About Us


Our door is narrow enough to

keep out hate and prejudice, 

but wide enough

to welcome all in God's love.

Upcoming Events 

What the Church Means

To Me 




Worship & Music



Ministry & Mission   


Education & Nurture             





Musicians in Residence 

Partners & Links

Newsletter (PDF)





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

See the current schedule under upcoming events on the home page for full details of all activities and Spiritual Formation opportunities planned in the building, or click here.


9:30 am         Gathering in Grace   Our worship leaders begin their work with choir practice and preparation in the Sanctuary.  Many 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 favorite hymns of prayer requests on your “welcome card” in preparation for the morning offering. Or, you may wish to gather to visit with members and friends in the Narthex and greet folks as they arrive!   Typically folks use the Sanctuary for quiet and the Narthex for more active and noisy gathering.

 9:30 am         Choir Rehearsal

10:30 am        Worship & Childcare (infant to age 8)

Monthly          1st Sundays Celebration of the Lord's Supper

                         (weekly in Lent & Advent, also celebrated on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday,

                      Easer, Pentecost)

                         3rd Sundays Hymn Sing begins our time of worship at 10:20 am       

Monday         Office Hours             10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Tuesdays      Office Hours            9:00 am to 11:00 am

2nd & 4th Tuesdays    Community Health Clinic Hours 9:00 to 11:30 am

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

Wednesday  Office Hours 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Thursday    Office Hours 9:00 am to 11:00 am 

Tai Chi for Better Balance each week at 10:30 am

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

Fridays/Saturday 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 Colonial Heights neighborhood more than 50 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 CHPC, 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, 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!   

To watch a video click on the PCUSA seal on the left.