Getting Ready For Spring

This weekend we went up to Portland.  The folks of Jeremiah House graciously let us have a tour of what will be our new home in July.  It was awesome to hear about their community and their future plans and I’m really excited about the ways we can work together once we move and once they settle into their new, as to be determined, location.  The photo of the house is thanks to Chrissy, one of the members of the Jeremiah House community. You can check out their blog at http://jeremiahhousepdx.org for more info about who they are and what they are doing. After the tour we went over the the Sellwood UMC building that is now for sale, and as rumor has it will soon be sold.  We were there to take what we needed.  As we began I felt guilty, like a scavenger.  It was sad to walk through this giant building and to see tissue boxes left on desks, files still in drawers, and furniture stacked up in the fellowship hall. It was the same kind of feeling I got when we once went to an estate sale.  All the relics of a life that was over on display for the taking.  It was the man who oversees the building these days (a long time member of the Sellwood congregation) who gave me a new perspective.  He told me that losing the church had been really hard, but now with our new start, and the building possibly selling, it felt like spring.  He said something along the lines of “It’s amazing when resurrection happens!  I’m a...

And so it begins.

 It is the Bishop’s intention to appoint Jeff and I to a new church start in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland July 1, 2013.  I will also be appointed half time to Capitol Hill UMC in Portland. Jeff will continue his ministry with L.A.S.T (http://www.lastnw.com/) at 3/4 time and he has a pretty full summer of mission experiences planned for youth from around the country.   We are launching this blog as a way to record and share this new church start endeavor with other folks interested in this grand experiment of what it means to be church. We hope to learn a lot along the way, and to experience the Holy Spirit at work in our new community.  We want to share that, so this seemed like the perfect venue. Although Paige wanted to start packing right away, it’s going to be a while before we actually begin our new adventure.  We have a little over 4 months to go.  In this time of readying ourselves and saying good bye to this community where we have loved living and being in ministry for nearly 5 years, we could use your help and support. What we need: 1. Prayer!  Please pray for us as we say goodbye and as we deal with transition and begin laying the groundwork for our ministry in Portland. 2. Financial Pledges.  We are raising funds to help support the new church start.  If you are interested in donating you can send a check marked Sellwood New Start made out to the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference to United Methodist Church Center  1505 SW 18th Ave Portland, OR...