Staff Update
Nate Pond has resigned as our Volunteer Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship in order to accept a volunteer staff position at our daughter church, Eden Community. While we are sad to see him and his family go, we are also excited for them and the future God is calling them to. August 6 was Nate and Rosa’s final day at Portland First. If you weren’t here, we encourage you to send them a note to share with them your appreciation for their service to our community of faith these past several years.

Welcome Lunch Next Sunday
If you are new to Portland First Church, you are invited to a Welcome Lunch after the worship service on August 13. We would love to get to know you better and answer any questions you have about our church family. Please click here to RSVP. Lunch will be held in the Fireside Room on Level 4, behind the sanctuary.

Parking Lot Repair
Our parking lot and driveway will be sealcoated & striped August 14-17. The church building will still be accessible, but access will be limited on those days. Please be alert to follow signs when visiting the church building next week.

Salmon Bake & BBQ
Our annual Salmon Bake and BBQ is just a couple weeks away, on August 19, 5:00-7:30 p.m.  We hope you’ll join us for a relaxing evening together in the amphitheater.  Bring a friend!  Invitations are available at the Guest Services desk.
Tickets are on sale now at the Guest Services desk, or you may reserve a ticket by calling the church office (503-297-6100).
– Salmon and/or Brisket – $10
– Hot dog or Bratwurst – $5
– Youth 12-17 – $5
– Kids 11 and under – Free
A golf cart will be available to help those who need assistance getting to the amphitheater. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on gravel. Please reserve the closest parking bay for our seniors and guests.
We could use your help with set up, serving, and/or clean up. If you are available to help, please contact Kenna Mostul.

Email Change
Our staff email addresses have changed! Instead of, the addresses are (First name, last initial; for example, Please update your lists of contacts accordingly.

If you didn’t get a #LOVEPDX t-shirt yet, it’s not too late. We will place another order soon. Please stop by the Guest Services desk to sign up for a shirt. Shirts cost $5 each.

Men’s Advance
All men and boys 12-years-old and up are invited to attend an awesome weekend at Kellogg Springs Camp, September 15-17, with other guys from across the Oregon Pacific District. This year’s theme is “More than Survival,” and activities will include a Warrior Dash, archery, late night movies, a Manly Man BBQ, and more! The cost is $90, and the registration deadline is September 1. Forms with all the details are available at the Guest Services desk.


Food Pantry
With school not in session, families are providing more meals for their kids at home, and our food pantry has been used more often than normal. Items that we are currently low on include canned fruit, canned meals (such as Chef Boyardee), spaghetti sauce, oil, tuna, and boxed meals (such as macaroni & cheese). Non-perishable donations may be left behind the Guest Services desk at any time. Thank you for your faithfulness to this outreach ministry!

Work & Witness Conference
The 10th Annual Northwest Region Work & Witness Conference will be held September 15-16 at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel by the Portland Airport. Bob & Colleen Skinner are the featured speakers. The NMI Council is offering four scholarships to interested attendees. For more information, please pick up a flyer at the Guest Services desk.

Heel2Heal 5k Color Run/Walk
Freedom Calling is hosting its 2nd Annual 5K on September 23 at Cook Park in Tigard. The 5K raises awareness of sexual exploitation in Portland and also raises money to assist survivors of sex trafficking with Trauma Informed Counseling Services. You can help by participating in the 5K, volunteering on the day of the race, and/or letting others know about the event. Register for the race at Please contact either Melinda West or Carolyn Bentley if you are interested in volunteering. Cards are available at the Guest Services counter for you to take and distribute to your friends and neighbors. Thank you for helping with this event!

Sylvan Work Day
Saturday, August 26, we invite you to help with our usual back-to-school clean up day for West Sylvan Middle School. 9:00 a.m. – noon. Bring gloves, yard tools, and a water bottle. Please click here to sign up.

Portland First Students

Just for Parents
Parents, you are invited to receive our revamped parents’ newsletter that will be coming out towards the end of August. Please visit to be added to the mailing list.

River Day
On August 20, all students are invited to go play on the river! After the worship service, we will head to the Andersons’ home for lunch, swimming, boating, and tubing. Please bring $5 for lunch, sunblock, your swimsuit, and a towel. We will return to the church building around 5:00.

Portland First Kids

Primary Camp
We have three kids attending Primary Camp this Monday-Wednesday. Please pray for their safety and spiritual growth!

Step Up Sunday
Elementary kids will move to their new classes on September 10.


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