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Chet Rutledge

PREACHING MINISTER

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Lyle Thompson

Elder

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Ted Hanson

ELDER

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                                National Collection Week is

                                   November 15–22, 2021

  • Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

    We are collecting items for shoeboxes again this year! Weather you would like to pack your own shoebox or purchase items to be packed at our packing party, you'll find a helpful gift idea list at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child. Please bring your gifts to the church building by November 14!

    If you would like to help pack our shoeboxes, contact Dana Shepherd for more information; after packing they will be taken to a local drop-off location.


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  • This Wednesday Evening @ 7:00

    Join us for a conversation in

    The Beatitudes

    We’ll explore together the kind of people through whom God is bringing about his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven




Current Study Topics

  • Women's Bible Study:

    The gospel of Luke

    Thursdays @ 10:30am

    Led by Judy Thomson


  • BIBLE STUDY:

    The Beatitudes

    WEDNESDAYS @ 7PM

    Led by Jon Bristow


  • Bible Class:

    Paul's Letter to the Philippians

    Sundays @ 9:30am

    Taught by Jon bristow




SERMON SERIES:

JOURNEY TO RECONCILIATION

HOW THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS FIT INTO

THE LARGER STORY OF GOD'S PLAN OF REDEMPTION

SUNDAYS @ 10:30AM


PART 1, FEBRUARY 18TH

God's Bow in the Clouds

Genesis 9:8-17

God promises to never again destroy Creation. This is the first signpost that points toward God's plan to redeem all things in Christ. God is making all things new, and our destiny is to dwell with God when God brings his heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, to us! 



PART 2, FEBRUARY 25TH

Abraham: Father of Our Faith

Romans 4:13-25

A look at Abraham, or more specifically our faith. We read that our God chose a people to follow Him by faith and be reconciled to Him by the cross.



PART 3, MARCH 4TH

Warped Perception

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Israel was given the vocation of being a nation called out to worship God and God alone. But Israel struggled with this and worshiped created things, causing their perception to be warped and obscured. Israel's problem is ours also. Our perceptions are warped, and it's only those of us who are being saved, who God is redeeming and restoring to our original purpose and intended beauty, that can see the cross for what it really is- God's profound, glorious, and divine wisdom for the reconciliation of all things in Christ Jesus.



PART 4, MARCH 11TH

Choose Life

John 3:14-21

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, that the people of Israel could look and be saved from the poison inside of them, so Jesus himself would be lifted up on the cross as God's divine intervention, that those who believe in him may not perish but may have eternal life!



PART 5, MARCH 18TH

Jesus - The Seed of Life

John 12:20-30

"Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Our journey continues as we begin to approach our destination: Easter! Now, we search the story of God's plan of redemption to answer the question, "why did Jesus die?" 



PART 6, MARCH 25TH

He Has Done It

Psalm 22

The words Jesus cries out from the cross are the same words David had written down in his anguish: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" We take a close look at Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 to understand better the experience of the "suffering servant," Jesus, who intercedes for us, loving us to the point of death, even death on a cross. Jesus has literally loved us to death, and we proclaim it, saying, "He has done it!"



PART 7, EASTER SUNDAY

God Raised Him

Acts 10:34-43

Our Journey comes to its culmination on Easter as we celebrate the hope we have in the Resurrection of Christ, and look at how this history-altering miracle of God fits into the larger story of God's redemption!


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    FOSTER FAMILY AGENCY

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    Agape Villages mobilizes community resources to provide quality homes, innovative solutions and the highest of professional services to disadvantaged children and their families to meet their needs, maximize their potential and lead toward a better and brighter future.











A Presentation on the

Manuelito Navajo Children's Home

Wednesday, April 11 @ 7PM

Norman & Cathy Atchison will be visiting us from Gallup, New Mexico to speak about the work of the Manuelito Navajo Children's Home. The MNCH specializes in the care of Native American children and is committed to making a difference, one child at a time. Cookies and coffee will be served afterwards.







Jon Bristow

Preaching Minister



Greetings, friends.


My name is Jon Bristow, and I serve as the Preaching Minister to our congregation.

I often describe myself as a "fellow pilgrim," and "Jesus follower," as I believe we are all on a shared journey in this life together, and on that journey I attempt to do the same as Jesus' first disciples did and follow him.

I'm originally from a little town in southwest Washington called Battle Ground (it's not as infamous as the name sounds, trust me), and I've spent most of my adult years in various places throughout the Pacific Northwest - so I consider myself a "Northwest" guy through and through. Most recently, my wife, son, and I lived in Portland, OR, which is where I call home.

My wife, LeAnndra, and I met at Cascade College, which was formerly a branch campus of Oklahoma Christian University located in Portland (sadly, Cascade closed her doors in 2009.) We became fast friends and comrades traveling two summers together in a recruiting and singing group for the college, called Witness, and managed to fall in love with each other on our road trips, listening to Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. We were married in 2008 and we'll celebrate our 10th anniversary this year! Life has thrown us an awful lot of twists and turns, but we continue to be blessed to fall more deeply in love as time passes. We welcomed our son, Jonah into the world in 2014, and he is our absolute joy and love, a truly beautiful soul.

My formal education began at Cascade, where I received a BA in Bible and Urban Ministry, and in 2017, I finished an MRE (Master's in Religious Education) in Missional Leadership from Rochester College. Up until this juncture, my ministry background has been in church-planting ministries, working first with the Renovatus Church of Christ, in Vancouver WA, then with the Pacific Crest Church of Christ in Wenatchee, WA, and then finally in a three-year endeavor to plant a church in east Portland, OR, which, unfortunately, came to a close in the Spring of 2017.

This ministry background has very much developed in me what I call a "missionary impulse" or "posture" toward ministry, in that I see and understand myself foremost as a missionary in whatever community to which I am led. And in this way, I believe God has called me to work with the members of this congregation to minister to, with, and for the beautiful community of Chico. For years, in fact, LeAnndra and I had wondered or imagined what it would be like to live in and work in Chico - LeAnndra is originally from Chester, CA and most of her family still lives here in the area. So it is very much exciting that God has brought this about for our lives!

I'm an avid music fan, and this is a passion both LeAnndra and I share. I love live music and I collect vinyl records. Many people speak fondly about the smell of old books, and that's the same fondness I have for flipping through old albums in a record store. I love the tactile experience of an album, the way it connects you in a felt way to the artist and their work. And, in my very biased opinion, there is no better, more pure listening experience than music on a good, clean vinyl pressing. LeAnndra and I also enjoy the outdoors, sports, and we are very much coffee people.

I hope you'll come and join myself and the congregation at one of our gathering times. I love nothing more than spending time with people and getting to know other's stories. It brings me great joy, and I hope I'll have the pleasure of getting to know you and your story sometime.

God bless.

Jon