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Tasajera

The Vision: To develop together an enduring relationship of mutuality, hope and trust, as we seek to be in relationship “beyond borders.” As we draw together our communities of different nationalities, languages, class, race, and life circumstances, we seek to do our part to make real God’s dream of wholeness, peace, and justice for all creation.

Tasajera News and Updates

We Covenant with our Partners in Tasajera, El Salvador

Since 2008, First Congregational Church has partnered with the rural fishing community of Tasajera, El Salvador. Our relationship began with supporting healthcare on the Island, and since then our work together has expanded to include environmental stewardship, economic development, access to clean water, and now a focus on education. Our Tasajera sisters and brothers have identified education as the single most important area of development of their community. Through the technical and cultural assistance of the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS) and the leadership of the Tasajera community, together we have established a scholarship fund for Island residents who wish to complete high school or university studies. Never before has this community had full access to education beyond the 9th grade.

The Tasajera Scholarship Program assists students with tuition, supplies and transportation assistance. The students and their families also contribute to the costs of education. The students, through the support of CIS and the Tasajera Scholarship Committee, are encouraged in their studies and return service to their community while they further their education.

In 2015, we were able to help support fourteen students. It costs approximately $1,000 to fund one student for the school year. Would you consider a gift of this amount? Would you like to participate on the Tasajera committee, assist with the variety show, travel to Tasajera?

To learn more about our partnership, please contact one of our team members: Pastor Melanie Oommen, 541-345-8741, Lisa Moeller, 541-543-8079, and W.Brent Arnold, 541-915-8428.

What's Happening?

  • Congregational Preschool is Hiring for 2017/2018!
    Congregational Preschool is Hiring for 2017/2018!
    Congregational Preschool is a play-based, teacher inspired educational environment where children flourish and grow. We are hiring for teachers, extended care staff, and substitutes. Our teacher schedule is 8:00 to 12:30. We are also hiring for extended...
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  • Photo of 3 children with school supplies
    Impact of Homelessness on Children and their Education
    Did you miss the Housing Initiative’s latest forum on Sunday, April 23rd?  A video is now available.  A panel of people working in the field shared their knowledge and heartfelt insight on how homelessness impacts the education...
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  • Sacred Conversations: Climate Change - Our Planet in Peril
    Sacred Conversations: Climate Change – Our Planet in Peril
    In April Sacred Conversations will explore the issue of Climate Change and Global Warming. The warmest years on record for North America consecutively were 2014, 2015, and 2016. The odds of this happening by chance are...
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  • Sharing Our Life Stories
    Sharing Our Life Stories
    Wheeler Room: Adult & Youth Education Everyone has a personal story to tell.  Come and hear some of these stories as members of our congregation step forward to share some of the unique events and experiences that...
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  • Graduating High School Senior Scholarships
    Graduating High School Senior Scholarships
    First Congregational Church Endowment Committee is offering financial assistance to graduating high school seniors through the Elkin/Nelson Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will assist students in furthering their careers for college, vocational training or certification.  Scholarship awards...
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    Fellowship Hour Hosts Needed
    All cookies and supplies provided! All you need to do is come to church from 9:00-9:55 a.m. for set-up and then come back to the kitchen after worship service at 11:00 a.m. to help see that...
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Upcoming Events

  • Sacred Conversations: Climate Change
    April 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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  • Forum: Transitional Housing #4
    April 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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