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This Week 09/24/2017


This weekend is the Fall Festival! With the extra activities happening, you may get a bit of exercise for your parking. If possible, park farther away so those who cannot have access to spaces.  

Be sure to stop by to see the Inspired by Sacred art display this Sunday from 10am-2pm.

This Week @1st:

Exodus 16:2-15
Matthew 20:1-16



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:  Worship Service, 10am (S); Cafe Church 10:15am (EdH); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L);  Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); inspired by Sacred Art Display, 10am-2pm (8th & Monroe)

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

Tuesday: Men’s Munch, 7am (OS- Elmer’s)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); 9am-12pm, Piecemakers Quilt Group (B3);
Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Club 56, 5:30-7pm (YH); Youth Group, 6:30-8pm (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:
Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Worship Service, 10am (S); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Hamburg Steinway Celebration Concert, 4:00 (S)

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:

The coffee and cookie cart is back. Stop by the library after church.

Browse the new books: fiction, inspiration for your spiritual journey, biblical exploration, biography, peace, being green, parenting marriage, good children’s stories and many more subjects for your enjoyment and spiritual growth.




 Jesus is at it again. Another parable. This is not the sweet story of our childhood. Those shoes no longer fit. This tall tale exposes and discloses, uncovers and masks. The setting is a vineyard. The players are the workers with different time clocks and a renegade vineyard owner. We should not be surprised that this old scripture is so ever-relevant, grafted through the centuries to produce a harvest of sweet grapes. Or, rather, sweet, symbiotic communities.

Except. Well. That’s why we gather on Sunday morning, isn’t it: to mourn and confess and to support and encourage and be filled. So that we, too, can be renegade vineyard owners and sweet together workers.

So come.Gratitude Band is better than coffee. With the Fall Festival, you may get a bit of exercise for your parking (if you are able, please park farther away so that those who cannot have space). Live streaming happens in case you can’t come. 

Rev. Sharon Edwards

The Jesus Fatwah:
Adult Education Class on Islam
Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype & watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah, Islamic & Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, & how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.

5-week noon class begins October 5th in the Allison Room or 2 Evening sessions: Monday, October 16 & Tuesday, October 17, 7pm-9pm, Dennis Hall 3.

Cost: $3 for study materials. Sign-up with the church office.

Thank you!

The Coffee Hour Committee, Coralynn Churchill, Linda Schapper & Jackie Russell would like to thank all of you who have participated in Coffee Hour in the past. We would especially like to thank Sandy Willis, Robert Schapper, and Phil Russell for helping us host today. If you would like to become involved in Coffee Hour we would love to visit with you.

Supporting Jonathan Isengingo.
You may know Jonathan from his participation in worship, activities and volunteering together. He is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo which has suffered a complete financial crash. This has affected Jonathan and his family and may mean that Jonathan will not be able to finish his engineering degree and will be forced to leave the country. If you would like to know more and/or help then click this link.

Special thanks to Teresa Welch and the Fellowship Committee for doing such a wonderful job with the Rally Day BBQ and the Opportunity Fair special coffee hour. 


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!

You can help victims of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria through Presbyterian Disaster assistance. Click here to donate. 


This Sunday, September 24th, 3- 4:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 4515 West Hills RoadHealth Care in Oregon: What’s Next? Mitch Greenlich of the Oregon House of Representatives, and Mitch Anderson, Director of Benton County Health Department will talk about possible changes in Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and related subjects. Come with your questions!

Next Sunday is World Communion Sunday. Celebrate the diversity of the Church and world by wearing traditional garb from your heritage and/or travels. I am also looking for volunteers who speak another language to briefly participate in the service. Contact Pastor Matt if you want to be involved:

Make New Friends – Sign Up for 1st Pres Supper or Lunch Club! Group assignments will be revealed on October 8. For questions, or to sign-up, contact Ann Asbel at 541-990-5891 or You can also sign up in the Gathering Space on Sundays throughout September or with the church office during weekday office hours.
Sign-up by October 1.

Sunday, October 1, 4pm, First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary: Hamburg Steinway Celebration Concert. Come be a part of the official inauguration of our new Steinway piano. Listen to this beautiful piano as three concert-pianists perform solo masterpieces. See our recent Fanfare for more details. Admission is free.

Family Movie Night featuring: Sing! Friday October, 6. Doors open: 5:30pm, Movie starts: 6:00pm. BYOT! (Bring your own take-out!)

Chair Yoga with Pastor Sharon starts Thursday, October 12th, from 11-11:45am in the Allison Room.

Food Donations this Sunday – on the 4th Sunday of each month, 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.

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 at 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!

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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