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The Third Act

Sign Up Now!A ministry that provides fellowship and information of interest to older adults (ages 60 and up) through a monthly catered luncheon and speaker series.  Events in this series are typically held on the third Monday of each month in the fall, winter and spring.  The dates this year are Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, and May 21.  Click on the SignUp button to the right to sign up for the luncheon.

November 20: Dorcus Smucker

The November gathering of The Third Act luncheon series will be held on Monday, November 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Our speaker will be Dorcas Smucker, a columnist for the Register-Guard, who writes of family, life experiences and matters of the heart.  She will talk about her perspectives on aging and intergenerational connections from her Mennonite perspective.

January 22: Don Essig

After a pause for the busy month of December, we will resume our series on Monday, January 22, when FCC’s own Don Essig, noted author, motivational speaker and “Voice of the Ducks” for 50 years will join us.

Speakers for 2017-2018

Writers: Dorcas Smucker, Don Essig, Bob Welch

Topics: Local leaders of other faith traditions; Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, who will address how aging and spirituality are viewed in their faith traditions and cultures.

What does it take to produce The Third Act?

  • You—those who attend…
  • Set-up and take-down—many volunteers!
  • Pastors—Jonathan and Janet
  • Dishwashing— volunteers!
  • Program committee—volunteers!
  • Publicity & sign-ups—Joanne and Sarah
  • Food prep—Lisa, Patty & many volunteers!
  • Speakers—Community & congregational members

Past Speakers: Greg Flint—”The Saints of Our Congregation”, “The 1,000-year-old man”, “Reverend Jeremiah Geezer”, Pete Peterson, Doug White, Marilyn Flick, and others.

The Basic Philosophy and goals of the Third Act are:

I. Food and Fellowship  (Usually the third Monday of the month)

II. Resourcing for basic life needs related to aging/retirement        

III.   Special speakers providing educational and entertainment

  1. Gift assessment and recognition
  2. Meaningful outreach opportunities
  3.  Intergenerational opportunities

VII. Spiritual enrichment and support

VIII. And some lighthearted fun!

Discussion Groups, Book Groups and Forums 

The Elder Council plans and conducts periodic discussion groups and educational forums on topics related to aging.  Discussion groups have included both book groups and “Wisdom Circles”, based on thought-provoking questions related to aging and spirituality.  Previous forums have included intergenerational “Life Cafes”, Exit Strategies: a death & dying workshop; and a series addressing aging with wisdom.  Events are announced on the website, in the Shalom and through weekly bulletin announcements.

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
    In the Wheeler Room during the Advent Festival you will have the opportunity to visit and purchase community- crafted products from vendors. New this year is Basha, which means “House of Hope,” and beautiful blankets made...
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  • Photo of building progress at Square One-Emerald Village Eugene
    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
    Fall has been a time of construction and growth for the FCC Housing Initiative and our partners. Ground was broken this summer for Square One’s Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) project and this tiny home community is...
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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
    Each year we are called upon to extend our hospitality to unhoused families who need stability while their children are attending school.  Now, after much discussion and discernment, the FCC Interfaith Overnight Shelter team has decided...
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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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