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This Week 2/4/2018



This Week @1st: 
Family Camp
Women’s Group
Great Decisions Group
Ash Wednesday Service
Volunteering @ Men’s Shelter
Upcoming February Events
January’s Challenge Offering

 Mark 1:29-39
Isaiah 40:21-31


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Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); African Mission Talk, 11am (D3); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Tuesday: In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L); Great Decisions, 7-8:30pm (AR)

Wednesday: Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); 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); Cafe Church, 10am (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)


  February is Church Library Month   
Be a Bookworm

This Sunday: Come to the library and decorate a heart bookmark. All are invited to be creative & have fun.

New Books:
F/SMI/LD18   The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith, The latest in the series.

C/D Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman

Winter Weather Policy

If 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


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!


When we are not well, when we are in need of healing, it is hard to focus on anything else. Pain takes over and affects every part of us; our body, mind, soul and emotions. Some healing is the kind needed between people. Families and communities often need healing. When someone is healed or there is healing of rifts between family members or different people groups, we all celebrate. We celebrate because we know that the pain of these wounds and illnesses stunts our growth.  

So many of of our cherished stories are stories of healing. The story of Jesus’ healing gives us hope. But I think stories do more than that. In some mysterious way, perhaps hearing and telling healing stories has its own healing effect. Do you have a story to tell?

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.

Great Decisions 2018 begins Tuesday, February 6, 7pm
Allison Room.

You are invited to join the Great Decisions Discussion Group to study and discuss selected topics in foreign affairs for 2018. We meet on selected Tuesday evenings beginning February 6 to May 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allison Room. Please see the announcement on the bulletin board by the church office or contact Steve Neville for more information at 751-745-7452 or

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

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

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

February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. 
Contact the church office if you can volunteer!



February 4th, Interested in Membership at First Presbyterian? This Sunday, after Worship, meet-up with Pastor Matt at a table in Dennis Hall during coffee hour to learn more.

February 4th, African Mission Talk – 11:20am Dennis Hall 3 
This Sunday come hear from Linda and David Barstow Hear more about an African Mission Trip this summer (June 16-July 1st). Grab your coffee and learn how AIDS continues to grow both in this continent and worldwide and what PCUSA is doing to help minister to those affected.

February 6th, Great Decisions Class begins, 7pm, Allison Room.

Feb. 14th, 12pm – Ash Wednesday Service 


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 for 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. 



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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