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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Service of Prayer & Lament

As a part of the greater efforts of the PCUSA and their “Week of Action,” we streamed a special service of Prayer and Lament for our community, our nation, and our world. As a community of believers, we join together to lament and make sacred space for the communal pain of racial injustice and to pray for a hurting world. In the weeks following this service, church members and the community will be invited to stop by the prayer wall on 13th and Morrison.  Please see these other resources, including those from our Presbytery and denomination: Statement on Racial Justice from the Pastoral Staff A Pastoral Letter from Audrey Schindler A Pastoral Letter from Brian Heron, Presbyter Take the PC-USA 21-day challenge on structural racism [...]

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“One Church, One Book”

Books at FPC

The Session has approved the use of Ibram X Kendi’s book How to be an Antiracist for FPC’s ‘One Church One Book’ initiative. Kicking off on August 1st, we are inviting all members of the church to read the book over the next two months and participate in discussion groups in early October. Free e-books and audio recordings are available through the Multnomah County Library (multcolib.org) for those who have accounts. The church will also have a number of copies for members to use. Please contact Brenna Dykman for more information. [...]

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21-Day Racial Justice Challenge Zoom Talk Through

Are you participating in our denomination’s 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge and want to talk about what you’re learning? (https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/racism/).  Our church is hosting a zoom meeting on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. This will be a safe space to learn and grow together as God’s people who seek justice for all. Enter the meeting via this link: (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5106757393?pwd=RU91bjVzeWNHRVZpS29HS1BTa05rUT09) Meeting ID: 510 675 7393 password: Signin1. This is a recurring meeting, the above link can be used until further notice. [...]

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All are welcome!

The Presbyterian Church (USA), of which First Presbyterian is a part, works to affirm the worth of all persons, including those in the LGBTQ community. The governing body of our church, the Session, affirms ours as a welcoming and affirming congregation.  All are welcome to join in worship, fellowship, and service! [...]

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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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