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This Week 10/08/2017


This Week @1st:
Latest Fanfare
Adult Education Education Class on Islam: The Jesus Fatwah
Volunteer Coordinator Needed
Supporting Jonathan Isengingo
World In Prayer
Give Now
September Financial Report
This Week @ 1STPRES
Visitor Parking
This Sunday’s Challenge Offering


Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 19-20
Philippians 3:4b-14



September Financial Report: 

Income year to date: $417,743

Budgeted year to date: $432,316

Deficit: $14,573

We thank those who continue to give
generously to support the ministries of our church.

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); Library Open, 9am-12pm (L); Cafe Church, 10:15am (EdH); Fall Art Day, 11am (L); Coffee Hour, 11:00am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Supper Club Meeting, 11am-12pm (DH3)

Daily (Tuesday-Thursday): 

Spiritual Quiet Time, 1-3pm (AR)

Monday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); In Stitches, 1-2:30pm (L)

Tuesday: Men’s Breakfast, 7am (OS- Elmers)

Wednesday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9am-12:30pm (B3); Bell Choir, 5-6:30pm (S); Club 56, 5:30-7pm (YH); Youth Group, 6:30-8pm (YH)

Thursday:  Chair Yoga, 11-11:45am (AR); The Jesus Fatwah, 12-1pm (AR); Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6pm (DH1, 2); Reiki, 3-4p or 4-5pm (by appointment /AR); Chancel Choir, 7-9pm (S)

Friday:  Tai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH 1,2)

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)


Our church library is open every Sunday:

This Sunday, October 8th, come to the fall art project in the library. Lisa and Daniel Toney will bring in some pretty fall leaves and their special crayons to do leaf rubbings.  Or bring your own favorite fall leaves for the art project. There are no age limits.

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.


Maybe the toughest thing about being in right relationships is determining and abiding by appropriate boundaries. As a parent, I have learned that we seem to begin testing boundaries almost from day one. The Christian faith certainly believes God gives us boundaries, but as this week’s parable illustrates, God also allows us to test them. Just like our kids, we want to find out how far God’s love goes. How do we hold boundaries and proclaim unconditional love?

We’ll discuss this Sunday as well as join together in a vibrant worship. We will also have a First Presbyterian Membership informational meeting at 11:20 am in the church basement.

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

Rev. Matt Gough

Volunteer coordinator needed to recruit/sign up volunteers from the church for the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter. The coordinator will work with the shelter to find suitable dates and then recruit/sign up volunteers from our church. The shelter is preparing to host as many as 40 men this winter, but volunteers are needed to do this. If you are interested in this position, contact Matt or the church office. 

The Jesus Fatwah:
Adult Education Class on IslamMuch 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. Choose:

-Noon class session, week 2 from Thursday, October 12th- November 2nd in the Allison Room. 5 weeks total. 

-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 during weekday office hours.


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.


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!


This Sunday, October 8 – Library Fall Art Project! After Worship and Cafe Church, Lisa & Daniel Toney will bring in some pretty fall leaves and special crayons to do leaf rubbings. All ages are welcome!

This Sunday, October 8, Supper Club Meeting from 11am-12pm in Dennis Hall 3. Come meet your new club members for the year.

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

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

October Challenge Offering: CASA

CASA – Voices for Children is a non-profit organization that trains and supports Special Advocates to speak for a child who is a victim of abuse and neglect.

CASA – VFC serves every child in Benton County who is within the legal custody of the State of Oregon.

As an advocate, professionally trained volunteers stay with a child throughout the duration of their case. While in the welfare system, children have multiple case workers and can have multiple placements. Often, an advocate is the only constant in the ever-changing lives of these children.

CASA – VFC gives an abused or neglected child a voice by advocating for their birthright to a safe, nurturing and forever family.

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