Earth Day/Earth Care Course

  In celebration of Earth Day 2021, the Earth Care Committee of First Presbyterian released this video compilation of inspiring words, music and photography from church members and staff – capturing the sheer awe, wonder, and blessing of God’s Creation. Thank you to all who participated! Follow this link to view the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZRKNABK0ylc The Earth Care Committee invites you to a series of three lessons/discussions on the scriptural call which Christians have to steward the world we live in. The sessions will be via Zoom from 6 to 7 pm on Thursday, April 22, 29, and May 6. Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82013633831 Meeting ID: 820 1363 3831 Follow this link to view course materials: https://www.firstpresportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/EarthDay2021_CourseMaterials_Discussion-Life-Abundant.pdf   April 22nd The following is for our first course overview and discussion – Sallie McFague and Life Abundant I have placed [...]

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Capital Campaign Mission Giving!

Capital Campaign Mission Giving Featured Mission Partner: The Northeast  Emergency Food Program   “Feed My Sheep” Are you aware of the transformative effect that FPC’s Capital Campaign Mission Giving gifts have had on our Mission partner Northeast  Emergency Food Program (Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon)?  Two years ago, at the urging of the discipleship group that started our partnership, NEFP submitted a capital improvement request of $17,500 to renovate/upgrade the pantry.  After the request was granted, work was immediately started in August 2019 to install high efficiency, maintenance-free LED lighting fixtures; retile and seal the entire pantry floor; remove walls for safety concerns in order to provide clear lines of sight; repaint; purchase heavy duty shelving; and purchase commercial grade equipment for their Oregon Food Bank’s Food Demonstration Pilot Program. The Lower Pantry renovations were completed ahead of schedule and made [...]

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Presbyter Brian Heron’s Sermon for a Time of Change

The Presbyter for Vision and Mission from our regional Presbytery of the Cascades has recorded a sermon for the churches in our region, with his reflections on “negotiating this fragile and fertile time,” both for local congregations and for the Presbytery. The sermon is based on John 4: 7-19, and includes some of his personal journey as it pertains to his sense of call with regard to leading the presbytery through a process of transformation. Follow this link to Brian Heron’s sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WXpL1JuGpc Brian sends his greeting to our church, “I am deeply grateful for all of you and your ongoing faithfulness…” [...]

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Pastors Note for Sunday, April 25th

  Ecclesiastes wrote, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” As the rhododendrons break into bloom, and butterfly magnolias lend their lemony scent to the air, it is a joy to see Spring unfold in Oregon. Looking ahead to May, we are excited that the time is at last here when we can begin to gather back for worship (with limited numbers, reservations, and masking to provide as safe a setting as possible).  This will begin with May 16th (we had previously hoped to re-gather this coming Sunday, but statistics in the region did not allow for this to happen). Those who have taken part in person in worship services as lay readers have shared how moving they’ve found it to be back in the sanctuary amid the beauty and the wonderful music.  [...]

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Pastors Note for Easter Sunday

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This week, as we journey through Holy Week, still in this prolonged season of the virus, signs of hope are interwoven with continuing concerns of when this will all lift.  Beautiful spring days raise our spirits, and still concerning news of the virus numbers leaves us impatient for the days we pray are yet to come, of regathering and rejoicing. Meanwhile, you are invited to join us for Maundy Thursday worship at 7 pm by streaming for a beautiful service of communion, as we remember our Lord’s last supper and great commandment, that we love one another as Christ has loved us. On Good Friday evening, again at 7 pm by streaming, you are invited to worship with us on this solemn and holy day, as we remember our Lord laying down his life for us.  The service will include Tenebrae, the extinguishing of candles, with readings [...]

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Emergency Food Closet for Alder House Donations

Emergency Food Closet

The Emergency Food Closet for Alder House is up and running and we are getting to know and serve our neighbors. We are currently in need of dish soap, men’s deodorant and razors, lotion, and laundry detergent, and new men’s and women’s socks. To drop off or coordinate a donations pick up, please contact our church office [...]

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Lenten Spiritual Practice Cohorts

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FPC is offering a different way to experience Lent this year with a spiritual practice cohort. Participants in the cohorts will learn to cultivate resilient faith, authentic connections, and grow a deeper connection with God by engaging in different forms of ancient and modern spiritual practices. Our themes will be: Journaling – Anam Cara (Soul Friends), Thresholds – Blessings, Landscape as Theophany (God revealed through nature) & Paradox. Cohorts will be offered during the six Tuesdays of Lent from 9-10 am & 6-7 pm, (beginning on Sunday, February 21st). Space is limited to 12 persons per cohort, available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register for a cohort, please contact our church office [...]

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Recent Events Presbytery Pastoral Letter

Dear Cascades Faithful, Like you, we have been watching with deep sorrow the events unfolding in our nation’s capital today. The scenes of people* breaking through police barriers, smashing windows, and entering the Capitol building causing Congress to evacuate have shaken us up. We do not know what the next two weeks will bring as we continue to try to honor the peaceful transition of power that our country has prided itself on. What we do know is that we are people of peace and prayer. We do know that on this day of Epiphany we look to the One who revealed the character of God with truth, with light, and with love. What we do know is that our Christian faith calls us to “do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.” Micah 6: 8 [...]

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Holy Listening; Ted Talks on Racism

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To continue our learning and exploration on racial justice, FPC invites you to a two-part class Holy Listening; Ted Talks on Racism Sunday, January 17th & 24th, from 9-10 am. Together we will watch a Ted Talk video on race from the perspective of a person of color; listening to their experiences, expertise, and examination of racism. We will then explore and reflect together. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81632238038 [...]

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Join Us for Streaming Sunday Services


Every Sunday at 10:30 am

First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331