We hope you are each savoring the process of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ! There is no greater joy than helping people along in their journey of faith.
In the last several weeks we have been meeting with individuals and groups, some to find out about their lives and to develop new friendships, some to answer questions about Biblical faith, and others to mentor and disciple.
We have enjoyed the “Gathering in the Loft” on Wednesday nights. Teaching is intertwined with lots of group discussion and prayer. Some of us in the ministry gathered for a very meaningful picnic and baptism in September at the O’Kain’s home. Jeff McNown and I baptized his son, our grandson, J.J. McNown, in the Pacific Ocean.
I officiated at our niece’s wedding – Jessica Ebel and Mike Schaper. They flew off in an airplane from the wedding site. We enjoyed Linda’s mother spending a few weeks with us this fall.
What have we been doing for fun? This autumn has had spectacular weather to enjoy the outdoors here in Oregon and Linda and I have been taking walks and hiking.
We have attended several of J.J.’s and Josiah’s soccer games, Brock’s football games and Selah’s dance classes.
Linda is painting with oils this fall in a class every Wednesday morning in Happy Valley. She is making two paintings for our Great Room. Linda makes cards and prints of her art to give as gifts and to make available for purchase. Pictured here are two, Front Porch in Summer, and Star with Pumpkins.
This week I went target shooting with family, attended a class on outdoor survival, and this weekend will be spending 48 hours practicing survival skills in the wild with a group of men. What an adventure – I’ll let you know how it goes!