Tuesday, February 28, 2006

New Life Church in the News!

Sunday's Oregonian featured a front page story on how churches from the Northwest are helping with Katrina relief. We were listed in the fact box at the end of the article! OregonLive.com: Factbox - Help from the Northwest

Monday, February 27, 2006

Share Your Treasure!

Many people wonder why they should share their faith with people who don't believe, especially if God is going to call them. This quote from Charles Spurgeon is a beautiful answer to that question.

"The Holy Spirit will move them by first moving you. If you can rest without their being saved, they will rest too. But if you are filled with an agony for them, if you cannot bear that they should be lost, you will soon find that they are uneasy too. I hope you will get into such a state that you will dream about your child or your hearer perishing for lack of Christ, and start up at once and begin to cry, 'God, give me converts or I die.' Then you will have converts."—Charles Spurgeon, The Sermons of Charles Haddon Spurgeon Volume 22, London:Passmore & Alabaster, 1876, 143-144.

If the Holy Spirit is moving you and you are uneasy to share your faith, then we can help you talk about Jesus. On the morning of March 18 at New Life Church Riverfalls, we are going to host an evangelism training event. You will learn or review several of the most important aspects of sharing your faith like praying for your friends, starting a conversation, turning a conversation to spiritual things, giving your testimony, and presenting the gospel. Plan on becoming a sharper tool that God can use this Easter season.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Internet Evangelism Day

It's still a couple months away, but everyone can be involved. Here is a suggestion that you start a new blog designed to share your faith. This is a primer on blogging focussed primarily for sharing your faith.

Christian blog evangelism: blogging strategy to make outreach blogs share Christian gospel

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

God Answers Prayer

We received a report yesterday of answered prayer from our friends in Ostia. In addition to a number of personal and individual victories, they had a great Sunday.

The greatest cause for celebration was "a table overflowing with men!!!" They shared a meal and were thrilled to enjoy the company of several men for whom they have been praying.

Please remember to pray for the church in Ostia. I received another recent report of how excited they were to receive Pastor Nathan's last prayer letter. They post them on their bulletin board and pray for us frequently!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Great Grateful Hearts Banquet

Last night New Life Church shared a meal together and celebrated God's grace in our lives. The Old Spaghetti Factory in Clackamas hosted over 100 of us.

Brian Cochran planned a fun evening. He gave prizes for those who'd been married longest and shortest and those who'd been at New Life Church the longest and shortest. The big winners were Jeff and Marti Jones. They came away with two of the prizes.

Steve Wilent encouraged us to think about God's grace. The line I most remember is, "What about the rest?" The character he was depicting understood the question to mean, "What else have you done?" God intended the question to mean, "What about your resting and confidence in Christ?"

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Pastor Swap

Some suggested it could become a reality show called "Pastor Swap." Today Pastor Nathan and I exchanged pulpits. I went with a band to Robinwood. Nathan gave a message on Psalm 86 and the youth band played at Riverfalls.

I hope the weekend gave a both congregations a perspective that God is doing something bigger at New Life church than either congregation experience week to week. We are excited about what God will do next for New Life Church.

We were privileged to have Paul Mayhugh, our missionary to Macau, at both locations today. Audrey Sorenson, a mission appointee to Rwanda, was teaching the children at both locations. Rumor has it she brought some snacks for her classes, but you'll have to ask them about it.

Friday, February 17, 2006

New Life Church Staff Updates

Update #1: Our Worship and Music selection team met yesterday. In dependance on the Lord's leading, we narrowed the field to three solid candidates. Please continue your prayers. The hard work is still to come.

Update #2: Jason De Vries announced his resignation as the High School Youth Pastor this week. His last day will be February 28. He has served New Life Church for sixteen months. He is planning to rejoin the Christian Reformed Denomination. He will continue as a student at Western Seminary. Please continue to pray for Jason & Mishaela, for the students and for New Life Church.

You may read the letter he sent out to families of high school students here, as well as Pastor Scott's letter that went with it. You will discover in these letters a confidence that God is working in Jason's life and in the youth ministry to bring about His will for all concerned.

There will be a farewell party for them on Wednesday March 1st at 7:00 at New Life Church Riverfalls.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Uncommon Common Sense

  1. What results to you want?
  2. What are you doing about it?
  3. Is what you are doing getting you the results you want?

If the answer to #3 is no, then change #1 or #2.

A Prayer for Today


Lord of immortality, before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces, enable me to serve Thee with reverence and godly fear.

Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts, help me to worship Thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous, let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish.

I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised. But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in His cross. May these objects engross my chief solicitude! Produce in me those principles and dispositions that make Thy service perfect freedom.

Expel from my mind all sinful fear and shame, so that with firmness and courage I may confess the Redeemer before men, go forth with Him hearing His reproach, be zealous with His knowledge, be filled with His wisdom, walk with His circumspection, ask counsel of Him in all things, repair to the Scriptures for His orders, stay my mind on His peace, knowing that nothing can befall me without His permission, appointment and administration.

-- From the Valley of Vision

Monday, February 13, 2006

New Life Heros!

Last night at New Life Robinwood we had a meeting to talk about how we can continue to accomplish our vision of taking the new life of Jesus Christ to the Robinwood neighborhood of West Linn. The folks in this picture showed up thinking we were going to have a discussion about building maintenance. We did have that discussion. We discussed how thankful we were to them for all of their hard work over the last several months.

Those recognized were (from left to right): Eleanora Larson (spends more time at New Life Robinwood than Pastor Nathan :) ), Bob and Barbara Montgomery (serve as volunteer janitors, do routine maintenance, and whatever else needs done), Lee Bennett (has done so much over the last year not the least of which is lay carpet at Robinwood- 3 times!), Ken Weiss (He and Joanne have done so much in the last year that to list it all would require a whole seperate post. We honored them with a night at Skamania Lodge), Mark Rainey (has fixed our H-VAC system more times than I care to mention, put in dropped ceiling, fixed exit signs, brought friends to help, and thrown out his back more the once for the sake of the cause), and Merle Ross (has helped a ton through the flooding issues of the last several months). Larry Latimer is not pictured, but he was also honored for a lot of carpet laying work in recent days. When you see these folks, give them a big thank you!

The Heart Coming Alive

Check this out:
Featured Article from Charlie Hall at WorshipTogether.com

Ps 86:11 Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
Ps 86:12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
Ps 86:13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

Remember March 11th, The Worship Gathering at New Life Robinwood.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Men's Leadership Ministry Breakfast

New Life Church men eating breakfastMen and food are a good combo!
Dick Patty was the speaker for the Men's Leadership Breakfast this morning at Robinwood. He challenged the men to lead at home. Twenty-six men listened as he shared a lifetime of experience training children to be leaders.

His advice included:

"If I had it to do again, I'd make it a major goal to raise wise children."
"Legalism is the enemy of wisdom."
"Wisdom is being able to project out into the future and figure out what the consequences of your actions will be."
"We didn't teach them to be leaders. We taught them to be responsible to people and projects."
"We wanted them to respect us and elders, not because we needed to be respected, but because things go better for people when they respect their parents."
"We taught them that other people's needs are more important than how you feel at the moment."
"I asked myself, 'What will matter 3 million years from now?"

Pastor Nathan had a little too much caffiene!Dick Patty talking about raising children.Peanut butter and Jelly in the morning?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

UFO Sighting

There is a bright, warm, glowing object in the sky! Does anyone know what it is?

Worshipping God in the small and BIG.

In America, we often flock to large gatherings and see BIGNESS as a sign of significance. This may be true at times, but this article reminds us of the smaller times when worshipping our Savior is me, my family, my Life group. Enjoy the Lord today in the small and BIG times!

How To Make it Big
by Michael Gungor

Remember March 11th at New Life Robinwood - The Worship Gathering

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Janssen Update

Several of you have asked how the Janssens are doing. We had them over last Friday, so I’ll give you a brief report. They sold their house and will be out of West Linn by the end of this month, if the Lord wills.

And, as you would expect, Bethel Baptist Church loves Brian. How do I know this, you ask? On Brian’s first Sunday, midway through the traditional service he was leading the choir in an anthem with his back turned to the congregation. Unbeknownst to him, the ushers, evidently used to taking the offering during the choir anthem, came forward and took the offering. Brian, turned around to the congregation and led them in a hymn. Then he announced the ushers were going to come forward to take the offering (when he had it on the schedule). Imagine his surprise when the ushers refused to come again and someone told him that they’d already had the offering!

You know they love him if, on his first Sunday, he tries to take the offering twice – without a complaint! Some people get uptight when a church takes an offering once per service.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

New Life Groups -- Building Community

You could be part of a Life Group!
Would you like to be a part of a group like this?

  • Last week they threw a “baby shower in a box” for a member of their group who moved away almost a year ago and is now having a baby! They videotaped the party. They repackaged all the gifts into a box to be shipped to the mom-to-be. It was complete with a game, played by the group then packed into the box.
  • They also met one of their members at work on her last day with balloons and then went out to celebrate together.

Wouldn’t it be great if we all had people in our lives to care about the mundane and not-so-mundane events of life? You can find them in a Life Group.

Check the box on the Keeping In Touch Card in church or contact Scott Creps at 503.548.3495 or scott_creps@hotmail.com.

Monday, February 06, 2006

New Life Church Ambassador Wanted

The Portland Rescue Mission is looking a person in our church who will be a Church Ambassador for their ministry. The primary responsibility is to help give the church information and educate the church to ministry opportunities at the mission.

There will be an orientation meeting February 11th or 21st. If you would like more information call Mieko at 503.906.7602 or email him at mikeog@pdxmission.org.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Don't Forget Your Mail Order Ordination Certificate!

Looking for the perfect gift for that hard to buy for seminary student? Why not give them Mega Church: Networked Special Edition (PC Game)? While your at it you could get your own copy and challenge them to a networked game. Have Fun!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Please Call If You Can't Read This!

Some people did. So beginning this Sunday the Treasure Chest will be available on Sunday mornings at both locations in print form. We will print off the last four pages, approximately 10 days, of the Treasure Chest on Friday afternoons and put them in the foyer of each location on Sunday mornings. Doing this every week should keep everyone, internet savvy or not, current with the events and news from New Life Church.

So, if you hear of people who feel like they are out of the loop because they are out of cyberspace, encourage them to pick up copies of the Blog at church on Sunday. Thank you.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

The February Voice

The February Voice is here.

Highlights include information about the Grateful Hearts Banquet, Men's Leadership ministry breakfast, a financial report, a report from our Project Angel Tree effort at Christmas, an elder's article and Missionaries of the Month, the Metkos. Enjoy!

41 Quotes for the New Year

I just found one of the most inspiring collection of quotes I've ever run across. I've seen almost all of these in other contexts, but here they are collected. Enjoy!
41 Quotes collected by Tom Peters

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

New Life Worship Gathering - March 11th, 2006

Psalm 96Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

March 12th will conclude New Life Church's Songs4life series in the book of Psalms. And we desire to follow Psalms 96 and sing to the Lord, to proclaim His salvation and declare His glory among the nations. Mark your calendars and plan to attend The Worship Gathering at New Life Robinwood on March 11th. This will be a time to WORSHIP our God through song, prayer and Scripture and to CELEBRATE His Son, Jesus. Invite a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker to come so they may learn to treasure God, and as a result, spread the news of His excellence,trust His promises, and give our lives away for His purposes.

More information to come, pray for this event, that God would use it For His Glory!

Psalm 96:1-6(New International Version)New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society