Host: Sheila Bartlett
Worship Leaders: John Johnson, Carice Tussing, Cindy Johnson,Karen Benham
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Holy and Anointed One
There’s a Quiet Understanding
Prayer & Scripture: Julie Anderson
Philppians 1:3-6; 2:1-2;4:2
Worship in Giving
We Are One in the Spirit
Bind Us Together
Message: Dick Sartwell
“Good and Pleasant Unity” – Psalm 133
Bind Us Together reprise
Celebrating the Life of
April 14, 2018
Newberg Friends Church
Prelude — Judie Abrahamson
Welcome and Prayer — Ron Stansell, presiding
Congregational Song — Cindy Johnson, leader
“How Great Thou Art” (Hymn #2)
Scripture: Psalm 23 — Kathy Bouvia, daughter
Remembering Elizabeth Liebman
“Near to the Heart of God” (Hymn #35)
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13
“It Is Well with My Soul” (Hymn #495)
With Every Act of Love
Host – Dick Sartwell
Music/Leaders – Joe and Stephanie Thouvenel David and Susana Martinez, Russ Ragsdale
Come Thou Fount
You Are Holy (Prince of Peace)
Scripture – Susannah Anderson & Everly Sturdevant Prayer Practice – JoeThouvenel Release
It Is Well Lord,
I Need You
Message: Dick Sartwell
from . . . Dick Sartwell, interim pastor
February contains a few bright spots (like Presidents Day and Valentines Day), but for many people this short month isn’t short enough. Oregonians in the Willamette Valley understand that our frequent rains are the price we pay for lush vegetation and gorgeous flowering shrubs. But sometimes February feels like the low point of the year. We commonly let November trigger thankfulness, but I want to suggest we also use February to encourage our gratitude. Here’s a start:
I’m thankful for…
- The large number of volunteers who have stepped forward to help us do ministry together.
- The wonderful news from our stewards that for the first time in a few years we were able to approve a balanced budget without drawing on reserve funds. Your faithful giving enabled this.
- The large number of you who have made the effort to be involved in our all-church meetings to work at clarifying who we are as a church as we prepare for new leadership.
- The words of scripture that speak to our lives in powerful ways. This month in our morning services we’ll be looking at some great texts filled with encouragement.
Be aware in these weeks of what is encouraging you and thank the Lord for it!
Welcome – Dick Sartwell
O Come All Ye Faithful
Scripture– Matthew 1:18-25
Welcome to Our World
Children’s Christmas Story– Parable of the Birds – Mark Thompson
Away in a Manger
Scripture– Luke 2:8-20 Song- Joy to the World
Still Still Still
Scripture and Prayer – John 1:1-4
John and Cindy Johnson- Song Leaders
Jan Cammack- NFC Bells
Marilyn Olson- Harp
From . . . Sherry Macy
Hal Magee, from Bible Foundation, answered my request to pick up three boxes of Bibles. I made this call sooner than usual because Ken Howe had just dropped off two boxes as part of his and Ann’s preparation for their move to Friendsview. “Can they use a German Bible?” Ken asked? Bible Foundation accepts “all non-gooey Bibles,” answered Jerry Kingery, who has led this ministry for many years. They gladly take damaged and partial Bibles in any language. Hal told me Bibles are sometimes given out in parts rather than let someone leave empty handed. (Hal also mentioned that he and his wife were married at NFC 60 years ago!)
Somehow I missed the postcard this year, reminding me to broadcast Bible Foundation’s October Bible Drive. Here it is November, but they won’t mind if we encourage Bible donation any month of the year. Some of you cleared your shelves without my encouragement and donated anyway, enough to fill that third box. Thank you! Now let’s give Hal an excuse to come back soon. Our Bible collection box (in the passage between sanctuary and library) awaits!
Welcome – Ron Stansell
“O Worship the King” (Tomlin)
Scripture – Psalm 136: 1-9, 26 – Doug Bartlett
Worship in Giving
Message (three presenters)
Lamentations 3: 19-24 – Gail Hutchinson
“Beauty for Ashes”
Ephesians 4: 29-32 – Clyde Thomas
“Wonderful Words of Life”
Acts 2: 17–18 – Ron Stansell
“Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song” (Come, Holy Spirit, Come)
Tabouli, Baba Ghanoush, Hummus and More…
The smell of frying eggplant fills the air as Hajar efficiently dips chicken legs in tomato sauce. Brandon Buerkle and I busy ourselves chopping piles of parsley, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Hala, age 5, entertains herself with toys on the floor.
In April 8 I joyfully offered my hands in service as Hajar Alodah worked to prepare a traditional Syrian meal for 35 lucky attendees. Last year we at NFC and North Valley joined together in the Welcome Home project, gathering the household items necessary to furnish a home for the Alodah family. Last August, they arrived in the U.S. from Syria via a refugee camp in Jordan. Ben and Emily Wynsma hosted the Alodahs in their home until the Alodahs’ housing in Salem became available. At Christmas, my children—Abram and Meika—and I colored and folded envelopes into airplanes, for the giving tree to raise funds to pay off the Alodah family’s travel debt. God provided through you, and their $ 7,000 debt was paid in full. God also afforded a wonderful connection for the Alodah family in the congregants of Evergreen Presbyterian, who took on the role of cultural mentors and navigators.
The ensuing months have been full of transition, learning, connection, and struggle. Hajar attends English classes; the kids are settling into school, and Ibrahim is looking for year-round, full-time work. Monetary support for the Alodah family through the U.S. resettlement agency and Catholic charities ended after six months. Ibrahim, a baker by trade, is currently working as a seasonal employee at a nursery up to 50 hours a week to provide for his family’s needs.
Hajar also uses her culinary skills to help provide for the family. Just after noon that Saturday we met her in the social hall kitchen to help prepare a delicious traditional meal for community members at Newberg Friends arriving at 5:30 p.m. to partake of delicious Syrian fare.
The first task was boiling chicken legs—with star anise, garlic, onion and chicken bullion, and Kebsa spice mix. After peeling and chopping the eggplant, we used Google translate to discover we needed more oil for frying. Hajar deep fried the eggplant for baba ghanoush. This technique was new to me, as my mom always roasted the eggplant for baba ghanoush. I joyously discovered deep-fried eggplant makes a baba ghanoush better than any I have ever tasted (probably not nearly as healthy, but quite delicious). Once the chicken boiled, we removed it from the pot, then added rice to boil in the chicken water. Next we dipped the chicken legs in tomato sauce (mixed with a little Kebsa spice mix) and put them on trays under the broiler. All the while, we communicated with smiles, hand gestures, and the occasional translated sentence. Food is a universal language of friendship.
At 4 p.m. my husband, Aaron; Tamara Brand; and Erinn Hampton arrived to set and decorate the tables with flowers and candles. Hala, Meika, and Abram played joyously as we filled the buffet table with delicious food: hummus, pita, tabouli, baba ghanoush, leban (homemade yogurt), chicken, and rice. As the whole group gathered and ate together, I was reminded that we all have gifts to offer and receive within community. It was an evening to enjoy the culinary delights Hajar created, and in so doing we glimpsed the beauty of Syrian culture, helped provide for the Alodahs’ financial needs, and basked in each other’s loving, joyful presence.
Here is the entire Faith and Practice. Below are the relevant sections from pages 11 and 80.
[From p. 11] Christian Witness to Human Sexuality
We hold that only marriage is conducive to godly fulfillment in sexual relationships for the purposes of reproduction and enrichment of life. We consider sexual intimacy outside marriage as sinful because it distorts God’s purposes for human sexuality. We denounce, as contrary to the moral laws of God, acts of homosexuality, sexual abuse, and any other form of sexual perversion (see “Human Sexuality,” p. 80). The church, however, as a community of forgiven persons, remains loving and sensitive to those we consider in error. Because God’s grace can deliver from sins of any kind, we are called to forgive those who have repented and to free them for participation in the church.
[From p. 80] Human Sexuality
[Added in 1982] Friends believe that the divine intent of marriage is to fulfill the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of humankind and that only within the bonds of marriage divinely ordained can there be a beautiful sexual relationship for the purposes of reproduction and life enrichment. Adultery and fornication are sinful because they distort the purposes of God for the right ordering of human sexuality.
Friends believe that the practice of sexual perversion in any form is sinful and contrary to the God-ordained purposes in sexual relationships. These perversions include sexual violence, homosexual acts, transvestism, incest, and sex acts with animals. The sin nature is capable of vile affections when humankind rejects the moral laws of God.
Scriptures relating to these distorted and perverse forms of sexuality include Genesis 19:1-13; Deuteronomy 22:5; Leviticus 18:20, 22, 23; Romans 1:24-28; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 2 and 6:9-20. Neither in the Scriptures nor in church history have these practices been regarded as consistent with righteous living.
Friends do not accept as members those involved in these perverse practices; neither do they permit them to hold positions of responsibility or leadership in the church. However, Friends believe that the grace of God is adequate to cleanse and deliver from all sin (1 John 19; 2 Corinthians 5:17), and they desire to be tender and sensitive to all people, ready to express kindness, love, and forgiveness. See also Jude 7, 8; Colossians 3:5-7; and Revelation 2:18, 27. When the erring one has been repentant, the past should not be remembered. As Christ called and blessed those whom He forgave, so must His followers. Friends must not hinder the forgiven person from holding membership or having responsibility in the church.
Friends churches should exercise concern for their members on matters of sexuality and should discipline offenders in love and truth (see “Rules of Discipline” p. 46).