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This Week 03/19/2017



This Week @1st. Unplug: Time. 3rd Sunday in Lent.



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Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Soul Hike, 12:00pm-2:00pm (GS)

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

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

Tuesday: PW Coffee- Spirituality, 10:00am-11:00am (DH1,2);
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); Gentle Yoga, 12:00pm-1:00pm (AR); Bell Choir, 4:00pm-5:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30pm-7:30pm (YH)

Thursday: Lenten Book Study, 12:00pm (AR); 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 (S); Library open, 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Cafe Church, 10:30am (Ed Hall); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Screening- The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, 2:00pm (DH1,2,3)





Time is money. Time will pass, will you? Time changes everything. Like sand through the hourglass; these are the days of our lives! Most of us have a love/hate relationship with time. Sometimes there is too much of it. Other times, not enough.  

As we continue to explore “Unplugging” this Lent, the topic of Time is an essential conversation. As Wendall Berry says: “The fundamental precepts by which we guide our life are cultivated, nourished and harvested in time.” Sabbath gives us space to notice what is taking our time. What is important to us? Is our allocation of time in line with what gives us life?  

Additionally, if we don’t stop, we don’t get to notice what it is we have been doing. There may be something to acknowledge and release, or celebrate and embrace. Sabbath time also helps us to honor what grows in time, sometimes so slowly that we may not notice if we don’t stop.  

This Sunday a ‘Sabbath Soul Hike’ will take place from 12pm-2pm. We will wander a bit and lose track of time in the sunshine (really, that’s what my weather app says)! Come breathe in the gifts of nature and good company. There’s plenty of time!  

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.

Pastor Sharon Edwards

This Sunday: Sabbath Soul Hike: 12:00pm-2:00pm. Meet in the Gathering Space.

Our church is having a Book Fair!
Looking for that perfect Easter gift for your kids or grandkids? Stop by our Book Fair and shop award-winning Bibles, books, and videos for kids. Save up to 50% PLUS free shipping on all titles.

Stop by the Church Library this Sunday, March 19th, through April 2nd from 9:30am-12:00pm to get faith-filled books and videos for your kids. Our church will earn 20% of the proceeds to go towards curriculum or other resources!

Our Book Fair, sponsored by Sparkhouse Family, is designed to help parents instill an open-hearted, transformational, lifelong Christian faith in their children at every age and stage.

Unplug-Create Deeper Connections
Our church library is open every Sunday:
Thomas Moore, Sue Bender, Katharine Jefferts Schori, John O’Donahue, Marcus Borg and others can guide your way
this Lenten season.
Experience Lent by finding their books in the library, where you can enjoy a good book, a cup of coffee and a cookie. Stop by the church library, Sunday mornings March 19 through April 2 for our Children’s Book Fair!

On Sunday, March 26th, join us after worship at Coffee Hour as we honor long-time church members Jeanne and Tom Griffith. Stop by and wish them well in their move to Eugene
planned for April.


Next Sunday, March 26th at 2:00pm in Dennis Hall we will show the documentary: An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. Although he may be best remembered as the author of the famed “Serenity Prayer,” Reinhold Niebuhr — an American-born pastor, writer, and outspoken political activist — became as one of the most influential public theologians in American history. Over a career spanning a half-century, he was a moral voice – a conscience – during some of the nation’s most defining eras. In 1948, Time magazine selected Reinhold Niebuhr for its cover story for the 25th-anniversary issue, a testament to the public theologian’s importance to the wider American culture.

An invitation to an Interfaith Potluck
This 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.

Lenten Devotional Bookmarks are available in the Gathering Space kiosk. These will guide you through each week of Lent.

This Sunday, we are asking our congregation to donate non-expired, non-perishable food items to help feed those in need. Please drop your donations off at the church office.

This Sunday, March 19th at 3:00pm-Craig Hanson and Mark Bacon present an Organ and Trumpet Concert. Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St. 541-575-6647. Reception follows. No charge. Donations will be accepted.

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, March 9th through April 13th. Also, participate through the church Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 21st at 10:00am: PW Coffee Presents: Finding Spirituality in Many Places & Our Spaces. Speaker: Pastor Sharon Edwards. Sign-up to attend, Sunday in the Gathering Space.

Sunday, April 2nd, at 4:00pm: We will hear from Rev. Aric Clark, co-author of Never Pray Again. He will be speaking on a different way of viewing prayer and how the church can be peacemakers!

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.

The next Taizé Prayer Service will be held at 7:00pm on April 2nd, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan on the corner of 35th and Harrison. This ecumenical service, led by the Corvallis Taizé Ensemble, includes meditative singing, short readings, and a quiet time for prayer. Future services will be held on the first Sunday of the month through June.

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.

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