They’re back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins!
Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services:
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus’ Continue reading
The Convention of 1787 was the capstone in a chain of events that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
America’s first attempt at a national governing document was in 1777 with the Articles of Confederation. It went into effect in 1781, but its deficiencies were quickly apparent, so in 1786, the Annapolis Convention called for a body to assemble to address its many weaknesses. What is known as the Constitutional Convention then gathered in Philadelphia in 1787. Continue reading
This month marks the 77th anniversary of a World War II milestone few people know about. It’s the story of a Polish army captain named Witold Pilecki.
At the conclusion of World War I, for the first time since 1795, Poland was reconstituted as an independent nation, but it was immediately embroiled in war with Lenin’s Russia. Pilecki joined the fight against the Bolsheviks when he was 17, first on the front and then from behind enemy lines. For two years he fought gallantly and was twice awarded the prestigious Cross of Valor.
In August 1939, Hitler and Stalin secretly agreed to divide Poland between them. On September 1, the Nazis attacked the country from the west, and two weeks later, the Soviets invaded from the east. The world was at war again — and so was Pilecki. Continue reading
In a world awash with very serious problems, Oregonians seem trapped in an alternate reality. Our senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is most concerned about collusion with Russia, when a fat, belligerent, and very erratic tyrant in another far off land is fast acquiring nuclear weapons that will soon be able to strike the United States. Which cities beyond Alaska are most vulnerable to die in an instant with a brilliant flash of light? Seattle and Portland.
We seem to live in a parallel universe dominated by fantasies of collusion, sanctuary for criminal aliens, marijuana shops, transgender bathrooms, fashionable energy, and, of course, politicized science. Continue reading
Learn how to protect your pet from the heat, stay cool, and prevent heatstroke.
It’s important to protect pets from the heat to avoid heatstroke, which can be difficult to treat once it begins, and can be life threatening. Please observe and share the following guidelines and resources for keeping pets cool in hot weather.
Steps to keep your pets cool Continue reading
After a slow and manic start to summer weather, it appears it has finally arrived. Longer days coax us outside and clear blue skies with fresh air lure us out of bed in the mornings. We are inclined to put carpe diem into practice when we are invigorated by a beautiful day.
Some of the ways you can seize the day with your children lead you just steps outside of your own door. When my sister and I were young, my dad would occasionally bring home a sheet of photographic paper for us to set outside. We would lay objects down on the paper on the patio and then wait for the sun’s exposure to do its work. The paper would turn dark grey but when we removed the scissors, flower, necklace or whatever other objects we had lain on the top, the objects’ shapes were there in white, that is until the natural light exposure darkened them, too. Continue reading
Hope is to our soul what energy is to our body. Just like our bodies must have energy to keep going, our souls must have hope to keep going.
When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed it? Promises.
Why do we feed our soul promises? Because promises have to do with our future, and hope is something we only feel about the future — about ten minutes from now, or ten months, or ten thousand years. Continue reading
One has to have lived quite a few decades to remember traveling across the USA without interstate highways. With today’s multi-lane highways, younger people do not know what it was like on the two-way roads that wound their way up and down steep inclines as they connected every town along the way.
I am quick to admit to having no desire to return to those days. But it is true that they had some assets that are lost with the interstates. Travel was slower, which usually meant we saw more scenery, stopped more often and connected with more people in their communities.
Tourists made mom-and-pop stores a thriving business. Every small town had one or several motels operated by local families. If you were in the habit of Sunday church, you probably visited one. That is how some of us were able to keep our perfect attendance record. Overall, the pace of life was slower and people took more time to enjoy the journey. Continue reading
Are we missing the trees for the forest in Oregon school funding and education reform debates?
Media reports, school districts, and political leaders usually focus on the big picture: reaching a 100% high school graduation rate so all children have the best chance in life. That’s a great goal. Frequently lost, however, is the fact that every child is an individual. The focus of real-life Oregon parents is helping their kids reach their potential in light of their specific needs and gifts.
These two perspectives shouldn’t be at odds. In fact, the second could drive the first if more parents were empowered to make meaningful choices for their children’s education. Continue reading
Running through my neighborhood recently, I started praying for the people around me. The Lord is definitely growing in me a love for my neighbors, and praying for them is becoming more routine. This particular day, I started praying big, crazy prayers; “Lord heal marriages; restore broken relationships; deliver people from sickness, disease, addictions; bring Your salvation to families”. I felt empowered as I prayed verses that came to mind for each situation. Then I asked God to release an army of His angels to surround my neighborhood and battle against every evil and dark force affecting us. Continue reading