Weekly News & Announcements
Enjoy MCC Portland's 45th Anniversary!
We shared a wonderful celebration of our 45th Anniversary last Sunday. If you want to revisit or share the experience, the full worship celebration and the short video history of 45 Years are now posted for viewing our website and on our YouTube channel.

It's not too late to share YOUR favorite memories and good wishes! Go directly to our Anniversary webpage to enter your favorite memory or words of blessing using this link:  http://www.mccportland.com/anniversary-memories-and-blessings/You can still share a brief video (mp4 or mob format; 2 mins max), a favorite picture (jpg or png), or a letter (PDF) sent as an email attachment to digital@mccportland.com. We'll continue to add items to our anniversary webpage as they come in!
Reflect and Renew: The Season of Lent Begins Wed, Feb 17
To prepare our spirits to welcome the joy of Easter Resurrection, Lent provides several weeks for important reflection and renewal.

Lent begins with the observance of Ash Wednesday on February 17 with prayer and the traditional imposition of ashes. This year:
  • You can receive ashes in-person at 2828 SE Stephens Street from 11AM to 5PM.
  • 6PM, midweek prayer will be an Ash Wednesday reflection for on-line participation at home.
Excavate, Examine, Engage: Lenten Groups 2021
Thursdays @ 6:30-8PM, February 18 through March 25
Making visible the structures of the world.
Imagining a more just life together.

Co-hosted by Pastor Nathan and Pastor Linda, MCC Portland and Common Ground will share Thursday evenings during Lent together with facilitated discussion; some weeks featuring guest speakers. Our aim: to learn, listen and take action to build a more just world.

Themes:
ͦ The Structures of Governance, as we hear about our new “City Charter” process we contemplate who gets to decide and who governs. (with special guest Salome Chimuku on Feb 18)
ͦ The Structures of Community, as we look at urban planning and design’s impact on housing and exclusion.
ͦ The Structures of Policing, as we confront the history of power and control of our neighbors.

Join us individually, or (safely) host a small group! On-line Zoom link: 
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/324221462 or call in via phone: (408)638-0968 or (253)215-8782.

NOTE: These sessions are our Thursday discussion group during the 5 weeks of Lent.
Want to Learn More About MCC? Curious About Becoming a Member?
Membership Class Coming Up Feb 28 & March 14
Become part of the story and the future of MCC Portland! Our membership class is held in 2 sessions; first session on Sunday, Feb 28 @ 12Noon; second session Sunday, March 14 @ 12Noon. 
Sessions will be held in hybrid fashion with "in the room" and Zoom options; RSVP is required. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Pastor Nathan at nathan@mccportland.com for more information, to reserve space, or for the Zoom on-line link.
Do You Need Some Extra Care?
If you or someone you know with MCC Portland has a special need for additional care or support at this time please be in touch: 

*CLT members: John Larsen, Charles Donald, Kim Sharp-Zook, Philip Patterson-Sims, Rev. Nathan Meckley 
Want to Connect During the Week?
Wednesday Prayer@ 6PM
Thursday Study @7PM
We continue to exercise caution by avoiding larger in-person gatherings and offering on-line options for some other gatherings. Connect with us during the week (on-line via the FREE video meeting program Zoom which also allows call in via phone)

Wednesday Midweek Prayer @ 6PM 
Share a time of midweek prayer with Pastor Nathan -- either on-line OR in person at 2828 SE Stephens St. (NOTE: Masks and physical distancing will be required if attending in-person). Join on-line through this Zoom link:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81765140669 or call in from any phone: (253) 215-8782 or (408)638-0968 (Meeting ID# 817 6514 0669)









Thursday Evening Group Study & Discussion @ 7PM

NOTE: Beginning Feb 18, Thursday discussion begins at 6:30PM. See above.

Join us for this weekly study group also conducted on-line. Copy and save this Zoom link: 
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/324221462 or call in via phone: (408)638-0968 or (253)215-8782.
All are welcome. If you plan to join us but have not recently participated, email Pastor Nathan at nathan@mccportland.com for additional information in advance.
Monthly Board Meeting THIS Wed, Feb 10 @ 7PM
The monthly meeting of the MCC Portland Board of Directors will be held this Wednesday at 7PM. This Board meeting will be held on-line only via Zoom. Guests and observers are welcome.
You can attend on-line using this Zoom link:
(Meeting ID: 841 8823 0471) You can also call in by phone: (253)215-8782.
If you have questions or comments for the Board e-mail board@mccportland.com.
SAVE THE DATE: Sat, March 20, 4-6PM
Our Next Drive-in Social!
With vaccines in distribution to stem the pandemic, we remain hopeful to return to gathering in person again. Until we can do so, our drive-in socials have been a great way to see each other safely. Our next one is scheduled for the first weekend of Spring: Saturday, March 20 from 4-6PM. We will enjoy some entertainment, some treats, and the joy of each other's company shared with our friends at Common Ground. Plan ahead to join us and stay tuned for more details.