First Presbyterian Church, Cottage Grove, OR
to 12:30 pm
216 South Third Street, PO Box 541, Cottage Grove, OR 97424
Ina Daugherty Memorial Garden
Situated just East of our Church building is the Ina Daugherty Memorial Garden, a planned urban garden set aside for the pleasure of the neighborhood in which the First Presbyterian Church is located. Beginning in 2009, members of our congregation began work on the Garden to bring it back to its ultimate beauty after many years of neglect. Working together on Thursdays, and some special work day Saturdays, during the Spring, Summer and Fall, the garden flourished and was honored to be one of the featured urban gardens on the 4th Annual Cottage Grove Town & Country Garden Tour . Garden work is never complete and these dedicated gardeners continue to prune, weed, mulch and keep the Garden pristine and beautiful for all to enjoy.
Beginning in the winter of 2010, our church was one of three churches in Cottage Grove to open its doors to the homeless through the Beds for Feezing Nights program. Members of our church congregation watch over those individuals who take advantage of the warm beds provided for these nights.
Our Continuing Commitment to Social Justice
A sense of community is an important part of the total life of our congregation. We enjoy a variety of activties together such as music events, potlucks, study groups, and after-worship fellowship. However, as the first church in Cottage Grove, OR, founded in July 1855, we have established a long heritage of ministering to the community. The outreach program supports a worldwide mission effort and many local agencies in Cottage Grove and Lane County. Opportunities are provided to participate in study and action for mission beyond our congregation. Many of our members and friends donate numerous hours, talents, and leadership to a large number of services and other organization.
Our congregation has been instrumental in the formation and ongoing efforts of
South Lane Mental Health (SLMH got its start in 1988, thanks to the generous and open hearts of the ministers and congregation of the Cottage Grove First Presbyterian Church. They allowed a mentally ill homeless woman to sleep in the parlor and cook her meals in the church kitchen. Because there were no mental health services available locally, she ended up hospitalized in a state facility near Portland when her condition deteriorated. On her release, a residential placement was advised. She had hoped to return to Cottage Grove, but there were no options available to her here. Read more ...)
Important Ties: Other groups that we urge our members and friends to support include
We are always working to develop and support programs serving our local and global communities. And updates to this page will always be in the works! So for up-to-date information about opportunities to work with us, please contact the church office.
Local Holiday Giving Opportunities
FAMILY RELIEF NURSERY: If you would like to sponsor a family or help out one of the Family Relief Nursery families, please go to the link farther down this page.
COMMUNITY SHARING GREEN BAGS: Thank you to everyone who donated food – we turned in 135 pounds of food. You can still donate this month. Right now, they need baby food and diapers, hamburger helper, and macaroni and cheese dinners. Green bags are in the Friendship Hall, or visit the link down below.
Our Commitment to Affordable Housing -- Past, Present and Future
Members of our church were instrumental in founding a number of affordable housing complexes in Cottage Grove and Springfield. Building low-cost and senior housing was an effort led by former pastor Hugh Peniston, with some of our members continuing to serve on the boards of Rainbow Village in Springfield and Jefferson Park, and Witherspoon Court in Cottage Grove.
The Cottage Village Coalition (CVC)
Continuing our support of housing initiatives, members of our church are participating in the Cottage Village Coalition, whose mission is about
"Advancing self-sufficienty and human dignity
by providing safe, stable, well-designed
tiny homes in a village setting for those who
need them most." . . .
There are many ways in which you can support this project. The link above takes you to the coalition's site, which offers much more detail.