Parkrose Community United Church of Christ is an energetic congregation in the Parkrose neighborhood on the east side of Portland. Established in 1913, we have long been a center for service to the wider community, and committed to the Gospel teachings of justice and peace.
We are a vibrant community where service, learning, hospitality and worship are central. The still-speaking God is active in our lives and we are serious when we proclaim, “Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
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A NOTE FROM PASTOR DON
Welcome to Parkrose Community United Church of Christ. We are serious about welcoming everyone, and we hope to have a chance to meet you personally. My name is Don Frueh, and I have served as Pastor here since September of 2009.
As the spiritual leader of our congregation, my goal is to help each person feel the movement of Spirit in their life. We offer a variety of ways to do that including vibrant Sunday morning worship, classes for
children, an active youth group weekly bible study and regular adult studies on a variety of topics. In addition, our various ministries put our faith to work in our community and world. Parkrose Community United Church of Christ has made a strong commitment to being a new kind of church, and we are enthusiastically living into our commitment.
My own spiritual journey has been a winding one: I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned music degrees from San Francisco State University and the University of Kansas. I served as a church musician for all of my adult life until I returned to school for seminary studies at Northwest House of Theological Studies in Salem in 2003. I graduated from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, with a Master of Divinity in June 2006 and was ordained in September, 2007. I served for two years as Associate Pastor at First Congregational UCC in Salem before accepting the call to Parkrose. My partner, Robert Barzler and I live in Gresham, Oregon.
Once again, I offer a warm welcome to you and your family. We embrace all kinds of families here, and we affirm a living, loving God at work among us.
Never place a period where God has placed a comma…God is still speaking.
TESTIMONIES, NOT TESTS OF THE FAITH
The United Church of Christ embraces a theological heritage that affirms the Bible as the authoritative witness to the Word of God, the creeds of the ecumenical councils, and the confessions of the Reformation. The UCC has roots in the "covenantal" tradition — meaning there is no centralized authority or hierarchy that can impose any doctrine or form of worship on its members. Christ alone is Head of the church. We seek a balance between freedom of conscience and accountability to the apostolic faith. The UCC therefore receives the historic creeds and confessions of our ancestors as testimonies, but not tests of the faith.
OPEN AND AFFIRMING
In Galatians 3.28 we are reminded that despite our differences we are all "one in Christ Jesus." Therefore, we, the people of Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, declare ourselves to be open and affirming. With God's grace, we seek to be a congregation that includes all persons,embracing differences of sexual orientation, gender, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, as well as racial, ethnic, religious, political or social-economic background. We welcome all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, and fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation. This is God's church and no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
Love One Another
Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves
OUR VISION STATEMENT:
With the grace of God, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ embraces and intentionally follows the teachings of Jesus Christ by:
- compassionately serving the wider community
- courageously practicing peace and justice
- enthusiastically inviting and welcoming everyone
- faithfully worshiping as community to deepen our spirituality
Our progressive journey is continual learning and renewal.