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This Week 9/25/2016


19th Sunday after Pentecost
Cultivating a Growth SoulSet: Feeling Stuck.


Cultivating positive growth is not easy. This is why it’s important to remember that failing is a part of the learning process and that we have to be willing to put some effort into our growth. However, I also understand the feeling of being stuck. Often, we want to grow but no matter what we do, we feel like we cannot escape the rut we are in. This Sunday’s Gospel passage is one that doesn’t give much hope for a man and his brothers.

What do we do when we are stuck?

We may not feel stuck but we may be frustrated by others who are stuck in their ways. Jesus admits that even if someone rises from the dead there are those who will just be stuck in their thinking and will never be convinced of the truth. We are seeing a lot of people stuck in their ways these days and it seems that nothing will change their minds. How can we best relate to those like this?

We’ll discuss this on Sunday. Be sure to give yourself time to park as Fall Festival is afoot.

I hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:00am for meaningful worship, thoughtful exploration and community, as we explore this week’s text together. If you cannot join us in person, you can always be with us through Internet Streaming.

Rev. Matt Gough


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Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open, 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR)

Daily (Monday-Thursday): Spiritual Quiet Time, 1:00pm-3:00pm (AR)

Monday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10:00am-10:30am (AR); Hula 12:00pm-2:00pm (DH1,2)

Tuesday: Men’s Breakfast, 7:00am-8:00am (Off-site/Elmer’s)

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Piecemakers, 9:00am-11:00am (B3); Meditation, 10:00am-10:30am (AR); Gentle Yoga, 12:00pm-1:00pm (AR); Bell Choir Rehearsal, 5:30pm-7:00pm (S); Club 56, 5:30pm-7:00pm (YH); 7th & 8th Grade Youth Group, 6:30pm-8:00pm (YH)

Thursday: Chancel Choir, 7:00pm-9:00pm (S)

Friday: Tai Chi, 8:30am-10:00am (DH1,2); Meditation, 10:00-10:30am (AR); Reiki Sessions, 3:00pm-5:00pm (AR/by appt)

Next Sunday: Worship Service, 10:00am (S); Library open, 9:00am-12:00pm (L); Centering Prayer, 11:30am (AR); Adult class-Introduction & Natural Revelation with Pastor Matt, 4:00pm-5:30pm (S)


Thank you to everyone who helped with the Ministry Fair—Ann Asbell, Lisa Conner, Chrissy Dashiell, Sharon and Lyle Fries, Barbara Malloy, Madalene Simons, Don Stevens, Anne Swanson, Teresa Welch, and Sierra Williams. And, special thanks to all of the wonderful bakers who shared their delicious coffee cakes!

A Year of Growth for the Whole Soul

Each month we will focus on a different aspect of our faith to provide an 8 month opportunity to re:Confirm your faith. Wherever you are in your own faith these classes and experiences will provide opportunities to grow. The classes will take traditional understandings of our faith but also grapple with how those understandings are being transformed by modern knowledge and ideas. We are striving to provide very different opportunities so that they can speak to different learning styles and different parts of the soul.
We begin October 2nd from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Sanctuary with our Introduction and first session.

How do we know what is true? Natural Revelation. At the core of our faith is revealed knowledge about things unseen and sacred. One way we have come to believe in a God is through Nature and what we can observe. With the growth of science, we are observing and understanding more and more. How does natural revelation work with science to progress our understanding of God? Can science and faith be in conversation and not be at odds? Other opportunities in October will include: A group hike to experience the beauty of the Northwest and our community, watching the movie Contact with discussion following, A Pub night, and a Bible study on Genesis chapter one and Creation.

In November and December, we will focus on Special Revelation. This is what has been revealed through supernatural means. First, we discuss scripture on November 6th from 4pm to 5:30pm. Is it divine and inerrant? human and limited? or a bit of both? In December our topic will be Jesus Christ as the incarnate revelation of God and other ways Jesus is understood.

Sign-ups for Advent Devotionals are available online directly through this link : 
and in person at Coffee Hour this Sunday.
Submissions will be due November 6th.


Be sure to give yourself ample time for parking this Sunday, due to the Fall Festival.

Gentle Yoga with Pastor Sharon starts this Wednesday, September 28th, from 12:00pm-1:00pm in the Allison Room.

In addition to church ministries, First Presbyterian supports affiliated ministries by providing members to serve on their Boards. We are currently looking for Board members for the Presbyterian Preschool Advisory Board, the Pastoral Counseling Center, and United Campus Ministries- WestM house. If you are a member and interested in representing our church in supporting these valuable ministries then please talk to Pastor Matt.

Sign-ups for the new Supper and Lunch Clubs are available! A member of the Fellowship Committee will be available on Sundays through October 2nd or you may contact the church office to sign up. For more information, check the September/October Fanfare or contact Ann Asbell:  (541-990-5891).

Sign-ups for Friday Reiki sessions from either 3:00pm-4:00pm or 4:00pm-5:00pm are available through the church office. 541-753-2228.

On Saturday, October 22nd, at 9:30am is the Presbytery of the Cascades PW Fall Gathering at the McKenzie Valley Presbyterian Church! For a registration form and/or more information, contact the church office or Lynne Martin.

*Be a Happy Helper* — Our Sunday school program is in desperate need of your help. Please sign up to be a Happy Helper by finding Jonathan or Kristin Hahn after worship today.

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!

Fair Trade coffee at Fellowship Hour—By serving Fair Trade coffee, we support farmers, communities, and environmental sustainability around the world. Your contributions help cover the cost; just look for the donation basket at Fellowship Hour.

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!

Our church library: 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.

To place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin send your request and exact wording (may need to be edited for space reasons) to

Friday, September 30th, is the last day for the September Challenge Offering for the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. October’s Challenge Offering will be for Peace & Global Witness.


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