Stephen Ministry Training

Are you interested in helping others by serving as a compassionate and faithful confidential listener? FPC is restarting a Stephen Ministry program; training begins using Zoom in late September. Stephen Ministry equips and empowers lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. This program will assist our pastors in following up with persons after they have dealt with the initial period of crisis in their lives. Get answers to your questions and an application to enroll in a training click here.  Applications are due in August and will be sent to Pastor Brenna at the church. [...]

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Join the Sound/Streaming Team!

Are you interested in helping with sound and streaming services for our church? Our present team consists of four members who trade-off each Sunday, so this is not an every Sunday commitment. We will be upgrading our video system soon. Some experience with a soundboard or video equipment would be helpful, training will be provided. To learn more, please contact Murlan Kaufman. [...]

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Regathering Plan for First Presbyterian Church of Portland, OR

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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“One Church, One Book”

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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Virtual Vespers

You are invited to participate in a time of prayer and reflection on scripture. These Vespers can be found on our Facebook page (First Presbyterian Church, Portland Oregon) and our Instagram account (firstpresbyterian_pdx). Vespers for the week can be viewed here on our website.  We hope that these quiet moments of meditation provide a time of peace in challenging times. [...]

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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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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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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