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Grief Group

“When we lose someone we have loved deeply, we are left with a grief that can paralyze us emotionally…When they die a part of us dies too.” – Henri Nouwen

Because we love, grief is a normal, natural, and necessary part of our lives.  No one wants to grieve and yet, when we love others, it is inevitable.  Grieving is something we all have in common in a culture that wants us to “get over it” as soon as possible. However, grieving needs time and must be purposefully done if new life is to be lived and experienced.  Sharing our loss with others who are also grieving is a powerful way to be supported and to heal.  Giving yourself permission to grieve is one of the greatest gifts you can offer the hurt place within.

A new Grief Group will start meeting Tuesday, October 3 at 4:30 p.m. and will continue the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays through February 2018. Whether your sorrow is long held or recent, you are welcome.  If you would like to learn more, please come to an information meeting after church on Sunday, September 24, in the Wheeler Room and/or call Suzanne Congdon, Spiritual Director at 541-343-0817.

“Grief group was important work for me. It was not easy, but it was very important. It gave me a space and time to be with my grief – in the midst of our hectic lives, that in and of itself can be a real challenge.  The others in the group were able to meet me where I was spiritually, because they were in very similar places themselves. We were able to join our hearts together and support one another on our grief journeys. Our Spiritual Director, Suzanne Congdon, gracefully and gently led us to new understandings and resources that eventually helped me to return to the “hearth” of my soul, where the one whose loss I was grieving, had been all along. To those considering joining a grief group or doing grief recovery work – I recommend that you take a leap of faith and go for it. Then, when you feel lousy and tired and you just want to quit – stay with it. The blessing of spiritual wholeness awaits you at the end of the journey.”

-Mark Lindberg

What's Happening?

  • New Grief Group - learn more Sept. 24
    New Grief Group – learn more Sept. 24
    “When we lose someone we have loved deeply, we are left with a grief that can paralyze us emotionally…When they die a part of us dies too.” – Henri Nouwen Because we love, grief is a normal,...
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    Rummage Sale on Sept. 23 Supports Missions
    Have you heard?  We’re having another rummage sale at our church! Mark your calendars and start setting aside your items (suggestions below) for our FCC Rummage Sale on Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds...
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    Fall Spiritual Formation class: Way of Grace intro Sept. 27
    A nine-week spiritual formation group will be offered this fall.  The “Way of Grace” class will help participants explore and experience more deeply the grace of God at work within common patterns of growth and change...
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    World Communion Sunday ~ October 1
    We join with Christian communities all over the world in sharing the bread and cup on World Communion Sunday on October 1. That day we will lift up our partnership with the community of Tasajera, El Salvador....
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    CROP Hunger Walk Oct. 1
    The annual CROP Hunger Walk (3 or 1 mile options) will take place Sunday, October 1, in Alton Baker Park. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. at the shelter. Gather with our church family for a photo...
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  • Wednesday Night Connections begins Oct. 4th
    Wednesday Night Connections begins Oct. 4th
    We’re back! Fall is always an exciting time for the church…our families are back in Sunday School and Wednesday night activities begin. It’s simply wonderful to be together again! We invite you to join us as we start our Wednesday Night Connections. ...
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  • Women's Fellowship Group ~ Resumes October 8
    Women’s Fellowship Group ~ Resumes October 8
     All women of the church are warmly invited to the first meeting of the Women’s Fellowship on Sunday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Barber room.  We will share summer memories and make plans for the year.  Questions?...
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    Disaster Relief Opportunities
    Our hearts break and our prayers surround as we hear of the devastation experienced by survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the earthquake effecting Mexico and Guatemala. You can make a monetary gift through the United Church...
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  • Four wonderful Bible Studies begin soon
    Four wonderful Bible Studies begin soon
    We have some wonderful Bible Studies at FCC that are small groups and open to new members only twice per year. Now is the time! Disciplines groups use a devotional study and meet weekly to share insights...
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    “Rise Up! A Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light in Dark Times” October 6-8
    CPC Women’s Retreat At Camp Adams This October, women from around the Central Pacific Conference will gather at Camp Adams in Molalla for a 2 night camp experience exploring the intersection between spiritually and shining light into...
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Upcoming Events

  • The Way of Grace introduction
    September 27, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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  • 8th Grade OWL Parent Only Orientation
    September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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