In the spring of 1974, I took my first seminary worship class – History and Theology of Worship, taught by one of the shapers of the UCC, Louis Gunnemann. I learned that Isaiah’s vision in the temple, recorded in the sixth chapter, provides the template for reformed worship. You know the sequence: praise –
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~ Education Ministry Task Force
The Mid Winter Retreat is on the CPC calendar for the weekend of February 10, 2012 at Camp Adams. Right now the anticipated cost is $65 per participant including adults. The event will be a sneak-peek at the summer, with the theme of Secrets of the Kingdom – Parables of
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~ submitted by Audrey Ouellette
National Youth Event: All interested Youth and Youth Leaders – we are putting together a delegation from the Central Pacific Conference and we would love to have as many churches represented as possible! The National Youth Event is for youth aged 13 to 18 and is July 10-13, 2012;
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Mission Trip Groups – Joplin, Missouri, is now prepared to receive mission trip groups to aid in long-term recovery. Joplin was hit by a large tornado in May of 2011 and received damage with quite a bit of media coverage. During the past seven months the community has had to make many difficult decisions
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~ Wider Church Ministry Team
Your Wider Church Ministries Team wants to convey the many ways we “do” ministry beyond our individual congregations. In order to accomplish this goal, we have our “Hands of God” blog attached to the CPC website AND we have a more personal mode—that of speaking to your congregation about mission.
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~Submitted by Alan Koch
January 22, 2012 10:25am
Portland, Oregon – First Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate with a special service January 22 to mark the 20th anniversary of its vote to become an Open and Affirming church. The church was one of the first in the state to take the action and
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~ Tracy Diehl
Dear Friends around the United Church of Christ,
The holiday season is the best time of year to look around and take a mental inventory of all the best things around us– things that make our efforts for the Lord shine even brighter than we imagined possible.
Might I suggest that one
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~ David Schoen, UCC Local Church Ministry
Dear friends in Conference Ministry,
This significance of MISSION:1 and the response to it is particularly striking when you read the most recent UCC FACT (Faith Communities Today) report on Local and Global Mission Programs and Giving recently compiled by Marge Royle.
The report looks at UCC
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~ submitted by Ron MacKenzie
Christopher Carpenter, the Assistant Regional Director of the Pacific Northwest CWS Regional Office will be in Portland, OR Saturday, January 21, 2012. If you would like to arrange a meeting with him, please send him an e-mail at email@example.com or contact Ron MacKenzie, the Coordinator of the Portland CROP
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Save the date!
You and your congregation are invited to CPC Spring Assembly, May 18th and 19th, at Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, Portland, OR. Connect with our church’s work around the world. Our Wider Church Ministries Team is putting together a dynamic, world-wide program.
Interfaith Music Festival at Hillsdale Community UCC
Sunday, February 26th, 4:30 pm Hillsdale Community Church – UCC, 6948 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR.
A Singing Circles of Peace is a benefit gathering for Southwest Hope’s food drive. This will be an interfaith opportunity to learn, teach, and share the songs of many peoples. A Vegetarian
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The December 8th online issue of UCC News included this headline: Oregon UCC all aboard as lofty Mission:1 goal falls by wayside. The article celebrates the Mission:1 accomplishments of Smyrna UCC in Canby, OR. Read it here.
(Cleveland, OH) – The Insurance Board (IB) is pleased to announce the launch of a new on-line, interactive, abuse prevention policy self-assessment. This is a free program aimed at assisting churches to develop and maintain an abuse prevention policy. All churches and related ministries of the United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ and Presbyterian
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The Alban Institute was founded in 1974 as a major resource for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society. Alban’s weekly electronic newsletter was designed for today’s busy lifestyle. It raises the tempo by connecting its readers to timely and useful information. It’s free. It’s concise. It’s a great way to click through
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~ Bruce Poinsette, CPC Representative to the UCC National Disaster Ministries
How many of our churches do facilities audits or otherwise known as inspections? Those of you in the City of Portland should be looking at your fire extinguishers for evidence of monthly inspections to assure that they are ready in the case of a
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Aspergers Syndrome and the UCC
~ submitted by Jennifer Brownell
Hello, CPC Friends. I thought you might be interested in this movie. Hillsdale Church is featured about 3 minutes in, but the whole thing is really remarkable and worth watching. Watch the movie.
President FW de Klerk, Nobel Peace Laureate will be the honored guest for an event at First Congregational on February 29th. Tickets are $20 on go on sale on January 5th. Call the church for more information 503-228-7219.
Frederik Willem de Klerk was the seventh and last State President of apartheid-era South Africa, serving from
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~ submitted by Anton DeWet
Dear Friends in Faith,
As this system of economic injustice continues to scar our society we experience the plight of the poor in its harshest manifestations as those who sleep on the streets and under bridges. They have run out of resources and relationships. May we never become desensitized to
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Equipping Churches and Leaders to Understand and Use New Media in Ministry
Saturday January 28, 2012, 9:30 am to 4:45 pm Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon Cost: $79 Register Online
Culture has shifted from the postmodern age into a new age defined by media.’ Understanding and harnessing the power of new media
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