Dec
2
11:30 AM11:30

Advent Wreath Making and/or Potluck

On December 2, the first Sunday in Advent, everyone is invited to stay after church to enjoy a potluck together and to make an Advent wreath for use at home. All supplies (wreath form, candles, evergreens, ribbon and prayer guide) will be provided at a suggested donation of $10 per wreath. Also, even if you decide not to make a wreath, everyone is invited to stay for the potluck.

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Dec
9
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion— A Selection of Flannery O’Connor’s Short Stories

Considered one of the best short story authors of the 20th century, Flannery O’Connor’s genre—southern Christian gothic—is dark, humorous, scathing, and illuminating. Her stories highlight religious and societal hypocrisy, and they encourage a reckoning with our own hypocrisy so that we might grow into more whole and compassionate human beings. The selection of short stories for this discussion includes: “The Turkey,” “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” “Good Country People,” “The Comfort of Home,” and “Revelation.” Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Advent Retreat Day

Please join us for this half-day contemplative retreat as we create space to rest in God’s presence. Advent is a season of longing, waiting, and cultivating hope; our theme will be “Practices of Waiting” and we will be engaging several spiritual practices that deepen our capacity to wait with God. Facilitated by Ben Barczi and Mindy Durias, both teaching and experiential practices will be offered. Please RSVP with Ben if you plan to come.

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Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Services

On Christmas Eve, we will hold two evening services at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. You are warmly welcome to invite friends, family and neighbors to join in this special celebration. At 5 p.m., we will offer separate age-appropriate worship services for kids, who will join the adult service for Eucharist, candle lighting and the last two carols. The 7 p.m. service will be identical in content but will not offer a kids’ program or child care. We encourage those who do not have kids to consider attending the second service, as we anticipate the first service to be more heavily attended.

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Jan
13
11:30 AM11:30

Covenant Class

Covenanting at Pearl Church is a commitment to common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs. Author/poet Wendell Berry calls this "Beloved Community." If you're interested in meeting with a pastor and hearing more about what it means to be part of this Pearl Church, you're invited to our next Covenant Class in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Nov
11
11:30 AM11:30

Covenant Class

Covenanting at Pearl Church is a commitment to common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs. Author/poet Wendell Berry calls this "Beloved Community." If you're interested in meeting with a pastor and hearing more about what it means to be part of this Pearl Church, you're invited to our next Covenant Class in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

Location: The Gilbert’s House

Students in 6th grade or above are welcome to join us for our monthly youth night. There will be light snacks, but plan to have eaten dinner ahead of time. These youth nights will include time for fun activities and games as well as time for discussion, and engaging in real life issues with each other. Contact Pastor Becca for the address or more information. 

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Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting Night

Location: Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby

Looking for a casual way to connect with people from Pearl? consider joining us at the Lucky Lab! Grab a drink, salad, or slice of pizza, bring a game to play, bring your kiddos, or just show up on your own and enjoy sharing in conversation. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike

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Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Pearl Kids Playdate

Join Pastor Becca, other Pearl kids and families, teachers and anyone else who wants to play at Playdate PDX (1434 NW 17th Ave.). All are welcome, but babies, toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy it the most. For more information contact Pastor Becca. Hope to see you there!

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Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Contemplative Prayer Class

You are invited to participate in group contemplative prayer on 4 evenings this fall.  These hour long sessions will offer a chance to explore the following contemplative practices: breathe prayer, lectio divina, the daily examen, the welcoming prayer, a loving kindness meditation, centering prayer and yoga.  No prior experience with these prayer practices is necessary.  Incorporated into the prayer time will be simple instruction led by Mindy Durias, who has been facilitating group contemplative prayer for 6 years.  Come to rest in God and connect in sacred space with others in the Pearl Church family.  

Please feel free to join for as many or as few classes as you are able to attend! While the weeks will build on each other, they will still be open for anyone to jump in and out as your schedule allows.

We will meet from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Alongsiders Church in their fireside room.  Enter through the double doors on Flanders street, west of the main entrance.  For more information contact Mindy Durias at (503) 251-5957 or via email at mindybryn@gmail.com.

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Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

The Stories We See: Coco

Pearl Church exists to express and share a Sacred Story. The first line of our story states, "In the beginning, God created…." Part of the Imago Dei (Image of God) that all humans bear is that we, too, create and create ways to express this Sacred Story, whether we creators acknowledge it or not. It is for us who know, who have eyes to see, to recognize the story in what is created.

Over the next few months, Krys and David Springer will host evenings were we watch popular, secular films and seek to uncover where the Story of God might have been hidden within. FYI, these are not "Christian films". These are Hollywood movies with all of the things that may come with those (language, violence, sex, etc).

The next film we will show is Coco, on October 28, starting at 5:00pm.

Questions? Contact Krys or David for directions.

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Oct
28
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion: Home Economics

Meets in the church office following the service. In his collection of essays, Home Economics, Berry engages, among other issues, education, economy, property, patriotism, gender, and agricultural fallacies. It’s a work of brilliance that illuminates, scolds, and calls us to participate in ideals that facilitate life in creation, industry, and community. Questions? Please contact Pastor Mike.

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Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Contemplative Prayer Class

You are invited to participate in group contemplative prayer on 4 evenings this fall.  These hour long sessions will offer a chance to explore the following contemplative practices: breathe prayer, lectio divina, the daily examen, the welcoming prayer, a loving kindness meditation, centering prayer and yoga.  No prior experience with these prayer practices is necessary.  Incorporated into the prayer time will be simple instruction led by Mindy Durias, who has been facilitating group contemplative prayer for 6 years.  Come to rest in God and connect in sacred space with others in the Pearl Church family.  

Please feel free to join for as many or as few classes as you are able to attend! While the weeks will build on each other, they will still be open for anyone to jump in and out as your schedule allows.

We will meet from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Alongsiders Church in their fireside room.  Enter through the double doors on Flanders street, west of the main entrance.  For more information contact Mindy Durias at (503) 251-5957 or via email at mindybryn@gmail.com.

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Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

October Educational Gala

Our monthly Educational Gala provide a space for us to deepen into our Sacred Story by exploring theological and practical topics together. This month’s theme is Spirituality and the Arts. There will be two workshops offered:

The Art of Walking: Using word and image to capture the essence of journey

(Facilitated by Kari Gale) When Kari Gale started walking the Camino De Santiago in 2013, she brought some pens and paints with a vaguely optimistic idea of perhaps capturing a few moments in her journal’s blank pages. Forty days later she realized she had drawn and written something every day. The practice that resulted from this revelation literally changed her life. Kari will share how the use of word and image can help you capture the essence of whatever journey you are on, and more importantly, help you live each moment more fully.
Kari is an artist and writer specializing in food and travel illustration. In 2015 she published The Art of Walking: An Illustrated Journey on the Camino de Santiago which documents each day of her 500 mile journey. In September of 2017, she published her second book of illustrations and accompanying stories called Portraits of Iona: An Artist’s Perspective in Paint and Prose

Stories To Live By: Literature as a Spiritual Companion

(Facilitated by Mike Roth and Ben Barczi) The writer Joan Didion famously said, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Literature has the power to expand our imagination of what it is to be human, grow our compassion, and help us hold our questions as we journey with God. In this workshop we’ll explore four authors—Iris Murdoch, Flannery O’Connor, John Steinbeck and Wendell Berry—as a means for building a vision for how good stories companion us on the way toward goodness.

Please RVSP with Ben Barczi to let us know which workshop you plan to attend!

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Oct
21
11:30 AM11:30

Covenant Class

Covenanting at Pearl Church is a commitment to common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs. Author/poet Wendell Berry calls this "Beloved Community." If you're interested in meeting with a pastor and hearing more about what it means to be part of this Pearl Church, you're invited to our next Covenant Class in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Contemplative Prayer Class

You are invited to participate in group contemplative prayer on 4 evenings this fall.  These hour long sessions will offer a chance to explore the following contemplative practices: breathe prayer, lectio divina, the daily examen, the welcoming prayer, a loving kindness meditation, centering prayer and yoga.  No prior experience with these prayer practices is necessary.  Incorporated into the prayer time will be simple instruction led by Mindy Durias, who has been facilitating group contemplative prayer for 6 years.  Come to rest in God and connect in sacred space with others in the Pearl Church family.  

Please feel free to join for as many or as few classes as you are able to attend! While the weeks will build on each other, they will still be open for anyone to jump in and out as your schedule allows.

We will meet from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Alongsiders Church in their fireside room.  Enter through the double doors on Flanders street, west of the main entrance.  For more information contact Mindy Durias at (503) 251-5957 or via email at mindybryn@gmail.com.

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Oct
14
5:00 PM17:00

The Stories We See: Les Miserables

Pearl Church exists to express and share a Sacred Story. The first line of our story states, "In the beginning, God created…." Part of the Imago Dei (Image of God) that all humans bear is that we, too, create and create ways to express this Sacred Story, whether we creators acknowledge it or not. It is for us who know, who have eyes to see, to recognize the story in what is created.

Over the next few months, Krys and David Springer will host evenings were we watch popular, secular films and seek to uncover where the Story of God might have been hidden within. FYI, these are not "Christian films". These are Hollywood movies with all of the things that may come with those (language, violence, sex, etc).

The next film we will show is Les Miserables, on October 14, starting at 5:00pm.

Questions? Contact Krys or David for directions.

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Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Contemplative Prayer Class

You are invited to participate in group contemplative prayer on 4 evenings this fall.  These hour long sessions will offer a chance to explore the following contemplative practices: breathe prayer, lectio divina, the daily examen, the welcoming prayer, a loving kindness meditation, centering prayer and yoga.  No prior experience with these prayer practices is necessary.  Incorporated into the prayer time will be simple instruction led by Mindy Durias, who has been facilitating group contemplative prayer for 6 years.  Come to rest in God and connect in sacred space with others in the Pearl Church family.  

Please feel free to join for as many or as few classes as you are able to attend! While the weeks will build on each other, they will still be open for anyone to jump in and out as your schedule allows.

We will meet from 7:30pm-8:30pm at Alongsiders Church in their fireside room.  Enter through the double doors on Flanders street, west of the main entrance.  For more information contact Mindy Durias at (503) 251-5957 or via email at mindybryn@gmail.com.

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Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

Location: the Kriz’s house

Students in 6th grade or above are welcome to join us for our monthly youth night.  There will be light snacks, but plan to have eaten dinner ahead of time. These youth nights will include time for fun activities and games as well as time for discussion, and engaging in real life issues with each other. Contact Pastor Becca for the address or more information.

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Sep
30
5:00 PM17:00

The Stories We See: Blood Diamond

Pearl Church exists to express and share a Sacred Story. The first line of our story states, "In the beginning, God created…." Part of the Imago Dei (Image of God) that all humans bear is that we, too, create and create ways to express this Sacred Story, whether we creators acknowledge it or not. It is for us who know, who have eyes to see, to recognize the story in what is created.

Over the next few months, Krys and David Springer will host evenings were we watch popular, secular films and seek to uncover where the Story of God might have been hidden within. FYI, these are not "Christian films". These are Hollywood movies with all of the things that may come with those (language, violence, sex, etc).

The first film we will show is Blood Diamond (2006) starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Questions? Contact Krys or David for directions.

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Sep
29
5:30 PM17:30

Service Opportunity: Pearl Court Dinner

Looking for a way to create human connection while serving in your community? 

Individuals, families, and home groups are invited to participate in our monthly dinners at Pearl Court Apartments. This ministry provides support for our neighbors through our gift of time, service, and sustenance during our monthly dinner. 

Our first fall opportunity will be Saturday, September 29th from 5:30-7:15. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food for our Burrito Bar. For more information please contact Leslie Barnes.

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Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Gala

Our monthly Educational Gala provide a space for us to deepen into our Sacred Story by exploring theological and practical topics together. This month’s theme is Relationality. There will be two workshops to choose from:

A Trinitarian Theology of Relational Invitation: From Stranger to Guest (facilitated by Mike Roth) The Trinity is often a theology that mystifies. How exactly is “three-in-oneness” possible? Furthermore, what consequence does it have for life today? In this seminar we’ll explore the trinitarian dance into which every person belongs. Then, we’ll consider how the Trinity’s constant invitation to relationship sets an elevated vision for community that insists on relational movement from “stranger” to “friend.” Lastly, considering Henri Nouwen’s rubric for hospitality in Reaching Out, we’ll take time to reimagine a life together in which we share in the sacred work of nurturing a common table.

Reconciliation, Communion, Union: Foundations of Christian Contemplative Spirituality (facilitated by Ben Barczi) In the midst of our harried pace of life, the contemplative tradition witness to the voice of God calling us to be still, slow down, and learn to do our lives with God. This workshop will introduce the biblical, historical and theological foundations of the Christian contemplative way, and introduce practices that help us find the still, small voice of God in the ordinary places we inhabit. We’ll close with a change to engage experientially in a contemplative practice guided by Mindy Durias.  

Please RSVP with Ben Barczi to let us know which workshop you plan to attend.

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Sep
23
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion: A Timbered Choir

Meets in the church office following the service. As a follow-up to our previous discussion on Wendell Berry’s novel, Jayber Crow, we will dive into Berry’s poetry, by discussing A Timbered ChoirA Timbered Choir is a collection of Berry's Sabbath poems dating from 1979-1997 and they grow from his conviction that, “The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.” (Isaiah 14:7) Thus, these poems derive from Berry’s Sunday morning walking meditations, and they display the kind of soulful reflection that springs out of leisure and solitude. Interested or have questions? Please contact Pastor Mike.

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Sep
16
11:00 AM11:00

Fall Launch Sunday

In lieu of a normal church service, Fall Launch Sunday introduces our Leadership Team, service opportunities over the coming year, and provides a meal for us to share together. On Sunday, September 16, we’ll begin in the conference room at 11 a.m.—note the change from our normal meeting time—to sing, share, and pray, and then we’ll head up to the terrace for a Eucharistic meal together. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting Night

Location: Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby

Looking for a casual way to connect with people from Pearl? consider joining us at the Lucky Lab! Grab a drink, salad, or slice of pizza, bring a game to play, bring your kiddos, or just show up on your own and enjoy sharing in conversation. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike

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Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting Night

Location: Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby

Looking for a casual way to connect with people from Pearl? consider joining us at the Lucky Lab! Grab a drink, salad, or slice of pizza, bring a game to play, bring your kiddos, or just show up on your own and enjoy sharing in conversation. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike

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Aug
12
11:30 AM11:30

Covenant Class

Covenanting at Pearl Church is a commitment to common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs. Author/poet Wendell Berry calls this "Beloved Community." If you're interested in meeting with a pastor and hearing more about what it means to be part of this Pearl Church, you're invited to our next Covenant Class in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Jul
29
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion

Location: Church Office

Wendell Berry's book, Jayber Crowhas been described as "An almost perfect fiction, a sublime meditation on how irrevocable loss is redeemed through a renewed sense of kinship with the land and the past." This narrative covers many issues that are important to Berry. It's a great primer for first time Berry readers, and it's a joyful return to well loved characters and concepts for those who have journeyed before with Berry to the quaint town of Port William.  Interested or have questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting Night

Location: Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby

Looking for a casual way to connect with people from Pearl? consider joining us at the Lucky Lab! Grab a drink, salad, or slice of pizza, bring a game to play, bring your kiddos, or just show up on your own and enjoy sharing in conversation. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike

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Jul
8
11:30 AM11:30

Covenant Class

Covenanting at Pearl Church is a commitment to common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs. Author/poet Wendell Berry calls this "Beloved Community." If you're interested in meeting with a pastor and hearing more about what it means to be part of this Pearl Church, you're invited to our next Covenant Class in the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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