Community of ChristChurch
Faith News Update for May 7, 2020
Virtual Worship with Holy Communion 
Sunday, May 10th at 9:30am
If prompted enter password: 080114 

Joining by phone:

If you are not able to join worship via your personal computer, tablet or smartphone you are welcome to join using your phone.

  1. Call this number: 1-669-900-6833 
  2. Use the meeting ID: 669 927 281
  3. Enter password 080114 

You will find yourself in our Zoom worship space.


Virtual Worship Logistics: 

  • 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 Hillsboro Mayor, Steve Callaway

About: On January 3, 2017, Steve Callaway became the 50th Mayor of Hillsboro. Mayor Steve Callaway was elected to the City Council in November 2010, re-elected in 2014, and most recently elected as Mayor in 2016. Steve has lived in Hillsboro since 1995. He feels it is important to live, shop and volunteer in the community where he is earning his living. 


I look forward to seeing you in worship this Sunday!


God’s peace, 

Pastor David

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

We will be discussing chapter 8:

Meeting ID: 991 4815 4087
Password if prompted: 038988

Isaiah 43:19 Update: 

It's been a few weeks since our building has sold. Your church council is looking to the future. The next chapter in our Isaiah 43:19 journey is to fulfill a requirement of the building sale: the church will donate $36,000 by the end of June to charity. 

The matching gift donations towards  Bienestar Oregon Esperanza Fund: COVID-19 matching gift response are part of this initiative.


Your church council members have brought forward names for the past few weeks. They still want to hear from the congregation! Thank you to those that have already submitted organization names. This is the final week to submit organizations for consideration.

Please email your suggestion(s) to Pastor David by this Sunday, May 10th. 


At the May 13th council meeting the council will decide which organizations and how to divide up the funds. There will be an article in Faith News shortly after the council meeting with results. If you have questions about this process you are encouraged to contact Pastor David as well. 


With the COVID 19 crisis, the building sale allows us to make an impact during a time when the need is great.

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 $3,665.00 in donations.

With our matching fund, that makes $7,330‬!
The deadline for funds to be matched is Sunday, May 31st. 

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. 

If you are interested in helping out please add your name to this sheet.
God’s peace

Pastor David

Opportunities to stay connected:
Virtual Reconciling in Christ Team Meeting 
Thursday, May 7th
at 6pm.

Meeting ID: 571 159 077 
Password: 041672 

Reconciling in Christ is a program for Lutheran congregations who want to publicly welcome people of all sexual orientations, gender identity, and gender expression into their communities.

ChristChurchCrafters HookUp
(VIRTUAL meeting)

Every Saturday @10am

Meeting ID: 226 185 003
Password: 012822

During this period of time, we are combining 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 
Password: 005805

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!

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. Make sure to include the meeting ID and password (found at the top of this email).
2. Forward this email.
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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