Posts in "Local Outreach"
Bibles for Sunset Neighborhood!
I am blogging this afternoon to request prayer for a local mission adventure:

This past fall we were able to begin a neighborhood Bible study with three other believing couples. The Lord did a good work in our marriages and in our relationships with each other. This spring the group has begun to pray that the Lord would use us to reach out to other families in our neighborhood with the good news of Jesus Christ. We have three social events on the calendar this summer to allow people to come and meet our group and hear the vision for the Sunset Neighborhood Bible Study. We have started a Facebook group and have begun inviting other families to participate.

About a month ago God gave our son Hudson (7 years old) a vision to give a Bible to every home in our neighborhood (over 800 homes). His idea was to have a series of bake sales to raise the money for the Bibles. Two weeks ago he had his first bake sale and raised over $300 for Bibles. We found an organization that would sell us Bibles for $1 each if we bought at least 240 Bibles. So, last week we ordered our first 288 Bibles and the six huge boxes are sitting in our living room. Hudson composed a letter that he wants to insert in each of the Bibles inviting people to read the Bible and to join with others in studying the Bible. We are planning to go out tonight for our first round of passing out Bibles. Would you pray for us as you read this blog? Here are some things to pray:

1. Pray that we would boldly embrace the ministry of reconciliation that God has given to us (2 Cor. 5:18-20).

2. Pray that we would be protected from the evil one (Matthew 6:13).

3. Pray that God may open a door for our message (Colossians 4:3).

Pray that God would remove the blinders from the eyes of unbelievers that they might see the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4-6).

Pray that people would come to faith as the read the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Thanks so much!

Hot Rod Church!
Today I thought I would introduce you to Richy and Nicole Lagrange and the ministry they came to Portland to start... Hot Rod Church. Yep, you read that right. A little over a year ago the Lagrange family moved to Portland from Northern California to start a ministry that reaches out to families connected to the Hot Rod Community. Here is how Richy describes Hot Rod Church:

We are a group of Christian men and women with a passion for God, Family and classic car
s. Our drive is to utilize the blessings and gifts bestowed upon us by God to spread the TRUTH, LOVE his people, and make DISCIPLES of all nations.

And here is the Mission: Hot Rod Church for Sinners is a place where sinners come in and get transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are given the owner’s manual for life (The Bible) to equip them to be ambassadors of our Savior Jesus Christ.

So far, Nicole and Richy have promoted this ministry through setting up a booth at a car show, hosting a couple of meet and greets, and a facebook fan page. They hope to have Sunday worship services up and going in the near future. In the mean time the Lagranges have gotten involved at New Life Church by serving at Awana and on the worship team. If you'd like to find out how to get involved in Hot Rod Church, or just pray for the Lagrange family in this adventure, click on the link to their facebook page above.
In The News
Some of the work of New Life Church was in the news yesterday, both in print and on television. I don't think I know of a day when two different media commented on the work of our church. Some neighbors expressed concern to KPTV12 about the transition houses the church owns in a segment called, West Linn halfway homes concern some neighbors, that ran last night on the news.

And the West Linn Tidings ran an article on the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program that happened last week. The front-page article featured a picture of Sara Pylate and a quotation from Pastor Nathan.

Since those both happened the same day it made me reflect on several things:
  • I could have, and should have, communicated with the neighbors and lowered their stress levels considerably, but I didn't think about it.
  • When the church begins serving outside the four walls of the church building, the constituency and the number of people affected changes, as does the way they are affected. I didn't account for that.
  • I continue to be proud of the men and women in those houses and the changes they are making in their lives.
  • There was a day when the church used to fight about so much stupid stuff amongst themselves that they never got outside the walls to make any kind of difference. Those days are long gone and I am thankful for the change in the church.
  • The output of the church in service for Jesus' sake is the measure of a church, not the number of people sit in a service on Sunday mornings.
  • Neighbors helping Neighbors needs to be a regular activity of the church. Thanks to all of you who made West Linn a better place.
  • The outcome Jesus envisions for the church is for people to see the good works of the church and draw conclusions about Jesus from them [1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Matthew 5:16] These good activities indicate that followers of Christ have received genuine grace [Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-8].
All this to say, I am very proud of New Life Church. I pray that God will bless the church and pray the city will be glad we are here.

Update! These are the needs of the Ignite Summer Mission team:

1. Prayer- we need prayer partners. There are already 50 kids signed up for Sports Camp, so we are expecting record numbers. Pray for good outdoor weather!

2. Scholarships- we have already received two $50 scholarships, but we still need $200 for four more. The cost of the trip is $150/student, and without fundraising this year we need some help.

3. H20 outreach- We have received $40 so far toward a goal of $500. The money will be used for H20 bags and other supplies as we minister to the needy.

4. Dinners- Thank you to the Men’s Leadership ministry for volunteering to feed us on Sunday night! We will be ready to Bocci! We need groups/ministries/ families to provide dinners for Monday-Wednesday (June 20-22). It will be great fun to feed some hungry teenager, and spend time listening to stories of what God is doing. You are invited to come use our kitchen at camp, or we can come to your place.

If you can help, or if you have questions, please contact Josh Hochstettler or Dave Nizic: or

*The poor (in spirit) snail has no arms and needs help, reminding us of our poverty of spirit and need for a savior. We are serving on mission not out of our strength, but out of our brokenness before the Holy God.
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:
Combined Service this Sunday, April 3
Don't forget all of New Life Church is meeting together at the West Linn High School auditorium this Sunday, April 3rd at 10:00am.

I have been asked why we are combining both locations into one service. It costs us several hundred dollars to do this, and the offering, for some reason is generally lower than normal. So, why have a joint service?

We need to talk as a church about where we are going. We are faced with some choices about what we are going to believe and what we are going to do. What we do always stems from what we believe.

Our gathering this weekend stems from a meeting we had in Wilsonville with the team...

See you at 10:00 on Sunday.
Thank you for helping with Thanksgiving Baskets
Another great year was just completed. Thanks so much to everyone who made phone calls, printed maps, donated food, packed food, and delivered boxes. There were 29 boxes filled this year. The high school Ignite team was a wonderful help in moving the food from the storage cupboard onto the tables where it was packed. God is blessed and so is everyone involved in this outreach ministry!

From Dianne Froode
Coffee Cart shatters attendance record!
On Wednesday, November 17th, Coffee Cart workers Kazumi Yamaura, Joan Meyers, and Jan Titus served a record 121 West Linn High School students and staff members! The previous record was 90.
Every weekday morning volunteers serve free coffee, hot cocoa, tea, and donuts to students and staff. This school year Coffee Cart introduced the addition of home baked goods on Mondays, cold cereal on Tuesdays, fresh maple bars on Wednesdays, giant muffins on Thursdays, and Noah's bagels on Fridays. Students can also relax on cushy chairs and enjoy new soft lighting and ceramic mugs.
10/10/10 -- A Great Sunday at New Life Church
I have been a pastor at our church, as of last week, for 22 years! In that time, I can probably count on one hand the number of Sundays that I would say were really great, days where I wouldn't really change anything. God has done such a good work in our church, but He has done it through a series of gradual changes and good, but not spectacular Sundays.

Last Sunday, however, was one of those days that I would say was really great. For starters, the Robinwood congregation had their highest non-Easter attendance of the year and started a new class called Gospel Armor with 22 adults attending. The Riverfalls congregation enjoyed four baptisms (Audrey Lazar, Rachel Polley, David Hellweg, and Sam Cochran). Three fathers baptized their children. The service was full, but not as full as it would have been had we not sent a team to go do the service at Tanner Springs. Then we shared dinner together and the child safety training was packed. Eighty people were reminded of the importance of keeping kids safe. Add to that the 20 or so from a previous training and there are already 100 volunteers trained and ready to serve! That would have been good enough, but then 50 or so young people hit the I-205 off-ramps in Clackamas County to raise money for homeless people on World Homeless Day. Then, ReGeneration had a large crowd who were challenged to choose the path of wisdom from Psalm 1:1-6. If that weren't enough, one young man came up to me then and told me how he'd submitted his life to Christ after we talked last week!

I fell into bed exhausted, but happy for God's work at New Life Church. And . . . I hope it encourages you, too.
Outdoor Service and Picnic
Our annual outdoor service and picnic will be next week, August 15th, beginning at 10:00. The picnic will follow.

We will hold it at the future home of New Life Church Wilsonville. You can find a map along with the address here (the link is fixed).

We are doing this for several reasons:
  • It is a great opportunity to bring someone with you who might not come to a church building.
  • We want to hang out together. It will be great to have our Robinwood and River Falls congregations together.
  • We want to expose you to the church plant work that is going on in Wilsonville and solicit your prayers and help.
  • And, it was always the most popular teachers in high school who took class outdoors -- it is just fun.

I hope you can make it. It will be a good day, as always, for New Life Church.