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Want to Serve Missionary Kids?

Tim and Wendy Tutty are hosting a Black Forest Academy (BFA) "Information Hour" on Monday, August 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 6131 Barclay Street in West Linn. If you are interested in missions, or if you are in a ministry pointing others toward missions, please come! Eric and Lynette Sturgis, missionaries to BFA, will discuss how anyone can serve there. Childcare is provided. If you plan to attend the shared meal, arrive at 5:30 p.m. and bring a potluck dish.

Eric & Lynette Sturgis: Serving at Black Forest Academy in Germany introduce themselves:

Our heart for missions began in our younger years while growing up, largely because of exposure to missionaries at church and in our homes. In 2003, God strategically laid Black Forest Academy on our hearts. One of our former youth leaders shared about the ministry of BFA and challenged us to "check it out." The seed was planted and over the next few years God continued to prompt us to pursue coming here to serve Him.

As of 2010, we have been serving missionary students and families at BFA - Eric as a guidance counselor and Lynette as a school nurse. Eric helps students transition in and out of BFA. The Guidance Office staff also monitors graduation requirements and guides students as they explore their next steps. The nurses care for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the students, as well as injuries and advising the dorm parents when needed. We are so grateful to be able to use the experience and skills that the Lord has given us to serve in this capacity.

Black Forest Academy is a wonderful place to use God given skills to serve missionary families and students. There is a need for elementary teachers, secondary teachers, support staff, guidance counselors, counselors, dorm parents, resident assistants, maintenance workers, business office staff and personnel staff. There is a place for everyone! You can check out details at or Come join us in this vital ministry, serving missionary kids and reaching the ends of the earth with the Gospel through education. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions at

Awana Missions Night
There was a lot of excitement at Awana this past Wednesday! The kids in our Sparks and Truth in Training programs got to travel around the world learning about different countries and thinking about how they might share the good news of Jesus in those places. Representatives from four different countries shared about life and missions.

Josh Whitbeck shared about Germany. He taught the kids in his group to say Jesus loves you in German!

Julie Gatewood shared pictures and memories from her family's time in Holland, and fed the children special Dutch treats!

The Foullon family shared about the country of Mexico where they have traveled several times on mission trips. At the end of their session they led the kids in a traditional Mexican Hat Dance!

We had a couple of special guests at our club. Lorraine Reece (who attends Mountain Park Church in Lake Oswego) came to share about the country of Japan. She and her husband were church planting missionaries there for 47 years! For the last 10 years she has served as a teacher in the Cubbies Club at Mountain Park.

To top off the night the children were able to enjoy a Skype interview with one of our very own missionaries who is on the mission field in Slovenia. Stephanie Rogers woke up before 4 AM, her time, to be able to join us. The kids themselves asked Stephanie several questions. She shared about how God called her to become a missionary at a very young age and encouraged the children that they too can be a missionary. For the last several weeks the kids have been bringing duct tape, frisbees, and kickballs to be used in the summer camp programs Stephanie helps run for youth in Slovenia. In total the New Life Awana clubs donated over 50 items for this project!

Please pray that God would continue to raise up young people from New Life Church to bring the good news about Jesus around the world!
Grace Based Parenting
Sara and I are always looking for resources to help us in raising our kids in a way that pleases God, helps them to follow Jesus, and keeps us from going crazy! Children are a blessing from the Lord, but there is a heavy responsibility and a lot of hard work involved.

So what role does our faith in Christ play in parenting? It means everything! Not only is our most important role to guide our kids to know and love Jesus, but there is no way we can do the work of parenting without God's supernatural intervention. In a word, we need grace.

Grace is something that God gives to us that we don't deserve. In the gospel, God poured out His amazing grace on us by sending His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life and then give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose from the dead. And then, amazingly, God reached out to us (sinful people) and drew us to faith in Christ! Our salvation comes to us not because of anything we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us. Amazing grace.

The concept of the book "Grace Based Parenting" is for us to parent our children in the same way God the Father parents us. God knows we are sinful people, and yet He still reached out to us and loved us in the gospel. In the same way, we know that our children are sinful people. After all, they are the products of sinful parents. Our role is to continue to reach out to our kids and love them even when they fail, which we know they will. We point them toward the amazing grace of God toward them in Christ. We forgive them and then guide them to walk in the truth.

Some people misunderstand grace. They see it as a license to live any way they want to because God will always forgive them. We call that abusing the grace of God. Not good. If we teach our kids that they can live any way they want to, we do them an eternal disservice.

However, others receive the grace of God and think that now they have to remain in God's good graces by never doing anything wrong. They set up a law for themselves (and their children) so that they will never step out of bounds. Obviously there are things we should and shouldn't do. But the law of love laid out for us in the gospel is one in which we are compelled to love God and love our neighbors because of what Christ has done for us. When we fail to follow that law of love, we have sinned. We are called to confess our sin to God, but we are never outside of His grace. Each day, each hour, each minute is chance to renew our relationship with God.

O may God help us to continue walking in His grace each day, and be parents who show that grace to our kids. Check out Tim Kimmel's book "Grace Based Parenting". I see it as a bit of a primer for helping us parents to live out the grace of God as we raise our kids.
Child and Youth Worker Training and Appreciation Luncheon was a success!

At New Life Church, we prioritize the safety of our children and youth, which is why child safety training is mandatory for all workers. Thank you to all the workers who serve our children and youth and attended the annual child safety training on Sunday, October 9th. This year the event also included an appreciation luncheon to acknowledge the dedication of our workers. Cupcakes, like the one pictured above, were prepared by Dustin Hannifan. Several gentlemen, including members of our Elder team, served lunch to the guests at their tables. Childcare was provided by the pastoral staff, pictured above.

Darcey Philpot and Kristen Van Tuyl led the training sessions and two guest speakers from The Children's Center addressed the group. Twice as many workers attended the training this year than attended last year. A make-up session is scheduled for October 23rd.

(Thank you, Elaine Hochstettler and Rose Miller, for providing the photos.)
Mega Sports Camp Registration is Now Open!

Kids entering 1st - 6th grade in the Fall are invited to “Go the Distance” Mega Sports Camp for a week of sports fundamentals, character building, cool lessons that help Bible truths come alive, and whole lot of fun! There is no charge to participate but an optional Mega Sports Camp t-shirt is available for $10. Sports Camp will take place at New Life Church Robinwood, 19915 Old River Drive in West Linn, on June 20 - 24, 9 a.m. to noon. An evening Sports Camp will be offered at the future home of New Life Wilsonville, 27960 S.W. Canyon Creek Road in Wilsonville, on August 8 - 12 from 6 - 9 p.m. For a brochure or to register online visit:
Treasureland Teachers Attend Conference

Treasureland teachers Kerri Corbett, Amy Crooks, Lori Elliott, and Sheila Gardner, pictured above with Pastor John Piper, attended the Children Desiring God Conference on March 10-12 in Bloomington, Minnesota. The conference, titled "Holding Fast to the Word of Truth", was designed for children's ministry pastors, leaders, volunteers, youth workers, and teachers to be inspired, encouraged, and equipped for the enduring joy of the next generation. These dedicated teachers will assure you that it was time well spent!
"Children"Judy CComment
Operation Christmas Child a Success!

New Life Church filled and delivered 111 gift-filled shoe boxes to Samaritan's Purse for Operation Christmas Child, whose mission is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year over 8 million children in over 100 different countries received shoe boxes just like the ones sent by New Life Church. This year, our children in Treasureland collected toys and essentials and packed them into dozens of shoe boxes.

If you wanted to pack a shoe box but missed the delivery deadline, you can Build-a-Box online for a donation of $35. Just follow this link:
Sports Camp is Underway!

Here are some pictures from the West Linn Sports Camp. Looks like great fun.
Treasureland Boy Feeds the Homeless

After a conversation with his parents, Ty, a fifth-grader in Treasureland, felt compelled to help feed people who were hungry. He decided to raise money to buy and make sandwiches and serve them to hungry people living on the streets. He asked people for donations and raised over $100. Ty told his Sunday School teacher, Lori Elliott, that he thought that he would bless people through his actions but was surprised when they in turn said to him, "God bless you."

Ty shared his experience at Treasureland and it sparked a student led discussion of how they could help people in need.

Hiding God's Word in Your Heart
Is scripture memory a part of your devotional practice? Have you ever memorized 145 verses in one day? That's just what happened at the Awana Club's Ketch-Up Clinic this past Saturday. 21 children and 9 volunteers gathered for 3 hours to "ketch up" in their Awana hand books. They memorized verses, played games, and ate hot dogs with ketchup.

Want to learn more about this exciting ministry? Get your kids involved? Be a volunteer? Come visit us on Wednesday nights during the month of April. You can begin to hide God's word in your heart, get to know lots of new friends, and have a ton of fun!