From the beginning of Advent all the way through Christmas the church was filled with joyous moments and events -- decorating the church, special performance of "Carols" and a Christmas eve with family service and candlelight service too.
A group of faith leaders in Portland has reached out to Occupy Portland, finding a set of shared social justice values. Leaders have called for a "restoration of justice for all in our economy and compassion in our politics." First Congregational Church opened its doors to Occupy Portland for recent Spokes Council meetings.
We were joined on September 11 by members of the Muslim and Jewish faith communities in our worship service focused on peace, hope and forgiveness.
First Congregational UCC church members joined 120 other marching contingents in the Pride Parade while 25,000 people looked on.
Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, from City of Refuge, San Francisco, said churches in the future are going to be called to be more relevant and responsive to communities around them.
This inaugural event in May joined representatives from Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim communities to discuss their shared roots and hopes for peace.
The life and ministries of the church reach well beyond Park Avenue, to places such as Goose Hollow Family Shelter, Our House of Portland and other service projects.
Eve's Circle grew out of a women's retreat at Camp Adams. It has grown into a close fellowship for women and a group taking action -- sewing Dresses for Africa, fund raising and much more.