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This Week 3/18/2018



This Week @1st: 

Family Camp
Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
PW Coffee
Spring Cleaning Days
Great Decisions Class
Corvallis Youth Collective
CARDV Documentary & Discussion
Upcoming March Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018


John 12:20-33
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Lenten Devotional (Week 5)

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. 

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: Monday, March 19

 Great Decisions Class 
Tuesday, March 20 @ 
Allison Room.
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

Sunday, May 6, 3pm
Whiteside Theater

View a documentary on the American “boy crisis”,
The Mask You Live In.
Stay for a discussion on how to raise a healthier generation of men with Pastor Matt & representatives from CARDV.


This Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); 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: Great Decisions class, 7-8:30pm (AR); In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)                                  

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); AdventureOut, 12-4pm (OS); Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30-7pm (YH)

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 10:45am (AR); Last 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); High Tea Celebration of Life for Pat Jackson, 11am (DH)

Next Sunday: Palm 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)

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 Easter& Lent

Loving by Ann Morris
Miriam and her Brother, Moses by Jean Marzollo
Love Is….. by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Easter Bunny, Are You Real?
By Harold Myra
The Last Week by John Dominic Crossan & Marcus Borg

 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!


Despite the way we tend to talk about Jesus’ death as a necessary sacrifice, I do not believe he wanted to die. I do not believe God wanted him to die either. Jesus did not come to Earth to die, he came to live and show us how to live. He came to embody the Living God and teach us about who we are and what it means to be created in the image of God. He died because people didn’t like what he was saying. He died because humans are violent and willing to kill to silence and maintain the injustice of the world. As necessary as you may believe Jesus’ death was for a theological understanding of grace and forgiveness, it is something to lament, something that God laments. A true martyr wants the world to be transformed more into the realm of God and gives everything to that work. A martyr wants to live, wants people to live, in a just and compassionate world. Oscar Romero was one such person. A priest in El Salvador, he was gunned down while preparing to serve Mass because he stood against the brutal practices of the military regime.

We remember martyrs best when we devote ourselves to the same vision for the world as they held, for the realm of God to be on earth as it is in heaven.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Lent Study:
Lovers & Fools
Last Class: Thursday, Mar. 22 @ Noon
Topic: Oscar Romero

Spring Cleaning Days

Thursday, 3/22 9-10:30am– Gathering Space
Thursday, 3/29 9-10:
30am – Sanctuary

All are welcome. Please bring a dust cloth & join us as we focus on brightening our building.

PW Coffee- March 20, 10am
Amazing Mason Bees, Speaker: Richard Little
Sign up with the church office or after Worship

PW Coffee-  Mar. 20th, 10am

Great Decisions Class- Tues. Mar. 20th & Mar. 27th, 7pm

Lovers & Fools Class- Thur. Mar. 20th (Last class)

AdventureOUTWed. Mar. 21st, 11:30am

Spring Cleaning Days-Thurs. Mar. 22nd & Mar. 29th

Maundy Thursday Service- Thur. Mar. 29th, 7pm

Good Friday Service- Fri. Mar. 30th, 7pm

 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! 


Lumina Hospice and Pallative Care Grief Education and Support groups begin. 8-week series. Evening 5:30p-7:30p begins April 5. Day 10a-12a begins April 6.

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

The Cascades Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering  April 14th from 9:30am-3pm. The 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 (

Congregational Conversation with Brian Heron
Executive Presbyter for Vision & Mission
April 18th, 5:30pm, 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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