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This Week 11/19/2017



This Week @1st:
Volunteering at the Men’s Shelter
Latest Fanfare
Congregational Meeting Nov. 12
Piecemakers Quilt Raffle
PW Coffee
Food Donations
Children’s Choir
Blue Christmas
Greens Needed
Advent Devotional
Advent Schedule
Hanging of the Greens
Supporting Jonathan Isengingo
World In Prayer
Give Now
October Financial Report
This Week @ 1STPRES
Visitor Parking
Challenge Offering

Scripture: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

Bulletins: 11-19-17



Financial Report: 

Thank you all who have faithfully given for a strong October. Our 2017 budget is $581,510 and we have received $468,311 through October. The church will need to receive $113,199 in income during November and December to remain in the black.

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

Dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter:
February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. 

Mark your calendar!


Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Quilter’s Show, 9:30am-12pm (GS)

Daily (Tuesday-Thursday): 

Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

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

Wednesday: Church Office and Building Will Close at Noon
T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12:00pm (B3); no Bell Choir; no Youth activities

Thursday-Friday: Church Office and Building Will Be Closed 

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

Stop by for a cup of coffee, a cookie & a good book. Check out books about thankfulness & gratitude. Take time out of the kitchen for some quiet time to read.


  This Sunday, we dedicate our gifts, time and talents to God and the ministry of God’s love, compassion, and justice. Many of you have already returned your estimates of giving for 2018 and that helps us make our plans for next year. If you haven’t returned a card, you can bring it and/or get one in church this Sunday. This Sunday, we will dedicate these gifts, as well as the gifts of talent, and time. As the parable this Sunday reminds us, God has made us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and our abilities and talents are given to us to actively partner with the Divine. As Ben Franklin wrote, “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”

So this Sunday, let us celebrate and be grateful for God’s gifts but also for God’s calling.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Piecemakers Annual Quilt Donation/Raffle
This Sunday, November 19th

Stop by the Gathering Space after worship to see the beautiful quilts in all sizes and other items for sale.

Presbyterian Women Coffee
Tuesday, November 21st, 10am


Program: Community Healthy Eating. 
Speaker: Mike Waters, Ten Rivers Food Web
Coordinators: Judy Miller and Coralynn Churchill.  

Food Donations Next Sunday: we ask our congregation to donate non-expired, non-perishable food items to help feed those in need. Drop your donations off in the church office.

Children’s Christmas Choir
Rehearsals begin November 26, 11:15-11:

Carol Nelson will be directing a short-term choir for kids interested in singing during the 5pm Family Service on Christmas Eve.

Blue Christmas: A Service of Solace with Pastor Sharon 

Wednesday, November 29th
12:15pm & 6:15pm in the Allison Room.

A time of reflection, hope and comfort
the midst of what can be a difficult season for many. 

Hanging of the Greens & Decorations
Thursday, November 30th, 4-7pm
All are invited to help decorate the church for the season!

2017 Advent Devotional 

This year we are keeping our devotional simple and focused.
Each week will offer scripture, a spiritual reading or poem,
and questions that will invite reflection.
There will be space for journalling and

Available for pick up
December 3rd. 

Greens Needed for Advent Wreath Event

Please deliver to the sidewalk outside Dennis Hall
by Saturday, December 2nd.
Contact the church office if you are able to donate greenery
for our Advent Event on December 3rd.

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!


This Sunday, November 19th, 5pm at St. Mary’s Church, Corvallis. Attend the Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck Dinner hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Shop in the Upper Social Hall adjacent to the first parking lot on 25th St just north of the Sanctuary.

Sign up in the Gathering Space for the 2018 Mt. Angel Retreat. February 9th-11th. See kiosk poster for more details. 

Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from either 3-4pm or 4-5pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday by 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! 

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

November Challenge Offering: 

Westminster House

Our ministry of hospitality at Westminster House seeks to embody a progressive and inclusive Christian faith that:

*Includes all students in celebrating the diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, financial circumstances and faith background.

*Creates a safe space in which to ask questions, dig into exploring one’s faith, doubts and struggles.

*Grounds us into our own understanding of Jesus the Christ as our path to God while seeking to be in relationship and dialogue with those of other faith traditions.

*Serves God and creation faithfully through learning about and acting upon peace and justice issues.  

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