• Little Food Pantry ~ Water Bottle ask
    Little Food Pantry ~ Water Bottle ask
    These hot days are dangerous for those who are unhoused. We would like to have re-usable water bottles available in our Little Food Pantry outside the northeast corner of the church. Folks who need water can then fill them in the park, and take the bottles with them to...
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  • IMPORTANT: Associate Minister position for FCC
    IMPORTANT: Associate Minister position for FCC
    Dear Members and Friends of FCC, As I’ve stated previously and celebrated, we are experiencing a renewal at our church. So many signs of renewed life and energy! Wonderful! I write to share a Board approved proposal to support that renewal: Establish a part time (30 hours/week), 2...
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  • Special presentation:  A trip to India - July 14
    Special presentation:  A trip to India – July 14
    11 a.m. on Sunday, July 14 in the Wheeler Room Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism all originate from the tradition of nonduality. Whereas the conservative variants of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) are duality-based faiths, the aforementioned Dharmic religions that emerged in South Asia have a...
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  • Pastor's Letter: Encouraged
    Pastor’s Letter: Encouraged
    Dear Friends and Members, This month will mark 16 months of ministry with you. I am encouraged by what we have done and are still doing together, writing the newest chapter in FCC’s mission story of welcoming, seeking, loving, and serving in Christian community. This is a...
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  • Treasurer’s Report - June 2024
    Treasurer’s Report – June 2024
    We are currently midway through the 2024 fiscal year. Following is the state of church finances in two parts. This first part deals with the budgeting of recurring income to the church, which includes pledged income, offering plate, unpledged (income with a name attached but not pledged),...
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  • FCC Church Board Moderator’s Report - June 2024
    FCC Church Board Moderator’s Report – June 2024
    July 1 is the crossover from the previous church board to the new church board. At the June Congregational Meeting, we elected four new board members and the moderator and the moderator-elect. We awarded seven Elkins-Nelson scholarships to a wonderful group of young people. We approved the...
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  • A Fence is Coming!
    A Fence is Coming!
    The Housing Committee has been working with the Facilities Committee, the church board, and the City of Eugene to complete a real fence around our Parkside Homes. We have now signed a contract with Good Lookin’ Fence Restoration, LLC. The work will start around July 29. The...
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  • Cringeworthy Christian Stuff ?
    Cringeworthy Christian Stuff ?
    Do you hear and have cringe-worthy aspects of Christianity on your heart and mind? Many people in UCC churches that I have served cringe at certain themes, doctrines, dogmas, slogans, troubling Bible verses, etc. If so, I want to hear about them and maybe preach about them...
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  • Western Regional Youth Event - Gratitude and Thanks!
    Western Regional Youth Event – Gratitude and Thanks!
    Thank you, dear congregation, for supporting our young people to experience the themes of Love is Greater than Fear, Love God, Love the World, Love Others, and Love Life at WRYE. Our teens made new friends, built community, learned how our UCC denomination cares for each other...
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  • Sacred Connections in July and August
    Sacred Connections in July and August
    Sundays in the Chapel at 9 a.m. Begin your Sunday morning experience with Spirit-led Sacred Connections at 9 a.m. during the summer. Each Sunday will be facilitated by different people with a variety of unique offerings, including guided meditation, sacred dance, breath prayer, contemplative prayer, communing with...
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  • Kids Community Summer Sundays - July 21
    Kids Community Summer Sundays – July 21
    The Children’s Ministries program slows down during the summer months. The July Kids Community Sundays are July 7 and July 21, preschool playground. Childcare will continue through summer, although the hours are reduced to 10 to 11 a.m. The next Kids Community playdate at University Park is...
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  • Lectionary Text for July 2024
    Lectionary Text for July 2024
    July 7Sent with PowerMark 6:1-13 July 14God-inspired Joy2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 July 21Wherever You Are2 Samuel 7:1-14a July 28God’s AbundantPresenceJohn 6:1-21...
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  • Green Line: Recycling Love
    Green Line: Recycling Love
    The quilt and fabric sale to benefit the Good Samaritan fund brought in $600 to meet needs that regularly cross the church office desk, from assistance with utilities or rent, to a gift card for groceries. Six quilts created by the FCC quilters decades ago recycled love...
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  • Less Stigma Now about Mental Health Conditions
    Less Stigma Now about Mental Health Conditions
    These days, Americans are more hopeful about mental health outcomes and less likely to stigmatize someone with a mental health condition, according to the American Psychological Association (https://apa.org/news/press/releases/ apa-mental-health-report.pdf). More people believe that having a mental health condition is nothing to be ashamed of (87%). And they...
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  • Outreach Theater Eugene Workshop Aug. 1-3
    Outreach Theater Eugene Workshop Aug. 1-3
    Outreach Theater Eugene meets weekly at FCC to plan, practice, and envision the future of social change theatre in Eugene, embracing a form of theatre called Theatre of Liberation (a combination of Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre). They plan to launch their efforts by bringing...
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  • Alton Baker Canoe Paddle - Aug. 4
    Alton Baker Canoe Paddle – Aug. 4
    Do you want to beat the heat and be in community with your church family all at the same time? Join us for an intergenerational paddle on the Alton Baker Canoe Canal at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of August. Bring your kayak, canoe, or paddle board...
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  • All Church Camp ~ August 16-18, 2024
    All Church Camp ~ August 16-18, 2024
    Register for All Church Camp Prices After June 10: Adult 12+ $90; Children 4-11 $60; Children 0-3 Free Personal Tent/Camper Prices: Adult 12+ $60; Children 4-11 $40; Children 0-3 Free Registration Forms are available in the Lobby. Payments can be made below. Full and Partial scholarships are...
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  • First Saturday Garden Work Party - Aug. 3
    First Saturday Garden Work Party – Aug. 3
    Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon Please put the work party on your calendar to come to your church for a little landscape maintenance.  It’s fun, healthy and rewarding to work together to create a welcoming approach for our FCC family and visitors. And we really need more...
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  • Eugene Pride Festival ~ August 10
    Eugene Pride Festival ~ August 10
    The Eugene Pride Festival is almost here!Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Alton Baker Park in Eugene will be a kaleidoscope of booths, activities, performances, workshops and more. The mission of PRIDE is Promoting Respect In Diverse Expression (P.R.I.D.E.) for Arts and Culture in...
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  • El Salvador Relief Effort Update
    El Salvador Relief Effort Update
    CIS (Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad), the organization we work with in El Salvador on the island of Tasajera, issued a plea last week asking for financial donations to enable CIS to purchase and distribute emergency food and hygiene baskets to give to families who live in...
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  • The Dining Room needs Volunteers
    The Dining Room needs Volunteers
    Reducing hunger by engaging our community to create access to food. The Dining Room, a Food For Lane County food resource, is looking for volunteers to help out at this free restaurant in downtown Eugene. Food is offered at a fast-paced restaurant style site that serves roughly...
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  • Interfaith Food Hub Sandwich Team needs YOU!
    Interfaith Food Hub Sandwich Team needs YOU!
    This is a call for volunteers for the Food Hub. We are now making around 2,000 sandwiches per week for the hungry, many of whom are also unhoused. This time of year we are short-handed primarily due to volunteers having vacations and travel.  The days available are Monday, Wednesday...
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  • Personal Green Choices: Transportation
    Personal Green Choices: Transportation
    I sold my car, an EV (electric vehicle) no less, because insurance and repair costs were more than I was willing to pay. The car was 10 years old, and between my wife and I we had two cars. Hers is a Prius, so without my car,...
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  • What is Pride Month 2024?
    What is Pride Month 2024?
    June 1 – June 30 Pride Month is a month-long celebration that recognizes the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to society. It is a time to acknowledge the challenges faced by this community and to stand in solidarity with their fight for equality, acceptance, and human rights....
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