Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

About KMUCC

Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

The mission of Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is to worship God and to share the teachings of Jesus Christ, to provide for the physical and spiritual needs of each other, and to advocate for peace and justice throughout the world.

KMUCC Church and Rainbow

4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie Oregon 97222

Sunday Worship at 10:00 am

Phone: 503.654.6770   Email: office [at] kairosucc.org

Map and directions (click here)


 

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Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is a community of faithful people who have known the joy of having been loved, accepted and affirmed by God.

We are a community that celebrates our diversity as a way to understand and respond to the inclusiveness of God's love and the wideness of God's mercy.

We are many individuals, yet we are one body in Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus are the foundation upon which we build our ministry and the base from which we seek to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly in the world. We work together in the light of our faith in Jesus Christ to develop, celebrate and lift up relationships that are rooted in love, nurture, respect, and trust. We believe that human sexuality is a gift of God that enriches our lives and deeply touches the sacred in each person. We believe sexual expressions of love and nurturing are one way through which we experience the grace and tenderness of God.

We celebrate the image of God in every person. We affirm all relationships founded on the biblical principles of love and justice. We welcome, value and support all persons as reflections of the sacred design of Creation, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or physical or mental ability. We acknowledge that the household of God is comprised of single persons, gay and lesbian families, transgender and transsexual persons, single-parent families, two-parent families and extended families.

We are active, vocal advocates for peace and justice in the world. Therefore, we reject and oppose all acts of discrimination, hatred, and violence directed against any person, whether physical, emotional, social, economic, political, legal or spiritual.

We affirm that all persons are welcome in the community of Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ and graciously accept the gifts, talents, and energies that every person brings to the life, liturgy and leadership of our congregation.

 

KMUCC Statement of Openness and Affirmation, Adopted June 2002

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Milwaukie United Church of Christ

The Milwaukie Congregational UCC had its beginnings in the 1890’s when the Ardenwald neighborhood of Milwaukie, Oregon was known as Willsburg, and the entire area was covered with woods. With a grant from the Congregational Church Building Society, and the proceeds from one farmer’s entire crop of strawberries, ground was broken, dreams were planted and building began.

Today, over a century later many dreams have been planted and taken root, including friendship, support. The congregation provided resettlement assistance for over twenty refugee families from Cambodia and Viet Nam. The congregation started the Logus Road Preschool, which has nurtured families for over 35 years. Adjacent to the church on property donated by the congregation, Northwest Housing Alternatives constructed Swan House, originally an adult foster care facility for persons living with HIV, and Madrona House, serving as a residence for drug affected women with children.

Kairos United Church of Christ

Kairos UCC was founded in 1984. From the basement of the Lewis and Clark Chapel, to the gym at the Franciscan Renewal Center, this nomadic congregation has been deeply committed to living the gospel in word and deed through ministries with the homeless, street youth, drug-affected men and women, and mission support to people and programs in Nicaragua, Cuba and Guatemala.

Two Become One

Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ became one congregation in 1999. In our new life together as one church community we have found kinship and understanding, and new strength to serve the cause of Christ.

 

Rev. Jeanne Randall-Bodman, Pastor

Rev. Jeanne Randall-Bodman is “passionate about responding to God’s call to help create a world that is curious, compassionate, generous, joyful, and free.” Jeanne has a commitment and love of pastoral care, and a passion for social justice issues. She studied at Union Theological Seminary and the University of Virginia. She has taught undergraduate courses in Women and Religion and American Religious History at the University of Colorado. She comes to us after 10 years serving Cedar Hills United Church of Christ as Director of Children's Education/Youth Minister and Pastor for Children, Youth and Family Ministries.
Email: jeanne [at] kairosucc.org

Ian Timmons, Music Team Director

Ian is a gifted vocalist and alumni of Portland State University (PSU), where he has appeared in various opera productions. He is also among the alumni of the internationally acclaimed and award-wining PSU Chamber Choir. Ian joined KMUCC as a singer in the choir seven years ago and took on the role of Music Director two years ago, which he describes as "so much fun, as well as amazingly fulfilling."

Elliot Balmer, Accompanist

Elliot is currently a junior at Lincoln High School in Portland. He comes from a musical family, long associated with KMUCC. His grandmother, Elisabeth "Betty" Balmer, was a long-time piano instructor at Lewis & Clark College. Although Elliot was not a pupil of his grandmother, he enjoys playing duets with her when he visits. Elliot's first teacher was his father, the guitarist Dan Balmer. Elliot thinks his Dad is a good teacher, but he eventually had to move on to a musician focused on the piano. Elliot has recently been studying the pipe organ. He plans to study music in college and is starting to think about putting together some YouTube performance clips for his college applications. Work with the Kairos-Milwaukie choir is Elliot's first accompanist job.

Lily Breshears, Accompanist & Choir Section Lead

A harp-plucking, keyboard-playing, bass-thumping mezzo soprano, Lily moves fluidly between the alto and soprano sections of our choir. She wrote her first song when she was four and bugged her mother until she was able to take piano lessons. Lily was born in Woodburn, went to high school in Salem and graduated from PSU after studying math, choral singing and composition. She got to know to know director Ian and our former accompanist Colin Shepherd in the PSU Chamber Choir. Lily teaches piano at Waldorf School and also teaches private piano and voice lessons. She also brings her musical talents to various bands around Portland.

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Ministry of Spiritual Life & Worship

This Ministry Team supports the Pastor in the spiritual life of the church by assisting with the administration of sacraments; preparing the sanctuary and other settings for worship services; ministering to the spiritual needs and interests of the church membership and the wider community; advising the Pastor regarding aspects of the worship services; introducing new members into the life of the church; providing opportunities for maintaining a faithful membership and vital congregation; arranging for Sunday morning greeters and ushers; arranging for worship leadership in the absence of the Pastor; and overseeing the music program and uses of other forms of art in the church.

Ministry of Building and Grounds

Building and Grounds has responsibility for the care and custody of the church property, including maintenance, remodeling, repair and upkeep of the church building and other structures; gardening and landscaping tasks, repair and maintenance of walkways, and maintenance of the parking areas; maintenance of all church equipment, kitchen appliances, heating equipment, custodial equipment, lighting and other fixtures; and arranging for regular custodial and cleaning duties.

Ministry of Faith Formation

This Ministry Team is responsible for the church educational programs; arranging for and training Sunday school teachers; selecting the curriculum to be used and any equipment or supplies needed.

Ministry of Mission and Social Action

This Ministry Team coordinates the congregation’s mission outreach in the local community and beyond by seeking out and identifying opportunities for mission service; enlisting support for the Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM); designating special offerings throughout the year; and making distribution recommendations to the Council and congregation for any unallocated special collections.

Ministry of Community Life

The Community Life Ministry Team seeks ways to strengthen the fellowship of the congregation. It is responsible for developing, recommending, and assisting with the implementation of programs for continuing and strengthening fellowship among the membership; making arrangements for weekly coffee service following Sunday worship services and other congregational mealtime occasions as may be planned; maintain the kitchen and serving supplies through purchasing and housekeeping.

Ministry of Community Outreach

Community Outreach seeks ways to increase the membership of the congregation; the integration and welcoming of new members into the life of the church; overseeing the dissemination of information and publicity throughout the community, and production of press releases, and special mailings to the community, unless provided for by other ministries or committees.