A note from Pastor Rich – December 2022

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Welcome to the Advent-Christmas Season!  We begin a new Church year.  From birth to Ascension, we will spend time absorbing ourselves in the life of God’s Son, the Messiah, Jesus.  My favorite hymn in Advent is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  Emmanuel means God with us.   Indeed, we need […]

A note from Pastor Don – December 2022 – THIS IS MY SON

  S.P.A.R.K.  (St. Paul Church’s Announcements to Read and Know)      December 2022   THIS IS MY SON A series of worship and preaching for Advent and Christmas     Whenever I meet with a couple for pre-marriage counseling, I share this quote: “Every disappointment involves unmet expectations.” Then we talk about what expectations for marriage […]

November 2022 – A Message from Pastor Rich

Greetings in the Name of Jesus What is on your mind?  Do you have good thoughts?  Perhaps you are troubled with unhappy feelings.  Maybe you are burdened with negative thoughts.  May I share a word from St. Paul?  Philippians 4:8. He said, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, […]

November 2022 – A Message from Pastor Don

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19. A pastor’s November newsletter article to the people of his church usually contains […]

October 2022 – A Message from Pastor Don

While I was at the Oregon Pastor’s Conference last week, someone was thoughtful to leave a “Chick Tract” on my desk at the office. I’ve talked about these “Chick Tracts” before; they’re illustrated booklets created by Jack Chick out of Ontario, California. They’ve been in circulation for decades, inviting kids and adults to accept Jesus […]

October 2022 – A note from Pastor Rich

Greetings in the Name of Jesus The leaves are starting to change color.  Darkness comes quicker.  A reminder that things are changing.  We, as people are changing.  Our hair color changes.  Our physical abilities diminish.  But our focus needs to stay on what really matters.  Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on […]

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September 2022 – A Note from Pastor Don

S.P.A.R.K.   (St. Paul Church’s Announcements to Read and Know)  September 2022 Dear friends in Christ, I am taking some time off from church work, but I will see you again on Sunday, September 11th. Below are some newsworthy items you should know as the summer comes to a close, and school starts.  On Sunday September 11th […]

September 2022 – A Note from Pastor Rich

Greetings in the Name of Jesus, How fast the summer past.  I pray that you had quality time with Jesus.  We were challenged to read the book of Acts.  This gave us an opportunity to explore the church in the post resurrection era.  Being in God’s Word is essential for survival in today’s woke culture.  […]

Summer 2022 – A Note from Pastor Don

S.P.A.R.K.  (St. Paul Church’s Announcements to Read and Know) Summer 2022 In his report of the 50th anniversary celebration, Pastor F. Westerkamp, commenting on the fact that the congregation was getting old, said it so well: “May our gracious God grant that the dear Gospel of Jesus, the Savior of sinners always remain new, sweet, precious, […]

June 2022 – A note from Pastor Rich

Greetings in Christ Jesus, Welcome to the Season of Pentecost.  All summer we will be in Pentecost.  What does this mean?  This is the time we focus on growing together in the life of God.  The Scripture readings focus on the life of Jesus in His Church.  The Church uses the color green.  This represents […]