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Home Again!

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Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

Doug and I just came back from three weeks of vacation. We started off spending time with my high school classmates for a reunion in Las Vegas for the first week. We then traveled to be with Beth, our daughter and her husband, Jon, and their children: Malia (14); JD (12) and Kiana (10) in Los ...

Holding Back From God

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Posted by Sally Bland on

A parent’s life is filled with joy, love, and STRESS! It can be overwhelming to navigate the path of helping our children grow to become faithful followers of Christ. James and I work to provide everything our kids need, and that starts with a healthy and vibrant relationship with God. We ...

Thoughts from the Emergency Room

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Posted by Blake Wilkes on

Last week, during the great 2017 snow storm, I had to spend some time in the emergency room. Now don’t worry, everything is ok and the doctor and nurses took great care of me. Since most of the clinics and doctor’s offices were closed due to the weather, the emergency room was rather ...

Snow Days

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Posted by David Smith on

As we all know by now, this has been quite the winter in Portland. Growing up in northern Indiana, I experienced more snow than I care to remember and while I know I should feel like a “pro” when it comes to navigating the snow, Indiana does not get ice like Oregon and Indiana does not ...

The Year of our Lord's Favor

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Posted by Wayne Williams on

We are already six days into the new year, but since this is our first blog of 2017, Happy New Year! 2016 was not a happy year for many people in our church. In fact, it was quite difficult and painful for several. So when I say, “Happy New Year,” it’s not just a holiday ...

Looking Back as we Look Forward

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Posted by Blake Wilkes on

Well, it’s finally coming…the New Year! 2016 is over and 2017 is beginning and with it a new start to many things. I don’t know about you, but to me, it seemed as though 2016 wasn’t the best year. A lot of things happened this past year including many loved ones that ...

The Christmas Story

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Posted by Wayne Williams on

 “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” - Hebrews 2:17  I have known the Christmas story ...

The "Just Happeneds"

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Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

Attending an Adult Class on Sunday morning at our church is really a treat for me. Besides the fellowship in a smaller setting, I have a chance to listen to gifted teachers. Currently, I am in Don Westerberg’s class where he is teaching on the book of Ruth. He is very knowledgeable and ...

Joy

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Posted by Sally Bland on

How exciting to get our first taste of snow this winter season! My kids jump at the chance to miss a day of school to go out and play in the snow. They are filled with joy as they make snow angels and throw snowballs at each other. Even our dog likes to go outside and try to catch snowballs! This ...

Hope

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Posted by David Smith on

Last Sunday marked the beginning of the Advent season, and this first week of Advent is often centered around the theme of Hope. When we think about the word, “hope,” we often times use it in the context of not knowing what will happen; it usually involves a significant amount of ...