Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thank You from The Salo Family

Dear Church Family,

We are so very thankful to you all for your prayers, flowers, cards, and love shown to us in the recent losses of our loved ones. We really do appreciate our church family. You have been amazing and we love you so much! We are blessed to have two church families praying for and loving us!

With much gratitude,
The Salos

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mission Accomplished: Report from Fort Lewis Team

A Big THANK YOU to the team from New Life Church who went up to Fort Lewis, Washington this past weekend to help work on the Hospitality House of Cadence Ministries.

THANK YOU to...Hunter Haugen and Andie Haugen, Brenda Lauterback, Cal Watson, Josh Hochstettler, and Lee and Louise Bennett.

Here is a note from Paul and Beryl Metko:

God is so incredible! He provides beyond our desires. As your team finished the full day's work at Fellowship House--Ron Hand, our ministry director, said with bright eyes and a smile: 'They far exceeded my expectations for the day!' What a day of accomplishment, encouragement, and renewal. Thank you for your ministry to and with the soldiers and our staff. We appreciated the wonderful spirit that sweetened the entire day--an evidence of God's overflowing love.

Personally, Beryl and I express our deep gratitude the way you continue to stand with us in our expanding ministries to our armed forces that we oversee in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington states.

Gratefully yours, Paul and Beryl

Monday, August 27, 2007

High School Pool Party

The summer is coming to an come join us at the Haugen's to finish things off with a splash! Please note that next Wednesday (8/5) we will be back at Riverfalls on Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m. If you or a friend haven't filled out a med release form, please do so before coming to swim. You can click here to download the form. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Life Robinwood Annual Labor Day Campout & Outdoor Worship

When: August 31- September 2, 2007

Where: Barton Park in Barton, Oregon
Directions: Barton Park is located just off of Hwy. 224, approximately 9.8 miles east of Clackamas on the Clackamas River. Take Interstate 205 to Exit 12, Clackamas/Estacada. Turn east-bound onto Hwy. 212/224. Proceed 3.2 miles through Clackamas to the Hwy. 212/224 split (Rock Creek junction). Follow Hwy. 224 to the right, following the signs to Estacada. Proceed 6.4 miles on Hwy. 224 to Bakers Ferry Road and turn right (Barton Grocery on the right-hand side). The park is .2 miles on the left-hand side of the road.

Schedule: We will be camping on Friday and Saturday nights. (check in is available starting at 3:00 PM)
Volleyball/Softball Saturday @ 1:00 PM
RW Vision Discussion Saturday @ 3:00 PM
Campfire Service Saturday @ 8:00 PM
*Worship Service Sunday @ 10:30 AM
*Picnic Sunday @ 12:00 PM
* Worship and Picnic will be at Picnic Area #7. If you would like to carpool on Sunday, a van will be leaving New Life RW at 9:30 AM and returning by 2:00 PM.

Bring: $3 Day Use Fee per vehicle/ $20 per camping family
A lawn chair
Salad or Dessert to share on Sunday

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Reavely Family Update

God has got the Reavely family in the palm of His hand, glove? Here's a cute photo from the Louisville Slugger plant in Kentucky. Please remember to keep the Reavelys in prayer as they continue their trip. You may click here to go straight to Pastor Scott's travel blog.
To summarize: they've branded calves and spent time with family in Montana. From there they saw the world's largest pheasant and buffalo in the Dakotas. Then on to Independance, Missouri--the start of the Oregon Trail, and continuing through the St. Louis Arch. The girls seemed to enjoy the visit to Laura Ingalls Wilder's early homestead. Then on to Lincoln's Kentucky birthplace and Louisville. If you know someone who would like to receive a printed copy of Pastor Scott's family travel blog, please call Julia at the church office: 503-656-8600.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

All Church Business Meeting This Sunday Evening

Bring your thankful heart to the all church business meeting this Sunday evening at 7:00 pm in the Riverfalls sanctuary. This is a very important time for the New Life community to come together and rejoice in the hundreds of ways God provides and blesses throughout the year.

DON'T FORGET...preceding the business meeting there will be a potluck and report downstairs to hear about the recent Global Outreach trip to Germany--don't forget to bring a dish!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

High School River Float

There will not be the regularly scheduled Wednesday night gathering for high school students. If you've not filled out a medical release form, please bring one filled out and signed to the Haugen's. Click here to download the form. Please contact the church office and speak with Matt if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

High School Beach Bash

Our trip to the beach was not without complications. Dave's van decided to get a flat tire which left us temporarily with only 3 vehicles.

This ended Caitlin, Courtney and Tessa in the back of a State Trooper's car. All in all, the flat was a minor setback, for which we were very thankful.

At camp, we ate lunch, pitched our tents and got ready for the beach!

We had a great time at the beach! Some swam in the near freezing ocean, others played in the sand, others threw Frisbees and footballs, and still others soaked in the sun.

We returned to our campsite to swim in the indoor pool and to hang around the campfire where we made and devoured s'mores. Our campfire time ended when the rain came and our neighbors told us to SHUSH! Most tents fared well in the rain, though few had a cold damp night :(

Still, it did not keep us from worshipping our great God for the indescribable gift of His Son the next morning on the beach! We heard from John 17:17-19, being challenged to be set apart from the world for the purpose of being sent into the world because of the sacrifice of Jesus. Afterwards, we grabbed lunch and made the trip home.

Thanks for your prayers. Please continue to pray for and support the high school ministry of NLC.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Tim Watt Update

For the last two years Tim Watt has been the worship leader at New Life Robinwood. A few weeks ago Tim resigned from this position and will be taking a full time position in Portland. His last Sunday will be September 4th. He recently penned these words to the folks at New Life Robinwood:

The two years at New Life Church have been a time of much learning, as a person, a father, a husband and as a Pastor. God is so patient with me always, but I’ve recognized His patience more this year. “His mercy is new every day” and I have begun to realize more of the meaning of this daily necessity of drawing near to Him. In all these lessons, I am realizing just how much I need to trust Him with my life, my family and the ministry He gives to me. Thank you for allowing me to lead New Life Robinwood to Treasure God through worship. It has been my privilege to serve the Lord with you. Thank you for investing in our lives, the journey of faith is exciting and scary at times! We appreciate your prayers for us during this transition as we will continue to pray for you and the people of New Life Church.

Some have asked about Tim's new job. He will be a team leader for a company that seeks get young families into their first house. He will have a lot of opportunity to make disciples of young men in this new role. I encourage you as a church to be praying for Tim and the whole Watt family as they launch out into this new adventure.

Others have asked about what is next for worship leading at New Life Robinwood. Well, the Lord provided for our need even before we knew we had a need. Ron and Peggy Pricer have been attending New Life Robinwood since the spring. Ron happens to be a talented and experienced worship leader. Ron has agreed to serve in as our interim worship leader at least through the fall.

Times of change can be challenging, but I trust that God knows what He is doing and has a plan to bless the Watt family and New Life Robinwood. Thanks for your prayers in that regard!

Volunteer Opportunity To Fort Lewis August 25th

Please mark your calendars...On August 25th, we will take a team of hard workers up to Ft. Lewis area to work at the Hospitality House of Cadence International. For more information about this ministry, please click here to go to their website. Paul and Beryl Metko have asked for a team to help with a few things that need to be accomplished there. We plan to leave West Linn at 6:30 am and return by 9:00 pm. We may have an opportunity visit with and work alongside some of the soldiers that visit the house. Please contact Lee Bennett to get your name on the list! Spaces are going fast so don't delay! Below is a list of some of the things we will be working on:

  • Yard work
  • Finish painting (interior)
  • Refinish picnic table and benches
    Tear out old sheetrock
  • Dig a ditch for the installation of a french drain

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Outdoor Service Tomorrow @ 10:00 AM

Good Morning New Life Church!

Just in case some of you haven't heard yet, tomorrow morning at 10:00 we are having an All-New Life Church Outdoor Worship Service at New Life Robinwood (19915 Old River Drive- see map).

Join us under the trees for a wonderful time of worship and a picnic lunch and games to follow. Some chairs will be provided, but you might be more comfortable if you bring your own. Chicken, utensils, and drinks will be provided; bring a side dish and salad or dessert to share.

Looking forward to worshiping with you!

Pastor Nathan

Packer on Fellowship

In preparation for the following two Sunday's sermons (Aug. 19th and 26th), I've been reading up on the concepts of Christian community and fellowship. The following quote from J.I. Packer is perhaps the best two paragraph, devotional definition out of everything I've seen.

J.I. Packer (God’s Words: Studies in Key Bible Themes, pg. 193)

Christian fellowship is two-dimensional; it is first vertical and then horizontal. The horizontal place of fellowship…presupposes the vertical for its very existence. The vertical dimension of fellowship was described by John when he wrote: ‘our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ’ (1 Jn. 1:3). This fellowship is what makes a Christian; indeed, John’s words afford a precise definition of a Christian. The man who is not in fellowship with the Father and the Son, however upright and pious he may be, is no Christian at all. The horizontal dimension of fellowship is the habitual sharing, the constant giving to and receiving from each other, which is the true and authentic pattern of life for the people of God.

Fellowship with God, then, is the source from which fellowship among Christians springs; and fellowship with God is the end to which Christian fellowship is a means. We should not, therefore, think of our fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, an optional addition to the exercise of private devotion. We should recognize rather than such fellowship is a spiritual necessity; for God has made us in such a way that our fellowship with himself is fed by our fellowship with fellow-Christians, and requires to be so fed constantly for its own deepening and enrichment.

Friday, August 10, 2007

H2O in the News

The Southwest Section of the Oregonian ran an article about H2O yesterday. You can read it here if, like us, you missed the print version.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Garage Sale This Saturday At Robinwood

Please bring any final donations to the Robinwood campus this Saturday morning and stay to find new treasures to take home with you! There will be LOTS of great items for sale to help support the recently returned Brazil GO Team. The sale will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, don't miss it! If you have any further questions, please call Julia at the church office: 503-656-8600.

Upcoming Germany Report

A couple hours prior to next week's business meeting (Aug. 19th), the recently returned Germany Go-Team will be giving a brief presentation on last month’s short-term missionary journey to Kandern, Germany. The food and fun will begin roughly around 5:00, so please bring a dinner dish (main, side, dessert or otherwise). There will be plenty of pictures (thanks to our dedicated team photographers), a few testimonials and an update about the status of Germany’s first Christian Art Institute along with some “future thoughts” about Crescendo Arts and New Life Missions. This trip was meaningful to us all and particularly impactful to a few of our team members, so please do join us and continue to pray for both team’s financial needs and God’s ongoing work in the lives of those who went.

Farewell Event for Scott and Melanie Creps

The Haugen Family will be hosting a come-and- go farewell event this Sunday, August 12th from 5:00-8:00 pm in honor of Scott and Melanie Creps, who have served at New Life Church so faithfully the past several years. Scott and Melanie have been called to a new ministry position and will be leaving our church family at the end of August. Please drop by for a time of fellowship and the opportunity to express your appreciation and love for the Creps.

The Haugens' address is 14343 Clackamas River Drive, Oregon City, Oregon 97045. Click here for a map.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

High School Beach Bash

We will be returning Sunday afternoon. If you have any questions or concerns, please click here to contact the church office and ask to speak with Matt Vorhees. Also, click here to download the Medical Release Form in a PDF format or click here for the Word document if you've not yet filled one out. Hope to see you there!

Read through the Bible

I came across a very helpful website for reading through the Bible. There are 13 different plans at different paces, and here's the best part; this site will email you daily with the chapters to read in order to keep up with your plan.

Check it out at

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Pray for National Night Out!

This Tuesday, August 7th, we will be hosting a National Night Out Party at New Life Robinwood. We are in the process of hand delivering invitations to 500 homes in our neighborhood.

Please pray that many of our neighbors would come to the party and that we would make good connections with them. Pray for all of the details of the party to come together. Pray that some who come to the party would come to church for the first time at our outdoor service on the 12th.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Henry Van Oeveren Has Arrived!!

Christine gave birth to Henry yesterday morning at 8:02. He weighed in at 7lbs 12.5oz. Both mother and son are doing fine.

Praise the Lord!!