February 25th, 2017 - 6:00 PM
Sanctuary/Fellowship Hall

Please join us on Saturday, February 25th, inside the sanctuary space starting at 6 PM.

Outwork features artists of all backgrounds and mediums, who come together to share their work with other folks who stand firm in the fight for social justice.

All proceeds from the door and a percentage of all art sold will go directly to Black Lives Matter, and we will be taking suggestions that night for other organizations folks want to see supported. Sliding scale entry fee of $7-10.

This month's theme is Union. What brings us together in union? What connotations does "union" carry in politics, public, personal lives? How does the system work to unite people/tear people apart? Can our nation ever be united?


For more information, go to outwork.space.

New Visitor Breakfast

Sunday, February 26 - 9:00 AM

Curious about formally joining this community? Join Rev. Michael and Rev. Elizabeth for an informal time of conversation to learn more about our church and explore what membership at First Congregational might look like for your spiritual journey. A light breakfast is provided. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Bring your questions, and check out  www.uccportland.org/membership/ to learn more. Our next "New Member Joining Sunday" will be Sunday, March 5th.


Eve's Read - Lou Sevetson

Saturday, February 25th
Fellowship Hall

Originally scheduled for April, we’ve moved up our popular book discussion to Saturday, February 25 at 10am. What’s your new favorite? Share ideas! Trade books! Please come ready to tell us about any books you’ve recently read. Is there a book or two that you just can’t get out of your mind? Also, bring 2 - 3 used books to trade or give away, if you’d like. This is a great chance to refresh your book shelf, as well as your to-read list. After our meeting, we’ll send out a list of books discussed. Meet in the Fellowship Hall. Any questions? Contact Lou Sevetson, mlsevetson@aol.com


Lenten Study: White Privilege

Six Thursdays: 3/2 - 4/6, 7pm to 8:30pm
Bridgeport UCC, 621 NE 76th Ave. PDX, 97213

Join Rev. Elizabeth and Molli Mitchell of Bridgeport UCC for a Lenten study using our national UCC curriculum on racism and white privilege. We'll meet on Thursday nights for six weeks and explore: The Spiritual Autobiography Told Through the Lens of Race;  Whiteness as the Norm: Five Loci of Insights on the Binary of Light/Dark and Black/White; The Cash Value of Whiteness or Whiteness as a Tax-Exempt Status; and explore ways that anti-racism work is spiritual practice. (You do not need to attend all six weeks to participate.) See Rev. Elizabeth with questions. 

Please RSVP: bit.ly/2kKQjor


Locus Iste: All Poetry Is Prayer - All Music Meditation

Monday, March 6th - 7:00 PM

Our ongoing music and poetry program continues March 6 – always on Monday, always at 7 pm. This time, featuring special guests Colin Shepard (pianist and leader of our 4th Sunday services) and Ian Timmons, tenor extraordinaire. Grant Edwards is featured on organ, naturally. This season's program: "Billy and the 3 B's": The poetry of Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the USA is combined with the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Featured works: Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E minor for organ, the F-minor "Appassionata" Sonata of Beethoven, and a selection of songs and organ works by Brahms. A lot of great music in little space (about an hour). Bring a friend–or more. 

And save the date: May 15 will feature the Locus Iste Choir yet again for another evening of sublime human artistry!


United in Prayer Day 2017 - A Worldwide Celebration of Silent Prayer

Saturday March 18th, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Kempton Hall                
147 NW 19th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Each year, Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. invites local and global prayer groups and chapters to unite in silent prayer and celebrate the contemplative dimension of life. 

"Our relationship with the living Christ is the bond uniting us together in mutual love. While formed by our respective denominations, we are united in our common search for God and our experience of Christ through Centering Prayer. We foster a spirit of unity, generosity and utmost charity in all our relationships."
- Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Theological Principles 8, 9, 13

The event: The day will include a brief overview of Centering Prayer for those new to the practice,  Centering Prayer sits and a Lectio Divina sit. Segments from the new video God is Love - The Heart of All Creation featuring Thomas Keating and Carl J. Arico will be viewed for spiritual enrichment. 

Donations welcomed! Please bring brown bag lunch for noon meal. Drinks and snacks provided throughout the day. 

RSVP at: 503.307.8491 or hutchinson.patricia.gmail.com


Story-Lab: Enneagram

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fellowship Hall

When we discover a path which leads us closer to God and encourages our inner transformation and growth, it becomes a friend on our spiritual journey. The Enneagram is such a path dating back from Christian tradition to the time of the Desert Fathers and Mothers of the fourth century.

The heart of the Enneagram is a call to embody the Divine Image and to live a full and abundant life. The Enneagram describes nine distinct patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. At the story-lab each person will have an opportunity to identify his/her unique pattern and affirm others whose view of life is different from our own.

In a time in history when differences are being magnified and maligned, this story-lab will help us honor and embrace the differences. It will also be transformative, challenging, community building, and FUN.

Questions? Gary or Janine Vaughan at 503-232-9353 or

ArtReach Gallery - Cambodian Resiliency

The ArtReach Gallery exhibition will run through the month of March. We invite you to do two things:

1. See the Art that comes in four different sections. One of the sections is in the chapel.
2. Read the booklets that relate to the four sections. Shaping Identity tells about artists Sandra Banister and John McDermott. Surviving S21 reveals Vann Nath's incredible story of survival during the Pol Pot era. Saying "Yes!" informs you about Cambodia now with Vann Channarong and Anders Jiras. Supporting Students gives information about Golden Leaf and the efforts of compassionate work. Bibliography lists books about Cambodia its culture and its people.