Pastor’s Note for October 24

How do we keep our spirits up in this continuing season when we all wish so much that things were back to some semblance of normalcy, even as the darker days of the fall rains are upon us?  This week, there was some of the first good news we’ve had in a while, that OHSU is predicting that between people who have had the virus and the continuing vaccinations, Oregon should reach a level of about 85% of people having antibodies to the virus by late December.  This is a level that they say will bring some of the gifts of near herd immunity, making it harder for the virus to spread, and lowering numbers of infections and hospitalizations. What a relief and joy this would be, after such a long season! In our Scripture reading for Sunday, we have [...]

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Pastor’s Note for October 17

This time of year, friends will often ask, “What are your plans for the holidays; any travels on the horizon in the new year?” But this year, the answers are often more uncertain; “We hope to get to see family and maybe take that delayed vacation, whatever’s possible at the time.” Continued impacts of the pandemic, even amid booster shots and easing numbers of those in hospital, lend a note of uncertainty to what lies ahead, making it more challenging to plan. We hesitate at times to get our hopes up, having had to postpone so many gatherings and travels already in the past 18 months. In a time that has held such uncertainty, our Scripture reading for this Sunday brings us the last reading from the book of Job, telling the story of a good man caught up in tempestuous times, when all [...]

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Cookin’ with First Pres! Next Installment: Sunday, October 24

Ready to get cookin’? Next Sunday, October 24, at 5:00 pm, the FPC Fellowship committee presents the second round of “Cook it up with First Pres!” Sarah Schwab will be our hostess this week! Sarah will be making her great-grandmother’s official Schwab Buttermilk Pancakes. We hope you’ll join us (and maybe you can host with one of your favorite recipes in the future). Follow this link to RSVP, get the zoom link and see the ingredient list. Questions? Email Amy Hall. [...]

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Pastor’s Note for October 10

Some of the most important questions we ask in life are also the most difficult. Why didn’t I get that job offer?  Why did my child receive this diagnosis? Why do bad things happen to good people?  And where is God in the midst of human suffering? This Sunday I invite you to join me as we turn our attention to the book of Job and the questions he asks in the face of his own suffering. There are no easy answers to any of these questions, but there are reasons to hope. Livestream the service or join in-person Sunday @10:30am. Pastor Carmen [...]

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FPC Presbyterian Women (PWM) Virtual Bake Sale Continues Until Thanksgiving

The Presbyterian Women Ministry (PWM) will be holding a virtual sale between August and Thanksgiving this year. Proceeds will benefit PWM operating and mission projects for the coming year. There’s still time to donate items to the PWM online sale. Just send the church office via hello@firstpresportland.org the particulars of what you are willing to donate, how many, the cost per item, and when your products will be ready. Help to make this year’s virtual sale a success! Please click here to view a list of available items! Make sure to check back every week for updated items! [...]

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Worship Services are Open!

We are delighted that in-person worship is now possible.  Reservations are no longer required, and these guidelines are now in place as we gather: In response to rising virus numbers in our region and recent guidance from the County, Oregon Health Authority, and CDC, our church is again requiring that all those attending worship and any other events inside the church keep masked at all times to help keep vulnerable members safe.  (Masking will again be regardless of vaccination status).  We regret the need for this, but the church has families whose children are not yet able to be vaccinated, and there are immunocompromised family members of those wishing to attend. Greeting time and refreshments after services will be on the plaza outside, as we will not be eating or drinking inside (with the exception of briefly unmasking to partake of [...]

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All are welcome!

The Presbyterian Church (USA), of which First Presbyterian is a part, works to affirm the worth of all persons, including those in the LGBTQ community. The governing body of our church, the Session, affirms ours as a welcoming and affirming congregation.  All are welcome to join in worship, fellowship, and service! [...]

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