News & Events

Church Officer Nominating Process

In preparation for the election of Elders, Deacons, Trustees, and Congregational Nominating Committee (CNC) members at a Congregational Meeting to be held in the Fall, your help is needed. The CNC will send information on officers and members currently serving, including those whose terms are ending in January of 2022. Please help by sending the response forms to suggest names for consideration, along with supporting information to hello@firstpresportland.org You can even suggest your own name if you have an interest in this form of ministry. Links will also be available in email blasts. Sunday, June 27th is the deadline for reception of suggested names. Thank you in advance, for your thoughtful responses. CNC Response Form 2021 [...]

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Nursery Thank you!

You have generously showered the babies at the church with love! Thank you to every person who gave gift cards and purchased items through Amazon to help refresh the church nursery. Additionally, many volunteers have helped clean, paint, and decorate to ensure safety and hospitality. Thank you one and all for your investment in the littlest disciples at FPC. The church nursery really does look fabulous. I can’t wait to give you a tour in the fall when we reopen both our nursery services and Sunday school. Parents and Grandparents, please know that we are cooking up some amazing, faith-filled, fun programming for the fall. We pray you will entrust your babies, children, and youth to our care as we share in helping them know Jesus’ love for them more fully. With love and in hope, Pastor Carmen [...]

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The Tuesday Women’s Book Club

Read a Book

The Tuesday Women’s Book Club will meet on June 1st at 11 am. June will be the end of our season before the summer break. We will meet again in September. You will have an opportunity to tell us your favorite book and author and give a brief description of it. After the meeting, there will be time for a Zoom chat with your book friends. Questions? Please contact the church office at hello@firstpresportland.org [...]

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Calling All Youth!

FPC Youth Ministry

Are you looking for a meaningful opportunity to share your amazing gifts, grow in faith, and build your resume?  Do you like kiddos and have some time available on Sunday mornings?  First Presbyterian Portland has an opportunity for you!  We are looking for a team of interns (ages 14-19) to work on Sunday mornings with the Children’s Sunday School program of the church.  The internship is divided into two semesters (September-December and mid-January through May) plus a required orientation gathering in late August. You can apply for either or both semesters.  For more info, please click this link Internship Application or reach out to Pastor Carmen at cgoetschius@firstpresportland.org.  Compensation is provided!  Please prayerfully consider this opportunity that is open to the youth of our church (or other churches!).  Applications are due July 5th. Internship Application [...]

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Worship Services are Open!

We are delighted that in-person worship is now possible.  Reservations are no longer required, and these guidelines are now in place as we gather: In response to rising virus numbers in our region and recent guidance from the County, Oregon Health Authority, and CDC, our church is again requiring that all those attending worship and any other events inside the church keep masked at all times to help keep vulnerable members safe.  (Masking will again be regardless of vaccination status).  We regret the need for this, but the church has families whose children are not yet able to be vaccinated, and there are immunocompromised family members of those wishing to attend. Greeting time and refreshments after services will be on the plaza outside, as we will not be eating or drinking inside (with the exception of briefly unmasking to partake of [...]

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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 29, and May 6. Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82013633831 Meeting ID: 820 1363 3831 April 29th The Earth Care Committee invites you to the second in a series of three lessons/discussions on the scriptural call which Christians have to steward the world we live in.  Join [...]

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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, May 27th

As I look out my window, I see a riot of color and new growth.  This is especially welcome coming out of the dreary gray winter that is so prevalent in Oregon.  After what seems like an interminable number of days of overcast skies, misty rain, and general dampness, we finally get to feel the sun on our faces and see everything spring forth in multiple shades of green.  It is in times such as these that I am reminded of how expansive God’s work in the world is and how lavish God is with the gifts that are bestowed upon us. This coming Sunday, Trinity Sunday, marks the first Sunday in the season after Pentecost.  This is the longest season in our liturgical year and is represented by the color green in the chancel’s vestments. (The notable exception for [...]

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Pastors Note for Easter Sunday

Claude Monet Rocks at Belle-Ile

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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1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

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