"Vanishing Vows"

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

The title page of the the July/August 2020 edition of Christianity Today magazine caught my attention this past week. It stated, “Vanishing Vows” with the subtitle, “Can the church save what’s left of marriage?” Andy Olsen, managing editor of the magazine began his...

Summer Children's Ministry

Posted by Sally Bland on

I know that not being able to meet as a faith community is difficult. I want to take a moment to encourage you by sharing what God is doing in Children’s Ministry! As our church moved to online worship services, Children’s Ministry created online content for our families to use as...

God is Good


Posted by James Bland on

“God Is Good!” is a phrase heard in many elder meetings—especially this time of year. June is the month that the elders work with ministry leaders to finalize budgets for the next fiscal year. I continue to be amazed at how God provides for the ministries at Greater...

Our Wicked Hearts

Posted by Wayne Williams on

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives.”                Jeremiah...

Bringing Justice, Bringing Jesus


Posted by Scott Nordlund on

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God?- Micah 6:8 The Bible Project produced a helpful video about justice, righteousness, and how Jesus works through us to restore the oppressed. Although there is no mention of racism...

Coping With the Pandemic...A Personal Look


Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

When we started this journey into the unknown of the coronavirus, personally, I thought it would be over in a few weeks. Weeks have now turned into months. If we had a chance to talk about this over coffee face to face, our sharing would be similar and different at the same time.   The...

Gift of Community

Posted by Greg Lunsford on

Greetings! Is it crazy to think that we are almost half way through this incredibly unpredictable year? Maybe there is some hope in that of itself.   Something even more jarring is that means it has almost been 6 months since Lara, Ransom and I have joined the Greater Portland family. I...

Acknowledge Him

Posted by Lara Lunsford on

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 Dear friends, Life, as we all are very aware of, is quite different these days. Personally, I feel like I have been walking through a revolving door of change for nearly six months now. Just when I started to...

Essential Businesses


Posted by Laurel Nordlund on

Over the years, I’ve been mom and grandma to my own family and extended family. At various intervals, God has also brought into my home foster children, neighborhood children, international students, and anyone who needed a holiday invitation. Many, to my delight, have called me mom or...

When Will We Get Back to "Normal"?


Posted by Barry Lowry on

I don’t know about you, but the ability to return to “normal” and be able to meet together, and learn and worship together is something I long for dearly. I sense that God is using this longing, in a way, to show me that meeting with His church as a community is something...