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Interested in an educational trip to Israel next year?

Tim and Allison Hart will be hosting a meeting September 30th at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room at church. Everyone who might be interested is invited to attend. I will be there too to answer questions and share my experiences since I’ve taken this trip twice before. It’s with the Jerusalem University College and is called the “pastor parishioner” tour. If you want a substantive two weeks in Israel without a lot of “fluff” this is the trip to take!

Church BBQ Rescheduled For SEPTEMBER 27, 5-7 PM

Out church BBQ is a “go” with nice weather expected on Sunday. We’ll be setting up seating in the lane between the fellowship hall and the parking lot island in front. A general email has been sent out with particulars. If you didn’t get it, please contact the office. You do not need to bring anything except yourselves. It will be good to see each other again even if it’s on a limited basis because we’re still in phase 1.

Trip To Israel, October 2021

Tim and Allison Hart are planning to sign up for the Pastor Parishioner Tour offered through Jerusalem University.  They are wondering if anyone else from FPOC has an interest in visiting the Holy Land.     

The trip is tentatively scheduled for October 2021 which should give us plenty of time to plan and organize.

Follow the links below to learn more about the tour.

Program Information – Feel free to explore a description of our Pastor/Parishioner Program, including a sample itinerary.  For your use, you are welcome to use one of our brief promo videos to share with your church.

Program Dates – These will show you an exhaustive lists for our Short-Term Programs, including your program in Oct./Nov. 2021.

Program Fees – Please see the fees for this program listed at the bottom of the page.

If you have an interest in signing up for the trip, please text Tim @ 503.890.4607 or email him at

Health & Safety Measures For Worship

When you come to worship (someday) this is what you can anticipate:

1. Everyone enters through two main doors in the narthex.

2. Everyone will have their temperature taken with a no-contact forehead thermometer (we have two of them at church).

3. Everyone will either be given drops of hand sanitizer or will apply their own upon entry.

4. Everyone will bring a mask and wear it for singing or in the event that a 6 foot physical distance is unlikely (for instance moving around others). We have extra masks at church if needed.

5. Maintain six foot physical distancing in pews (families may bunch together).

6. Everyone will be seated from front to back by the usher in the center aisle. This is more formal, like a wedding, and will seat the most people.  Everyone will be dismissed row by row as well to avoid close proximity contact.

7. Families with young preschoolers have priority seating in the balcony.

8. Balcony stairs shall be designated: one for up traffic and one for down.

9. A sign will be in place outside the sanctuary with basic instructions on it.

10. Please “go before you go” (use the restroom at home first), but be assured restrooms at church are all open.  We just want to avoid running into each other in limited spaces if possible.

11. A picture will be taken facing the congregants which will document the attendees both below and in the balcony in case “contact tracing” is required at some point afterwards. These pictures are ONLY for our own internal use so that we can inform people who may have sat near someone who tested positive for COVID-19 later on.

12. There will be no coffee hour after church until further notice.

13. There will be no children’s church or nursery during worship, but we are working on creative ideas!

Worship Service Update

At this point Clackamas county is still in Phase I, which allows up to 25 people in worship. So, in the practical sense Phase I is a live-stream worship service only. Given the frequent changes in government policies regarding the viral spread prevention measures, please stay informed as this website may lag behind the latest information.

Phase II will begin eventually, and that will allow us to have up to 250 people in worship so long as we follow the state guidelines for six foot personal spacing (groups that live together can still bunch together). Until then, worship online with your brothers and sisters across the country and even overseas. We will keep this site updated as the situations change.

Market Turmoil And A Biblical Response

Click the link below for a brief biblical perspective. Very practical!

Encouraging Scriptures To Meditate On

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 12:25 An anxious heart weighs a person down, but a kind word cheers them up.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 “…blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Luke 12:22-34 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

John 14:1-6 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Sermon Series: The Gospel Of John

Starting January 5th, we’ll begin our new sermon series through the awe inspiring gospel of John. Join us!

Facebook Live Worship

Each week we live broadcast our worship service on Facebook, which begins at 10 am.  Join in or watch at a later date by clicking the following link to take you to our Facebook site.  PLEASE NOTE: After clicking the link be SURE to click the “video” button and all the videos should become available for you.

If you text us during worship we will most likely be able to respond as well.

God bless you!