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This Week 3/4/2018



This Week @1st: 
Family Event- Women’s Gymnastics
Family Camp
Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Great Decisions Class
Stone Soup Volunteers Needed
Corvallis Youth Collective
Upcoming March Events
PEB Exploration Trip 2018
Challenge Offering


Exodus 20:1-17
 John 2:13-25

Lenten Devotional

Latest Fanfare


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


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

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Tuesday: NO Great Decisions class; In Stitches, 6:30-8pm (L)

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

Thursday: Chair Yoga, 10:45am (AR); Lovers & Fools Class, 12-1pm (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); Café Church, 10:15am (EdH); 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)


 This week in the Church Library:

Books for Lovers & Fools
Featured books by Thomas Merton:
The Seven Story Mountain
New Seeds of Contemplation
Contemplative Critic
Opening the Bible
The Silent Life

 Winter Weather Policy

If the weather 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 closed.


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!


A prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following Your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please You
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for You are ever with me,
and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton was a contemplative. I don’t think there is any one way to be a contemplative, however, I prefer to think of it as one who seeks to move closer to the essence of being. As the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, moved toward his center and contemplated God he moved away from a rigid understanding of God, and exclusivist religion. He wasn’t so interested in defining God and then defending those definitions as he was in discovering the divine beyond human constructs. If we are temples for the Divine Spirit then what have we allowed in that temple that prevents us from fully knowing the essence of all existence? What tables do we have to overturn?

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

Rev. Matt Gough


Saturday, March 10, 2:30pm
Cost: $5

Signup Deadline: 3/7

Must provide own transportation
to & from Gill Colosseum.

Sign up with Jonathan (
or the Main Office (

Next Weekend,
Saturday, March 10 at midnight:

Daylight Saving Time Begins.
Remember to set your clock
forward 1 hour. 

Lent Study: Lovers & Fools
Class runs Thursdays at Noon,
Mar. 8 – Mar. 22

This year Lent begins on Valentine’s Day & ends on April Fool’s day, which is also Easter.

Join Pastor Matt & Pastor Sharon for a focused discussion on saints, mystics & prophets whose love of God, fellow humanity & life may seem foolish to many, but who left testimony to the power of that love to change the world.

Great Decisions Tuesday Class resumes March 20 at 7pm in the Allison Room.
There is NO CLASS March 6 & March 13.
Contact Steve Neville for information.

Stone Soup Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, March 27

Volunteers are needed to serve dinner at Stone Soup
Tues. March 27 (4:30-7:15pm).
Clean-up volunteers are also needed from
6:30- 7:30 pm. 
Sign-on to serve by emailing Tim Roach,, calling Tim at 717-571-3179, or by seeing him after worship thus Sunday, March 4.

Thanks to the faithfulness of FPCers, these volunteer slots usually fill quickly.  So don’t wait, respond quickly to reserve your spot to serve at Stone Soup on March 27.  Thanks!

 Corvallis Youth Collective!

Our service project will be with Produce for the People, an organic community garden with over 13,500 sq. ft. of vegetables, berries & fruit trees. We will help plant seeds for veggie starts in the greenhouse; outside we will work in the Kids Garden constructing a Three Sisters area & a Pizza Garden. 

Wear weather appropriate clothes & shoes to have fun in the dirt!

When: Sun. April 8, 2-4pm.

Where: Produce for the People Garden, behind Christ Church, at 4000 SW Western Blvd, Corvallis, Oregon.


Sunday, Mar. 4th – New Member Sunday. We welcome new members: David & Linda Barstow, Anne & Larry Hubble, Randy & Ellen Jones, and Andy Weiss. We also recognize Emely Day & Mike Crickmer, Judy Gough and Fred & June Shaub who joined on our previous New Member Sunday.

Sunday, Mar. 4th after Worship-Annual Church Meeting, during coffee hour in Dennis Hall. Childcare provided in Ed. Hall.

Wednesday, Mar. 7th at Noon-Benton County Library Random Review. David Grube will review ‘The Book of Joy’.  This is a brown bag event. 

The Presbyterian Education Board – Pakistan Exploration Trip travel dates for 2018 will be November 8-19. During this special 20th Anniversary trip, we will celebrate all that has been accomplished since the Pakistani government returned the schools in 1998. Come meet with PEB students and staff, explore the schools and experience Pakistani culture. See how your contributions have been put to good use and witness how your generosity is making a positive impact on the children of Pakistan. If you are interested in more information regarding the Exploration Trip, talk to Tim Roach or please contact us at

 March Challenge Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

Join with Presbyterians worldwide in sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in need around the world by providing relief from natural and human-caused disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.

Some of the programs your donations are helping:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – helps restore communities recovering from natural or human-caused disasters and support for refugees

Presbyterian Hunger Program – helps alleviate hunger and address systemic causes of poverty

Self-Development of people – partners with communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates people about the impact of these issues

Visit the One Great Hour of Sharing website at to find out more information on how your support helps people all over the world, and offers prayers for the projects and people who receive them.

Thanks to your heartfelt gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing currently supports projects in over 100 countries. If we do a little, it adds up to a lot! 


Sundays @ 3 presents The Delgani String Quartet; Jannie Wei & Wyatt True, violins; Kimberlee Uwate, viola & Eric Alterman, cello.  A free concert event at Good Samaritan Church, 35th & Harrison,  3pmSunday March 4th. Donations are accepted and appreciated at the concert.

The Cascades Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering will be April 14, 2018 from 9:30am3:00pm. Theme is: “From Homelessness to Hope” and will include a program about how Creswell and Eugene are addressing the homeless issue in their communities, and a bus tour to Emerald Village, a tiny house community in Eugene. $10 includes lunch. For more information contact Lynne Martin ( 

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 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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