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This Week 03/05/2017



This Week @1st. Unplug: Rest.


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

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: In Stitches, 6:30pm-8:00pm (L)

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); No Gentle Yoga; Bell Choir, 4:00pm-5:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30pm-7:30pm (YH); Screening of Girl Rising, 7:00pm (DH1,2,3)

Thursday: Lenten Book Study, 12:00pm (AR); Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:00pm-6:00pm (DH1,2,3); 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)

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





Every church staff has had this conversation: “People are so over programmed and busy these days, what kind of program can we add to help them make room for God?”

There is no shortage of things to do and be involved in, in Corvallis. Many of you work tirelessly in several areas of life. That is fantastic! God created us to use our talents and energy. However, God also balanced it with rest.

As parents, our pediatrician stressed that our kids should get 12 hours of sleep every night in the first years of life. That number has reduced as they have gotten older but the minimum is still 8 hours for a healthy lifestyle and on most nights they get at least 10. Our bodies, minds, and souls need the balance of rest and work.

It is not enough to just sleep. We must balance our spirits by creating time to rest and be mindful. To rest in the trustworthiness of God. To rest with gratitude filled hearts for this life we live. Cultures build this into their societies for a reason. Without it, we begin catapulting into a chaotic and frenzied people. I encourage you to set time aside this weekend without a device. In fact, from sundown March 3rd to Sunset March 4th is National Day of Unplugging.

Then come give thanks and praise to the God who created rest.

I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:00am for meaningful worship, thoughtful exploration, and community, as we explore this week’s text together. If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream this service through Internet Streaming.

Reverend Matt Gough

Growing Your SoulSet
This Sunday, March 5th, from 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?

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 possible

If 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.

Lenten Devotional Bookmarks are available in this Sunday’s bulletin. These will guide you through each week of Lent.

Got Wiggles? 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.

Film Event Fundraiser: Girl Rising will be shown on March 8th at 7:00pm in Dennis Hall. The cost is $10 and proceeds will go to Friendship with Cambodia.

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 and we’ll order for you. ($10) Thursdays, 12:00pm, 3/9-4/13. Also participate through the church Facebook page.

Spring ahead next weekend! Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, March 11th.

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!

Want to be a Happy Helper in 2017? Sign up by clicking HERE.

Our church library is open every Sunday:
Unplug-Create Deeper Connections

Thomas Moore, Sue Bender, Katharine Jefferts Schori, John O’Donahue, Marcus Borg and others can guide your way this Lenten season. Find their books in the library. Stop by the library on your way to coffee hour. Pick up a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie.

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