Portland News

Christmas Concert

December 23, 2018

On December 23, the sanctuary filled with guests for the annual Christmas concert, presented by the combined choirs, orchestra, and soloists, and directed by Gary Riler. After a welcome from Senior Pastor David Lambert, the program opened with the orchestra playing the festive holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride,” followed by “O Come, Emmanuel” and “Christmas Joy and Glory.” Then the choir took its place on the risers and the audience was invited to join ...

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Tuesday Evening Service

December 18, 2018

Prelude: Charlet Andersen (pictured above) sang “Mary, Did You Know?” accompanied by her grandfather, Dave Andersen, on the guitar. Then Gary Riler read the story of how the song “Silent Night” came to be written and everyone joined in singing that song.

Featured Testimonies: Kristi Riler said she is thankful to have been raised in a Christian home and saved at the age of six, because it spared her a lot of heartache. Chris Luka...

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Beginner Christmas Program 2018

December 16, 2018

After delaying and then cancelling the Beginner Christmas program last year due to inclement weather, there was great anticipation leading up to the 2018 Christmas presentation from the congregation’s youngest performers! This year the program was titled “Christmas Day Express” and all the children were dressed in old-fashioned train crew attire, with several child-sized train cars parked in front of them. The program took the audience on a “ride” through the...

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Christmas on the Campground

December 16, 2018

The campground was aglow with hundreds of thousands of lights, the tabernacle was set up for the Nativity pageant, the Fellowship Lodge was beautifully decorated and stocked with thousands of cookies and hundreds of gallons of cocoa; trains for a ride around the campground were freshly painted, giant inflated light displays awaited happy passersby, and Curly the camel stood in his tent near the rest of the petting zoo animals. It was time for the ...

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Tuesday Evening Service

December 11, 2018

Prelude: Katia Fedosov, Andrea Gaston, and Diana Lambert played a cello trio of “What Child Is This?” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Then, Diana and Holly Lambert and Sophie Sobol sang “Salvation Came.”

Featured Testimonies: Sister Diana was thankful for all the prayers God answered when she was graduating from high school and had many decisions to make, and she said remembering those answers gives her faith for...

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Sunday Evening Service

December 9, 2018

Prelude: Janie Ewers played “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne,” on the violin. The choir followed, singing “Born in Bethlehem.”

Featured Testimonies: Rosie Lambert shared how, at the age of thirty, God let her know that she had taken back some consecrations that she had given Him, so she reconsecrated her life and gave Him everything, and it was a wonderful experience that she looks back to. Chris Oilar told how he struggled ...

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Sunday Morning Service

December 9, 2018

Prelude: The orchestra played “Silent Night” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The choir then sang “The Bells (Reprise),” with orchestral accompaniment.

First Special: The octet sang “O Come, Let Us Adore Him.”

Scripture Reading: Erik Calhoun read Matthew 2:1-12.

Last Special: Victoria Heintz sang “O Holy Night.”

Sermon: Dave Lambert used Matthew 2:9-11 for his text, listing some of the lessons that can be learned from the Wise Men's seeking God, which include: taking the time and effort to seek,...

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Youth Christmas Celebration

December 8, 2018

There was a festive atmosphere once again at the annual youth Christmas celebration, with over one hundred guests arriving in all manner of holiday attire. The first item on the schedule was dinner, and it was a great meal: smoked beef brisket with macaroni and cheese, green beans, and corn bread on the side, followed by peppermint mud pies and a gingerbread...

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Friday Evening Service

December 7, 2018

Prelude: Sawyer Parker played a piano solo of “Brindisi” and “Amen,” and Henry Parker played “Rondo Alla Turca” on the piano. Sophie Sobol then sang “Noel.”

Featured Testimonies: Dave Lambert read the written testimonies of Judy and David Maynard, a hearing-impaired couple who attend the Portland church faithfully. Sister Judy shared how she was saved in 1999 and is thankful that the Lord has given her many privileges to work for Him in the Gospel. Brother David ...

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Senior Christmas Luncheon

December 4, 2018

The annual senior Christmas luncheon, hosted by David and Rosie Lambert, took place on Tuesday, December 4. Over one hundred attendees gathered in the Fellowship Lodge, which was beautifully decorated for the event. As guests arrived, they saw tables decorated in green and red with vintage Christmas stories and white flowers on display.

After a welcome and opening prayer from Brother Dave, tables were dismissed to the buffet area where they were served a...

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