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Christmas in Bethlehem – Part 1 – The Roman Soldiers
Dick Duerksen
December 22, 2021

The stable cave was smelly, like a hot barn should be on a cold night. A few Roman horses were stabled in the darkest corner, far away from the mangy animals owned by the locals. Reuben, a local who the centurion had charged with caring for the steeds, stood as the two soldiers approached.

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Christmas in Bethlehem – Part 2 – The Midwife's Husband
Dick Duerksen
December 22, 2021

It’s frustrating to be known not for what I do, but for what my wife does. In fact, I doubt most people know anything about my work. I'm just the husband of the midwife.

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Christmas in Bethlehem – Part 3 – The Rabbi of Bethlehem
Dick Duerksen
December 22, 2021

My job is to talk with God. I describe what I see happening in the lives of His Bethlehem family and ask what I should be doing to help the people love Him more. Then I listen for His answers. Today was the first time I heard His voice.

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Pastor George Gainer Announces Retirement
Communication
December 22, 2021

George Gainer, much-beloved pastor of our Pleasant Valley Church (PVC), has announced his retirement from full-time pastoral ministry. At the helm as senior pastor since 1998, Pastor Gainer’s retirement officially begins on January 1, 2022.

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A Lincoln City Christmas
Dick Duerksen
December 22, 2021

When Abigail spoke those words, her eyes filled with tears and her voice cracked. Just a little, but enough so all the parents and friends felt the emotion of the moment with her. The school Christmas play was bringing Bethlehem’s manger to life on the church stage.

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A Conversation with New Ministerial Director Rick Jordan
Dick Duerksen
December 16, 2021

This past summer Rick Jordan accepted the call to join the Oregon Conference team as our new assistant director in the Ministerial Department, a job that that will enlist his experience, knowledge, and best of all, his love of connecting with, and supporting the pastors in our region.

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Fall Fun at PVC Fosters Community
Guest Author
December 9, 2021

The “Fall Fun” event with games, crafts, and food met with attendance far beyond expectations.Initially planned for 100 people, the team serving dinner found themselves with the positive “problem” of needing to find more food for a line of people that kept growing!

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God's Closest in Bend Makes the News After Providing Clothes for 132 Kids
Guest Author
December 9, 2021

A Google search on “KTVZ Bend Gods Closet” will bring you the news spot done for two clothing distributions held in October and November where the Lord brought 57 families and 132 children to the Cascade Church where 20 volunteers met them with open hearts to fill a need.