From the Pastor
By Pastor Steve Dow

Small changes can produce big results given enough time. No, I'm not talking about evolution, but about the possibility of change. Let's say you need to lose a few pounds or many pounds of weight. You could get very radical and change everything in your life starting of January 1st and probably you'll not last one month. Or you might decide to simply change from drinking whole milk to 1 percent or fat free milk. Once this habit is formed, then you might choose to eat only 4 oz. of meat at dinner and ramp up the vegies. Over time you will lose weight. Or perhaps you want to become physically fit. Deciding to run a marathon tomorrow probably will not work. But, if you began by walking 1/2 hour per day for a month you just might get some where. Then you could slowly ramp up the time and eventually the pace, too. Walk 1/2 a mile, jog 1/2 a mile and so forth. Eventually you will probably get healthier and better fit. How do you change an organization? A church? Well, we can get radical and change EVERY-THING and we'll probably have many disgruntled people. Or we can take baby steps and grad-ually walk and eventually run! Earlier this summer I outlined some simple steps to help get us moving. Do you remember them? Here they are again: 1. Notice who is missing on Sunday and give them a call. Let them know you care about them. 2. Invite someone to worship with you. 3. Do random acts of kindness. 4. Encourage someone today. These are simple things to do, but over time they will affect great change in the life of our church.

Have a blessed July. Enjoy the heat.
Make a Difference…Share Jesus
Pastor Steve

"Dates to Highlight in July""

7/2 - Inter-Generational Service 10:30 AM
7/2 - Youth Group, 4:00 PM, Annex, meets each Sunday
7/3 & 4th - Church Office Closed for the Holiday
7/4 - Fourth of July, Free Lunch at Fireworks Stand, 11-3 PM
7/4 - Apostolic Church Meets each Tuesday, 7-8 PM
7/12 & 26th - Women's Bible Study, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 PM, Annex
7/6 - Council Meeting, 7 PM, Annex
7/8 - Service INC at Fairmont School in North Albany, 8 AM to Noon
7/13 - Board Meeting, 7 PM , Annex
7/23-26th - Summer Celebration Warner Pacific College
7/30 - Hymn Sing, 4-5 PM

Looking Ahead...
8/1 - National Night-Out
8/18-8/20 - Men's Advance Camp White Branch
8/16-19 - 2nd Annual Willamette Valley Campmeeting
9/15-17 - Christian Women Connection Fall Retreat

"Camp White Branch""

Introductory Camp 7/7-9
Registration Due 6/23

Senior High Camp 7/10-14
Registration Due 6/26

Junior Camp 7/17-21
Registration Due 7/3

Middle School Camp 7/31-8/4
Registration Due 7/17

Primary Camp 8/7-10
Registration Due 7/24

Notes and Ramblings from Toni's Desk:

By Lay-Pastor Toni Drager


Then Jesus came up and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, until the end of the age." Matt 28:18-20 NET
As I read this passage I am reminded of when I first started following Christ as my Savior back in the 70's. I was young and I didn't come from a family that attended church. So as I read my bible I struggled with all of the Do's and Don'ts. As a mat-ter a fact it was quite overwhelming. I can't remember if it was Debbie or Fran, one of the two ladies who had taken me under their wing and mentored me not just in church but in life... (to this day we are still friends who can call on each other at anytime) one of those sweet ladies said "If you focus on the 'Do's' the 'Don'ts' fall into place". I have kept that in the back of mind ever since.
So as I read this passage. What screams at me is "Go and make disciple" That is a "Do" that is something I need to focus on. It also doesn't say anything about being easy or convenient. It just says "Do" and "remember I will be with you always, until the end of the age!"

Thank You for all of your help at the fireworks tent! It is such a wonderful outreach! I gotta run. More customers at the fireworks tent wanting to 'visit'.
Hugs and Prayers,
Pastor Toni
Lay Pastor of Care and Outreach

Announcements and Notes

Hey Church! We would like you to submit your pictures of your summer fun high-lights and add a brief caption. Did you go fishing? Camping, hiking, travel to some exotic spot on the globe? Backyard BBQ & Fireworks? Kids/Grandkids enjoying the pool? Got a big landscape project, building a new patio, putting in a summer garden?

We really would love to share your fun adventures in our future Newsletter; so send your photos to the Church Office right away!