Holy Week 2023

We invite all people to join us at First Presbyterian Church of Portland for Holy Week in 2023!   Our Palm Sunday Service, April 2nd @ 10:30 am, features the waving of palm branches to commemorate the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem.   Our Maundy Thursday Service, April 6th @ 7 pm, sees us partake in communion, remembering Christ’s Last Supper with the Disciples. Our Good Friday Service, April 7th @ 7 pm, will be a Tenebrae service. Tenebrae is a service including candles and shadows as we remember the day of Christ’s crucifixion. On Easter Sunday, April 9th @ 10:30 am, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ! We will have a full choir and brass section joining the organ in making a joyful noise. The service will also have a moment to flower the cross with flowers brought [...]


Palm Sunday Brunch @ Menucha 2023

A fabulous meal in a beautiful setting to celebrate a joyous event!  Coming to Menucha’s Palm Sunday Brunch will provide you with all of those things. This special celebration will take place starting at 12:45 pm on Palm Sunday, April 2. Sign up in Geneva Hall after Sunday worship services, or go onto the church website, then CCB, click on “events” and then on April 2. The deadline to register is March 27th. The price is $25 for adults and teens, $15 for ages 6-12, and those under age 6 are free. Below is a video of how to register online via CCB: [...]


Women’s Retreat: April 14-16 @ Menucha

Mark your calendars! FPC’s Women’s Retreat will take place at Menucha from Friday, April 14, through Sunday, April 16, 2023. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Campbell will speak at this year’s retreat. “In a culture that seems completely divided over issues of morality and ethics, she will invite us to consider the challenging foolish grace of Jesus (which are echoed by Judaism, and Islam) in light of the opposing worldly wisdom that culture often proposes. Using information from interfaith, ancient history, language studies, and examples from current social ideas, we will examine the hard moral and ethical values the Abrahamic traditions share.” Registration will take place on Sundays during coffee hour in Geneva Hall. Look for the table marked “Women’s Retreat Registration.” One of our volunteers will happily assist you through the process. Overnight accommodations are $185, and commuters will be [...]


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 [...]


FPC Children’s Inclusion Month

February is “Inclusion Month” in the children’s ministry of FPC and you are invited to take part!   On February 12th we’ll be raising money for Harper’s Playground https://www.harpersplayground.org/ And the CHILDREN of our church have made a goal of raising $1000 to help build an inclusive playground at Marshall Park in Vancouver, Washington.  If we meet our goal, we’ll earn our very own paver at the park (and we’ll plan a playdate in the spring to go see it!).   By participating, your kids will learn that they can make a positive difference in our community by simply sharing their time and skills!  There are two ways you and your kids can participate:   Can you provide some baked goods to auction off on the 12th? Do you have a kid(s) willing to play a SHORT game with grown-ups who will “Pay [...]


Walk the Wildwood 2023

Thanks to Joe Whittington and Marilyn Howe, we have lots of fun pictures from our 2022 Walk the Wildwood event to raise money for the new carpentry and welding shop at Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School in Kamwenge, Uganda. We raised over $7,000! Thanks to all the walkers, donors and volunteers for making our inaugural event so successful. To see the pictures from the event go to https://pim-africa.org/walk-oregon-thank-you   Saturday, August 12, 2023, is “Walk the Wildwood”, an event supporting Good Shepherd Primary School and Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School in rural Kamwenge, Uganda. Our church has an ongoing relationship with Partners in Mission (PIM) which supports these schools, having sent three mission groups to Uganda since 2015 with plans to send another team in 2023. Thanks to FPC underwriting the event, 100% of the funds raised will go towards [...]


All Church Labor Day Retreat – September 2-4

WHO’S INVITED? You! All of us! Come as you are… Newer to our community and those who’ve been at FPC for a long time. Young and “more life-experienced.” Single or with your partner and/or kids and/or other folks dear to you. People of all colors, shapes, sizes. Whatever your letters: LGBTQIA+ … AA … OSU, PSU, U of O… Outdoorsy or happier sitting on the porch. Church retreat veterans or not quite sure what you’re signing up for.   WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? The All Church Labor Day Retreat offers our faith community time together in a beautiful location for an exceptional experience. Stepping away (or escaping) our lives’ usual responsibilities and distractions gives us a chance to breathe fresh air, marvel at creation, have more meaningful conversations/interactions with our fellow church members and look for God’s presence among [...]


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.   [...]


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