First Congregational United Church of Christ, Salem, Oregon
Saturday, February 06, 2016


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Welcome to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon

We are a Just Peace and Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. This church welcomes everyone without regard to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, economic class, marital status, or physical/mental abilities and encourages all to share in the life and leadership of this congregation. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here. Here at the United Church of Christ. 


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  Join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

 Our address: 700 Marion Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301
Map of our address:
We are wheelchair accessible and have an elevator that services all floors.
To learn more about the United Church of Christ and the God Is Still Speaking Campaign, go to and


First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
All are welcome, always.


Lent at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon

Ash Wednesday Service
February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Wednesdays in Lent
Join us on Wednesdays February 10, 17, 24 and  March 2, 9, and 16 
at 5:15 p.m. for a simple supper of soup and bread;
at 5:45 p.m. for a DVD-based exploration of the "Gifts of the Dark Wood,"
featuring prominent Christian writers and spiritual leaders;
and at 6:45 p.m. for a short Taize Prayer Service that ends at 7 p.m.

Heart Soul Mind Strength 2016 Lent Devotional Booklets
This Sunday, February 7, the Deacons will have these devotional booklets available in the McDougle Narthex.
The suggested donation is $3 per booklet to defray cost. 
The daily Lent devotionals are written by The Stillspeaking Writers' Group,

a group composed of United Church of Christ ministers and authors
who collaborate on resources for people in the church, outside the church, and not so sure about the church.
Their motto: "Hearing God where you live (and other surprising places)." 
The booklets are beautifully produced by the United Church of Christ. 

Drink Water for Life during Lent!
We're continuing our Lenten tradition to set aside money for clean water projects around the world.
The goal is to set aside money every time we use water: when we drink it, when we bathe in it, when you clean with it, and certainly when you purchase expensive beverages that are made with it.
Consider donating the equivalent of your water bill or your daily lattes during Lent, for instance. 
An anonymous donor is matching every dollar contributed with another dollar,
so we can bring clean water to people around the world twice as fast!
The Wagouman water project in Haiti will be the direct beneficiary of our campaign. 
We've sent half of what we need to our Haitian partners for the system, we need $6,500 more to complete it. 
The challenge is on!

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Artapotty movement was on Koin TV on December 22, 2015



Artapotty movement comes to theatre near you, gets local and national media attention

Documentary Film Screening:  "Arta Potties:  An American Tale" premieres at 5 & 7 PM on Wed., Oct. 7 at the Reed Opera House, Verona Studio.  Free admission.

Come see the story behind the "Artapotty" movement spearheaded by Rebecca Courtney of the Reed Opera House, Verena Wessel of NW Human Services, our Pastors Emily and Janet, and Pamella Watson.  This story is trending!    This effort to bring 7 artistically wrapped port-a-potties to downtown Salem is getting the attention of local media and going viral.  

For recent media coverage see, USA today at and Wednesday's Statesman Journal "Holding Court" segment, at


 Watch the Arta Pottie Trailer here:

Listen to the interview Pastor Janet Parker gave on July 16, 2015 about the Arta Potties project here:

"Homeless welcome porta-facilities" by Helen Caswell. Salem Weekly Volume 12 issue 5 --June 25, 2015-July 8, 2015Type text here.

Pastoral letter to the Congregation about the placement of a porta- potty in our church's parking lot. June 18, 2015 Click here.

First Congregational UCC of Salem, Oregon part of downtown taskforce on public restrooms --June 2015