News & Events

Resources in Response to the Killing of George Floyd

  Please scroll down for other resources, including those from our Presbytery and denomination. Dear friends, In recent days, the tumultuous impacts of the coronavirus have left a sense that the usual certainties and patterns of life have undergone a shaking of the foundations.  This has been compounded by an appalling act of violence in the killing of George Floyd, and the many protests that have happened in its wake, as well as the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.  Though we have seen over the years too many of these killings, there was something uniquely chilling in the image of a man’s knee on another’s neck, something that echoed the years and even centuries of oppression, bereft of any sense of common humanity. W.E.B. DuBois, an American sociologist and the first African-American to earn a Harvard doctorate, [...]

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Presbytery Innovation Mission Grant

All churches in the Presbytery were provided with a $1,000 mission grant to use to help with the COVID-19 response. FPC has selected Rose Heaven to be our recipient, but please don’t let the blessings stop there. You are invited to participate in this gift by putting together hygiene kits. Each kit needs to be in a to go bag and include: soap, razor, travel size shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste (optional comb & socks). Drop off your kits on Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 pm via non-contact collection at the Church office door on 13th street, or contact Brenna (bdykman@firstpresportland.org) to arrange pickup. [...]

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Pentecost Gifts Raise Hope for Children

A gift to the Pentecost Offering is a gift to the future–providing opportunities for young people to forge a deep and lasting faith for a lifetime. Your donations enhance the lives of children and youth in our local community and support related ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Last year FPC’s 40% share was given to children’s programs at Friendly House and Faithful Friends. Contributions can be made online or mailed to the church office. [...]

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Coronavirus Season Update

Dear friends, During these days amid all the changes and challenges they are holding, First Presbyterian is continuing to connect with our congregation, church friends, and those exploring our website. While apart, we are still the church.  With God and with each other, we are not alone. As this time of sheltering at home has continued, people are seeking things to sustain their soul.  Hoping you’ll stream our Sunday worship services at 10:30 am, or look at the Virtual Vespers services, quiet times of reflecting on faith and spirit.  You’ll also find here children’s sermons and creative resources for families at home with children. Many church groups are continuing to meet by Zoom, and there is a Zoom coffee hour after worship each Sunday.  The Sunday Scripture study class is meeting by Zoom at 9 am on Sundays, as well [...]

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Virtual Adult Ed: A Pilgrimage Story with the Resleys

Camino de Santiago

First Presbyterian members Bill and Deborah Resley will speak about their pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain on Sunday, May 17th after the live streamed worship service at 12:30 pm via Zoom. For more than 1,000 years, pilgrims have followed “The Way” across Europe to the tomb of Saint James, the apostle. Join in virtually to hear their story and participate in a discussion about the role of pilgrimage practices in the Christian life. The Zoom link is (https://zoom.us/j/94657006493) and the Meeting ID is 946-5700-6493. [...]

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Stephen Ministry Training Begins in June

FPC is restarting a Stephen Ministry program; training begins in mid-June. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Learn more, visit: (stephenministries.org). For questions and to enroll, please contact the church office.  Applications can also be mailed to the church c/o Brenna Dykman and are due by May 25th. [...]

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Open Circle Project for the Rose Haven Shelter

Rose Haven

Rose Haven Day Shelter for Women and Children is a day shelter and community center for those experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home, and other disruptive life challenges. Please consider donating during this time of critical need. Their shelter is located at 627 NW 18th St., less than a mile from FPC, a part of our neighborhood. Questions? Please contact the church office infodesk@firstpresportland.org. [...]

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Support the Northeast Emergency Food Bank

In these challenging times, our neighbors who were already struggling economically are greatly impacted and those organizations that serve vulnerable populations are feeling the impact as well. Our mission partner, the Northeast Emergency Food Bank is looking for additional supplies and volunteers. Due to the pandemic, NEFP is serving an average of 400 to 600 families each day they are open! Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks Mondays through Thursdays and on Saturdays. The Food Bank is located at 4800 NE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218 [...]

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Virtual Scripture Study

Are you looking for an opportunity to explore the scriptures and connect with others? Join us on Mondays at 6 pm on Zoom for a Bible study for this unique season.  To learn more, please contact Brenna. To join us, follow the link (https://zoom.us/j/97941419399), Meeting ID: 979 4141 9399. This is a recurring meeting, the above link can be used until further notice. [...]

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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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First Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Tel: (503) 228-7331