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This Week 3/11/2018



This Week @1st: 

Family Camp
Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Great Decisions Class
Corvallis Youth Collective
Upcoming March Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018


Esther 1:2-5, 10-12; 7:1-6

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. 

Great Decisions Tuesday Class 
resumes March 20 at 
7pm in the
Allison Room.
NO CLASS March 13.
Contact Steve Neville for information.

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? Sign Up Here

 Corvallis Youth Collective!

Our service project will be with Produce for the People, an organic community garden with vegetables, berries & fruit trees. We will help plant seeds for veggie starts in the greenhouse; outside we will work in the Kids Garden constructing a Three Sisters area & a Pizza Garden. 

Wear weather appropriate clothes & shoes to have fun in the dirt!

Sun. April 8, 2-4pm.

Where: Produce for the People Garden, behind Christ Church
4000 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis


This Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10:15am (Ed H); 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); In Stitiches 1-2:30pm (L)

Tuesday: Men’s Munch & Ladies Greet the Morning, 7am (OS-Elmer’s); Sarah Circle, 10am (OS-Member’s home); NO Great Decisions class

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); NO Youth Group

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)

Saturday: Day of Prayer, 9am-2pm (AR, 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)


 This week in the Church Library:

Books for Lovers & Fools
Week 4: Inspiring women in the church – Esther
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints by David Farmer
All the Women in the Bible by Edith Deen
Saints by Manuela Dunn-Mascetti
The Story of Ruth by
Joan Chittister

 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!


In the beginning, humanity was created in the image of God. Male and female, God created us. This has always intrigued me. If the image of God is feminine and masculine, then are humans created in a fragmented image of God? Of course not. The reality is that we all have masculinity and femininity at the core of who we are. However, the relationship between the two has been out of balance throughout history. In the story of Esther, we see men viewing the feminine as something to be controlled and ruled over. Something that exists for the pleasure and service of the masculine.

We have a real crisis in our country, and the world, with boys and men. In teaching them to not honor and respect their whole selves, whether labeled masculine or feminine, we have raised incomplete and fractured men.

Esther is the brave femininity that dares to speak up in a masculine-heavy world in order to save her people. Where do we need more brave femininity today?

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Saturday, March 10 at midnight:
Daylight Saving Time Begins.
Remember to set your clock
forward 1 hour. 

Lent Study:
Lovers & Fools
Class runs Thursdays at Noon,
Mar. 15 – Mar. 22

March 15 topic: Brave Femininity

AdventureOUT! March 21, 11:30a-4p
Lunch at Novak’s & a tour/ride of the Albany carousel
Rides provided
Presbyterian Preschool/Albany join us
Cost: $12, scholarships available
Deadline: March 19, Email:

Sunday, Mar. 13th – A Night of Little Music, 7:30p in our Sanctuary. Haydn’s Little Organ Mass and other “Littles”

Wednesday, Mar. 21st – AdventureOUT!

 March Challenge Offering:
One Great Hour of Sharing

Join with Presbyterians worldwide in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in need around the world by providing relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.

Some of the programs your donations are helping:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – helps restore communities recovering from natural or human-caused disasters and support for refugees

Presbyterian Hunger Program – helps alleviate hunger and address systemic causes of poverty

Self-Development of people – partners with communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates people about the impact of these issues

Visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website at to find out more information on how your support helps people all over the world, and offers prayers for the projects and people who receive them.

Thanks to your heartfelt gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in over 100 countries. If we do a little, it adds up to a lot! 


All Church Soul Hike
April 8, after church. Location: TBD

The Cascades Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering will be April 14, 2018 from 9:30am3:00pm. Theme: “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 ( 

Congregational Conversation with Brian Heron 
Executive Presbyter for Vision & Mission
April 18, 5:30p, potluck dinner, in our Dennis Hall

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! 

To place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin send your request and exact wording (may need to be edited for space reasons) to

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

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