Julia West Property Redevelopment

Julia West House has been a part of First Presbyterian Church since 1988 and has served those in need in our community well over that time. For a time, it served as refugee housing through the Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) program of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the home of Operation Nightwatch in downtown Portland, and a similar program for hospitality to the unhoused during the day. Later, Julia West House became the home of GED programs and a men’s clothing center called Best Foot Forward. Over time the broad array of services decreased as other agencies evolved, certain public funding disappeared, and the congregation became less able to support the activities while trying to maintain a building that was over 125 years old. By early 2018, Best Foot Forward had become independent and relocated. Although FPC provided over [...]


Weddings at First Presbyterian Church

  First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is a unique treasure nestled in the heart of the city. With its Victorian Gothic-inspired architecture, it is the perfect location for a large or intimate affair. Built in 1890, it is one of the oldest and largest churches in Portland. The hammer-beam trusses, original hand-carved pews, Povey stained glass windows, and magnificent Jaeckel pipe organ provide the perfect setting for a romantic and unforgettable wedding ceremony.   Click here to learn more about booking your wedding at First Presbyterian Church.   [...]


Columbarium Dedication on September 26th

Please join us for the dedication of the recently completed Memorial Garden and Columbarium on Sunday, September 26th, after worship. The dedication service celebrates the culmination of a three-year project spearheaded by Columbarium Committee Chair, Joyce Evans, and Committee Members Laurna Shively, Ann van Bever and Jon Bates. The installation of the Memorial Garden and Columbarium is a timeless and welcome addition to the church’s Plaza and provides a peaceful place for quiet meditation and remembrance. [...]


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!   This month, our society marks Black History Month, this year celebrating the contribution of Black artists and musicians to cultural life over the past years and in our time.   Our church’s children will be learning this month of how God’s love extends to all people, how people from a wide variety of places and backgrounds are included in God’s love.  We remember as well the prophet’s call for “justice to flow down like rivers, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,” part of our call as Christ’s followers [...]


Lectionary Adult Bible Study on Zoom

Every Sunday morning, Dr. Will Deming leads an Adult Bible Study on the lectionary Scripture passages for that day’s worship, using the lectionary. This is a wonderful way to dive into the Scriptures before hearing them in the worship service. Join study class on Zoom on Sundays from 9 – 10 am via this link:(https://zoom.us/j/92285138816), the Zoom Meeting ID is 922-8513-8816. This is a recurring meeting, the above link can be used until further notice. [...]


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Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331