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++ You may be asking yourselves, “how do we get to the office?!” People are doing two different options : you may come through our church building, and use the sidewalk out the backdoor of the fellowship hall, which leads to the office. This works only if you have a key, however.  The other option is to walk on the west side of the church, around the back and access the sidewalk from there. You also may call the office and I can meet anyone in front of the church if you’re just wanting to drop something off. Thank you!

++ Monday Sept 1st is Labor Day and the office will be closed.

++ Tomorrow, Thursday May 28th at  6:00pm  Choir Potluck at Morning Song Acres for choir members and those who may be interested in joining choir. Contact Marv Turner or Myrin & Audrey Bentz.

++ This Sunday, Sept 31st is a Designated Giving Sunday for school supplies for Parkdale School. You may donate supplies or a monetary amount noted on your giving envelope.

++ WELCA quilting meets Wed Sept 3rd at 9am.

++ Saturday, Sept 6th  Women’s Spiritual Group meets at 9am in the church office.

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

Notes-N-News

Good afternoon!

 

++ You may be asking yourselves, “how do we get to the office?!” People are doing two different options : you may come through our church building, and use the sidewalk out the backdoor of the fellowship hall, which leads to the office. This works only if you have a key, however.  The other option is to walk on the west side of the church, around the back and access the sidewalk from there. You also may call the office and I can meet anyone in front of the church if you’re just wanting to drop something off. Thank you!

++ Monday Sept 1st is Labor Day and the office will be closed.

++ This Sunday, Aug 31st is a Designated Giving Sunday for school supplies for Parkdale School. You may donate supplies or a monetary amount noted on your giving envelope.

++ WELCA quilting meets Wed Sept 3rd at 9am.

++ Saturday, Sept 6th  Women’s Spiritual Group meets at 9am in the church office.

 

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

Notes-N-News

Listen to me, you who look for righteousness,
you who seek the LORD:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry where you were dug.

Look to Abraham you ancestor,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
They were alone when I called them,
but I blessed them and made them many.

– Isaiah 51:1-2

 

If you are trying to find righteousness and justice, if you are trying to find God’s way, then look to where you came from. Look to the ancestors. Look to your predecessors in the faith. Put another way, if you’re trying to live a Godly life, then learn from the saints.

Protestants don’t have a very strong tradition of studying the lives of the saints. It’s one of those practices that often seems to strike us as too Roman Catholic. It’s a bit strange, when you think about it, though. We study the story of God’s relationship with humanity from the earliest times up until nearly the time of Jesus in the Hebrew Bible. Then we study the life of Jesus and the very early church in the New Testament. But you we usually don’t spend much time at all study the relationship between God and the church in all the intervening time between the second century and now. That’s a lot of lived faith and experience that we’re missing out on.

Though few of us probably use them, both Lutherans and Methodists have a calendar of saint days, a listing and schedule of saints whose lives are worth studying and imitating. The Lutheran calendar for this week remembers: the Apostle Bartholomew, one of the Twelve; Moses the Black, a fourth-century Ethiopian convert and monk who died for his faith; and Augustine of Hippo, the most influential theologian in Western Christianity. The Methodist calendar includes those three and adds Georgia Harkness, an early twentieth-century Social Gospel theologian who opposed racism, supported the ordination of women, and was the first woman to teach in a mainline Protestant seminary in the US. She also wrote the hymn “This Is My Song,” found both in the United Methodist Hymnal and Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

We may not pray to the saints, like Roman Catholics do, but we can certainly learn something from them. Whether they lived in the first century, the fourth century, or the twenty-first century, we can learn so much from seeing how real people, in a variety of different circumstances, lived out their Christian faith. If it’s not already a part of your devotional practice, I encourage you to learn more about our forebears in the faith and consider how their lives still witness to us today.

Your Servant in Christ,
+Pastor David


++ This Sunday 24th is Food on the 4th. You may donate non-perishable food items; egg cartons can always be used.

++ SPRC meets this Sunday at 11:30 in the Outreach house.

++ Card making class meets at 1:15 in the fellowship hall.

++ WELCA bible study meets Tuesday 26th at 2:00pm.

++ Join the choir! Anyone interested is invited to a potluck Thursday August 28th at 6pm with current choir members at Morning Song Acres. There will be singing, eating, and fellowship. Speak with Marv Turner if you have any questions.

++ Sunday 31st   Special Giving : you may donate school supplies or funds for supplies Parkdale Elementary School. Thank you Faith In Action for planning this giving.

++ Pastor Jill Rowland has accepted a call and is serving as CPE supervisor and chaplain at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children’s Hospital, and The Oregon Burn Center. A Service of Installation for Jill takes place Friday, September 5, at 4:00pm / Lorenzen Conference Center of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center / 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave / Portland, OR. Clergy are invited to vest in the stole of their choice. Please RSVP by Monday, August 25th to: Lori Rice (Admin. Asst.)  503-413-4151 or lrice@lhs.org .

++ Fall Women’s Retreat at Cannon Beach Conference Center

The retreat is October 31-Nov 2nd. Our time together begins Friday evening and wraps up after worship on Sunday. The book for this year’s study is The Noticer by Andy Andrews. Look for more detailed information (rates, activities etc )in the September Newsletter when it comes out the end of August. Attendance and roommate sign-ups will be in the narthex the beginning of September.

 

If I roll my chair to the left of my desk, I can see through the trees the beginning of a beautiful ministry! Granted, there is a “wall” of dirt and sod which blocks part of the view, but I hear the sounds and feel the rumble in the ground of the backhoe and dump truck. Men at work; God at work. How wonderful!

 

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

Notes-N-News

++ FISH duty is Monday August 18th 3:30-5, Wednesday August 20th 3:30-5:30, and Friday August 22nd 3:30-5 Questions? Call Kathy Terry.

++ Parkdale Elementary School Supplies: This Sunday at both services you may commit to purchase a specific item or place a donation in the offering plate designated “school supplies”. There will be a collection basket in the narthex  for donated items and items will be collected Sunday August 31st.

++ 2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections: August 15, 9AM-2PM  – Hood River

In the shed there is a barrel that we keep just for hazardous waste. Place any item carefully in it so as not to break glass items. I will be taken all on Friday morning.

  • automotive products, such as gasoline, antifreeze, and batteries
  • oil-based paints and thinners
  • pool chemicals
  • pesticides, herbicides, and other garden products
  • household cleaning products
  • Florescence lights
  • batteries (rechargeable phone, equipment and laptop batteries can be recycled at Home Depot stores deposit box at entrances).

Thanks to Craig Terry for this information.

++ Happy News! The donations needed for solar panels on the FISH building have been reached!

++ Next week the FISH pre-fab building will be delivered. The day of the week is not specific but please know that there will no longer be parking available on the gravel area.Happy Hands: I let Pat Crompton know about this, so you will probably be meeting in the main church. Quilters: there will be cars from Good News employees parking in the left side of the lot. Good News customers will no longer be parking at the church; the parking signs will be coming down soon.

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

Installation Service

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There will be an Installation Service for Pastor David King on Sunday, August 10th, at 2 pm in the sanctuary. Rev. Susan Kintner from the Oregon Synod (ELCA) and Rev. Steve Ross from the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (UMC) will preside. Community members and local area clergy are invited to attend. Clergy may wear the vestments appropriate to their faith communities (with green stoles, if applicable). Following the service will be an Ice Cream Social.

Notes-N-News

The Lord said, “Go out and stand at the mountain before the Lord. The Lord is passing by.” A very strong wind tore through the mountains and broke apart the stones before the Lord. But the Lord wasn’t in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake. But the Lord wasn’t in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire. But the Lord wasn’t in the fire. After the fire, there was a sound. Thin. Quiet. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak. He went out and stood at the cave’s entrance. A voice came to him and said, “Why are you here, Elijah?” –1 Kings 19:11-13

 

Imagine with me, if you will, two different Christians. One is a hermit. He lives in a cave in the desert. He spends nearly all of his time reading the bible and in meditation and prayer. Once a week, for an hour, he receives visitors at the mouth of his cave. Pilgrims come to ask him questions and to receive a prayer or blessing from him.

The other is a social worker. She gave up her lucrative job in the tech industry to work with the homeless in the inner city. She operates a center that coordinates services from all over the area, so that anyone in need can come to one location and find the best help available. She works individually with each client and tries to make sure that they are helped promptly and treated with dignity. She spends nearly every waking minute attending to the needs of others.

So which one is the authentic Christian? Which one is living the call of Jesus Christ?

And the answer probably is that they both are. We are called both to contemplation and to mission. In some cases, a person might be called almost exclusively to one of the other, as in the examples above. For most of us, though, we can’t effectively live out our faith without attending to both the quiet contemplation and to active service.

The story about Elijah is an example. He has gone up to the mountain at Horeb because he has given up on being a prophet. He has been doing God’s work, and it has brought him nothing but trouble. He is convinced that he is the last of God’s prophets and that he will soon be killed, putting an end to the worship of God on Earth. So, he has gone up to the mountain to wait for death. He is done.

But in the stillness, God appears to him. It’s not in any of the loud and calamitous signs: the wind or the earthquake or the fire. God’s voice comes only in the quiet, only in what the KJV calls the still small voice. If Elijah weren’t in quiet contemplation, he couldn’t hear the voice.

But the voice he hears in silence calls him to action. “Why are you here, Elijah?” That is, why are you here by yourself on a mountain and not out doing the work of a prophet? The voice calls him back out to his vocation, back out to his mission.

And we also need to find that balance between contemplation and action. If we never take the time to be in meditation and in prayer, then we are unlikely to hear the voice of God over the cacophony of our busy-ness. But if our faith is confined to a sanctuary or bounded between the covers of a bible, then we are not really living the faith, only understanding it. We need both—both listening and doing—in order to live our Christian faith. We need both in order to be the Church.

Your servant in Christ,

+Pastor David


++ Pastor David King’s Installation is this Sunday at 2:00pm.  Come and welcome Pastor David and his family. Steve Ross and Susan Kitner will be attending on this special day. An ice cream social will follow the service.

++ Special Giving-School Supplies
On August 31st, Faith in Action will be collecting school supplies for Parkdale Elementary School as our 5th Sunday special giving.  On August 17th, during both worship services, you will have an opportunity to commit to purchasing a specific item.  This will help ensure that we get some of everything which is needed.  If you will not be at worship on August 17th, please feel free to purchase anything from the list below, or place a donation in the offering plate designated “School Supplies”.  There will be a collection basket in the narthex of the church.

crayons
markers
glue sticks
child safety scissors
Ticonderoga #2 pencils
boxes of tissues
hand sanitizer
rulers with both metric and US measurements
spiral notebooks (wide rule)
colored pencils
erasers
Band-aids (latex free)
plastic folders with pockets
back packs

++  August 18-20-22 are the days that Asbury Our Redeemer serve at FISH.

The hours are 3:30-5pm on Monday, 3:30-5:30 on Wednesday, and 3:30-5pm on Friday.  If you would like to volunteer, any or all days, or have questions, please contact Kathy Terry at kterry@gorge.net.

++ Yard sale is this Saturday from 8am to 1pm.  Friday is the last day to bring items for the sale.  You may drop off things by the front door of the church or between 9 and 11am Thurs and Fri. Thank you everyone who has brought items so far!

++  WELCA bible study will be Tues Aug 26th from 2-4pm.

 

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

 

Notes-N-News

That evening his disciples came and said to him, “This is an isolated place and it’s getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said to them, “There’s no need to send them away. You give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here except five loaves of bread and two fish.” – Matthew 14:15-17

Don’t you get the impression that the disciples tell Jesus boldly, “We have nothing here!” and then continue, under their breath, “ . . . (except five loaves of bread and two fish)”? That’s how the story reads to me, anyway. It might be that they’re being a bit stingy. They packed their lunches, and it’s not their fault that no one else was responsible enough to do the same.

But I think it’s more likely that they are simply overwhelmed by the immensity of the need. We’ll find out in a few verses that the crowds number somewhere between 5,004 and, say, 25,000. That’s more than the entire population of Hood River, even on a weekend in the summer. We have some idea of the magnitude of resources it takes FISH Food Bank to help feed only those people in our area suffering food insecurity. If all it took was five loaves of bread and two fish, we wouldn’t be building a 5,600 square foot facility on our campus for food outreach. It seems completely reasonable that, in face of such great need, the disciples would feel that their meager resources wouldn’t do any good. Better to leave it to someone else.

That is often our natural response in face of overwhelming need. Whether it is hunger, violence, disease, climate, poverty, or something else, we often find ourselves feeling as if there is nothing we can do. We are too small, too insignificant. What difference could we possibly make, anyway?

Like those disciples, we often underestimate two things. First, we underestimate the resources that we actually have. We have an attitude of scarcity that leads us to hold onto what we have, thinking that it is far too little for us, and certainly not enough to share. But we do have resources, skills, time, energy, money, that can be used to confront the world’s greatest needs.

Second, we underestimate the power of God to multiply our efforts. Sometimes all it takes is one person to offer up themselves and what little they have, and then God is able to inspire others to join in, to open doors that were previously closed, to make a miracle.

No one thought four years ago that FISH would be able to raise over $1 million to build a new food bank. But a few people started anyway, with what little they had. And now look what God has brought to fruition! If God can do that, if God can feed the multitudes with five loaves and two fish, what other amazing things can God do through us and what little we have?

Yours in Christ,

+Pastor David


 

Notes-N-News

++        Women’s Spirituality meets this Saturday Aug 2nd at 9am in the church office.

++        Faith In Action meeting is Mon Aug 4th at 10:15 in the Fellowship Hall.

++        WELCA Yard Sale Saturday Aug 9th from 8am to 1pm. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for volunteers to organize, price, and sell, etc. Items may be dropped off from 9 to 11 Mon 4th to Fri 8th at the church. Items may be left outside the church front door if those times don’t work for you. Call Kathy Terry 541-386-2308 or Marlene Lahti 541-386-1568 with any questions.

++        Pastor David King’s Installation will be Sunday August 10th at 2:00pm. There will be an ice cream social following.

++        The Celebration Service is looking for people who would be willing to share special music during the rest of summer. Also, if you have a green thumb and know how to graft, please contact Linda Boris.

++        SPRC committee meets Sunday August 24th at 11:30 with Pastor David attending.

++        Current choir members and anyone interested in joining choir, are invited to attend a potluck supper at Morning Song Acres on Thurs August 28th at 6pm.

++        FISH Food Bank duty is Monday Aug 18th; Wed 20th; and Fri 22nd.

 

Blessings!

Jennifer Fowler

Office Manager

Notes-N-News

Good Day! We’re blessed to have this rain to help keep any forest fires away, but hope you are all warm and dry.

++           Attention all you master gardeners, orchardists, or anyone with a green thumb:  the Celebration worship service is looking for someone who knows how to graft. If this describes you, please contact Linda Boris.

++           Our August Women’s Spiritual Group will be on August 2 (Saturday) at 9:00am in the church office building. We have also received our 2015 Mt. Angel Retreat dates. The retreat will be the weekend of March 6 (2015). Beth and Pamela have volunteered to lead the retreat! (Thank you Beth and Pamela!!) More details to come.       –Carol Kyger

++           From Billie Stevens of the FISH Food Bank –  Concert in the Park  The Oregon Good Sam Club is inviting everyone to enjoy a fun afternoon and all it costs is a non-perishable food item.  The food they are collecting will all go to FISH. Free Watermelon; Alcohol-free Event.

Kerry Williams & The Huckleberry Pickers Singing Group

When: August 2, 2014      Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Where:  Hood River County Fairgrounds (park area by front entry area)
Admission: Donation of Non-perishable Food Items
Bring: Lawn Chairs

++        Sign-ups for the Aug 9th annual church yard sale will be in the Narthex.

++        THANK YOU Michael Hustman for sanding down the raised/warped boards on the office deck. Now we don’t have to worry as much about where we are stepping!

 

Blessings!
Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager

FISH Food Bank Groundbreaking

We will be breaking ground for the long-planned-for FISH Food Bank, Monday, July 21st, at 4:30 pm. The FISH program was started by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM). The new building will be right here on the campus of Asbury Our Redeemer and will help to serve needy persons throughout Hood River County. Thank you to all those who donated their time, energy, and money to make this project a reality!

Future FISH Food Bank