Get a cup of coffee or tea from Fellowship Hall and go up to the balcony above Fellowship Hall to join the Jubilatte class Sundays at 10:00 am. This fall we will be listening to and discussing the audio CD of Love & Logic’s “Hormones on Wheels: Parenting survival for those chaotic teen years”.

Saturday, October 10, 8:00–3:00 pm
Free medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, podiatrist services social service fair. Go to for volunteering information. To donate, please bring new (packaged) socks, toiletries, personal care items to FBC. To underwrite costs, makes checks payable to “Compassion Connect,” with “Downtown Compassion” in the memo line, bring to FBC, attention Pastor David, or mail to 12135 SE Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97216

The Oregon Music Festival holds most of their events here at FBC in late June. There will be two professional orchestra concerts on June 20 and June 27 at 7:30 pm. Travis will be conducting two concerts here with a youth chamber orchestra called the Orpheus Academy, on June 23 and 30. There will also be other concerts and events such as masterclasses held here that will be open to the public. Tickets and more information are available at

FBC Plans For a New Pictorial Directory
The Membership, Faith and Witness Committee has decided to produce a new pictorial directory that will help us all to become better acquainted, assist us to identify church staff members and assist us in connecting with new members and their families. Session are scheduled June 30 – July 2. At that time, you may view your pictures, make choices for purchase, receive a complimentary 8×10 copy and receive a free new church directory. You will be receiving more information in the coming weeks. We really need your cooperation so we can have the most complete document possible. Our thanks to the Membership, Faith and Witness Committee for taking on this important project. Please plan to sign up for an appointment when a schedule is prepared.

Opportunity to Help our Missionaries
Those who want to give to Earthquake Relief for Nepal through our American Baptist International Ministries may do so by going to We do have mission work in Nepal, and one assigned missionary (working for Valley Forge) to that country. First relief grant of $25,000 has been sent to our partners in Nepal. For more details and other ways to give, see the mission bulletin board opposite of the church library.

Summer Music Opportunities
Starting June 21, we need volunteers to provide special music during both services. See Travis Hatton to sign up.

Parking Sticker Change
Effective July 1, 2015, the current window stickers will no longer be valid. Beginning Sunday, June 7, please bring your old sticker to the Welcome Center and you will receive a new sticker.

Quarterly Business Meeting
The 2015 First Quarter Business Meeting, originally scheduled for April 26, will take place after the 11:00 am service on Sunday, May 17, in conjunction with our monthly congregational dinner.

The Christian festival of Pentecost, commemorating when the Holy Spirit endowed the first Christian believers with the gift of communication across language barriers, will be observed at both 9:00 and 11:00 am services, Sunday, May 24. Our Cambodian worshippers will unite with English language worshippers at 11:00 am. If you speak a language other than English, and can be part of the “Voices of Pentecost,” please let the church office know.

2015 Rose Festival Court
Meet and greet the 2015 Rose Festival Courty at 9:00 am, Wednesday, May 27, in Fellowship Hall.

Spring Event for ABW of Oregon
On April 11, Gresham First Baptist Church (224 W Powell, Gresham, OR 503 492 1396) will be hosting the ABW spring event. The speaker will be Tonia Hunt from Children First in Oregon. Cost is $20 and registration begins at 9:30am. Event will adjorn at 2:00 p.m. We will take an offering. The theme is “Transformed by the Spirit”, Romans 12:2. We hope to see many of you there to fellowship with our ABW family.

Pizza with Chris and Renee

Pizza with Chris and Renee

CCCU Credit Card information

Beginning January 4, 2015, all public entrances will remain closed until 8:30. If you have any questions, please contact Keith Ponce.

Three downtown churches are inviting friends and neighbors to share the beauty of our worship spaces, adorned for Advent and Christmas, TODAY, following the 11:00 service (until 2:00 pm). Participating churches are: First Presbyterian (12th & Alder), Zion Lutheran (18th & Salmon) and FBC! We will be open from noon until 1:30.

until Wednesday, January 7, 2014, at 5:45 pm

FBC will be open until noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and
Dec. 31. The office will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For contributions to be registered for 2014, all contributions must be post-marked by December 31, 2014.

It is such a blessing to see so many people help make Christmas happen for the families and youth we serve at Dinner & A Movie. We have found sponsors for every family!! Thank you to all who are contributing to this. On December 23rd, we will be holding our Christmas Dinner for all. For this night we need some extra hands to cook, 2:00 pm-5:30 pm.  We are also looking for donations of Turkeys and pies. Please contact me if you have any questions or can help with one of these big events. or
 Thank you,
Jen Lawrence
Dinner & A Movie

12/14/14, following the 11:00 service
For Elections / Presentation of Budget
There will be a special meeting on Sunday, December 14, immediately after the 11 am English worship service to elect next year’s officers, diaconate members, committee chairs, and committee members.  Please plan on attending, and then joining after in the church fellowship dinner.

Thank you members of First Baptist Church for your calls and cards to Zel and me. It is very special. We give thanks for healing and restoration.
— Ed and Zel Stelle

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 5:45 pm
Please join us for the FINAL Wendesday Night Dinner in 2014. Family-friendly activities all ages can enjoy. Children meet for activities or classes and choir begins at 6:15 pm in the Choir Room.
Suggested donations: Adult    $6 Youth    $5 Children (under 12)    $4

Thursday, December 18, 10:30 am
There will be a special Christmas Music Program, presented by members of Rose City Park Methodist Church. Come and enjoy the festivities!

Please pick up a list of those who have been nominated for FBC leadership positions at the welcome center; elections will be held next Sunday, December 14, immediately following the 11 am English worship service. The printed slate was developed and put forth by the nominating committee; nominations may also be made from the floor at the meeting. Please pick up a copy so that you can familiarize yourself with those open positions before the meeting.

Thursday, December 18, 10:30 am
There will be a special Christmas Music Program, presented by members of Rose City Park Methodist Church. Come and enjoy the festivities!

The sign-up sheet for Memorial Flowers for 2015 is now located in the hallway, across from the FBC Library.

Today, Angel Tree performs a dual role;  a beacon for gift-bearers and a still shining reminder that ten more children need gifting. Thanks to those who registered an angel last Sunday, have purchased, wrapped and returned the gifts today. Thanks, also, to you who will step forward today to register an angel and bring gifts next Sunday, the 14th. The following Saturday, Dec. 20th, our delivery teams have the joy of encountering sweet children’s smiles as they are reminded that mom or dad, in prison, still loves them. We thank the Lord that 20 years ago, Lloyd Harris, just retired as an Air Force officer, discovered Prison Fellowship, begun by Chuck Colson after Watergate, and guided us to this ministry. God has led us to share Christ’s love to over 600 children down through the years through Angel Tree. Your faithfulness in carrying it on has helped yield changed lives, those of the children, their guardians, the astounded prisoners and yourselves! Praise God!  —Rev. Norman Lawson

with Margaret Marcuson and Margaret Benefiel

Monday, December 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at FBC, suggested donation: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Are you worn out by December? In twenty-first century Western culture, church leaders are rewarded for their drive, decisiveness, productivity, and long work hours. Is church leadership a recipe for burnout? How can leaders last? There’s a way to approach ministry that’s sustainable: leaders can learn to focus on themselves and the resources they bring to their leadership rather than trying harder to help, fix or change others. What would it look like for a leader to cultivate the inner life, to step off the treadmill, to take time apart for personal reflection? What would leadership arising from a core of spiritual groundedness and compassion look like?

  • Learn what soulful leadership is, how it is manifested in practice, and the times you already have led with soul.
  • Learn how to sustain yourself through the ups and downs of church life.
  • Learn how to respond to challenges with clarity, calm, and creativity.
  • Reawaken your dreams and learn how to make them become reality.
  • Learn how individual and organizational transformation dovetail and support one another.
  • Learn the power of gratitude in an organization.

Take a few hours for yourself this Advent. Join us for Leading with Soul.

Register at, or e-mail for more information

Volunteers are still needed to assist tending the Angel Tree and in delivering the gifts on Dec. 20th. Today,
more importantly, we need your assistance in removing the angels from our tree and purchasing the desired gifts,
wrapping and returning them on Dec. 7th for delivery on the 20th. For 20 years, you have not failed to meet the
needs of many children with a parent in prison by doing the Angel Tree thing! Twenty-five children and their
guardians will find a smiling delivery person with a bag full of gifts at their front door saying that their dad or mom
wanted to remember them at Christmas. Some age appropriate gospel booklets designed for children/youth are included in the bag. Thank you for helping us bring joy and a witness to these homes. —Rev. Norman Lawson

If you are familiar with creating power point presentations, the Missions Committee would like to speak with you. Please contact either Dr. Marian Boehr or Lauralee Ware.

FBC is proud to a participant in Worship in Pink, a health program promoting breast cancer awareness in the faith community. You are encouraged to wear something pink on Sunday, October 12, to show support for the program.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 10:30 am
Please join us Downtown Fellowship, when author Fred Leeson talks about his new book about Fred G. Meyer, and the history of his eponymous store.

October 17–19, Cornerstone Fellowship, San Lorenzo, CA
“Sharing the Journey: Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly,”
with Dr. C. Jeff Woods, Dan Buttry, Rev. Marie Onwubuariri, and Rev. Alfred De La Cerda. Registration material at the Welcome Center or online at

Our brothers and sisters from Bridgetown begin set-up for their evening activities shortly after our fellowship hour. They, like we, are doing the Lord’s work. Let’s extend them every courtesy in the Lord’s name.

The June newsletter is available by clicking here.

The annual ABC mission to the motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota, commonly referred to as “Sturgis,” is rapidly approaching. This will be the 14th year for this ministry and it continues to be a valuable opportunity for American Baptists to serve as the hands and feet and voice of Jesus to people in need. Some think that this mission is for motorcyclists. In reality, most of our volunteers do not ride. They serve because they see the need and opportunity to minister to people suffering genuine need. Of course, the motorcyclists who do participate are valued for their knowledge of the culture and the machines. ABC of the Central Pacific Coast will be providing transportation from Portland for anyone who would like to participate. We will be leaving the morning of July 31 and returning the evening of August 11. Participants will be responsible for registering with ABC of Nebraska (see Steve Bils for info). The total cost beyond the registration will be about $400. This will include travel to and from Portland and most meals en route.

Downtown Compassion Clinic will take place Saturday, August 16, 8 AM – 3 PM, Portland Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter. Free medical, dental, visual, chiropractic, foot care and social service fair – first come, first served. Looking for volunteers – especially medical, dental, etc. professionals – but also all sorts of volunteer opportunities for hospitality, prayer, volunteer care, etc.
We will be collecting new socks and toiletries (in packages) for Compassion Clinic guests here at FBC.
For volunteer opportunities and registration, go to

Village Support Network is an ecumenical ministry project that gives personal, practical and logistical support to individuals or families moving from homelessness to housing. Participating congregations form a team of 4–6 individuals who receive training and come alongside the newly housed for at least six months. The teams are not providing direct financial support; individuals and families in the program have resources to sustain their housing. Rather Village Support teams are giving moral support in the spirit of Matthew 25 to persons making a big — sometimes frightening and bewildering — life transition. For more information, you can go to If you are interesting in being part of an FBC team, please contact Pastor David Wheeler.

Personal hygiene items for men and women are needed, such as razors and other shaving accessories, bar soap, and shampoo (please, no trial or hotel sizes).

2014 Downtown Compassion Clinic will take place Saturday, August 16, 2014.  There will be a Kickoff Meeting here at First Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 6, at 7:00 PM. WORSHIP, LEARN, PLAN, COMMIT!

Please join the American Baptist Women on April 5, 2014, at Carlton First Baptist (500 W Main Street, Carlton, OR,
503-852-7273), as they host Sarah Chetti, missionary in Lebanon. The program runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The $20 registration fee imcludes lunch. Please see Trudi Bils with any questions.

Plans for FBC’s “dream” Fellowship Hall kitchen are available for viewing at These remain in initial stages, and have not yet been reviewed, approved, and recommended to the Diaconate and congregation for your approval. However, much thought and work has gone into designing a space that is both functional and in keeping with our historic nature. If you’d like to see the many features (and improvements!), please check them out!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 5:45 pm
Please join us for family-friendly activities all ages can enjoy. Children meet for activities or classes and youth choir begins at 6:15 pm in the Choir Room.
Adult: $6, Youth: $5, Children (under 12): $4
Dinner for the whole family is only $15.

If you would like to volunteer during Fellowship Time (following the 11:00 am service), please consider adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall kitchen.

Contribution envelopes are now available at the Welcome Center. Envelopes are available in stacks of 12 (for monthly giving), 52 (for weekly giving) or loose, for maximum flexibility.
Please note that the new envelopes do not have your name or envelope number printed on them.

George Hartman Slideshow
Here is a link to a slideshow of George Hartman’s life, which was unavailable for his memorial service:
Password: GBH (note: letters must be entered in all caps, with no spaces)

Dr. Wheeler and faith leaders testify in Salem on behalf of the homeless:

click for video


Please remember that the ushers have headphones for use during the service for those who would like to use them.


FBC is now accepting contributions via PayPal on our website ( Our site also accepts most major credit cards, for your convenience. Please visit our site and click the DONATE button.


FBC Student Ministry is excited to report that we have outgrown our classroom. Youth Worship has moved to the Activity Center (downstairs). High Schoolers will meet at 10 am. Middle Schoolers will join us from their classroom around 10:45 for worship and teaching.


You can find audio files of past sermons on our website, under SERMONS > AUDIO.


FOCUS ( is a Christian ministry of hospitality to international students that has met here at First Baptist Church on Friday evenings during the academic year for many years.  They always welcome volunteers, but they currently have a particularly crucial need as described below:
We prayerfully request your assistance in helping us find a suitable Kitchen Director for the Friday night FOCUS International Coffee House (ICH). This is a critical position for us and a suitable volunteer by her or his service have a massive impact on our ability to reach out to the international student communities of Portland State University as well as many other local colleges. The ICH as you know is held most Friday nights throughout the academic year with certain exceptions. The Kitchen Director would maintain overall responsibility for the kitchen activities of the International Coffee House including:
  1. Provide oversight and guidance for church groups providing food each week at ICH.
  2. Manage and develop a team of volunteers from FOCUS that would set up and clean up the kitchen (pots, bowls, utensils, disinfecting, etc.) each Friday night (usually 4pm-10pm).
  3. Maintain inventory of FOCUS paper products and utensils


Last year’s ICH Kitchen Director would be glad to train the new Kitchen Director.  We have one experienced woman who is capable of running the kitchen 1 night per month but is unable to become the full Kitchen Director.  There is room to grow and take larger ownership of this position if the right person is interested (such as maintaining contact and developing relationships with various partner churches, helping develop new ICH events, etc).
The best way to contact FOCUS for this position is by using this link.


Taking place on September 13-14, 2013, this year’s theme is “Intimidation, ” and registration forms can be found at the Welcome Center.


Mission: Chinatown 2013 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.


Free copies of the American Baptist International Ministries Spring 2013, special issue of their magazine “On Location” are available at the Welcome Center. Pick one up and get the latest news about our international mission work. There are also articles on “Missionary Partnership Teams” which help raise financial and prayer support for their particular missionary. Ann and Bruce Borquist’s East Coast MPT is featured in this magazine.


If you are interested in becoming an usher for the 9:00 am service, please speak with one of the ushers or pastors.


Did you know you can follow FBC on Twitter?


PRIVATE PRAYER is available in the Parlor, just off Fellowship Hall when the 11:00 am church service is over. Someone will be there to pray with you.


Do you have a FBC parking sticker for your vehicle(s)?  Do you need one?  FBC parking stickers identify your vehicles as “belonging” in the lot – and keep you from being ticketed by the lot management’s monitors.  Stickers do not allow for weekday parking – even in volunteer spaces.  To make sure you are not ticketed while you are participating in FBC’s worship services or other activities, please get a sticker! Stickers are free and can be obtained by contacting Facilities and Events Manager Keith Ponce.
Email him ( or call the church office, 503-228-7465.


FBC leadership is discussing whether to terminate our parking contract with the Portland Center Medical building for use of its lot on Sunday mornings.  Please be aware that FBC members may lose the right to park in the Portland Center lot as early as Sunday, June 2.  If this action is taken, FBC will realize some financial savings.  However, this change means that it will be necessary for our members to park in FBC’s owned lot (between 12th and 13th, and Salmon and Taylor Sts.).   Please be sure to read the June Trumpeter and future Opportunities sheets for updates.


A massive tornado tore through Moore, Okla., and surrounding areas on Monday, May 20, causing significant damage. American Baptists are joining with others to respond to this disaster. Your gifts designated to “OGHS Oklahoma Tornadoes” will help affected areas at this time. To make a donation, visit and click “Give Online” at the top right of the page. In the “Comments” section, type “OGHS Oklahoma Tornadoes.” Thank you.


This year’s youth mission trip is July 6-13. We have several young people who need our prayer and financial support. So far this year we have raised over $2400 of our $8000 goal. Please pray for our young people and consider donating to the effort. We will be selling stocks in Fellowship Hall after both services every week through June 30th. Please stop by and meet some of our wonderful young people. All contributions will be greatly appreciated.


A fund created by the Luther Rice Society is available to match your donations to support missionaries from May 1 through June 30. You must give “over and above” any regular missionary support you send to IM as individuals (not a Sunday School class or missionary support circle) directly to American Baptist International Ministries, using the form available at the Welcome Center. Your gifts will be 100% matched, until funds run out or the cutoff date is reached. Contact Dr. Marian Boehr if you have questions.