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Upcoming Events

Here are some Upcoming Events



Deborah Ministry

Thursday, March 21st

9:30 AM [ more info ]





Portland Kids Sunday

Sunday, March 24th

12:00 AM [ more info ]



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Serve In Our Community

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16

Serve the City

  • …A lifestyle and not an event
  • …A culture and not a program
  • …A way of being His Church as we serve our neighbors in need

Community-Wide Outreaches

Compassion Clinic SW

A Compassion Clinic is a church-led medical, dental and support initiative offered free of charge for our local community. This is a practical way for our churches to demonstrate God’s love in unity to our city.

There is a place for you! No matter what your skills or passions are, there is a spot for you to help serve and love our community. A Compassion Clinic requires up to 400 volunteers to have its maximum impact, so we need your help!

Project Coordinator: Loren Craft [ ]

Love Where You Live - City Serve

Acts 17:26…..and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands….

Project Coordinator: Terri Eastburn [ ]

Portland’s Christmas Celebration: A Concert

This annual musical production is presented to our community free of charge and features over 400 musicians and singers, including adult choir, live orchestra, children’s choir, youth choirs and handbells. It is truly a highlight of our community’s holiday season! But it takes a herculean effort to pull off an event this huge! Opportunities to serve at this event range from singers and musicians, to cuddling babies in the nursery, to helping in the kitchen, decorating the foyer, or assisting on the greeting or parking crews.

Project Coordinator: Kristin Lockaby [ ]

Community Care Day

Join friends, school employees and neighbors for our annual Community Care Day each August. This three-hour volunteer work party meets at neighboring schools and prepares the grounds and landscaping for the beginning of the school year. It’s truly amazing what we can do in such a short time.

Project Coordinator: Pastor Aaron McKee [ ]

Neighborhood Repair and Building Projects

One of the unseen ministries of the church, but hugely appreciated is when a group of men and women invest time in repairs or upkeep on a home for someone who can’t physically or financially afford to do the work themselves. When possible a team of volunteers will help repair front steps, maybe replace a fence, or simply clean up overgrown landscaping.

Project coordinator: Pastor Michael Freitas [ ]

Neighborhood House – Multnomah

A strategic partnership with Neighborhood House has allowed the church to help the hungry, and sometimes homeless, in the Multnomah/Hillsdale neighborhoods. Throughout the year we help financially to purchase food and supplies. During the year we also collect food to help restock empty shelves. And Neighborhood House can always find a job for the willing volunteer. Whether it’s giving a financial gift, or volunteering your time, you will be making a difference in our own backyard.

Project Coordinator: Sheryl Landis [  ]

Teen Challenge Drug and Dependency Program

We believe that there is hope for recovery for every individual who is bound with life controlling problems such as addiction to drugs or alcohol by establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe there is hope even when everyone else says "just give up." Teen Challenge offers a safe place for recovery based on Biblical principles to eligible individuals, regardless of their ability to pay. Portland Christian Center has maintained a strategic relationship with Teen Challenge in order to assist them in helping men and women in the Portland area. Our involvement involves financial support, mentoring, and including Teen Challenge students in our ministry when possible.

Project Coordinator: Sheryl Landis [ ]

Children's Needs

Preemie Project:

This is an opportunity for anyone to knit or crochet hats for premature babies born at Doernbecher Hospital. Approximately 50 hats are distributed each month. Building bridges to the parents of premature babies is important. Often these relationships lead to lasting friendships and spiritual change. And most importantly, each preemie hat is a gift of love bringing spiritual and physical warmth to these tiny babies.

Project Coordinator: Terri Eastburn [  ]

Royal Family KIDS Camp

Every July, Portland Christian Center sponsors a week of a very special camp, Royal Family Kids’ Camp Royal Family KIDS, to minister to abused and neglected foster children from the Portland metropolitan area. For over a decade now, we have made a positive difference in the lives of over 500 local kids! We need volunteers year-round in a variety of positions. If you have a heart for reaching Portland’s foster children, this may be the place for you to serve! Royal Family KIDS is a nationally recognized organization completely devoted to helping abused and neglected foster children all over the United States.

Project Coordinator: Lorraine Zumwalt

Mega Sports Camp

Portland Christian Center, the church that brought you Young Champions, brings you this year’s big summer sports event for kids. MEGA SPORTS CAMP! This week-long evening sports camp offers kids three sports to choose from. Kids going into Kindergarten-5th grade can choose to spend 5 days training in either Basketball, Soccer, or Cheerleading. Kids 3½-PreK join the preschool activities which include multiple active motor skill games and activities. Kids rotate between exciting rally times, large-group sports training, and small group huddle discussions. To instruct the kids, we have experienced athletes ready to bring on the fun. But it’s not just about sports. Children will also learn healthy life lessons in our exciting rally times. Then the whole family can join us Friday night for the climax closing rally with food, inflatables, and a dynamite presentation.

Project Coordinator: Pastor Heather Lewandowski [ ]

Youth in our Community

Dinner And A Movie: Homeless Youth

Homelessness can happen at any age but it is particularly prevalent in the youth population in Portland. Dinner & A Movie is committed to helping Portland’s lost youth through providing for their physical, psychological, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Dinner & A Movie and Portland Christian Center believe in the value of the whole person, and seek to enable street youth to progress in every facet of their lives. This is why Portland Christian Center provides financial support and support the staff and volunteers at Dinner & A Movie who are dedicated to re-parenting the broken hearts of our city’s lost youth. We share the love of Jesus by providing hope and a chance at new life. This is one very tangible way you can become involved in helping the homeless youth of our community.

Project Coordinator: Sheryl Landis [ ]

Rake ‘N’ Run Middle School Outreach:

This is a service project our middle school students do every fall to help others. They arrive at a neighbor's house, rake the leaves quickly and thoroughly...and then "leaf". They don't do it for money or recognition; they do it for FREE to show God’s love!

Project Coordinator: Pastor Aaron McKee [ ]

Witness Missions Tour for Middle School Students
Priority Missions Tour for High School and College Students

One of the most effective ways to make a difference in a life is by letting your own life be changed at the same time. All of our middle, high school and college students  have the opportunity to be involved in a ministry team making a tangible difference in their world and experiencing life change at the same time. After months of preparation, Priority and Witness travel on a week long Missions Trip, ministering wherever an open door exists. This is one of highlights of the year for our students. Encourage everyone you know in middle school, high school and college to be involved in one of these groups.

Ministry Assistant: Kristin Lockaby [  ]

Ending Hunger – Ending Homelessness


Union Gospel Mission:

Developing strong relationships with Christ-centered organizations results in dynamic ministries which can only help people in need. Portland Christian Center also provides financial support and volunteers to Union Gospel Mission. Union Gospel Mission provides assistance to the homeless and people in need in the following ways: meals, clothing, resource referral, and prayer/spiritual support. Ultimately, it is always the hope that the clients of Union Gospel Mission will eventually be able to return to a healthy and productive life. The Mission's LifeChange addiction recovery program is one way that this can happen. We hope that you will consider how you can become a vital part of this ministry to the local men, women and children who need our help.

Project Coordinator: Sheryl Landis [   ]

Comfort & Healing

Deborah Ministry

If you like quilting, you’ll love Deborah Ministry! This group gets together at 9:30 AM the first and third Thursdays of every month in the Fireside Room, and creates beautiful quilts for various outreach organizations. These quilts have comforted the dying, warmed the hearts of women in Latin America and have been sent to Eastern Europe. You never know where the quilt will go, but the love which motivates each quilter is felt by those who receive the quilts. Come join this fun group of women using their talents for ministry!

Project Coordinator: Jan Rasmussen [ 503-638-9728 ]

Prayer Shawl Group:

Portland Christian Center’s prayer shawl group has knitted or crocheted, and delivered over 100 shawls and lap robes to people in our church community, area hospitals and beyond. What an amazing accomplishment, and labor of love! They are always looking for new people to join their group to help bless more people through these handmade gifts. Meetings are Monday mornings at 10:00 AM in the Hospitality Center.

Project Coordinator: Barb Philips