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Lenten Reflections

ABUNDANT GRACE Reflecting on Jesus’ lonely struggle in the barren wilderness, Barbara Brown Taylor describes the words spoken to Jesus by the devil, who “subtly suggested that Jesus deserved better than God was giving him.” Today, Jesus’ followers may hear a “devilish voice in our heads [that] says things like,

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UPDATES Rise Up: Climate, Faith, and Action

A UCC conference on climate change for youth and adults March 7-9 Make a difference – Gain tools to understand climate change, how it affects us all, and what people of faith can do about it. Register now for “Rise Up—Climate, Faith and Action”, a conference on climate change to

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Hand Bell Choir ~ Lincoln City Congregational Church

The Lincoln City Congregational Church is exploring the possibility of starting a Hand Bell Choir, and would be interested in borrowing/renting a set of bells from any church which may have a set not currently being used.  For further information contact: Jim Friesen, Music Director, 541-921-3810 or Georgia Roelof, 541-994-2378,

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Annual Rummage Sale and Lunch

Another HUGE Rummage Sale will be held at Beavercreek United Church of Christ aka “The Ten O’ Clock Church”.  It will be Friday, March 28 (9 am – 6 pm), Sat. March 29 (9 am – 4 pm) and an extra day, Sat. April 5 (9 am – 4 pm).

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Seeds of Justice and Hope for Palestinians & Israelis: What is Required of US?

Sabeel Portland Conference ~April 4-5, 2014 First United Methodist Church 1838 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, Oregon Friends of Sabeel – North America (FOSNA) is pleased to present a regional conference with the theme “Seeds of Justice and Hope for Palestinians / Israelis: What is Required of US?” on April 4-5,

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Important: Microsoft Windows XP End of Life Announcement

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support and updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. These products will have reached their “end of life”. There will be no tech support or security updates. Microsoft Security Essentials for XP will no longer be available. The same is true for

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UCC Musicians Network Bi-Annual Conference

July 10-13, 2014 ~ Greensboro, NC Rev. Scott A. Ressman, Minister for Worship, Music, and Liturgical Arts Faith Formation Ministry Watch the UCCMNN Facebook page for the keynoter announcement.  The praise and worship song book from the UCC. It’s here!  Order a copy today: Sing! Prayer and Praise.

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Exploring and Discerning Spiritual Invitations to Respond to the Climate Emergency

Churches in the Central Pacific Conference are invited to join in an important and timely exploration of the realities of our climate crisis. Through worship, education forums, input at church retreats and other community gatherings congregations are invited to explore individual and congregational participation in the climate movement. 2014 finds

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2014 Women’s Retreat

Calling all Women in our Idaho Churches of The United Church of Christ and Friends in our Oregon Churches Mark these dates: August 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th The 2014 Women’s Retreat will be held at Pilgrim Cove Camp and hosted by the McCall Community Congregational, United Church of Christ

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Central Pacific Conference Calendar

Portland Metro Area Clergy Cluster Meeting Thursday, March 20th from 2:00-4:00pm Parkrose Community UCC, 12505 NE Halsey Street, Portland, OR CPC Board of Directors Meeting Saturday, March 1st 9:00am-2:00pm    ICC 0245 SW Bancroft St., Portland, OR CPC Environmental Retreat Friday, March 7th – Sunday March 9th Camp Adams 18499 S.

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Black History and the United Church of Christ

The month of February is a time of reflection of history; a tribute to those who have overcome suffering and injustice; and praise for a powerful and sustaining God. From the Amistad to the presidency, the United Church of Christ is forever entwined in the history of a people who

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Installation Service for Rev. Emily Goodnow

Sunday, Feb. 9th at 3:00pm Come celebrate one of the many good things happening in the Central Pacific Conference by attending the Installation of Emily Goodnow at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 700 Marion St. NE in Salem. Emily joyfully began her ministry here in Salem on September 7,

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CPC Spring Fling

“Two Truths, One Lie: Youth Creating Videos”~February 7-9th The annual Central Pacific Conference (CPC) Spring Fling is set for the weekend of February 7-9, 2014. The 2014 Spring Fling is titled “Two Truths, One Lie: Youth Creating Videos” and will offer activities and curriculum that explore the intersection of media,

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Oregon Unites for Love!

Oregon United for Marriage is organizing a huge statewide action in February 2014 called “Oregon Unites for Love” and asking people to host a house party the weekend of February 14th-16th (whichever day works best for you).  We’ll be having over 200 house parties all across Oregon to demonstrate the

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2014 CPC Justice & Witness Grant Cycle Now Open

The Justice and Witness Ministry Team can provide modest funding to local churches, groups or individuals in support of activities that advance  the local church or Conference involvement in justice and witness issues.  Our 2014 grant cycle is now open.  Deadline for receiving grant applications is July 30, 2014.  All

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Save the Date: Youth Event

The youth at Portland First Congregational UCC are hosting a winter snow day for UCC youth in the metro area (and beyond!).  Please save the date for Saturday February 22, 2014. It looks like there is snow on Mt. Hood now, so we can head up the mountain for a

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UCC Young Adult Service Communities

Young adults, ages 21-35 – Are you looking for a way to make a positive difference in the church and world?  Just YASC! Excitement is building about the UCC Young Adult Service Communities – one near you or in another part of the country.   February is the month for Applications. 

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Karen Armstrong, 2014 Collins Lecture

The Power of Compassion WHAT:    The 2014 Collins Lecture, “The Transformative Power of Compassion,” and community conversation, “Interfaith Perspectives on Compassion & the Common Good.” The registration fee for the lecture is $40 for preferred seating, $25 general, and $10 student. The seminar fee is $10. Register securely online at

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Lake Oswego UCC Searching for Van or Minivan

…for Confirmation Mission Trip March 26-30, 2014 In March the Confirmation class will be going to Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm in Jacksonville, Oregon. Youth will work with animals, learn about environmental sustainability, and earth-friendly farming. They will be there for five days, working at the farm during the

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Rise Up: Climate, Faith, and Action

A Central Pacific Conference Climate Action Event “If we don’t act on climate change now, every sermon we give in ten to 15 years will be on grief.”  —Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference Minister, July 2013. Our Central Pacific Conference will have the opportunity to hear what else the inspiring Massachusetts

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