Parklane Christian Reformed Church

"Telling Good News, Making New Friends"

Who We Are

We are a church family with a heart for serving our East Portland neighbors. Many people around here know us as the "oil change church," because we provide free oil changes four times per year. Around 20% of our church grew up in our denomination. The rest we have connected with through neighborhood outreach, personal invites and being a very friendly church! We value strong biblical preaching from our pastor and elders, vibrant blended worship and our large youth group comprised mostly of kids from the neighborhood. We welcome you to check us out on a Sunday or to serve with us throughout the week!

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What to Expect

What are services like?

When you enter the building, you'll be greeted warmly and welcomed. If you have young children, you'll be directed to the nursery where you can sign them in. People will probably be gathering in the sanctuary, talking to visitors and friends and preparing for worship. There's an instrumental prelude either from the band, piano or organ. Our pastor, Pete Armstrong, welcomes everyone and makes a couple announcements, welcoming visitors and sharing about bible studies, small groups and neighborhood involvement. Even on a Sunday in which the music is very modern, the liturgy is pretty classic, as you might find in a Presbyterian, Reformed or Episcopal church. There's a call to worship, God's greeting/Greet Each Other, confession/assurance/the law. All of this is interspersed with worship songs. We spend an extended time in prayer. In the morning, a pastor or elder will lead it. In the evening, we take prayer requests from the congregation. We have a song for the children, and many from the congregation sing along or even do the motions (one thing that is unique about us!). Then we have the scripture reading and sermon, which for us is the highlight of the worship service: hearing the gospel. Once a month, we take communion. We sing a couple more songs, receive God's blessing and are sent out to the live the gospel in His world!


What is the community like?

Really friendly, down to earth Portland folks. It's multi-generational. We have a large youth group of around 40 kids, but there are also several babes in the nursery, all the way up to folks in their 90s, and even a woman who is 102! About 1/3 of us live within a mile of the church and could walk (but we probably don't because it's usually raining!). We care deeply for our diverse and changing neighborhood and do everything we can to serve and open doors to the gospel. Some have called us "the little church that could." We have 160 members but for a church of that size we are very involved. Many people who attend other churches on Sunday or none at all attend our bible studies, talent shows, craft nights and youth group during the week. It's just a friendly group of ordinary people who worship an extraordinary God in East Portland.


What if I'm not a Christian?

There are always folks around who are investigated Christianity and asking big questions about God and faith. You are absolutely more than welcome to journey with us and take things at your own pace. Many of us are married to people who don't share our faith. We seek to love and bless everyone who comes around and serve you as we can.


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Sunday: 11:00am and 06:00pm

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16001 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97233
(503)253-4728

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About Us

Denomination:
Christian Reformed Church

Language:
English, Arabic

Size: Medium

Music:
Rock-n-roll, Praise and Worship, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Organ

Vibe:
Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Down to Earth, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational

Programs:
Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, School

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Founded:
1959





Our Services

Sunday 11:00am: Our main worship gathering
Sunday 06:00pm: Our casual evening worship gathering

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Peter Armstrong

I was born and raised in Washington State. I came to faith at the age of 14 and my faith came alive at Calvin College in Michigan. I felt called to ministry and moved back to Seattle to start a church and attend Fuller Seminary NW. I was ordained as a CRC Minister in 2008. In 2010, my wife Lily and I moved to NYC to start a church there. That was a wonderful experience, but in 2017 God called us back to Portland to serve as the lead pastor here.

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