MCC Portland News & Announcements: 14 April 2017
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As this sacred weekend unfolds, read this Good Friday Reflection "Good Friday Conversations" HERE prepared by Rev. Elder Mona West of our MCC Board of Elders.
This Easter Weekend with MCC Portland
TOMORROW, Sat, April 15 @ 3PM: Easter Egg Hunt and Story Time
easter eggs All children are welcome! Share fun and fellowship with our neighbors of Central Lutheran Church. Meet at the Peace House (NE 18th & Tillamook) for an Egg Hunt, then we create a festive Easter Parade to Central Lutheran for story-telling in preparation for Easter. (NOTE: In case of rain, Egg Hunt will be at Central Lutheran at 21st between Schuyler & Hancock.)
 
Easter Sunday, April 16:
7:00AM: Sunrise Worship at Washington Park
Welcome Resurrection morning watching sunrise over Mt. Hood overlooking our city from this landmark garden location. (Gather at parking lot above the Rose Garden . Bring a folding chair, check the weather forecast and dress warmly.)
8:30AM: Easter Breakfast served at MCC Portland
10:00AM: Easter Celebration Worship at MCC Portland
Celebrate the Resurrection uplifted by joyous music and surrounded by inspiring community.
TRAFFIC ALERT!
This weekend:  I-5 south bound will be closed between the Marquam and Broadway bridges. Traffic will be re-directed via I 405. 
Next weekend: 1-5 north bound lanes will be closed for similar repairs.
Closures begin Friday evening until 4:30 AM Monday morning.

Our infamous "rigged" talent show returns!
Saturday, April 29, 7PM
Do you have an amazing or unusual talent?
Do you want to enjoy an adoring audience? 
Is the Golden Gnome calling your name?
  • $5 donation audience admission gets 5 voting tickets. Buy more for $1 each and cast as many votes as you want for your favorite performer!
  • Each vote you cast enters YOU to win a gift certificate AND a GRAND PRIZE drawing!
  • Enter to perform and "Steal the Show" and win the DISTINGUISHED GOLDEN GNOME TROPHY!
  • Bring lots of friends, buy lots of tickets, cast lots of votes...so your favorite performer can win!!
Want to perform?  Sign up at church or e-mail HERE.
Support Our People's Pantry
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Your financial and food donations to the People's Pantry are always welcome!
Items currently needed for prepared food bags :
soups, chili, stew, instant puddings, ravioli/beefaroni (16 oz), sardines, peach cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, Jif peanut butter pads, canned tuna fish, spaghetti noodles, pork & beans, Spam/Treet, canned green beans (16 oz), instant milk, cold cereal
For more information about being involved, contact Mona HERE .
Enhance Your Spiritual Formation
Book Study of We Make the Road by Walking
Join us for the study of this book by popular author, Brian McLaren.   Perfect for group or individual study, get the book and read along on your own or join the Thursday 12noon small group at church.
Check out details at church for groups beginning :
Sundays @ 8AM & 12Noon at MCC
Wednesdays @ 6PM nearby in NE PDX
Thursdays @ 6:30PM in Vancouver  
Dining Out for Life, Thursday, April 27
Dine out at participating local restaurant and a portion of your bill is donated to the HIV Day Center and the Partnership Project , both supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in the Portland area.  Find participating restaurants by visiting diningoutforlife.com/portland.
Enhance Your Giving to MCC Portland
Set up a recurring credit/debit card charge using a giving envelope or pledge card.  Or...have a recurring payment sent directly from your checking account.  Contact your financial institution.