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Immigrant Welcoming Convocation

You are invited to hear about and discuss Immigrant Welcoming ministries, ideas, interests, and challenges at the Immigrant Welcoming Convocation (“Convocation” may mean many things. In this context, it just means “talking together”) on May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Oswego United Church of Christ (1111 Country Club Rd, Lake Oswego). This will be a great way to learn how our congregations can live into our immigrant welcoming declarations.

Guest speakers will include incoming CPC moderator Rev. Adam Hange and Rev. Elizabeth Durant, a member of the CPC Justice and Witness Committee.

A catered lunch from Casa del Pollo will be provided. To make sure there is enough food, RSVP by Monday, May 6 (name, email, chicken or vegetarian). Send an email with this information to Dawn Hayami at de.hayami@gmail.com.

For more information about the convocation, contact Bruce Bishop (babishopdx@me.com).

 
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Music For Immigrant Justice

Enjoy an evening of energizing music while supporting Project Voice, the immigrant rights program of the American Friends Service Committee at 7 p.m. on May 18 at the Hillsboro United Methodist Church (168 NE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro). This program helps communities in Oregon and Washington create Rapid Response Teams and provides Know Your Rights trainings that empower immigrants to protect themselves and advocate for just immigration policies during these fearful and uncertain times.

Come learn more about the critical work of this program and the communities it serves, and listen to great music by Samuel Davila & Alonso Oliveras, Tom Rawson, Caleb & Jessica Paul, and Bajo Salario. This event is co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Hillsboro United Methodist Church/Las Naciones, Multnomah Friends Meeting and West Hills Friends Church.

$20 advance tickets and donations at http://bit.ly/MusicForImmigrantsPDX. $25 at the door, cash or check only.

 
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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.

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Rally With Youth Plaintiffs for Juliana vs. United States to Support Climate Rights 

Our Children's Trust is planning a massive rally at 10:30 a.m. on June 4 at Portland's Director Park, which will coincide with the youth plaintiffs' court appearance before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland. The 21 plaintiffs in Juliana vs. United States assert that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation's constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. Now they're coming to Portland to press their case, and we need strong participation from the interfaith community at the rally! We need your help to mobilize a massive turn out by people of faith, and particularly the United Church of Christ. 

If you would like to help organize First Congregational UCC's participation in this rally and possible pre-event at our church, email revparker@uccportland.org. You are also invited to join a planning call happening on Tuesday, April 30 via Zoom. 

To RSVP for the call and receive the Zoom link, RSVP using this link or by email to office@ecofaithrecovery.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