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This Week 2/11/2018



This Week @1st: 
Family Camp
Interfaith Potluck
Women’s Group
Ash Wednesday Service
Volunteering @ Men’s Shelter
Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Upcoming February Events
January’s Challenge Offering

1 Corinthians 1:18-30


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Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10am (EdH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

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

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS- Elmers); Greet the Morning, 7am (OS- Elmer’s); Great Decisions, 7-8:30pm (AR)

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

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 11am-12pm (AR); Reiki, 3-4pm & 4-5pm (AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

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)


  February is Church Library Month ~ Be a Bookworm  

New Books:
-F C/P  Tucky Jo and Little Heart by Patricia Polacco,  A very touching true story of WWII

-/BAR  The Road to Paradise: a Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett,  a story in Mt. Rainer National Park

-VIDEO/C/D  Inside Out

 Winter Weather Policy

If the weather is making roads dangerous to travel, call the church
at 541-753-2228, press 7 for alerts or check the website at  BEFORE leaving for church.
If the schools are closed due to weather during weekdays,
then our building is closed.


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!


Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday. You are invited to come to a brief Ash Wednesday service at Noon on Wednesday, where you can opt to have ashes marked on your forehead. When you go out in the world, you may get some odd looks. It has allowed me to have some great conversations. One person, after I explained it, told me it was just odd. The Gospel is odd. Paul admits that it sounds foolish to the world. However, that foolishness went on to change the world and it continues to do so.

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

Rev. Matt Gough


Join Pastor Matt and Family at Honeyman State Park. More info here.

February 14th,
Join us for this lunch-break friendly schedule:
12pm- arrival and/or quiet reflection
12:15pm- Ash Wednesday liturgy and Imposition of Ashes
12:30pm- quiet reflection and/or departure

Interfaith Potluck, Sunday Feb. 18th, 5:30pm, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Please invite your congregations & friends. Vegetarian potluck to accommodate dietary preferences. Bring labels to indicate gluten or dairy-free if possible.

If it’s easy, bring your own plate/cup/silverware. We also have some and will have paper plates if needed.
FMI: Alice Rampton: (541)-231-6238

A new women’s social group called “Greet the Morning” will meet for breakfast at 7am at Elmer’s on 9th St on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
For more information, contact Sharon Fries or Judy Maki. We hope to see you there.

Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Class runs Thursdays at Noon, Feb. 22 – Mar. 22

This year Lent begins on Valentine’s Day and
ends on April Fool’s day, which is also Easter.

Join Pastor Matt & Pastor Sharon for a focused discussion on saints, mystics and prophets whose love of God, fellow humanity & life may seem foolish to many, but who left testimony to the power of that love to change the world.

Feb. 13th & 20th, Great Decisions Class, 7pm, Allison Room.

Feb. 13th– 1st Meeting of Women’s Group, “Greet the Morning”, 7am, Elmer’s.

 Feb. 14th– Ash Wednesday Service, 12pm, Sanctuary. 

Feb. 20th- PW Coffee, 10-11:30am, DH

 The dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter are:

February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. 
Two more volunteers are needed to provide breakfasts. See Bill Smart in the Gathering Space after Worship on Sunday. Or contact the church office at 541-753-2228.

February Challenge Offering: Friendship with Cambodia

The congregation of First Presbyterian Church has been a powerful presence in Cambodia for over 22 years now. For the past few years, our church has been supporting Friendship with Cambodia, a non-profit organization that has humanitarian projects in Cambodia. 

Friendship with Cambodia and FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH support the following projects:

-Scholarship for poor rural students who are high achievers (85% are girls) to pursue university studies. (Less than 10% of the students in Cambodia finish high school).

-A shelter for street children. (Currently there are over 4,000 homeless children living in the streets.)

-Work to stop sex trafficking. (Over 5,000 girls under age 18 were sold to brothels in Phnom Penh and are being held as prostitutes.)

-Help for landmine survivors. We are responding to their needs for prosthesis, income generation, house repair, ect. (There remain 4-6 million landmines in the ground from 30 years of war. Every 3 days someone steps on a landmine.)

-Free medical care for children at the Angkor Hospital for Children. (The Piecemakers of our church have provided beautiful quilts to the patients.)

-Women’s Self-Help Groups offering micro-credit programs so that the women can start a business, build a house, purchase a cow or a bicycle, etc. (Women’s economic empowerment is one of the 2 best ways to end poverty. The other is education for girls.) 

Please consider a donation to the Challenge Offering so that all of this good work can continue. 


Wed, Feb 21, 5-7pm: Palestine – a meeting with Janet Lahr Lewis at the Corvallis Friends Meeting House; 3311 NW Polk St., CorvallisPotluck dinner at 5pm & discussion after our meal; all are welcome!
Janet Lahr Lewis is a Christian missionary who lived & worked in Bethlehem for ten years.  She is currently with the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church & serves as advocacy coordinator for the Middle East at the General Board of Church & Society in Washington, DC.

For more information: 541-740-4207 or

Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from 3-4pm or 4-5pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday during office hours. 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. Thanks to you and memorial money given towards music ministry, We have raised raised the $8,000 needed! Thank you!   To keep our bells well-maintained you can continue to support the bell fund. Checks can be made to First Presbyterian Church, with a memo for ‘Bell fund.’
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! 

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