Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection  Matthew 15:24-27
Have you ever felt alienated from God or church? How? What brought you back?

++  This Sunday 27th is Food on the 4th. You can bring food donations to church for the FISH Food Bank.

++  Giving Statements will be available in the narthex for pick up.

++  Sept 3rd and 24th are open for Coffee Hour signers.

++  Women’s Spirituality will meet Sat Sept 9th , 9am in the church office.

Jennifer Fowler


Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection   Genesis 28:10-19a What are some of the places you found God where you didn’t expect?

++           Come celebrate the birthday of Blanche Donahue! This Friday, July 21st from Noon to 3pm in the FISH Community Room. No gifts please. For more info call Janice (Blanche’s daughter) at 541-279-5459.

++           Food on the 4th this Sunday. You may bring food items to donate to FISH Food Bank.

++           Our special giving on Sunday, July 30 will be for Peace with Justice Sunday. Equipping the church to do Justice in Jesus’ Name. Peace with Justice Giving.
In Arizona border towns, communities facing social challenges are dramatically divided. In Liberian villages, citizens’ human rights are being violated. In local U.S. communities, women and girls are being bought and sold against their will. Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.  Although you, and possibly even your congregation, may lack the resources alone to effect change in a broken world, your giving is vital for the UMC to continue its global ministries of reconciliation. Because of the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of The United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.

++           It’s time to send in news & information for our August newsletter.


Jennifer Fowler


Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection: Psalm 23:4    Has there been a time when you felt God’s protection and presence in danger or trial?

++ “Four Brothers” Fund started for orphaned sons 

Recently, Rhonda “Auren” Mitchell, a local single mother to four teenage sons, passed away unexpectedly. The boys have no other family for support. Youth pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mike Mueller and his wife Renee, have taken them in so that they may continue to grow up together in one family. The Mueller’s have limited financial resources and seek community help for care of the brothers. They need a larger home, a seven passenger vehicle, bedroom furnishings, clothing and funds for future educational expenses.

If you would like to make a donation to help out this family,  Go to fourbrothers  Make a check to Immanuel Lutheran Church– write “Four Brothers Donation” in the memo line.  Mail checks to: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 503 Ninth Street, Hood River, OR  97031

++ Church luncheon shower for  Anna Stipe and Aaron Eckert
11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21
FISH Community Room
ONE 10:00am Service 

All are invited to contribute to a “money Tree”. Please bring a card to clip to the tree. POTLUCK:  you are also asked to bring either a plate of sandwiches or a salad to the luncheon. Punch, coffee, and cake will be provided.

++ Good Neighbor Saturday May 20th   Join Providence Volunteers in Action in a day of service around the community helping older adults or people with long-term health concerns with yard work, window or gutter cleaning. To volunteer or receive services contact VIS at 541-387-6404.

++ Coffee & Compassion is cancelled for Thursday 5/18

Jennifer Fowler


Good morning!  Send in announcements and news now for our May Newsletter. I have gotten some pictures already; thank you!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection: John 20:21-22               Where is Jesus sending you, and how is the Spirit empowering you to go?


++           We will be celebrating January-February-March birthdays with a cake during fellowship hour. Someone please make the coffee!

++           Speaking of fellowship hour………..sign-ups will be coming around, so pick a date that works for you!

++        Special Giving 5th Sunday – April 30th: Today, women represent 70 percent of the world’s population living in poverty and are often underserved by a lack of access to education and training.  The ELCA believes the time has come for a strong, strategic emphasis on supporting and empowering international women leaders in the life and development of the church and society. In supporting International Women Leaders, we are boldly investing in established and emerging women leaders from our global companion churches. Your gifts will help support the education of 200 additional international women through educational seminars, south-to-south exchanges, in-country study programs, and degree programs at ELCA colleges and universities. Make checks to Spirit of Grace. Designate your special offering by checking the box on your giving envelope or writing so on your check.

            ++        Blessing of Quilts will take place during service this Sunday.


++        The backup for coordinating the Prayer Chain is Donna Fitch (thanks Donna!). If you make a request and don’t hear back from Carol K. in a day, please send the request to Donna at her email address, and she will get that request out to the group.

++        You are invited to celebrate the upcoming August wedding of Anna Stipe and Aaron Eckert at an all-church luncheon shower to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21 following worship at Spirit of Grace.  A single service will be held that day, beginning at 10:00 a.m., with lunch to follow in the FISH meeting room.

Anna and Aaron moved to Hood River last summer and have been attending Spirit of Grace since then. Anna teaches band at Hood River Middle School.   Aaron is an adjunct music teacher at the Columbia Community College and has substituted in various schools this year including a longer stint at Horizon Christian School. Anna plays bassoon and Aaron is a professional trombone player. Both are involved in local music groups .The couple met in 2009 while enrolled in a music class in college.

The wedding is to take place on August 5th at 4.00p.m at St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church in Peoria, Illinois. This is the church that “grandma attended” and is familiar to both Aaron and Anna’s families. Anna has chosen a lavender theme for her wedding decorations.

We will miss their presence this summer. Aaron will leave Hood River on May 29th and Anna will follow on July 18th – both have studies, family, and arrangements to attend to in the weeks before the wedding. They will be returning to Hood River at the end of the summer to resume teaching positions locally.

At the shower you are invited to contribute to a “Money Tree” which will carry our best wishes to them for long and happy life together. Please bring a card to clip to the tree, and either a plate of sandwiches or a salad to the luncheon. Punch and coffee will be served along with a splendid cake for dessert.

Jennifer Fowler
Office Manager



Good afternoon!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection:            Matthew 26:69-70           Are there ways that you deny Jesus? How might you acknowledge him more boldly?

++           Lent study is this evening at 6:00pm

Maundy Thursday 6pm joint service with Seder meal at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Rd, Hood River

Good Friday 7pm Tenebrae joint service with HRVCC at Spirit of Grace Church

Easter Sunday 8am Traditional Worship, 9am Easter Breakfast, 10:30 Celebration Service

++           Just a friendly reminder that there is one week left in the voting period for the Seeds of Change grant award. Please vote for the FISH and Spirit of Grace Food Bank Garden. You can vote once per day, so save the link and vote as many times as you can:

Susan Randolph
Volunteer Coordinator
FISH Food Bank Garden

Next week I am out of town, so regular office hours may vary!

Blessings to you all this holiday.

Jennifer Fowler

Holy Week Worship

Palm Sunday: Traditional Worship at 9:00 am and Celebration Worship at 10:30 am, April 9, 2017.

Maundy Thursday: Seder meal with Hood River Valley Christian Church, at HRVCC, 6:00 pm, April 13, 2017.

Good Friday: Tenebrae Worship with Hood River Valley Christian Church, at Spirit of Grace, 7:00 pm, April 14, 2017.

Easter Sunday: Traditional Worship at 8:00 am, Easter Breakfast at 9:00 am, and Celebration Worship at 10:30 am.


Good Morning!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection  John 3:16     Who first taught you this well-known verse? What has it meant to you over the years?

++           Lent Study has begun! Sunday mornings at 8am and Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm, following a 6:00 soup supper. Study focuses on spiritual practices. Pastor David is using the Animate Practices by Spark House.

++           Coffee & Compassion meets Thursday March 16th 10am in our fellowship hall. Led by Gigi Siekkinen.

++           A special charge conference will be held Sunday, March 19th at 10:00 am to approve Gigi Siekkinen for candidacy for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. All members of the congregation are eligible to vote. Rev. Eilidh Lowery will preside. –Pastor David

++           FISH Food Bank Duty      Mon March 20th, Wed 22nd, and Friday 24th.

++           Spirit of Grace Women’s Retreat      Friday evening, March 31 and Saturday April 1st at church (not an overnight!)

The book for study is Rediscovering the Book of Faith. Pastor Jonette Blakney will be leading our studies. She is from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Stevenson, WA.  Learn how, why, when and where the Old and New Testaments were created; explore how the Bible was put together; and examine the impact of the Reformation on our encounter with scripture. Enjoy dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, study and quiet time, as well as fellowship and fun! (Schedule is posted on the bulletin board). All this for only $10.00 to cover the cost of the book and supplies. Please let Jennifer in the church office know by Wed March 15th if you plan to attend so we know how many books to order. What is nice about this retreat is that you can come to all, or just some, or even one part of the weekend retreat!  If you need a ride to the retreat, please call Jennifer in the office and we will try to accommodate you.

++         Attention gardeners! The FISH and Spirit of Grace Food Bank Garden is presently seeking volunteers to work in the food bank garden this 2017 season. Located behind the FISH Food Bank on Tucker Rd, we grow our own variety of food justice by producing nearly 2000 lbs of fresh, organic produce for clients at the FISH Food Bank each year. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of gloves (we have extras if you need them!) and be ready to spend some time with the soil. Family friendly and open to all ages, the garden is a great place to learn about vegetables and enjoy all that the growing season has to offer. We will start planting in March and will have lots of opportunities throughout the summer. Contact Susan Randolph at for more info. Thanks!
—Susan Randolph         Volunteer Coordinator, FISH Food Bank Garden


Jennifer Fowler


Good morning!

Pastor David’s Weekly Reflection
Matthew 4:1-2
Which spiritual disciplines are you focusing on during this Lenten season? Why?

++           Tonight at 9:00 p.m. on PBS (OPB) watch the Rick Steves Special “Luther and the Reformation”, an examination of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This program repeats Sunday April 16th 7-8pm.

++           Women’s Spirituality meets this Saturday, March 4th in the fellowship hall.

++           Spirit of Grace Women’s Retreat coming soon. Save the dates – March 31 and April 1 here at our church.   Learn how, why, when and where the Old and New Testaments were created; explore how the Bible was put together; and examine the impact of the Reformation on our encounter with scripture.  More retreat details soon.      –Jan Dutton

++        There will be a Wednesday Night Soup Supper each week to accompany Pastor David’s Lenten studies. The first is March 8th at 6.00p.m. There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board.                     –Jill McBee

++        The Lenten study this year will focus on spiritual practices. Pastor David will be using Animate Practices by Spark House.

It is offered Sunday mornings at 8:00 am beginning March 5th and on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 (following a 6:00 soup supper) beginning March 8th.

Jennifer Fowler