Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Life Church is planning a trip to Israel in 2011

Are you interested in joining the New Life Church group on a guided tour of Israel with Jerusalem University College (JUC)?

WHEN: Depart Portland on October 23, 2011 and return November 7, 2011.

COST: The approximate cost of the trip is $3,800.00 per person and depends on the cost of airfare, which could fluctuate hundreds of dollars. An exact cost will be known in late December.

INCLUDED IN THE COST: Airfare, three meals per day, tips, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, guided tours, admission fees to sights, maps, materials, and courses taught by a JUC instructor.

HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS: Any person 50 years old or over, or any person with certain health conditions, is required to submit a signed health statement from a doctor due to the very strenuous nature of the tour.

PASSPORT: A valid U.S. passport with an expiration of no earlier than April 24, 2012 is required.

NEXT STEPS: If you are seriously considering taking part in this tour, please make a note on your Keeping in Touch card (include e-mail address) or contact Judy Cochran in the church office, 503-656-8600.

For more information visit the JUC website at http://www.juc.edu/short/pastorparishioner.asp

Family Discipleship Class at Riverfalls

Discipleship occurs best in community. That’s true particularly with Family Discipleship, where we learn with one another how to follow Christ in the midst of our most important relationships—our family!

Family can be the most rewarding relationship, but also the most difficult. Indeed, we live in a time when the idea of family seems in decline and when marriages are in trouble.

As we learn together to how to live in the midst of “the drama of sin and grace” with our spouses and children, we will discover the power of the gospel to transform our families, and ourselves. We’ll learn how to build a godly family.

So join us Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Chapel beginning October 17th for the Family Discipleship community, where we will explore applying the gospel to our families. We’ll begin with the six-session video, Sacred Marriage, where we’ll learn how God designed marriage to make us holy. Class is led by Michael Lewis.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10/10/10 -- A Great Sunday at New Life Church

I have been a pastor at our church, as of last week, for 22 years! In that time, I can probably count on one hand the number of Sundays that I would say were really great, days where I wouldn't really change anything. God has done such a good work in our church, but He has done it through a series of gradual changes and good, but not spectacular Sundays.

Last Sunday, however, was one of those days that I would say was really great. For starters, the Robinwood congregation had their highest non-Easter attendance of the year and started a new class called Gospel Armor with 22 adults attending. The Riverfalls congregation enjoyed four baptisms (Audrey Lazar, Rachel Polley, David Hellweg, and Sam Cochran). Three fathers baptized their children. The service was full, but not as full as it would have been had we not sent a team to go do the service at Tanner Springs. Then we shared dinner together and the child safety training was packed. Eighty people were reminded of the importance of keeping kids safe. Add to that the 20 or so from a previous training and there are already 100 volunteers trained and ready to serve! That would have been good enough, but then 50 or so young people hit the I-205 off-ramps in Clackamas County to raise money for homeless people on World Homeless Day. Then, ReGeneration had a large crowd who were challenged to choose the path of wisdom from Psalm 1:1-6. If that weren't enough, one young man came up to me then and told me how he'd submitted his life to Christ after we talked last week!

I fell into bed exhausted, but happy for God's work at New Life Church. And . . . I hope it encourages you, too.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Wilsonville Garage Sale Success!

After two great days we are praising God for the results in Wilsonville! We sold most of our inventory and met many people from the community. It was wonderful to see people with smiling faces walk out with great deals. After expenses, the garage sale made $3000! The profits will benefit families in Wilsonville and neighboring communities by helping to fund a new Swap & Play ministry. Swap & Play will provide a place for families to network with one another, trade clothing and other items with each other, and let their children play. Thank you all for your help and prayers to make this event an overwhelming success!

Prayer Focus for the week of Sept. 26th

New Life Church has a prayer focus each week. Our prayer focus is broken down into three categories of ministry: 1. We pray for another local church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray for a Global Outreach Partner who is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. 3. We pray for a ministry of New Life Church that is proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ locally.

Area Church: Lake Bible Church - Lake Oswego, OR, http://www.lakebiblechurch.com/

Global Outreach Partner: Paul and Beryl Metko – Cadence International

  • Pray for the staff who recently received word from the Metkos that they will be stepping down from their regional director role at the end of this year.

  • Pray that, as the Metkos begin their last visits to each ministry location, the staff would focus on the future.

  • Pray for wisdom for the mission leadership as they consider who to recommend for the Metkos role.

  • Pray for God's leading as they discuss another role (one of mentoring new and returning staff) with mission leadership.

NLC Ministry: Life Groups

  • Please pray that the people of New Life Church will actively seek Christian community.

  • Pray that we will start 3 more Life Groups by the end of the year.

  • Pray that the Life Groups will remain centered on the Gospel as each member speaks the truth in love to the others.

  • Pray that each Life Group would identify its particular mission and see the conversion of at least one unbeliever this year.