K     aren Hurst    Hospitality Core Ministry Facilitator   Karen is a retired language teacher for whom the classroom and the church have been her primary communities.  It is in these places that she sees connections and understandings being built and nurtured in ways that shape both us and the world we inhabit. She volunteers in a sewing/quilting class at the Maybelle Center in Old Town and is honored to facilitate Hospitality this year at First Congregational.

Karen Hurst
Hospitality Core Ministry Facilitator

Karen is a retired language teacher for whom the classroom and the church have been her primary communities.  It is in these places that she sees connections and understandings being built and nurtured in ways that shape both us and the world we inhabit. She volunteers in a sewing/quilting class at the Maybelle Center in Old Town and is honored to facilitate Hospitality this year at First Congregational.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

Get involved in welcoming the world into our community and our facility. 

We welcomes the world into our church:  both into our church family and into our church facilities.  We seek to make meaningful connections with all who step into our downtown sacred spaces, for whatever reasons, and to nurture long-lasting relationships with those who desire to be part of our family.

Our hospitality core ministry also includes various outreach efforts, including ArtReach Gallery, Story Labs (educational and spiritual growth events), and Oliver Lecture (public lecture event); Fellowship Teams: "Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?" & Fellowship Hour Hosts; and Welcoming Teams: Welcome Table, Pencil Table, New Members Orientation, and Newcomers Breakfasts. Additionally, the hospitality ministry does upkeep for our downtown sacred space to make it open and inviting as a church and as a unique downtown venue and resource.


To learn about our art gallery in Fellowship Hall, contact Sheldon Hurst (drsheldonhurst@gmail.com).

Common Table


These potluck dinners are ways for members, visitors, and friends of all ages to get to know each other better. To attend one soon, call Ann Laskey [503] 283-6040.

Drag Me to Church


This partnership with the "Caravan of Glam" produces quarterly Drag Shows as fundraiser for various LGBTQ friendly groups, organizations, and events. To learn more talk to Chris Phanthavong (anouh@pdx.edu).

Friends of the Kitchen


This group meets occasionally to clean, organize, and manage our church kitchen. To get involved contact Tim Pollard (timothyraypollard@gmail.com; [503] 970-4527).

Healing Through Yoga


Ever been afraid of yoga? Here’s your chance. Talk to Stephanie Mullen to find out more (stephanierm@live.com).

LGBTQ Christian Meet-Up


This meeting gathers every other Wednesday in the library at 7 p.m. For more details email Kal Winter (kseiryu@gmail.com).

Oliver Lecture Committee


This group provides a forum for outstanding community, national, and world leaders, authors and journalists a forum to express their ideas. To learn more talk to Donna Brunstad(donnabrunstad@yahoo.com).

StoryLab(s)


These ongoing workshops gather around various topics throughout the year, and provide us all a chance to learn more from each other and ourselves as we share our stories. To learn more about the next StoryLab, or to share your own idea for one, contact Rev. Michael Ellick (ellick@uccportland.org).

Way of the Rose


Come learn and practice Buddhist Meditation at 6 p.m. on Mondays, followed by a Spiritual Growth Group at 7 p.m. Way of the Rose gathers at the Oberlin St. Peace House. Contact Rev. Michael Ellick for more details (ellick@uccportland.org)


Want to get involved? Have an idea? Contact us at hospitality@uccportland.org.