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Play Date With Spirit: Women's Spirit Collaging 

Our busy lives can leave us feeling disconnected from what feeds our spirit.  What draws us together is a desire to reconnect with a source of nurture and nourishment for our spirits. Come away for a few hours to gather the pieces of your life and visualize how Divine Spirit reveals new insights and understandings through a creative encounter. In this session we'll move from centering into collaging. 

 This event is for all those who identify as women, and will take place Friday, April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Rev. Avena Ward. 

 
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Art Revealing the Gunfire Epidemic: A Participatory Exhibit of The Soul Box Project & The Vision Quilt 

This month Eve's Circle will meet with the youth at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland) at 10:30 a.m. on April 27 to see the exhibition. We'll view the exhibit and then spend some time folding Soul Boxes. This exhibit of thousands of Soul Boxes - each one representing a life torn apart by gunfire - is an immersive and moving display. You'll be able to see how the 5,000+ Soul Boxes folded by our members are being used towards social change and gun sense. This exhibit is free.

 If you need transportation, please try to arrange with fellow Eves or contact Nanci or Cheryl.

 Contact Jessica Denniston or Alice Forsythe for more information about Eve's Circle. eves@uccportland.org

 
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Join Us to Activate Our Immigrant Welcoming Declaration!

The first meeting of our Immigrant Welcoming Committee will be Sunday, April 28, in the chapel after worship. Please join us to start putting our words into action.

 Here's a list of activities we might undertake.  We invite your other suggestions too.  If you're interested in one of these opportunities, or in discussing them, contact Bruce Bishop (babishopdx@me.com) or Frank Baldwin (frankwbaldwin@gmail.com).

 Volunteer to:

 1. Represent us with Portland-based IMIrJ (the InterFaith Movement for Immigrant Justice), a statewide organization, www.imirj.org.

2. Serve as a member of Portland First's work group to develop our action plan of Immigrant Welcoming activities.

3. Lead our work group.

 Background:

 Our Immigrant Welcoming Congregation Declaration, adopted unanimously at the January 27 annual meeting, identified four major areas where we will focus our work: Connecting, Educating, Advocating, Accompanying. The action plan will identify specific activities in each of these areas for members to participate in.

 Examples:

 There are lots of other ways to be involved in Immigrant Welcoming activities. For example, would you like to you might wish to:

1. Assist the Portland First Art Exhibit Team on Immigrant Welcoming projects.

2. Join the Portland First Immigration reading and literacy program.

3. Create a Portland First Immigrant Welcoming choral or instrumental music program for adults and/or children.

4. Participate with IMIrJ in Accompaniment Training (Immigrant Solidarity Network letter writing, physical accompaniment to ICE check-ins and court appointments).

5. Participate with IMIrJ in Accompaniment Training for Bilingual/Bicultural Leaders.

6. Attend a Vigil (Bringing elements of our faith tradition to a public witness/action).

7. Assist IMIrJ's Document Translation Team (Help to ensure that documents and information are available in English, Spanish, or other languages).

8. Serve on IMIrJ's Clergy Ready Bench (Relational space for clergy to discern, strategize, and rapidly respond).

 9. Engage in Political Advocacy (Building relationship with local, state, and federal legislators to amplify voices of immigrants and invite them to take courageous action).

10. Participate in Denominational Organizing (Building the capacity of our regional and national denomination to advance immigrant justice).

11. Attend Organizer Training (Grow in leadership through the art of community organizing) offered by IMIrJ and other community organizations.

12. Participate in IMIrJ's Quarterly Gathering Design Team (Help plan meaningful and dynamic gatherings in our church and community).

13. Join IMIrJ's Development Team to help grow the financial capacity of IMIrJ.

 We welcome your involvement in making Portland First Immigrant Welcoming!

 
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Spirituality on Tap for Young(er) Adults

Are you a younger adult/millennial type? If so, you are invited to a new ecumenical venture in “pub theology” that Pastors Janet Parker (First Congregational) and Robyn Hartwig (St. Andrew Lutheran Church) are offering. Once a month, we gather for great Mexican food, drinks, and amazing conversation on timely topics related to faith and life in today’s world.

Where: Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, 2050 SW Morrison St. (near Providence Park)

When: April 28; soft start at 7:30 p.m. to order food and drinks; discussion begins at 8 p.m.

Topic: Did Jesus rise in bodily form, and does it matter for your faith?

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the lived experience of the earliest Christians, according to accounts written within a generation of the event. Gospel writers take pains to record experiences of Jesus that demonstrated some characteristics of physical bodies. The Bible and later Creeds of the Church insist that Jesus was not a ghost. Yet minds shaped by modern science struggle to believe this ancient Christian testimony for understandable reasons. Increasingly, many Christians put little to no emphasis on Jesus’ bodily resurrection as a non-negotiable tenet of faith. Many Christians have come to understand Jesus’ resurrection as spiritual or metaphorical in nature, or both. Does it matter for your faith whether or not Jesus rose bodily? If so, why? If not, why not?

Come and bring a friend! If interested, please RSVP to revparker@uccportland.org or at www.facebook.com/groups/SpiritualityOnTap/.

 
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Register for Eve’s Circle Retreat (May 17-19, 2019)

All women or those who identify as female from First Congregational UCC are invited to participate in a RETREAT from 4 p.m. on May 17 to Noon on May 19, 2019 at Camp Adams (18798 OR-211, Molalla, OR 97038). At the retreat, we will have opportunities to: 

    • Explore Inclusion: True and Radical (Why? Because we long to belong. Ah! A good reason to go!)

    • Enjoy nature (What? You're not much of a walker? Ah! Sit on the patio and listen to Nate 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....men)

We will use the book True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace. 

 A Saturday only option is available. 

Registration Packets are available on the ✏️Pencil Table ✏️in the Fellowship Hall. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS SUNDAY MAY 5.

For more information, email eves@uccportland.org.

 

CENTRAL PACIFIC CONFERENCE YOUTH LOCK-INS

Our last lock-in was so much fun, we can't wait to do it again! This is now a quarterly event hosted at rotating churches. Join with middle and high school youth from other UCC churches for an overnight adventure starting February 8 at Cedar Hills UCC, August 13 at Parkrose UCC, and November 8 at First Congregational UCC. The lock-ins will start 6 p.m. on Fridays and end 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

CENTRAL PACIFIC CONFERENCE YOUTH GATHERINGS

We'll have supper, watch a movie, play sardines, and have a low-key exploration of spirituality with middle and high school youth from Cedar Hills, Parkrose, and Vancouver UCC. 

These gatherings will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on January 11 at Cedar Hills UCC, March 8 at First Congregational UCC, October 11 at Vancouver UCC.


ONGOING EVENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

UCC Ukes


Who doesn’t want to play the Ukulele? Join us for gatherings from 1 - 2 p.m. on Mondays. Contact Mary Louise Sevetson to learn about this weekly group mlsevetson@aol.com 503.236.4393

Spiritual Path Group


Gathering every Tuesday from 12 - 1 p.m. in the chapel: come share your experience, strength and hope as we all walk the path together. Contact Patty Bonney for more details pattybonney@hotmail.com

Eve's Circle - Introverts Welcome


If you think a group of interesting women of all ages is your kind of crowd, join us! All those female identified are welcome.For more email us at eves@uccportland.org.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS & RECURRING MEETINGS

 

SoberFirst (AA)


Female-identified Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting. Wednesdays at 7 a.m. in the downstairs classroom. For more Portland-area meetings, visit http://home.pdxaa.org/

Weight Watchers


Weight Watchers meets Fridays at 11 a.m. in the downstairs classroom. From Weight Watchers, "Meetings are where you check in with other members and get guidance from a Leader who's been there and lost the weight."

Support Group (SA)


SA meetings occur in our downstairs classroom on: Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 12 p.m. For more information visit http://www.saportlandmetro.org/

Portland Parks & Rec Senior Yoga


Portland Parks & Recreations hosts senior yoga classes in the downstairs classrooms at the church. For more information and for registration (required), please call (503) 823-4328 or go online at portlandparks.org