Staying Connected 3.25.18

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Staying Connected


If you would like to see a preview of this Sunday, here is the link:



Town Hall Meeting!  This Sunday, we will gather after worship for a lively and informative update on our church life.  And a potluck!  Please plan to attend, even if you have no food to share.  There’s always enough to eat; your presence is more precious.

Emergency Contact and Volunteer Skills Inventory  The Connexions Team is gathering   information all about you! Please take the time to tell us how we can help you in an emergency, and how you can help your church family.  Forms are available on the Welcome table.

Spiritual Practices  On Sunday, April 8, we will travel to Trinity Episcopal Church for  a Taize healing service.  The service begins at 5:00pm.  Meet here at 4:15pm to carpool.  If you have questions, contact John Espy at or 503.292.3613.

Save the Date!  Our Annual Auction will be held on April 28, beginning at 5:30pm.  Our goal is for everyone to donate something — a handcrafted item, a service, a hosted event, items of all kinds, or even gift cards from our Scrip Program.  The auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year — because of you!  Questions about a donation or how you can assist?  Mark and Janet Zimmerdahl can help!  Contact them at or 503.244.8670.  Mark your calendars and invite your friends!


Easter Week is right around the corner! This year we are going to have three services:

Wednesday Night, March 28   A combined Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday meal/worship service at 7pm.

Good Friday, March 30   A 7pm Tenebrae service where we descend into darkness through the 7 stations of the cross.

Easter Morning, April 1   Christ is Risen! 10:30am worship service

Please put these 3 services on your calendar and plan to attend. They will each be unique and deeply meaningful.

Youth Easter Breakfast, April 1    Please join the Youth at 9am for breakfast in Fellowship Hall.  Donations support the Youth mission trip this summer. Following will be an Easter Egg Hunt.



Prayer Chain – please be aware that Linda Miller will be unavailable to take prayer requests, April 1—19.  Please email your requests to If you do not have access to email, you may call Jan Espy at 503-522-2787.  The ‘prayers of the people’ is crafted each week from this information.

SW Hope Food Drive  Feb 11  through Apr 14, Neighborhood House is holding their Annual Food Drive, in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. For every $1 donated, 4 lbs of

nutritious food can be purchased. For more information, please visit the website:

Please make donations through the church offering or online giving (mark ‘Food Drive’ in the memo) and we will collect the donations and send them over April 15.


Adult Sunday School   Sunday is Z is for Zebra, our last letter of this series. Come join us at 9am in the Fireside Room. For previews of this week’s class, be sure to check our website. Remember, we will not meet on Easter, April 1, but will resume on April 8 with a new series, Five Favorite Ideas. Hope you’ll join us!


Online Giving  Our website now has a page with simple instructions and user links for your convenience at: . It is easy to use and very secure.

Progressive Bible Study  The Gospel of Mark is picking up pace. Every Wednesday night at 7pm in the Fireside Room.  Join us and explore the Bible. It might look very different than it did before.


Caring for each other  Jo Traugh will be moving to assisted care on April 6.  Until then, she needs help with one meal a day and mid-morning care.  If you are available, please sign up at  


Under “Find”, enter Traugh and the password 2018.  


Your assistance at this time is so greatly needed and appreciated. This is a difficult time for Jo.  As we know it is easier to give care than receive care.


As always, your prayers are greatly appreciated.



Sacred Everyday  Where do you find the divine in your everyday? Is it possible for the ordinary stuff of life to take on sacred meaning? We are going to find out!!  After Easter, starting April 8th, we will begin a 3 month journey, based on the book “Liturgy of the Ordinary”.  If you would like to follow along, the book is available on Amazon and Kindle.


Thank you to all those who have volunteered for this Sunday’s worship service:

Ushers   John Chilgren

Coffee:     Donna Ward and Mary and Roger Turk


Mark your calendars now for some upcoming dates and events:

Mar 28      Maundy Wednesday service

Mar 30      Good Friday service

Apr 7         Trustee’s Sponsored Work Party

Apr 8         Second Sunday Spiritual Practices  – meet at 4:15pm to carpool

Apr 17       Pub Chat

Apr 28       Annual Auction

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