Maurice Imhoff has been connecting PMC to the work of Mennonite Disaster Service for many years. Recently he has been involved with thier work in Calaveras County, California, rebuilding homes ravished by wild fires. This video captures some of that story.
If you are interested in learning more about Mennonite Disaster Service please visit thier website or better yet just track down Maurice and he will be glad to chat with you.
Getting ready for Church Retreat by remembering the past.
Thank you to Lowell Herr for sharing these memories.
...and then there is this!
A collection of some of the images captured at the women's March from PMC folks. If you want to add more to the "scrapbook" send them to the Church Office.
A big thank you to everyone who came out last Saturday night for the TED show. It was an evening full of laughter and compassion for people of all ages. As winter sets in we wanted to remember the many in our neighbor-hood and around the world who struggle to have enough to eat.
Having lost his acting partner (to illness) to perform the play Jesus Stories; Faith forks and Fettuccine, Ted improvised and offered us an eclectic menu of scenes pulled from his years of being a performer. All of the scenes revolved around food and offered a reminder that Jesus welcomes us all to the table. Due to the generous bidders and wonderful donated pies as well as two beautiful quilts from Dorcas’ Needles and Stitches, the event raised $8446.59.
This amount (less a few of the expenses not covered by the lecture fund) will be split three ways and will benefit the work of Anawim, the Portland Backpack program and Mennonite Central Committee. Thank you again for making this a wonderful evening.
- The Faith Formation Core Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered ministry of care and concern for people who are in the midst of grief, loss or pain.
Last February, Stephen Obold Eshleman, Karen Nussbaum, Deb Coates, David Johnson, and Rod Stafford attended a week of training in Anaheim, California to lead this new ministry at PMC.
In May, thirteen people began training to become Stephen Ministers. Deb Coates, Harold Nussbaum, Don Coates, Connie Brown, Linda Rush, Lisa Hughes, John Hill, Joleen Classen, Bruce Harder, Ruth Nisly, Kelsey Knight-King, Stephen Obold Eshleman, Alice Hill, Karen Nussbaum, Linda Smith, and Barb Roupp have completed fifty hours of preparation.
These Stephen Ministers will be assigned to people in our congregation and community who are experiencing hospitalization, retirement, financial setback, the loss of a loved one, or any of the other challenges that are part of our lives. They will meet weekly with their ‘care receiver’ for as long as is needed to listen, pray, support, and offer encouragement. In addition, each Stephen Minister will participate regularly in peer supervision and continuing education.
If you would like to meet with a Stephen Minister, please contact one of our pastors – Rod Stafford, Britt Carlson or Curt Weaver. You can also contact one of the Stephen Leaders – Stephen, Karen, Deb or David. Or simply call the PMC office (503/234-0559).