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Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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19800 Oatfield Rd
(503) 850-3500
(102 Rate)
19800 Oatfield Rd
(503) 850-3500

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The Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists serves and supports churches and schools in western Oregon and SW Washington. We exist to lift up the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout this region.

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19800 Oatfield Rd ,OR ,97027
(503) 850-3500
45.38424, -122.583233

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Monday: 09:00AM - 17:00PM
Tuesday: 08:00AM - 17:00PM
Wednesday: 08:00AM - 17:00PM
Thursday: 08:00AM - 17:00PM

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2021-09-17

Images of Creation Photo Contest!nnThe Gleaner is excited to announce the photo contest is back! They're collecting photos for 2022. As a reminder, the Gleaner team selects Images of Creation from all over the Northwest. Winning entries are featured in print and online. The deadline to submit your photos this year is Nov. 11. Take a few moments to share the images you've captured of God's incredible beauty and wonder.nnFor full details and submission guidelines, visit https://nwadventists.com/photocontest

2021-09-15

(5 / 5) “The next morning I woke up with an anxiety attack. I felt naked. My mind felt very vulnerable. I knew that this was a spiritual attack, but I didn’t want to disregard what had happened. I tried to guard my mind.nnSoon after that day I flew back home. My housemates were out of town and I had another anxiety attack. I didn’t want to be alone. I called and set up a meeting with my pastor. I shared the whole experience with him, and as I spoke it was like my mind couldn’t recognize itself. It was like it was asking, ‘Who are we?’ My identity has really been tied up in this for a long time, but now it had been stripped away. Now it was time to continue my re-creation. I had experienced a miracle, but now it was time to rebuild.nnI had to look God straight in the eye and say, ‘Who am I now?’ I had left behind any idea of who I was and what identified me as a survivor, as a victim. I had worked on this for such a long time, and now I just didn’t want to keep carrying it with me.nnFrom that moment on I would wake up and literally the first thing I would do is ask God, ‘Who am I today?’ It was this vulnerable moment with God - just Him and me with nothing in between. And His response would always be, ‘Who do you want to be?’nnI wanted to be a confident woman. Period. No ‘because.’ No background story. Just because it’s who I am. The next day I would ask the same question. Eventually I began feeling more confident, feeling God’s constant presence. Now it was a relationship. Now it wasn’t just me, now it was me and Him, and I flipped to asking, ‘God, who are you today? What are you trying to show me today?’nnGod is my creator. I know what He did for me. Now I need to go to Him, even if I’m feeling fine. Not because of what I grew up hearing about Him, not because of what the songs say about Him, but because we are in relationship. That’s the journey I’m in today.”nn#OAStories

2021-09-15

(4 / 5) “God did that. In that moment I saw the person in front of me for who they were. I claimed that re-creation because the person was there, asking for forgiveness. I didn’t walk into that room with a script in my mind or even know that I was going to walk out having forgiven them. I just knew I was going to see them. But in the moment I prayed, I just was so tired of carrying that weight. It had changed and determined so much of who I became. I didn’t want to carry it anymore, and at the same time I didn’t want them to carry it anymore, either. That was the recreation, not just for me, but for them, too.nnGod is not selective in who He heals or how He does it. He made light and it was seen by all creatures and all universes! If God was going to heal me, then His power was enough to heal them, too. And if His power was enough to help me forgive this person, then it was enough to help them forgive themselves, too. And if I could offer this person grace, then they could offer grace to themselves, too. I claimed that, and at the end of it all I was able to embrace the person that I couldn’t even look at when I’d walked in.nnIt was a bigger embrace than just two human bodies - it was like in that moment The Father embraced us, too. It was like He was saying, ‘This was never supposed to happen.’ And I felt the weight come off of my shoulders. I was swollen from the tears and in pain from all the crying - and so were they. But I could see their eyes light up and I could feel in my body that I was light like a feather.”nn#OAStories

2021-09-15

(3 / 5) “If you’ve ever seen, ‘The Chosen,’ there’s this scene where someone tries to go and cast the demons out of Mary Magdelene - but they are unable. That scene, if you watch it, represents my feelings in that moment. It was an uncontrollable amount of pain coming out of me. It just flowed until I was finally able to breathe again and calm down. And finally, I could look at them.nnMy aunt helped prompt some questions. I still don’t remember who spoke first or the order of events - but I do remember that in my crying the person just kept saying, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ In their tears they looked at me. I felt like as the person looked at me, I was repulsive. I could see them see my pain. Like mirrors of pain. And in that moment, I saw their pain, too. Though the person was the abuser and I was the victim, I saw they were hurting, too.nnAt some point I ended up praying. I felt how dense the atmosphere around us was - and I just remember claiming God’s presence there. I acknowledged that demons were there with us, but I also acknowledged that I was a believer and that God was our creator - who didn’t just create me, but also created that person. And I claimed that presence even to the point of challenging God. If He really did make the galaxies, if He really did make heaven and earth, why not recreate again right there?”nn#OAStories

2021-09-15

(2 / 5) “I felt like I was in shock. Like the whole world had stopped. I said, ‘I’m in this city. I leave this day. And I want to meet with you.’ Without skipping a beat they said, ‘I’ll be in town tomorrow. Let’s meet at this time.’nnWithin hours that day the idea of facing this person became a reality. I’d feared running into this person by accident, but now it was real. I think if it wasn’t for my aunt, this wouldn’t have happened.nnWhen the moment came, I arrived late. They were all inside waiting for me. It was a public place, with windows where you could see the people inside. I saw the person out of the corner of my eye. I hadn’t seen them in probably 15 years, and my first thought was, ‘I don’t think I’m ready for this.’ I tried to ignore them. I was looking down, walking toward them but not looking up. My aunt came to me. She pulled a chair out, facing the person. I said, ‘I can’t sit there,’ and I chose another seat nearby. Before I even made it to the seat I lost it. It was like a demonic attack. I was trembling, crying in a way I had never cried. I didn’t even know it was possible to cry like that - it was like all the fear and anger was flowing out of me in tears and screams. My aunt came and held me for what felt like a while. I still couldn’t make eye contact.nnIt was like everything happened in stages. I moved closer to the seat. I finally sat down there, shaking, trying to calm down. My aunt prayed. I have no idea what she said in that prayer, I couldn’t even close my eyes - I just kept them looking up at the ceiling. When she said, ‘Amen,’ I tried to look down at the person. I couldn’t do it. They were also in tears.nnFor the first time I wasn’t attempting to hide my pain. I just let it out. I wasn’t trying to please the person or my aunt by making the situation more comfortable. It was one hundred percent uncomfortable. The person was right there in front of me and I didn’t shy away from letting my pain out. Not to hurt them, but to let out what needed to come out. For a good while it was just tears and screams flowing out of my body, flowing out of my heart and my soul.”nn#OAStories

2021-09-15

(1 / 5) “In March of this year I faced my abuser. I’ve had a lot of life changing moments I can point to, but I believe they were getting me ready for that day. For years I had contemplated the idea of this. I asked certain people in my life if they thought it would be a good idea, but everyone was kind of like, ‘That’s weird, don’t do that.’nnI’d had no communication or contact with this person for a long time. But in March I decided to spend spring break in Colombia, where I’m from. Before I went back I remember thinking, ‘What if I’m walking down the street and I see this person? What will I do?’ I was scared. I didn’t try to plan an encounter because I didn’t know if they were ready or if I would just be opening up this wound for no reason.nnI ended up going back to a city where I almost never go with a family I’m close with - I call them ‘aunt’ and ‘uncle.’ Our decision to go to that city was a last minute plan, and while we were staying there my aunt brought it up. I think I was in town for two days, and I said, ‘If they’re in town, if they’re willing, and if you’re there with me so I don’t have to do this alone - I’ll do it.’nnMy aunt is a therapist. She knew that I needed closure for this. Before we went to bed, she called him. She put the phone on speaker there in the room with me. I hadn’t heard the voice in so long I’d forgotten what it sounded like. My aunt handed me the phone and I said my name.nnFor half a second, they pretended to be normal. The normal, ‘Hi, how are you!’ I couldn’t even put the words together. I thought, ‘Are you really asking me how I am?’ I don’t even think I acknowledged it. But I was trembling. Then, before I could even speak, the person on the other side of the phone began weeping.”nn#OAStories

2021-09-14

“Resplendent” “Dazzling” “Pure” “A Healing Sight” “The prettiest thing you’ll see in Oregon for free”nnThey’re all talking about Little Crater Lake, about 70 miles east of Portland on Highway 26, just over the saddle beyond Mt. Hood. Formed by an ancient volcano and filled with 34-degree water from an artesian spring, the small lake is an easy 250-yard walk from the campground and parking lot. When you arrive, chances are good that you’ll be awed by the water’s pristine turquoise color. The spring pumps hundreds of gallons of perfectly clear water up for you to see, but when you look into it, the water color is anything but clear. nnIt’s “Stupendous” “Unbelievable” “Miraculous” and “Amazing!” From edge to edge and all the way down to its deepest point (45 feet), the lake is blue, amethyst, and turquoise, a lovely companion to the green forest that stands around it.nnShouldn’t it be clear and colorless?nnYes. It actually is clear and colorless! But to your eyes, and to the thousands of others who peer down into its depths, the water is turquoise, so beautiful that it’ll make you smile!nnWhy?nnBecause the lake’s pure clear water serves as a mirror, beautifully reflecting the Big Blue Oregon Cascade sky above it.nnOn a cloudy day, the lake is kind of grey. At night it’s dark. In a snowstorm it’s white and icy. But, whenever it’s bathed in blue sky, the lake is turquoise.nnIf you stand by the lake and peer into its secrets, you may discover a bit of yourself in the waters. Like Little Crater Lake, we reflect what surrounds us. The difference is that the lake simply responds to the color of the sky above. For us, we get to choose.nn—————nn“God’s people are to see how much sunshine they can bring into the lives of others. They are to catch the reflection of the smile of God and reflect it on to others, scattering smiles along the pathway of life.”nn-Ellen White, Medical Ministry, Page 45

2021-09-13

On Sabbath, September 18, 2021, The Dalles Seventh-day Adventist church will be holding a Grand Opening Celebration for their new building. The sanctuary will be filled with members and guests. The sun will be streaming in through the wide glass wall overlooking the Columbia River. The audio will be tuned so you can hear clearly, and the music will be heavenly, with an Island flavor.nnWhile you’re sitting in one of the soft blue chairs, please look up and notice the chandeliers. These are God’s special lights, a gift He has given to The Dalles.nnThe Beaverton Seventh-day Adventist church was remodeling their sanctuary and chose to replace the lights. The “old” brass and glass chandeliers were moved to the fellowship hall. They were just “too nice” to send to the dump.nnSeveral years later the Beaverton members decided that the fellowship hall needed remodeling. The changes included a different kind of light fixture, something “new and more appropriate”. The 24 “old” chandeliers, still too nice for the trash, were moved into storage, and the church members prayed that God would find a perfect place for their “old” lights to hang. “If anyone might want them.”nnOne of the Beaverton members, Wilton Hart, was now living in The Dalles where the church members were constructing a new church building on a hill above the Columbia River. Many times each day Wilton, and all the others, prayed for God to lead in every part of the construction. They talked to God about the plumbing, about the sidewalks, the appliances, and the windows. They even prayed for God to lead them to the perfect sanctuary lights.nn“We had researched purchasing glass and brass chandeliers,” remembers Joanne Rude, one of the building committee leaders. “But the price was far beyond our budget. But we continued praying for lights. Glass and brass chandeliers. Twenty-two of them, to be exact. Please, Lord.”nnWhen you pray, you might as well pray specifically, describing your dream clearly to God. Chances are, He’s already been working on the answer.nnThe new church in The Dalles has a large expanse of windows overlooking the river. The strong sunlight coming through those windows calls for a very special kind of light fixture in the sanctuary, lights that will help on stormy days and not distract when the sky is clear. “Maybe,” Wilton thought. “The Beaverton lights might be the answer to our lighting prayer.”nnWilton brought a couple of the lights to The Dalles for the building committee to see. The chandeliers were heavy - 22 pounds each! The glass needed cleaning, the chains were the wrong color, and the old bulbs would need to be changed to new LEDs. “But, once they’re clean and bright they might be perfect in the new sanctuary,” one of the members said. “And the price is sure right! Let’s do it!”nnWilton brought the heavy chandeliers, six at a time, from Beaverton to The Dalles. Joanne, and her husband, Steve, agreed to do the cleaning, and Wilton started to rework the electrical connections.nnEach glass panel had to be scrubbed with micro-fiber cloths soaked in vinegar-water. Since the fixtures couldn’t be taken apart, this meant lots of arm-stretching and knuckle-bruising. The brass was easier. All it needed was a good rub with a cleaning cloth.nnAs Joanne and Steve were cleaning, Wilton was performing LED magic with the twenty-two new fixtures. Each had to be reworked for thirteen LED bulbs and adjusted so Richard Cowles and his electrical crew could hang it from the new sanctuary’s ceiling. When everything was ready, the lights got a double coating of clear polyurethane. “To add to the glow!”nnOn Sabbath, September 18, 2021, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in The Dalles is holding a Grand Opening Celebration service for their new building. The sanctuary will be filled with members and guests. The sun will be streaming in through the glass wall overlooking the Columbia. And the church on the hill will be glowing - lit by 286 bright LED lights in twenty-two brilliant glass and brass chandeliers. “Old” lights recycled as God’s perfect answer to the prayers of two congregations.nnBy Dick Duerksen

2021-09-11

An “inflection point” in mathematics is “a curve at which a change in the direction of curvature occurs.” The more general definition would be that it is “a time of significant change in a situation; a turning point” (Google’s English Dictionary by Oxford Languages).nnWe tend to remember inflection points. They burn indelible markers into history—whether global, national, regional, organizational, religious, or personal. There are inflection points on all these levels. Some are so significant they cross over to many or all of these levels. Others are unique to specific levels of life.nnThe 911 Inflection PointnnSeptember 11, 2021 marks the twenty year anniversary of a terrorist attack on the United States known simply as 911. It was an inflection point in many ways. Never before had public consumer transportation been used as a weapon, planes with passengers turned into fuel-filled missiles, to target more people in key buildings. This would have previously been inconceivable. It struck an instant wound to the hearts of Americans and shocked the world.nnMost persons 30 years or older, likely know exactly where they were when this attack happened. They remember watching in dumbfound horror the replayed images of the planes plowing into each of the Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and finally the fourth plane crashing in a field in Pennsylvania due to the heroic efforts of passengers who helped to avert another larger mass casualty. The shock caused at once, a raw pain and an emotional numbness, not to mention a fear of what more may come.nnOn 911 I was living in Ontario, Canada at the time, having moved from Washington state to serve as a pastor there. That moment, I was at my home in my living room in a time of Bible study and prayer with an elder of the church having a rich time of spiritual fellowship together with the Lord. The phone rang and we were told to turn on the TV. That’s all. So, we did. And that’s when the psychological/emotional force of the images and commentary hit us like a freight train.nnThe 911 event became a national and international inflection point in the fight against radicalized terrorism. The U.S. sent soldiers off to battle—to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to long term occupations in that region. The battle against terrorism resulted in a new agency, Homeland Security, new stricter requirements for travel, higher levels of government monitoring of personal data, and many other changes, all of which seemed to thwart additional organized terrorist attacks in the U.S.nnReligiously, the shock of this event beckoned people to seek religious consoling, looking to connect to the sanctity of life amid loss, looking for hope, even for community with others. For a while, church attendance swelled. So much changed. The world and life would never be the same again.nnIn a very personal way, it touched the church family I was pastoring. The son-in-law of a leading church family, Leroy Homer, was the co-pilot of United flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. Later we learned he was brutally murdered by terrorists as they stormed the cabin to take over control of the plane. This event shook our church family. We held prayer vigils, special services, a large memorial service attended by a multitude, including many government dignitaries. And there was the private, deep, wound for the family to work through.nnThe Global Pandemic Inflection PointnnToday, we are in another inflection point in our world, in our nation, and for many in their personal lives and families. The SARS-Cov-2 COVID-19 pandemic has had a long reach that not only has impacted countries around the world, but our country, our states, our communities, our churches and families. We had negotiated the first waves of infection with minimal infectious impact to our church family across the Oregon Conference. Last Spring our local churches and schools were closed due to lockdowns in order to hold the soaring infections in the communities at bay within our own spiritual community. While our infections were minimized, the isolation took a great toll on everyone.nnThe pandemic inflection point also gave us another “digital” inflection point–the opportunity to adapt to twenty-first century digital ministry in many of our churches and schools. It has resulted in many digital ministries that are here to stay as a permanent part of our ministry presence. As God has promised, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” The church typically tends to be slow to adapt to cultural changes. During this pandemic, God has helped us to adapt rapidly.nnThe pandemic inflection point has brought an additional incongruent inflection point to our faith family regarding healthcare. As a Seventh-day Adventist church we have long valued and touted the dual emphases of personal natural health lifestyle combined with medical science and practice. The church has fostered these dual branches of study and public education and practice. The Adventist church has led the way in natural health training, while also having the second largest Christian medical work in the world, with universities that train the practitioners. But the social narratives in this pandemic have tended to separate persons into natural health and medical health camps, where some vilify those who don’t embrace their perspective as the only acceptable one, while as a church we have always held a dual perspective, which will continue.nnThe Socio-Political Inflection PointnnAnother strong inflection point the church has faced in the past few years is navigating the intensifying socio-political climate. There has been an alarming reach of government, irrespective of party, into private organizations and the lives of citizens. There has also been an increasing rhetoric and tensions in the national and local socio-political scene. Many members seem to have adopted a socio-political identification as an overlay to their primary identity as a disciple of Jesus and member of his church.nnThe deeply fractured socio-political context of our country, has carried over into increased division in the church. Friends, families and church members who once cared little what each other’s socio-political positions were, began to draw lines in the church, with each group feeling their perspectives were more correct than the other. Our once relative unity or harmony in a majority of churches, has been reduced to lines or walls between one another in many churches.nnThis all comes at a time when a strong case can be made that we are living in the sweeping final movements in the scope of the Great Controversy. There has been a tendency by too many to reduce fellow members across the spectrum to “bowing” to something or someone else. There is a tendency for finger-pointers to spiritualize their views as a means of winning the argument. An even more spurious tendency is to view one’s own position as constituting the marks of the “only true, or remnant, Seventh-day Adventist.” Of course, none of this is truly what defines God’s people. Rather, this is the ageless human pattern of manipulation. It is not what God’s story for us is about.nnThe Most Significant Inflection PointnnUndeniably, the most significant inflection point in the history of the world was the coming of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, to live and minister, to call disciples and heal the hurting, to call for justice and set captives free, and to raise the dead. The climactic inflection point took place in both the worst and best weekend of all eternity. Jesus was arrested, accused, tried and executed; then after resting three days in the tomb, rose again in eternal divine power! During that weekend, the disciples were divided, some were separated, there was discouragement, confusion, finger-pointing, doubts. Theories about what had happened, and what would happen, abounded. In that weekend, they could make no sense of what they were experiencing and had no sense of what their future would be.nnMeanwhile, God in Jesus had dramatically erased the eternal curse of sin from mankind for all who would trust in him. In an earth-shaking event, he overcame death and the grave, rising to eternal life. And on that first day of new life, he mandated the sharing of the most significant news the world had or would ever hear. He invited his followers into this mission.nnThe Church Inflection PointnnThe launching of a new religious movement of Jesus’ Church became another inflection point that would radically impact the world. But there was only one way that it could have the power to lift off and break free of all the religious and socio-political confusion of the moment—they would need to pray and seek the infilling and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It would be the power of the Holy Spirit alone who could lift this new movement to God’s ultimate plan for them in this crucial inflection point. And we know the rest of the story as told in Acts and the New Testament epistles.nnWe as God’s Church are at such an inflection point today. Perhaps as never before, we need to answer God’s call in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”nnThis is not an alternate treatment for COVID. This is a call for every believer to stop thinking that “I am more important than…,”— every believer to confess it, receive forgiveness and healing for that, in order to become all that God intends for us to be in Him, so His Church can rise to the final task he has for her. We can only accomplish this together in and with him, through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. That’s why Jesus told his disciples they must be “in one accord” (Acts 2:1) in prayer, seeking the infilling and outpouring of the Holy Spirit.nnOnly the Holy Spirit can overcome the world’s spirit of strife and division and destruction. Only the Holy Spirit can empower change that can shake the world and usher in Jesus’ “kingdom on earth as it is in heaven” (Luke 11:2). Only the Holy Spirit can overcome the fears that are driving people across the factious spectrum, of our members and our world.nnThe Biggest Inflection PointnnThe biggest inflection point ever, EVER, is coming soon. Jesus will return to this planet. He will come to get those who have HIS FAITH and DO WHAT HE SAYS. Simple. And what does he say? “’And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other greater than these” (Mark 12:30, 31). This will be the standard of faithfulness for his followers when he returns. This applies to all, whatever the personal perspectives on a range of matters. Living God’s love is the single most powerful common unifier.nnBrothers and sisters, let us excel in this! Let us pull together. Let us seek the infilling and outpouring the Holy Spirit as never before. Let us love God and each other more deeply than we ever have. This begins with prayer power, just as it did for the disciples.nnOur Conference team will be hosting some prayer services that you will be invited to join with us virtually, and hopefully even in person in some locations. Our first PRAYER POWER service will be coming soon, so be alert for more information.nnMy thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep your eyes on Jesus and it will dim the noise and glare of our world’s chaos and bring peace beyond understanding to your soul as we experience inflection points.nnBy Dan LinrudnPresident, Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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