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LENTEN REFLECTIONS

On Wednesday nights throughout the Lenten season we will gather for a bowl of soup and a time of meditation/reflection. We will incorporate the verbal images of DOOR in the Bible, poetry from Iran, and the visual images in the ArtReach Gallery exhibition of photographs by Iranian artist Ziba Vishteh: Opening and Closing DOORS IN IRAN.

Each evening a different image of door will serve as a guide in our spiritual discipline related to personal and social justice concerns. We will reflect, sing, chant, and practice various forms of meditation.

The series will be held every Wednesday from March 6 through April 10. Gather for soup at 5:30 p.m. Join the meditation/reflection led by Rev. Dr. Janet Parker and Dr. Sheldon Hurst from 6 to 6:55 p.m.

March 6 Ash Wednesday’s Door

March 13 The Life Door

March 20 The Eye Door

March 27 The Ear Door

April 3 The Truth Door

April 10 The God Door

 
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Eve's Circle: Read with Lou

This month's Eve's Circle meeting, we will be enjoying an open forum like discussion with Lou Sevetson about reading. We are asking ALL ladies who are bookworms, who loves a great read to bring your enthusiasm for awesome reads!

This is a fellowship event with Eve's circle and we would love to see you at the meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This is an open forum, open discussion, therefore questions encouraged and please bring those books with you if you can!

There will be childcare and light refreshments.

Any questions? Contact Jessica Denniston or Alice Forsythe at eves@uccportland.org.

 
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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: Thursday, March 28; soft start at 7:30 p.m. to order food and drinks; discussion begins at 8 p.m.

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

 
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Welcome New Members!

We are planning to receive new members on March 31. If you have attended one of the recent New Member Breakfasts and/or have spoken with a minister about joining the church and wish to join on March 31, please let Rev. Janet know!

 

Soul Boxes: Making Light from the Darkness Personalize a Soul Box

The visual message of thousands of Soul Boxes together is breathtaking. We saw that last month when we stood on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol holding bags containing 36,000 Soul Boxes – one Box for every person killed by gunfire in 2018. The reaction is visceral. The image cannot be ignored.

But when visitors walk into exhibits, encountering thousands of Soul Boxes, each with a face, name, place or date, their reactions turn personal. The emphasis turns from numbers to people – to each individual life lost. Visitors slow down. They look. They read. They spend time with the victims and their stories.

Join us for a Soul Box Sunday during Fellowship Hour on March 31. We will update you with news about the Project and personalize Soul Boxes with names and messages. We’ll have Box-making materials and art supplies on hand, and will help you find victims names if you need them.

You can also bring names, artwork or quotations of your own to create a unique Soul Box. Two sources for victims’ names are www.gunviolencearchive.org or www.gunmemorial.org.

For more information, visit www.soulboxproject.org.

 
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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.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: 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