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Intown Presbyterian Church PO Box 6505 Portland, OR 97228

Intown Quarterly For the friends and members of Intown Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon grace, may be the person next to us in the pew or the person on the street corner, but in both situations we are called to serve. When we open ourselves and our homes to those outside the faith, unbelievers will be "looking on and listening in" in every context; therefore This winter, we are taking the opportunity to 1. The Gospel Changes Everything! there are no "in-house" moments. There are no spend twelve weeks discussing the essence of When we say “gospel”, we mean the good church functions where we can safely assume, Intown by looking extensively at each of our news of the Kingdom, proclaimed throughout “this is for us.” All ministry takes place with Core Values. the Bible and most fully expressed in the the expectation that outsiders are looking in. Every church has a set of core values— person and ministry of Jesus. All of these core 4. The Gospel Creates a New Community whether or not they are written down values influence and interpenetrate the others, One of the most difficult things for Western, anywhere. Oftentimes, a core value is simply but “the gospel changes everything” is the especially American Christians to understand center, the hub of the others. an expression of what is already in practice is that the Bible is written to a “people” of within the church, like: solid biblical 2. The Gospel Makes Us a Church for the God not simply “persons” of God. The preaching, uplifting worship songs, friendly City Christian life and Christian growth is community, strong youth ministry, etc. These Cities play a prominent role throughout the embedded in and dependent upon may or may not be things that SHOULD be a unfolding revelation of the Bible. Cities were community and we therefore worship, work, core value in a particular place, but they are places of refuge as well as prominent places of and complete our mission as a particular core values because they are the things that rebellion against God. They were ideals of community. the leadership, staff, and members have put human community, as well as places that into practice. Sometimes this is done desperately needed redemption. We do not 5. The Gospel Transforms Lives accidentally, or perhaps as a reflection of the believe that ministry in cities is more One of the primary distinctions we want to strengths of the staff team or the preferences intrinsically valuable than ministry in other make at Intown is that religion makes nice of the church body. the gospel makes new people; places, but Intown is a church that has been people, planted in the city specifically to bring God’s religion reforms people on the outside; the What we want to do during this series is not presence to city people. So, we encourage gospel transforms from the inside out. We simply to answer “what are we good at?” Christians to live in the city, learn from the believe that instead of new to-do’s and though that is a valid question, nor “what are city, to accept and love its people, to invest behavioral techniques that the gospel is the the immediate needs of the congregation?” their resources back into the city. central ‘change-agent’ in the Christian life. though that is important too. But, instead we Insofar that people understand and apply the are answering, “what kind of church do we 3. The Gospel Makes Us a Church for Others gospel, they will begin to see foundational want to be?” or, maybe more accurately, “what We are an “outward-facing” people, called to change in their lives. kind of church should we be?” extend grace to others. The person in need of So, how do we ensure that these values aren’t simply filed away after this series? I would encourage you memorize them! Yes, I’m serious. They will be immensely helpful as you serve and participate at Intown, and they are also useful in explaining Intown to others.

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Core Values are objectives not goals, they are targets not applications, ambitions not felt needs; they provide us with a line of sight to the horizon, not a topographical map. They are the key components of our mission:

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Sunday Prayer SUNDAY MORNINGS • 9:45AM • FELLOWSHIP HALL Join us each week to pray as a community, asking the Trinity to bless our time of corporate worship, meet with us as Jesus' people, and speak to those that have not yet experienced his grace.

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Moms of Infants Social FEBRUARY 22 • 1:35PM & 2:30PM • GYMBOREE PLAY AND MUSIC CENTER If you are a mother of a 10 month old or younger, you are invited to a get together at a free Gymboree Introduction 45 minute class. There is limited space available so please RSVP (faith@intownchurch.com). There will be a class for 6-10 months old at 1:35pm and birth to 6 months old at 2:30. 

— Rev. Brian Prentiss

Men's Gospel-Centered Life Group 2ND & 4TH WEDNESDAYS OF EACH MONTH • BEGINS FEB. 28 • 11:30AM—1PM Brian Prentiss will be leading a lunchtime discussion and study group using the GospelCentered Life materials put out by World Harvest Mission. This group will be limited in size in order to provide adequate opportunity for discussion so please email Brian if you would like to be a part of this group.

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Needs For those in need of prayer or material support, please visit our website at intownchurch.com/resources to get in touch with the leadership at Intown.

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Winter Ministry Overview As 2011 got underway, Intown began a series called Renew, seeking to recapture the core values and points of focus that started Intown several years ago. As we continue to allow our lives to be reshaped by the gospel, we are met with freedom and challenge. We are met with the freedom of realizing that we are accepted based on the work and love of Jesus, not anything we could possibly do. The challenge is how that freedom changes us at our core. As we allow the gospel to sink deeply into our hearts we begin to realize that we have been given a heavy and exciting task: to carry on the life of Jesus in the life of the world. We are an outpost for his Kingdom and we are called to continue his mission in our families, our city, and our world. Here are some ways that Intown is seeking to do just that.

awash in children of all ages. Faith Janssen, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator, has brought a great deal of structure and oversight to our children’s ministry and Intown now has a fully staffed nursery and children’s church, as well as IntownU classes for children of all ages. Of course Faith couldn’t accomplish all of this without dedicated volunteers who help teach classes and lead activities each week. For more information on how you can help out, contact Faith at faith@intownchurch.com Community Groups Community Groups restarted last fall, and we currently have six groups up and running throughout the city. We plan to add groups as the need arises, and we already have a few groups ready to start multiplying. Joining a community group is a great way to get plugged in and stay connected at Intown. More importantly, they are a great way to experience Jesus through his people.

Music Ministry 2010 brought continued growth to the music team at Intown under the leadership of Matt Curl. Looking ahead to the rest of 2011, Matt will be overseeing a new recording of many of the songs used in weekly worship. Communion Two is scheduled to be released later this year. Additionally, the music team is hoping to Children’s Ministry If you spend much time at Intown on a add new members. For those interested in Sunday morning then you know we are serving in this way, information regarding

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auditions will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please contact Matt at matthew@intownchurch.com.

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Intown Forum In 2011, Intown will be hosting multiple events to foster conversation about issues important to our city. A variety of speakers will be invited to share insights from their field of expertise, and allow us to engage in conversations with our neighbors, coworkers, and various civic leaders. These events are designed to be “front porch” events where we as a church can listen to those who share in the life of our city, while hoping to have a conversation on how to make Portland a more just and generous city.

Whenever I look around the congregation during communion, I am amazed to see so many children. This year we’ve seen an influx of even more little ones and we have grown our Children’s Ministry to accommodate them.

Discipleship Groups Intown added some intentional discipleship groups to our ministry platform late last year. These groups have seen some tremendous growth, and we’re happy to offer a new discipleship group for men starting on February 9th. These groups engage in gospel-centered study and allow opportunities to really dig deeply into the lives of others. For more information on how you can be involved in these groups, email brian@intownchurch.com.

with the children from our congregation 1:35. Space is limited so please RSVP if and get to know them better. you can make it. ! As a reminder, please take advantage of Thank you volunteers and supportive childcare for children up to age three parents and friends for making the during IntownU classes for kids and nursery, Children’s Church, and IntownU adults. The childcare workers enjoy Kids run so smoothly this year! I am interacting and playing with the younger blessed to work with such a great team of children so the older siblings and parents willing servants. can attend classes.

Nursery The toddler nursery has undergone notable changes to make it a warm and welcoming place for children to play, sing, and learn about God. Recently, we ordered another table and set of chairs to accommodate 17 regular attendees. One of the most positive changes was moving the infant nursery to the upstairs room — Faith Janssen next to the coffee table. It offers a peaceful and age-appropriate atmosphere Children’s Ministry Socials The Children’s Ministry hosted its first for newborns to early walkers. social this past November at Mt. Scott Community Center’s roller rink. It was a Children’s Church Children’s Church successfully launched pleasure to see nine families on roller this fall. I was encouraged to meet with skates, especially the parents! Our next an amazing group of teachers, who social is at 11:30 am on February 12th at formed teams to teach each month. An Lloyd Center Ice Skating Rink. The cost is average of 10 children between the ages $6 per person, which includes rentals, Please RSVP if you of five and ten attend regularly and are lunch, and crafts. would like to attend. The quarterly learning more about the love of God socials are an excellent opportunity to during the large and small group invite friends and also get to know other discussion time. families. ! IntownU Kids John Wolcott has been indispensable in With so many new babies born this year, helping me to plan the curriculum and we wanted to give these mothers an logistics of IntownU Kids. Thanks to the opportunity to meet and encourage each consistent volunteer support and other. If you are a mother of an infant, prepared teachers, our kids have another you are invited to the Gymboree Play & opportunity to learn the Bible. I Music (Cedar Hills) on Feb. 22nd. It is a personally was able substitute teach in free 45-minute introductory class with an the middle school and 4 & 5 year-old instructor. Mothers with infants under 6 classes. It was such a pleasure to engage months-old will meet at 2:30 and mothers with infants 6-10 months will meet at

Compassion Ministries In 2010 Intown continued to partner with local ministries such as Dinner & a Movie and the Portland Rescue Mission who are doing exciting work in the city. Additionally, our congregation gave generously to the Diaconal Fund to meet numerous specific needs within the church. In the first quarter of 2011 we will be launching a new structure for our ministry of mercy as well as linking arms with some new partners that will help us to assess the resources we have as a church, to understand the needs in our community, and to think creatively and concretely about how to meet those needs in a gospel-shaped way. — Steve Hall

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