Our door is narrow enough to

keep out hate and prejudice, 

but wide enough

to welcome all in God's love.

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What the Church Means

To Me 




Worship & Music



Ministry & Mission   



    Education & Nurture                




Musicians in Residence 

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The best way to find out about us is to drop by and visit!  

.How to Find Us - link to a map  and step by step directions.

We are located between Hawthorne & Division in the heart of SE Portland at the corner of 28th & SE Stephens Street.

Our Weekly/Monthly Schedule at a Glance

A current schedule is published with our bulletin most weeks, and with our newsletter. These include current announcements with full details of activities and Spiritual Formation opportunities planned in the building and in collaboration with our partners weekly worship, newsletter

Sunday  We continue to shape our worship gathering to meet all the OHA & CDC guidance,

9:30 am         Gathering in Grace   Our worship leaders begin their work with practice and preparation in the Chapel.  Some folks like to take this time to simply sit quietly and “overhear” the preparations, pray for the worship leaders, or offer their own settling in and mindfulness as they anticipate worship.  Invite a prayer partner to join you, write a note, or prepare for worship.  This can be a time to write down your favorite hymns or prayer requests in preparation for the morning offering.  

10:30 am        Worship & Children’s ministry (infant to age 8) We greet our friends online and those in the Chapel as we share a little of our week and what is on our hearts as we prepare for worship.  The Prelude signals turning our attention to God’s presence with us and our act of worship. 

Monthly          1st Sundays Celebration of the Lord's Supper

(also on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter, Pentecost weekly in Advent & Lent) 

Monday             Office Hours           12:00 am to 3:00 pm by appointment 

Tuesdays          Office Hours           9:00 am to 2:00 pm

2nd & 4th Tuesdays 6:30 pm EMO cohort on Reckoning with Race online through June

3rd Tuesdays            6:45 pm Reading & Reflection Book Group meets 6:45 pm online     

Wednesday      Office Hours           11:00 am to 2:00 pm  

Weekly 12:00 noon Mid-week Prayer with Rev Tim Winslea, RN and PUN online

Weekly 2:00 pm  MCC & Common Ground coordinating meeting 

Thursday       Office Hours           9:00 am to 1:00 am 

Tai Chi for Better Balance each week at 10:00 am

Choir Practice each week September through June at 7:30 pm               

Fridays/Saturdays Office Closed   

Contact Us

E-mail: office@chpcpdx.org       Telephone: (503) 236-2430

Street & Mailing Address:  2828 SE Stephens Street Portland, OR 97214

 A Brief History of Our Congregation

Common Ground is a Presbyterian Church USA congregation in the Colonial Heights Neighborhood. 

What began in this neighborhood more than 60 years ago was a merger between three United Presbyterian congregations:  Holt Chinese, First United Presbyterian (itself a merger of 1st, 3rd & the Italian United), and Mizpah Presbyterian Churches.  They shared a new venture in1961 with the chartering of this faith community (then named Colonial Heights United Presbyterian Church), and in 1964 the building at SE Stephens & 28th was built.  We treasure the heritage of these predecessor congregations who cherished fine music, offered a welcome to all people, earnestly supported mission, and nurtured children. Connected to and appreciative of our past---we are a church of the present seeking God's leading here and now.  Any Sunday following worship, during office hours, or by appointment with the pastor-- we are happy to share a tour of the building along with a more extensive history of the church and its mission and ministry today. 

Please join us any time!