NEWSLETTER: September 2017

"Exploring God and His World
(Through Our Senses)"

From the Pastor
By Pastor Steve Dow

It was the psalmist David who wrote: I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14) This was David's way of expressing his gratitude to God for the way in which he had been created by God. He was awed by God's creative genius. I am, too. Are you? Part of the "fearfully and wonderfully made" aspect of our humanity certainly has to be our five senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and hearing. Through these 'gifts' we experience creation (this world), life, and God. The wonders of His world are for us to explore; to discover; to learn from; and, to find the clues to God's existence and presence as He has left His indelible mark upon our planet (and elsewhere for that matter. Check out the Cosmos!). This fall we are going to explore God and His world in our times of worship via our five sens-es. To help us experience this adventure, we are going to have Inter-generational Services every other week beginning with September 3rd and ending on October 29th. To guide us on this exploration, we've created a character by the name of Sensee Sam. His job is to lead and educate us about the five senses and how they help connect us with God and His world. Here is a layout of the dates and themes:
September 3rd – Touch: How important are our hands?
September 17th – Smell: Ah, the nose knows.
October 1st – Sight: Oh, say can you see?
October 15th – Taste: Wow! This is a gastronomical delight!
October 29th – Hearing: What was that?
If you are a parent or grandparent, then you'll want to be sure to have your children present on these Sundays because we are going to have a lot of fun learn-ing together! AND, on the Sundays in between we will have Children's Church available for all the children who come, so you will not want to miss any this fall.
Make a Difference…Share Jesus
Pastor Steve (a.k.a. – Sensee Sam)

"Dates to Highlight in September""

9/3- Inter-Generational Service 10:30 AM
9/3 - Willamette Valley COG's Worship in Bush Park Salem, 2PM
9/4 - Labor Day
9/5 & 6 - Back to School
9/5 - Apostolic Church Meets each Tuesday, 7-8 PM
9/7 - Council Meeting, 7 PM, Annex
9/9 - Durwood's 60th Open House, Fireside Rm, 10 AM-12:30 PM
9/10 - Children's Church Kick Off & Grandparents Day
9/14 - Board Meeting, 7 PM , Annex
9/16 - 55+ Club Trip to Mt. Angel Octoberfest
9/19 - Financial Peace Univ., 7 PM, Pastor Dow's Home
9/22 - Compassion Ministries Banquet (see info below)
9/29 & 30 - Leadership Retreat

"55+ Club Trip to Mt Angel, Octoberfest,""

Sept. 16th, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Transportation $3.50, exact change please, Lunch on your own. Old World Food, Arts, Crafts and Entertainment in this community settled by German pioneers in 1800's. RSVP by 9/12 to Eloise Hutchison,

One Final Note from Toni

By Lay-Pastor Toni Drager

As I sit down to write I am at a loss for words. I have been pondering what to share with you in my 'last' newsletter article. Some of you may, some may not know that I gave my resignation letter to our Leadership Team, as your Lay Pastor, on August 10, 2017. I will be finishing up loose-ends until Sept. 15th. This decision was not made lightly. When God called me to be your Lay Pastor I honored that call and devoted my service to this congregation. When He released me I must also honor that call. God has given me such a peace that this is the time for me not to 'quit' ministry but to 'redirect' it. Focusing more time building relationships outside the church and less time in meetings. I have to admit I am looking forward to spending more time at home working on Drager Performance and Aunt Nannie's Embellishment Shoppe, our two home busi-nesses. Both of these entities have given our family many ministry opportunities in meeting new people who don't know Christ as their Savior.
Thinking back on the beginning of my time serving in this church. I think of the very young, newly married, inexperienced woman that Joan Roeser took under her wings and ask that I be in charge of the food cupboard! (Cupboard is a very loose term, it was a small cabinet in the tiny tots room.) Sooner than expected I became Chair of the Benevolence Committee. So many memories; giving out large quantities of food boxes, having a Christmas Giving Tree for children as well as gifts for all persons in the home and numerous funeral dinners. Discovering it is such a joy coming along side of people in their time of need.
As your Lay pastor, I marvel at what an array of things we have done together; Holy Rollers Bowling, Wednesday Night Dinners, thousands of water bottles, Live Nativity. Can you believe it?, we have held Financial Peace for 10 years (standard classes, a corrections class and youth class), Community Week- food bags, light bulb changes, oil changes, helping at the laundromat etc. Overhaulin' (Roy's truck), Poker runs, Men's Day at the range, head lice kits, school supplies, hygiene supplies, Working with CARDVA, Community Service Hours Provider, Burning the Mortgage, Fireworks, Church picnics, Easter Egg Hunt, Movie Nights, National Night Out, and NAEIR. That is just off the top of my head and I know I am missing things. Oh, what fun we have had, the laughter, tears of pain and tears of joy! Thank You so very much for coming along side of me for this wild ride! I am looking forward to having time to help you with your ministries in this new season of my ministry.

With hugs and prayer,
P.S. Keep 'looking' outside the box!