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This Week 02/26/2017



This Week @1st. Don’t Worry.


Matthew 6:24-34



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Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Cafè Church, 10:15am (Ed Hall); Library Open, 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Congregational Meeting, 11:00am-12:00pm (DH1,2,3); Soul Hike, 12:00pm (Gathering Space/After the Congregational Meeting)

Daily (Monday-Thursday): Spiritual Quiet Time, 1:00pm-3:00pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10:00-10:30am (AR); Hula, 12:00pm-2:00pm (DH1,2)

Tuesday: Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am-8:00am (Elmer’s/Offsite)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9:00am-11:30am (B3); Meditation, 10:00am-10:30am (AR); Ash Wednesday Service, 12:00pm-1:00pm (S); Gentle Yoga, 12:30pm-1:00pm (AR); Bell Choir, 4:00pm-5:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30pm-7:30pm (YH)

Thursday: Reiki, 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm (by appointment/AR); Chancel Choir 7:00pm-9:00pm (S)

Friday: Tai Chi & Meditation, 8:30am-10:30am (DH1,2,AR); Folklore Society Concert, 7:00pm (S)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Growing our SoulSet, 4:00pm (D3)







You may remember Bobby McFerrin’s famous song, “Don’t Worry! Be Happy!” but that is easier said than done. Jesus also told us not to worry about tomorrow but to be present today and trust in God’s love. That is also hard when sometimes it feels like God has abandoned us. Worry can be the sign of a caring heart but worries can also let fear get the better of us. So what are we supposed to do with our worries? Come this Sunday and let’s all admit that we worry and see what happens when we bring them with us to Worship in a community striving to trust in God.
All ages are welcome to this engaging service and Café Church will be running in Ed Hall for families whose kids need to stretch out a bit…If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream this service through Internet Streaming.

Reverend Matt Gough

Family Game Night: Tonight, February 24th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Dinner provided! Join us for a night of fun and games! We’ll have a few games on hand, but feel free to bring your family favorite to share!

This Sunday, February 26th after worship during coffee hour there will be a congregational meeting. This is our annual meeting. All are welcome.

Growing Your SoulSet
Next Sunday, March 5th at 4:00pm-5:30pm in Dennis Hall 3
What does it mean to be a church with Confessions?  We aren’t talking about confessing sins but confessing what we believe?  And why do we keep adding to our confessions? Confessions are always rooted in a particular context. Do you still believe everything you ever believed 20 years ago?
How can we be a church with beliefs rooted in traditional confessions, but also a church that is able to grow and mature as dynamic people of God?

FILM EVENT FUNDRAISER: GIRL RISING will be shown on March 8th at 7pm in Dennis Hall. The cost is $10 and proceeds will go to Friendship with Cambodia. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

An invitation to an Interfaith Potluck
Sunday, March 19, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis 
4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, OR 97330
Please invite your congregations and friends.
Vegetarian potluck to accommodate dietary preferences
Bring labels to indicate gluten or dairy-free, if possibleIf it’s easy, bring your own plate/cup/silverware.  We also have some, and will have paper plates if needed.

Let us create and strengthen friendships among our faith communities.
Let us be the peace and love we wish to see in the world.

FMI: UCC Church office, 541-757-8122


Hard copies of the 2016 Annual Report will be available this Sunday, atop the Gathering Space kiosk. A limited number were printed, so if we run out, please use the sign-up sheet on the kiosk to receive one. The annual report is also available to view on our website.

Got Wiggles? Beginning this Sunday, February 26th and going forward, whenever we are not hosting Sunday school: Café Church is open. This is a space in Ed Hall where the service is being projected and there are activities for young ones. Feel free to worship together in the Sanctuary and then head up there during the passing of the peace.

This Sunday, February 26th after Worship during Coffee Hour, there will be a congregational meeting. This is our annual meeting. All are welcome. After the meeting, join Pastor Sharon for a Hike. Meet in the Gathering Space.

Caregiver Support Group- Monday, Feb. 27: 10:30am-12:00pm, at the 1st Methodist. Let Pastor Sharon know if you’d like a ride or need respite care.

Ash Wednesday Service- March 1, 12:00pm in the Sanctuary. Gentle Yoga and meditation in the Allison Room afterward.

Next Sunday, March 5th, Lenten Devotional Bookmarks will be available on the Gathering Space kiosk. These will guide you through each week of Lent.

Lenten Book study led by Pastor Sharon. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in Our Busy Lives, by Wayne Muller. Order your own or sign up this Sunday and we’ll order for you. ($10) Thursdays, 12:00pm, 3/9-4/13. Also participate through the church Facebook page.

Reiki sessions are every Thursday of the month.Sign-ups for Reiki sessions from either 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm are available through the church office. Come join us! For more information and testimonies on the healing relief of a Reiki session, call the church office. 541-753-2228.

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!

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Our church library is open every Sunday:
Celebrate Church Library Month by stopping by our library
Pick up a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie
Explore the movie and magazine selection
See what is new in the library

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