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Prior to July 2017, our newsletter was named Your NFC. All the archived issues remain available, as you can see down the right-hand column!

Friday Focus – May 4, 2018

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An Introduction to Our Interim Children’s Ministries Coordinator, Lisa Nauman
by Ursa Shaw

On any given Sunday, we have about 25 busy children, ages infant through 5th grade, sharing, laughing, and learning at NFC. Alongside those children, you will see at least ten children’s ministry volunteers teaching and interacting with them. We are SO thankful for these precious children and for our many faithful volunteers!
     With children in our midst, many important tasks and responsibilities present themselves. In children’s ministries we are charged with things like safety procedures, curriculum choices, volunteer coordination, reordering supplies, organizing summer camp details, and forming relationships with our smallest members.
     Last summer, the responsibility for children’s ministries shifted exclusively to volunteers. The Christian education committee was formed in order to help support volunteers in their work. I have been happy to serve on this committee during this time of transition in our church, as we have tried to provide the best possible environment for kids to learn about God.
     This winter, our CE committee began to talk about hopes that we had for the future of NFC’s children’s ministries. We talked about wanting to grow our program, as well as ways we felt we weren’t able to meet some of the basic needs of our children. We watched important matters fall through the cracks. Who cleans the nursery toys? What safety procedures were we overlooking? What about the allergy precautions in our classrooms? Where do we order supplies and curriculum? The list went on.
     One day, I felt God’s specific prompting toward action. I sat down and typed out a proposal for a quarter-time children’s ministries coordinator and presented it to the CE committee. They added their input and encouraged me to take it to the administrative committee. After the AC meeting, the proposal went to the stewards and the elders who discussed it and sent it back to the AC for final approval. The position was created and later offered to Lisa Nauman.
     I am delighted to report that Lisa will be taking on the interim position of NFC’s children’s ministries coordinator! Praise God! Lisa is a long-time NFC member and volunteer. She and her husband, Josh, have two children, Elli and Nate, who are in high school and middle school, respectively. As a teenager, Lisa volunteered as a cadet teacher and grew to love helping children. Subsequently, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox University. After that, she taught for eight years at Dundee Elementary School before deciding to stay home with her young children. For the last seven years, Lisa has worked as a substitute teacher in the Newberg School District.
     As she steps into this new role, Lisa says, “I hope to create belonging and space for the young kids and families of NFC to get to know each other. I plan to do this through organizing fun events, coordinating summer camp needs, and giving space for intergenerational interactions and relationships.” Lisa will be serving as children’s ministries coordinator in the capacity of ten hours per week on an interim basis. Please join me in welcoming her into her new position! We are so thankful for Lisa and for her love for God and for children.

Friday Focus – April 27, 2018

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Keith Reeser Accepts Call to Pastor NFC!

April 24, 2018

To the Newberg Friends Church congregation:

We (Keith, Tahnee, Malachi, and Josiah) want to start off by saying thank you to Newberg Friends Church for allowing us to candidate with the church. Tahnee and I have really appreciated our face-to-face conversations and hearing from so many people in the church and community of Newberg.

We would like to formally accept the call to serve as your pastor starting July 1, 2018!

As discussed with the elders and search committee regarding the ministry position presented to us through email, we would like to accept!

In everything we do we want Jesus to receive all of the glory. We anticipate many great and exciting moments in ministry together. We are very humbled that the Lord has orchestrated such a plan as this, using us to be a part of the kingdom work in Newberg. We pray this new journey will be encouraging and refreshing for the church moving forward. We anticipate seeing the gospel move in the community in new and fresh ways, and this brings us joy.

Lastly, we thank you, Newberg Friends Church, for being so encouraging and friendly. We feel overwhelmed with the many meals, wonderful housing in our visits, and kind words of affirmation. What stands out most to us though is that you have relied on Jesus through tough seasons. You have shown deep commitment in following scripture and seeking to be a light to the community. We cannot wait to join you in this journey and come alongside your great kingdom work.

We can’t wait for July 1!
Praise Jesus!

Keith Reeser

Friday Focus – April 20,2018

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NFC elders and a pastoral search committee worked together closely since last November. Our first contact with Keith Reeser came in February, shortly after his leading that his work at Chandler Friends (Oklahoma) was drawing to an end. The Reesers became aware of the Newberg Friends pastoral opening a few days after his resignation at Chandler. Keith has special interests in family ministries, children and youth.

Friday Focus – April 13, 2018

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An Invitation to
Discern Together

Announcing a Called Business Meeting
on Sunday, April 22

by Ron Stansell, clerk of elders

Many of us met Keith and Tahnee Reeser when they came in late March. Last weekend Keith returned for further acquaintance with our community and to preach in our Sunday worship service. This week the elders of Newberg Friends forwarded to the congregation a recommendation that we extend a pastoral call to Keith, a recorded Friends minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting. He and Tahnee, have two sons, Malachi (age 8) and Josiah (age 6). The pastoral call will be considered at a called meeting on Sunday, April 22, at 6 p.m. All NFC members and attenders are welcome to come and hear from the elders and the pastoral search committee regarding their process and conclusions.

We appreciate the diligent work of the search committee who met regularly to pray and consider several applicants. Following NWYM’s Faith and Practice, the search committee’s recommendation went to the elders, who prayerfully probed and evaluated how Keith’s giftedness fits NFC’s needs for this time and place in God’s design.

Keith and Tahnee are both gifted in personal relationships and have had special concerns for family and intergenerational ministries. Keith is a graduate of Barclay College, a Friends school dedicated to the preparation of young people for ministry and missions, especially among evangelical Friends. Keith has served in youth ministry, family ministry, and preaching and teaching in general pastoral work. He has most recently served at Chandler Friends Church in Oklahoma. His “adventure of a life-time” is seeing people led to Jesus and watching them grow in the power of the Spirit.

Beginning in February, Keith has participated in long-distance Skype conversations and answered many questions with individual elders and search committee members. During his two visits to Newberg, he met people informally at an intergenerational social, visited Sunday school classes briefly, braved “Q&A” with two large adult groups, met leaders at George Fox University, shared meals and coffee with a variety of other leaders, and spent time in the NFC office.

It’s an awesome and important step to consider who might partner with our congregation as we move ahead into what we believe will be an exciting future. Newberg Friends Church has existed since 1878—that makes us 140 years old! We have a history of seeing unbelievers come to Jesus, discipling youth and families, and witnessing to the world as the “mother church” of Northwest Yearly Meeting through ministry in South America, Evangelical Friends Mission, and more recently our own NFC missionaries.

Thank you to so many who have prayed for our pastoral search. We believe God will be pleased to see us deeply revived, moved to new evangelism in unique and fresh ways in the future.

Friday Focus – April 6, 2018

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Saturday, April 21, 8-10am, Chehalem Cultural Center

This year’s event will feature an interview round table with local leaders in our community. We are honored and excited to have Mike Donahue, former KOIN-TV anchor, interview several of our community leaders, including: Newberg’s mayor, Bob Andrews; George Fox University’s campus pastor, Jamie Noling-Auth; Heath Placek from Love INC, and others.

The event starts at 8am with an optional time of prayer. The main program and meal start at 8:30. Times of prayer and worship will be interspersed during the program. This is an opportunity to “Gather, Inspire and Pray.”

Tickets are $16.62 (includes processing fee) and can be purchased HERE.

Friday Focus – March 30, 2018

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Today is Good Friday on the Christian calendar, a day on which Christians around the world remember that Jesus was crucified on the Friday before Easter. In some traditions the day is observed with solemn, even mournful worship services in which Christians acknowledge that his death was for our sins and those of the whole world. In some places a time of silence is observed mid-day in stores and other community locations to encourage people to remember the tragedy of Christ’s death. Some people fast on the day; other people make “hot cross buns,” a roll with a cross on top formed by icing. Aside from the commemoration of the day, how does Good Friday make a difference in your life? What about the original event, remembered by so many, is “good” for you? Can we really celebrate Easter if we “ignore” Good Friday?
—Dick Sartwell

Friday Focus – March 23, 2018

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A big thanks to all in the NFC family who warmly welcomed pastoral candidate Keith Reeser and his wife, Tahnee. Scheduling complications around spring break and Easter made it necessary for the Reesers to make a quick trip from Chandler, Oklahoma, to Newberg last weekend. We had already invited a guest speaker for Sunday, but Keith plans to return and share a sermon on April 8 that will focus on the priesthood of Jesus. They really appreciated the many conversations and summed up their visit by saying “We had a blast.”

You can see in the picture that Keith and Tahnee have two sons, Malachi, age 8, and Josiah, age 6.

Judy and I were privileged to host them in our home, providing opportunities to engage in lots of laughter as well as times of deeper conversation. During their stay they enjoyed a brief visit to Camp Tilikum, a tour of the George Fox University campus, cinnamon rolls at Newberg Bakery, and NFC’s intergenerational game night on Friday.

The Reesers filled out the prayer request section of our Sunday handout, *asking for prayer “that we would have eyes to see, ears to hear, and minds to understand all that the Lord is putting before us.” What a good prayer challenge for us all!

Submitted by Dave Woolsey, representing your pastoral search team: Tabitha Greller, Cathie Jo Sturdevant, Julie Anderson, Hank Helsabeck, Ron Stansell, and Phil Smith.

*Prayer requests are normally confidential, never publicly shared. In this case we asked permission from Keith to share his along with encouragement to join in the same prayer for us all.

Friday Focus – March 2, 2018

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Let’s pray together . . .
We’ve been blessed by faithful “pray-ers” in our congregation. Some of those gather on Sunday or Monday morning to pray for requests brought by the congregation. But some pray on their own at home. Many have expressed interest in also praying for our church as a whole. Our office staff has prepared an attractive bookmark with five suggested prayer themes. These bookmarks are available on Sunday mornings at the welcome center to use with your Bible, journal, or devotional book. You can also request one by mail from the church office or by calling 503-538-8381.