"The Wind Blows" by Hannah Garrity ©A Sanctified Art

Daylight Saving Time Reminder: Don't be late for church this Sunday!
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour before bed this Saturday, March 7th.

COVID-19 and Churches
We are following the cues put out by the CDC and WHO, as science is our best guide in these matters. We take seriously the health of everyone who walks through our doors, particularly those most vulnerable. Please adhere to these guidelines while at First Presbyterian:

1. Do not come to church if you have any symptoms of illness, particularly any respiratory symptoms: coughing, sore throat, runny nose. Join us through streaming!
2. Avoid physical contact. Please replace handshakes with non-contact greetings. Hands together in prayer posture and a slight bow of the head. A hand over your heart also serves to express warmth and love. For Lent we had already removed Passing of the Peace on Sundays but this may continue past Lent.
3. Take advantage of our sanitation dispensers, wash your hands, and avoid touching your face. 
4. We are still having coffee hour, but please be mindful when choosing cookies to only touch the one you take. We don't want to eliminate the common cookie table but we may if it is clear the virus is spreading.
5. If you are vulnerable, you may be choosing to stay home. We support that. If you don't know how to stream or want help setting it up, then call and we can make a pastoral tech support visit!
6. If the CDC or Oregon health authorities begin requesting that churches do not meet, then we will adhere. We hope it does not come to that, but if it does, we will use technology to provide as much connection and worship as possible. Again, if you do not have the means to connect, please let us know. We will try to help.

We pray that these measures do not spark anxiety but will instead give you peace of mind, that through awareness and prevention we can mitigate the effect this virus will have on our community. If you need a place to find peace, know that you can visit the Allison Room during most weekdays.
This Week @1st: 
Dates to remember
Monthly Challenge Offering
Genesis 12:1-4a
John 3:1-17
Latest Fanfare
March/April 2020

First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis

2019 Annual Report

Family Game Night!
March 6th at 5:30pm (DH)

Bring your own game to share or play one of ours! Light dinner provided. All are welcome. Cost: Free!

Sabbatical Grant Discussion
Sunday, March 8th & 15th
11:15am in Dennis Hall 3

For the next two Sundays, Pastor Matt will be hosting informal congregational coffee talks after Worship in Dennis Hall 3 for those who want to hear more or assist in the grant application process. This
Clergy Renewal Grant would help provide funds for the church to make Pastor Matt's sabbatical period, beginning in May of 2021, a time for renewal, growth, and reflection for the entire congregation.

Skills Workshop:
How to Talk Across the Political Divide

Sunday, March 15th
from 2-5:30 pm (DH)

Please join us for the Better Angels Workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

Who can come? Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle.

Sponsor Organizations: Better Angels PDX and First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis


Admission is FREE! 

Please click the link below to register online:

Healing the Heart:
Embodied Practices for Grief
Sunday, March 15th from 1-3pm
(OS-Live Well Studio)

"Grief is a journey that knows its own way..."

- John O'Donohue

Join Pastor Sharon to explore powerful body-oriented practices that help with healing. When we experience loss, both our minds and bodies are affected. Grief can feel overwhelming and bring a multitude of emotions and physical symptoms. Whether your grief is personal or communal, or you are interested in supporting others in the grief process, you are welcome. Our time will include ritual, nature, gentle movement and meditation. Register on the Live Well website.

Interfaith Vegetarian Potluck
Sunday, March 15th from 5:30-7:30pm
(OS-Beit Am Synagogue)

Join folks from many faith and spiritual groups for a vegetarian potluck to create and strengthen friendships among local faith communities. Please label your dish: gluten-free, vegan, etc. FMI: contact Amy 541-760-1153.

 Universal Health Care
Effect on Business Owners... and Their Customers
Thursday, March 19th
from 7-8:30pm (DH)

Speaker Dr. Adam Gaffney is a pulmonary specialist at Harvard Medical School, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and the author of "To Heal Humankind." This presentation is free and open to all. Sponsored by MidValley Health Care Advocates and Health Care for All Oregon.

Building Bridges - Neighbor to Neighbor
Interfaith Immigration Conference

Friday, April 24th from 6:30-9pm &
Saturday, April 25th from 9am-4:30pm
Albany Mennonite Church
 3405 Kizer Ave NE in Albany

Faith communities and all people of good will are invited to come together to learn more about
immigration, share stories and ideas, and identify actions to make our communities safe and welcoming places where everyone can thrive! 
Come participate in engaging presentations, and learn how you can be involved. Find out what others are doing in their congregations and organizations to support and welcome immigrants. Hear their stories and share your own. We’ll also share music, art, and poetry. Join us in celebration of what we can do when we come together to build bridges, neighbor to neighbor! 

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 24 (6:30-9pm)
Welcome by Interfaith Voices: What we are called to do.
We Are All Part of the Story: Immigration in the US; where our individual threads are woven into the larger fabric. 
Saturday, April 25 (9am-4:30pm)            
Welcome: Coffee, tea, & snacks
Morning Plenary:  Why people come to the US; immigrants and refugees share their stories.
Morning Choice of Breakouts: 1)“The Raid” (interactive activity); 2) Caravans (including historical
context); 3) US immigration policy.
Networking & Lunch (provided at no cost on-site)
Afternoon Plenary: How to build bridges: organizations active in Oregon and at the US/Mexico border share their work.
Afternoon Choice of Breakouts: 1) Sanctuary everywhere; how faith communities are engaging; 2) DACA and DREAMers; how communities can provide support; 3) What’s happening at the US-Mexican border. 
Closing: Thoughts and commitments to action.
Cost: There is no charge to attend the conference, but advance
registration is required. Donations welcomed. Funds raised beyond expenses will be donated to the free clinic provided by Immigration Counseling Service in Albany.

Please click the image below to register online:

Art, poetry, & music: There will be opportunities to display artwork and to share/perform poetry & music related to the theme of this conference.

Tabling: Are you interested in sharing information about your work in support of immigrants with participants? We will have 8’x3’ tables available in the venue common areas where participants can browse and visit during breaks, lunch, etc.  

If your organization is interested in tabling or if you have artwork, music, and/or poetry to share, email


Saturday, March 7th: Spring ahead! Remember to set your clocks forward one hour as Daylight Savings Time begins.

Sunday, March 8th: Worship Service including Wilderness Waysides 10a (S, L, EdH, AR); Library Open 9a-12p (L); Coffee Hour 11:10a (DH); Sabbatical Grant Discussion 11:15a(D3); Centering Prayer 11:30a (AR)

Monday: T'ai Chi 9a (DH); In Stitches 1p (L)

Tuesday: Sarah Circle 10a (OS-Member's Home); Great Decisions: US Relations with the Northern Triangle 7-8:30p (AR)

Wednesday: Piecemakers 9-11a (B3); T’ai Chi 9-10a (DH); Interfaith Health Care Network 10a (B2); Reiki 2-4p (AR); Handbell Rehearsal 4-5:30p (S); Hula 4:30-6p (EdH); CYC - Middle School 5:30-7p (YH); CYC - High School 6:30-8p (YH)

Thursday: Yoga 11a (AR); Choir Rehearsal 7-9p (S)

Friday: T’ai Chi 9-10a (DH1,2)

Next Sunday: Worship Service including Wilderness Waysides 10a (S); Library Open 9a-12p (L); Coffee Hour 11:10a (DH); Sabbatical Grant Discussion 11:10a (D3); Centering Prayer 11:30a (AR); Better Angels Workshop 2-4:30p (DH)

Key:  Allison Room (AR), Basement (B), Dennis Hall (DH), Ed. Hall (EdH), Gathering Space (GS), Jones Wing (JW), Library (L), OffSite (OS), Sanctuary (S), Youth House (YH)



Thursday, March 19th from 7-8:30pm (DH) - Universal Health Care, Effect on Business Owners and Their Customers. Speaker Dr. Adam Gaffney is a pulmonary specialist at Harvard Medical School, President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and author of "To Heal Humankind." Sponsored by MidValley Health Care Advocates.

Flowers: Sign up to bring flowers to Worship. Flowers can then be distributed later to our homebound members! A sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board across from the office.

Name tags: Many members and friends graciously wear name tags to be more hospitable. Temporary name tags are available in the Narthex or from an usher. If you make 1st Pres your worshipping home then let the office know and we will gladly make you a permanent one! If you have a name tag please wear one, and introduce yourself to your neighbors!

Just a reminder that there is no parking parallel to the yellow curb in the parking lot. Please park only in designated parking lot spaces or on the street. 

To place an announcement in the Sunday bulletin send your request and exact wording (may need to be edited for space reasons) to

BottleDrop Redemption Donation Opportunity

Tagged bags can be picked up at the church office.
Simply fill your bag with returnable containers marked OR 10¢, drop it off at any BottleDrop location and our First Pres. account receives the credit.

Thank you for donating your funds to the church. Your donations are adding up!
Net income: $984.49 Thank you!

Happy Helpers Needed!

Please sign up to assist our teachers during
Sunday School.


Giving an hour of your time just one Sunday is enough to make a huge difference. Feel free to email Kristin or call the church office with any questions.

We Care needs intake volunteers!

We Care helps Benton County residents facing financial emergencies. In 2019, they assisted 266 households providing over $100,000 of assistance. Most often, they serve the working poor, about half are families with children. Some face challenges of physical or mental health disabilities, and a few are escaping situations of domestic violence or homelessness. We Care's efforts are strengthened through the support of 18 local faith communities.

We Care is entirely run by volunteers, and they are currently in need of intake volunteers to interview applicants, confirm the information on applications, make referrals, contact service providers, and prepare case summaries for the We Care board. The time commitment is 3-4 hours once per week during weekdays. Prospective volunteers should possess good listening skills, a non-judgmental attitude, basic computer skills, and humility. Training will be provided. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rex Cole at 541-243-8029 for more information.

Don’t throw away your old, used-up, dry markers!

Please bring your old markers to the church instead of the landfill! The Crayola Company runs a recycling program called
ColorCycle through K-12 schools, and they accept non-Crayola brand markers, dry-erase markers, and highlighters as well. Preschools, childcare centers, and ordinary folks are encouraged to connect with a local participating school in order to give these dead markers a new life. Donations can be placed in a labeled container in the church office, and Nancy Ashby will take the pens for shipment to Crayola. Thank you!

We Grow When We Give
Set up a recurring online pledge via the Presbyterian Foundation, who processes payments at the lowest possible rates for us, by clicking on the above give now button. Or turn in an EFT form to our office for direct withdrawal from your bank account. 


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“Martin Luther King once used the story of Nicodemus to talk about being born again. He said that Jesus hadn’t given Nicodemus easy instructions or said ‘stop doing this’ or ‘stop doing that.’ Instead, Dr. King said, Jesus told Nicodemus, ‘your whole structure must be changed.’ This was nothing less than a total shake-up. Dr. King was talking specifically about how America had to be ‘born again’ and deal with injustice. And that’s a good example of how we as people, and as institutions and communities, must also sometimes be born again, and do what is right and what is good, for the love of God and for the love of the world.”

—Heath, Emily C. “Born Again. And again. And again. Sermon for March 12, 2017.” Published on emilycheath. com. March 12, 2017.

Everyone talks about giving something up for Lent however, we think too small.  You can give up chocolate, but you can you give up privilege? What about ingrained misogyny? Wilderness is a place to get lost and to lose. To lose those ways that keep us from being people of life and light. This Sunday we CENTER in who God is so we can EXPLORE who we truly are and PRACTICE losing Who we aren't meant to be.

Rev. Matt Gough

If you cannot join us in person this Sunday, we live stream in HD:

March Challenge Offering:
Presbyterian Preschool & Childcare Center

The average cost for full-time care is $14,800 per year per child.

Your donation helps

  • Keep infants and children off the streets and in a safe and warm environment.
  • Children stay nourished.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to complete educational or vocational training.   
  • Allow parents to search for work.      

Presbyterian Preschool & Childcare Center works to

  • Help children that really need our services and to make our services affordable.
  • Meet all the needs of all children by creating enriching, engaging, and fun learning environments for all ages and all stages of development, using state-approved curriculum and materials.
  • Encourage all children to develop a life-long love of learning.      

March 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th:


We will begin our service with singing & short prayers.


We will hear scripture and a concise sermon.


All ages will be invited to continue Worship by choosing a Wilderness Wayside to explore, either by remaining in the Sanctuary or by journeying to one of the facilitated Wilderness Waysides in the Library, EdHall, or Allison Room. (See the Wilderness Waysides box below.)

April 5th: Palm/Passion Sunday
April 12th: Easter!

Beginning this Sunday, after the Centering and Exploring portions of Worship, we will move into Practice; offering four “Wilderness Waysides.”  Each hosted location will offer ways to Worship through your senses.

Music Mesa (S)
Remain in the Sanctuary for singing, prayers/poetry, & guided meditation.

Earth Elements (EdH)
Explore the day’s scripture through art. The Biblical stories will influence the medium - including clay, sand, and watercolors.

Wilderness Writing (L)
Contemplate short, reflective writing prompts around the day’s scripture.

Desert Wellsprings (AR)
Delve into variety of spiritually grounding and centering activities such as walking the Labyrinth, guided reflective practices, and Reiki.

During Lent, children and families are invited to remain in Worship and join us for interactive Worship practices each Sunday. Read more in the "Wilderness Waysides" box above.

Sunday School will resume April 19th.

Wednesday, March 11th (YH)
Middle School youth meet from 5:30-7pm.
High School youth meet from 6:30-8pm.
Shared dinner as a group 6:30-7pm.

For more information,
visit the 
CYC Facebook page.

Presbyterian Preschool and Childcare Center Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle
Tuesday, March 10th from 4-8pm

2nd & 4th Wednesdays
from 2-4pm in the Allison Room

Jesus offered healing touch as part of his ministry on Earth. We seek to continue that ministry. 

Reiki is a form of gentle, hands-on healing prayer. Beneficial effects include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and well-being.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at an alternative time or location, please contact 
Judy Miller or Norman Carlson.

Yoga for All
 with Pastor Sharon

Thursday, March 12th
at 11am in the Allison Room (AR)

Great Decisions
Tuesday nights, 7-8:30pm (AR)

This Tuesday, March 10th

US Relations with the Northern Triangle

We are planning another year of Great Decisions, a nationally recognized program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association to encourage citizens to discover, discuss, and decide how to meet some of the world’s greatest challenges.

March 10        US Relations with the Northern Triangle          (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala)
March 17       
China’s Road into Latin America

March 24        NO MEETING
March 31       
The Philippines and the U.S.

April 7            Artificial Intelligence and Data

Each session will begin with a 30-minute audio-visual presentation by experts in foreign relations followed by group discussion. We will share class leadership. All are welcome and participants are invited to attend to any or all sessions. 

A study guide produced by the Foreign Policy Association provides extensive background material on each topic and can be purchased for $32 through Milt Plocher or viewed in our church library. This book is not required for participation, but it does have an informative chapter and list of additional resources for each topic. For more info, contact Milt via 
email or landline: 541-753-8949.

Please note: revised registration deadline

 Help Needed: Library Inventory
Thursday morning, April 2nd

It is easy and fun! Contact Jan Barton if you can help.

March Into Reading!

Prayer: A Primer by Henry French 248.3/FRE  

Winds of Hope, Winds of Wyoming, Winds of Freedom and Winds of Change
by Rebecca Carey Lyles, The Kate Neilson Series F/LYL
When God Made You by Matthew Turner C/T  

Church Financial Update

It is never too late to turn in a pledge card! We need everyone’s help to fund our programs. Have you turned in yours? Pledge cards can be found on the kiosk outside of the church office.


Presbyterian Preschool & Child Care
Center Fundraising Opportunity:

Fred Meyer Community Rewards

Did you know you can link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to our preschool?

Fred Meyer's Community Rewards page and search for the Presbyterian Preschool and Childcare Center by name or our non-profit number: 87341.

Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you'll help PPCC earn a donation. Note: you will still earn your personal Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates just as you normally would.

Help the Homeless
First Presbyterian supports the
Daytime Drop-in Center

To help fulfill their volunteer needs, please contact Aleita Hass-Holcombe at

On Sundays, please help those with mobility challenges and new visitors by leaving the parking lot and street spaces in front of the church for them. Consider carpooling or parking along Monroe or Madison Avenue, if able.

Thank you!

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