We are an open and affirming, progressive Christian Church, seeking to live Jesus' vision of inclusive community and mission.


"Our faith is over 2000 years old,
our thinking is not."


Ash Wednesday Service
February 10, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Coming Up...


For details, see our newsletter Shalom

Ash Wednesday is February 10th

Interfaith Night Shelter needs volunteers Feb 8-22

Sunday School Teachers needed for 6 weeks - starts Feb. 28

Habitat Build Update - Feb. 8

Housing Initiative Slide Show from Congregational Mtg.

Seeking God Together in Group Spiritual Direction - Feb. 10

FCC Stand For Children advocacy update

Adult Ed: "Questions Jesus Asked" begins - Feb 14

Welcomers Appreciation Gathering - Feb. 14

No Fellowship Hour February 14 or 21

Enjoy Doing Laundry?

Music Update

2016 Pledge Campaign Update

Gretchen Jewett is Back at FCC In a New Position on Staff

Sue Hutchinson Carey retires end of February

FCC Job Openings

Giving Tree Thanks!

Tasajera, El Salvador Update

Liaison needed for That’s My Farmer

Earthstewardship News

Sign up now for High School Sierra Service Project July 2016

Substitute Clerk Needed for Church Board

Intergenerational Sunday School: Syrian Refugee Project - Feb. 21, and Feb. 28

Fall 2015 New Member Class Reunion – Feb. 21

Dedication at Martinez Habitat House - Feb. 21, 2 p.m.

Guest Speaker on affordable housing - Feb. 21

Third Sunday Strolls - Feb. 21

Exit Strategies: Dealing with Death - Feb. 27

Lenten Organ Recitals: Dr. Barbara Baird- Feb. 27

Wreath Frames Recyclable through Feb.

Preschool Carnival - Mar. 4

Celebration with Martinez Family - Mar. 6

Congregational Preschool Priority Registration Mar. 7 - 11



Looking Forward:

Sierra Service Project: High School July 10-16, 2016



Special Edition
February 10, 2016

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, when we remember our own mortality and seek forgiveness and grace.

This weeks schedule:

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Yoga for All Ages and Abilities
Come explore the Mind, Body, and Spirit connections
5:00 pm

Seeking God Together in Group Spiritual Direction
2nd Wednesday of the Month

Group spiritual direction is for those who want to lovingly listen deeply to their own hearts, to the hearts of others, and to God. A small group will begin meeting once a month on the second Wednesday from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m., right before the 6:00p.m. dinner of Wednesday Night Connections. For more information, please call Suzanne Congdon at 541-343-0817 or email her at scongdon12@comcast.net


5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

FAMILY FUN at Wednesday Connections

Feb. 10 - Celebrate Mardi Gras
Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the 3rd - 5th Grade classroom upstairs in the Sunday School Wing for family fun! We will celebrate Mardi Gras with masks and beads before we join the congregation for dinner. Stay for the Ash Wednesday service from 6:30-7pm. At this is a short, family friendly service we will start our season of Lent by putting away the Alleluia and anointing each other with ashes.

Feb. 17 - Family Choir! Debi Noel will lead this opportunity for all generations to come together in song. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in the Family Choir. We will rehearse the song "Walkin' Now in Beauty" to perform in the service on Sunday, February 21. Rehearsal on February 17 will be held in the 3rd-5th grade classroom and another rehearsal will be held in the sanctuary the morning of Sunday, February 21 from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. So, please come alone, with your family, or grab a friend and join in the fun!


5:30 pm

Bell Choir Rehearsal
Join the Bell Choir for this amazing musical ministry. Please speak to Jennifer Sellers if interested.


6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

(Please notice this special time)

Because we have our guests in fellowship Hall during Family Shelter for the next two weeks, we decided to hold our suppers upstairs in the Lobby. Please join us for this Special Edition Connections Supper!


6:30 pm -
7:00 pm


The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, and it is our FCC tradition to mark this beginning with the mark of ash and prayers. We gather as an intergenerational community on Wednesday evening, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a brief service, which includes the imposition of ashes and oil as a sign of human frailty and God’s unfailing love and mercy. The service will also include chants of the Taizé community, candlelight, and story. All ages are warmly invited for this interactive and engaging service.
Begin the Lenten season with your church family. If you would like childcare for very young children, please contact the church office (541-345-8741).


7 pm - 8 pm

Confirmation meets in Pastor Jonathan's office.


7 pm - 8:30 pm

Our Whole Lives: Sexuality and our Faith (ongoing)
Students are invited to our supper before their class


7 pm - 8:15 pm

Chancel Choir Rehearsal
Join the choir any time of year. Wednesday rehearsal is held in the Chapel.


7 pm - 8:30 pm

February 10, 17 & 24

Our "SACRED CONVERSATIONS" continue with a look at how some of the teachings of our Christian faith can help us overcome the effects of racism that can distort the way we see and relate to people who are "different" from us, such as Muslims, political refugees, unregistered immigrants, etc. These conversations are open to all who wish to participate, with no prior registration necessary. Come and be part of this all-church conversation!

(Senior High Youth not in the Confirmation Class are invited to join the discussion.)