PACE April 2018

Minister's Memo April 2018“By the light of this day, God has planted a seed of life in us that cannot be killed, and if we can remember that, there is nothing we cannot do: move mountains, banish fear, love our enemies, change the world.

“The only thing we cannot do is hold on to Jesus. He has asked us please not to do that, because he knows that all in all we would rather keep him with us where we are than let him take us where he is going. Better we should let him hold on to us, perhaps. Better we should let him take us into the white-hot presence of God, who is not behind us but ahead of us, every step of the way.”

Barbara Brown Taylor, “Home by Another Way”

If we pay attention to the news, the world often feels like Holy Saturday – bereft of God’s presence and nonsensical. But we gather every week to claim and proclaim the promise of Easter and to pledge as a community to live into the resurrection life, letting Christ take hold of us and lead us on. 

During this Easter season we’ll listen for the Spirit to lead us as we worship, live and learn. Together we’ll

  • Participate in Interfaith Power and Light’s “Charged with Faith: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future” initiative and celebrate Earth Day.
  • Learn about the work of IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement of Immigrant Justice) and join forces with other local churches to respond to the needs of immigrants in our community.
  • Gather to explore the Second Amendment, learn about Oregon’s gun laws, and find ways to work for a world in which weapons are finally turned into plowshares and human lives are valued more than access to weapons of war.
  • Gather to plan KMUCC’s first in a long time Service Learning Trip. I’d like us to offer an intergenerational trip that will help our youth and young adults experience service and solidarity with people living in unjust situations; to taste both the struggle and joy of discipleship and to know themselves part of the Beloved Community.

Giving thanks for Christ’s presence,

Every step of the way.


Let me keep my distance, always,
from those who think they have the answers.
Let me keep company always with those who say
“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.
~Mary Oliver, in “Thirst”

March For Our Lives Against Gun ViolenceOn Saturday, March 24th, 2018 in Portland, a huge, enthusiastic, youth-filled crowd chanted and waved homemade signs as they marched from Portland's North Park Blocks to Pioneer Square, a space far too small to hold them. Those settling inside cheered with enthusiasm the dozen or so eloquent student speakers who demanded political changes that would assuage fears by assuring safer schools and homes for all.

At the encouragement of member Aleta Gordon, an enthusiastic group from KMUCC gathered and marched: Aleta Gordon, Michael Hall, Will Fuller, Mary Crocker, Brenna Crocker, Janice Roggenkamp, Pete and Carolyn Rux, Gracie Lee, and Kathiann and Wes Brown.

Kairos Beach Clean Up CrewKairos at the Beach with SOLVE

On a cold and windy day at the coast, Kairos kids and intrepid adults put their efforts to cleaning up the beach. SOLVE sponsors the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup when thousands of volunteers all over the Oregon coast make an effort to clear our beautiful beaches of trash and debris. Since 1986 this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities. Over the past decade, SOLVE volunteers have kept more than 4,000 tons of debris from entering Oregon waterways and the Pacific Ocean. Kairos participants included Frances Crummer-Olson, Isabelle Timmons, Frances’ friend Shayden, Madeline Timmons, Robyn Crummer-Olson, Meredith Timmons, and Pastor Jeanne.


April 22nd 2018 is Earth Day

Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22nd which will fall on Sunday this year.  Your Green Team will be celebrating Earth Day with special music, liturgy and a tasty green coffee hour.  Bosky Dell Native Nursery will provide native plants again at wholesale cost.  Save some room in your gardening to put in some bee and butterfly friendly plants native to Oregon.

Northwest Pilot Project Annual Walk-a-thon

Walk A ThonWe have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of some of our less fortunate seniors, living in our city, who are in need of affordable housing and a helping hand. The Northwest Pilot Project’s Annual Walk-a-Thon offers us this opportunity.

The walk is scheduled for May 6th, 2018 in the South Park Blocks across from Portland State University. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the walk is from 1 – 2 pm. Walkers may park their cars in the PSU parking garage, free of charge.

The laps are only 1/3 of a mile and we can walk one or as many as we want during the hour. It is such fun with great music, happy people, some in costumes, and a fulfilling experience. Please come join us. Pledge and Registration forms are available in the Mission Room.

If you cannot walk, you can pledge for others who are walking. Don’t miss out on this fun event that makes a difference in people’s lives.

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