Auction Pivotal for Missions Mobilization

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2018

Even in the midst of a building campaign, members of High Pointe Community Church in Puyallup, WA, raised an all-time high figure during a recent missions auction. The annual event, which has grown substantially since its 2003 inception, is considered a must-attend event for many regulars at High Pointe and other local residents who gather to celebrate various mission causes.

 

“What began in 2003 as a means to raise money for a mission trip to Guatemala has turned into a highlight for our church and supports mission causes in several places,” said Melinda Reed, pastor of spiritual formation at High Pointe. “We rent pavilion space at the fairgrounds because we have so many items to display.”

 

This year’s theme, “Mission Auction Gala,” provided 230 silent auction items for bidding and also gave attendees the option of attire ranging from formal to camouflage. The 2017 auction gathered people with a sports theme. Another 25 items were sold via a live auction with the assistance an upbeat auctioneer.

 

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Churches Merge for Greater Kingdom Impact

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2018

Dan McMillan and Ryan O’Malley, the pastors of two churches in the small town of Monmouth, OR, began a friendship as collegial peers, but it has turned into something far more significant.

 

“We talked over coffee about some pastoral issues Ryan was facing,” McMillan said, who served at Central Baptist Church. “I tried to give him support and encouragement and mentioned the pastor cluster groups I’ve been part of through the Northwest Baptist Convention that I’ve really appreciated and learned so much from.”

 

In fall 2017, O”Malley expressed interest in that kind of support during one of their conversation. McMillan tucked that information away, realizing O’Malley would benefit from such a group. But McMillan was struggling himself throughout that fall and early winter as Central Baptist seemed to stall in its ministry progress. The church had prayed for a year for a movement of God that would fill its building with people and touch the community for Christ.

 

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Open Arms, Big Hearts

By Sheila Allen

July 19, 2018

Chandra Reynolds snuggles with her foster son, who is now being adopted along with his twin brother by Chandra and her husband, Justin.

Justin Reynolds faces difficult situations daily in his duties as an officer for the Monmouth (OR) Police Department, but circumstances closer to home allowed him to clearly see the future for he and his wife, Chandra and their family, who are members of the newly merged Cultivate Church.

 

“I love my job and feel like I make a difference,” said Reynolds. “But I don’t think I could be a police officer if I wasn’t a believer, when you see things like kids dying.”

 

Prior to his police career, Justin passionately pursued baseball, and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays. After he and Chandra married, Justin battled injuries and considered it a relief when he was released by the team. The couple relocated back to Monmouth where they grew up to begin a family of their own -- a daughter and two sons following in quick succession.

 

But an undiagnosed heart issue for Chandra surfaced in her third pregnancy and the couple made the difficult decision to have no more biological children.

 

“I told the doctor in the hospital that it was okay because I had already considered adoption,” Chandra said.

 

Even though Justin gave lip service to the idea, he confessed that in his heart he was resistant.

 

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Board Urges Stronger Role in Northwest Missions

By Cameron Crabtree

July 19, 2018

To take fuller ownership for mission work in the region, the Northwest Baptist Convention’s executive board will recommend NWBC churches adopt a 2019 convention budget that allocates more Cooperative Program funds for Northwest missions, rather than forwarding as much to Southern Baptist Convention entities.

 

If approved by messengers at the NWBC annual meeting in November, 20 percent of CP funds from churches will be forwarded to the SBC rather than the 27.25 percent that’s been allocated in recent years. The remaining 80 percent of CP gifts will support increasing needs in evangelism, church planting, leadership development and church growth among the 500 NWBC churches spread across Oregon, Washington and north Idaho.

 

Next year’s budget, if adopted, would anticipate $2,880,000 in Cooperative Program giving from the NWBC’s 500 affiliated churches. Thus, $2,304,000 would support mission work in the Northwest and $576,000 would be forwarded to the SBC Executive Committee for disbursement to entities such as the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, six SBC seminaries, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and others.

 

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Devastated Building Restored by Volunteers

By Jordan Nailon, The Daily Chronicle

July 19, 2018

In 2007, the Chehalis River ravaged the physical structure of the Alder Street Baptist Church in Centralia and displaced the congregation. But the flood could not wash away the faith of a dedicated baptist community. Instead, the waters served to inspire and unite two distant baptist communities separated by some 2,500 miles.

 

Last year the North Shelby Baptist Church from Birmingham Alabama sent 14 members to Centralia in order to help the Alder Street Baptist Church community make major headway on repairs to their damaged sanctuary. The effort was such a success that the North Shelby Baptist Church has returned with 21 members of their congregation in order to help with the extensive finishing work for two weeks.

 

“We’re trying to wrap everything up. We really are,” said Rudy Nix, pastor at Alder Street Baptist Church. “We’re really at the cusp of having our facilities up and running.”

 

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Hope Remains After Religious Liberty Ruling

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press

July 19, 2018

Business owners like Richland, WA, can move forward in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions with guarded hope in their battle to practice their faith convictions in the marketplace, religious liberty advocates say.

 

When the high court ruled June 4 in favor of a Colorado cake artist, it sent a promising -- though not conclusive -- signal to others whose businesses have been harmed or threatened by state or local government actions.

 

In their 7-2 decision, the justices ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment and demonstrated in its action "religious hostility" toward Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, a Christian who had declined to design and decorate a cake in celebration of the wedding of two men.

 

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Restated Articles of Incorportion, Northwest Baptist Foundation

July 19, 2018

The Northwest Baptist Foundation has proposed restated articles of incorporation. Per requirements for advance notice, it is published here for review.

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