PMC Meetups are groups that get together to build connections among PMC members and help us support each other in our journeys of faith. These groups are open to anyone who wants to join and typically have a specific focus or activity. They may be a one time thing or happen regularly throughout the year. Contact the group leader to join.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact someone from the Small Group Committee: Micah Engle-Eshleman, Caroline, McCarty, Joan Steininger, and Kristen Swartley.
Young Adult Social
And informal social gathering for young adults (25-45ish, flexible). We’ll meet once a month at a local restaurant or brewery for dinner, drinks, or snacks – whatever fits your schedule and budget.
Leaders: Kristen Swartley
Gatherings: 1st Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm
To join: Contact Kristen to get on the email list for the location of the month
Post-high to 25
This is a gathering aimed for folks who are post high school through age 25-ish (age range is flexible). We'll meet on March 14 and continue to meet if people are interested.
Leaders: Gerry Leatherman and Vange Gerber
Gatherings: 5pm, March 14 at the Leatherman/Gerber house
To join: Send Gerry or Vange an email or text (971-285-6975; to let them know you want to come
Need some more forest bathing in your life? Join this group to do hikes once a month together. It is a great time to be out in nature and get to know other PMCers better. Hikes will be minimum 6 miles, 1000 ft elevation gain.
Leaders: Lois Gearhart and Henry Janzen
Gatherings: Once a month on a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon (TBD)
To join: Send Lois or Henry an email to get on their email list.
Friday Coffee Group
Wanting to connect with fellow PMCers? This group meets on Friday mornings for a drop-in Conversation Gathering over Coffee/Tea at Papaccino's. Come join us if you'd like.
Leader: Linda Rush or Linda Smith
Gatherings: Friday mornings at 10:00 am, Papaccino's Coffee House & Cereal Bar (4411 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR, 97206)
To join: Check in with Linda Rush or Linda Smith, or just show up.
We meet to read and talk about books. Anyone can join.
Leader: Dave Johnson
Gatherings: Often the third Saturday morning of the month though we move this around every once in a while. Lately we have been meeting at Janna & Colleen's house.
To join: Contact Dave Johnson
Transitions is a group for older adults that meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join us for conversations about faith and life as we grow older. Contact Rod in the PMC office with any questions.
Leader: Pastor Rod Stafford
Gatherings: In the PMC Old Chapel, 4th Monday of the month, 1pm.
To join: Just show up! Or, send a message to Rod.
Dorcas Needles & Stitches
We knot comforters for MCC. These may be sent directly to refugees or some get sold at the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief. The group is open and anyone who wants to come is welcome. Just show up! Children should be able to tie a square knot so probably anyone by age 6 or 7 could join us.
Leader: Gail Manickam
Gatherings: We meet at the church, usually in the Old Chapel on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from roughly 9am - 12 noon.
To join: Just show up! Or contact Gail for more information.
“Put a Bird on it” Game Group!
Come join the flock of bird themed game players... We're getting together to play Wingspan once a month and Rook every other month. Join us in the lower level of the church and bring snacks if you like. People who have never played either game are welcome to come and learn (ages 10+ for Wingspan and 8+ for Rook recommended).
Leaders: Caroline McCarty and Ken Roupp (Rook)
Gatherings: 6pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month at PMC (lower level), Rook joins only on even numbered months (April, June, August, etc.)
To join: Email Caroline join our email list for reminders and other needed communications.
Bison Coffee House / Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery (DDoD)
Group focused on repairing the harm done under the Doctrine of Discovery to Indigenous people and cultures. Support, learning, and action for aspiring helpers at every level of interest and engagement. Gather at 10am on the 2nd TUE monthly to share what we are learning about Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery, and to patronize Portland’s only Native-American owned coffee & bake shop. 3941 NE Cully Blvd.
Contact Connie Brown or Sylvia Shirk for details.
Portland Mennonite Quilters
This group is focused on hand quilting. Usually quilts are completed to be auctioned at the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief. Sometimes we accept commissions - hand quilt for donation to MCC. The group is open to anyone. Beginners are welcome!
Leader: Ardy Alberts
Gatherings: Every Monday morning in the Lower Level of the Church.
To join: Contact Ardy Alberts, 541.680.3675
Night Strike is a community gathering that mobilizes volunteers/services, meets felt needs, and develops relationships that transform lives. It is an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a free haircut or shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced. PMC gathers a group of 5 volunteers once a month to help at Nightstrike.
Leader: Kim Bonner
Gatherings: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:45-9pm
To join: There are limited volunteer slots each month, please contact Kim each month to see if there is space to participate and for the location to meet at.
Monday Knitting Circle
We gather twice a month for a knitting circle in NE Portland. We welcome all knitters to bring a project and come knit together with us two evenings a month.
Leader: Lois Gearhart
Gatherings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30pm, Liz Heaney’s home in NE Portland
To join: Contact Lois for more information