What Christ Church kids Are Reading This Fall!

What Christ Church kids Are Reading This Fall!

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!

Refugees: Take Action Today! 🚨

Refugees: Take Action 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 Vibes: Food Trucks, Parks, Hikes and Play

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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: elsa@christchurchpdx.org

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

Addressing Racial Equity: Upcoming Events

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. 

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·         “Racing to Change is an exhibit they have running  (1200 SW Park Ave, free) that illuminates the Civil Rights Movement in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s.

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·         “Untold Stories from the Civil Rights Movement” is a talk on Monday night, March 26th at 6pm at McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave) 

·         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.”

Experience Advent & Christmas Through the Eyes of Our Children

Experience Advent & Christmas Through the Eyes of Our Children

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.

A Holiday Benediction

A rock.

A benediction that staff member Joshua Blount read this morning:

Just over a year ago I was lost, and confused, and very, very angry. The 2016 election cycle took an enourmous toll on my mental well being and my ability to center myself on the idea that the world is a good and generous place.

The following morning I was invited to a gathering of faith leaders in the city. About 60 circled together trying to work out plans for the next few days - for vigils and protests and workshops. I was just grateful to hear other people seem to be similarly confused and frustrated.

One of the leaders brought out small bag of rocks. He explained, “I brought these stones for all of us. To remind each and every one of you that you are not alone.

They aren’t enchanted or remarkable by themselves, but if you would like one, take one. Carry it with you. The next few months will be difficult but if you carry one of these little rocks with you, you can hold on to this memory—this moment--and remember that you are not alone. Look around. These people are scattered all over the city, feeling the same feelings, fighting the same fight, embracing the same spirit. You are not alone.”

You are not alone.

Last week marked the anniversary of that circle, and I've still got this little rock. I've carried it in my front pocket the last 375 days, and I still get it out a few times a day to remind myself that there are others, all over the city that are fighting the same fight alongside me, feeling the same feelings, embracing the same spirit. That I am not alone.

We are on the edge of the holidays, I've had today in my calendar for the last eleven months or so - which is when I started telling Isaac that I wanted to be here, with you, telling this story, before Thanksgiving.

I know some of us have amazing, supportive and loving families and the upcoming months will be filled with meals and laughter and real, honest joy.

I realize that some of us are headed toward awkward silences and dinner time arguments with families that don't feel close any more.

I understand that some of us don't have a "back home" to go home to, either because there never was one or because death or broken relationships have removed that option.

And of course, most of us have some mix of everything. I don't know what the holidays in front of are going to be like, but I can tell you this:

We've got these rocks. They aren’t enchanted or remarkable by themselves, but if you would like one, take one. Carry it with you.

You can know that you are connected, and that no matter what table you are sitting at in the moment you have a seat at God's table and you are a part of something truly remarkable and beautiful and special.

People from this room will be all over the country, different parts of the world, feeling the same feelings, fighting the same fight, embracing the same spirit. I want you to know that you are not alone.

You are not alone.

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We've had a community member offer to pay for shipping stones to folks who weren't at today's service or live outside of the greater Portland area. If you weren't with us this morning and would like us to send you one please email your address to elsa@christchurchpdx.org