Radical Reading Group

Every other Thurs. (7 - 8:30 PM) & Sat. (4 - 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.



Church-Wide Summer Reading Series: "Creating True Peace" 

Mondays 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in June and July

For those interested in going deeper in the process of peacemaking: starting the first week of June and running to the end of July, we will be reading one chapter each week from Thich That Hanh's masterpiece "Creating True Peace,” and reflecting on this in our weekly Meditation Group.

Note that this next Monday (6/12) is the last time our Meditation Group will be gathering in North Portland from 6p - 8p (5028 N. Oberlin Street).  After that (starting Thursday 6/22) this group will be meeting every Thursday from 6:30p - 8:30p at the 18th Ave. Peace House (2116 NE 18th Ave.)

For those of you who aren't able to get to attend this weekly - we encourage you not to read this book in isolation.  Please email Senior Minister Michael Ellick (ellick@uccportland.org) if you would be interested in leading a weekly discussion group around our summer reading series.  If we get leaders interested in guiding groups at various times and locations throughout the week, we will promote these opportunities to the wider church community via our listserv.  Finally - copies of this book can be purchased online at places like Powell's.  If you are unable to afford a copy but want to participate, please reach out to Rev. Ellick and we will find a way to get you a copy.


Show Your Pride on June 17th & 18th

Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, June 18th 

On Sunday June 18, please join First Congregational UCC's delegation to the 2017 Portland Pride Parade.We'll join many other UCC churches from the Central Pacific Conference as we march in the parade.

Volunteers are also needed for 2-hour time slots on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 for our United Church of Christ festival booth located near the Pine Street festival entrance (D-10). Volunteers greet people, hand out brochures, tell people about our inclusive churches and help booth visitors locate local congregations near them - an awesome way to represent UCC's extravagant welcome in the wider community.  Our line-up spot is #133.  We line up at corner of NW 9th and W Burnside (near a streetcar stop and the #20 bus).
To sign up for the CPC booth:

  • Visit signup.com/go/BfRLDTW to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
  • Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.  Be sure to save & confirm your sign-up spot.
  • Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.


New Visitors Potluck & New Member Sunday Coming Up

Sunday, June 18th - 9 AM

If you consider yourself a "new visitor" to First Congregational Church - whether this is your first Sunday or your 100th - please consider joining us for our New Visitor Potluck on Sunday June 18th at 9a before church.  We will gather over morning refreshments in our church library (this is right off our "Fellowship Hall," where we gather for food after Sunday service each week) so you can get to know us and we can get to know you a little better.  Likewise, members are welcome to join this special circle to connect some names with some of the new faces you've seen around here recently, and to share your experiences of the church to newcomers.  Following this the week after, we will have a New Member Joining Sunday in service on June 25th.  If you have been thinking about becoming a formal member, this is your chance.  Please feel free to reach out to Rev. Michael Ellick (ellick@uccportland.org), or Rev. Elizabeth Durant (edurant@uccportland.org) if you have any questions.


Eve's Circle June Meeting

Saturday, June 24th, 10:00 AM to Noon

Eve’s Circle June meeting is scheduled as TBA for Saturday, June 24th.  There will be no designated leader.  It has been proposed that the following activity occur.  The Oregon Historical Society has an exhibit as described below.

Mirror on the Modern Woman

Museum opens at 10 on Saturday and is free to Multnomah County residents.  We propose the group gathers at 10:00 at the church, then about 10:15 move over to the exhibit.  It is not a huge exhibit.  Back to the church for coffee & donuts (last week National Doughnut Day was celebrated) , and a discussion about the exhibit and and who are  today’s modern women. 

We think this activity is easily self led.  Thank you all for your patience as we  move towards new leadership this Fall.  Please mark your calendars for the July 22 meeting when we  plan our 2017-18 calendar and look ahead to our future.

Please RSVP so Karen Hurst knows how many heads she will be counting off before heading over to OHS.


Heading Home: A StoryLab Event

Saturday, June 24th, 9 AM - 12 PM
Fellowship Hall

Are You Homeless?  What does it mean to be "at home?"  For any of us who have ever experienced a strong sense of isolation, disconnection, and/or spiritual warfare, we know that someone can have a roof over their head and still feel "homeless."  Come share your stories and create a safe space for others to do the same.  If you're able to come, please RSVP with Joey Rodriguez to let us know you're coming: jrodriguez@uccportland.org

Video and Audio Sermon Archive
If you may have missed a sermon, or want to here one again, you can find an audio and video archive of past sermons on our website at: www.uccportland.org/sermons


Memorial Service for Bud Shafer

June 25th - 12 PM
Fellowship Hall

A memorial reception to celebrate the life of long-time church member Bud Shafer will be held in the Fellowship Hall immediately following worship on Sunday, June 25th. A graduate of Jefferson High School and Lewis and Clark College, Bud was a vital member of our congregation. Bud met his wife Margaret while part of a young adults group at the Church in the 1950s. The family invites you to join them in sharing fond memories of their father. We will have a table of remembrance, so if you have a photo of a church event with Bud and Margaret, please bring it to share. Volunteers are needed to help with hospitality that day (especially kitchen clean up); please contact Rev. Elizabeth at edurant@uccportland.org if you are able to help. 


Borders and Identity: Call to Action

Monday, June 26 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Lake Oswego United Church of Christ
1111 Country Club Road Lake Oswego, Oregon

Please join the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ for an evening forum as we view and discuss a video of Jose Antonio Vargas addressing "The borders within my identity" which include immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, undocumented immigrants, and the church. This presentation was originally delivered at the Earl-Boswell Lecture* in March 2017 at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California.

Mr. Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, immigration activist, and founder of Define American, a non-profit media and culture organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration and citizenship in America.

Open to the public. Free will offering for immigrant support organizations

Questions: Rev. Linda Jaramillo, linda@loucc.org


ArtReach Gallery

You are invited to visit visit the gallery to see our new exhibitions: 

FINDING HOME: The Portland Years. The drawings by Dale Washington.  Please take a booklet to learn more about his art and to read the poems by StreetRoots poets.

MIND WORKS: Collages by William Weiss is located in the Chapel.  A booklet is available for you to learn more about the artist and this exhibition.

Take a card and invite friends to see the shows!

Hours:  Sundays, 9:30 - 1:00pm, Mon thru Fri 10am - 2pm