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This Week 09/17/2017


This Week @1st. Paradigm Shifts.


There are times in life when we must experience paradigm shifts. Assumptions we have about ourselves, others and the driving purpose of life suddenly ring hollow and we must realign ourselves to new understandings. Jesus tries to communicate this paradigm shift that replaces judgment and condemnation with forgiveness and grace. He also knows that even if we experience this grace first hand it will still be difficult to embody that grace in our relationships. We get stuck. We spin our wheels in ruts of inner negative dialogues and counterproductive patterns of behavior. Our mission in coming together includes allowing ourselves to be transformed into ones who live lives of grace and love.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

This Sunday, September 17, is BIBLE SUNDAY

Our 4-year-olds and third graders will receive
their very own Bible during Worship.

and also attend our

(during coffee hour)

The Fellowship Committee invites you, and your friends, family members or neighbors, to enjoy homemade coffee cakes & fresh fruit from the farmers market while you visit
the tables at our Opportunity (ministry) Fair. 

Come learn about the many ministries and wonderful people
who make up our church and the ways that you can be a

What does Sacred look like?  

We invite you to use your creative skills to create & submit art inspired by the word “Sacred”. The Sunday of Fall Festival (Sept. 24), we’ll display qualifying pieces in or outside the church on 8th street.

Submit a hard copy of your artwork to the church office 
by Monday, September 18th


A big thank you to all those who donated toiletries
throughout the summer! 

We received an enormous amount of items.

Your donations have been delivered to the First Baptist Church, who will then supply hygiene kits to the homeless and the shelters as needed.

Your generous donations are greatly appreciated.   

Genesis 50:15-21
Matthew 18:21-35



We Grow When We Give
Set up a recurring online pledge via the Presbyterian Foundation, who processes payments at the lowest possible rates for us, by clicking on the above give now button. Or turn in an EFT form to our office for direct withdrawal from your bank account.

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.

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? Sign Up Here
Family Worship Ushers Needed! Sign Up Here


Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Sunday school 10:15am (JW); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L), Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Opportunity (ministry) Fair (DH 1,2,3)

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

Tuesday: PW Field Trip to Dancing Oaks Nursery, 9am-12:30pm (OS); In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); 9am-12pm, Piecemakers Quilt Group (B3); Club 56, 5:30-7pm (YH); Youth Group, 6:30-8pm (YH)

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

Friday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

Next Sunday:
Worship Service, 10am (S); Cafe Church 10:15am (EdH); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L), Coffee Hour, 11am (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.

Sunday Worship
Bus Driver Needed

After 8 years of dedicated service,
Chuck Van de Wetering is retiring as one of our Sunday Dial-A-Bus volunteer drivers.

Currently, Jerry Stigile and Michael Grimm are our other volunteers.

We are looking for more volunteers to drive the Dial-A-Bus to transport members who can no longer drive from retirement and assisted living homes.

Hours: Sundays, approximately 4 hours from 8:30am-12:30pm which includes church attendance time.

Requirements: no special licensing is required; just approval of the Oregon State Patrol of your driving record and an instructional drive around the block with a Dial-A-Bus instructor.

Please contact Chuck at 541-207-3211, or the church office, if you are
interested in serving in this way. You are also welcome to take a test ride
with one of our current drivers.

Thank you for your service, Chuck!


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!

You can help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma through Presbyterian Disaster assistance. Click here to donate. 


PW Field Trip – This Sunday sign up in the Gathering Space to visit Dancing Oaks Nursery in Monmouth. Carpool leaves church at 10am, Tuesday, September 19.

Make New Friends – Sign Up for 1st Pres Supper or Lunch Club! Group assignments will be revealed on October 8. For questions, or to sign-up, contact Ann Asbel at 541-990-5891 or You can also sign up in the Gathering Space on Sundays throughout September or with the church office during weekday office hours.
Sign-up by October 1.

Food Donations – Next Sunday – on the 4th Sunday of each month, we are asking our congregation to donate non-expired, non-perishable food items to help feed those in need. Please drop your donations off at the church office.

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.

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.

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.

#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


Presbyterian Education Board – Pakistan 

  • The Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (PEB) is a designated Mission of our denomination. Begun by Presbyterian missionaries in the 19th century, this ministry continues to serve the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. 
  • Educating both Christians and Muslims, girls and boys, PEB’s mission is to provide high quality education that addresses the needs of students: morally, physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. While rooted in our Reformed Christian tradition, PEB teaches the core values of self discipline: integrity, tolerance, respect for others, fairness and justice toward all. Indeed, all PEB students are educated to have a spirit of service and character qualities. 
  • Presently, PEB operates 22 schools, educating nearly students (in preschool- grade 12) through Punjab province in Pakistan.  
  • Donations to PEB will assist in: construction and refurbishment  of schools, education of students, and scholarships. 
  • Cost for a day students $265 ($1 a day)
  • Cost for a boarding students $730 ($2 a day)   



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