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This Week 11/12/2017


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

Colossians 3:12-15  

Bulletins:  11/12/2017


We encourage you to return your
2018 Estimate of Giving Pledge card to
Marcia Males by November 19th.

October Financial Report: 

Income year to date: $463,098

Budgeted year to date: $480,351

Deficit: $17,253.53

We thank all 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

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

Mark your calendar!
Sign-up will start in a week or two.


Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); ; Congregational Meeting, after worship (S) Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10:15am (EdH); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Daily (Tuesday-Thursday): 

Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); In Stitches, 1-2:30pm (L)

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS- Elmer’s); Sarah Circle 10am (OS)

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12:30pm (B3); Chancel Choir, 9-11:30am (S); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Club 56, 5:30-7:00pm (YH); Youth Group 6:30-8pm (YH)

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

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

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 library is open every Sunday morning.
Stop by for a cup of coffee, a cookie and a good book.

Check out these new books.

When We Were On Fire,
Never Pray Again
Colour Bar  
Lab Girl




This Sunday we are privileged to hear from the Rev. Rob Kirby, the new campus minister at Westminster House. 

  Rob is a United Methodist Clergy colleague who has recently been serving with United Campus Ministry (an ecumenical partnership) at Montana State University / Billings Campus. Prior to that Rob served as Associate Director of the Wesley Foundation (United Methodist Campus Ministry) at the University of Illinois. Rob brings great experience with and commitment to interfaith/multi-faith partnerships, LGBTQ and other social justice concerns, and a strong connection with International student ministry. I trust that Rob will be engaged with and will bring great gifts to both our OSU and Corvallis community. And I also trust that you will welcome him generously into our community and opportunities for collaboration around the common good of our community.

Rob, his wife Darcie and their two high school daughters arrived in Corvallis in August, while their son, Chet, began his first year at Montana State University / Bozeman Campus.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

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

Piecemakers Annual Quilt Donation/Raffle
Sunday, November 19th

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

Sign up in the Gathering Space on Sunday to attend.
Presbyterian Women Coffee
Tuesday, November 21st, 10am


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

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!


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

Reiki Sessions every Thursday of the month. Come join us! Make an appointment from either 3-4pm or 4-5pm with the church office. 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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