First Congregational United Church of Christ, Salem, Oregon
Sunday, October 04, 2015


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Welcome to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon

We are a Just Peace and Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. This church welcomes everyone without regard to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic class, marital status, or physical/mental abilities and encourages all to share in the life and leadership of this congregation. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ.



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Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays


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Second Annual Blessing of the Animals Service
Sunday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. on the church lawn
Celebrate the feast day of St. Francis by bringing your beloved animal companions to be blessed by Pastor Janet and Brother Elijah, professed member of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, on Sunday, October 4.  All pets and people are welcome!

Our address: 700 Marion Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Map of our address:
We are wheelchair accessible and have an elevator that services all floors.

"34 Days of Peace"
Sunday, October 11 at 2:30 p.m. Interfaith Prayer Service
"Earth Blessings" sponsored by the Oneness Coalition This interfaith service is part of Salem's "34 Days of Peace."  It will begin at 2:30 p.m. with a short walk to the venue from Salem Peace Plaza (between City Hall and the Library). Worship service begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Woodland Chapel, 582 High Street SE.  Our Senior Pastor Janet Parker will offer one of the reflections.  Our church is a strong supporter of the Oneness Coalition. All are encouraged to attend!

To learn more about the United Church of Christ and the God Is Still Speaking Campaign, go to and

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Adult Education Series "Living the Questions 2.0"

A progressive, Christian curriculum with lots of opportunity for questions!
Every Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
Everyone is welcome. More information under About Us/Adult Education.
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Sacred Conversation about Race book study

Starting Sunday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m., we will discuss the book "White Like Me" by Tim Wise.
First meeting will be led by Senior Pastor Janet Parker; consecutive meetings will be led by Stephen Jenkins. This is a series of 6 meetings on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. in the Adult Education Room--  last meeting is on October 25. 
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Big Questions over Brews
5:30 p.m.
September 29, October 27, and November 24
Join us for your favorite beverage and exciting theological discussion in a relaxed setting at Gilgamesh Brewery.
Led by Senior Pastor Janet Parker.
All are welcome.
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Stay connected

First Congregational UCC Council Laments Charleston Shooting

At its meeting on July 8, 2015, the Council of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem unanimously endorsed an emergency resolution to lament the Charleston shooting. The resolution was originally approved at the recent General Synod of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. The racially motivated shooting took place at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17 and resulted in the deaths of nine African American church leaders. The resolution reads, "Our hearts are broken and our resolve is strong. We will stand in witness to the faith, courage of all affected, and pray that 'Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise' (Isaiah 60:18) We will stand we will rise, and we will act." First Congregational UCC launched a "Sacred Conversation on Race" beginning at noon on Sunday, July 12. Click here for the text of the invitation to the Sacred Conversation on Race.


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Artapotty movement comes to theatre near you, gets local and national media attention

Documentary Film Screening:  "Arta Potties:  An American Tale" premieres at 5 & 7 PM on Wed., Oct. 7 at the Reed Opera House, Verona Studio.  Free admission.

Come see the story behind the "Artapotty" movement spearheaded by Rebecca Courtney of the Reed Opera House, Verena Wessel of NW Human Services, our Pastors Emily and Janet, and Pamella Watson.  This story is trending!    This effort to bring 7 artistically wrapped port-a-potties to downtown Salem is getting the attention of local media and going viral.  

For recent media coverage see, USA today at and Wednesday's Statesman Journal "Holding Court" segment, at


 Watch the Arta Pottie Trailer here:

Listen to the interview Pastor Janet Parker gave on July 16, 2015 about the Arta Potties project here:

"Homeless welcome porta-facilities" by Helen Caswell. Salem Weekly Volume 12 issue 5 --June 25, 2015-July 8, 2015Type text here.

Pastoral letter to the Congregation about the placement of a porta- potty in our church's parking lot. June 18, 2015 Click here.

First Congregational UCC of Salem, Oregon part of downtown taskforce on public restrooms --June 2015

UCC steps up to respond to crisis in Baltimore
The UCC is among other faith communities reaching out with clergy support and moral support to the fractured city of Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody and subsequent riots, looting and unrest.  Please click on the following links for more information about how UCC leaders and clergy of all faiths are responding to the crisis.