Hurricane Harvey | Opportunities To Help

September 4, 2017 Josh Howeth General
Many of us have been moved in different capacities to help those in need that were in the path of Hurricane Harvey. We often talk about the idea of praying, giving, and going.  Here are some ways to get involved in each area.
 
Pray:
We have been praying for those victims in the tragic path of the hurricane and for the local church to be strengthened to show the love and compassion of Christ. We should continue to pray that God would be gloriously seen in the midst of this event, that needs would be met, and that people would come to know and trust Christ as a result.
 

 

Give:

We have the opportunity to donate supplies directly to the local churches on the front lines of recovery. Our sister churches, Imago Dei Community in Portland and Hub City in Albany, have asked us to contribute supplies to be sent down to Texas in moving trucks.  Below is a list of items you can donate and drop off at The Branch office from 8-5pm Tuesday September 5th and 8-12pm Wednesday September 6th. Or you can take them directly to North Albany Community Church gymnasium by Wednesday evening, at 1273 NW West Thornton Lake Dr, Albany, OR 97321
You can also contribute financially via disaster relief https://missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/hurricane-harvey-response
 

 

Going:

We have begun communications with the North American Mission Board and local churches to potentially find a way to take a small team and serve in late October.  At this moment we are unsure how this looks but will keep you posted in the coming weeks as there will be months of rebuilding after the floods recede.
On a final note we often think of natural disasters when they occur but there is a way we can be equipped and trained to volunteer on the front lines before disasters occur through the Disaster Relief of the North American Mission Board. If you are interested in this training or going to serve later this year, please email Jeremy Cook and I will be in touch with you shortly.
In Christ,
Jeremy
 
 
Supply Needs to Donate by Wednesday Evening 9/6:
Socks
Underware
Children’s clothes
Baby clothes
Extension cords
Gloves
Shovels
Wheel barrows
Crow bars
Utility knives
Dust masks
Hammers
Yard tools
Buckets
Clippers
Tarps
Ropes
Nails
Plywood
Portable lights
Rubber gloves
Mops
Brooms
Dust pans
Push brooms
Trash bags
First aid supplies
Water bottle cases
Formula
Diapers

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

July 27, 2017 Stephen Brucker Branch Notes

I write this with a heavy heart. Our family will be moving this Monday to Portland, so that I can be a resident at Hinson Church. Over the last few years, it has been apparent that I need some further pastoral training and I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn and study under their guidance.

With that said, I just want to say how grateful I am for the past 5 years, in which I’ve had the privilege of being your Associate Pastor. It is and will be, one of the great honors and privileges of my life. Memories flood my mind and overwhelm my emotions at what a wonderful church you are. I love you all and trust God that you will be cared for by the pastors/elders while you follow Christ.

Thank you for caring for my family, for supporting us, and for your friendships. August 6th will be our last Sunday worshipping with you all and I look forward to seeing you and saying goodbye.

And if you give me but a few more minutes of your time, I’d like to say one more thing. I don’t know what is on the horizon for any of you, but I do know that God is in control, God is good, and God will comfort you. I don’t know what will come around the next bend, but I do know that Christ with accompany you through life’s twists and turns. I don’t know the future in particular, but I do know the future in general, and that future is bright, and glorious, and heavenly.

Some nights I sing to my children. I’ll gaze in their eyes and sing, “He’s got the whole world in his hand, He’s got the whole world in his hand, He’s got the whole world in His hands, He’s got the whole world in His hands”. Nothing could be truer. He’s got each and every one of you in his hands and so I leave with that wonderful comfort.

Christ is such a wonderful Savior. And each and every day, it is incumbent for us all, to gaze into his beautiful face and worship him as Lord. That is where true joy and happiness reside.

I am excited for this next season in the Branch’s life. Josh is coming back from sabbatical in early August, new interns will be coming in September, and as always, new freshman faces and new members will be part of our church. The future is bright.

So let us all say, like a Saint of old, “no retreats, no reserves, no regrets”. Let that be our anthem, as we know Christ and make him known.

I love you all,

Stephen and Lisa Brucker