Real Church (Part Two)

Our Conference theme for 2021 is Real Church. It only seemed appropriate to remind ourselves of what it truly means to be the church as we begin to walk through (what we hope is) post-pandemic. What we learned over the past year and more is that the church is not the building, it is not the programs, it is not the potlucks. No, the church is the living and breathing body of Christ, at work in our workplaces, our communities, and our homes. For the next few weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the individual expressions of The Church within The Pacific Conference.

We asked each church to answer four simple questions. We’ll share their responses here.

Getting to Know Our Churches

New Hope Church gets a fresh coat of paint.

New Hope Church (Bend, Oregon)

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  1. Your Congregation’s Favorite Songs (for the moment):
    Mountain (Phil Wickham), Great Are You Lord, Give Me Faith
  2. What is a challenge you’ve faced in the local church because of the pandemic?
    Keeping community during the pandemic and getting volunteers back after
  3. What is a victory you’ve seen in the local church over the course of the pandemic?
    Awesome on-line experience and the “faithful few” volunteers that filled in extra as we were coming back
  4. Describe something special you’re planning for the summer:
    Summer Family Experience in August and Church in the Park on August 29

Breath of Life Wenatchee, Washington)

https://bolwenatchee.org/

  1. Your Congregation’s Favorite Songs (for the moment):
    Yes I Will and Waymaker
  2. What is a challenge you’ve faced in the local church because of the pandemic?
    Parishioners getting too comfortable NOT attending in person, disconnect, unnecessary fear
  3. What is a victory you’ve seen in the local church over the course of the pandemic?
    Church growth from new attendees
  4. Describe something special you’re planning for the summer:
    Potlucks, construction of raised garden beds for an outreach with the school next door, community outreach BBQ, kitchen remodel, other building improvements, youth event

Swisshome Evangelical Church (Swisshome, Oregon)

https://www.facebook.com/Swisshome-Evangelical-Church-967713456669916/

  1. Your Congregation’s Favorite Songs (for the moment):
    Our God Is Stronger, Good Good Father, I Believe, all hymnal songs
  2. What is a challenge you’ve faced in the local church because of the pandemic?
    Keeping unity
  3. What is a victory you’ve seen in the local church over the course of the pandemic?
    Getting along even though we don’t all agree with how to treat the virus / pandemic restrictions
  4. Describe something special you’re planning for the summer:
    Church Baptism and Picnic, Triangle Lake Summer Camp

Before You Go

Please add these churches to your prayer list as they lovingly serve their communities! (Don’t forget to pray for Supt. Randy and Linda while they are on sabbatical.)

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