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First Fridays: A community of hope


On the first Friday of every month, the members of the Adventist Medical Center in Portland are doing something you might not expect: They’re switching gears from “doctor” and “nurse” to “musician” and “friend,” all with the greater goal of reaching out to provide hope to their community.

Enjoying a meal, fellowship and a safe place for gathering, First Fridays were implemented with the idea that hospitals aren’t just a place to go when you get sick—they can also be a place to get together with your neighbors and loved ones to give and receive hope.

“It’s not just about ‘sick care,’” says Joyce Newmyer, president of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health. “It’s about relationship, it’s about belonging—and we want our community to know that we love and care about them, whether or not they’re ill.”

After so many successful First Fridays, Dr. Terry Johnsson, the executive director for mission integration at Adventist Health Portland, thinks this idea should not just stop at Portland—that this type of community outreach can impact the whole world, “Because everybody needs a community of hope.”

The next First Friday is June 2 at Adventist Medical Center, 10123 SE Market Street in Portland. Click here for more details about the event, and check out the video below!