This week we've seen a painful, unprecedented, public drama unfold, around truth telling, testimony and trauma. Christ folks bear one another's stories, truths and wounds because it is a way in which we might love God, love our neighbors and truly love ourselves. It's when we yield to the flourishing of others, we find true care for ourselves.
This Fall season as we dive into our #Ubtuntu series - what life, belonging and purpose in community look like - our kids are going deep as well. Curated by Jess Calvert, Christ Church’s Children’s Director, you’ll see weekly reads for kids of all ages. Every book has been specifically chosen to tie into the themes covered in our weekly sermons.
All books are available through the Portland County library system. Check them out today!
The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety. Here is a rapid response toolkit to equip everyone to take action on this. - via Church World Service
Summer in Portland is a magical time and we're going to soak up all the sunshine and high-fives we can. Gatherings are all over town so you'll have something near your neighborhood and we'll keep you updated as we organize new events on Insta / Twitter / FB!
Monday 5/7 at 6:30PM - Food cart Dinner at BG Food Cartel
Nothing says summer like food from a truck - we're meeting up for dinner just outside of the city at Beaverton's first food cart pod!
4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005
Wednesday 5/23 at 10AM - Family Time at the Red Yarn Show
All parents with kids or those who like to hang out with kids: Come to the Red Yarn show (donations accepted) with the little ones! Grown-ups will have fun too:) and maybe we'll grab some coffee or head to the park if nap times don't get in the way.
704 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211
Monday 6/4 at 6:30PM - Food Truck HANGS at The Lot At Scout Beer
You guessed it, we like food on wheels. The Lot has a ton of great options, we'll see you there around 6:30!
5029 SE Division St, Portland OR 97206
Saturday 6/16 at 10AM - Family Play at Westmoreland Park Nature Playground
Whether you have kids or just like hanging with them, join us at the park for some hang time! Bring a picnic lunch if you want to stick around. There is a big sand and water area so keep in mind for the littles ones and maybe bring a towel and a change of clothes.
7530 SE 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Monday 7/2 at 6:30PM - Food Cart Dinner at MISSISSIPPI MARKETPLACE
We had to make sure to do dinner at the world famous Mississippi Marketplace this summer!
4233 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Monday 8/6 at 6:30PM - Food Cart Dinner at Cartopia
Our August Food Cart meet up is at Cartopia, which almost certainly has the best name of any food cart pod in PDX.
1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
SATURDAY 8/11 - FAMILY PLAY AT Peninsula Park
here is a splash pad so keep in mind for the littles ones and maybe bring a swimsuit/towel and a change of clothes.
700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97217
Wednesday 8/22 - Family Dinner at Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Laurelwood is great for kids: play area, kids menu, good food. And good beer for the grown-ups:) Let Elsa know if you're planning to come, and how many in your group so she can give them a heads up: email@example.com
5115 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
HIKES: 7/7, 7/21, 8/4 9:30am meet-up, locations tbd
We've also got a couple hikes scheduled - to check-in about locations contact Jake Detels or visit our Facebook Community Group later this month
At Christ Church we want to learn about racial inequality in our community. The Oregon Historical Society has some activities we want to highlight that we think will be helpful in our anti-racism work to fight white supremacy right here in Oregon.
· There's also “Family Saturday” about African Americans in Oregon on Saturday, May 19th from noon – 4pm at the Oregon Historical Society
Here’s more from their website on these events:
Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement
“Event attendees will learn about the traditionally untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the role of women of color. Speakers will share reflections on their work in the Oregon Civil Rights Movement – their strengths and greatest memories – as well as advice for young activists on how to get involved and what they can do to make a positive difference in their local communities.”
“Racing to Change”.
“Racing to Change illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s, a time of cultural and social upheaval, conflict, and change. The era brought new militant voices into a clash with traditional organizations of power, both Black and White.
Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will engage in the examination of the repression and violence against African Americans that made the Civil Rights Movement necessary. The exhibit explores how racist attitudes, policies of exclusion, and the destruction of Back-owned neighborhoods shaped Oregon, as well as the unceasing efforts of the Black community to overcome these obstacles.”
Family Saturday: African Americans in Oregon
“Families are invited to engage in the history of the Civil Rights Movement through hands-on, art based activities.”
I have had the joy of experiencing Advent this year with the kids of Christ Church and it has helped me see it with new eyes. Children do not share the burden of dwelling on the past and fretting the future as adults do. They see the NOW. Right now. I love that when Pastor Adam asks them what they want for Christmas, they stand up in front of church proudly declaring a list of 20 things, or they answer with one simple request of ‘Daniel Tiger’ or even ‘a pet tiger”. They are so good at being real.