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This Week 4/1/2018




This Week @1st: 

Easter Schedule
Family Camp
Easter Fellowship Hour
Great Decisions Class
Corvallis Youth Collective
CARDV Documentary & Discussion
Upcoming April Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018

Mark 16:9-20


Latest Fanfare


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

Easter Fellowship Hour 

Join us in Dennis Hall after the service for our Easter Fellowship hour.

Come enjoy coffee, muffins, and pastries, provided by our Fellowship Committee. 


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 Class 
Tuesday, April 3 @ 
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 Theatre

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: Easter Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Café Church, 10:15am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Egg Hunt, 11am (GS); 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)

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; 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, 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), Gathering Space (GS); 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


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!


On Friday we remember that the crowds cried “Crucify!”
Would we have joined in that chant?  If we are honest we must admit that we, at the very least, would have denied Christ as Peter did.

On Sunday we proclaim ‘He is risen!”

Are we fools to believe that the love of God cannot be extinguished, even by our own betrayals? Are we fools to believe that life wins out over death?  Are we fools to still believe that Christ can make a difference in the world?
Maybe so.  But if we are like Mary Magdalene, then we, too, encountered a Christ who loves us, even with all of our demons. A Christ who loves us even when others call us foolish as we sit ourselves at his feet devoting what we have to him. A Christ who shows himself to us, even when we thought all was lost.

Mary may have been a fool but she loved. There are a million reasons not to believe, there are more reasons not to love, but us fools know that life without love is death. Life without faith is a tomb.

Maybe I am a fool but this Easter I will proclaim with love and faith, He is Risen!

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Easter Sunday
at First Presbyterian

April 1, Easter Sunday, 10am
Egg Hunt following Worship
Fellowship and Coffee Hour, 11am

Local Homeless Shelters Closing in One Week. Donations Needed. 
First Christian Church, Corvallis is collecting tents, sleeping bags, tarps & monetary gifts.
Location: 602 SW Madison Ave. 

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 5:30-7:30pm, begins April 5. Day 10am-12pm, 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.

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

Tuesday, Apr 3 & Apr 10- Great Decisions class,
7-8:30pm (AR).

All Church Soul Hike- Apr 8, after Church.

Corvallis Youth Collective
Community Service Project.
Apr 8, 2-4pm @ Produce for the People Garden behind
Christ Church.

Cascades Presbyterian Women
Spring Gathering- 
Apr 14, 9:30am-3pm. For more information, contact Lynne Martin ( 

Recycling Art Day, Church Library-
Apr 15, after Worship.

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

Worship and Luncheon Meeting with
Rev. Rob Hagen of the Presbyterian Foundation
– Sun. Apr 22.

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