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We are exceedingly grateful that many of you sent us the splendid selection of Holy Week events which we reported in our special April 17 issue. We also know that there will be a rich and inspiring array of Easter services transpiring this weekend. Unfortunately, we cannot not make an exhaustive list of them all. If there is something you feel should be highlighted, please send your information to Steve Parker and he will try to post it on Facebook during the next couple of days.
Below are a few more highlighted events throughout the presbytery. If you would like to visit one of our congregations this Holy Week season, please visit the congregation directory and explore their web site for more information.
Portland Kenilworth Presbyterian Church experiences and presents Bright Sunday on April 28. See the original skit: “The Prodigal Comes to Portland,” the Galilean Gekko, open mic, and more holy humor. 10:30 am
Portland Moreland Correction – Maundy Thursday is at 6 pm, not 7 pm. Good Friday Taizé Prayer is at 6 pm. Easter Sunday Worship at 8:30 am and 10:30 am
Lake Oswego Lake Grove – (Additions to previous information) We also have a wonderful Maundy Thursday communion service, and an especially impactful Good Friday Tenebrae service, with string ensemble and massive choir, both at 7:30 pm
Portland St. Andrew’s – Maundy Thursday Agape Meal, 6 pm, Good Friday Tenebrae Service 7:30 pm. Easter Communion 10 am.
Lebanon’s Good Friday service starting at 7:00 pm will be a dramatic reading by the participants giving voice to those who were involved in the crucifixion of Jesus. Immediately following will be Watch and Pray, a number of self-directed stations that artistically describe the journey of Jesus and give the participant time to think and reflect on each step.
In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.
Join us April 5 for Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. Gather with your fellow Presbyterians as we look at how our church and our partners are working to organize for change. In plenaries and work shops we will look at the Church as movement and as well as ways to build movements for change. We will hear from inspiring leaders and learn about past present and future efforts to bring about a more just society and world. We will offer concrete tools and strategies for members and their congregations to organize and advocate in their churches and local communities.
After Compassion Peace and Justice Training Day, join the ecumenical community for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 5-8. Almost one thousand Christian advocates join us every year for a weekend of workshops, lectures and concrete actions addressing movements for social change.
The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.
The weekend culminates in “Lobby Day” on Monday, April 8, when we raise our voices in the halls of power.
As you may have already heard, the Presbytery of the Cascades has been invited to participate in the Vital Congregations Initiative. Here is a letter from Brian and Clark. It explains what this exciting news is all about and how your congregation can participate. Read Letter But some important dates/details are outlined here:
There is a May 6-9 training held in Denver that is highly encouraged for the pastor and one congregational leader of each participating church;
Presbytery will be evaluating what level of financial support can be offered;
Pastors should anticipate being connected to a regional cohort that will likely meet three times during this first year;
The Vital Congregations Initiative is organized in three stages:
2020—Relationship-Building and Congregational Assessments
For More about the Vital Congregations Initiative Click Here
The momentum is strong. We have twelve churches committed for this first round of the Vital Congregations Initiative. Many of them will be sending representatives to the training in Denver on May 6-9. These representatives will then become the core group helping launch the Vital Congregations Initiative more broadly in the presbytery. Expect to hear more about our second round in the weeks after our church leaders return from Denver. We have the following four facilitators who will work with presbytery staff to organize and support the Vital Congregations Initiative in our presbytery:
Grant Applications accepted year round Grant awards up to $15,000 currently
Date: Saturday, March 2
SE Uplift 3534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Light Lunch will be served.)
Sample of Funded Projects in Portland:
VOZ Workers Rights Education Project was awarded $20,000 for its Strengthening Day Labor Leadership & Political Power Initiative. The funds assisted the group with organizing the workers and assigning work fairly & equitably, providing a safe environment and establishing a minimum wage, collecting wages, teaching English, computer, and leadership skills.
Community Alliance of Tenants was awarded $20,000. The project’s focus was on empowering tenants to better control their lives and living spaces through education and organizing, interacting with landlords, and housing legislation. Group members were focused on working to secure safe, stable, and affordable housing through effective lobbying at the local, state, and national levels.
Project members must initiate, directly benefit from and control the project Project must address community issues or improve the lives of group members. Majority of the group must be categorized as low income/under served
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SquareOne Villages has been awarded a Housing Improvement Plan (HIP) grant by Lane County for the construction of Cottage Village in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The grant of $500,000 will provide for all of the infrastructure costs and for construction of approximately half of the 13 tiny homes ranging from 192 to 288 square feet each. The Cottage Village Coalition (CVC), a group of local citizens, has been working for nearly three years on the project. A grant from Meyer Memorial Trust enabled the group to purchase the property for the project in 2016. Two additional grants of $100,000 each from the Presbyterian Women’s Association and the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation along with the HIP grant and other fund raising efforts have now raised nearly 80% of the projected costs of the $1.3 million dollar project. CVC Chair Bruce Kelsh said of the grant, “Our group has been working long and hard to achieve this vision. We couldn’t be more excited by this affirmation of our work by our county leaders.”