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  • Inside this issue:

    JUNE 2015 Volume 2 Issue 6

    Footnotes of Faith

    A NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST COMMUNITY LUTHERAN CHURCH LEBANON, OREGON

    Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

    Ministry Matters Just 1%

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    Community Life Church Picnic

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    Faithfully Leading Our Missions Committee

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    Making a Difference with Jesus in their hearts

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    Mission Matters Supporting our troops

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    Good to Know How does our garden grow? Strawberry Festival Worship

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    Tanzania — Nick & Heidi Forrest and family, missionaries to Tanzania, visited Christ Community Lutheran on May 3, 2015. Picture on page 6.

    Baja mission trip — Christ Community Lutheran Church's Mission Trip Team went to Foundation for His Ministry in Baja, Mexico. Read about a team member’s experience on page 5.

    Crimea, ukraine — June Johnson, medical missionary to Crimea wrote on May 3, 2015. Read June’s update on page 5.

    Corvallis, OR — Jimmy & Lauren Beck are field staff for Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) at Oregon State University. On May 17th they visited Christ Community and shared about their ministry. See page 7.

    Lebanon, or — Missions that we fund both locally and around the world are listed on page 4.

    Christ Community Lutheran Church is involved in

    The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become. -Henry Martyn

    “One of the many great things about LCMC is the ability for congregations to support ministries, missions and benevolence causes directly. This gives owner- ship and responsibility to examine God’s call to them to be good stewards of His blessings.”

    Rev. Kip Tyler, Chair LCMC Board of Trustees

  • Ministry Matters Page 2 Just 1%

    I came across a short article enti- tled: How To Find Success Late In Life by James Altucher . At the end of the article James writes,

    “If you try to get 1% better each day at your health, at your relationships and the way you treat people, at your creativity, and at turning despair into gratitude, then that 1% compounds into an amaz- ing person. Do that 1%. Take one action. Even if the action is (sic) for one minute. The 1/1/1 strategy. I know this. Because I’m still com- pounding. What is 1%? Whatever you want it to be. The math of life is multi-dimensional. What happens to amazing people? Everything happens to them. And you never worry about what you accomplish. Because there is no ONE thing. There is EVERY thing. And every day.” Jesus says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness.” (Matthew 6:22-23 ESV) In Jesus’ day, people believed that light shone out from the body through the eye. Here Jesus refers to spiritual health producing a

    “bountiful eye.” Thus, an eye full of light means the whole person is healthy and generous. The whole life full of light gets better each day at becoming healthy in spirit, body and mind; affecting relationships, the way you treat others, how you think, what you say and do in your Christian creativity. You receive God’s grace to reject Satan and have Jesus turn despair into grati- tude for His transforming love and protection. The simple but necessary basics of the Christian faith and life needs but 1% (remember the parable of the mustard seed?). But that 1% of faith in Jesus turns you into an amazing person! That faith, in turn, empowers and motivates you to do one simple thing for someone in the name of Jesus and for His glory; even if it’s for one minute. Then the compounding begins - but not in the same way as Altu- cher says. The compounding takes place in our relationship with Jesus and others; not just in ourselves. The Apostle Paul says, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one an- other by showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospi- tality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is hon- orable in the sight of all.” (Romans 12:9-17 ESV) These attributes of us Christians begin even with 1%. We are in a

    growing proc- ess in our lives, mission and ministry. Now there’s a difference between the article which is focused on the per- son’s ability to do it themselves and the Christian. While we are not to worry nor be obsessed with what we are accom- plishing – we are only to be faithful to Jesus – we do need to be aware of the realities that we Christians face each and every day. We amaz- ing Christians do indeed have every- thing happen to us; and not just positive things. There is awful stuff, too. Jesus and the Apostles Luke and Paul say, for example:

    “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves…. ” Matthew 10:16

    “And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem….” (Luke writ- ing in the book of Acts following Stephen’s martyrdom) Acts 8:1

    “’For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are re- garded as sheep to be slaugh- tered.’” (Paul citing Psalm 44:22) Romans 8:36 So the bottom line is that even be- ginning with a faith in Jesus at 1% and growing by 1%, we are being prepared by Jesus for a 100% that will happen to us, come what may. The wonderful thing is that Jesus is preparing us and helping us grow into the everything. Grow in Jesus by 1% every day and Jesus will make you into an amazing person, ready for action!

    In Jesus’ service,

    Pastor Fred Westerhold

    I’VE LEARNED: that a daughter is never too old to hug and kiss her father in public. -age 25

  • JUNE BIRTHDAYS 01 Doris Smith 09 Jimmie Lucht 10 Debbie Gruebele 11 Jeanne Osterman 13 Anna Marie Butler 17 Bill Pavlisick 18 Bruce Grohn 21 Ruth Moody 30 Mary Jane Rieskamp

    Community Life Page 3 • To everyone who have do-

    nated cookies for the Medical students this year. Please keep the cookies com- ing because there will be students attending throughout the summer.

    Plans are now being made for our Annual Church Picnic scheduled for August 16, 2015 at River Park. The Fellowship Committee would like your ideas and help in the fol- lowing areas: • A theme and decorations -

    contact Billie Voican 541-451- 3661.

    • Games for children and adults - contact Debbie Stumpff 541- 258-7087.

    Connect with God every day. . .by reading daily devotions. There are two daily devotional booklets, Portals of Prayer and Our Daily Bread, FREE for you to take home. They are available to pick up at church on Sundays or in the church office during the week.

    JUNE ANNIVERSARIES

    06 Pastor Fred & Sheryl Westerhold 12 John & Ruth Meyer 12 Duane & Donna Davis 26 Dave & Debbie Stumpff 28 Norman & Diane Kaldahl 30 Del & Marjorie Pettner 30 Peter & Anna Marie Butler

    I’VE LEARNED: that when your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair. -age 11

    • To the Fellowship Commit- tee for giving beautiful potted Geraniums (provided by Green Thumb Nursery) and packets of flower seeds to all the women on May10th.

    • To the Joint Choir (CCLC and SDA) for their special music during Charla Pereau’s speaking engagement on May 19th. Their anthems in- cluded I’ll Be There and The Lord’s Prayer.

    • To the CCLC Men’s Chorus and Mixed Choir for enhanc- ing our worship services these past few months with their gift of music, under the direction of Peter Butler and Kathy Nida, and accompanist Ardis Debban.

    MY FATHER’S ADVICE TO ME WAS. . .

    Respect others!

    Rick Chambers

    100 That is the num- ber of Medical students who will be graduating on June 5, 2015 from Western University COMP, Northwest, Leba- non, OR. They will be the first graduating class!

    June 21st

  • Page 4 Faithfully Leading

    I’VE LEARNED: that my dad likes to get those sweet mushy greeting cards as much as my mom does. -age 26

    Members of Christ Community Lutheran, On Tuesday

    evening, May 19th, our members had the wonderful experience of hearing Charla Pereau share her love and efforts in growing the Baja mission - Foundation For His Ministry. If you heard Charla speak, you probably asked, “What made Charla so special that she accom- plished so much in Baja, Mexico?” As she told her