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Welcome to First Congregational Church
Corvallis, Oregon

We're glad you are here!




LIVE BROADCASTS


During these difficult times, we all look for ways to support each other. We have something new for you. We are offering live video broadcasts.

Here is our schedule. Each video is live at the scheduled time. It then remains online for 24 hours. 

The livestreams and videos can be seen by clicking this Facebook link.


Videos also will be available on our YouTube channel within 24 hours of each broadcast. Click here.

Watch this introduction video with Reverend Jen Butler​​​​​​​



Compline: Evening Prayers in Your Home

Reverend Jen Butler offers daily Compline - Prayers at the End of the Day - at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The evening prayers are from the book "Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community"
by Padraig O Tuama.
Available in paperback and on Kindle.


Morning Prayers

Starting March 19, Reverend Walter Balk will offer a prayer time at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday. This is a time to find spiritual grounding before you enter your day.


Sunday Meditations

Starting March 22, clergy will offer a meditation at 10 a.m. each Sunday, our regular worship time. 

March 22: Reverend Jen Butler
March 29: Reverend Walter Balk



We will continue our online ministry until we are able to meet together once again at First Congregational Church.


"I think it's the welcoming spirit that I love the most."

 

First Congregational Church of Corvallis is a progressive, Open and Affirming church with a strong commitment to social justice. We celebrate compassion, diversity and inclusivity, respecting people wherever they may be on their faith journey.

 


Service Times

Sunday Morning Service: 10 AM

(No worship until Easter Sunday, April 12)


Our Location

4515 SW West Hills Road

Corvallis, OR 97333

Ph. 541-757-8122

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We would love to hear from you! Please connect by dropping us a line.

 

 


The Season of Lent at Corvallis First Congregational UCC


Beloved of God ...


This Lent is not a time for Business as Usual. It isn't ever supposed to be ...

Lent is always intended to be a time to head to the wilderness, to re-think and re-consider.


It is also, every year, 40 days to contemplate our mortality.


This time around, it all feels a little too real.


But, here's the thing: it only feels too real because we are so good at denying our humanity...both the surest thing we can know - that we will all die, and the invitation we are constantly being offered - resurrection, the possibility of living fully into ourselves.


These two things are true all the time - death is ever before us, as is resurrection.


And isn't it curious - that COVID-19 arrives on our doorstep at this exact moment in the liturgical year?


I'm not thrilled about this dose of reality, but maybe it's the kind of wake-up call I needed.


Sleeper, awake! Arise from the dead ... the book of Ephesians gives us this directive in the Lectionary at the mid-point of Lent.


Okay, I'm awake. 


I am not invincible - neither are you. We are but dust, and to dust we shall return...


People we love may die from COVID-19. Certainly, folks within our networks will be impacted. We ourselves may contract the illness. We ourselves may die.


Yikes. 


I know that sounds heavy, but friends... this is always the case. Reality tells us, we will all die. We get into trouble when we deny our mortality and the mortality of the ones we love. 


The season of Lent is meant to offer a conversion to that mind-set. To re-orient us toward our humanness. To remind us, death is a part of life. 


And then, to turn us toward Resurrection. 


As part of that, we are encouraged to re-think our humanity. How are we spending our days? What kind of life have we made for ourselves? Is it the life we want to be living ... or do we need a course-correct?


During the time of the Holocaust, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (a theologian who was executed in 1945 for involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler) wrote:


The renewal of the church will come from a new type of monasticism, which has only in common with the old an uncompromising allegiance to the Sermon on the Mount. It is high time [people] banded together to do this.


An allegiance to the Sermon on the Mount ... 


5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.


6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.


7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.


8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.


9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.


10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. {Matthew 5, NRSV}


Bonhoeffer meant: when we get a handle on our own humanity, both our finiteness and our possibility of resurrection in the present moment, we can turn our eyes away from the panic and anxiety of self-protection and turn ourselves outward. And then we can get about the business of the Kingdom of Heaven: caring for each other with an eye on the most vulnerable among us. 


That is what the Christian community exists for, friends. This is who we are. Perhaps, this is our moment of renewal.


As the world changes, we are shifting the way we gather. For now until we re-open our building, we will engage our church community through virtual tools, good old-fashioned phone calls, and snail mail.


A schedule is posted on the homepage of our website, so you know where we will be live on social media and when. Please feel free to invite your friends and family to join us for virtual gatherings - lots of folks are looking for spaces to find solace and community right now. You will continue to receive a weekly email each week with devotions from Walter - pass them on! And please, keep in touch. Walter, Annemieke, and I are working remotely and are available by email and phone during our usual working hours. 


We may be isolating, but we are not alone. 


You are loved,

Pastor Jen




SAFE CAMP


Safe Camp is a temporary and transitional space for 16 houseless campers on First Congregational UCC's property. For current information about our church’s Safe Camp, please click here.



WELCOME TO

OUR 2019-2020

PROGRAM YEAR


Normal Sunday Schedule


9 a.m. - Nursery opens for children ages newborn to 4.

9 a.m. - Adult education (Please check your weekly e-newsletter.)

9 a.m. - Choir rehearsal
10 a.m. - Worship (
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11:15 a.m. - Coffee Hour


Our children's Spiritual Formation and Education programs follow the academic year. We are so excited to begin this year with new curriculum and new teachers. Read more


A Message From Our Pastor

First Congregational is a Just Peace, inclusive community of Christian faith in Corvallis. We're a church where all are welcome - and where ‘all’ really does mean all. We are real people who care about nurturing love and belonging in the world, most often in the context of Christianity. We worship with tradition and innovation, weaving our liturgies and stories together every Sunday morning. We tell stories from the Bible and our lives, knowing that every story is a holy one.


If you are looking for a faith community to call home, we would love to meet you!

Pastor Jennifer Butler


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