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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.