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Aaron Meyer at First Congregational

Aaron Meyer, violinist, has four concerts between December 14-16. Go online to see what’s happening: https://www.aaronmeyer.com


1:00pm on December 23rd.

This Portland holiday tradition is back! Come see Thom Bray as Charles Dickens in his one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol." For tickets, head to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3043147 or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.



Eve's Circle Portland Art Museum tour of "The Wyeths, Three Generations"
Saturday, December 23 at 10:30 AM.
Meet in the Hoffman Lobby at 10:15 AM.

If you are not a member, the cost is $16.99, BUT hook up with a museum member who is attending and get in free with the member's guest privileges.

Those who wish to go for lunch afterwards will go to a nearby restaurant, possibly Pastini Pasteria, unless there is another suggestion.


New Book on Creating Compassionate Community

In these disheartening times, are you looking for something to spark your imagination and strengthen your resolve?  Check out Paul Schroeder's new book, Practice Makes PURPOSE: Six Spiritual Practices That Will Change Your Life and Transform Your Community. The book describes how simple actions can help create a more compassionate community.

"An engaging and valuable book about living a more loving and purposeful life." -Kirkus Reviews 

Paul Schroeder spent the past twenty years working at the intersection of spirituality and social change. A former Greek Orthodox priest, he started a Greek cooking class program for people transitioning out of homelessness. In 2010, he stepped down from priestly service to form New City Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people who experience poverty and homelessness achieve their full human potential. He relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in early 2017.  

The book was released with a companion volume, a workbook with questions for reflection, exercises, and journaling pages. In September, a free downloadable discussion guide will also be released that will turn the book into the basis for a six-week class or study group.

For more information on the book, the workbook, and the study guide, visit www.sixpractices.com.


Ongoing Weekly Events


Daily Lectio Divina Practice

Monday - Friday at 7:00 AM, Saturdays at 7:30 AM
Peace House (2116 NE 18th Ave.)

Every morning (except Sundays) you are invited to join us for prayer and spiritual renewal as we reflect on that day’s Bible reading from the lectionary.  Lectio Divina practice is an excellent way to ground your life in “The Way,” and to deepen your faith journey through active listening to the holy spirit through our sacred scripture.  All are welcome - these gatherings usually run from 30-40 minutes.  

Spiritual Path Group

Tuesdays, Noon - 1PM First Congregational chapel

Simple. Profound. Holy. This is not a study group. We don't pray, meditate, or even hold a discussion. We take turns speaking about our daily lives, and the spiritual practices we draw on. There is no instruction, advice, argument, or feedback. No registration required, just show up.


Way of the Rose

Thursdays, 6 - 7PM

18th Avenue Peace House,(2116 NE 18th Ave.)

"Way of the Rose" is a heart-practice of silent prayer and meditation. Grounded in the practices of Mahayana Buddhism, a Path of Gospel Compassion which mirrors the Way of Christ, the Way of the Rose supports the imitation of Jesus, and intimate reliance on the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Counselor, and Guide. We begin with silent prayer & meditation for the first hour, broken up by a light reading. During the second hour we will have light refreshments and share a common reading for discussion.  


Spiritual Creativity Group, Fall Meetings

Each Thursday, through December 21, 2017, 4:00 to 6:00pm

What practices help you to minimize the “chatter” of life, focus on the Divine within and express your true self to the world? Would you like to share these practices in your community? Would you like to learn the spiritual and creative practices of others in our church?  
The Spiritual Creativity Group will share and learn personal spiritual and creative practices. This group is about novices sharing with novices.  All are welcome to this time of exploration and sharing.
Join for the entire season or drop in on any week that interests you. Please bring the presence of any access barriers to the attention of Kitt Reidy. kittreidy@gmail.com



Thursdays beginning November 9th, 10:00 am-noon

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.  So do it.” —Kurt Vonnegut.  

This is NOT an art class, but for those interested, bring your soul, art materials, and desire to share the gift of creative flow. Feel free to come later or leave early.  Contact Eileen Deerdock if you have any questions or concerns.  Deerdock@aol.com, or (503) 928-1910.