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Lent, Holy Week & Easter

Last Supper by Jill Elizabeth

Lenten Organ Chorale Offerings Each Wednesday through Holy Week, we will be offering a Bach organ chorale to sustain us all in our Lenten journey. March 3rd O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622, is one of Bach’s most sublime pieces, in the form of a tender ornamented chorale. The text asks us to look inward, reflecting on our own flaws. So much could be said about this piece, though words cannot express its delicacy, subtlety, richness, etc. Of particular note is the flattened sixth triad in root position just before the end (3’58”)…it’s as if time stands still, a stunning expression of the text, “wohl an dem Kreuze lange” (“for a long time on the Cross”). “O humankind, mourn your great sins, for which Christ left his Father’s bosom and came to earth; from a virgin pure and [...]

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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, February 21st

The Temptation in the Wilderness Briton Reviere, 1898

This week, we’ve entered a season in the church year known as Lent; a time of penitence and preparation for Easter.  This began with Ash Wednesday, a time of marking our foreheads with ash, and hearing the sobering reminder, all the more poignant in these times, held in the traditional words, “Remember we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” Some eleven months into the pandemic season, there is a sense that we’ve already been living in a kind of Lent, with some of the deprivation, solitude, and reflection usually reserved for these contemplative seasons.  Our reading for this Sunday is of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness.  In Mark’s version of this story, there are few details, only that he was tempted and was with the wild animals, ministered to by angels. Lent this year comes with a call [...]

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Pastors Note for Sunday, February 14th

Claude Monet Rocks at Belle-Ile

Is it a winter wonderland where you live?  I hope you are finding ways to stay cozy, dear church!  As ever, you’re welcome to stream our weekly worship service at 10:30 a.m. at www.firstpresportland.org Next Wednesday, February 17th, is Ash Wednesday and though we are not yet able to worship together in person, we have created “Ashes on the Go” kits that include a liturgy and everything you’ll need to have your own service at home (you can also use it in conjunction with our service live-streamed at 7 p.m.).  You may pick up the kits at the church (feel free to grab some for your neighbors as well) curbside on 12th Avenue Sunday, February 14th, Monday, February 15th, or Wednesday, February 17th (from 12 – 2 pm).  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of deep reflection, [...]

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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

Sun_Edvard Munch 1909 Norwegian

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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FPC Giving Tree has Wrapped Up!

Our FPC Giving Tree was especially successful this holiday season.   We gave over 300 gifts to 6 organizations plus hundreds of toiletry items to the residents of Alder House. Even during a pandemic FPC came together, learned how to give online and as always gave generously. #Proud to be a Presbyterian (First Presbyterian)! The organizations we gave to this year were: With Love Foster Care Support Life Change for Women and their Children Portland Public Schools (PPS) Homeless New Avenues for Youth Homeless EMO (Ecumenical Ministries Organization) HIV Day Center for Men and our wonderful Friendly House Senior Citizens [...]

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