Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Special Advent Reflection: Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria."

Preacher: Rev. Michael Ellick

Join us this Sunday for a very special Holiday Concert conducted by Michael Kelly and featuring: Tylor Neist (Violin), Hae-Jin Kim (Violin), Michelle Rahn (Viola), Dale Tolliver (Cello),  Grant Edwards (Continuo Organ), and Sandra Hetzel (Clarinet).


Communion Schedule Change

Please note that we will be sharing communion NEXT Sunday, December 11th. We've made this one-time change to enable ample time for us to enjoy the special holiday concert planned by our choir. In January we'll resume our usual tradition of celebrating communion on the first Sunday of the month.

Welcome Families!

Children and youth (ages 4 to 12) are invited downstairs to the Story classroom on Sunday after our "Time with the Children." This week's story is "The Story of Advent: Part II" with Rev. Elizabeth Durant and Batya Podos.

Fellowship Hour - Christmas Cookies

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall after service for Christmas Cookies decorated by our children and youth!

2017 Budget Forum

THIS SUNDAY - Following Service
Fellowship Hall

There will be a discussion of the 2017 Budget at a Budget Forum to be held after the church service this Sunday, December 4th in the Fellowship Hall. The budget has been reviewed and approved by the Church Council and will be presented to the Congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, December 11th.  Your review, comments, and questions are encouraged at this Budget Forum in advance of the Annual Meeting.

Please click here to see the Budget, here to see an Explanatory Narrative, and here to see a list of Significant Changes from the 2016 Budget. 


Help Send Children to Camp - Project Camp Grandma Agnes

THIS SUNDAY - Fellowship Hour
Fellowship Hall

Due to many requests, Eve's Circle will once again be selling handmade place mats, napkins and aprons to support Project Camp Grandma Agnes on December 4th after church in order to raise funds to support scholarships for our youth to attend UCC camps. Agnes Alexander was a member of First Congregational in Vancouver for 78 years and a dual member here in Portland at the end of her life. She believed every child should be able to attend church camp; please help us continue her hard work and support our youth!

Stewardship 2017 Pledges

Simplify your 2017 Pledge by using automatic, direct deposit. This donation method ensures your weekly, monthly, or quarterly pledge arrives on time, without the need for writing checks!

The process is simple and takes about five minutes to setup: 

1. Open this web site:
2. In the box marked Pledges and Gifts, enter the amount you wish to donate either weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
3. Don't forget to write "2017 Pledge" in the adjacent box so we can credit your donation appropriately!
4. Select the desired Donation Frequency and your preferred Start Date.
5. Click Continue. Enter your personal information when prompted, along with a debit/credit card or your checking account (you will need your routing and account number). This payment method will be used for each recurring transaction.
6. Once you have finished, sign up for an account in order to make adjusting your pledge easier in the future, or select Process to submit your donation.

And that's it! Your donation will be processed according to your schedule and submitted on time and accurately.

If you have any additional questions regarding this process, please contact Joey Rodriguez at


Christmas Poinsettias

Each Christmas, First Congregational is decorated with beautiful poinsettias honoring friends or loved ones, commemorating meaningful events and in remembrance of those who hold special places in our hearts. Following worship on December 18th, they are available for delivery to members who are not able to attend Sunday worship.

If you would like to participate in this annual tradition, please complete the a form located in the vestibule or Fellowship Hall and either place it in the offering plate or return to the church office no later than Sunday, December 11th. The poinsettias will be in place during Advent and Christmas Eve.


Creative Arts Community Winter Art Show & Fundraiser

THIS SUNDAY - 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

Join Creative Arts Community Artists and Instructors for a Fundraiser and Group Art Show of multimedia work in our ArtReach Gallery! Events include: Raffle/Silent Auction, Live Music, and Refreshments. Each year, we paint, write, sculpt, draw, collage, print, play music and more in a beautiful setting at Menucha. Please visit their website at for more information.