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This Week 2/25/2018



This Week @1st: 
Family Camp
Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Great Decisions Class
Food Donations
Stone Soup Volunteers Needed
Upcoming March Events
PEB Exploration Trip 2018
February’s Challenge Offering


James 2: 1-13

Lenten Devotional

Latest Fanfare


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


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


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

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS-Elmer’s); Women’s Greet The Morning, 7am (OS-Elmer’s); NO Great Decisions class

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

Thursday: NO Chair Yoga; Lovers & Fools Class, 12-1pm (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); Annual Meeting, after Worship & 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/KIR  All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatric,k Good historical fiction.

C/R  How to Be an Elephant by Kathleen Roy,  A new book by the Corvallis author.

 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!


“The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires.”

Howard Thurman- Footprints of a Dream : The Story of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples (1959), p. 7


Black History Month is a time to celebrate the depth and richness that black people have brought to this diverse country, in spite of their history of being oppressed and mistreated by that very country. Howard Thurman was a theologian whose commitment to the Gospel and to non-violence influenced many of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. When the world saw strength in physical force, Thurman saw that the contrast of persistent and visible love in this world held the greatest power.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Class runs Thursdays at Noon, Mar. 1 – Mar. 22

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

Join Pastor Matt & Pastor Sharon for a focused discussion on saints, mystics & 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.

Great Decisions Tuesday Class
There is NO CLASS Feb. 27, March 6 & March 13. Class discussion on foregin affairs
resumes March 20 at 7pm in the Allison Room.
Contact Steve Neville for information.

Food Donations This Sunday – we are asking our congregation to donate non-expired, non-perishable food items to help feed those in need. Please drop your donations off at the church office.

Stone Soup Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, March 27

Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Stone Soup Tuesday, March 27 (4:30 to 7:15 p.m.). Additional clean-up volunteers are needed from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Volunteers may sign-on to serve by (a) emailing Tim Roach,, calling Tim at 717-571-3179, or by seeing him following worship on March 4.

Thanks to the faithfulness of FPCers, these volunteer slots usually fill quickly.  So don’t wait, respond quickly to reserve your spot to serve at Stone Soup on March 27.  Thanks!

Thursday, Mar. 1st at Noon- Lovers & Fools Class Discussion. In the Allison Room, led by Pastor Matt. 

Sunday, Mar. 4th after Worship-Annual Church Meeting, during coffee hour in Dennis Hall. Childcare provided.

Sunday, Mar. 4th-New Member Sunday

Wednesday, Mar. 7th at Noon-Benton County Library Random Review. David Grube will review ‘The Book of Joy’.  This is a brown bag event. 

The Presbyterian Education Board – Pakistan Exploration Trip travel dates for 2018 will be November 8-19. During this special 20th Anniversary trip, we will celebrate all that has been accomplished since the Pakistani government returned the schools in 1998. Come meet with PEB students and staff, explore the schools and experience Pakistani culture. See how your contributions have been put to good use and witness how your generosity is making a positive impact on the children of Pakistan. If you are interested in more information regarding the Exploration Trip, talk to Tim Roach or please contact us at

This Sunday is the Last Sunday For The 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.) 

March Challenge Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing


Sundays @ 3 presents The Delgani String Quartet; Jannie Wei & Wyatt True, violins; Kimberlee Uwate, viola & Eric Alterman, cello.  A free concert event at Good Samaritan Church, 35th & Harrison,  3pmSunday March 4th. Donations are accepted and appreciated at the concert.

The Cascades Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering will be April 14, 2018 from 9:30am3:00pm. Theme is: “From Homelessness to Hope” and will include a program about how Creswell and Eugene are addressing the homeless issue in their communities, and a bus tour to Emerald Village, a tiny house community in Eugene. $10 includes lunch. For more information contact Lynne Martin ( 

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 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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