This Wednesday, we will gather in the Youth Center for a First Wednesday service at 6:30 PM. Our prayer focus will be for the people who live within the 2 mile radius around our church building and how we might serve them, love them, and point them to Jesus. You are invited to join us!
Christmas Card Exchange
Feel free to use the box near the Media Center to distribute your Christmas cards to regular church attenders, and check for cards coming to you, too!
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year! We hope you will join us for a special Worship Service at our normal time of 10:30, but Sunday School and ABF classes will not be meeting that day. One exception is that the Encouragers ABF will meet at 9:15 for carols and goodies.
The Garrisons have sold their home, and Karen and Tanner will soon be joining Rob in Colorado. Karen’s final day in the office will be December 19, and the family’s final Sunday with us will be the 17th. If you were not present on the Sunday when we honored Karen and Rob for their many years of service to our congregation, please take the time over these next few weeks to express your appreciation to them. Brenda Hess has already been training for her new role as Business Manager to prepare for Karen’s departure and is doing a fantastic job. We are excited about how God has provided for us in this transition. Brenda will assume the full duties of her role upon Karen’s departure. Thank you for praying for our entire staff during this transition. God has been faithful!
Offering envelopes for 2018 are available for pick-up at the Guest Services desk. If you want to begin using numbered envelopes, please make a note on your Connect Card or contact Brianna Waldridge in the church office.
Portland First Students
Christmas Party – Sign Up Now!
You only have one more week to sign up for our Progressive Dinner Christmas Party! The cost is $5, and the sign up can be found at: bit.ly/PDX1stYouthChristmasParty. The party is taking place on Saturday, December 16, 4:00-9:00 PM. Dress up nicely and come spend an evening with your friends.
New Year’s All-Nighter
The District New Year’s All-Nighter is happening in Salem this year, Dec. 31-Jan. 1. The cost is $45, and sign up ends on Dec. 17. You can go to http://bit.ly/orpacAllNighter to get registered and then pick up a packet from Pastor Robb.
The Family Room Christmas Dinner
Love cooking or decorating for the holiday? Join Fostering Hope on Tuesday, December 19, in Hillsboro as we put on Christmas dinner for The Family Room. This dinner will serve as “Christmas” for children in foster care and their biological parents. You are invited to join us in decorating the foyer, taking pictures of families and activities, cooking and serving food, and helping clean up. Volunteer time is flexible, so if you are interested, please contact Amy Gillilan.
Christmas Giving Tree
As in previous years, we want to provide the counselors at Sylvan Middle School with gift cards to distribute to students who can’t afford clothing, school supplies, or other things they need. To participate, please take a tag from the tree in the Level 4 foyer, purchase a gift card from Fred Meyer or Target, and return it to the basket under the tree by December 31.
Portland First Kids
Parents’ Day Out This Saturday
Parents, drop your kids off for a chance to learn all about the time period into which Jesus was born! We will be learning about what a night in Bethlehem would be like while you have a chance to go out on your own for a while. Kids in Pre-K through 5th grade are invited. This Saturday, December 9, 1:00-4:00 PM. There is no cost. Register at bit.ly/dayout2017.
All families with children are invited to join us in the gym for breakfast during Sunday School (9:15-10:15 AM) on December 17. Grandparents and Friends in Christ are welcome, too! Kids will present some Christmas songs and readings during the breakfast.