First Congregational United Church of Christ, Salem, Oregon
Friday, November 27, 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.

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

Join us for Advent and Christmas Eve Services at our church



First Sunday of Advent "Hope" worship service is this Sunday, November 29, 10:30 a.m.
Second Sunday of Advent "Peace" worship service is Sunday, December 6, 10:30 a.m.
--followed by lunch and Advent Fest, see below
Third Sunday of Advent "Love" worship service is Sunday, December 13, 10:30 a.m.
Fourth Sunday of Advent "Joy" worship service is Sunday, December 20, 10:30 a.m.
 -- our children will perform a Christmas pageant during worship

Christmas Eve is Thursday, December 24.
We have two worship services that night:
5:30 p.m. Children's Lessons and Carols
10:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols: a Candlelight Service
First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
All are welcome, always. 

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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.



Big Questions over Brews
5:30 p.m.
December 1
Join us for your favorite beverage and exciting theological discussion in a relaxed setting at Top Dog Sports Grill, 1798 12th Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. Copies of the reading (Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes) are available in the office and/or can be requested by emailing Led by Senior Pastor Janet Parker. All are welcome.
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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