Community of ChristChurch
Faith News Update for April 23, 2020
Join us for Virtual Worship with Holy Communion 

Virtual Worship Logistics: 

If you are not able to join worship via your personal computer, you are welcome to join using your phone. Simply call this number… (253) 215 8782, follow the prompt to enter the Meeting ID: 669 927 281, and you will find yourself in our Zoom worship space.

  • The virtual doors to our Zoom worship will open at 9:00am. 
  • From 9am to 9:30am, the worship space will be open for folks to gather and get settled in. Our worship service will begin at 9:30am. 
  •  Holy Communion will be a part of our online worship, so we encourage everyone to prepare by putting together your own communion set from whatever you have handy in your kitchens and pantries. Be creative! For instance, the cup could be wine, juice, water, etc. The bread could be actual bread, a cracker, a tortilla, tortilla chip, etc. Please have these items nearby and handy when you join us online.

Easter Season Theme: COVID Conversations


During this Easter Season, we are having a series of conversations during virtual worship to help us to place ourselves in a larger community context, as we shelter in place and worship from home.

This week for our COVID Conversation during worship we welcome the Rev. Julie Smith. Julie is an Episcopal priest and serves as the Spiritual Care Director for OHSU Tuality Healthcare here in Hillsboro. She will give us a local healthcare direct services perspective.


Upcoming Conversations include 

May 3rd - Associate to the Bishop, Juan Carlos La Puente, Oregon Synod (ELCA) 

May 10th - Hillsboro Mayor, Steve Callaway  

Date TBD - Hillsboro School Board Chair, Erika Lopez. 


I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday!


God’s peace, 

Pastor David

One Coin Found Book Study
We will resume our One Coin Found book conversation online using
Zoom this Sunday.

We will be discussing chapter 6: Pinned

Meeting ID: 991 4815 4087

Share our Zoom Worship link with friends!

You are invited to share our Zoom worship link with friends and family.
Our interactive worship might be just what people need in this time of isolation and social distancing. Now is a great time to invite folks to check out our church! Even people outside of the Portland Metro area can join us!

Two easy ways:
1. On Facebook? Share the worship link to your friends.
2. Forward this email.

Final week:
Now accepting nominations for Church Council  

Do you know someone you think would be great in a leadership role at ChristChurch? We are accepting nominations for a 2-year term. Your Church Council is a gifted and passionate group of people who love Jesus and love this congregation. Nomination forms must be received by THIS Sunday, April 26th. We are accepting nominations via an online form. Here is the online form.

COVID-19 Response Opportunity in our Community


I wanted to share with you a wonderful opportunity for us to be good news to people in our surrounding communities during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Bienestar Oregon Esperanza Fund: COVID-19 Response

Bienestar is a local non-profit serving the low-income housing needs of immigrant families in our area. Gracie Garcia, Resident Services Director for Bienestar, reached out to us recently asking for our help in making sure at-risk families in Bienestar’s housing communities get the groceries and essential items they need during this time. Our immigrant population has been one of the hardest hit populations during the pandemic with some of the greatest barriers to accessing services and benefits during this time.

There are two ways you can help out right now…

One way is to make a financial donation to Bienestar. On our ChristChurch web page, if you click on the GIVE button, you will see that one category you can contribute to is Bienestar.  Any monies received in this category will be matched by ChristChurch up to $10,000 utilizing the benevolence fund we have set up to satisfy the terms of the sale of our building.

To date, we have already received $1,525.00 in donations, with our matching fund, that makes $3,050.

The other way to help is to volunteer in helping to distribute groceries, essential items and grocery food cards directly to families in need. A few of our members have already participated in weekly food distributions at Bienestar apartment facilities around Hillsboro, partnering with such organizations as Community Hands Up, All Saint’s Episcopal Church and the Oregon Food Bank.


We are working with Gracie at Bienestar and these other charitable organizations to maintain safe procedures for delivery with masks, gloves and minimal direct human interaction. We are using collapsible wagon/carts to facilitate the process. We could also use one more collapsible wagon/cart (example in photo on the right). 

If you are interested in helping out or have a wagon/cart, please add your name to this sheet.

God’s peace,

Pastor David

ChristChurch COVID-19: Needs & Response Survey

If you need help or are able to help the community in this health crisis, please fill out this survey to tell us what your needs are or how you can help respond to the needs in our larger community.
Update from Family Promise
Annie Heart, Executive Director at Family Promise Day Shelter sent a letter regarding the need to shut down operations at Family Promise for a while due to COVID 19. Read the letter here. 
Other ways to stay involved & connected:
ChristChurchCrafters HookUp
(VIRTUAL meeting)

Every Saturday @10am
Upcoming meeting:
April 25, 2020

Meeting ID: 226 185 003

During this period of time, we are going to combine the Prayer Shawl and Quilters Groups, plus open it up to any crafters in the ChristChurch family.  People can bring whatever they may be working on, or just come to chat about everyday matters.
Virtual Coffee Hour Open House

Every Wednesday 10am to Noon

Save this Zoom link:  

Meeting ID: 301 147 732 

We are offering an opportunity for you to visit on Zoom every Wednesday until the social distancing rule is lifted.

The meeting room will be open from 10am -noon on Wednesdays and hosted by Violet Thetford.
This will be an open house format for folks who want to drop in any time during the 2 hours. 
Feel free to come and go as you like. See ya Wednesday!

Electronic Giving
Since we can't pass our offering basket during virtual worship, we encourage you to automate your giving. Electronic giving also offers an easy way to give on a recurring basis.

THANK YOU to everyone that has signed up!
We are so grateful for the response. 

Go to and select the checkbox ‘Make this gift recurring’. You will then be walked through the steps for setting up an account with Easy Tithe.
Community of ChristChurch

This is Christ's church. There is a place for you here.

5170 NE Five Oaks Drive Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 617-9526
Our office is closed due to COVID 19. Staff is working virtually.
Please email us:

Pastor David Eppelsheimer            

Administrative & Communications Coordinator, Rachael Jans

Prayer Requests


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