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This Week 12/24/2017



This Week @1st:
Volunteering @ Men’s Shelter
Latest Fanfare
Year-End Giving
Holiday Hours
Advent Schedule
Upcoming January Events
World In Prayer
Give Now
This Week @ 1STPRES
The Library Open Every Sunday
Visitor Parking
Challenge Offering

Luke 2:1-7

10am: Heavenly Peace

5pm: Family Worship
8pm: Lessons & Carols


Financial Report: 

Thank you all who have faithfully given for a strong November. We budgeted $576,422 in income for 2017, and we have received $502,058 through November.  The church needs to receive $74,364 in 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. 

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? 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- Harp, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Café Church, 10:15am (JW); No Coffee Hour this week; Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Family Worship, 5pm (S); Lessons and Carols, 8pm (S)

Daily, Monday-Thursday Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday-Tuesday: Church Office and Building Closed; No Men’s Breakfast until 1/9/2018

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); No Youth Activities (Winter Break)

Thursday: No Chair Yoga until 1/11; Reiki, 3-4pm (AR)

Friday: Church Office and Building Closed 

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Café 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 church library is open every Sunday morning. 

There are many wonderful Christmas stories & movies for all ages. Browse Christmas fiction, art books, seasonal meditations, Christmas traditions & carols & more. The Christmas tree labels mark holiday books & movies. Check out a book or spread the season’s joy by reading to others. Enjoy festive decorations, thanks to Mary & Louise.




Light has come!   We celebrate that, even in the midst of our darkest darkness, God is with us. Christ is the light that darkness cannot overcome. I hope you will celebrate this with us at one of our Christmas Eve services as listed in the box below this one.

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

Matt Gough

Church Office Hours for the remainder
of 2017:
Closed Monday, Dec. 25th & Tuesday, Dec. 26th
Open Wednesday, Dec. 27th & Thursday, Dec. 28th, 9am-4pm
Closed Friday, Dec. 29th
Closed Monday, January 1st, 2018

Year-End Giving 

We have a new way of giving online with your debit or credit card. You will need to download an app on your device called Give+ for iPhone or Give Plus for  Android phones.

Gifts in the offering plate or brought to the church on or before December 31, or mailed and postmarked on or before December 31, and gifts given online on or before December 31 (on a debit or credit card) will all be included for your 2017 statement in January, and usable for your 2017 tax return. Anything brought in after New Year’s Eve will be on your 2018 statement. Please note the church office will not be open December 25, 26 and 29.

To give, you first need to identify the organization you wish to give to. The quickest way is to search by zip code (97333) and then choose First Presbyterian Church. You set up your card and enter the amount. You have the opportunity to pay the 2% fee charged to the church for the transaction. You choose whether you want your gift to be one time, or repeating every week, month, etc. Once you have completed the transaction, the app will save the details, making it much quicker the next time you wish to contribute. You can look up your history, change accounts, adjust your recurring payments, etc. It seems to be a very user-friendly way to make a contribution. 

Also remember that direct donations from your Retirement Accounts is tax deductible.

Upcoming January Event Dates:  

Email to:

Corvallis Youth Collective: Snow tubing at Hoo Doo. All 5th-12th graders welcome.
Register with by the deadline: January 14th, 2018

Mt. Angel Retreat; February 9-11, 2018.
Register with the church office,
by January 21, 2018.

Souper Bowl Sunday, January 28, 2018 after Worship.


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!


Tree, Flower and Liturgical Art Fund – these are provided by donated funds throughout the year. You can contribute to the fund at anytime. Please notate this designation with your donation. This is a wonderful way to help decorate, honor and bring spiritual expression to our beautiful space.

Sign up for the 2018 Mount Angel Retreat. February 9th-11th. See kiosk poster for more details. Sign up with the church office.

Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from 3-4pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday no later than 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

December Challenge Offering: Bright Gifts

Your contributions to Bright Gifts are gifts that will keep on giving throughout 2018.
Through Bright Gifts, we support local agencies and organizations that provide

direct human services to those in our community who are in need.
Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for continuing to support the work of
First Presbyterian’s mission to serve others.
The Mission Committee wishes you
a season of Peace and Hope.

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