Reedwood’s History

First Friends, now Portland Mennonite Church

On June 5, 1893, thirty-one charter members met for the first time as Portland Monthly Meeting. The meeting, held in a recently purchased school house near East Harrison and Marguerite Ave, was the first gathering of Friends in Portland, Oregon. In 1904, the meeting moved to a newly constructed meeting house at 35th and Main.

During its first 80 years, Portland Monthly Meeting (later First Friends) had a remarkable history and five new meetings sprang forth from the vision of the meeting: Second Friends (in Lents) in 1909, Piedmont Friends in 1913, Metolius Friends in 1954, Lynwood Friends in 1958, and Clackamas Park Friends in 1965.

Reedwood Friends

In 1970, First Friends moved into a newly constructed facility in the Reed neighborhood (our current location) and became Reedwood Friends. In 1993, Reedwood celebrated one hundred years as a community.