Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Bulletin Board


  • The Ad Council has decided to maintain the 10:00 am service time with one service during the Fall months, as we have several guest preachers for this period. Our Adult Sunday School class, which will resume on September 9, will meet at 8:30. Check here for further updates as they occur.
  • Guest preachers for September:
  •       Sept. 23: Rev. Karen Love Baisinger
  •       Sept. 30: Rev. John Schmidt
  • A local non-profit project called “First Step” has applied to the City Planning Department for a temporary conditional use permit to place three RV trailers on the Presbyterian Church property at 3996 Highway 101 for the purpose of providing transitional housing.  The proposal is for a one-year period to permit this pilot program, after which the permit  would expire.  First Step is seeking to test, on a pilot project basis, a new method for addressing the needs of homeless families in the community. If successful, it would anticipate applying  for continuation of the permitted use; and use the experience as a basis for replicating the project in other appropriate locations.  The project includes (i) strict compliance standards for families selected to participate in the project; and (ii) offers training designed to improve opportunities for employment and advancement to permanent housing options.  A public hearing on whether to approve the application will be held at the Florence Events Center at 5:30 pm on September 11.  Written testimony  on the proposal can be submitted to the Planning Department at 2675 Kingwood Street; or by email to wendy.farleycampbell@ci.florence.or.us   Written comment received prior to September 4 can be addressed within the staff report.  However written testimony will be accepted until September 11 at 4:00 PM.  Rev Carol has requested that members of the congregation consider taking advantage of this opportunity to participate; and if they agree with the Application submitted by First Step submit written commentary in support of this innovative pilot project.
  • Altar Floral:  We have an easy opportunity to provide a floral arrangement -- there are envelopes in the church foyer where for a very reasonable cost (thanks Aaron!) a floral arrangement can be provided to commemorate an occasion or in memory of a loved one.
  • Please hold in prayer this week: Those who are traveling; those grieving recent losses of family and friends; people in Western states and other places in the world who are fighting wildfires and working to make recoveries following them; Those in the Eastern US who are in areas affected by devastating flooding; Haitians soon to be expelled from the U.S.; DACA young people and their families; refugees throughout the world; the homeless of our community; President Trump, the Cabinet, members of Congress, our country and World leaders.