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This Week 10/22/2017


This Week @1st:
Stewardship Giving
Chancel Choir Reformation Concert And Tour Music
Latest Fanfare
PW Fall Gathering
All Saints Day
Fall Yard Clean Up
Congregational Meeting Nov. 12
Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Supporting Jonathan Isengingo
World In Prayer
Give Now
September Financial Report
This Week @ 1STPRES
Visitor Parking
October Challenge Offering


Exodus 33:12-23




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); Cafe Church, 10:15am (EdH); Coffee Hour and Stewardship Launch, 11am (DH);

Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Daily (Tuesday-Thursday): 

Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS- Elmer’s); In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12:30pm (B3); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); All Youth Halloween Party 6-8pm (YH)

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); Children’s Special Activity, 10:15am (JW); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Chancel Choir Reformation Concert & Tour music, 2pm (S)

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.


This week, the message is as much, if not more, for me than anyone else. I confess I get caught up in the need to be busy, to accomplish, to fix or solve. I like providing solutions. However, I often miss that all I really needed to do was to be present. Henri Nouwen is a great teacher in this and he wrote this quote, which is a good one to start every day with:

“More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and worships that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own and to let them know with words, handshakes and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.”

As we study relationships, we will explore how simply being present is a vital core of any holistic connections we can have.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

 Stewardship Giving 2018 Launches This Sunday, October 22nd

Please join us during coffee hour after worship on Sunday for a piece of pie and to learn about our First Presbyterian Church budget goals for 2018.

TOMORROW Saturday, October 21st, 9:30am- 3pm
Fall Gathering of Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of the Cascades. 

All are welcome to attend. Cost: $15
Presenter: Jennifer Morris from CARDV plus book reviews, skits & some surprises!
$15 for lunch catered by
Jeanne Taylor-Whitty

Sunday, October 29th, 2pm
Chancel Choir Reformation
Concert and Tour Music

Come celebrate the 500 Year Anniversary of the Reformation with a concert by our Chancel Choir, here, at First Presbyterian Church in the Sanctuary.

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.

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 during worship​ as we commemorate those we have passed. 

November 11th, 9am
Fall Grounds 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.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, November 12

Sunday, November 12 after Worship, there will be a Congregational Meeting held in the Sanctuary. This meeting is for the purpose of electing officers. Members are encouraged to stay in the Sanctuary for this brief meeting.

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!


Sunday, October 29 at 3pm: Good Samaritan Episcopal Church at 35th & Harrison. Sundays @ 3 presents the Eugene based woodwind ensemble TERRA NOVA TRIO. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Sunday, November 5th at 3pm: Make a Joyful Noise: A Choral Celebration, First Methodist Church. Concert features choires and ensembles from Mid-Valley churches and partnering congregations. Free-will offering in support of United Campus Ministry at Oregon State.    

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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