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This Week 1/28/2018



This Week @1st: 
Family Camp
Soup-er Bowl
Great Decisions Group
Ash Wednesday Service
Volunteering @ Men’s Shelter
Upcoming February Events
January’s Challenge Offering

Exodus 4:10-17


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Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10am (EdH); Soup-er Bowl, after Worship (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Tuesday: Great Decisions 7-8:30pm (AR)

Wednesday: Piecemakers, 9am-12pm (B3); T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Youth Group, 5:30-7pm (YH)

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 11am-12pm (AR); Reiki, 3-4pm & 4-5pm (AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10am (S); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Sunday School, 10:15am (JW); Coffee Hour, 11am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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)


 Read the Winter Away

The church library is open this Sunday morning.

Try these new books and movies: Video/C/W The Lego Movie; VIDEO 920 KHA A United Kingdom; F/CAR Westward Hearts by Melody Carlson & the 2 other in series; C/J The Bad Seed by Jory John.


Winter Weather Policy

If is making roads dangerous to travel, call the church
at 541-753-2228, press 7 for alerts or check the website at  BEFORE leaving for church.
If the schools are closed due to weather during weekdays,
then our building is


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!


Soup Pot Theology:   This Sunday we invite you to either: bring an item (no bigger than a loaf of bread) that you want the pastors to try and give an object lesson about, OR a question about God or the Bible that you’ve wondered about. There will be pots where you can place these items, and index cards to write a question, at either entrance of the church on Sunday.  We may not have time for all of them but we will have some fun trying.

I hope you will consider inviting someone to church and to the SOUPer Bowl fellowship event after church. This will be a great time for community and friendships.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Join us after Worship in Dennis Hall for our
SOUP-er Bowl Lunch This Sun. Jan. 28th.

There’s something for all;
gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and kid-friendly.
A menu of the soups offered will be
included in your Sunday bulletin.

Tickets not needed; donations accepted at the door. 


Come hear about this camp and find out how to sign up after church today in the coffee hour.

Join Pastor Matt and Family at Honeyman State Park. More info here.

Great Decisions 2018 begins Tuesday, February 6, 7pm
Allison Room.

You are invited to join the Great Decisions Discussion Group to study and discuss selected topics in foreign affairs for 2018. We meet on selected Tuesday evenings beginning February 6 to May 1 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allison Room. Please see the announcement on the bulletin board by the church office or contact Steve Neville for more information at 751-745-7452 or

February 14th,
Join us for this lunch-break friendly schedule;
12pm- arrival and/or quiet reflection
12:15pm Ash Wednesday liturgy and Imposition of Ashes
12:30pm- quiet reflection and/or departure

 The dates for First Presbyterian’s volunteer work
at the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter are:

February 18, 19, 20 & 21, 2018. 
Mark your calendar!



Interested in Membership at First Presbyterian? February 4, after Worship, meet-up with Pastor Matt at a table in Dennis Hall during coffee hour to learn more.

February 4th, 11:20am Dennis Hall 3- Hear more about an African Mission Trip this summer (June 16-July 1st) from Linda and David Barstow. Grab your coffee and learn how AIDS continues to grow both in this continent and worldwide and what PCUSA is doing to help minister to those affected.

Feb. 6th, 7pm – Great Decisions Discussion

Feb. 14th, 12pm– Ash Wedneday Service 


  Last Sunday for the
January Challenge Offering: Gingoog College

February Challenge Offering: Cambodia 

  January’s Challenge Offering will support Gingoog Christian College’s students, who come from economically disadvantaged families. GiCC is located in Mindanao, a southern island in the Philippines. In 2017-18 the college attained the highest enrollment in the school’s history. It was also chosen as co-partner & co-host of the first regional conference of the National Research Council of the Philippines. 

  It was a fulfillment of dreams of the GiCC founders, the Revs. Graciano & Florentina Alegado, to include the marginalized indigenous people of the farms & mountains surrounding Gingoog City in their educational ministry. Through the years, GiCC has served these people. Even our own Piecemakers have been recognized for the lovely quilts that have reached children & their families.

  Let’s support First Church in its local & national ministries. 100% of the Challenge Offering proceeds go directly to scholarships & educational supplies for GiCC students.


Free Concert: The Eugene Cascade Chorus, Sun. Jan. 28th, 3pm, Church of the Good Samaritan. 
The 35 member chorus specializes in the a cappella barbershop sound. Donations accepted and appreciated. 

Reiki Sessions: Thursdays from 3-4pm or 4-5pm. Come join us! Make an appointment with the church office by Wednesday during office hours. For more information & testimonies on the healing relief of a Reiki session, call the church office at 541-753-2228. There is no cost for this ministry. 

Carillon Revelry Bell Choir is raising money for a long-overdue refurbishment of our bells. Thanks to you and memorial money given towards music ministry, We have raised raised the $8,000 needed! Thank you!   To keep our bells well-maintained you can continue to support the bell fund. Checks can be made to First Presbyterian Church, with a memo for “Bell fund.”
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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