FPC News and Announcements

Ash Wednesday Service, March 1

Please join us as we begin our Lenten journey with a worship service of contemplation and reflection on Ash Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Come early at 6:00 pm for a Soup Dinner in Fellowship Hall. Dinner is $3 per person or $10 per family.


CHORAL EVENSONG – “Seeking the One who found us”

CHORAL EVENSONG – “Seeking the One who found us”

Sunday, February 26th at 6:00pm  Sanctuary

Please join us for a contemplative service of spirituality and worship




Utility bills are high during the winter months, and low income families and seniors are struggling to pay them. During January you kept the heat on in  eleven homes through your contributions to the Deacon Fund. 

(All requests for assistance are carefully screened by the trained staff at Love INC before payment is made to the utility company.)

Thank you for your partnership in this ministry.


Congregational Meeting


Sunday, February 19th Directly after the worship service

Members, please stay for a quick congregational meeting for the purpose of electing corporate trustees.


FYI Ladies Fellowship Cancelled

Ladies Fellowship Group is cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7th.

Summer Dates To Note


GLEANINGS –  Saturday, June 24th – Monday, July 3rd

VBS – Monday, June 26th-Friday, June 30th

BEGINNER DAY CAMP – (K grads-2nd grads) Thursday, July 6th – Saturday, July 8th

Jr CAMP 1 – (2nd grads -5th grads) Sunday, July 16th – Thursday, July 20th

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP – (6th grads-8th grads) Sunday, July 23rd – Friday, July 28th

Junior CAMP 2 – (2nd grads-5th grads) Sunday, July 30th – Thursday, August 3rd

HIGH SCHOOL CAMP – (9th grads -12th grads) Sunday, August 6th – Saturday, August 12th


Short Congregational Meeting


Sunday, February 19th Directly after the worship service

Members, please stay for a quick congregational meeting for the purpose of electing corporate trustees.


2nd Wednesday Potluck


Wednesday, February 8th at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall

For questions about the potluck contact Richard Shepard rshepard42796@gmail.com


A Prayer Story From Rita Martin

Sometimes we become discouraged as we pray for our loved ones, asking that they would experience salvation or find a closer walk with Jesus. But can we be confident that God is answering our prayer? Is God drawing that person to Himself? Of course He is because we asked Him to do so. As we are waiting to see the results of our prayer, let’s not forget to thank God for what He’s already doing in the life of our loved one because we know that God is faithful and always answers our prayer.
I remember talking to the grown son of one of our dear members at her memorial service. He said, “I knew my mother was praying for me, and I returned to the Lord. It took a long time, but I’m so thankful for her prayers.”
Our prayer focus at church and the Love to Pray book have helped me to deliberately pray daily at a rich prayer time as well as throughout the day as things occur. As I pray, I’m becoming more aware of my need to listen to Him through the Holy Spirit and then to act on the prompts He gives me. It is definitely a work in progress for me but also a joyful journey.

Our Stories: Jesús Gomez

Jesús Gomez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and raised in Keizer and Salem, Oregon. At the end of his high school years, Jesús was debating where to go to college. His tentative plans were to go to the University of Oregon and major in music production, but his plans changed (a recurring theme in our conversation). He felt a tugging towards PLU despite its higher cost. Looking back, he realizes now that it was God saying to him “Trust me. I’ve seen it all, and believe me, it works. Are you going to trust me?” Jesús took a leap of faith and went to PLU, beginning as a music education major.
While attending PLU, a classmate recommended FPC, and he began attending. At first it was just to sing in the choir, but later he also began playing with the worship band. Shortly thereafter, the church asked him to come on staff as a music intern. Jesús notes concerning the offer, “I have seen God’s provision when I didn’t see a way forward.” Regarding his recent marriage to Claire Perrin, Jesús says, “At every turn, whenever we asked how is this going to turn out, God one-upped himself, saying ‘You thought that last time I got you out of that pinch was impressive, just wait.’ Every single time there has been some sort of answer or provision.”
Jesús loves all aspects of music but confesses his favorite is conducting. He finds there is something special in bringing all of the moving parts together to create something special and unique. Additionally, he is blessed by seeing the piece take shape over the course of the rehearsals and performances. In fact, when he is teaching, he frequently records a first rehearsal to show his students how far the performance has come, which he believes is a valuable lesson for life and not just music.
Jesús gave a few suggestions for parishioners to maximize worship. First, be open to worshipping in ways with which you might not be familiar. There is a wide range of worship music, from Renaissance masses to classic hymns to contemporary worship choruses. All of them have something worthwhile to offer. Second, remember that worship is about seeking God. While the church service is shared and mutual, the prelude is designed to serve as a reminder to end the fellowship with those we love and wish we got to see more often, so that we can truly focus our attention on Him. Conversely, the postlude is the signal for us to celebrate what has happened in worship and resume our community-building and being a part of each other’s lives.

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