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This Week 10/15/2017


This Week @1st:
Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women
Latest Fanfare
Adult Education Education Class on Islam: The Jesus Fatwah
All Saints Day
Fall Yard Clean Up
Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Supporting Jonathan Isengingo
World In Prayer
Give Now
September Financial Report
This Week @ 1STPRES
Visitor Parking
October Challenge Offering

Exodus 32:1-14
Philippians 3:4b-14



Stewardship Giving 2018 Launches Next Sunday

After worship on Sunday, October 22, please join us during coffee hour for a piece of pie and learn about our First Presbyterian Church budget goals for 2018.

September Financial Report: 

Income year to date: $417,743

Budgeted year to date: $432,316

Deficit: $14,573

We thank those who continue to give
generously to support the ministries of our church.

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); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); Coffee Hour, 11:00am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Daily (Tuesday-Thursday): 

Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); The Jesus Fatwah, 7-9pm (DH3)

Tuesday:  In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L); The Jesus Fatwah, 7-9pm (DH3)

Wednesday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12:30pm (B3); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); No Club 56 and no Youth Group

Thursday:  Chair Yoga, 11-11:45am (AR); The Jesus Fatwah, 12-1pm (AR); Reiki, 3-4p or 4-5pm (by appointment /AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH 1,2)

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

The coffee and cookie cart is back. Stop by the library after church. Browse the new books: fiction, inspiration for your spiritual journey, biblical exploration, biography, peace, being green, parenting marriage, good children’s stories and many more subjects for your enjoyment and spiritual growth.


 I felt celebrated on my birthday, Sunday October 1st and want to thank everyone in that show of love and pie! It was a complete surprise. Special thanks to the amazing Presbyterian Women who helped make it happen. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy being your pastor and hope to celebrate many more birthdays as your pastor.

Having said that, I also squirm when celebrated. It may sound like a complete contradiction for a pastor to say this, but I have trouble being the center of attention. Part of that is due to my desire for equity. All of you deserve to be celebrated! However, part of being celebrated, affirmed or praised is more than that. It can reach and trigger a wide variety of feelings. To be celebrated and to celebrate another is an act of vulnerability.

God celebrates us. God invites us to a huge feast, a party! The kind of love God offers us is vulnerable and it reaches into our most vulnerable places. For some, that is so frightening that they immediately switch into fight or flight like the guests in the Parable of the Wedding Feast.

What would the world look like if every child grew up knowing that people rejoiced over them? If every person could know that the feast, the party, is for them? This Sunday, we are going to explore the art of celebrating one another. “So bring your good times and your laughter too. We gonna celebrate your party with you.” 

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

Rev. Matt Gough

 Sign up this Sunday for the Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Cascades. Saturday, October 21st, 9:30am– 3pm Presenter Jennifer Morris from CARDV plus book reviews, skits & some surprises! $10 for lunch made by Jeanne Taylor-Whitty. Register at the table in the Gathering Space or in the church office during weekday office hours.  Contact Lynne Martin or Judy Miller for information.

Volunteer coordinator needed to recruit/sign up volunteers from the church for the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter. The coordinator will work with the shelter to find suitable dates and then recruit/sign up volunteers from our church. The shelter is preparing to host as many as 40 men this winter, but volunteers are needed to do this. If you are interested in this position, contact Matt or the church office.

The Jesus Fatwah:
Adult Education Class on Islam

In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic & Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, & how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith. Choose: 

-Noon class session, week 3 from Thursday, October 19th- November 2nd in the Allison Room. 5 weeks total. 

-Or 2 Evening Sessions beginning this Monday, October 16 & Tuesday October 17, 7pm-9pm, Dennis Hall 3. 

Cost: $3 for materials. Sign up with the church office.


Sunday, November 5th we will honor All Saints Day. 
For this day of remembrance, we invite you to bring a picture of a loved one to be displayed as we commemorate those we have passed during worship. 

November 11th- 9am
Fall Yard Clean Up

Bring your work gloves to our annual yard spruce up day. Many hands are needed to rake leaves & prepare for cold weather ahead.
Contact Charlie Bruce for more details.

Supporting Jonathan Isengingo. 
You may know Jonathan from his participation in worship, activities and volunteering together. He is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has suffered a complete financial crash. This has affected Jonathan and his family and may mean that Jonathan will not be able to finish his engineering degree and will be forced to leave the country. If you would like to know more and/or help then click this link.


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!


2018 Stewardship Launch, Sunday, October 22 after Worship, join us for pie during coffee hour and learn about our First Presbyterian budget goals for 2018.

Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm come celebrate the 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation with a concert by our Chancel Choir, here, at First Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary.

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 at 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.

#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


October Challenge Offering

CASA- Voices for Children is a non-profit organization that trains and supports Special Advocates to speak for a child who is a victim of abuse and neglect.

CASA- VFC serves every child in Benton County who is within the legal custody of the State of Oregon.

As an advocate, professionally trained volunteers stay with a child throughout the duration of their case. While in the welfare system, children have multiple caseworkers and can have multiple placements. Often, an advocate in the only constant in the ever changing lives of these children.

CASA- VFC gives an abused or neglected child a voice by advocating for their birthright to a safe, nurturing and forever family.  

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