Northwest Team Offers Disaster Relief

By Sheila Allen

January 25, 2018

Jason Spurlin remembers feeling hit in the chest when he first heard mention of the need for responders to assist in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

 

“We were sitting at a banquet and Gary Floyd talked about the catastrophic damage done and the great need,” said Spurlin, campus director at Mt. Hood Community College for Northwest Collegiate Ministries. He leaned toward Mt. Hood NCM intern Chaune Schaffer and whispered “We should go.”

 

Schaffer, who had previously spent time in Puerto Rico, was all in. They joined friend Audrey Evans and seven other Northwest volunteers, including Northwest Disaster Relief director Gary Floyd, all willing to risk chaos and lack of provisions to make a difference in the name of Jesus.

 

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Object Lesson Reaps Rewards for Good

By Sheila Allen

January 25, 2018

A hands-on Bible lesson took on a life of its own for 10-year-old Dallas Claytor after attending Sunday services with his parents and sister. Young Dallas heard Pastor Keith Evans of Pathway Church in Gresham, OR, preach about the parable of the talents.

 

Evans used unmarked envelopes of money to hand out to unsuspecting volunteers during the sermon in denominations of 10, 20 and 50 dollars each. He then asked each recipient to use the money to bless or encourage someone in coming days.

“I got the envelope with $50 in it,” said Claytor. “The pastor wanted us to multiply the money and make God proud. I was shocked.”

 

Pamela and Erick Claytor, the boy’s  parents, realized it was the first time he had seen a $50 bill.

 

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Oregon Church Embraces Changes, Generosity for Growth

By Karen Willoughby

January 25, 2018

Asian American college students attending Grant Avenue Baptist Church in Corvallis, Ore., pack and deliver lunches for a feeding ministry to the homeless that is supported solely by student resources. Photo courtesy of Grant Avenue Baptist Church.

Grant Avenue Baptist Church in Corvallis, OR, trusts its long-tenured leader, so it embraced change for a new kind of future, Pastor Don Reeves told a Southern Baptist news service upon his 23rd year at the church's helm.

The church of 190 Sunday morning worshipers recently added a second weekly service, is contemplating a third, and this school year welcomed about 80 college students, primarily Asian Americans.

 

"We changed the complexion of the church overnight. It's a phenomenal change," Reeves said of the church founded in 1956. "We became one of the most ethnically diverse churches in town and considerably younger.

 

"We changed some things intentionally," he said. "College students are more likely to respond one-on-one than to a public invitation, so we rely more on response cards. We also invited their worship team to take the lead on making our services more attractive to young adults." Reeves shares the pulpit with Bryan Bernard, college student pastor.

 

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Church Open to Possibilities

By Sheila Allen

January 25, 2018

Members of Burnside Baptist Church celebrate the addition of playground equipment on their property, a partnership with the city of Gresham, OR.

A remarkable neighborhood on Portland’s eastern edge is home to the youngest, most diverse pocket of people in Oregon, where 60-plus languages are spoken. Annexed to neighboring Gresham in the 1980s, Rockwood has seen its share of struggles.

 

“Rockwood has a median age of 27 and also the lowest car ownership rate in the state,” said Amy Evans, who works in community outreach for the city of Gresham and who’s taken strong ownership in Rockwood Rising, a public/private development project to stabilize and revitalize Rockwood. “There is a huge rental and low-income rate in Rockwood with multi-generational families and large apartment complexes to accommodate them.”

 

An inn located in present day Rockwood became a stagecoach stop in the late 19th century, a junction that also attracted a church, a grocery store and other businesses. Today, another church located in the heart of Rockwood agreed to make its mark on that neighborhood in a partnership with the city.

 

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2017 Heritage Awards

January 25, 2018

Editor’s Note: Marcellus “Ted” Cotten, a retired Northwest Baptist pastor and leader who was beloved by so many across the region, died Jan. 7 at age 94. Funeral services remembering his life were held Jan. 13 at First Baptist Church, Longview, WA, where he served as pastor for many years. At last November’s Northwest Baptist Convention annual meeting in Eugene, OR, the Northwest Baptist Historical Society presented Cotten and his wife, Alice, with a 2017 Heritage Award recognizing their decades of ministry impact. Following is the Society’s summary of their work presented at that gathering.

 

The story of Ted and Alice Cotten is also the story of ministry with their previous spouses. Alice Cotten was formerly the wife of Bill Peters, whose legacy in the Northwest is easy to trace.

 

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Editor’s Note: The Northwest Baptist Historical Society recently recognized Bob and Colleen Harvey of Pullman, WA, as recipients of its 2017 Heritage Award. Following is the society’s summary of their lifetime of ministry.

 

When successful campus ministry in the Northwest is mentioned, the names Bob and Colleen Harvey are referenced quickly.

 

Bob Harvey was born in Eunice, NM, in 1938. His mother brought him to the First Baptist Church soon after his birth. Thereafter, Bob’s relationship to the church continued and deepened as the years went by. He professed Jesus as his Savior at age 12. He grew in relationship with Jesus through his discipleship under several pastors, Sunday school teachers, and deacons.

 

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