Final Days in Slovenia

June 29, 2017

We had yet another huge thunderstorm that started at 11 and lasted for hours. It kept a lot of us awake, but we all still somehow awoke refreshed. Today, we went on a hike to a waterfall where we had a lot of good conversations with the kids and got to know them better.

Chris talked about the Gospel tonight. The kids had a lot of questions ranging from the Trinity to who Jesus is – all of them productive conversations. And, a lot of the kids took steps toward Jesus - those who already professed faith grew closer to Christ, and those who still haven’t believed made steps towards understanding more about the Gospel. We then went to the campfire where some of those discussions continued, and we had s’mores and hot dogs. Thank you for the prayers - they were much needed! Continue to pray though! Camp’s not over, and neither is God’s ministry in Slovenia!

June 30, 2017

We all stayed up dancing the night away and welcomed Stephanie’s and Lisa’s birthday at midnight! The kids continued to ask difficult questions today as we wrapped up camp by having the Oregon Beach Bash and the dance party following.

July 1, 2017

Today we celebrated Stephanie’s and Lisa’s birthdays again, gave gifts to the kids, and packed up to head back to Radovljica where we gave English achievement awards to the kids, and we all performed the camp dance and workshop song for the parents.

July 2, 2017

This morning we went to the church Stephanie and Chris are involved in and shared some about our week and what we saw God do. Later that day, some of the kids from camp came to a barbecue on one of the Slovene’s farm where we hung out and said a few goodbyes.

This was also our last day with the Spokane team.

July 3, 2017

This morning we went to Chris’s house to debrief the previous week of camp, and then went back to Lake Bled to spend more time with the kids. We all went together to go eat pizza and afterwards said emotional goodbyes to everyone.

July 4, 2017

We spent our last day in Salzburg, looking at Sound of Music sights. We had an early night as we had to wake up at 4:30 for the first of many flights!

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Opportunities

Slovenia Mission Team Report - Please join the Slovenia Mission Team on Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. at the Riverfalls Campus to hear about their recent trip.


Sports Camp Volunteers - We need YOU to make Sports Camp a success! If you are interested in helping with Sports Camp, please contact the church office and one of the team leaders will contact you. Sports Camp will be August 7-10, from 9 - 12 noon.


RIVERFALLS

You are invited to a co-ed Baby Shower for Donny and Elle Pulliam on July 23 at 3 p.m. at the Riverfalls Campus.


WILSONVILLE

BBQ in the Park - Join us on July 12 from 6 - 8 p.m.  for a barbecue and games at Town Center Park in Wilsonville. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and buns will be provided. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. Out of respect to others using the park, please park by Goodwill or City Hall if you are able.

Opportunities

Day of Prayer and Fasting - Please join us in a day of prayer and fasting on Wednesday, July 5. Look for prayer requests on the church blog or in the newsletter.


Save the Date - Please join the Slovenia Mission Team on Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m. at the Riverfalls Campus to hear about their recent trip.


WILSONVILLE

Baby Shower - Ladies, you are invited to a baby shower for Elizabeth Doris, Maile Belendez, and Maren Knopp on Sunday, July 9 immediately after the service. We will have mini sandwiches, fruit, and salads. Elizabeth and Maile are registered at Target and Maren is registered on Amazon. If you are able to contribute a salad or have questions, please contact Kate Maloney.

English Lessons, Workshops, and Games

June 27, 2017

We had another day filled with English lessons, workshops, and games. We played a fun afternoon game called “Ultimate What” where we played Ultimate Frisbee with a volleyball, banana, head of lettuce, fish, octopus, and cat food instead of a Frisbee! All the kids and the building stunk after that – but we all enjoyed it. Later that night we played a murder mystery set up by the Slovene helpers. The kids ran around to different actors asking questions and obtaining warrants for searching apartments. All the Slovenes and Americans had a great time!

June 28, 2017

Today, we had a morning similar to the last couple of days. But this afternoon, we had another crazy storm so we had lots of fun playing foursquare in the rain, playing games inside, and painting nails. And yes, even the boys painted their nails! Tonight, we look forward to relaxing and watching a movie with everyone. The kids are very excited to get American candy, popcorn, and soda.

A big prayer request right now is for energy! Everyone is physically and emotionally drained, and Marcia has a sore throat. And, don’t forget about our prayer calendar. We are talking about sin tonight and the Gospel tomorrow; please pray discussions go well.  Thanks to everyone who has already been praying for us. We really appreciate it!

Donuts and English Camp

June 25, 2017

We woke up and packed our stuff up from training. Then, we took off to the bus station in old town Radovljica where we waited for three and a half hours for the bus and enjoyed ice cream and lunch with the Slovene helpers while waiting. Then, the campers showed up around 12:30 p.m. and we packed our stuff up on the bus and headed off to Mariborsko Pohorje! On the way, we continued the tradition of stopping for donuts and ice cream. After two hours of driving, we arrived, got settled in, and played foursquare with the kids. After dinner, Chris, Stephanie’s coworker, talked and we went off to discuss the evening session. To finish off the night, we played bunco!

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June 26, 2017

Today was the first day of class! All our English lessons went well. After lessons, we ate lunch and played a relay race and team games. The afternoon was filled with another day of board games and foursquare. Chris gave another talk after dinner about how people view Jesus. We then went into small groups and partook in another round of discussions with the kids. Finally, we ended the night with fun board games.

One day into camp, our team is feeling tired; some people are starting to feel like they are getting a cold. We could use prayer that our health would stay optimal, as well as we would continue having good conversations with the kids here in hopes they would understand who Jesus is.

We Made It!

June 23, 2017

We made it! For those of you who weren’t there, we arrived at the PDX airport at 4:30 a.m. and exited the Slovene airport at 5 p.m. the next day. That is 24 hours of airplanes, airports, and Zurich. At our layover in Newark, New Jersey, we spent most of our time looking for inexpensive food. After our seven hour flight to Zurich, Switzerland, we took to the town and went on a free walking tour around old town Zurich, learning about culture and architecture. We finally boarded the airplane for a one hour flight to Slovenia where Stephanie picked us up from the airport and promptly took us to the training facility we will be at until Sunday morning. Our first substantial meal was stuffed bell peppers with mashed potatoes and gravy on the side. Later that night, we were all awoken to the sound of a thunderstorm that roared through the skies. The next day we learned the ins and outs of Slovene culture and drove to Lake Bled (pronounced: "blade") where we ate ice cream and swam. We are finishing up the day by writing this blog post outside being assaulted by troves of bugs.

Opportunities

re:Generation Meets Sunday Night (6/25) at 7:00 p.m. at the Riverfalls Campus.


Sports Camp Volunteers - We need YOU to make Sports Camp a success! If you are interested in helping with Sports Camp, please contact the church office and one of the team leaders will contact you. Sports Camp will be August 7-10, from 9 -12:00 noon.


Slovenia Mission Team - Please continue to pray for the team as they minister at English Camp.


WILSONVILLE

Please Join us for a Shared Meal after the worship service next Sunday (7/2). Please bring a main dish and a side dish (salad, fruit, dessert, etc.) to share with others.

Opportunities

Slovenia Team - The team is departing early in the morning on Wednesday, June 21. Please continue to pray for the team and watch the church website for updates.


Next Door Forums - Next Door Forums are designed for us to equip and encourage each other as we engage our neighborhoods. If you have thrown a neighborhood party, attended one, or need help planning one, please attend the Next Door Forum on June 24 at the Wilsonville Campus at 9:00 A.M. 


Junior High - If your child is participating in the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park excursion on June 26, please be sure to attend the meeting immediately after the service next Sunday to discuss the details.


re:Generation Meets Next Sunday at 7:00 P.M. at the Riverfalls Campus. We will celebrate the Gospel, pursue Jesus, eat dinner, and develop a community of young adults.

Opportunities to Serve

If you would like to serve in the “vineyard”, here are a number of opportunities. Contact the church office and we will connect you with the right people.


Celebrate Recovery Female Leader – Lead a women’s recovery group each Friday night and love women in recovery.

Celebrate Recovery Meals - Plan, prepare, and serve a Friday night meal as part of a regular rotation. (Ideal for a Life Group to do together)

Coffee Cart Team Leader – Lead a team to serve coffee and pastries to West Linn High School students during the school year. We are open to possibly moving this to a lunch-time ministry.

Coffee Cart Team Member – Be part of the team to serve coffee and pastries to West Linn High School students during the school year. People normally serve just one morning a week.

Communion - Help prepare, set up, and clean up communion monthly.

Foyer/Furniture Maintenance - Spot clean furniture and touch up the wall paint every couple months.

Hospitality - Make coffee on Sunday mornings, purchase and bring treats, stamp coffee cups with leaf stamp. Or, welcome people as they arrive.

Mercy Ministry - Touch the lives of people that are ill or grieving. Help with memorial services and arrange for flowers for people that are ill.

Sanctuary Maintenance - Fill pew pockets with Connection Cards, envelopes, and pens. Spot clean pews and polish pews every six months.

Social Team Member – Serve and/or organize shared meals and other social events for the church, usually monthly or bimonthly.

Sports Camp Team Members – Dozens of opportunities to serve and love children at Sports Camp, mornings of August 7-10. Training will be August 6. We have MANY children already signed up!

Tanner Spring Team Leader – Lead a team to put on a worship service at Tanner Springs on the second Sunday of every month.