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This Week 11/5/2017


This Week @1st:
Daylight Savings Reminder
Volunteering at the Men’s Shelter
Latest Fanfare
Fall Yard Clean Up
Congregational Meeting Nov. 12
PW Coffee
Supporting Jonathan Isengingo
World In Prayer
Give Now
September Financial Report
This Week @ 1STPRES
Visitor Parking
Challenge Offering


Psalm 34



 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, 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: 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); Club 56, 5:30-7:30pm (YH); Youth Group 6-8pm (YH)

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

Friday: church office & building closed
in observance of Veteran’s Day

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

Days of Awe and Wonder
by Marcus Borg;

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon; 
and her just published Mitford series book, Painting with the Spirit Within Silence: A Christian History.


  A ritual is an intentional and deliberate act to acknowledge something significant. A ritual provides a template to guide our emotions and actions.  

  All Saint’s Sunday is a ritual. It is a designated time when, as a community, we remember together.  We enter into each other’s sorrow. And, we come face to face with our impermanence. We are not permanent.  

  Well. Duh. Right? We know this. But do we really KNOW this? How does dying inform our living?  And, what do the dying tell us about living? 

  It has been said, we die the way we live. Does this sound like a downer Sunday you’d like to avoid?  I encourage you not to!

  And, by the way there is something that is permanent. The love of God.

  So come this Sunday and experience that love through song, communion and remembering. You are welcome to bring a picture of a loved one to place upon our Memory Table in Dennis Hall. Tell us their story and listen to others.  

  We will welcome a new organist, Rose Knoles. And, as always, the Gratitude band is better than coffee!

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

In Peace,
Rev. Sharon Edwards 

Daylight Saving Time

Saturday, November 4 at 12:00am

Remember to fall back
and set your clocks back one hour
Saturday night.

The dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter are:
Feb. 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2018.
Mark your calendar! Sign-up will start in a week or two.

November 11th, 9am-Noon 
Fall Grounds Clean Up 

Bring your work gloves to our annual yard spruce up day. Help rake leaves & prepare for cold weather ahead!

Save the Date – PW Coffee
Tuesday, November 21 at 10am.

Topic: Community Healthy Eating
Sign-up in the Gathering Space beginning Sunday, Nov. 12

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.

Congregational Meeting
Sunday, November 12
Next Sunday 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!

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 5th at 3pm: Make a Joyful Noise: A Choral Celebration, First Methodist Church. Concert features choirs 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.
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: 

Westminister House

Our ministry of hospitality at Westminister 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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