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Celebrating 30 Years of Latino Ministry


The last Sunday of April (29) of 2012, the Evangelical Friends Church in Newberg (Hispanic Church) celebrated its 30 years of existence. 82 people were present with seven guests: the founding pastor Bob Gilmore and his wife (1982-1986), Gerardo Ibarra and his wife, former pastor for 10 years (1986-1996), Mrs. Swan, and the superintendent of the Global Outreach for NWYM who presented two vases of … [Read more...]

Tilikum Returns to Northwest Yearly Meeting


The Administrative Council of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends (NWYM) and George Fox University administrators have completed negotiations to return ownership of Tilikum to the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Though this change is new, the relationship between NWYM and Tilikum is not new. In 1970, the Russell Baker family donated the 92-acre property that … [Read more...]

Becky Ankeny Approved as NWYM Superintendent


Northwest Yearly Meeting (NWYM) of Friends approved the recommendation of Becky Ankeny to serve as the next superintendent. Becky, a member of Newberg Friends, has served many years at George Fox University and NWYM in a number of leadership capacities. Becky and her husband, Mark, are the parents of two daughters and have three granddaughters. To read more about Becky please see the article … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Prayer for President Obama

Prayer for President Obama Lord God, we pray for President Barack Obama. We praise you for the gifts you have nurtured in him: to think clearly, to speak eloquently, to interact effectively. Guide him, God, to use these skills both wisely and well as he leads our nation and serves our world. Thank you for his bright summons to audacious hope. May we citizens bracket that vision with faith … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Loving God

12. 11 “Loving God with the Mind”                                    November  2008 In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus’ scribal interrogator quibbled about how to fulfill the Law in loving one’s neighbor. Like Pilate, people also hedge about truth—about loving God with one’s mind. “Test me, LORD. . .examine my heart and my mind” is a insightful proverb (Prov. 26: 2 TNIV) Hear what … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Godly Care for Children

12.10  “Godly Care for Children”                                                October 2008 Our Faith and Practice calls churches to a regular practice of reading prayerfully, and pondering thoughtfully, the Queries.  As adopted in 1987 there are twenty of them, grouped under the headings, “Personal Faith”, “The Individual and the Church”, “Marriage, Children, Home”, “Manner of Living”, and … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Reverence and Awe

12.9 “Reverence and Awe”                                                            September 2008 I find the book of Hebrews instructive for delineating how the Old Covenant finds enhanced fulfillment in the New. Christ is a better creation rest than a ritual day. His blood speaks a better word than that of Abel—which a warring world needs to hear!  And, yes, Christ is a better priest than … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Cleaning out files

“Cleaning out files” August 2008 I’ve been cleaning out files recently, discarding duplicate, irrelevant, or obsolete stuff—like philosophy tests from forty years ago. In doing so, however, I find some things that strike me as worthy of sharing. Think of them not as garbage but as gleanings, okay? Discard or appropriate. Sometimes one person’s junk … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – Reading the Bible in Public Worship

July 2008 Some valuable worship practices have become so time-laden they are in danger of becoming commonplace. The public reading of Scripture is one such practice. Paul commended it to Timothy: “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (I Tim. 4: 13). On occasion I’ve been asked to help persons prepare for such ministry. Here’s what I shared with them. Maybe it will be useful … [Read more...]

Roberts’ Reflections – The Talking Stick

Last year Peggy Hanson, who works in employee relations at Friendsview Retirement Community, asked if I could fashion for her a "talking stick." As part Cherokee and a tribal member, she knew of this Native American practice, and that I fashioned assorted wooden things, like talking sticks, clocks, mottoes and stumps. Along with other native peoples, during a powwow, traditionally, a Cherokee … [Read more...]