Info for New Visitors & Potential New Members

If you are someone who is interested in becoming a formal member of our faith community, please note that our next New Member Joining Sunday will be in service on Sunday May 7th.  If you want to join on that Sunday, please be in touch with one of our Ministers if you haven’t been already, and note that we need a brief bio/introduction (about a paragraph) for our bulletin no later than Wednesday May 3rd.  These can be sent directly to our Communications Coordinator Joey Rodriguez (jrodriguez@uccportland.org).


Radical Reading Group

Every other Thursday and Saturday - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Our Peacemaking Ministry's Racial Justice Action Group is excited to be joining forces with For White Accountability in Racial Dialogue (ForWARD) to bring you all not one, but two reading groups. The "Radical Reading Group" will be every other Saturday Starting the 8th of April, and the cleverly named "Slightly More Radical Reading Group" will be every other Thursday starting April 27th. These groups are "for people interested in improving their awareness and responses around issues of race in society", with the second group being more advanced. 

Please contact Stephanie peacemaking@uccportland.org with any questions. Links to both of the event pages are below.



Practicing the Presence: ISLAM and PRAYER

Four Wednesdays after Easter - April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10 - 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


In concert with our art exhibition: Celebration of Calligraphy, we will devote four sessions to Islamic spiritual practice. The art by Salma Arastu in the ArtReach Gallery will serve to guide us as we consider passages from Qur'an written on the artworks.  We will also use the words of the poet Rumi that correspond to the paintings that are in our Chapel.

Join us at 5:00 PM for Silent Meditation (arrive as you are able and join quietly), followed by the program at 5:30. We will conclude at 6:30 in time for choir practice.


Volunteer Opportunity - SOAR Immigration Legal Services Citizenship Day! 

Saturday, April 29th - 9:30 AM - 4 PM (multiple shifts available)
Multnomah County Central Library

SOAR Immigration Legal Services (the legal chapter of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon) aims to help low income refugees and immigrants in Oregon. During the Citizenship Day on April 29th, SOAR will assist low income Lawful Permanent Residents with applying for US Citizenship. SOAR needs volunteers to participate in a variety of tasks: 

  • assisting attorneys with preparing the N-400 Application for Naturalization**
  • interpretation (Spanish)
  • greeting and check in/check out  

This will be a day with great food and will provide an opportunity to connect with the legal and immigrant communities.

Please contact Rachel Short ASAP, or by Tuesday, April 25th at the latest, with your availability if you are interested in volunteering! short.rachelg@gmail.com or 319.936.1113

**For those of you interested in assisting with forms preparation, a training we will held on Wednesday, April 26.


People’s Climate March

Saturday, April 29, 2017
12:30pm (Rally), 1:30 pm -  3:30pm (March)

Join Rev. Elizabeth as we march in the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29th. This is a familyfriendly event. OPAL and their partners in the Oregon Just Transition Alliance are calling on Oregon’s Environmental Justice communities and anyone who stands with people of color and low income people to join the movements for racial, social, and economic justice as pathways to climate action. Meet at Dawson Park (N Stanton St & Williams Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227). See https://www.facebook. com/events/1250735871647787/ for more information.


Embrace Festival

May 4th - 6th - SAVE THE DATE!

On May 4th through 6th, people from all over the world will gather to share knowledge and wisdom, learn from each other, celebrate, be inspired, and find the tools needed to create and enliven local movements within our communities.  There will be exploration of Christ Consciousness, Buddha Nature, Eco-Spirituality, social justice and the way of universal and personal transformation that honors the Divine in all.
The Portland Art Museum, Eliot Center, and First Congregational will all be taking part in this event! Congregants and staff will receive a 25% discount. When purchasing tickets, use this coupon code: INNERDIVINE 

Information and ticket sales at embracefestival.com


Spiritual Quest: The Journey of Being Human  

Tuesday nights, May 9 to June 13, 6:30pm to 8pm
Kitchen / Chapel 

Come explore your own spiritual journey through story, reflection and sharing in community. We'll engage the traditional aspects of the Christian faith with skepticism, irreverence and humor as we search for meaning and healing in our lives. Open to high school, young adult and adult seekers of all ages. To help build our sacred space, attendance at the first session is required...please try to attend all sessions if possible. Questions? Contact Rev. Elizabeth at edurant@uccportland.org.


Godly Play Training

May 7, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Are you able to serve our children by helping in the downstairs classroom once a quarter?  Rev. Elizabeth, Batya Podos and the Family Ministries Team invite you to join us for a time of fun and fellowship as we explore our Godly Play curriculum. We'll cover the basics of how Godly Play works, reflect on the spirituality of children (hint: it's all about play & wonder!), and enjoy hearing at least one story together. Please RSVP to Rev. Elizabeth at edurant@uccportland.org or 503-946-1042 if you're able to attend. Thank you!


9th Annual Mother’s Day Vigil, Tacoma Northwest Detention Center

Saturday, May 13th - Noon - 1:30 PM
Northwest Detention Center - 1623 E J St, Tacoma, Washington 98421

As you may know, members of our Immigration Task Force have been participating in Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice's (IMIrJ) Sanctuary Cohort. Please join our folks, as well as our friends at IMIrJ, and members of our wider community on May 13th as they travel to Tacoma Northwest Detention Center to provide "radical accompaniment in difficult times". There will be music, speakers, testimony, action, and tacos for purchase. See the link to the event page below. Please reach out to Stephanie with any questions at peacemaking@uccportland.org.



Women's Retreat

Saturday, May 20th, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Camp Adams, Our UCC Conference and Camping Center


All women of First UCC are invited to participate in a day away at Camp Adams, where we will have opportunities to

  • explore teachings of the Desert Mothers (What? You don’t know anything about the Desert Mothers? Ah! A good reason to go!)
  • enjoy nature (What? You’re not much of a walker? Ah! Sit on the porch and look out over Mill Creek and enjoy the birds!)
  • share meals (What? You’d rather not eat? Ah! No problem--nobody has to do anything she doesn’t want to!)
  • spend time in fellowship and/or in solitude (Doing what? Talking, walking, writing, crafting, sketching, photographing, reading, meditating--ah! Most anything!)
  • grow in our relationships with one another (What? You aren’t sure you really know anyone who might be there? Ah! Another really good reason to go, as we’ll return with shared experiences and have names to put with faces we see in church!)
  • and deepen our experience with God (Ah....)

Our day will begin with car pools to get us there and with breakfast when we arrive. Then sessions led by Rev. Elizabeth will introduce us to the Desert Mothers and invite us to explore their relevance to us. Free time will provide chances to reflect on what we have been learning and to spend time appreciating the wonderful world of Camp Adams. We will pray and worship. We’ll share lunch and dinner.

Please plan to be part of this event! Note that you can even extend your stay by arriving on Friday and/or leaving on Sunday. Registration forms will be available starting Saturday April 22 at Eve's Circle and on Sunday, April 23 after church.  Scholarships are available and confidential. 

Once you’ve registered, you’ll get information about traveling to Camp Adams, your copy of our study book, and details regarding the program, what to bring, and the extensions if you are staying before or after the retreat.

Your planning committee would love to answer questions!
Janine Vaughn, Lou Sevetson, Karen Hurst, Elizabeth Durant, Judy Bishop




We have an over-abundance of pews. We are selling the pews along the south wall of the sanctuary (total of 5). We are asking $400/pc. However, we would prefer these pews go to a member or a friend of the church. Therefore, we are offering these pews for $200/pc. to those folks. Please contact Cara Rothe for more information: (503) 946-1045.