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CONNECT

ReGeneration meets next Sunday (March 31) at 7 p.m. at the West Linn Campus. We will celebrate the Gospel, pursue Jesus, eat dinner, and develop a community of young adults. 

 WEST LINN

Men’s Breakfast - Saturday, March 30, at 8 a.m. in the West Linn Fellowship Hall (basement). Suggested donation of $5. Text RSVP to Billy Ferguson (503-956-2922).

Kim BrandstetterComment
Lent: All Is Not Right With Us

For forty days the Church around the world celebrates the season of Lent. Why forty? Primarily, that number was chosen to commemorate Jesus’ forty day temptation in the wilderness in which he resisted Satan, demonstrating his allegiance to God in his journey to the cross. The account of Jesus’ temptation in the Gospel of Mark which we read on Sunday morning is one of the lesser-detailed accounts of his temptation, and certainly contains some strange details regarding the wild animals and the ministry of angels:

Mark 1:12-13, “The Spirit immediately drove [Jesus] out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” 

The point of the passage is not in the details, however. One of the reasons Jesus was tempted was to demonstrate his humanity. Humanity is tempted daily with the allures of comfort and power—Jesus faced the same temptations. Another reason, however, was to demonstrate his divinity. Jesus spoke with the authority of God’s Word and though tempted, resisted Satan and did not sin.

Because Jesus—fully human and fully divine—was tempted, yet without sin, the author of Hebrews concludes:

Hebrews 4:13-16, “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

The implications of Jesus’ temptation are good news for the Church. We admit, as a church, that while all is not right in the world, similarly, all is not right in us. We are too willing to bend our knee to Satan and serve the gods of comfort or power. We need to be made right with God, in desperate need of a priest who will present us before God as righteous. No human priest can accomplish this for all broken people everywhere, because all human priests are likewise imperfect, limited to a specific place, and then die. Jesus, by living the life we were unable to live (without sin), dying the death we deserved to die (in our place), and rising to give new life to all who follow him, serves as our Great High Priest and makes us right with God

This week, take note of every temptation and remember that you are not alone in your temptation. Pause to consider on your response, looking to Jesus as your example. And when you fail, confess—naming your sin and agreeing with God about it—to your Great High Priest who sympathizes, and “draw near to the throne of grace to find help in time of need.”

May the God of endurance and encouragement give you hope as you imitate Jesus during this season of Lent.

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SERVE

WEST LINN

Join the Nursery Ministry Team! You will positively impact young children and their parents as you show the love of Jesus. One time a month is all it takes! Hugs, laughter, and “Goldfish Crackers” included! If interested, contact the church office.

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DELIGHT

Combined Gathering - This Sunday both campuses will worship together in the West Linn High School Commons Area. Nursery and Treasureland for preschool age children will be available at the West Linn Campus.

ENGAGE

Alpha is a ten-week practical introduction to the Christian faith. For more information, or to register, visit our webpage. Alpha begins Tuesday, April 2 at the West Linn Campus.

Church Softball Team - We are looking for 12-20 adults to play in a church softball league Friday evenings this summer; from May 10 to July 26. Cost to be determined. If interested, contact Sydney by April 7.

CONNECT

Luncheon - You are invited to attend the “2nd Wednesday Senior Luncheon” this Wednesday, March 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the West Linn Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share.

WILSONVILLE

Women’s Gathering - Please join us on Monday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. It will be fun and dinner is provided! If you have questions, contact Sheila Brownell (503-919-9049).

SERVE

Significant Benevolence Need - The Elders administrate a fund to meet practical, physical needs of people in the church and those they engage with. A very significant need has come to us and we invite you to give toward it. It will certainly be a great blessing. Mark “Benevolence” on your giving envelope or online. Thank you.

Lent and our monthly Day of Prayer and Fasting

This Wednesday will be Ash Wednesday. It is the day we enter the season of Lent — a time-period historically designated by the church to commemorate Jesus’ journey to the cross. Traditionally, the season of Lent lasts for forty days (or forty-six days including Sundays), symbolic of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. The purpose of Lent has traditionally been to prepare the Christian for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repenting of sins, alms-giving, and self-denial. Sometimes this is manifest through fasting.

 As a result, there may be a lot of ritualistic, legalistic baggage with the traditions of this season, so we hesitate to even use the word “Lent.” It is one of those “days” we may choose to observe (Romans 14:5-6). Your conscience can be free to pursue God as you see fit. As an opportunity to remember Jesus’ life and ministry and passion leading to his death and resurrection and orienting our lives around him, it seems to offer too valuable a practice to dismiss entirely.

 So, this year, at New Life Church, we will attempt to create space to reflect on Jesus’ ministry in preparation for our celebration of his death and resurrection. We want to avoid the pits of legalism and despair, so we are not expecting or mandating a certain type or duration of fasting. Instead we want to focus on the Gospel which says Jesus has accomplished all that we need to be made right with God, and neither our penance nor our self-denial could make God love us more than He already does in Christ.

As we begin this season together, we would invite you to fast and pray and to attend a prayer meeting at either the New Life Church West Linn at noon Wednesday, or the New Life Church Wilsonville campus at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday. Because we are pursuing a deeper connection with the risen savior, use the following gospel-centered prayers:

  • Matthew 6:9-13

  • Ephesians 1:16-21

  • Ephesians 3:14-21

  • Philippians 1:9-11

  • Colossians 1:9-12

  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

 Our Sunday gatherings during this season will also follow this preparatory theme as we read Scripture, sing, and pray our way through Jesus’ ministry. During the final week of Lent, also known as “Passion Week,” which crescendos to Easter Sunday, there will be several additional opportunities for you to reflect on Jesus, by celebrating the Lord’s Supper in your home on Maundy Thursday, celebrating the Lord’s Supper together at our Good Friday gathering, fasting and praying on Holy Saturday, and celebrating the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 May this season be meaningful and helpful for you as we follow Jesus together. May the death and resurrection of Jesus fill you with great hope and joy during this season of Lent.

Scott ReavelyComment
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DELIGHT

Day of Prayer and Fasting - Join us on Wednesday, March 6, at Noon at the West Linn Campus and/or 7 p.m. at the Wilsonville Campus for a time of prayer.

ENGAGE

WILSONVILLE

Be a Good Neighbor - It’s not too early to plan to host a party for your neighbors this summer. We will kick off this initiative with a meeting on March 17 following the morning service. Please RSVP with “Good Neighbor”.

CONNECT

WEST LINN

Ladies, 1st Thursday CONNECT is this week. Join us on March 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., for dinner and teaching from Ruth. We will be filling donation bags for Love INC. Text Marcia at 503-720-7197 with RSVP or questions.

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SERVE

New Life Family Band for the combined gathering on March 10! Rehearsal will be at the West Linn Campus on Saturday, March 9. All acoustic instruments welcome. RSVP to Taylor Reavely.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins NEXT SUNDAY!

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DELIGHT

Baptism – If you are interested in taking this important step of faith please email the church office and a pastor will contact you.

ENGAGE

Alpha is a ten-week course offering a practical introduction to the Christian faith. For more information, or to register, visit our webpage. Alpha will begin Tuesday, April 2 at New Life Church West Linn.

CONNECT

Combined Gathering March 10 at 10:30 am, we will all worship together in the West Linn High School Commons Area and have lunch and a baptism afterward. Lunch will be provided. 

WILSONVILLE

Shared Meal – Join us after the worship service next Sunday, March 3. Please bring a main dish and a side dish (salad, fruit, dessert, etc.) to share with others. Your generous contributions allow us to be hospitable to guests who may wish to join us.

SERVE

New Life Family Band for the combined gathering on March 10! Rehearsal will be at the West Linn Campus on Saturday, March 9. All acoustic instruments welcome. RSVP to Taylor Reavely.

Kim BrandstetterComment
Local Events: Spring
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To help you engage people in your neighborhoods and communities disconnected from God, we want to share a few community events in your city that could provide an easy opportunity to run into some neighbors, meet some new ones, learn about your local government, hear about people’s needs, and show up as a representative of Christ. These opportunities are planned and offered for you – take advantage! We encourage you to pick one event in your city to visit this season!

You can view more links and resources on city events on the new Local Outreach page.

West Linn

State of the City — February 28, 5:30pm
Mary S Young Work Party — March 2, 9:00am
Happy Hour with the Mayor — March 15, 5:00pm

Wilsonville

First Friday Films — March 1, 6:00pm
Community Egg Hunt — April 20, 10:00am
WERK Day — April 27, 8:00am

Oregon City

Art Lab for Kids (all ages) — Wednesdays, 2:30pm
First Friday Films — March 1, 6:30pm
Oregon City Enhancement Day — April 6, 9:00am

Canby

Storytime for Kids — Fridays, 11:00am
Free Concert — March 9, 2:30pm
Day of Dairy Event — April 13, 11:00am

Gladstone

Kids Storytime — Thursdays, 9:30am
Arbor Day — April 27, 10:00am

Milwaukie

Family Storytime — Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Tideman Johnson Park Work Party — March 2, 9:00am
Repair Fair — April 6, 10:00am

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CONNECT

Men's Breakfast - Saturday, February 23, at 8 am in the West Linn Fellowship Hall (basement). Suggested donation of $5. Text “RSVP” to Billy Ferguson (503-956-2922).

ReGeneration meets next Sunday, February 24, at 7 pm at the West Linn Campus. We will celebrate the Gospel, pursue Jesus, eat dinner, and develop a community of young adults.


SERVE

WEST LINN

Sunday Hospitality - Would you like to serve on our Sunday Hospitality Team? If so, contact the church office.

WILSONVILLE

Ministry to Children - If you are interested in serving in our Sunday morning Children’s Ministry or our Wednesday evening Awana Ministry, please contact the church office.


The church office will be closed Monday, February 18.

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DELIGHT

WEST LINN

Baptism - We will have a baptism at the West Linn Campus on February 17 at 4 pm. Feel free to bring a snack to share.


CONNECT

Luncheon - All adults are invited to attend the “2nd Wednesday Luncheon” this Wednesday, February 13, at 12:30 pm in the West Linn Fellowship Hall. We will honor West Linn’s new Chief of Police. Please bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share.

Combined Gathering - March 10 at 10 am, we will all worship together in the West Linn High Commons Area and lunch will be provided afterward.

Kim BrandstetterComment