Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Lent Retreat

If you would like to create space for stillness, reflection and deepen your engagement with Lent this year, please join us for this half-day contemplative retreat. We will be creating space for meditation and engaging more deeply with the Stations of the Cross, following our Lenten sermon series. This retreat time will be facilitated by Mindy Durias and Pastor Ben. If you would like to join us, please RSVP with Ben.

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Mar
24
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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Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Special Educational Gala: A Conversation with Ecotrust

Pearl Church has been meeting in Ecotrust since 2004 but perhaps, like many at Pearl, you’re not quite sure what Ecotrust is about? What is Ecotrust doing in the world? How can we at Pearl be good neighbors to Ecotrust? What kind of meaningful work might we be able to participate in together? You are warmly invited to share in a wide-ranging conversation between Ecotrust’s Executive Director, Jeremy Barnicle and Pastor Mike. We’ll also open a portion of the time for Q and A. Please RSVP with Pastor Ben (benb@pearlchurch.org).

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Apr
14
11:30 AM11:30

Book Discussion: How the Bible Actually Works

At Pearl, one of the rhythms that we are cultivating is a sacred story, which is expressed in the Bible. But why do we desire to engage such an ancient and sometimes confusing book? What exactly is the Bible’s purpose? What is it attempting to say to us? How are we supposed to read problematic texts? These are great questions that we’ll consider together as we discuss Peter Enns book, How the Bible Actually Works. Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

Our Good Friday service purposes to guide us in Jesus' passion, and by taking us to the depths of Jesus' despair, prepare us to understand and celebrate Easter more fully. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers, as well as a special service for preschool, elementary and youth.

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Apr
21
9:15 AM09:15

Two Services on Easter Sunday

We will hold two services on Easter Sunday, one at 9:15 a.m. and another at 10:45 a.m. Our regular kids’ program will be offered at the 9:15 a.m. service. The 10:45 a.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 joining the second service, as we anticipate the first service to be more heavily attended.

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Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

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 location or more information.

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday Service

When we receive ashes on our foreheads, we recall that our lives are but dust. We remember the brevity of life and the sacred gift of each day. Please plan to join us as we begin the season of Lent together, and inaugurate a forty day period (not including Sundays) during which we intentionally journey with Jesus in his passion. Childcare will be provided for infants and toddlers, and a special service will be offered for Preschoolers, Elementary kids and Youth.

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Mar
3
11:30 AM11:30

Pre-Lent Winter Potluck

One of the rhythms that we’re cultivating at Pearl Church is a common table, around which everyone belongs. In that spirit, potlucks are a wonderful way to spend time with old friends and an opportunity to make connections with newcomers. Whether you’ve been at Pearl for a long time or are brand new, we’d love for you to stay after church so that we can all share a meal together. To help us prepare, please sign up on Sunday for our Winter Potluck in the lobby, at the Connecting Table.

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Feb
24
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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Feb
23
5:30 PM17:30

Pearl Court Monthly Dinner

Looking for a way to create human connection in 2019? Individuals, families, and home groups are invited to participate in our monthly dinners at Pearl Court Apartments. This ministry provides sustenance for our neighbors through our gift of time, service and communing with them during our monthly dinner on Saturday, February 23 from 5:30-7:15. Questions? Contact Leslie Barnes.

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Feb
17
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 Train,” “Enoch and the Gorilla,” “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” and “The Displaced Person.” Questions? Contact Pastor Mike.

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Feb
14
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

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 location or more information.

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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Educational Gala

Educational Galas provide space for us to deepen into our Sacred Story by exploring theological and practical topics together. This next month we will be offering two workshops. Please RSVP with Pastor Ben and let us know which workshop you would like to attend.

Accommodation & Trajectory

At Pearl Church, we say that we are “shaped by a sacred story,” which casts our vision—it shapes our language, orients our hearts, and directs the ways that we mark our days and live out our lives here on earth. With this in mind, this seminar seeks to provide a practical orientation to the nature and function of the Bible so that it can meaningfully give shape, orientation, and direction to our lives. By simplifying and combining content from previous Ed Galas, this seminar will focus on accommodation, which offers us a lens to appreciate difficult and often violent texts in their ancient context, and trajectory, which can help us to appreciate the progression of human consciousness in the Bible. Going further, trajectory will then move us beyond the Bible, to try and discern the movement(s) of the Divine in the world today. Facilitated by Pastor Mike.

Path(s) to Integration: The Enneagram in Christian Spirituality

At Pearl Church, one of our core values is Integration—to discover how, by Divine Love, everything belongs. And yet our personal experience is often of fragmentation and disintegration. The early desert mothers and fathers spoke of nine logosmoi, thoughts or passions that obsess our attention and turn us against the imago dei within us. While one tradition of the church hardened these into seven deadly sins, an older wisdom was preserved in the tradition of the Enneagram, which helps us discern: what questions, passions, and even strengths tend to lead me to disintegration, and how does the Gospel bring integration into my particular personality? The Enneagram explores how our God is inviting us to relax into a whole, integrated self. In this workshop we’ll explore the history and use of the Enneagram, get a sense of how it speaks to us personally, and discuss particular practices that help each personality move toward integration with God. Facilitated by Pastor Ben.

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Jan
26
5:30 PM17:30

Pearl Court Monthly Dinner

Looking for a way to create human connection in 2019?Individuals, families, and home groups are invited to participate in our monthly dinners at Pearl Court Apartments. This ministry provides sustenance for our neighbors through our gift of time, service and communing with them during our monthly dinner on Saturday, January 26th from 5:30-7:15.Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food for our Baked Potato Bar. Contact Leslie Barnes.

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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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Jan
10
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

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 location or more information.

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Jan
3
7:00 PM19:00

January Educational Gala

Educational Galas provide space for us to deepen into our Sacred Story by exploring theological and practical topics together. This month’s theme will be Crafting Rhythms of Wisdom.

Pastor Ben will offer a workshop on the classical spiritual disciplines.If you've been interested in learning more about how practices like meditation, solitude, simplicity, fasting or celebration can help create rhythms of health and deepen our relationships with God and others, please join us!

Dan Gilbert, a forensic accountant and member at Pearl, will be leading a conversation on Biblical financial principles. The key points we are going to cover are:

  1. Attitudes toward money. 

  2. Debt: When and Why? Good versus bad debt

  3. How and why to save

  4. The miracle of compounding 

  5. Practical ways to understand our spending

  6. Taxes

  7. Giving

This will be a great workshop for the start of a new year! Please RSVP with Ben if you plan to attend.

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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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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
13
6:30 PM18:30

Pearl Youth Night

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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Dec
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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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
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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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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