically, politically, and spiritually, as though Earth belongs to us, when in every conceivable way, the truth is the exact opposite: we belong to Earth. We are one strand—a critical strand to be sure—but just one strand in an ecosystem of interconnectedness and staggering complexity. Having lost this orientation, which is precisely a cosmological orientation, we are enacting terror upon our one Earth community.”  Painting the Stars

Religions throughout history have gotten it wrong. Perhaps the most damaging area where we get it wrong is in how we regard the Earth, God’s creation, and our home. What kind of new understanding needs to arise out of our worship of the Creator and where can we begin getting it right?

Come contemplate these questions as we gather in worship this Sunday.  

If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream, now in High Definition, through Internet Streaming.


Rev Matt Gough

Soul Hike with Pastor Sharon 

This Sunday July 23, after worship.
Alsea and Green Peak Falls Trail
Level: Easy, 2.8 miles
An out and back trail that offers an easy walk to one fall (with optional loitering) and continued walk to the other.

RSVP necessary if you want lunch.


Genesis 1:26-31

Romans 8:19-23


We Grow When We Give
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For those interested in a weekly prayer that incorporates what is happening in the world. Click here where a new prayer is offered every Thursday.

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Sunday: Painting The Stars Class, 8:45am (DH3); Worship Service, 10am (S); Library open, 9am-12pm (L); Coffee Hour 11:00am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Interfaith Potluck event at Avery Park, 1:00pm (vegetarian dishes only); Soul Hike after worship service; Youth Bowling Event at Highland Bowl, 2:30 PM

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

Monday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1, DH2); Hula, 12-2pm (Ed H)

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS – Elmer’s); Theology Pub, 5-6pm (OS- Sky High Brewery);
In Stitches 7-9pm (OS – Central Park)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Gentle Yoga, 12-1pm (AR); Hula/ Tai Chi, 3:30-5:30 (Ed H)

Thursday: Painting the Stars Class, 12-1p (AR); Reiki, 3-4pm or 4-5pm (by appointment/AR); Hula, 3:30-5:30 (Ed H)

Next Sunday: Painting The Stars Class, 8:45am (DH3; Worship Service, 10am (S) Library open, 9-12pm (L); Coffee Hour, 11:00am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Abbreviations Key:
Allison Room (AR), Basement (B),
Dennis Hall (DH), Education Hall (EdH), Jones Wing (JW),
Library (L), OS (Off Site), Sanctuary (S),
Youth House (YH)


Our church library is open every Sunday:
You are welcome to stop by the library on your way to coffee hour. Pick up a good book with a cup of coffee and a cookie.

The latest book arrivals are located on the shelf above the movies.



Summer Adult Ed Group Study
Join our group study entitled
Painting the Stars:
Celebrating the Communion of
Science and Faith.

Two ongoing sessions are offered:
either Thursdays at Noon or
Sundays at 8:45am.
Thursday class runs July 27 – August 24.
Sunday class runs July 23 – August 27.
(you can go to either day throughout the summer)

Sign up in the church office and pick up your
study material binder.
Cost: $5

                  YOUTH EVENT THIS SUNDAY! 
 Join your Youth Leaders and youth group
         friends this Sunday, JULY 23 at 2:30PM for a
few games of bowling! We will include: your         bowling shoes & 2 games of bowling. If you
would like a snack or to play arcade games
there, you will need to provide money to do so.               


On Sundays, help those with mobility troubles and new visitors by leaving the parking lot spaces and street spaces that are in front of the church for them. Consider carpooling.  Use the lot next to the multicultural center or street parking along the park or on Madison Ave. Thank you!


Sunday school has finished for the year.
Café Church is open.

Got Wiggles? Going forward, for the summer: Café Church is open. This is a space in Ed Hall where the service is simulcast and children can play while you view the service. Feel free to worship together in the Sanctuary and then head up there during the passing of the peace.

Interfaith Potluck, July 23 – an Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck Picnic, sponsored by the Baha’i Community, is planned for this Sunday, July 23 at Avery Park, 1pm – 4pm. See the poster on the kiosk in the Gathering Space for more details.

Picnic and Concert in the Park, July 25 –  Join church members and friends for a community band concert and bring-your-own picnic on Tuesday, July 25. The concert starts at 8pm and features music from Rodgers and Hammerstein. We’ll gather on the 8th Street side of Central Park at 7pm. Beverages and ice cream will be provided. If you need a ride, contact Teresa Welch 541-752-9049.

FREE movie night, Friday, July 28 5p-9p: on the lawn at First Congregational Church, Corvallis. Popcorn, lawn games and the movie, Moana. 4515 West Hills Road, Corvallis, 97333.

Carillon Revelry Bell Choir is raising money for a long-overdue refurbishment of our bells. We need nearly $8,000, and we welcome your support. Checks can be made to First Presbyterian Church, with a memo for “Bell Refurbishment fund.” Your donation will help pave the way for another forty years of ringing the rafters.

Travel Size Collection – if you plan to travel this spring or summer, we ask that you might bring back the sample size shampoos, soaps, conditioners or lotions you may come across during your vacation. We will collect them and donate them in the fall to local groups in need. Please bring them to the church office.

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. Please sign up by Thursday at 12:00pm so we can print your name in the bulletin.

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!

To place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin send your request and exact wording (may need to be edited for space reasons) to

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