Stewardship in the Sanctuary by Tim Burdick, McKinley Hill February–March 2012
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It is with great joy that the Church is becoming ever more so a recognized expert on matters of environmental stewardship – and more importantly – that the Church has found its voice in expressing ecological concerns within a unique divine paradigm. Because Christ has called us into a covenantal relationship, we get the opportunity to be stewards of creation, and it’s wonderful to see the Church claiming this role. Sadly though, we often neglect this opportunity in the very sanctuaries in which we corporately gather for worship each Sunday. Most American churches were built well before today’s energy codes were put in place, and the architecture shows more thought toward street appeal and worship milieu than toward carbon footprint or renewable resources. Fortunately, there are some pragmatic solutions to our worship space – better aligning our everyday experience with our spiritual truth. The following is a list of simple ideas to consider for ecological renewal of your worship space: Perform an energy audit on your church buildings. While these procedures are generally required or recommended for new construction, the same tests go a long way toward determining the needs of older buildings. A simple test done by a certified Building Performance Institute contractor for about $400 - $600 can provide a strategic plan for using limited dollars. Many local utility companies offer customers a scaled-back version for far less. Sinks that are primarily dedicated for hand-washing can have the faucet aerator changed out to one that only allows 0.5 gallons per minute of water flow. A universal 0.5 gpm aerator adaptor that will fit most faucets can be found for around $5 - $10. If your church has an onsite daycare, you will be surprised how much water can be saved at hand-washing time. In most churches, the toilet is the largest water user. Even if the church already has a low, 1.6 gallons-per-flush toilet, you can benefit significantly from having a half-flush option. The toilets don’t have to be replaced to get this benefit, Continued on page 2
Stewardship in the Sanctuary Continued from page 1 but for about $25 you can get an adaptor to convert your current toilets to dual flush. Several years ago we were all encouraged to scrap our old incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents. Today, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are the technology of the future. They use about half the wattage of compact fluorescents and last longer. You can find LED lights in the $20 - $30 range, though prices are coming down quickly as the technology reaches the mainstream. Spend money on a good tube of siliconized, paintable caulk, and send someone around the exterior of your building to seal every crack, hole and gap in the siding and trim. If your church has raised ceilings, a well placed ceiling fan will go a long way toward keeping the heat down and your furnace off. Get a nice quiet fan, so it doesn’t bother worshipers. In most kitchens, the fridge is the largest electricity user, and older refrigerators are notoriously bad. Check with your local utility company to see about available rebates on new, energy-efficient appliances. While some people still value having a paper copy of the bulletin handed to them, more and more prefer to go without. The video screen can be used for announcements before/after service; email also works. At the very least, make a limited number of copies on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, and ask people if they want one. And last but not least, make environmental stewardship and sustainability a line item the church’s various departments all regularly consider. Is there a way we can more fully live into our covenant as stewards? Whereas once there was a dichotomy between those who wanted to save the world and those who wanted to save souls, we are finally realizing today that as Christians, we are called to both. And that is a good and joyous thing.
Tim runs a home remodeling business and has served as a bivocational pastor in the NWYM. He lives in Bellevue Washington with his wife (Heather) and daughter (Sierra).
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by Eric Muhr, Newberg Friends
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When Zachariah Dicks visited Friends in Georgia in 1803, he predicted that the house in which they met – only five years old at the time – would soon stand empty. “O Bush River! Bush River! How hath thy beauty faded away and gloomy darkness eclipsed thy day.” Only five years later, what Dicks foretold had come to pass. Bush River’s member meetings in South Carolina and Georgia had been disbanded. The roughly 500 Quakers of Bush River had moved away, most of them to Ohio. The issue was slavery. Many early Quakers in America owned slaves, and when George Fox made his 17th-century visit to American Friends, he urged them to treat their slaves with kindness, to educate them (an open violation of the law) and to “let them go free after a considerable term of years, if they have served . . . faithfully.” William Edmundson offered Friends an additional challenge: “Many of you count it unlawful to make slaves of the Indians, and if so, then why the Negroes?” Eighty years later, traveling minister John Woolman further identified slavery as a kind of moral disease motivated by “the love of ease and gain.” But effecting change proved difficult. Southern Quakers argued that purchasing a slave often prevented the separation of man and wife or parent and child. In addition, Friends in North Carolina had learned from painful experience that their former slaves could be seized by their non-Quaker neighbors and once again sold into slavery. In many meetings, then, trustees were appointed to receive transfers of ownership for the slaves, giving freedom while legally binding these “ex-slaves” as property of the entire meeting. Others worked together to get slaves to the North, where they could be free. Every step closer to abolition of slavery made southern Quakers a nuisance to their neighbors. So when Zachariah Dicks visited Bush River, he found an audience that Errol Elliott describes as “tired and largely hopeless. They had stood firm, but uprisings and violence” in the region had convinced them that war was imminent. So they left, sold their property and resettled in Ohio, where they helped build up towns like Salem and Springboro – stops on the Underground Railroad.
Eric Muhr serves Newberg Friends as the pastor of youth ministries.
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Prayer of Blessing by Colin Saxton
May God bless you, dear brothers and sisters—you ministers of the Word. May He bless you with… A renewed and passionate love for the people in your care. Let it be a deep and relentless love…one that enables you to see through the present to catch a glimpse of the people they can become by grace. May God replenish your joy… With a hidden spring of delight that comes only from being rooted in Christ. Let there be an overwhelming sense of gladness and thankfulness for each new day and all that it comes your way. May that joy be so real to you—no one, no matter how hard they seem to be trying—will be able to snatch it from or diminish it in you. May God grant you peace… Peace with yourself so that you may be at home in your own skin. Peace within your family so that you can be a refuge for one another. Peace within your fellowship as you are wrapped in the bond of love and embraced together by the Holy Spirit. As God grants you such peace, may he empower you to embody God’s shalom—his rest, his enough-ness, his overwhelming mercy for all—in a way that demonstrates you are, indeed, a daughter or son of God. May God bless you with the yoke of Christ… One fitted just for you. And may you wear it, remembering it is a privilege—a joy to gladly bear—not an annoyance or a hindrance to your own plans and dreams. May God bless you with friends—with a true brother or sister… For the lonely days that come in ministry. May you—each of you—share in the comfort and accountability of kindred spirit this year. May God bless you with wisdom… That ability to see and apply God’s perspective in the world. May it free you to know what is yours to do and what is not. And may that wisdom be used for God’s glory and for the sake of others. May God give you courage… To speak up. To love faithfully. To announce the Good News in all its glory. To let your light shine in all places and at all times. May God give you freedom… From slavery to yourself, your ego, your pride. May you be set free from sin, the need to be noticed, the temptation to be first, the impulse to defend yourself.
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Tilikum Returns to NWYM The Administrative Council of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends and George Fox University administrators have completed negotiations to return ownership of Tilikum to the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, effective January 1, 2012. Though this change is new, the relationship between NWYM and Tilikum is not new. In 1970, the Russell Baker family donated the 92-acre property that became Camp Tilikum to Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. In 1975, NWYM gave the camp to George Fox University; at the time, plans were to develop a strong Christian camping major using the camp facility, and for a time, these plans went forward. However, in recent years, it has seemed clear to university administrators that the mission of Tilikum and the mission of the university are no longer moving in the same direction. The university approached NWYM to see whether it would be possible to place Tilikum’s ministry once again under the umbrella of NWYM. After some months of deliberation and negotiation between the NWYM Administrative Council and university administrators, the AC approved the purchase. The NWYM Administrative Council approved the Board of Directors. Tilikum is operating as an independent ministry of NWYM in a manner similar to Twin Rocks Friends Camp. Tilikum will continue to offer camps, conferences, events and Elderhostels as before. Tilikum hosts approximately 10,000 guests a year in its summer camps, retreats, Elderhostels, and challenge-course programs. No staff changes are planned for the camp's six full-time staff or its part-time staff. The change also will allow Tilikum to create a more clear identity. Emails will change from email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the website will move from the georgefox.edu domain to camptilikum.org.
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Stewardship and Missions: A byTestimony This year we celebrate the 40 Nancy Thomas
anniversary of our missionary service with Northwest Yearly Meeting. On January 20, 1972, Hal and I took our one-year-old son David, and left for Bolivia. God was calling us to a lifetime of cross-cultural service. We knew the decision would affect every part of our lives, including our finances. We knew it involved a life-style choice, as well as a ministry choice, and would demand a commitment to simplicity, stewardship, and continual carefulness in how we spent and invested money. But these are Hal and the children out for a stroll around Lake good virtues, ones we hope we’d choose Titicaca. even if God had called us to a different kind of assignment. Now at the further end of that life of service, we still have to make everyday choices for simplicity and stewardship. Our retirement options are somewhat more limited than those of our peers, but we rest in God’s continued blessing and care for us. And we’re seeing our investments in people begin to pay off. During our first 18 years under the NWYM Board of Missions, we concentrated our ministry in working together with the leadership of Bolivian Friends Yearly Meeting. Then we came home to Oregon for nine years of investing in higher education, both for us and our children. For a few years, all four of us were in college or seminary, and if that doesn’t cramp family finances, nothing will. But we came through, not only educated, but thoroughly solvent. We then diversified our portfolio as we returned to South America in 1999 and began training future Bolivian missionaries. And now our investments have broadened through a leadership development program, PRODOLA, that spans all of Latin America. We continue to María Inés (right) serving among the poor in India's Muslim population. invest our time and energy in people. And the results are promising. 6 6
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We got a Christmas letter from María Inés. She was a student in our missionary training program in the Bolivian Evangelical University 15 years ago. Now, together with her husband Juan Carlos, she serves among the poor in India’s Muslim population. Maria Inés, a nurse by profession, directs a medical clinic and a home for abandoned women, and she and Juan Carlos are both involved in a grade school and a church plant. As I look through the photos of her laughing with children at the clinic, trekking through the Himalayas, wading rivers—I recognize the same smile and see the joy in her eyes at the fulfillment of her vision of mission work among the poor. I also rejoice in the fruitfulness of our own vision of Latin Americans serving in missions around the world. We have former and current students serving in Iran, Russia, Spain and throughout Latin America. We now look backward with thankfulness and forward with anticipation. God has again taken the offering of a few loaves and fishes and is feeding thousands. God has brought together the investments of many throughout the Northwest Yearly Meeting, and God is doing the multiplying. We’re glad to be a part of it. Celebrate with us!
The Thomas family, 1975.
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by Artur O. Roberts, North Valley Friends
Arthur O. Roberts, a Friends ministerhistorian, taught for many years at George Fox University, and has written numerous articles and books, including Exploring Heaven and Through Flaming Sword: the life and legacy of George Fox. He and his wife, Fern, are residents of Friendsview Retirement Ccmmunity.
Altar A central biblical theme is sacrifice. Picture a lamb slain at a stone altar to atone for sins in an ancient tribal society. Fast forward to the 19th century. Picture Iowa Quaker farmers, moved by passionate preaching, penitently weeping at revival benches, dying out to sinful self in gratitude to Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God. Tabernacle A central biblical theme is covenant. Picture a close ethnic group, mobile, searching for a God-blessed, homeland offering sustenance and security, worshipping in a portable—but richly symbolic tent. Fast forward to late 19th and early 20th century. Picture Quaker farm families trekking to the American west, seeking their “land of milk and honey,” where in close-knit communities, worshiping in modest meetinghouses with altar rails, they shielded families against worldly onslaughts, and through word and deed witnessed Christ’s redemptive power. Temple A central biblical theme is glory. Picture this covenant group comfortably ensconced in a fruitful homeland, grateful for social stability, worshipping with ceremonial ritual in a beautiful building. Fast forward to mid 20th century. Picture Quakers now comfortably, and prosperously, enmeshed within a stable, urbanized culture enriched by Christian values (although subtly tainted by egocentricity) blending the good, the true, and the beautiful in their culture and artifacts. Synagogue A central biblical theme is wisdom. Picture leaders of this group, concerned about diminished faith within a stable society, finding ways to teach moral law and spiritual disciplines based upon divine revelation. Fast forward to late 20th century. Picture Quakers struggling against surging secularism, seeking through programs of Christian nurture for children and adults a biblical middle ground between legalism and antinomianism. See their schools impart a Christian worldview as well as excellent vocational education to thousands of students. Upper room A central biblical theme is power. Picture leaders of this group, anointed by the risen Christ, recovering the vision of a people through whom all nations will be blessed, and devoting their lives to this mission. Fast forward to the 21st century. Picture Quakers in a restless, revolutionary age, blessed and cursed by technologies having power either to enhance or to destroy group identities—and human solidarity. See them trying to persuade without manipulating, to find ways to keep truth and love linked together and working as a team. See them humbly praying for a fresh, enabling, Pentecostal anointing. www.nwfriends.org• Northwest • Northwest YearlyMeeting MeetingofofFriends Friends www.nwfriends.org Yearly
Latino Ministries Update by Angel Diaz, Latino Ministries Coordinator Hello Friends. Pastor Kevin Gilbert was a strong supporter for the Latino Ministries in Clackamas Park Friends Church for about 3 years, although only 4 Latino people were attending there. The Latino Ministries Coordination recommended to close that group after 2 years of existence because the expectations were not accomplished, but Kevin continued supporting his Latino Ministries under Luis Gavin's leadership—not only with the use of the building for free but also with $100 a month for Pastor Gavin. This is a great example of unity and Quaker spirit. Luis Gavin is now pastoring a Friends Hispanic Church in Phoenix, AZ, and he sent his gratitude to the Gilbert family for all the support he received while attending Clackamas Park. When we started the Latino ministry in the NWYM, we had a lot of momentum and passion, never thinking that the money factor would gradually become a greater concern than the desire to continue evangelizing and starting new works. Lately, the immigration problem, such as massive deportations of Latinos, has contributed to a decrease in our meetings. Maybe people aren't aware of this, or don't care about it, but it is an important concern. Due to little funding, we now have a big challenge in keeping the Latino ministries going. From our experiences, we can see that more investment in the NWYM must be in evangelism and creating new works (Anglo and Hispanic). Examples of this are each of our homes having Bible studies and inviting people to these groups (family, friends), even though we might not see great results immediately. If we do not invest in local evangelism or new works, there is a chance that our future finances will continue to fall and new works could disappear, along with other institutions, projects and churches being significantly affected. Let us not be entertained in things that seem important but really are not.
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Angel Diaz, NWYM Latino ministries coordinator, lives in McMinnville, OR with his wife, Marbellys.
Updates, News & Announcements Looking back...
•• Mary Harmon, mother of Howard, Philip and Leona Lyda, was born April 24, 1910, and passed away December 23, 2011, at 101 years of age. In writing to one of her great, great granddaughters when she turned 100, she said, "My hope for you is that you will love the Lord, let Him guide your life and experience a fun-filled life like the Lord has given me." Mary and Howard served the Lord for many years in the Friends church, Tacoma, Washington. •• Kevin Gilbert passed away December 27, 2011. Kevin and Denise were married 35 years. They have one daughter, Jessica (28), who is married to Russ Ragsdale; they have three children. The Gilberts' son Matthew is 25 years old and lives in Oregon City. Their oldest, a daughter, Di Anne, died in a tragic car accident in 2000 at the age of 18. •• MidWinter 2012 had nearly 70 people from all over NWYM with staff and high school students gathering at Metolius Friends over the MLK weekend. Rachel Clarkson (Tigard), Ingrid Stave (Eugene), and Katie Krueger (Lynwood) were the fantastic coordinators who serve on the Young Adult Leadership Development Team (YAF-LDT).
Looking ahead... •• The Bible Quizzing meet that was scheduled in January was cancelled due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for April 21 at Reedwood Friends Church in Portland, OR. If you have any questions email Dave Brown at email@example.com, or visit the Bible quizzing page under the youth section of our website. •• Pacific NW Quaker Women's Conference: Quaker women from Northwest Yearly Meeting, North Pacific Yearly Meeting,and other Quaker groups will gather June 13-17, 2011, at the Menucha Conference Center. In this oasis from the whirlwind and storm of our lives, high above the mighty Columbia River, we will seek God’s grace in the holy and the ordinary.
Pastoral Transitions Include: •• Aimee (Jury) Bartlow has accepted the call to be the new youth pastor at Greenleaf Friends Church. Aimee is married to John and has one daughter (Alexie).
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Calendar of Events
17-20 Junior High Jamboree – Twin Rocks Friends Camp 24-26 Friends Men Retreats – Twin Rocks & Quaker Hill
10 Bible Quizzing – Boise Friends 14-30 China Expedition—all are welcome (contact Shawn McConaughey)
16-19 Pastors' Conference – Twin Rocks Friends Camp 13-14 Volleyball Tournament – Nampa Christian Elementary School
21 Bible Quizzing – Reedwood Friends
May YAF Trip to China Please contact Shawn McConaughey for applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
18-20 YAF Retreat – Eugene Friends 20 Yearly Meeting Sunday 21-24 Leadership Institute for Group Discernment – Tilikum Retreat Center
25-28 Samuel School II – Tilikum Retreat Center
June Youth Challenged through Local Service
YCEW (Youth Challenged to Expand their Worldview) leaves for Haiti (returns July 17)
4-9 Quaker Hill Jr. & Sr. High Camps 8-14 Tween Camp – Twin Rocks Friends Camp 22-26 2012 Yearly Meeting Sessions – George Fox University
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Daily Gratitude by KD Burnett, West Hills Friends
KD has been a member of West Hills Friends for 20 years and just welcomed her first grandchild.
I leaned into the rain. It was an epic Texan downpour, the kind of sudden, intense rain the old folks call a gully-washer because it could turn Austin’s creeks into floodwaters in the blink of an eye. I was on foot, soaked to the skin, no coat, a mile and a half from home… How had I gotten myself into this predicament? Just then a battered pickup truck pulled over to the curb, and I turned to see three Latino men dressed as laborers sitting in the cab. The truck door flew open, and one of the men came toward me at a run. What was happening? He thrust his hand toward me and wordlessly handed me an umbrella. In that moment of surprise, I made a little bow of thanks. He nodded, jumped back in the truck, and was gone.
Over the years, I have forgotten many things, things you would think I could remember. But I have never forgotten that moment or that man. Yes, it is more blessed to give than to receive. But how many times do we give when it costs us nothing, give from a place of plenty, give what we don’t really want or need? This man gave his umbrella to a stranger in the middle of gully-washer, and it was raining on him, too.
Daily Gratitude is an on-going column focusing on gratefulness for God ’s involvement in our lives.
Silverton Friends youth volunteer, making crafts with the residents of Lone Oaks care home.
West Chehalem kids playing in the field adjacent to the meeting house.
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Christian Education Corner by Dave Powell, Eugene Friends About two years ago, the NWYM Christian Education Board was asked what we had for teacher training. One of our local churches wanted something to help train new Sunday school teachers. I felt that what we had to offer was not adequate and did not address the needs of the new or inexperienced Sunday school teacher. As a board, we decided we would like to have something to offer churches, who desire teacher training, something from our own yearly meeting. We have a number of very good and gifted teachers with an abundance of experience, who could offer expertise to those in search of teacher training. What we came up with is a DVD that is simply titled: Northwest Yearly Meeting Board of Christian Education Teacher Training DVD, 2011. If your church has not received a copy of the DVD, contact us. The DVD has ten chapters or topics. The first session is titled “Just Starting Out,” and the last session is titled “Why Teach.” In between are topics such as “Filling Your Toolbox,” “Reaching Different Learning Styles” and “Working Through Obstacles.” The DVD is over one hour long, so I would recommend that the Christian education committee in your church not plan on covering the entire DVD in one sitting, but use it as a discussion starter so those in your group can talk about the material, encourage one another, and brainstorm how to make your Sunday school classes more interesting. If your church is like the one I attend, Eugene Friends, there are dedicated Sunday school teachers teaching all age groups, from pre-school to adult classes. In our adult classes we have some learners who are approaching the centurial age. To offer the teachers that lead these classes some extra tools and encouragement can do a lot to improve these classes where Jesus Christ is taught. In one of the sessions on the DVD, Penny Krueger from Lynwood Friends tells the moving story of a five-year-old boy; the subject for that day was those who teach us about Jesus. When the class was asked, “Who teaches you about Jesus?” the little boy responded to his teacher’s question by saying, “No one teaches me about Jesus, except you.” It is the desire of the Christian Education Board that you find this DVD useful as well as an encouragement to those who teach.
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Dave Powell serves on the Board of Christian Education for NWYM. Dave is currently teaching an adult Sunday school class, is married to Debbie (38 years), and has four grown children. Dave has been attending Eugene Friends Church for about 30 years.
On Our Way Rejoicing by Becky Ankeny, NWYM superintendent
We have stewardship committees in our churches. This committee prepares the budget, supervises the church treasurer, makes sure the books are audited, helps people with estate planning, provides retirement coverage for their minister. Three members of this committee are trustees. Trustees care for the church facility—they buy or sell church property, buy insurance, pay taxes, keep records, employ the custodian, and make policy about the use of the building and property. Christians are accustomed to hearing about the stewardship of material goods, and we recognize the generosity that improves the lives of others as a sign of our faith. This is a crucial part of stewardship. But it isn’t the whole of what stewardship means. Less obvious, but still true, is that a steward holds responsibility for all those people he or she has influence or power over. So, for instance, parents hold their children in trust for God. The children belong to God and parents are stewards of them, providing for them what they need to find it easy to trust God, bringing them to God for blessings, and teaching them their own responsibility to hear and obey God. Children in turn, at some point, can become stewards of their parents as well. Pastors are stewards of the congregation, who belong individually and collectively to God. Elders are also stewards of the congregation. Both pastor and elders hold in trust from God the gifts and callings of the individuals in the congregation. They need to identify, encourage, and provide openings for the exercise of the gifts God has given to each person. The congregation as a whole holds the pastor, the elders, and the ministry of the church in trust from God, also. The congregation is responsible for discerning together the actions they will take together in relationship to each other and in their surrounding communities. Employers are stewards of their employees. Employees are stewards of their employers. Teachers are stewards of their students; students are stewards of their teachers. Wives are stewards of their husbands. Husbands are stewards of their wives. Doctors and nurses are stewards of their patients and of each other; patients are stewards of their medical providers. Police are stewards of their communities, and communities are stewards of their police. And so on. All we have and are belongs to God. We are stewards in God’s kingdom. Every relationship we are part of makes us a steward of that other person’s gifts and possessions. We owe it to each other to hold each other in trust for God. www.nwfriends.org • Northwest Yearly www.nwfriends.org • Northwest YearlyMeeting MeetingofofFriends Friends
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In the parables, Jesus frequently talks about stewards. Key to understanding the steward’s role is recognizing that he or she acts to benefit the property of the real owner.
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How can we tell we are being good stewards of our own and our neighbor’s gifts and goods? Of our church’s human and physical resources? We can look to see whether, to paraphrase Robert Greenleaf in Servant Leadership, the people in our families, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our planet are freer, healthier, better off, and more generous than they were at this time last year. We can ask ourselves: what have I personally done to set myself or my neighbor free to love and obey God more fully? How have I used my resources to build the kingdom of God? Ultimately, stewardship is about love. When we love God, we learn to love God’s world and the people in it with the eye of caretakers. We make sure to set free as much of their potential for God’s kingdom as we can. We care for and enjoy the good gifts God has given us, and we take care of them for God.
Midwinter in Metolius!
From top left clockwise: taking a break while serving on the Warm Spring reservation; playing games at Metolius Friends; moving wood on the service trip; gathering around a fire near the Warm Springs reservation.
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On Our Way Rejoicing.......................... 14–15
Christian Education Corner........................13
Daily Gratitude........................................... 12
Updates, News & Announcements.....10–11
Latino Ministries Update............................9
Pondering Paradigm Shifts.........................8
Stewardship and Missions......................6–7
Tilikum Returns to NWYM.......................... 5
Prayer of Blessings......................................4
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