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Nate Hanson on Mission to San Francisco
Nate Hanson is leaving this Friday to begin mission work with San Francisco City Impact. This organization is seeking to meet physical needs and share the good news of Jesus Christ in the Tenderloin District, one of the roughest neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Nate and the others on the team are tasked with going door to door in the many low income apartment buildings of the Tenderloin, asking for prayer requests and hoping to share the gospel. The eventual goal is to plant churches in each of the 586 apartment buildings in the Tenderloin.

So why would a young man from the suburbs want to give his life away doing mission work in such a hard place? You can read Nate's reasons for going and get on the email list for prayer updates by going to
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.
Happy Birthday Bill!
As you may know Pastor Bill Kramer and Jeanette Kramer are in Texas visiting their son. Their son, Jeff, and his wife are expecting Bill and Jeanette's first granddaughter. We are excited for them to be there and experience this with their son.

This is, however, Bill's 80th birthday. He probably wanted to keep it a secret, but he works in the wrong place.

Congratulations and happy birthday, Bill!
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Pastor Bill was a Swearing Sailor who finds Salvation
Pastor Bill Kramer is featured in the Multnomah University Newsletter. He attended there and they wrote a nice article about his salvation, life and ministry. Congratulations Pastor Bill, we're proud of you, too!
Letters from Home
To our men and women in the military, letters from home mean so much. Our own Holly Thomas, Alex Polley, and Mike Polley are serving in Afghanistan. If you would like to send a much-appreciated letter or package to them, you'll find the addresses below:

APO, AE 09355

HHC 1249th EN BN
FOB Sharana
APO, AE 09311

HHC 124th EN BN
FOB Sharana
APO, AE 09311

If you are planning to send a package, you may visit the U.S. postal service website for information on military mailing restrictions,
Brenda Lauterbach Memorial Service
Brenda Lauterbach passed away quietly in her own home in West Linn on January 14, 2011. Thank you all for your prayers and concern.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at New Life Church Riverfalls in West Linn at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brenda’s memory to the Celebrate Recovery ministry at New Life Church or Cadence International.
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Annual Budget and Elections Meeting
Sunday, November 21, 2010 we held our annual budget and elections meeting at New Life Church Robinwood. Anna Alcutt, Mike & Sherri Hellweg, John & Sylvia Pigott, Lauren Reavely, Phil & Marcia Reis, Donna Silva, Caitlyn Stone, and Jim & Cathy Tuttle were introduced as new members.

The church approved the budget and ratified Scott Haugen and Lee Bennett as elder for the next term.

And we approved changes to our bylaws. You can get a copy of the bylaws by asking the church office. Among the changes were:
  • An upgrade to the church covenant.
  • Dropping the word "pre-millenial" from our doctrinal statement.
  • Requiring only one business meeting per year.
  • Wording that presses us to search for a senior pastor from inside New Life Church before we go outside, reflecting our value of leadership development.
Pastor Nathan Recognized by Toastmasters
Pastor Nathan Pylate has successfully completed the requirements for the Competent Leader Award through Toastmasters International's leadership program.

The final sentence of the letter tell me of this award says, "you will be pleased to learn of the recognition and the abilities of Toastmaster Pylate." And, in fact, we are! Pastor Nathan, you have made us proud again! Congratulations!
The Wrights on Mission
Today I would like to introduce you to the Wright family. Mike, Deb, and Samantha Wright have been attending New Life Church for about 1 year. I tell you about them today because they are planning a Spring Vacation that is bucking the trend. No hitting the ski slopes or spending lazy afternoons on the beach for this family. They are heading out on a Medical Mission Trip to St. Lucia with an organization called Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE). Here is a description of what they will be doing on the trip:

The March 2010 Short-term Medical Team Mission trip will provide compassionate health care as a means of evangelism. They will serve in several communities throughout the Island, working in partnership with the local Association of Baptist Churches. Although the St. Lucian Ministry of Health provides some care, many in outlying regions cannot access or afford this care. ABWE's team will coordinate with local personnel to ensure on-going care of both physical and spiritual needs for those seen. Extensive patient histories will be gathered to determine spiritual need. Those expressing interest in the message of salvation will be counseled. Those professing faith in Christ will be discipled by ABWE missionaries in cooperation with local evangelical churches.

This is an exciting adventure for the Wright family, and they need our help in few of ways:

  1. Pray for the Wrights and their team before and during their trip which will be March 18-29, 2010.
  2. The Wrights still need to raise about $1800 to finish paying for their expenses for this trip. If you have resources that could help meet this need, you can donate by clicking here, and designating your gift for "Wrights-St.Lucia".
  3. Their team is looking to bring several items with them. If you have access to any of these items please leave a comment on this post or call the church office 503-656-8600. The items are:
  • One pastor would like a large print Thompson Chain study Bible/ another, a KJV study Bible
  • 2- regular or cordless microphones (new or used)
  • KJV or NKJV Bibles
  • overhead transparencies for printers
  • pedestal speakers (2)
  • printer paper
  • school supplies:notebooks, pencils, crayons, college paper, etc.
  • school books, coloring books
  • deodorant, bath gel, sneakers sizes 5-10 (black)
  • children's shoes: size 2ff
Dave Henderson's Memorial Service Video
If you missed Dave Henderson's memorial service on December 19th, you can see it on video. Here is a link.