We are active in work outside our church that answers our sense of call to action in the gospel. Join us!
At First Congregational, peacemaking means empowering others, providing support and working for justice. Our peacemaking core ministry projects address immediate needs within our community, as well as the root causes of these existing needs. Some projects we build or partner with provide food and support shelters for houseless folks; other projects include advocating for equity with both local and state government, organizing in solidarity with immigration justice, showing up for racial justice, and actively lifting up the voices of those not commonly heard. There are projects already happening, and we are always excited to welcome new volunteers, drop-in or continuing. Please let us know if you'd like to join with one of the teams/groups listed below.
If you have a new project that you'd like to start, please email Alice with your idea.
Affordable Housing Work (MACG)
In partnership with the Metropolitan Alliance for the Common Good, we have been working on affordable housing here in our increasingly expensive city. For more info talk to Rita Delamatre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We commit to providing dinner and helpers for one evening a month at the Goose Hollow Family Shelter. Contact Jim Sikkel (email@example.com).
Potluck in the Park
The church provides beverages (procure, prepare, deliver, and serve) for about 500 to 900 hungry and thirsty (many homeless) persons in O'Bryant Square every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To sign up call or write Ron Clevenger (firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-221-7218).
Racial Justice Action Group
This group invites the congregation to events and direct actions in support of justice. We meet after some of these events to reflect on how public action intersects with our spiritual journeys and commitment to peacemaking. For more information, contact Stephanie Mullen (email@example.com) or Rev. Elizabeth Durant (firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-946-1042).
Following last year's trip to the border and our ongoing involvement with the Interfaith Movement for Immigration Justice (IMIRJ) we are currently looking for better ways to "welcome the stranger" here in Portland. To learn more email Rachel Short (email@example.com).
Transitions Projects, Inc. Shelter Meal
On the third Saturday of each month, several teams of church members and friends serve a meal for the residents of the Transition Projects, Inc, Bud Clark Center. To get involved reach out to Tim Pollard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In partnership with New City Initiatives, this group supports houseless families in need. To find out what this work entails, reach out to Paris Hancock (email@example.com).
This group of lay leaders commits to follow the Way by offering direct service to the wider community, and meets each week to practice, pray, and learn more about embodying the Gospel. To learn more contact Rev. Michael Ellick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Want to get involved? Have an idea or a question? Contact us at email@example.com.