We are always looking for ways to foster church-wide connection outside of Sunday mornings and one way we’ve done this in the summer is with after-church picnics. This will be the second picnic of the summer, at Sellwood Park on the Eastside of town. These picnics will be BYOF (Bring Your Own Food), but you are also welcome to bring something to share! Intown will supply drinks and cookies. We will provide more information as the date approaches, so keep an eye out for it!
Save the date for an Intown Women's event on the evening of Saturday, September 7. Christina Overbeck will host us in her lovely NW Portland home for a time of food, fellowship and prayer. All Intown women are invited and welcome! Please contact Rebecca Josephson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Grab a friend and join us for a day on the lake with the Downtown Youth Collective. Wake boarding, tube riding, swimming and loads of fun! Meet at First United Methodist Church at 8:30AM. We’ll carpool down to Mongold State Park at Detroit Lake (about 2 hours away). We’ll return by 10PM (we’ll text parents when we leave the park). RSVP by Sunday, July 21st to Jillianne (email@example.com / 503-679-4331) so we have enough life jackets and car space. Please bring: $5, a packed lunch, towel, swimsuit, and dry clothes.
We are always looking for ways to foster church-wide connection outside of Sunday mornings and one way we’ve done this in the summer is with after-church picnics. This will be the first of two picnics we will have this Summer, one Westside and one Eastside. These picnics will be BYOF (Bring Your Own Food), but you are also welcome to bring something to share! Intown will supply drinks and cookies. Stay tuned for more info as the date approaches.
Jillianne Bandstra and Brian Prentiss would like to invite you to join us for lunch after church where you can share your hopes and dreams for the youth program at Intown. We'll also be asking for your honest feedback about what is working and what we should do differently. Youth 5th grade and up are welcome to join us for the discussion. We'll also have the preschool room open if younger/non-interested siblings need a place to hang out. We will be meeting in the church office downstairs. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
At the Waineo home, please email Vicki for address/info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested reading for May is another good one! Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Come and chat about it! Or about whatever else has been on your reading radar. Questions? Ask Vicki at email@example.com or thru the Goodreads group: bit.ly/IntownGoodreadsPDX
Come out for a church game night event to get to know your fellow Intowners! This BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) event will take place downstairs in the church office and preschool room. If you are interested in coming, please email Jennifer Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org). If there are enough people interested in attending that would like childcare, we will put out a collection to attendees to cover that cost.
This group meets at the Waineo home, pleas email Vicki for info/address: email@example.com
Suggested reading for April is a forgotten classic from 1937 called Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston. Come and chat about it! Or about whatever else has been on your reading radar.
Join the women of Intown on March 27th at 6pm for a night at OMSI After Dark. The theme for the month is Great Scott! This is a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
Tickets go quickly. If you’d like to reserve yours, bring $15 to Rachel Ebbers (check or cash) by Sunday, March 3rd. She’ll do the ticket purchasing and coordinate meeting up before the event! Contact Rachel for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every month on the 15th we'll gather to talk about what we've been reading, writing or pondering and maybe choose something to read together. We’ll meet at the Waineo home. This is still a new thing, so come contribute your thoughts and ideas about what this could look like! Text Vicki W. with questions: 503.383.1229
Please join us for the Intown Ladies Clothing Swap. It’s time to purge your closet of all the clothing and accessories (purses, shoes, hats, scarves and coats) that you haven’t used in a year or two. Bring that loot with you to Jennifer Bowman’s house (2143 SE Main Street). Any leftover clothing will be donated to a local women’s shelter.
This week we are taking nominations for Elder and Deacon! Inside your bulletin this coming Sunday should be a ballot that you can use to nominate someone for the offices for either of these offices. There will be space to nominate two persons on each bulletin insert but if you would like to nominate more than two people you can find another ballot at the back of the sanctuary.
First UMC, FPC, and Intown are partnering for a day retreat for 3rd—5th graders to learn more about the Bible. This retreat allows for a fun, deep dive into what the Bible is and how to engage with it. The children will gather at First United Methodist Church on Saturday at 2:00pm. Parents and guardians will rejoin at 5:00pm for a dinner and report on the day. Then, everyone will go together for a fun evening at Sky High Sports! Stay tuned for details and sign up information, and, for now, save the date!
Middle through High School youth will gather at First United Methodist Church right after worship for lunch before heading to the Sauvie Island Corn Maze. Youth need to RSVP in advance to ensure we have enough drivers and seat belts. Permission forms required. Stay tuned for exact details. Contact Jillianne for more info: email@example.com
Join other Westsiders for a lunchtime gathering after church. Rogue Hall is located at 1717 SW Park Ave and has plenty of space for a large group, plus board games and video consoles to keep the kiddos occupied. This will be a fun opportunity to hang out and fellowship, and discuss the possibility of forming a new Westside community group.
Please join us for a friendly and interactive introduction to Intown following our worship service. The pastor and other leaders will be there to provide a brief overview of the church, and there will be plenty of time for discussion and to get acquainted with other newcomers. Lunch and childcare will be provided.
Beginning on September 9th, Scott Bowman will be leading a class/discussion on commonly misinterpreted passages of the Bible. We hope to not only address these individual texts but investigate what these various misreadings tell us about the filters and biases we bring to the entire Bible. Please join us at 9:45 in the Bridal Room off the Fellowship Hall.