Make Your Way In – Through a two-part New to New Life class, this Sunday and next (January 13 and 20) at 5 p.m., pastors will answer questions about our beliefs, our purpose and structure, and how you might become part of what God is doing at New Life Church! Dinner will be provided.


Foster Parents Night Out (FPNO) - We are partnering with other churches in Wilsonville to host a monthly evening for children in foster families. If you would like to help provide a night out for foster parents, contact Elizabeth Doris. There will be a training meeting on January 18 from 6 - 9 p.m. (dinner is provided).


Melba Means Memorial Service - There will be a celebration of life to honor Melba on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The of the service is 11 a.m. at Gladstone First Baptist Church located at 6125 Caldwell Road in Gladstone. If you would like to know more about Melba you can go to the Crown Memorial Website.


Parking - Due to the events going on at West Linn High School next Sunday (January 20), the usual parking may be full. If so, try the lot at West Linn High School behind the Performing Arts building.

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New Year's Challenge for Men

Hello, men of New Life!

Just yesterday, a cashier at Trader Joe’s asked me if I had made any resolutions for the New Year. Seizing the opportunity to engage him further, I replied that I had been challenged by an article titled, “Make Habits, Not Resolutions.” We talked briefly about how a habit becomes ingrained into our character, but a “New Year’s Resolution” tends to disappear within a short time.

The key theme that emerged from Men’s Reboot back in November was the strategic importance of being in God’s Word daily; reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on His precious revelation to us. This is a habit to be cultivated this New Year, unlike hastily-made resolutions that quickly get discarded and forgotten.

Here is the challenge. Read through the Gospel of Mark, one chapter each week, starting with chapter one this coming week (January 6-12). Choose any version and any mode (digital or paper) you prefer. But read it with a partner, preferably another man from New Life Church. Text, call, or email each other at least one time each week with encouragement, questions, or insights you have gained through your reading. If you are already meeting in a Bible study with two or three other men, use those connections to hold each other accountable to this new reading challenge.

Are you in? Please email or text me back with your decision as soon as possible.

At the Men’s Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, January 26 (8 a.m.) we will focus on what we learned from the first three chapters of Mark’s Gospel. Also, starting this Sunday, we will offer an adult Bible study during both worship services (9 and 10:45 a.m.) , meeting in the Chapel and studying the Gospel of Mark.

If you don’t already have a “go-to” app for Bible reading, try BibleGateway. It is simple to use, and is compatible with all smartphones.

By the way, the cashier at TJ’s seemed to enjoy our ensuing conversation after he got over his initial surprise that I had engaged his question so enthusiastically!

Walking in Truth! (3 John 3)

~Tim Robertson

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Join a Life Group - If you are not already in a Life Group, now is a great time to join one. If you are interested in knowing more, please contact Aeric Estep.

2nd Wednesday Luncheon - Join us this Wednesday, January 9, at 12:30 p.m. at the West Linn Campus, for our monthly “2nd Wednesday Senior Adult Luncheon.” Bring a main dish, side, or dessert to share. Paul and Beryl Metko will share about this coming summer’s outreach to Basque high school students (SUSA).

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Christmas Eve Giving Opportunities

We have two projects you may be interested in this Christmas, as you think about your year-end giving. There will be opportunities to give at the Christmas Eve services. Everything given then will go to one of these two projects.

First, We have found a reliable way to help churches and families affected by the California wild fires. Our association of churches is partnering with those in Northern California to bless those who were in the path of the fire. If you would like to give to this, please mark your giving envelope, "ACTS Fund". 

Second, we have committed ourselves to begin planting another congregation in 2019. All gifts on Christmas Eve not marked for the ACTS Fund will go toward our efforts to plant a church.

Thank you very much for your generosity!

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Christmas Eve - On Christmas Eve we will have services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in West Linn, and 5 p.m. in Wilsonville. Please pick up an invitation in the church lobby and invite your friends and family.

Make Your Way In – Through a two-part New to New Life class January 13 and 20 at 5 p.m., pastors will answer questions about our beliefs, our purpose and structure, and how you might become part of what God is doing at New Life Church! To be included contact the church office.


Are you considering baptism? If you are interested in taking this important step of faith in early January, please email the church office and a pastor will contact you.

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Celebrate Recovery - Evening of Christmas Music

You are invited to the Celebrate Recovery Evening of Christmas Music on December 21 at the West Linn Campus in the basement Fellowship Hall. Bring your friends, family, and kids, and be prepared to celebrate your recovery AND the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

DINNER AT 6:15 PM (no charge)

You don’t have to have Hurts, Habits or Hang-ups to attend!

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ReGeneration will meet this Sunday night, December 16, at 7 p.m. in the Upper Fireside Room at the West Linn Campus. We will celebrate the Gospel, pursue Jesus, eat dinner, and develop a community of young adults.

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2nd Wednesday Luncheon - Please join us on Wednesday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. downstairs at the West Linn Campus for the monthly 2nd Wednesday Luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. Bruce Tissell will be our guest speaker and tell us about his ministry in Brazil.


Sunday, December 23 we will have two worship services, at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Childcare will be provided for children under age 3 during the 9 a.m. service.

Christmas Eve - On Christmas Eve we will have services at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in West Linn, and 5 p.m. in Wilsonville. Please pick up an invitation in the lobby and invite your friends and family.


Memorial Service for Colleen Mickelson - Join us on December 16 at 2 p.m. at the West Linn Campus as we remember Colleen.

Make Year-End Gifts on the Church Website - In the course of year-end tax planning, you may find yourself considering special one-time donations. Online credit card donations made through the church website will only count as 2018 donations if your credit card is charged by December 31, 2018. This can take up to four business days from the day that you make your donation online.

Stay-Up-To-Date - Text @newlifenw to 81010 for inclement weather updates, last minute notifications, and encouraging reminders by text message.

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Day of Prayer and Fasting
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Today is the first Wednesday of the month, the day that we designate as a day of prayer and fasting. If ever we needed to call out to the Lord for help, it’s now. Not only do we have unswerving confidence that he welcomes us, he hears us, and he stands ready to help – we have a great need.

What God has done this past month since our last day of prayer has been absolutely breathtaking. It is so obvious that the work has been accomplished by him and not by us that it gives me great confidence to ask again.

As you probably know,  Canby First Baptist Church chose not to join us in planting a church in Canby. That means we are back to the drawing board on what the next steps might be. We are reassessing the opportunity to plant a church in Canby. Please pray that God would make the direction clear and the way straight for the next New Life Church plant.

In addition, we have been approached by an experienced church planter (he’s planted five churches already). His salary is being paid for two years by another church we know and trust. He approached us to see if he could plant a Hispanic church for New Life Church in our Wilsonville building. Who gets a request like that? Again, please pray that we will discern the Lord’s will and that he will make the way straight. There is every reason to be excited about this!

You might think I’m avoiding perhaps the clearest and most impressive work of God in this past month. You may be aware that God has brought forty or so people to New Life Church as they exit a cult. Over thirty have been baptized in the past two months.

Please pray that we will love and serve them well. Pray they will quickly feel  part of the church. And pray that God would be pleased to draw many more away from their former experience.

Other than that, there is just the usual...(Nope, wrong again!) We are planning to go to two services in West Linn after the first of the year. Please pray that we will do that well and that the church would be blessed by this change.

There are, too, the normal things in church life that concern us all. We have many who have a serious physical needs. Please pray that God would heal them. Please pray for marriages New Life Church to be strong and filled with love and hope. Please pray we will all stand strong in faith!

Oh, I almost forgot. We are still waiting on the sale of our Robinwood building. Please pray that the buyer would be approved by the city of West Linn quickly and that we will finalize the sale soon.

This is the strangest prayer letter I've ever written. God is clearly at work here. Thank you for joining us in asking for more!

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Annual Budget and Elections Results

We are grateful for the unity we share at New Life Church. At our meetings on Sunday, the budget for 2019 passed 87-1, and Andy Veitch and Josh Knopp were affirmed unanimously as elders. Thank you!

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