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 22, 29, and May 6. Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82013633831 Meeting ID: 820 1363 3831 Follow this link to view course materials: https://www.firstpresportland.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/EarthDay2021_CourseMaterials_Discussion-Life-Abundant.pdf   April 22nd The following is for our first course overview and discussion – Sallie McFague and Life Abundant I have placed [...]

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Menucha Conversations

Next Sunday, May 2, there will not be a coffee hour, as there will be a Congregational Meeting by Zoom following worship to vote on the disposition of the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center property. The Session has called a Congregational meeting at 11:30 am on Sunday, May 2nd to ask the congregation to approve the disposition of the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center property, on terms acceptable to the Session of First Presbyterian Church, to the new Menucha Retreat and Conference Center Corporation, to facilitate the incorporation of Menucha as its own 501c3 [non-profit] corporation. Menucha – Covenant Agreement Menucha – ByLaws Menucha – Articles of Incorporation Menucha – Board Bios April Spire 2021   [...]

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FPC Higher Education Award

Eligible Applicants: high school seniors or those who are or have been tied to FPC and have been accepted into an accredited 2-yr, trade, license or certification program or full college but have not received this award in the past; not need-based award   Download the application here: Word version:  FPC College Grant Application 2021 – Word pdf version: FPC College Grant Application 2021 – pdf [...]

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Pastors Note for Sunday, April 25th

  Ecclesiastes wrote, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” As the rhododendrons break into bloom, and butterfly magnolias lend their lemony scent to the air, it is a joy to see Spring unfold in Oregon. Looking ahead to May, we are excited that the time is at last here when we can begin to gather back for worship (with limited numbers, reservations, and masking to provide as safe a setting as possible).  This will begin with May 16th (we had previously hoped to re-gather this coming Sunday, but statistics in the region did not allow for this to happen). Those who have taken part in person in worship services as lay readers have shared how moving they’ve found it to be back in the sanctuary amid the beauty and the wonderful music.  [...]

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Pastors Note for Easter Sunday

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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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Emergency Food Closet for Alder House Donations

Emergency Food Closet

The Emergency Food Closet for Alder House is up and running and we are getting to know and serve our neighbors. We are currently in need of dish soap, men’s deodorant and razors, lotion, and laundry detergent, and new men’s and women’s socks. To drop off or coordinate a donations pick up, please contact our church office [...]

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Lenten Spiritual Practice Cohorts

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FPC is offering a different way to experience Lent this year with a spiritual practice cohort. Participants in the cohorts will learn to cultivate resilient faith, authentic connections, and grow a deeper connection with God by engaging in different forms of ancient and modern spiritual practices. Our themes will be: Journaling – Anam Cara (Soul Friends), Thresholds – Blessings, Landscape as Theophany (God revealed through nature) & Paradox. Cohorts will be offered during the six Tuesdays of Lent from 9-10 am & 6-7 pm, (beginning on Sunday, February 21st). Space is limited to 12 persons per cohort, available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to register for a cohort, please contact our church office [...]

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Holy Listening; Ted Talks on Racism

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To continue our learning and exploration on racial justice, FPC invites you to a two-part class Holy Listening; Ted Talks on Racism Sunday, January 17th & 24th, from 9-10 am. Together we will watch a Ted Talk video on race from the perspective of a person of color; listening to their experiences, expertise, and examination of racism. We will then explore and reflect together. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81632238038 [...]

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FPC Giving Tree has Wrapped Up!

Our FPC Giving Tree was especially successful this holiday season.   We gave over 300 gifts to 6 organizations plus hundreds of toiletry items to the residents of Alder House. Even during a pandemic FPC came together, learned how to give online and as always gave generously. #Proud to be a Presbyterian (First Presbyterian)! The organizations we gave to this year were: With Love Foster Care Support Life Change for Women and their Children Portland Public Schools (PPS) Homeless New Avenues for Youth Homeless EMO (Ecumenical Ministries Organization) HIV Day Center for Men and our wonderful Friendly House Senior Citizens [...]

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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