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Who We Are

We are a welcoming congregation.

We seek to be people who are growing in love, centered around the love we experience in the presence of the risen Christ.

We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), located in beautiful Southeast Portland. 

We are a body of Christians who have been here in this neighborhood since 1906, beginning as a Sunday School which met in a house across the street from our current location.

We moved into our current location in 1924. 

A lot has happened over the years we have been part of the fabric of this community.

We are a local body of Christ, here for you.

Briefly, here is what we believe about our identity and our purpose:

Christ gives to the Church all the gifts necessary to be his body. The Church strives to demonstrate these gifts in its life as a community in the world (1 Cor. 12:27–28):

*The Church is to be a community of faith, entrusting itself to God alone, even at the risk of losing its life.

*The Church is to be a community of hope, rejoicing in the sure and certain knowledge that, in Christ, God is making a new creation. This new creation is a new beginning for human life and for all things. The Church lives in the present on the strength of that promised new creation.

*The Church is to be a community of love, where sin is forgiven, reconciliation is accomplished, and the dividing walls of hostility are torn down.

*The Church is to be a community of witness, pointing beyond itself through word and work to the good news of God’s transforming grace in Christ Jesus its Lord.

We welcome you into our unity and diversity.

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:27–29).

The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church’s membership. In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, geography, or theological conviction. There is therefore no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall guarantee full participation and representation in its worship, governance, and emerging life to all persons or groups within its membership.

We are led by leaders who are elected by the congregation.

There is a teaching elder, our pastor.

There are also ruling elders, who are called especially for their gift of wisdom.

We also are led by our deacons, who are called especially for their gift of compassion.

The elders and deacons hold positions of ordained ministries, although there are certainly others within the congregation who hold positions of leadership, based upon their gifts.

We have a Book of Confessions and a Book of Order

Please feel free to visit these documents at the links above to explore them.

 We welcome your presence with us and also your comments.