NFC started podcasting the full Sunday morning worship service in mid-2005. These online services allow traveling church members and our missionaries overseas to continue to be part of and linked to the church by being able to participate in regular Sunday worship, wherever they may be.

The audio program from each Sunday worship service is made available as an iTunes Podcast. This version of the service includes chapter markers so you can skip directly to different parts of the service. Services are usually updated each Sunday afternoon.

Other events held in the NFC Sanctuary are recorded, including weddings and memorial services.

If you are interested in participating in this ministry by lending your technical skills to our Sunday worship service, please contact Alan by email or phone at 503.539.1191.

April 23, 2017: ‘The Mystery of Creation’ by Becky Ankeny from Job 38:4

The Mystery of Creation by Becky Ankeny from Job 38:4.

Leading us in worship today
Susan Fawver, Gary Fawver, Davida Brown, Liz Dillow

Young Friends Singers: Andrew Boros, Abigail Brown, Ada Burg, Bridget Czarnecki, Elsie Dillow, Janie Dillow, Meika Dunlop, Esther Johnson, Eleanor Lamb, Janae McDonough, Keian McDonough, Jameson McDonough, Henry Shaw, Leigh Thomas

Order of Worship

  1. Prelude: Esther Muthiah
  2. Welcome/Greeting
  3. “Morning Has Broken”
  4. “All Good Creatures”
  5. Responsive Reading: Psalm 98:7-9
  6. “This Is Our Father’s World”
  7. “All Good Gifts”
  8. “For the Beauty of the Earth”
  9. Message/Teaching: Becky Ankeny “The Mystery of Creation” Job 38:4
  10. Open Worship
  11. “Let All Things Now Living”
  12. “We Sing the Greatness of Our God”

April 16, 2017: ‘Hopes Resurrected’ by Gregg Koskela from Matthew 28

Hopes Resurrected by Gregg Koskela from Matthew 28.

Leading us in worship today
Nolan Staples, Davida Brown, Abby Brown, Paula Hampton, Erik Bay, Matt Staples, Stephanie Fisher, Howard Macy, Michael Fawver, Jesse Dillow, Liz Dillow, David Sherwood, Tyler Gerdin

NFC Bells—Carolyn Stansell, Phil Nguyen, Trena Worthington, Liz Wood, Mareesa Fawver, Susan Fawver, Lynn Robinson, Kati McKee, Stephanie Fisher, Linda Sartwell, Adair Goss, Jan Cammack

Order of Worship

  1. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
  2. “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”
  3. “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
  4. “Revelation Song”
  5. Worship in Giving
  6. Message/Teaching: Gregg Koskela “Hopes Resurrected” Matthew 28
  7. “Christ Arose”
  8. “Christ Has Risen”

April 9, 2017: ‘For the Joy’ by Gregg Koskela from Hebrews 12:1-3

For the Joy by Gregg Koskela from Hebrews 12:1-3.

Leading us in worship today
Miriam Staples, Nolan Staples, Matthew Staples, John Macy, Kati McKee, Stephanie Fisher

Order of Worship

  1. Prelude: Stephanie Fisher
  2. Welcome/Greeting
  3. Prayer for Palestine
  4. “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
  5. “Victory Chant”
  6. “Stepping in the Light”
  7. *Worship in Giving
  8. “Jesus, What a Wonder You Are”
  9. “There is None Like You” / “No Not One”
  10. “God Keep Our Eyes Fixed”
  11. Message/Teaching: Gregg Koskela “For the Joy” Hebrews 12:1-3
  12. Open Worship: Expressions of Praise

Wanda Beebe Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Wanda Beebe

Sunday, April 2, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Wanda (Pierson) Beebe passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. She was 83 years old, and had been married to her high school sweetheart, Ralph Beebe, for almost 64 years.

Wanda LaVonne Pierson was born October 9, 1933, in Hugoton, Kansas, to Nathan and Hazel Pierson. After living five years in Friendswood, Texas, the family moved to Vancouver, Washington, then to Star, Idaho, in 1948. She graduated from Greenleaf Friends Academy in 1950, then attended George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon, for two years.

In 1953 Wanda married Ralph Beebe. They moved to Eugene in 1957, where they were active in Eugene Friends Church, and Wanda served as homemaker for their three children. Wanda and Ralph returned to Newberg in 1974, where she worked in the George Fox business office until retirement in 1996. In 2000, the couple moved to the Friendsview Retirement Community.

Wanda suffered kidney failure in 1996 and was on dialysis for 18 months until her son, Ken, donated a kidney at Thanksgiving time in 1997. Husband Ralph reported it as being the greatest Thanksgiving of their lives, and “the giving of sincere thanks continued throughout her life.”

Wanda was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was an avid reader who enjoyed photography and knitting, and went out of her way to come alongside and help others – perhaps most notably through the love and loyalty she displayed to her kids and grandkids. She held a strong commitment to following Jesus and gave many hours of volunteer work to Newberg Friends Church, Friendsview Retirement Community, Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, and George Fox University.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Ralph; three children: Diane Beebe, Lori (and Ron) Tuning, and Ken (and LeAnn) Beebe; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother, Neil (and Pat) Pierson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Esther (and Milford) House.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to benefit missions through the Board of Global Outreach of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (200 N. Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132).

April 2, 2017: ‘Spiritual Community’ by Steve Fawver from Galatians 6

Spiritual Community by Steve Fawver from Galatians 6.

Leading us in worship today
Nicole Williford, Nolan Staples

Order of Worship

  1. Prelude: Susan Fawver
  2. Welcome/Greeting
  3. Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20
  4. “Here I Am to Worship”
  5. “House of God Forever”
  6. “God with Us”
  7. “Holy, Holy, Holy”
  8. “Your Will”
  9. Message/Teaching: Steve Fawver “Spiritual Community” Galatians 6
  10. Open Worship: Listening/Remembering

Reta Stuart Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Reta Maurine Stuart
December 18, 1930 – February 25, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017 • 2 p.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Reta Maurine Stuart died on February 25, 2017, in Newberg, Oregon at age 86. She was born on December 18, 1930, on a farm near Glen Elder, Kansas, to Charles Irvin and Ruth Hendricks Stuart. Ancestral Quaker and Mennonite family roots reach back to Scotch and German immigrants who arrived in Pennsylvania late in the seventeenth century.

After high school graduation in 1948, Reta attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, graduating with honors in 1952 with a B.A. degree in Bible. Until mid-1956 she served in Mid-America Yearly Meeting of the Friends Church in various capacities, including youth leader.

In August 1956, Reta arrived in Brussels, Belgium, for a year of French and colonial course study to prepare to be an educational missionary with Friends Africa Gospel Mission in Burundi, Africa. She was on staff until 1977, serving primarily in the preparation and production of Christian literature. During her first furlough in 1961-62 Reta studied at Syracuse University in New York where she received a master’s degree in religious journalism. During her last term, she supervised a radio recording studio.

In January 1978, after more than 21 years with Friends Africa Gospel Mission, Reta became the first administrative assistant of Evangelical Friends Mission, a new cooperative venture of the Evangelical Friends Alliance, and continued until December 1995, when she became 65. She then worked part time for five years as editor with the North America Office of Evergreen Family Friendship Service, a Christian public service corporation in Shanxi Province of northern China.

After living 23 years in Arvada, Colorado, in February 2003, Reta moved to the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon. Reta’s parents and siblings—Gail, Stanley, and Shirley—all preceded her in death. She is survived by two nieces and five nephews.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Evangelical Friends Mission, PO Box 771139, Wichita, KS 67277.

March 26, 2017: ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ by Steve Fawver from Galatians 5:22-26

Fruit of the Spirit by Steve Fawver from Galatians 5:22-26.

Leading us in worship today
Bethany Lee

Order of Worship

  1. Prelude: Bethany Lee
  2. Welcome/Greeting
  3. Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20
  4. “To Honor You”
  5. “Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”
  6. Worship in Giving
  7. “At the Foot of the Cross”
  8. “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus”
  9. “Good, Good Father”
  10. Message/Teaching: Steve Fawver “Fruit of the Spirit” Galatians 5:22-26
  11. Open Worship: Listening/Remembering

Margaret Morse Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Margaret Morse
August 25, 1909 – March 3, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. • Newberg Friends Church

Margaret Martha Morse was born on August 25, 1909, at home in Sweet Home, Oregon, to her parents, Jacob and Mathilda Nothiger, who had immigrated from Switzerland in the 1880s. She graduated from Sweet Home High School and was the last surviving member of the class of 1928.

Margaret met Curtis two years later in Sweet Home when he came to work on the railroad. He convinced her to attend Pacific College, now George Fox University, with him. So after a three-week courtship and a three-year engagement, and when Curtis graduated and Margaret had two years of college, they were married in 1933 at Newberg Friends Church at the rise of the meeting.

After the wedding they headed to Woodland, Idaho, and then to Weippe, Idaho, to start a Sunday school and to start a family. They lived in a cabin that Curtis built of rough-sawn lumber. Their sons—Sam, Paul, and Howard—were born while living there, and their daughter, Barbara, arrived after they moved to Lewiston, Idaho, in 1940.

In 1945, Margaret moved with the family to Greenleaf, Idaho, in order for the four children to attend Greenleaf Academy, a Christian high school. When most of the children were in high school, Margaret began teaching elementary school. She first taught 11 students in a one-room school house in Opaline, Idaho. After two years she began teaching at Homedale, Idaho, and then in 1960 they moved to Culver, Oregon. In the summer of 1965, after five years in Culver, they moved to Waldport, Oregon, where Margaret taught second grade until she retired eight years later.

Margaret and Curtis’s last move was to Newberg, Oregon, and then four years later moved into Friendsview Retirement Community, where Margaret enjoyed her garden for many years. She also enjoyed painting on china cups. Both Margaret and Curtis were involved in Volunteers on Wheels and traveled around to help with work projects to help those who had need.

In retirement, Margaret and Curtis found God blessing them with enough money to be able to donate some to George Fox University to construct a baseball field, which bears their name.

Margaret committed her life to God at age nine and was a devoted, never swerving, Christian for 98 years! She was a prayer warrior who spent many years praying and supporting missionaries around the world as well as her own family. She is held in highest esteem by many and, most of all, by her own children and family. Her beautiful smile will surely be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis; parents, brothers Herman and Charlie; daughter-in-law Geraldine; and a great grandson, Devin.

She is survived by her children: Sam, Paul, Howard, and Barbara; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

We, her family, have been truly blessed to call her mother and grandma during her 107 years. She has been a godly example to us. We know she looked forward to heaven and seeing her Savior and loved ones and wondered many times why it wasn’t her time.

Memorial gifts can be made to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, Oregon 97136.


Don Staples Memorial Service

Celebrating the Life of Don Staples
October 15, 1963 – February 28, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 10:30 a.m. • Bauman Auditorium, George Fox University


Don Staples

Donald Arthur Staples passed away at home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, after a year-long journey with brain cancer. He was 53. He is surely in heaven sharing his sense of humor with Jesus and asking for any data work God might want done.

Don was born October 15, 1963, to Ron Staples and Carolyn Staples in Newberg, Oregon. Don grew up in Newberg, attending Mabel Rush Elementary School, Renne Jr. High School, Newberg High School, and George Fox College (now University).

In middle school, Don met Miriam Clark while picking strawberries at Jaquith berry field. They never admitted to officially dating until Miriam’s senior year in high school, although most every event or activity found them attending together before that time. Even in the berry field, Don was able to arrange things so his row was quite often right next to Miriam’s. When Miriam was May Day Queen her senior year, she convinced the school to let Don (then a junior) escort her.

During high school and early college, Don worked on two different dairy farms in St. Paul, mostly on the SarBen farm owned by the Rasmussen family. Don graduated from NHS in 1982, valedictorian of his class.

The following fall, Don began attending GFC to pursue a teaching career. He was one of the few college students who did not change his major. He knew from the beginning that he wanted to be a teacher and he wanted to teach math. Don spent at least two summers during college on summer staff at Camp Tilikum. During these summers at Tilikum, Miriam was the program director. Don deeply valued Miriam’s heart for ministry and the opportunities he had to work under her leadership. He admired her greatly.

Don and Miriam were married on March 16, 1985, during his junior year at GFC. They would have celebrated their 32nd anniversary this month. With the exception of three years in Yamhill, they lived all their lives in Newberg, where they raised their four children. Don’s love for his family was evident, and being there for his children was always a high priority.


Don’s career in education included teaching, school administration, and coaching, both in Yamhill and in Newberg. After graduating from GFC in 1986, he substitute taught for a year while Miriam was teaching at Yamhill Grade School in Yamhill, Oregon. The following year he began teaching in the same school as Miriam. She taught kindergarten and he taught middle school math. Don worked at Yamhill for 12 years. While there, he completed his administrative licensing through Western Oregon State University. He completed his Masters in Education at Lewis and Clark in 1996, and served as an administrator in Yamhill before becoming assistant principal and academic intervention teacher in Newberg, at Mabel Rush Elementary School in 1999. Don greatly enjoyed working in the same school district where his children attended school.

In 2002, district budget cuts took Don back to the classroom, teaching math at Chehalem Valley Middle School. His gifts and talents in the areas of data and assessment started a shift from full-time teacher to working at the district office as an assessment coordinator and later director of assessment. It was very important to Don that he maintain a partial teaching assignment as long as he could. He wanted to stay connected to students and their families. He felt these connections helped him better perform the tasks of his administrative assignment. Don was twice honored with a Crystal Apple award by Newberg School District: in 2008 for Outstanding Middle School Teacher and in 2015 for Outstanding Administrator.


Don grew up attending Newberg Friends Church with his family. Youth group at NFC was an important part of Don’s life. Northwest Yearly Meeting annual sessions were a part of most every summer in Don’s life from an early age. In grade school those Yearly Meeting weeks were spent participating in Tilikum Day Camp, and then junior and senior high activities. Don was involved in yearly meeting leadership. He helped Miriam and a small group of high school students plan Junior High Jamboree retreat for junior high students, and then directed it himself during his senior year in high school. That was their first ministry together.

Don was involved to the hilt in leadership in the YM and Newberg Friends. His deep faith led him to significant involvement with the local church and the denomination. Don also loved being involved with Christian camping. He counseled at numerous youth camps, led recreation, taught a class together with Miriam at Family Camp, and then finally began directing Boys Camp at Twin Rocks, one of his favorite ministries. He was director of Boys Camp for 20 years (1997-2016) and served on the camp’s board of directors those years as well. He served as vice chair of the board and chair of the board’s Development Committee for the last five years. Eventually he served as assistant presiding clerk of the yearly meeting and presiding clerk of the Newberg Friends meeting.

Math, Sports, Music

Don was a natural mathematician. Before he could drive, he sat in the back seat of the car, checking the time between mileposts. He would then tell his dad how fast he was driving. From this information he was able to calculate accurate ETAs on a regular basis. He could see the world through numbers and statistics in so many interesting ways. Everything could be figured out or seen in numbers. He knew the percentages and stats. He had 33 digits of pi memorized.

Don kept up with his children, the children of his friends, his nieces and nephews, and many others by paying close attention to the great variety of activities and interests important to them. If it was sports, then checking their stats and talking about them was his way of connecting. He paid attention to whatever those close to him were involved in so that the next time he saw them he could ask specific questions and have conversations on a great variety of topics. These conversations were very important to Don because he wanted young people to know how much they were valued and, specifically, how much he valued them.

During high school, Don played basketball for one year and football and tennis for four years. During a year on consortium to Wheaton College, Don played football for one season (George Fox hadn’t formed a team yet).

His love of sports stayed constant and found a satisfying outlet in his volunteer work announcing games for the GFU women’s basketball team. He started announcing in the 1999-2000 season. According to Athletic Director Craig Taylor, who worked with Don for nearly two decades, this work was another way Don found to invest in the lives of young people he would not ordinarily run into. Teams over the years found that Don cared for them as human beings and was interested in their lives. He cared for how opponents felt, and he did what he could to respect them as well. Don was an encourager, and coaches loved him. He loved the work so much that he continued it while undergoing cancer treatment. His attitude of service came through clearly. In 2012, he was honored as Volunteer of the Year at GFU. He called his last game on Thursday, February 23, 2017, just days before his death.

Don’s music career included piano, begun at a young age, and trombone in middle school and high school. As an adult he played less music himself, but greatly enjoyed the music his wife and children made.

Don was a true people person who continually worked at connecting with and encouraging young people especially. He will be deeply missed.

Don is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Miriam Staples; children Sarah Kelley (Mark), Nolan, Matthew, and Roy; two grandchildren, Octavia and Sam Staples-Kelley; his mother Carolyn Staples; his father Ron Staples (Claudine)—all of Newberg; his sister, Karen Lane, of Seattle, Washington; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Gifts in Don’s memory may be given to Twin Rocks Friends Camp, P.O. Box 6, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136.

March 19, 2017: ‘Walk by the Spirit’ by Gregg Koskela from Galatians 5:13-26

Walk by the Spirit by Gregg Koskela from Galatians 5:13-26.

Leading us in worship today
Jamie Johnson, Rusty St. Cyr, Nolan Staples

Order of Worship

  1. Prelude: Thomas Millage
  2. Welcome/Greeting
  3. Scripture Reading: Galatians 2:20
  4. “We Are Called to Be God’s People”
  5. “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
  6. “Coram Deo”
  7. “Holy Spirit Rain Down”
  8. Commissioning Prayer: Equipo
  9. Open Worship: Centering
  10. Message/Teaching: Gregg Koskela “Walk by the Spirit” Galatians 5:13-26