Portland News

Vacation Bible School

August 18, 2017

At 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14, more than one hundred eager children stepped through a cave entrance draped with tangled roots and vines, and into the world of spelunking at this year’s Vacation Bible School. The theme for the weeklong event was “Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World,” and excitement was evident from the start.

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Friday Evening Service

August 18, 2017

Prelude: Emmaline Worthington played an oboe solo of “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” and “Living on the Victory Side.”

Featured Testimonies: Faye Veenhuizen was thankful for the foundation of God’s Word, and that the Lord saved her when she was young. Jodie Hinkle said she injured her foot four weeks ago, and it has been swollen and bruised. The Lord has helped her be able to walk, but a few days ago she asked Him ...

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Sunday Evening Service

August 13, 2017

Prelude: A brass ensemble played “Praise Medley” and “Come Christians, Join to Sing.” Then Randy Kaady and Gary Wolfe sang “This Love Is Mine.”

Featured testimonies: Julianne Luka said she went to youth camp this year seeking a deeper relationship with God and felt that He answered that prayer. Duane Wilson said he has been through some difficult times in the past few years, but found that God is a match for every situation. Hunter McCarville ...

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Sunday Morning Service

August 13, 2017

Prelude: Pianist Janice Calhoun played “The Lord’s Prayer” and “I Have Found a Hiding Place.” Then the choir sang “Heavenly Father, We Appreciate You.”

First Special: Gary and Kristi Riler sang “When Praise Demands a Sacrifice.”

Scripture Reading: Dwight Baltzell read Judges 6:1-13.

Last Special: Butch Carey sang “Had It Not Been.”

Sermon: Taking his text from Judges 6:7-10, Darrel Lee emphasized several lessons from the story of Gideon, including that God has the power to save and to keep, and...

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Friday Evening Service

August 11, 2017

Prelude: Andrea Gaston (pictured above) played a cello solo of “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and “I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord.”

Featured testimonies: Ann McCarville testified that this past week when she misplaced some money, she prayed and God undertook, then she was delighted to find out her children had also been praying, on their own. Mackenzie Ewers thanked the Lord for baptizing her with the Holy Ghost at youth camp ...

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Sunday Evening Youth Service

August 6, 2017

Prelude: "Youth Camp Serenaders" (Mark Worthington, Curt Cook, Chris Luka, and Lee Vories) played “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away.” The youth choir followed by singing “Are You Dressed for the Wedding?” The entire youth camp staff and campers then sang the theme song, “My ‘I’ is All in You.”

Skit: A skit titled “Identity” was performed by several youth camp counselors. They related that trying to find your identity in sports, music, good works, ...

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Sunday Morning Service

August 6, 2017

Prelude: Gary Riler played a saxophone solo of “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” and “Draw Me Nearer.” The choir followed by singing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.”

First Special: Randy Baltzell and Chris and Jillian Luka sang “I’m Free.”

Scripture Reading: Mark Worthington read from Matthew 11:25-30.

Last Special: Peter Moberg sang “Oh, I want to Know You More.”

Sermon: John Musgrave read Matthew 11:1-6 and said there was compelling evidence in Jesus' day that He indeed was the Christ,...

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Northwest Youth Camp

August 5, 2017

Campers and staff from Oregon and Washington converged on the Mayfield Lake campsite Monday afternoon, July 31, to begin what many Sunday school kids consider the best week of the year: youth camp! Students immediately began claiming their bunks and settling into their cabins for a spiritually challenging, encouraging, fun, and exhausting week.

The theme this year was “Identity in Christ.” For the first day of in-cabin devotional time, the young people in each cabin...

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Friday Evening Service

August 4, 2017

Prelude: David Green played a trumpet solo of “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying.”

Featured Testimonies: Dayle Lee said even though he and his family knew very little about the Gospel, when he was nineteen the Lord led him to an experience of real salvation. Kristi Riler praised God that at six years of age she believed God was what she needed and He saved her, and has kept her since ...

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Sunday Evening Service

July 30, 2017

Prelude: Brian and Jane Ewers played “Amazing Grace” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” on their violins. Ashley and Caitlyn Morgan and Victoria Worthington sang “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

Featured Testimonies: Dave Green spoke about landmarks in his life, including when he received salvation, sanctification, and the baptism, as well as when the Lord provided for his family when money was tight. Tom Pricskett shared how the Lord brought the truth of the...

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