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This Week 5/13/2018


This Week @1st: 
Family Camp
Invitation from Pastor Sharon
Upcoming May Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018

Luke 24:44-53


Latest Fanfare

 Save the Date!
All church campout at Honeyman State Park. July 26-29. 

Cost for camping & meals: $50 per adult, $30 per child (17 & under).
Scholarships available. Sign up in the Gathering Space or at

Deadline: June 24th, 2018. 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. 

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This Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Café Church, 10:15am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); No Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

Monday: In Stitches, 1-2:30pm (L); T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)    

Tuesday: PW Recognition & Celebration Luncheon, 12pm (DH); In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2);           Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); Memorial Service for Julie Reed, 1pm (S, DH); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30-7pm (YH)

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 11am (AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Next Sunday: International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day; Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); Volunteer Thank You 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)



Enjoy reading on a beautiful Spring day. 

Grow your faith with new ideas.

248.4/DAN  When “Spiritual But Not Religious” is Not Enough : Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church by Lillian Daniels

204/ARM    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong


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!


  Grace Cathedral in San Francisco recently held a Beyoncé mass that drew 900 worshippers. Despite what the fundamentalists claimed, this was not a worship of Beyoncé. Grace has long tried to make people aware of God already present in the world and used the music and story of Beyoncé to bring awareness of God and also the justice issues that persist in Black culture, and in particular with women of color. As the dean of Grace Cathedral wrote, “… God is in all the world and… Beyoncé is made in God’s image. The church has not treated women of color fairly and it is time to face this truth.”

As we celebrate motherhood this Sunday I cannot help but reflect on all the pervasive hostility that still persists towards women. The denial of fact in our culture does not stop at the doors of our churches. God is as much feminine as God is masculine. Yet so many stifle and try to subdue this vital essence of the Divine. Think about how you respond to efforts to open up our understanding of God as gender specific. For instance, how do you respond to the reorienting of the Lord’s prayer as was done in the Beyoncé mass? Have a read and explore how you react. Most importantly, honestly reflect on why your reaction may be what it is. 

Our Mother,
who is in heaven and within us,
we call upon your names.
Your wisdom come,
Your will be done,
in all the spaces in which you dwell.
Give us this day
sustenance and perseverance.
Remind us of our limits as
we give grace to the limits of others.
Separate us from the temptation of empire,
and deliver us into community.
For you are the dwelling place within us,
the empowerment around us,
and the celebration among us,
now and forever. Amen.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day we will worship a God who continually gives birth with unfathomable creativity and who nurtures us to be partners in the Divine. Our experience with motherhood and with our own mothers may bring joy, gratitude, grief, regret and/ resentment. My hope is that God our Mother may help us celebrate and/or heal this primary relationship so we may become more and more whole.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

SoulHike Adventures for All Ages!

Sunday, May 20th
Noon, lunch provided after church. 

Jackson-Frazier Wetlands, 2/3 mile, Corvallis

A lovely walk with an informative Naturalist and a scavenger hunt along the way.
Will we find a meadow foxtail or reed canary grass? 

Please RSVP by Thursday 4/17 so we know how much lunch to provide!

Volunteer Thank You Coffee Hour
Sunday, May 20th, after Worship
Hosted  by:
Pastor Matt, Pastor Sharon & Jonathan
We want to say THANK YOU and celebrate the valuable time and talent that our volunteers share with our church community.

Please everyone join us!

May 20 is also Pentecost Sunday. We will wish the church Happy Birthday – so wear your RED!

Interfaith Potluck and Events Information

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May Challenge Offering: CARDV

For 37 years, the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) has provided life-saving services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Benton and Linn counties. CARDV services are free, confidential and anonymous, are available 24-hours a day for anyone who has experienced sexual and/or domestic violence. 

Services include: 

-a 24-hour crisis and support line
-emergency shelter
-legal advocacy
-medical accompaniment
-support groups 
-community education

We at CARDV are immensely grateful for First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis’ continued commitment to supporting survivors, and their families, to access safety. With your support, this past year we were able to provide advocacy for over 7,000 survivors. 

To learn more about our services or ways you can get involved visit or contact us at or
(541) 738-8319.

Tuesday, May 15, Noon – PW Recognition & Celebration Luncheon – Help celebrate 30 years of PW! RSVP attendance & potluck dish you plan to bring to Sue Bowman, or 541-745-5878. Cost: free; donations cheerfully accepted. Location: Dennis Hall. 

Sunday, May 20, after Worship – Volunteer Thank You Coffee Hour hosted by Pastor Matt, Pastor Sharon & Jonathan.

Sunday, May 20th, Noon – Everybody Soul Hike
Jackson-Frazier Wetlands, 2/3 mile, Corvallis. Lunch provided after church. Contact Pastor Sharon,  


Sundays @ 3 presents  MAREK KUDLICKI, International Pipe Organist , Good Samaritan Church, 35th & Harrison. 3PM  Sunday, May 20th.  A free concert event; donations are also accepted & appreciated at the concert.

The Grace Center is in need of Volunteer Greeters. We are a non-profit adult day center that supports the community by having a safe, therapeutic & fun place for seniors & disabled adults. We’re open 7:30-5:30Monday thru Friday. Volunteers support our staff, make our facility welcoming & add another asset to our program. We have a great core group of volunteer greeters but need more for weekly times & as substitutes. If you have just one hour of time during the week you can help us out. Contact Corinne Butzkin 541-754-8417 or to learn available times and then sign up for the time of your choice!

Our Centering Prayer group will not meet this Sunday, May 13. They will resume meeting next Sunday, May 20, 11:30am, in the Allison Room.

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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