News & Events

Kids Cocoa Hour, Next Sunday, November 1st

If you are a 5th grader or younger, you are invited to join Pastor Carmen for a half hour of fun over zoom where we will drink hot cocoa together, see the friendly faces of other kids in our church, and share stories with one another.  We are so excited to see you!  Have a parent use this login next Sunday, November 1st at 11:30 am to join in on the fun: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88590806543 [...]

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Virtual Scripture Study Moved to Tuesdays

Our Virtual Scripture Study in the evenings will now be held on Tuesday nights at 7 pm to avoid conflicting with other church activities. Join us during the month of October for a lively discussion of the book of Daniel. Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73059586516?pwd=REVXbEN0OWp4LzFXK2daMW1IUGR4dz09 Meeting ID: 730 5958 6516 & Passcode: 0E6C10 [...]

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This year’s Stewardship Campaign at First Presbyterian Church.

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During this unprecedented year, our congregation at First Presbyterian Church has been shepherded by our pastors, staff and lay leaders. They have provided weekly streaming church services which have guided, uplifted, comforted, and encouraged us. Through our monthly Spire and weekly eBlasts, we have been offered many opportunities for social interaction, such as volunteer activities, Zoom book club, bible study and coffee hour. The focus of our 2021 stewardship campaign is to “live our faith”, so we prayerfully ask that you remember how essential your pledge is to the ongoing work of First Presbyterian Church. Please help us meet these extraordinary challenges. Virtual Pledge Form in CCB Last week we were glad to have Jon and Sally Bates do a Moment for Stewardship. This week we will welcome Doug Blomgren. Second Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight…I have [...]

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Update on Julia West project:

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A task group from our church has been working toward redevelopment of the church’s Julia West site, seeking funding to build low-income housing with supportive services on site. We have recently had news that the State of Oregon’s Oregon Housing and Community Services agency (OHCS) will be issuing a funding round in the Spring of 2021, and Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will be issuing a bond funding round by the end of this year. The developer with whom our church is working, Community Development Partners, have let us know that both look promising for the Julia West project. Thanks for your continuing interest and prayers for the next chapter of Julia West’s life!   [...]

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WOW! The Impact of NEFP & a Call for Volunteers

NEFP Volunteers

Since early February and the beginning of the pandemic, the Northeast Emergency Food Program has fed over 250,000 and delivered over 6 million pounds of food!  And FPC volunteers have been part of that success.  Now NEFP needs additional volunteers to help with preparing boxes and food distribution. Please prayerfully consider joining other FPC-ers at this food pantry.  Most FPC volunteers come for ‘shifts’ of about 2 to 4 hours, one or two days a week. The new volunteer sign up is here: www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a44aeac2ea2ff2-soyouwant Begin by joining the day or evening group. After you are part of one or the other group, you will get an email with a link to sign up for specific tasks/times/days. Questions? Please contact Bill Resley kayak500@gmail.com NEFP is located at 4800 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218. [...]

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Open Circle Support for the Rose Haven Shelter

The Rose Haven Day Shelter for Women and Children continues to serve the needs of those experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home, and other disruptive life challenges. Current needs are: (new or gently used) Women’s plus-size tops, athletic shoes (sizes 7-9), leggings (sizes large & up), jeans (size 22), women’s underwear (sizes 5-6), ankle socks, hygiene kits, body wipes and hair care products for Black Women. Men’s briefs and boxers (new), ankle socks. And sleeping bags, tents, tarps, rolling luggage (new only). The updated list of the Shelter’s needs and the donations drop-off schedule is posted each Monday: http://www.rosehaven.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the church from 10 am- 2 pm on Tuesdays through September at the 13th avenue doors or contact Cindy Finch cindyloufinch@yahoo.com. [...]

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FPC Calvin Library: Request Books by Email

Books at FPC

If you are looking for your next good book check out the church library online at https://fpcp.scoolaid.net/bin/home. Search by title, author or subject just like the public library. Try a few keywords to see what we have. How about prayer, or justice, or women? Consider checking out several books and don’t forget to add a few for children. Send your request by email to Bette at pdxbookworm@gmail.com. Your books will be checked-out, placed into a brown bag ready for pick-up at the glass office entry of the church. You will receive an email letting you know of pick-up times. We will try to make turn around time no more than a week. We’re glad of this way of keeping you in touch with books that are timely for our lives and life of faith! [...]

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A Pastoral Letter from Brian Heron, Presbyter

Dear Members of the Presbytery of the Cascades, Like many of you in active ministry, I had planned one message for today only to realize that the world had shifted over the weekend. It is hard to believe that a message meant to provide resources to help our congregations negotiate through the coronavirus pandemic suddenly felt incidental. But that is the reality of our current American context. A virus just as deadly as the coronavirus seems to be sweeping across our nation right now. America’s deep stain of structural racism is impossible to ignore. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers and the response is just the most recent and obvious sign that racism is deeply imbedded in America’s DNA. While the nation tries to share equally the burden of the coronavirus African Americans [...]

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Collecting School Supplies for Rose Haven – Thank you!!

School Supplies Drive Thank you to everyone who brought in school supplies. As a church, we gathered 440 items to be donated to Rose Haven and New Avenues for Youth. Thank you for helping children and youth in Portland start their school year off with the things they need to grow and learn. [...]

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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