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503-472-6256 / [email protected] / fpc-mac.org Vol. 43
No. 1 January 24, 2018
Upon Further Reflection
Engaged in Life On Sunday, January 21
st we kicked off the third element of our Worship into Life
“Engaged in Life.” Pastor, musician, and Canadian Glen Soderholm
taught the congregation a song for passing the peace as well as
“the Lorica,” an adaptation of the ancient prayer known as the
Breastplate of St. Patrick. His sermon did an excellent job of
outlining what this third leg of our jour-ney is about. Here’s some
of what Glen said:
“Loving God and neighbour with our full humanity will make you
truly alive, and that hadn’t changed in Jesus’s time, nor has it
changed in ours. But how do we do that? Very simply, it is to align
our loves with what God loves. Jesus demonstrated this in his life.
We hear Jesus say in other parts of the gospel, ‘I do noth-ing on
my own, but only what I have heard from my Father.’ When we see
Jesus, we see the Father, and because he has aligned his loves with
his Father’s, then we are aligned with their loves, and that my
friends will make us true worshipers and truly alive. And it turns
out, that this alignment involves the vertical relationship we have
with God and the horizontal relation-ship we have with our
neighbours, and to see how those things are intimately related.
When we align our loves with God’s being in communion, we make room
for our neighbour. We could see this in our own lives – loving God
is about getting out of the way of our own self-absorption and
making room for God.”
The connection between our gathered worship and how we engage in
life is that worship aligns our loves with God’s loves. This sends
us out into the world (which God loves!) and gives us eyes to see
where God is at work. Our engagement, in turn, sends us back into
gathered worship with more loves to bring before God, more
questions, more hopes, more need for grace and reconciliation. This
is the benevolent cycle of worship and mission. And another thing.
This phrase “Engaged in Life,” certainly described my Dad. Perhaps
it’s fitting that on Sunday, Jan. 21
st, while we worshipped with Glen, my father died and was
received into the arms
of God’s love. My heart is heavy with both sadness and joy. I
will greatly miss this good man. He taught me so much. If not for
Alzheimer's, he would still be stomping around outside, telling of
his days fighting fires in Montana, pointing out cloud formations,
and bringing life to others through his big, easy smile. Thanks for
all your care and concern for me and my family as we grieve this
loss. Being part of a community like this is a gift during such
days. Pastor Matt Johnson
All in the Family page 5 Calendar page 6 Children, Youth, &
Family page 7 Mission page 4 Nuts & Bolts page 8 Ongoing
Activities pages 9-10 Staff page 12 Upcoming Events page 2 Upon
Further Reflection page 1 Volunteer Schedule page 11 Worship Into
Life page 3
81st ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE
THURSDAY, March 8 9:00 am-3:00 pm
FRIDAY, March 9 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Ash Wednesday February 14th
Soup Supper 6:30 pm
Worship Service 7:00 pm
The Season of Lent Begins
10:30 am Service
2/4 H. Blasier, C. Ruebel, M. & E. Slater, A. Austin
2/11 H. Blasier, D. Tomlinson, C. Hansen, L. Niederer
2/18 H. Blasier, A. Austin, B. & K. Garrettson
2/25 H. Blasier, C. Ruebel, A. Austin, M. & B. Donaly
2/4 M. Chroust-Masin, N. Barker
2/11 S. Sherwood, S. Laddusaw
2/25 M. & E. Slater
10:30 am Service
2/4 Sheila McCluskey
2/11 Lee Niederer
2/18 Jan Irish
2/25 Luella McKenzie
10:30 am Service
2/4 Gretchen Brunner
2/11 Bob Irish
2/18 Cathy Stephens
2/25 Scott Smith
10:30 am Service
2/4 Art Cuscaden
2/11 Jeff Sargent
2/18 Patty Good
2/25 Eric Chroust-Masin
Communion Servers February 4th
10:30 am Service
Linda Mihnos, Gretchen Brunner, John Bush, George Barker, Barb
Schoof, Lee Niederer
10:30 am Service
2/4 Faythe Rust
2/11 Jackson Collins
2/18 Linda Mihnos
2/25 Becky Donaly
Preparation Sandy Sherwood
Clean-up Herb Blasier
Portfolio Crew February 28th
1:30 pm in the Conference Room
10:30 am Service
2/4 David Walters
2/11 Jeff Sargent
2/18 Matt Johnson
2/25 Connie Foster
Our Valuable Volunteers
Sort Rummage February 5th 10:00 am
or 7:00 pm TBA
Sarah Circle February 14th 5:30 pm
Agape Circle February 21st 9:30 am
Hostess: Jackie Hurl Mission Project: YCAP
Priscilla Circle February 26th 7:00 pm
Hostess: Monika Chroust-Masin Lesson 6: Marilyn Enger
Caregivers Support Group
Anyone who is a caregiver is welcome. We usually meet the third
Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am in the Witherspoon Room. Our next
meeting will be February 20th.
FPC Book Club
The FPC Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month,
September through June at 11:00 am in the Witherspoon Room.
Our next meeting on February 7th, we will be talking about the
book “The Book Thief”,” by Markus Zusak. This book was recommended
by Carol Huson and is a popular book. See you on the 7th at 11:00
The Quilt Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30
am in the Witherspoon Room. Our next meeting is Wednesday, February
7th. Come join us!
Contact Sandra Lawrence or Nancy Barker if you have
Keenagers February 5th
Faythe & Arden Rust and Carol & Duane Qualey
will host the meeting of Keenagers on Monday, February 5th at
6:00 pm in the Fellowship Area. Persons 55 or older will gather for
a potluck. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the Welcome
Kiosk on Sunday, January 28th or February 4th.
Creative Expressions is a time for YOU to engage in your
artistic passion whether that is painting, coloring, scrapbooking,
quilting, etc. It is open to all forms of artistic expression.
Just bring your own supplies.
We meet on the second Friday of each month in Calvin Hall from
4:00 until 8:00 pm,
but feel free to come when you can and leave when you need
Bring your own dinner and drink. We eat around 5:30 pm.
Please join us on Friday, February 9th!
February 4, 2018
Worship Into Life
Hello Church Family! 2018 is off to great start! We had guest
worship leader and preacher Glen Soderholm with us for a concert
and our 3rd and final seminar. Now more than ever, we should take
stock of how far we've come. We were Prepared in Worship with Ted
Yuen, Formed in Silence with Steve Galvan and now, we're Engaged in
Life. Our next book, The Dangerous Act of Worship will be
distributed over the next two Sundays as well as being available in
the office. Starting in February, we'll be having 3 Lenten prayer
gatherings, spread across the season. These are casual times of
prayer and sharing, designed to model the integration of spiritual
practices with daily life. Furthermore, we will gather after Easter
for our second Worship into Art session with Kathleen Brown on
April 14th. So many exciting things happening! It's a great time to
be at FPC! I encourage you to join us at any point in this process.
This project was never meant just for those who could come to every
event from the beginning. It is for everyone, wherever you are and
at whatever level works for you. Please don't worry if you haven't
been able to participate much so far. Feel free to jump in at any
point. Come eat! Come paint! Come brainstorm! Come to worship!
David Walters Project Director
Glen Soderholm in concert in the Sanctuary.
Glen leading the seminar in Calvin Hall.
2018 Point In Time Homeless Count
Wednesday, Jan. 31st
Volunteer. Make it count.
Yamhill County is striving to end homelessness and to better
serve and assist those experiencing homelessness. YCAP has
the lead on implementing a Homeless Count every January by
partnering with numerous volunteers and organizations to count
people experiencing homelessness that day. This Infor-mation is
reported to the state and Housing and Urban Development to better
assess any gaps in our social services and any progress from
For more information on the Homeless Count, contact Nathalie
Hardy at 503-550-3488 or [email protected] We are also in
need of the following donations: gloves warm socks tarps bus passes
Donations are accepted a YCAP or FPC. FPC will be a Drop-in Center
during our Wednesday Morning Shelter.
Remember a loved one,
support a small farmer!
Valentines Day is coming!
Be sure to stop by the Fair Trade Market to get some chocolate
for your sweetheart. There is also a great variety of teas and
coffees to choose from! The market will be open on Jan. 28th and
Feb. 11th in the Gallery after the worship service.
Blankets+ Offering Sunday, February 11th
For many years, our church has been helping to keep our
neighbors warm by providing blankets to families here in the United
States and around the world. What difference can a blanket make? A
blanket can provide warmth to a victim of a flood or fire or serve
as bedding to a guest in a homeless shelter or be a gift of welcome
to a newly arrived refugee or migrant worker. On February 11th our
church has an opportunity to provide hope to many families. We will
take a special offering to help provide blankets and other
emergency items to families all around the world. For only 10
dollars, you can give a blanket that can provide warmth and
shelter, comfort and privacy, and healing and hope wherever God's
people may need care. We have so much to share, so please give
generously. Thank you!
Adult Education Program
On January 28th, the Adult Education program will conclude its
month long series on “Miracles?” led by Margaret Wallace. For the
first two Sundays in February, the 4th & 11th, MaryKate Morse,
Vaughan Palmore’s daughter, will offer discussions on “Making Room
for Leadership: Power, Space and Influence.” Then Vaughan will wind
up the month with two classes on “1 Samuel (Connecting Judges to
Please join us in Calvin Hall West at 9:15 am on Sunday
Monday Bible Study
Monday mornings at 11:00 am in the Witherspoon Room, Pastor Matt
leads a Bible study on the scripture reading for the following
Sunday. Come join the discussion. We will not be meeting on
February 19th, Presidents’ Day. The office is closed.
H arvest S ale
Presbyterian Harvest Sale
The 2018 Flower Chart is available for sign-ups in the Gallery
at the Welcome Kiosk. Please consider offering this gift to our
The first meeting for the 2018 Harvest Sale will be held on Feb.
th following the worship service
in the Whitman Room. GOOD NEWS: The total receipts for the 2017
Harvest Sale were over $13,000.00 which is the largest sale on
record. The Committee will be holding work sessions starting in
February. Several dates will be available for working on a project.
New ideas presented include folded boxes, tree garlands (paper
& glass beads), Book folding (Christmas Trees and Angels). Our
committee welcomes new craft suggestions. Bring your suggestions to
the meeting. Committee members working on the 2018 Harvest Sale
include Connie Foster, Dan Willis, Carol Qualey, Ann Widen, Mary
Ellen Fleeger, Adrienne Schouten and Elsie Williams. Please share
with Committee Members your suggestions. Items Needed: 8 oz. Jam
Jars and pre 1980 hand-made crocheted dollies. Bring new projects
to share at our meeting. Looking forward to welcoming new members.
Church Volleyball Team Schedule
You must be at least 15 years old to play. Games are held on
Friday evenings at Columbus Elementary School. If you would like to
play, contact Wendy Sagers, Team Manager. Date Time Court Jan 26
7:00 pm #2 8:00 pm #2 Feb. 2 6:00 pm #1 Feb. 9 6:00 pm #2 Feb. 16
7:00 pm #2 8:00 pm #1 Feb. 23 6:00 pm #1 7:00 pm #2 Mar. 2 6:00 pm
#1 Mar. 9 6:00 pm #2
Nuts & Bolts
Action taken and information items are summarized for the
Portfolio monthly. Session meets on the third Wednesday of each
month at 7 pm. At the last Session Meeting: 1.) Met with incoming
Elders Lynn Foster and Scott Smith. Unfortunately, Charles
Saderholm, Class of 2019 has stepped down for personal reasons. 2.)
Assigned Elders to the following Ministry Teams and Committees:
Building and Grounds - John Bush Children, Youth and Family -
Gretchen Brunner Creative Arts - Cathy Stephens Christian Formation
- Linda Mihnos Mission - Bob Irish Stewardship, Budget &
Finance - Scott Smith Worship & Music - Lynn Foster Nominating
Committee - Sandra Sherwood and Linda Mihnos Personnel Committee -
George Barker and Gretchen Brunner Clerk of Session - Sandra
Sherwood 3.) Candice Cameron brought a weaving of the Spiderwoman's
Cross (a Navajo weaving) that Dorothee Kim has donated to FPC.
Creative Arts will work with Pacific Frame on how best to frame
this piece of artwork. Creative Arts will send a thank you note to
Dorothee on behalf of the congregation to express our appreciation
for this beautiful gift. 4.) MSP - to address security concerns
about the Narthex Gallery and FPC's art collection, a rope with
bells attached will be used to rope off the stairs and ramp during
Community Dinner and other events as needed. 5.) Spent time
reflecting on the service of out-going elders Candice Cameron,
Belinda Garrettson and Ron Miller and prayed for them and their
changing roles in the church.
The Church Office will be closed:
Monday, February 19th in observance
of Presidents’ Day.
Coffee Hosts Needed
Please consider being a host during our Coffee &
Time on Sunday mornings. Ask friends or family to
host with you.
Sign-up on the chart in the Gallery by the
FINANCIAL REPORT (Operating Fund)
December: Actual Budget Receipts: $ 35,553 10.5% $ 28,008 8.3%
Expenses: 29,893 8.5% 29,097 8.3%
Year to Date: Receipts: $ 333,508 99.2% $ 336,100 100% Expenses:
328,926 94.2% 349,169 100%
We finished the year with a strong December putting us in the
black for the year vs. the budgeted deficit. See the Annual Report
for more detailed information.
Thank you for your continued support.
Volunteers Needed to Operate the Sound System and
Video Recording Equipment Sunday Mornings
Currently volunteers rotate on a monthly basis. There will be
training provided in February. If you are interested or have
questions please contact John Bush or the church office.
Remember Our Homebound Members
Barbara Anderson Dave Benitz Arlys Berry Gus & Cathy
George Clunie Min Coburn Gretchen Davis Dorothy Heida
Fred & Zella Hisaw Fred & Barbara Koch Sue Lekas Wanda
McAlister Janet Myatt
Nancy Ormandy Kay Schrepel Bev Steely Helen Wittenberg
All in the Family
"Devote yourself to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
Please lift each household name or group listed below in prayer
on that day of the month.
1. Sandra Lawrence 2. Jim & Sue Lekas 3. Ralph & Janet
Litchfield 4. Bob & Donna Lunt 5. Barry & Pat Martin 6.
Wanda McAlister 7. Mary McBride 8. Sheila McCluskey 9. Luella
McKenzie 10. Shawna McRae, Savanah & Holden 11. Blankets+
Offering 12. Deacons 13. Pete & Linda Mihnos 14. Ash Wednesday
15. Ron & Donna Miller 16. Janet Myatt 17. Community Dinner 18.
Lonnie Myers 19. Randy Naef 20. Caregivers Support Group 21.
Session 22. Lee Niederer 23. Betty Olson 24. Karen Olson 25. Nancy
Ormandy 26. Vaughan Palmore 27. Susan Parish 28. Liz Parker
Sheila McCluskey 1st Pete Mihnos 1st Barbara Schoof 1st Scott
Smith 2nd Dave Howard 3rd
Micah Johnson Soderlund 4th Lynn Foster 5th Ardeth Parry 5th
Betty Younker 5th Ayele Amuzu 8th Jack Chan 8th Cate Shea 8th
Nancy Ormandy 12th Jillian Staneck 12th Gus Carstensen 14th
Cathy Stephens 15th Sandra Sherwood 18th Beverly Treneman 18th
Aaron Brunner 24th Dolores Sterling 24th Ann Widen 24th
Maggie Blankenship 25th David Hinchman 28th David Krug 28th Jim
Our church family extends our deepest sympathy to Carole Hansen,
her husband, Bernt Hansen
passed away on January 14, 2018.
****** We also extend our deepest sympathy to Pastor Matt and
family at the passing of
his father, John Johnson on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
May God grant comfort and peace to their loved ones.
Children, Youth, & Family Ministries