Successful starts for two Alliance NW church plants beginning weekly gatherings
New Ground Alliance Church in Clarkston, Washington (lead planter Bill Creutzberg), held their first weekly gathering in late September and one hundred people attended. The church is particularly excited that there were thirty kids in their youth ministry. New Ground Alliance Church is a church planting project from the East Side Network (Paul Smith, Crosspoint Alliance Church; Rod Cosgrove, Garland Avenue Alliance Church; Terry Gugger, Orofino Community Church).
The Living Room in Central Point, Oregon (lead planter Dan Gregory), held their first weekly gathering on October 1, after core team meetings and neighborhood BBQ events. They welcomed 79 people through its doors (64 adults and 15 littles). The Living Room is a church planting project from the Southern Oregon Network (Brian Crawford, Alliance Community Church; Lee Gregory, The Medford Neighborhood Church; Nathan Goble, Roseburg Alliance Church; Jeff Paschall, Journey Roseburg; Tim Skelly, Green Community Church; Glen Zimmerman, Eugene C&MA Church; Pieter Theron, South Umpqua Community Church; Joe Skladany, Veneta Alliance Church).
Four Alliance NW church leaders pass their ordination/consecration interviews
Yared Endrias, lead pastor and planter at House of the Living God in Seattle, Washington, recently passed his ordination interview and has been ordained. He becomes the first Ethiopian ordained within the Alliance NW. Additionally, Michelle Unwin, Jennifer Roth, and Ashley Dalen passed their consecration interviews and will be consecrated. Congratulations Yared, Michelle, Jennifer, and Ashley!
Hood River Alliance Church raises $3,000 from "Missions Golf"
A group of golfers led by Dan Armstrong, an elder at Hood River Alliance Church, began Alliance Missions Golf last year as a way to have fun, share the Gospel, and raise money for the Global Commission Fund. This season, they gave $3,000 as a group to the GCF. Nice work, guys!
Cle Elum Alliance Church provides support for neighbors affected by the Jolly Mountain Fire
Cle Elum Alliance Church (Ron Jackson, Lead Pastor) recently found itself in the midst of the tragic forest fires that made their way across the NW this summer. Responding to the needs around them, the church helped evacuees in moving their belongings and transporting RVs and extra vehicles; provided housing in the form of RV hook ups, rooms, and small apartments; provided space for animal boarding including horse stables and pastures; and helped store evacuees' boxes and vehicles. Thanks for being the church to your community, Cle Elum!