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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?

  • The Giving Tree
    The Giving Tree
    The Giving Tree, which will be  set up in the downstairs lobby starting Sunday, November 26 is a special Christmas tree that hangs heavy with gift tags with the names and gift requests from adults in...
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  • GOT GREENS...? We need them!
    GOT GREENS…? We need them!
    One of our popular craft tables at the Advent Festival is making your own holiday wreath or swag.  If you are able to donate some greens (pine…fur…juniper…holly) we could really use them! Suggestions: gather clippings from...
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  • Intergenerational Sunday School — November 26
    Intergenerational Sunday School — November 26
    On Sunday, November 26, all generations are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall for Sunday School from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. This will be an opportunity for children and youth to join with parents, grandparents,...
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  • Order Christmas Wreaths by Nov. 26
    Order Christmas Wreaths by Nov. 26
    This is the 19th year FCC is supporting the sale of fresh, hand-tied Christmas wreaths made by the women of Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas (MLP), a Woodburn-based women’s cooperative.  This wreath project provides needed income for farm...
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  • Advent Festival Work Party Thurs. Nov. 30 ~ helpers needed!
    Advent Festival Work Party Thurs. Nov. 30 ~ helpers needed!
    Help is needed!  There are many church elves working behind the scenes to ensure the success of this event.  This year’s festival on December 3rd will include many favorites such as crafts, cinnamon roll wreaths, greenery...
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  • Fair Trade Event on Dec. 3
    Fair Trade Event on Dec. 3
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    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
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  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Advent is coming and we are preparing to share the rich stories of this season in our Advent pageant during worship in December. There are opportunities for all ages and all talents to help bring our...
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  • Hosting Interfaith Shelter beginning Jan. 2
    Hosting Interfaith Shelter beginning Jan. 2
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  • Letters to Our Children/Grandchildren
    Letters to Our Children/Grandchildren
    At the Elder Sunday service on October 22, Elder Council member, Jim Brown, issued a “Call to Action”, under the theme of the service, “We were made for these times”.  In his call, he suggested that...
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Upcoming Events

  • Advent Festival Work Party!
    November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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  • FCC Koffee Klatch
    December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Graham Cracker House Assembly!
    December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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