The Basics Class
You are invited to attend a four-week class called The Basics. This class is designed to give you all the basics of our faith: the basics of salvation and the sacraments, an overview and history of the Bible, and tools for studying the Bible. But perhaps the most helpful component to The Basics Class is the opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have concerning Christianity, the Bible, other religions, etc. The Basics Class began Sunday, November 5, at 9:15 AM in the Level 4 Fireside Room.

Christmas Wreaths & Greenery
Our students are now selling wreaths and other Christmas greenery as a fundraiser. Orders may be placed in the Level 4 Lobby through Sunday, November 19, and pick-up will take place on November 26.

Portland First Ladies

Ladies’ Book Group
The Ladies’ Book Group’s current read, I Am Hutterite, by Mary Ann Kirkby has proved to be a very informative account of one family’s struggle to survive in a small religious group of Anabaptists, similar to the Amish and some Mennonite groups. The Anabaptists’ religious roots began in Austria, and they now exist in the prairie provinces of Canada and the upper midwest United States. Join us on Tuesday, November 14, in Room 302 at 6:30 PM for a great discussion, fellowship, and goodies. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us.


Builders Christmas Luncheon
Mark your Advent calendar for the Builders Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 5, 11:30 AM. We’ll enjoy a full lunch and Christmas treats, and we’ll worship around the theme, “Emmanuel, God With Us,” with Daniel Buchanan, tenor, in concert.

Senior Adult Choir
We are starting a senior adult choir! The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 6:15-7:30 PM in the Choir Room (306). A rehearsal schedule will be discussed that evening. Everyone is welcome, senior adult or not!

Portland First Students

Mark Your Calendars
Our annual Christmas Party is taking place on Saturday, December 16, 4:00-9:00 PM. The cost is $5, and it’s going to be a great night. Dress up nicely and come spend an evening with your friends. Please sign up online at


Sylvan Work Day
Our next work day at Sylvan Middle School is scheduled for November 18, 9:00-noon. Please join us in cleaning up the grounds of the school for fall. Bring your gloves, rakes, and other yard tools. Please sign up at the Guest Services desk.

Portland First Kids

Parents’ Day Out – Date Change
The Parents’ Night Out has been changed to a Parents’ Day Out! Kids in Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to have fun here at the church building on Saturday, December 9, allowing parents to go out on their own for a few hours. (Please note the new date.) 1:00-4:00 PM. There is no cost. Register at


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