Fire Concerns and Donate

In September, numerous fires burned throughout our presbytery.  The most severe of these fires affected six primary areas where we have congregations.  Below you may donate to general fire relief to assist these congregations or donate to a specific area.  

Almeda Drive Fire 

     Impacted Church – First Pres, Phoenix

     Neighboring churches – First Pres, Ashland; First Pres Medford; First Pres Central Point; Bethany Pres, Grants Pass

Archie Creek Fire

      Neighboring Church – First Pres, Roseburg

Holiday Farm Fire 

 Impacted Church – McKenzie Valley Pres, Walterville

Neighboring Churches – Westminster Pres, Eugene; Central Pres, Eugene; Peace Pres, Eugene; First Pres, Creswell        

Beachie Creek Fire 

     Impacted Church – First Pres, Mill City

      Neighboring Churches – Salem First Pres; Westminster Pres, Salem; John Knox Pres, Keizer

Eco Fire

    Neighboring Church – Chapel by the Sea, Lincoln City

Riverside Fire 

 Impacted Churches – Springwater Pres; Eagle Creek Pres 

Neighboring Churches – Emmanuel Pres, West Linn; Oak Hills Pres, Milwaukie; 1st Pres, Woodburn; Aurora Pres

We are grateful to report that all of our church buildings survived the fires without significant damage.  Simultaneously, our hearts and our prayers go out to our many church members and neighbors who have lost their homes, livelihoods, and livestock. 

We are currently working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and organizing our relief efforts.  To support this work, we are collecting financial resources which will be used in both emergency and long-term relief efforts.  To contribute to this presbytery fund, please send checks to the presbytery office designated as “Fire Relief” plus the area where you would like to focus your contribution.  Or, you can donate online using the link below.

Please do remain in prayer for one another, and be in touch!  It is with the great faith, hope, and love – initiated by God’s grace and demonstrated through this community – that we are able to face these challenges and care for our members and neighbors.


By clicking the PayPal Donate Now button you may direct your gift to:

  • Fire Relief General Fund
  • Almeda Drive Fire
  • Archie Creek Fire
  • Holiday Farm Fire
  • Beachie Creek Fire
  • Eco Fire
  • Riverside Fire

During the final step of the donation process, the user is able to “Add a note” indicating which relief effort you would like to target.  If no note is included, the funds will go into the Fire Relief General Fund.

 Or feel free to send any donations directly to:

 Presbytery of the Cascades

Attn:  Fire Relief

245 S. Bancroft St., Suite D

Portland, OR  97239

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Resources for the Church as we Creatively Connect in Faith

This blog is formed for members of the Presbytery of the Cascades to share their stories, resources and concerns in the midst of COVID-19. How are you creatively connecting with the people in your community? 

If you have something to share, comment in the box below and paste in any links you have.  You will have to scroll down to see all of the comments. 

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Hearing the Cries


Hearing the Cries: Healing Injustice is a regional summit to equip people of faith and goodwill to support their neighbors impacted by the legal system. This one-and-a-half day event will bring together those with lived experience, professionals, and faith communities to share opportunities to help change hearts, minds, and society itself. Our focus is empowering our community to Heal Injustice by understanding the issues surrounding the criminal legal system as a matter of faith in action.

Read the Brochure

Download the Poster

Register securely online at

For more information, call the EMO office at (503) 221-1054

Cascades Presbytery supports Vital Congregations’ Initiative

Barbara Campbell gave a report on the “Vital Congregation Initiative” at the November presbytery meeting. She highlighted the seven marks of a vital congregation – noting what vital
congregations are and are not. They are:

  •  LIFELONG Discipleship Formation VS Complacent
    “Christian” piety, simply teaching good morals, or offering the
    latest programs.
  •  Intentional Authentic Evangelism VS “Jesus freaks”;
    “Christian” Hypocrisy; A committee.
  • Outward Incarnational Focus VS Inward Institutional Survival; Closed communities of assimilation/exclusion.
  • Empower Servant Leadership VS the Pastor’s job; monopolized leadership; hiring the young energetic
    pastor; burning out good volunteers.
  • Caring Relationships VS Any other Social Club; façades, hypocrisy, and judgment of “church” and
  • Ecclesial Health VS Unhealthy dysfunction; toxic environments; obsolete and irrelevant buildings
    The purpose of the Vital Congregations Initiative is to work alongside
    leaders of existing congregations continually assessing, discerning and living
    into faithful actions that increase vitality through intentional spiritual practices
    that take them deeper into following Jesus Christ, so that their own lives are
    changed, congregations are transformed and the mission of God spreads
    throughout particular communities and the world. For more information and
    access to resources click here.

Legacy Seminar


Making an impact and doing Christ’s work, even after our lifetimes

Rob Hagan, Ministry Relations Officer for the Northwest, and Karl Mattison, Vice President for Planned Giving Resources, are hosting an event at First Presbyterian Church in Portland to discuss planned giving.

This seminar will invite you to think and pray about three questions as you plan for the future:

1. How do I share my faith and values with my family and church in my estate plan?

2. What are some ways in which I can accomplish my legacy giving to my church?

3. My life will end but my story continues in the church I love. How can I keep my faith story alive after I am gone?

A catered lunch will be provided, and parking is available at the church.

Registration is now open. There are resources available below.

PCUSA Survey to broaden understanding

Dear Colleague:

Presbyterians frequently want to know more about the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers of the Word and Sacrament who help lead our denomination. The Minister Survey 2019 is an ambitious effort to learn more about these important church leaders; all PC(USA) ministers (retired and not retired) are being asked to participate.

OPTION 1  If you are a minister, please click below and respond to the survey.

Click here to start the survey.

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OPTION 2  If you are not a PC(USA) minister, please share the link below with anyone you know who is a PC(USA) minister.

Minister Survey 2019 link to share

This survey may take up to 45 minutes to complete. There is information within the survey about how to set the survey up so that you can stop and come back to where you left off.

Responses to the survey are anonymous in that no Research Services staff can tell who has responded or how you have responded.

If you have already completed the Minister Survey 2019, please do not respond to the survey a second time.

Questions? Contact Research Services at or (800) 728-7228, ext. 5077.

Summaries of the responses by all ministers will be shared. This information will help Presbyterians gain a better understanding of the life and work of ministers like you and help PC(USA) agencies better serve your needs.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Blessings as your fall ministries move forward.

In Christ,

Susan Barnett, PhD                                        Perry Chang, PhD
Coordinator, Research Services                     Research Analyst