Image of Portland skyline on bottom with golden stars on top. Text reads: “Christmas at First Congregational United Church of Christ.”

Image of Portland skyline on bottom with golden stars on top. Text reads: “Christmas at First Congregational United Church of Christ.”

JOIN US FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

Usher in the advent season and Christmas with us! Join us for the various services and events that are going on during the month of December.

  • First Advent Service
    December 2
    10:30 a.m.
    Sanctuary

  • Cookie Decorating Party
    December 8
    10 a.m. to noon
    Fellowship Hall

  • Second Advent Service & Kids Candlelight Advent Spiral
    December 9
    10:30 a.m.
    Sanctuary

  • Blue Christmas
    December 13
    6 p.m.
    Fellowship Hall

  • Third Advent Service, Posada Play & Pinata Party
    December 16
    10:30 a.m.
    Sanctuary

  • Fourth Advent Service
    December 23
    10:30 a.m.
    Sanctuary

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
    December 24
    7 p.m.
    Sanctuary

For more information or questions, email us at first@uccportland.org or call us at 503-946-1041.

 
  Image of starry night sky. Text reads, “Out of the Darkness. An Alternative Christmas Experience. A different kind of gathering — one where there’s space for contemplation, grief, pain, comfort and hope.”

Image of starry night sky. Text reads, “Out of the Darkness. An Alternative Christmas Experience. A different kind of gathering — one where there’s space for contemplation, grief, pain, comfort and hope.”

OUT OF THE DARKNESS: AN ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE

This time of the year can be tough for some. You are not alone.

Join us at 6 p.m. on December 13 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1126 SW Park Avenue, for a different kind of gathering — one where there’s space for contemplation, grief, pain, comfort and hope.

We want to create space for those of us who find the holiday season difficult, for those of us who don’t want to force the Christmas cheer. We want to walk with you as you make your way through the dark night of the soul.

We will have time to contemplate, reflect and process whatever is stirring in our inner worlds.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.

 
  Image of a broken pinata with confetti everywhere. Text reads, “Tamale Potluck & Pinata Party. Sunday, December 16. After the 10:30 a.m. service. Fellowship Hall.”

Image of a broken pinata with confetti everywhere. Text reads, “Tamale Potluck & Pinata Party. Sunday, December 16. After the 10:30 a.m. service. Fellowship Hall.”

TAMALE POTLUCK & PINATA PARTY

Our children and youth will be re-enacting the story of the Holy Family seeking shelter ("Las Posadas") during worship on December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Please bring tamales (homemade or store bought) to share for our post-worship celebration during fellowship hour! The Family Ministries Team will provide a pinata for the children. Please contact Rev. Elizabeth if you can help with setup, cleanup, or bringing chips/guacamole or allergen-free options. !

 

TOUR THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM WITH EVE'S CIRCLE 

  Image of a gallery room at Portland Art Museum.

Image of a gallery room at Portland Art Museum.

Eve’s Circle — our monthly gathering of women of all ages — is touring the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave, Portland) on December 22. We'll meet in the Hoffman lobby outside the store at 10:15 a.m. on December 22. Tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last about an hour. Museum members have free admission. If you need a guest pass, please contact Jessica or Alice or buddy up with a museum member. (There are always scholarships or passes available for our outings.) 

There's a possibility of going to lunch after the tour. Please let Elaine know if you're interested WHEN YOU RSVP. (We will provide free childcare, as needed, but please let us know before December 15.) All those female identified are welcome. Please contact Jessica Denniston or Alice Forsythe for more information about Eve's Circle or 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


Sunday, October 28 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you think a group of interesting women of all ages is your kind of crowd, join us! All those female identified are welcome. Contact Elain Molskness for more info mlsknss@gmail.com

As part of the welcome to our new interim Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Janet Parker, we’ll have a casual meet and greet over a bit of food. This is a great time to ask questions, share stories and find out more about the interim process. (It’s okay to attend this morning whether or not you’ve met with Rev. Janet at one of the other “Getting to Know You” gatherings.) Plus, we’ll talk about our upcoming programs and get to know each other a little better. We’ll have free childcare again this month. No need to RSVP, just show up! All those female identified are welcome. See Jessica Denniston or Alice Forsythe for more information. 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: Mondays at 12 p.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m., 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