Lynchwood is located in South East Portland on 174th Avenue between Powell and Division. We’re easy to find; just look for the big red chalice and the 3 crosses!
Once you get here you’ll find parking in the back. After you enter the double doors you’ll be greeted by a warm group of people who will gladly lead you to the sanctuary.
If you visit during the week, you’ll find the church office on the front of the building. There are parking spaces right as you enter the driveway on the north side of the building.
Coming from the west:
Head east on Powell and make a left on 174th. The church will be on your left after a block
Head east on Division and make a right on 174th. The church will be on your right in about 3/4 of a mile.
Coming from the east:
Head west on Powell and make a right on 174th. The church will be on your left after a block.
Head west on Division and make a left on 174th. The church will be on your right after 3/4 of a mile.
We are a congregation located in East Portland.
We are a friendly community who likes to eat together, tell stories, pray for one another, worship together, and welcome others. We celebrate anniversaries and Birthdays, cry together, show up at the important times, and hold one another close through all of life’s ups and downs
We worship together, study together, pray together. We engage the bible critically, drawing on the 2000 years of Christian seekers, as well as modern day scholarship to try to understand what it means to be a person of faith. We accept that there are no absolutely right answers and there are no dumb questions. And we remain dedicated to the way of Jesus Christ, seeking reconciliation, forgiveness, love, and grace in relationships.
We take great pride in service collecting goods for the homeless, assisting the teachers and students at Lynch Wood Elementary to prepare for the school year, and tithing our collective financial resources. We practice generosity with our neighbors, knowing that the Gospel is Good News for all people. And we practice grace knowing that it was God who invited us to the table so that we might be able to invite others.
We are members of a progressive mainline denomination known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
We are also part of the Christian Church in Oregon and Southwest Idaho, one of the 33 regions of the Disciples of Christ.
As members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we celebrate the unity of the church and the freedom of the believer. We believe that each individual is led by the spirit, and that every person has the ability to come to their own conclusions as they seek to understand the truth of God in Jesus. Therefore, we don’t tell people what they have to believe. We do, however, celebrate difference in belief. Part of what makes the Disciples (as we’re often called) so unique is the presence of many differing opinions. We expect to be both challenged and enriched by this diversity.
As Disciples, we practice believers baptism by immersion, meaning that children are baptized when they reach an age when they can make their own decision about faith. After taking classes with the pastor, they are “dunked” in a pool of water during worship once they have made a public confession of faith.
We also practice communion every Sunday. This is a sign of our belief in the unity of the church. It is also a sign of our belief in the freedom of each person: no one is barred from the table. The communion table doesn’t belong to us; it belongs to God. Feel free to partake of the bread and the juice as you feel comfortable.