Heritage Night
This Saturday, September 30, at 6:00 p.m. you are invited to an hour-long worship time remembering the foundation of our musical faith: Jesus Christ and the inspiration of music He’s given to people over the generations. The service will be filled with hymns, choruses, and Scripture. We hope you’ll join us!

First Step Next Sunday
You are invited to attend First Step in the Fireside Room (just past the Level 4 restrooms) after the worship service next Sunday, October 1.  First Step is designed to help you in your relationship with Jesus Christ in one or more of the following ways:
1. Take your first step into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
2. Take your first step on the path to seeking Jesus Christ first in your life.
3. Take your first step in your relationship with our community of faith.
4. Take your first step in an intentional process of discipleship.

First Wednesday
Barriers rise up around our lives, sometimes without us even realizing it. Soon we become so accustomed to these walls and barriers that we welcome them, maybe even find comfort in their ever-present standing. The truth is, it’s these walls in our spiritual & relational lives that keep us from fully living as God intends. What would our lives look like if we broke through these walls and stepped into God fully and completely? Join us October 4 at 6:30 p.m. for a First Wednesday service of seeking God for breakthrough in our church, our city, and in our lives. We will meet in the Youth Center.

Portland First Students

Students’ Late Night
Mark your calendars for our Annual Late Night on Friday, October 13! The theme is TV Land, and the cost is $20 if you sign up and pay by Sunday, October 8. If you sign up and bring a friend(s) who does not attend church, you can both get in for $10 a person. If you pay at the door, the cost goes up to $25 per person. Doors open at 7:00 and we will be done by 1:00 a.m.

Fall Retreat
Our annual Fall Retreat is scheduled for November 10-12 at Camp Aldersgate. We would love for every single student to attend this incredible time away! A $25 non-refundable deposit is due when you sign up, and the total cost depends on how early you sign up. If you sign up by:
-October 15, the total fee is $80.
-October 22, the total fee is $95.
-October 31, the total fee is $110.
So it pays to sign up early!

Portland First Ladies

First Ladies’ Retreat
“MY LIFE: GOD’S CANVAS” – How Faith, Hope and Love Color My Life Story” is the theme of this year’s First Ladies’ Retreat, October 27-29, at Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach. Inspiring stories told by four of our First Ladies and an opportunity to share your story in a unique way. Please stop by the Guest Services desk to register today or to pick up a registration form. The retreat fee is $157 (or $172 after October 15). Scholarships are available.

Missions

Crisis Care Kits
In the wake of recent disasters, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries has issued a plea for Crisis Care Kits, which provide basic toiletries and hygiene items. We will be collecting kits through October 8. Please stop by the Guest Services Desk today to pick up a 2 gallon bag and a list of items needed. Thanks in advance for your help!

Disaster Relief
In response to the recent devastation caused by hurricanes and earthquakes, Portland First’s Missions Council is sending $4,500 of your Faith Promise giving to help with the disaster relief efforts. If you would like to learn more about those efforts or to make an additional donation, please visit news.ncm.org.

Trip to Africa Nazarene University
Portland First is sending twelve people to Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. The team leaves on Saturday, October 7, and returns on Friday, October 20. The team has two primary tasks plus one special assignment: The tech team will deliver, install, and configure 50 security cameras. The maintenance team will work around the campus on much needed general maintenance. Debbie Goodwin is part of the team, and she will be working on a writing project. Please pray for the team as they prepare for the trip. When we fly into Nairobi, we would appreciate prayers for easy entry into the country. And as we work, please pray that we do our work with excellence and make meaningful connections with the staff and students.

Portland First Kids

Blacklight Bash This Saturday
We will host a Blacklight Bash this Saturday, September 30, here at the church building! This event will be a time of fun and glow-in-the-dark games for preschool kids through 5th graders. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Family/Friends in Christ Breakfast
This Sunday, October 1, we will host a Family and Friend in Christ breakfast during Sunday School. If you have a Friend in Christ, you won’t want to miss this!

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