S'Mores Family Camp

Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27
Camp Adams

Calling all families with children ages 0 to 18ish! Join us for an awesome time of fun, fellowship and family in the forest at Camp Adams on August 26th to 27th. We'll swim in the creek, hike/walk/breathe, have field games, family projects, worship, good food, and of course....campfire with songs and s'mores! Come for the day or stay for the night. This is a great way to unplug and connect with other families. Register now at: http://uccportland.org/family-camp


Church at Camp Adams

Sunday, August 27

Join us on Sunday, August 27th at 10:30am for our annual church service at Camp Adams, led by Rev. Elizabeth. We'll have a relaxed, casual service with our children and youth and share communion in the forest together. Camp Adams is located in Molalla, about an hour's drive from Portland. See http://campadams.org/directions/ for directions or stop by the Welcome table for more information. Bring a picnic lunch to share. (Note that we will also have Sunday worship in our downtown church, led by Rev. Hector Lopez.) Hope to see you at camp!  


Beloved Community Forums - Sunday, August 27th

Sunday, August 27th - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Each month on the 4th Sunday from 5p-7p, we will be gathering to deepen and grow our experience of the Beloved Community and to imagine the world that is possible when we remember that the opposite of fear is friendship. Our next gathering is on August 27, 2017 that will take place at Southminster Presbyterian Church (12250 SW Denney Rd, Beaverton, OR 97008).  In addition to marking your calendar and making these gatherings a regular part of your life, we hope you will consider passing this flyer along to your friends, and invite them to join us as well.

We look forward to seeing you August 27th!  In addition to more good food, fellowship, and music, our "seed speaker" will be Kelly Weigel from the Western States Center.  But as always, the real center of these Beloved Community gatherings is you, your neighbors, and our shared dreams about the world we most want to live in.


Eloheh farm workday and concert

Saturday, September 2nd - 10 AM - 7 PM
Eloheh Farm

Join us at Eloheh Farm for a workday and house show with musician Claire Hitchins!

Eloheh Farm seeks to be a model of regenerative systems that supports human needs while improving the earth and all creation inhabiting the web of life. The work of Eloheh is holistic, being deeply spiritual; culturally Indigenous; community building; educationally empowering; ecologically regenerative and economically entrepreneurial. Visit http://www.elohehfarm.com/index.html. For more about Clarie, visit http://clairehitchins.com/

The Details: 
10 AM: workday at Eloheh begins!
12.30 PM: break for lunch (bring your own bag lunch)
12:30-1:30 PM: talking circle led by Randy and Edith Woodley
1:30-5:30 PM: afternoon work session
5:30 PM: wrap up work projects, break for rest and relaxation
6 PM: dinner provided for workday volunteers
7 PM: House Concert by Claire Hitchins

Suggested Donation for concert: $5-10.  No one turned away for lack of funds. Folks unable to come to the workday are also encouraged to consider donating financially to the work of Eloheh Farm as they are able.  


United Church Funds Presentation on Socially Responsible Investing

September 10, Noon

Fellowship Hall

Ever wonder how our church’s investments line up with our beliefs? Come and find out on Sunday, September 10, right after Social Hour when Katie McCloskey, Director of Sustainability for United Church Funds will talk about how UCF screens investments for such factors as tobacco, guns, fossil fuels and other issues of concern.  There will be a short presentation with plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Memorial Service for Bob Larsen

September 10, 2:30pm


Please join us as we celebrate the life of long-time church member Bob Larsen. Volunteers are needed to help provide a light reception for family and friends in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the memorial service. Please contact Rev. Elizabeth if you can help.


Ecclesiastical Council for Grant Helbley

September 17, 2pm


As an important step in their journey towards ordination, Grant will present their ordination paper and answer our questions about theology, church history, polity and more. All members of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ are invited to attend. Please come support Grant in their calling to become a UCC minister.


Women's Retreat at Camp Adams

October 6-8, 2017
Camp Adams

Connect with other women from area UCC churches and experience a respite from the city in the quiet stillness of the forest. The CPC Women’s Camp will be held on October 6-8, 2017 at Camp Adams in Molalla, Oregon. The focus of the retreat will be the work and ministry of the Palestine YWCA. Stop by the Welcome table in the Fellowship Hall to pick up a registration form. Cost is $105 but financial aid is available by emailing Deanna Mason at deemason@aol.com before September 15. Contact Patty Bonney to learn more!


Wordstock 2017

Saturday, November 11th

Portland's Book Festival returns on Saturday, November 11th, 2017: 9 am to 6 pm at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues in downtown Portland, OR including our own Sanctuary!The author lineup will be announced on September 5, 2017!

Tickets are $15 in advance / $18 at the door. Tickets include access to Wordstock events and the Portland Art Museum and a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair. Admission is FREE to attendees 17 under (or with a valid High School ID), active military, and military veterans. *Free tickets do not include a $5 book voucher.

Wordstock 2017 features more than 100 authors presenting onstage events, pop-up readings, and writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 70+ vendors, local food trucks, and more.

WORDSTOCK 2017 TICKETS are available at: https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/wordstock/


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.


ArtReach Gallery

You are invited to visit visit the gallery to see our new exhibitions: 

SKIN TIME: ConsciousnessUnconscious - DRAWINGS by Yu-Whuan Wang.  Please take a booklet to learn more about his art and a checklist to follow along with all 108 of his drawings on display. Take a card and invite friends to see the shows!

Hours:  Sundays, 9:30 - 1:00pm, Mon thru Fri 10am - 2pm


Congregational Care Support

Can you help cook a meal, offer a ride, or provide other support to members of our community on a one-time or ad hoc basis? If you would like to be on an email list to be informed of those needs as they arise, please contact the church office at communications@uccportland.org. Thank you for caring for our community!


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.