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This Week 1/14/2018


This Week @1st: 
Memorial for Carole Johnson
Family Game Night
Family Camp
Soup-er Bowl
Volunteering @ Men’s Shelter
Upcoming January Events
January’s Challenge Offering
African Mission Trip 


1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51



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Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10am (EdH); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Memorial for Carole Johnson, 2pm (S, DH)

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

Monday: Church Office Closed 

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

Wednesday: Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Bell Choir, 4-5:30pm (S); Club 56, 5:30-7pm (YH); Youth Group, 6:30-8pm (YH)

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 11am-12pm (AR); Reiki, 3-4pm & 4-5pm (AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday: Family Game Night, 5:30-7pm (DH)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); 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)


The church library is open every Sunday

Read the Winter Away. Try these new books: 920/AND From A Place Far Away by Margaret Anderson, F/BAR Golden Gate Chronicles by Karen Barnett: Out of the Ruins, Beyond the Ashes, Through the Shadows, or C/P January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco.
Enjoy a book, a cup of coffee & a good cookie, too.


Winter Weather Policy

If is making roads dangerous to travel, call the church
at 541-753-2228, press 7 for alerts or check the website at  BEFORE leaving for church.
If the schools are closed due to weather during weekdays,
then our building is


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!


  As we take some time this weekend to remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to commit ourselves to nonviolent justice work for people of color, and all who get pushed to the margins of society because of prejudice, may we remember that the roots for this work lie in our faith. Jesus Christ did not call disciples because he wanted them to begin a religion. He wanted to help them grow up. Spiritual adulthood is a growing awareness of how intertwined we are with God, and that there is a presence of the Divine within which we can learn to listen to and trust. 
  Dr. King appealed for people to listen to this inner “conscience” to question the normalization of discrimination and oppression. Like Samuel, it may take us some time before we recognize that voice as God, and to be able to distinguish it apart from our voices of fear and desires, but it all begins with listening, even to those who come from Nazareth.
Hope to see you in worship this Sunday when we will also baptize little Iris Fell, daughter of Jonathan and Alex Fell and little sister to Zooey.

  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, January 14th at 2pm (S, DH)
There will be a memorial for Carole Johnson. Carole was a member and served at 1st Pres as a secretary for 8 years.

Attend the Presbyterian Women
Program Meeting and Coffee,
Tuesday, January 16, 10am
Dennis Hall

Program: We have Had Singing:
The Chancel Choir in Germany.
Speakers: Dave & Lynn Grube

Contacts: Judy Miller and Sue Bowman

Friday, January 19, 5-7pm.

A light dinner will be provided. All ages are welcome to join together to play games and have some fun. Meets in Dennis Hall.


Join Pastor Matt and Family at Honeyman State Park. More info here.
Time is running out so sign up as soon as you can!

Soup-er Bowl Sunday, January 28th after Worship

There’s something for everyone, including gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Tickets not needed; donations accepted at the door. If you would like to provide a pot of soup or volunteer to help with set-up, contact Jackie Russell at or Barb Malloy at  

 The dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter are:

February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. 
Mark your calendar!

Upcoming January Event Dates:  

Family Game Night: Friday, January 19th, 5-7pm (DH).

Soup-er Bowl Sunday: Sunday, January 28th, after Worship.

Corvallis Youth Collective: Snow tubing at Hoo Doo February 2. All 5th-12th graders welcome. Register with by the deadline: January 14th, 2018

Mt. Angel Retreat; February 9-11, 2018. Register with the church office, by January 21, 2018.

  January Challenge Offering: Gingoog College

  January’s Challenge Offering will support Gingoog Christian College’s students, who come from economically disadvantaged families. GiCC is located in Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippines. In 2017-18 the college attained the highest enrollment in the school’s history. It was also chosen as co-partner & co-host of the first regional conference of the National Research Council of the Philippines. 

  It was a fulfillment of dreams of the GiCC founders, the Revs. Graciano & Florentina Alegado, to include the marginalized indigenous people of the farms & mountains surrounding Gingoog City in their educational ministry. Through the years, GiCC has served these people. Even our own Piecemakers have been recognized for the lovely quilts that have reached children & their families.

  Let’s support First Church in its local & national ministries. 100% of the Challenge Offering proceeds go directly to scholarships & educational supplies for GiCC students.

African Mission Trip Opportunity and Invitation
June 16-July 1st

Hear more about this opportunity from Linda and David Barstow in an information meeting on February 4th at 11:20 in Dennis Hall 3. Grab your coffee and find out more about how AIDS continues to grow in this continent and worldwide and what PCUSA is doing to help minister to those affected.


Sign up for the 2018 Mount Angel Retreat. February 9th-11th. See kiosk poster for more details. Sign up with the church office.

Thank You! A gift of 25 more hymnals has been received from an anonymous donor, allowing us to ensure that all those worshiping with us can join in our joyful noise. Anyone can donate toward something needed beyond your pledged amount. These types of gifts are always welcome.

Tree, Flower and Liturgical Art Fund – these are provided by donated funds throughout the year. You can contribute to the fund at any time. Please notate this designation with your donation. This is a wonderful way to help decorate, honor and bring spiritual expression to our beautiful space.

Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from 3-4pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday no later than 3:30 pm. For more information & testimonies on the healing relief of a Reiki session, call the church office at 541-753-2228. There is no cost for this ministry.
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.
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! 

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