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This Week 09/10/2017


This Week @1st. Rally Sunday


The presence of God is within us and the Kingdom of God is manifested in and through relationships that root themselves in the unlimited grace and love of Christ. Yet, we all have experienced or identified plenty of examples of how relationships do not reflect this love. Jesus knew this is the case and encouraged us to confront the places and people who hurt us so we can move forward into right relationships with God, ourselves, the world and others.

This is not easy work, but we come together because we believe that when two or more gather with the intent to be as Jesus was, then the Divine is the connection between us.

It is not easy work to live in right relationships and we depend on grace to surround us when we fail. We need each other to help us rally to be incarnations of God’s love in this world and to manifest grace when we are exhausted. My hope is that we can be an authentic community where all experience the reality of Christ.

If you cannot join us in person, we will be attempting to stream, now in High Definition, through Internet Streaming.

Rev. Matt Gough

Rally Day and Church Barbeque, September 10
Come celebrate the new year with a bounce and a barbeque!
This is a great opportunity to invite friends! Who will you bring?!

And don’t forget! Bring your backpack, purse,
volunteer bag, your daily tote bag or 
for the BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS during worship. 

Outdoor adventure
for the indoor-bound & home-bound

Monday, September 11 at 11:30 am
Go on a Starker forest tour/walk/box lunch.
We may have room in the bus,
so if you have difficulty getting outdoors
or just want to join us,
email by today (Sept. 8)!

(during coffee hour)

Come learn about the many ministries and wonderful people
who make up our church and the ways that you can be a
volunteer while you enjoy coffee and delicious goodies
from the farmer’s market.

Reserve table space for your ministry to participate in
our upcoming Opportunity Fair.

Those ministry groups seeking new members or volunteers at the beginning of the year are encouraged to participate in the Opportunity Fair.

There will also be an opportunity for your ministry to be individually highlighted during Sunday coffee hour throughout the year. We ask that one person from the highlighted ministry volunteer to help serve coffee that day.

To reserve your table space or inquire about an individual ministry Sunday,
contact the church office 541-753-2228 or email

Deadline:  Tuesday, September 12 for a table space reservation.

What does Sacred look like?  

We invite you to use your creative skills to create & submit art that is inspired by the word “Sacred” by September 18th. The Sunday of Fall Festival (Sept. 24) we will display qualifying pieces in or outside the church on 8th St.

Submit a hard copy of your artwork to the church office.

Matthew 18:1-5
Matthew 18:15-20



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.

For those interested in a weekly prayer that incorporates what is happening in the world. Click here where a new prayer is offered every Thursday.

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? Sign Up Here
Family Worship Ushers Needed! Sign Up Here


Sunday: Rally Sunday Worship Service, 10am (S); Sunday school 10:15am (JW); All Church Barbeque, following service; Library Open, 9am-12pm (L), Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS- Elmer’s); Sarah Circle, 10am (OS- Member’s Home); Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-7:30pm, (DH); In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); 9am-12pm, Piecemakers Quilt Group (B3); Bell Choir, 4-5:30pm (S); Back-To-Youth Night, 6-7:00pm (YH)

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

Friday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

Next Sunday:
Worship Service, 10am (S); Sunday school 10:15am (JW); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L), Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Opportunity (ministry) Fair, (DH 1,2,3)

Abbreviations Key:
Allison Room (AR), Basement (B),
Dennis Hall (DH), Education Hall (EdH), Jones Wing (JW),
Library (L), OS (Off Site), Sanctuary (S),
Youth House (YH)


Our church library is open every Sunday:

You are welcome to stop by the library on your way to coffee hour. Pick up a good book with a cup of coffee and a cookie.

The latest book arrivals are located
on the shelf above the movies.

Sunday Worship
Bus Driver Needed

After 8 years of dedicated service,
Chuck Van de Wetering is retiring as one of our Sunday Dial-A-Bus volunteer drivers.

Currently, Jerry Stigile and Michael Grimm are our other volunteers.

We are looking for more volunteers to drive the Dial-A-Bus to transport members who can no longer drive from retirement and assisted living homes.

Hours: Sundays, approximately 4 hours from 8:30am-12:30pm which includes church attendance time.

Requirements: no special licensing is required; just approval of the Oregon State Patrol of your driving record and an instructional drive around the block with a Dial-A-Bus instructor.

Please contact Chuck at 541-207-3211, or the church office, if you are
interested in serving in this way. You are also welcome to take a test ride
with one of our current drivers.

Thank you for your service, Chuck!


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!

Hurricane Harvey Donations

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is currently helping to respond to the devastation left in the wake of
Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

If you would like to make a financial contribution through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance,
please click on the link below.


September 10th – This Sunday is Rally Sunday! Please consider bringing a friend, neighbor or family member with you to share in our vibrant community worship service. Kids are invited to Sunday school to meet their teachers. We also have many fun events planned to help kick off the year; backpack blessing in Worship, Sunday school registration, a bounce house, face painting, yard games and…

We hope you’ll join us after worship for our annual all-church BBQ. We’ll grill hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers, and will provide chips, watermelon, and beverages. A server will be available to help those who are unable to go through the food line. Come celebrate what’s left of summer, and help us kick off a great new year!

Now showing this Sunday: Big Pharma: Market Failure. September 10, 2:30-4pm. Alison Room-  a movie to wake you up after the BBQ feast. Our prescription drug costs keep escalating drastically. WHY? Sponsored by the Interfaith Community Health Care Network, come for the movie and a lively question and discussion time led by Dr. Mike Huntington. (Please enter building by the 9th St. Parking lot door.)

Sunday, September 10 – Taize worship service featuring singing and prayers, 7pm. Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan.

Sarah Circle begins September 12 at 10am. For those who have pre-purchased, study guides are available in the church office. To join Sarah Circle and order a study guide, please contact Betty Miner at 541-757-8949.

Back-to-Youth Night! All youth 5th-12th grade & their families are invited to the Youth House this Wednesday at 6pm to learn about the upcoming year in Youth Group! Youth Group registration forms are available on Youth page of the church website. Please submit yours before Wednesday. Siblings welcome. Dinner provided.

September 17 is Bible Sunday! If you have not received a phone call regarding your 3rd grader or 4 year old, please contact Jonathan ASAP!

On September 17, during coffee hour, the Fellowship Committee invites you to enjoy a selection of homemade coffee cakes and fresh fruit from the farmers market while you visit the tables at the Opportunity (ministry) Fair. 

Carillon Revelry Bell Choir is raising money for a long-overdue refurbishment of our bells. We need nearly $8,000, and we welcome your support. Checks can be made to First Presbyterian Church, with a memo for “Bell Refurbishment fund.” Your donation will help pave the way for another forty years of ringing the rafters.

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. Please sign up by Thursday at 12:00pm so we can print your name in the bulletin.

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


Presbyterian Education Board – Pakistan 

  • The Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan (PEB) is a designated Mission of our denomination. Begun by Presbyterian missionaries in the 19th century, this ministry continues to serve the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. 
  • Educating both Christians and Muslims, girls and boys, PEB’s mission is to provide high quality education that addresses the needs of students: morally, physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. While rooted in our Reformed Christian tradition, PEB teaches the core values of self discipline: integrity, tolerance, respect for others, fairness and justice toward all. Indeed, all PEB students are educated to have a spirit of service and character qualities. 
  • Presently, PEB operates 22 schools, educating nearly students (in preschool- grade 12) through Punjab province in Pakistan.  
  • Donations to PEB will assist in: construction and refurbishment  of schools, education of students, and scholarships. 
  • Cost for a day student… $265 ($1 a day)
  • Cost for a boarding student… $730 ($2 a day)   


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