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This Week 7/1/2018


Summer Sunday Worship: 9:30am. 

Sunday, July 1 – Sunday, August 26

Worship at 10am resumes Sunday, Sept. 2nd 

with the service in the park. 


This Week @1st: 
Upcoming Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018

Jonah 4:1-11


Latest Fanfare


Summer Reading Adventures

Enjoy a book by Linda Crew – a member of our church & great writer.

Y/F/C  Long Time Passing 

Y/F/C  Nekomah Creek 

Y/F/C  A Heart for any Fate: Westward to Oregon 1845 

Y/F/C  Children of the River 

Y/F/C  Brides of Eden, a story based on real events in  Corvallis in 1903

Mid-Year Stewardship Update: 

While our monthly financials do not look balanced, due to prepaid pledges, we enter the summer within budget on income & expenses. We are grateful for all who donate to the church during offering, in person, via automatic electronic giving or by mailing checks to the treasurer via the church office. If you would like to know how to set up automatic giving, so you don’t have to worry about it while busy with Summer vacations & activities, contact the office & we can help! As our buffer continues to thin out, your generosity & commitment to the ministries of First Presbyterian is appreciated!

Current May 2018 Financials

May Income $47,089.71

May Expenses $42,694.37


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. 

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? Sign Up Here


This Sunday: Worship Service, 9:30am (S); Library Open, 9-11:30am (L); Café Church, 9:45am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 10:30am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11am (AR)

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (OS), Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6pm (DH)

Tuesday: In Stitches, 7-9pm (OS- Central Park)  

Wednesday: Church Building & Office Closed

Thursday: Church Office Closed (Building Open)

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (OS)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 9:30am (S); Library Open, 9-11:30am (L); Café Church, 9:45am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 10:30am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11am (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)



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!


 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news… Isaiah 52:7 

  We continue our hike around the mountainous summer landscape. We have climbed the mountain of Perfection and conquered the mountain of the Challenger. This week, we slow our pace, pausing by restful waters to explore our Peacemaker. These easygoing, reassuring and complacent types are able to see the many sides of disagreements and can bring healing and reconciliation. However, they often struggle to know what they want or hold back revealing it. Avoidance becomes the norm. Being honest or confronting may mean conflict and that disrupts the sweet peace they desire.

Probably the greatest avoider in the whole Bible was Jonah. He went to great lengths to avoid confronting the Ninevites with God’s message. In the end, however, he did confront them. And Jonah learns the gift of the Peacemaker. When you speak your truth and are honest from a place of love, well, lives truly are transformed.

Join us! The Gratitude Jazz Band will rock and a dramatic reading will roll. We shall celebrate, confess, and once again remember peace is more than possible.

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

Rev. Sharon Edwards

Would you like to take the Enneagram? Download the test and scoring instructions here 

The church building & office will be closed Wednesday, July 4th.
The office will be closed Thursday, July 5th. 

In its June meeting, Session approved a motion from the Mission committee to support the 2nd Street location of the consolidated services of Stone Soup, the Drop-in Center, and the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter. While there is much anxiety about having these services downtown, we believe that the legitimate issues being raised can and will be addressed and that we will be committed to do our part to make this successful.
One thing you can do is if you shop downtown, let the owners/workers know that you support the shelter and will still shop downtown.


Learning to use our compass:  
The Enneagram 

Keep your eyes out for future information about a Summer Seminar on The Enneagram and ways for you to learn more about yourself and others.

Thanks to all who baked cookies for Coffee Hour.
The freezer is full of delicious cookies for the summer.
Your contributions are very much appreciated, thank you!
-Coffee Hour Committee


Chair Yoga with Pastor Sharon
will resume in September.
There will be no chair yoga in
July or August.

Interfaith Association & Potluck Information
If you are interested in learning more about the Interfaith Association or attending one of their monthly vegetarian potlucks, click on the link below to sign up for emails.


A non-profit, all-volunteer program
providing a full meal every day to any person in need.

Stone Soup serves one full hot meal
every day of the year:

Stone Soup serves more than 36,000 meals each year:
-about 3,000 per month, or 100 per day

Volunteers do all the work: cooking, cleaning, purchasing, gathering, scheduling, organizing, publicity (the only exception is accounting). About 400 volunteers contribute about 25,000 hours each year.

Low-cost operation ($1 per meal):
Kitchen and dining facilities are generously donated by St Mary’s & First Christian. Many ingredients are donated.

Generous financial donations from the community allow us to purchase additional food, supplies, and to share in the cost of maintaining appliances.

Volunteer cooks skillfully manage menus to serve nutritious meals.

You Can Help: 
-To volunteer your time and talent, email
-To donate food or supplies, email or call 541-757-9725
-Send a check to Stone Soup Corvallis Inc., PO Box 2381, Corvallis OR 97339 or donate online   

Sunday, July 22, Reiki Prayer, 10:30-11:30am. Come receive peace & well-being in Dennis Hall. Option of table or chair.

Tuesday, July 24, 7pm – Bring-your-own-picnic & Community Band concert – Meet at 8th St side of Central Park for food & fellowship. Concert is at 8pm. Fellowship Committee provides beverages & ice cream. Bring your dinner & a seat. For a ride, contact Teresa Welch 541-752-9049; or church office. 

Sunday, August 26, 5:30-7:30pm – FREE All-Church Swim Party at Otter Beach at Osborn Aquatic Center.


Hats, Sunglasses & Sunscreen Needed for Homeless Men and Women! Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan is holding a drive to collect new or gently used hats, and sunglasses or new bottles of sunscreen to give out to the homeless to keep them safe in the summer heat. Place items in the box in the church office between June 10 – July 8. (Hats can be brimmed hats or baseball hats).

Carillon Revelry Bell Choir raised 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! The bells have now arrived safely to their destination and the refurbishment has begun. 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 members! 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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