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This Week 6/24/2018


Summer Sunday Worship: 9:30am. 

June 24 – August 26

Worship at 10am resumes Sunday, Sept. 2nd 

with the service in the park. 


This Week @1st: 
Soul Hike This Sunday
Family Camp
Upcoming Events
Challenge Offering
PEB Exploration Trip 2018

Matthew 15:21-28


Latest Fanfare


Summer Reading Adventures

Include a historical novel by Jane Kirkpatrick in your summer adventures

Jane Kirkpatrick was here at our church yesterday attending the Pacific Northwest Church Librarian’s Conference.

F/KIR   All Together in One Place 

F/KIR   All She Left Behind 

F/KIR    Glorious  Ambition 

F/KIR  Where Lilacs Still Bloom 

F/KIR   A Land of Sheltered Promise 

Mid-Year Stewardship Update: 

While our monthly financials do not look balanced, due to prepaid pledges, we enter the summer within budget on income & expenses. We are grateful for all who donate to the church during offering, in person, via automatic electronic giving or by mailing checks to the treasurer via the church office. If you would like to know how to set up automatic giving, so you don’t have to worry about it while busy with Summer vacations & activities, contact the office & we can help! As our buffer continues to thin out, your generosity & commitment to the ministries of First Presbyterian is appreciated!

Current May 2018 Financials

May Income $47,089.71

May Expenses $42,694.37


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. 

Kids! Want to Read in Worship? Sign Up Here


This Sunday: Worship Service, 9:30am (S); Library Open, 9-11:30am (L); Cafe Church, 9:45am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 10:30am (DH); Everybody Soul Hike, 10:45am (OS- Philomath); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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

Monday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Tuesday: Men’s Breakfast, 7am (OS- Elmer’s); Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6pm (DH); In Stitches, 7-9pm (OS- Central Park)  

Wednesday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH1,2)

Thursday: Chair Yoga 11am (AR)

Friday: T’ai Chi, 8:30-10am (DH)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 9:30am (S); Library Open, 9-11:30am; Cafe Church, 9:45am (Ed H); Coffee Hour, 10:30am (DH); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

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



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!




  “From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than be feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps, be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.”  Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince.

We continue on our quest to explore our inner landscape through the lens of the Enneagram. This week, we leave the mountain of Perfection and conquer the mountain with the Challenger. Also known as the Asserter, this type is motivated by the need to be self-reliant and strong, and to avoid feeling weak or dependent. 

In our scripture of the day, we will see these polarities on display and appreciate the results when they are brought into balance. A courageous woman with no name. A Messiah who is rude and selfish. An assertive and dominating culture that shaped the afore-mentioned Messiah. The result of the encounter produces a transformation. On can be a strong leader with a heart that can be touched deeply.

If you haven’t yet, the Enneagram test will be available in the Gathering Space. We strongly and lovingly encourage you to try it. Many find it fun, enlightening and transformative. We are happy to meet one-on-one to discuss the results.

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

Rev. Sharon Edwards

Would you like to take the Enneagram? Download the test and scoring instructions here 

Soul Hike for the Venturesome
This Saturday, June 23, 8am-1:30pm.

Meet Pastor Sharon at 8am in the church parking lot.

Bring water, sunscreen, food, trekking poles (optional) and your heart and soul!

Please let Pastor Sharon know if you plan to participate.

Horse Rock Ridge Natural Area, Coburg Hills, hailed for amazing wild flowers & incredible views of all the stellar peaks.
-Barely an hour drive
-Rated as moderate – 4 miles out and back
-Elevation gain about 800
-Steep in some areas with some logs to climb over.

Everybody Soul Hike, June 24,10:45am, after Worship.
Water Wonder Wandering, 1ish mile, Philomath.
Hearty snacks provided.
With a geologist, we’ll explore an area
where rivers merge & do their work
upon the landscape.

for the all church
at Honeyman State Park –
July 26-29.

In order to make this trip happen,
we need a minimum of 10 people to sign up by Sunday.
At this point, it looks like we may need to
try this another time.

Sign up here.

Cost for camping & meals:     
adults: $50 per adult
kids: $30 per child (17 & under).
Kids 6 & under: FREE!

Meals only option available for those lodging elsewhere or
visiting for a day.

Scholarships available. Sign up at

Deadline: June 24th, 2018. More info here.


In its June meeting, Session approved a motion from the Mission committee to support the 2nd Street location of the consolidated services of Stone Soup, the Drop-in Center, and the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter. While there is much anxiety about having these services downtown, we believe that the legitimate issues being raised can and will be addressed and that we will be committed to do our part to make this successful.

One thing you can do is if you shop downtown, let the owners/workers know that you support the shelter and will still shop downtown.


Learning to use our compass:  
The Enneagram 

Keep your eyes out for future information about a Summer Seminar on The Enneagram and ways for you to learn more about yourself and others.

Cookies Needed for Coffee Hour! Cookies & baked goods are much appreciated. Date/mark for coffee hour. Place in DH kitchen freezer (next to stove) on top right shelf as you are standing in front of the freezer. Thank you very much.
Coffee Hour Committee


Interfaith Association & Potluck Information
If you are interested in learning more about the Interfaith Association or attending one of their monthly vegetarian potlucks, click on the link below to sign up for emails.


Last Sunday for the June Challenge Offering:



Jackson Street Youth Services gives youth a safe place to live and resources that get them on the road to a better life.

Founded to fill a gap in local support services for housing homeless youth, we serve Linn and Benton Counties and rely on donations and partnerships from throughout the region to give youth in crisis a stable future.


Everybody Soul Hike, Sunday, June 24,10:30am, after Worship.

Sunday, June 24th- Deadline to sign up for Church Campout at Honeyman State Park. Jul 26 – 29th. Sign up at 

Men’s Breakfast, Tues. June 26, 7am, Elmer’s on 9th St.

Bring-your-own-picnic & Community Band concert –
Tues. July 24,
7pm. Meet at 8th St side of Central Park for food & fellowship. Concert is at 8pm. Fellowship Committee provides beverages & ice cream. Bring your dinner & a seat. For a ride, contact Teresa Welch 541-752-9049; or church office. 


Hats, Sunglasses & Sunscreen Needed for Homeless Men and Women! Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan is holding a drive to collect new or gently used hats, and sunglasses or new bottles of sunscreen to give out to the homeless to keep them safe in the summer heat. Place items in the box in the church office between June 10 – July 8. (Hats can be brimmed hats or baseball hats).

Carillon Revelry Bell Choir raised 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! The bells have now arrived safely to their destination and the refurbishment has begun. 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 members! 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

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

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