Sunday, January 22, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

Sermon: The Art & Challenge of Radical Hospitality

Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick

Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

Music: “Lonesome Valley” African-American spiritual, arr. Grant Edwards

Welcome families!

Children and youth (ages 4 to 12) are invited downstairs to the Story classroom on Sunday after our "Time with the Children." Godly Play resumes this week with the story “The Story of Jonah the Reluctant Prophet” with Anne Sullivan and Batya Podos.



Sunday, January 22nd - 9:00 AM

Curious about formally joining this community? Join Rev. Michael and Rev. Elizabeth for an informal time of conversation to learn more about our church and explore what membership at First Congregational might look like for your spiritual journey. A light breakfast is provided.

RSVP is appreciated but not required. Bring your questions, and check out to learn more.



January 22nd - 3:30 PM
Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders Street)

In an era of hate speech, hate crimes, and racial profiling, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of “the Beloved Community” is more important than ever. The interfaith community of Portland is therefore calling on all people who believe in this dream to gather on Sunday, January 22, two days after the Presidential inauguration, to stand in solidarity with all those who stand to be marginalized and silenced by the incoming administration.

We will meet a Congregation Beth Israel at 3:30p, hear from Steve Wax of the Oregon Justice Resource Center about resources for those who have experienced a hate crime, followed by a special liturgy and silent march to Pioneer Square. Then, starting at 4:30pm, we will practice silent prayer and meditation for one hour in the name of Peace, Justice, and the Integrity of All Creation. Some parking is available at Congregation Beth Israel and nearby Trinity Church, but as we will be marching down to Pioneer Square afterwards, make your own best decision as to where you'll want your vehicle to be.  If you're able, please bring a battery-powered candle that can endure the elements and keep shining out as we pray together.

Please spread the word as you are able, and help us on the actual day by observing total silence as we invoke the Beloved Community together. #BelovedCommunityNW


3:30PM – Meet at Congregation Beth Israel (1972 NW Flanders Street)
4:30PM – Silent March to Pioneer Square
5:00PM–  Silent Prayer & Meditation in Pioneer Square
6:00PM – Closing Prayer & Departure