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4 The Sun, Wednesday, January 25, 1989 West Valley Ministerial Assoc. By Ruth Smith Twelve years ago, when Dennis Morley moved to Willamina to pastor the Christian Church there were two Ministerial Associations represent- ing Sheridan, Grand Ronde, and Willamina. Today there is one, the West Valley Ministerial Association, and Pastor Merely has just been re-elected for his second year as president. Pastor Morley, his wife Barbara, and their two children, Tammy, now a sophomore, and Seth, in 6th grade, moved to the area after serving three years as a youth minister for the Oregon City Christian Church. "Near the end of that time," Pastor Morley said, "after about two and a half years, the senior pastor I was serving under had a heart attack. During the time he was recovering, I preached for about three months, while still maintaining my other duties as youth minister. I enjoyed preaching and the people said I did a good job. So when the minister came back he encouraged me to look into taking a church myself. I wasn't really very crazy about doing that. | was happy doing what I was, and at that time we had • f just found out we had a second child on the way. But that turned out to be the Lord's leading, with the help of a series of circumstances following the return of the minister• back to the pulpit. "We decided we should look into something else, and applied here. And the Lord made it very definite that we should be here. And any objections we had to coming, or questions we had about the move, God took care of. So we knew when we came that this was exactly where we were supposed to be." Now Pastor Morley himself is a senior pastor, and his wife Barbara works with the youth in the area of junior high ministries. "I enjoy preaching and working with people," Pastor Morley stated. "We found earlier that in working with the kids we ended up working with the parents also. So the transition hasn't been all that difficult. We love it, and have found the church to be very much family for us. When my wife's mother died of cancer this past summer, they were really supportive. It showed us how important people can be in a situation like that, and how important it is for me or somebody else to be there when someone is hurting." What are some of the things that keep him busy? Pastor Morley just completed his Master's Degree through Pacific Christian College in California, a graduate program offered to pastors who cannot pack up the family and go away to school. Instead, courses are taken in a combination of correspondence work and actual class time which involves two weeks out of the year, then practical application as a follow-up in their own churches. "After about 12 years of ministry I decided I needed to go back to school, so twice a year I went down to Fullerton, Calif• We could take two classes during that time, and "eceived three hours of graduate credit for each. Then we came home and did a project relating that parti.'ular class to our congregation. So it wasn't just book learning, but was very practical. It took three years, and the church paid half my tuition." Pastor Morley explained that as a family they enjoy the beach, eating pizza, and he and his son spend time putting model cars together, a 30 year hobby for himself. In fact he has a 1937 Dodge pickup that he hopes will be back on the road soon, after some major rebuilding. But what Pastor Morley is most noted for, besides being a long- standing pastor at the Willamina Christian Church, is his involvement in the West Valley Ministerial Association• "Put The Sparkle Back In Your Life" Your fine jewelry deserves the best of care and we are experts at caring! We do the custom work you:have always wanted done with those very special pieces of jewelry, and we do it all right here in our shop. Let us re-string your pearls and beads so you can wear them again - TODAY! ! rewelry 1301N. Hwy. 99W McMinnviUe Town Center "The Full Service Jeweler" Phone 472-4442 "When we came 12 years ago there were two separate ministerial fellowships--the Sheridan Associa- tion and the Willamina and Grand Ronde Association. We decided after several years we ought to get together because we work on all the same things anyway. We combined them and called it the West Valley Ministerial Association." The Ministerial Association, which meets for breakfast every second Wednesday in either Sheridan or Grand Ronde, is involved in a variety of activities, with as many churches involved as desire to be. "It's pretty much all the denominations that are involved," Pastor Morley continued. "It's a voluntary thing, and we value getting together." One of the Association's longest running projects has been the food bank, which they oversee, working with the Sheridan Information and Referral Center which distributes the boxes. "We have a food drive once a year in October and accept donations the rest of the year. And the offering received at the Community Thanks- giving service goes to the food bank as well," he added. "It's under our umbrella so that donations received are tax deductable, while the Referral Center takes the distribu- tion off our shoulders." Something else the Ministerial Association provides is a voluntary Baccalaureate service, presented this past year at the Willamina High School by some of the local pastors. "Because of changes in state laws, due to a Newberg student's complaint, the State Superintendent of Schools decided that no prayer or messages of a religious nature could be presented, or the schools involved could lose their funding. So we decided to rent the gym and put one on ourselves. We got the state director for the Fellowship of Christian athletes, Jeff Hart, and had a good turnout wit_h participation from the students themselves. The school even listed it as an optional graduation activity. Last year was our first, and we intend to do it again this year." "Our biggest project recently," he continued," has been the 'Sex on the Safe Side' seminar, which was our response to a need we saw in the high school. And we're looking to follow that up with either the same speaker on parenting, or parents and teens together. We're waiting to hear what dates are available for that, and then, probably on down the road, repeating the Sex on the Safe Side' seminar." All this, besides the special community services at Thanksgiving and other occasions which the Ministerial Association is in charge of organizing. "We're finding through our ministerial fellowship a great cooperation between the churches. We didn't have that in Oregon City, or Seattle at the Bible College. Of course, the youth groups did things together, but the Oregon City and Portland area churches didn't. Here in the community, denominational lines don't seem to mean much. We get together and pray and share our problems. "We do things together, go fishing and those kinds of things. We're friends. And the churches are together. We have the quarterly sing along, which we just had last Sunday night at the Church of God of Prophecy in Grand Ronde and will have one here about two weeks after Easter." "We have an all church picnic out at Grandpa Shenk's Park in Grand Ronde that everyone is invited to. We have a volleyball league going right now on Saturday nights, and we usually have a softball league. There's just lots of things the church people are together on. And it's really neat to have that kind of cooperation." • Factory direct mobile home sales. • Display models at dealer's cost. • Mobile home lots available in Sheridan, Newberg and Lincoln City. • New and used RVs, travel trailers and 5th wheels wholesale to the public ADJACENT TO THE LIBERTY HOMES FACTORY ON SHERIDAN ROAD k S: / • Dennis and Barbara Morley "We realize that we have some theological differences, but we believe in the same Lord and claim to serve Him. And so we let that be the thing that brings us together, and don't worry about the things that divide us." As to his recent re-election, he commented, "Last year they elected me when I was away at school in my master's program, and came back to offices to the next year and unanimously. So I got again. I told them I'd take this year if they somebody else to do it next "It's a neat group, enjoyable and not all that thing to do. When we have or something special to discuss that, or we talk abouV going on in our churches and i find myself chairman of the up being a light day as it association. This year I mentioned it More of a support group. I was time for elections and there was my toughest job was keeping1 a motion made to extend the present line during the meetings." at the corner ofSUN. thru THURSI Main & D Streets Jan. 29 - Feb, 2 Willamina 6 pm to 7:30 pm You won't want to miss one single evening thls week! Bring someone wlth yon! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! ! ! The Kids Crusade is Ideal for Parents are welcome to come to every service. WHAT TO EXPECT: Semethlng New & Evening! Lots of Singing! Bible Stories! Puppets! Please call 876-4688 for Further lnformatio~ or Tri-City Free Methodist DON'T ACT ON IMPULSE; LET FAITH HELP YOU DECIDE We do many things on impulse, in haste and often in anger, and we may live to reoM'et those actions after we've had time to cool off and think it over. We may quit a job because of one un- fortunate incident. We might terminate a friendship because of some real or imaginary hurt. We occasionally con- template a divorce. In any case, if some situation should bring you to a major moment of decision, give it a lot of thought. Would you really be better off as a result of this action, or would you be sorry perhaps for the rest of your life? If you need help in deciding this, go to your House of Worship and tell your clergyman about it. That is one of the most vital functions of your faith: to point you in the right direction and to help you straighten out your life, once and for all. It is too rash, too tnadv/s'd, too sudden... - William Shakespeare Assembl) of God Church, qlq SW 2nd, Sheridan, 843-3277. Sunday School 9:30 am. Church & childrcns church 10:30 am. Evening evange- listic services 6 pm (Monthly sing- Hfiration). Mens basketball Monday 7 pro. Womens aerobics T-T-F q am, Wednesdays 7 pm Family Night: Rainbows (ages 2-4), Missionettes (girls 5-12)• Reval Rangers (boys 5-12). Youth Alive (teens) and adult Bible stud)'. Womens Ministries Ist ,.k: 3rd Thursdays 10 an]. Ist Thurs- day 7 pm Family Activity Night. Larry A. Dill. Pastor. Assembl) of God, 330 S. Main St.. Willamina. Pastor Mick Owings. Phone. 876-4424. Sunday School for all ages q:45 att]. Morning Worship Service 10:45 am. Youth Alive 5 pro. Evening service - praise, worship ,,ingspiration. testimonies, family life ~ pro. Wednesday adult Bible study 7 to 8:30 pro. Sheridan Christian Church, 121 NE Yamhill, Sheridan. 843-2994. Jim Harris, Minister. Office hours: Men. -Fri. 8-11:30 am. Sunday School 9:45 am. Worship Service 10:45 am. Childrcns church up to 4th grade during adult worship. Nursery for all worship & Sunday School programs. Sunday evening service 7 pro. Mid- week Bible study & prayer 7:30 pro. Contact the church for home Bible stud,,, times & locations. Christian Church, 200 SE Baker. Willamina. 876-2097. Dennis Morley Minister. Sunday services: Bible School 9:45 am, morning worship I ! am, evening worship 6:30 pm. Wed- nesday: adult prayer breakfast at the Rocket Care at 6 am; youth meeting for 4th grade through high school at 7 pm. Adults home Bible study 7 pm. The Church of (;od of Prophecy, Agency Cre~k Road, Grand Ronde, 879-5034f" Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning Worship I! am~ Evening evangelistic service 6 pro. Wednes- day service 7 pm. Everyone welcome. Pastor James R. Willis. Bethel Church of Bethel, I mile east of 99W. Phone 843-3079. Sunday School 10 am, service I1 ana. Wed- nesday evening Bible study 7:30 pro. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Willamina Ward. Meeting schedule:' 9 am Sacrament meeting, 10:15 Sunday School, Primary; I I :10 Relief Society. Priesthood meeting. Church of the Nazarene, 917 S. Bridge, Sheridan. 843-32~2. Sunday School 9:30 am. Worship 11 an]. Youth meeting S pro. Evening wor- ship 6 pro. Wednesday prayer meet- ing 7 pro. Caravan 7 pro. Mike Lemont. Pastor. Church in the Wildwood, Hebo Rd.. Hwy. 22. Grand Ronde. Sunday Service l0 ant. Church I I ant. Sun- day evenings 6 pro. Pastor Hugo Krehbicl. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LCA. 315 S. Main. Willamina. 876-6844. Worship Service & Sunday School 10:30 am. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, E. Main & Hill Streets, Sheridan. 843.2206. Saturday Vigil Mass 5 pro. Sundays I1 ant. Weekdays. Wed.. Thurs. & Fri. q am. Pastor James Crunican. Nazarene Church, Grand Ronde. 879-5297. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning worship 10:50 am. Sunday evening service b:30 pro. Salt Creek Baptist Church, 12 miles east of Sheridan on Salt Creek Church Road. Sunday School 9:45 ant. Morning worship 11 am. Eve- ning service 6 pro. Nursery provided. Pastor Perry Kallis. Assistant Pastor Linus Toland. Phone 623-297b. Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 220 NW Sherman, Sheridan, 843-2967. Sabbath School 9:30-11 am. Worship service !1-12. Wednesday prayer meeting 7:30 pro. Community Ser- vices Center open Wednesdays 10 am to 3 pm. Grand Ronde Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Salmon River Hwy. (Hwy. 18)" I mile east of Grand Ronde. Pastor Lutz Binus, Rt. I, Box 278, Willamina, OR 97396. 876-2550. Head Elder Howard Hamel. phone 879-5276. Worship Service Saturday 1 I am. Sabbath School 9:30 am. St. Michael's Church, Hwy. 22 and Agency Rd., Grand Ronde. 879-5122 Saturday Mass 7 pro. Sunday Mass 9 am. Weekday Mass, Tues. 11 am. Pastor ,lan]es Crunican. Sheridan Baptist Church, b43 E. Main St.. Sheridan. Sunday School -9:45 ant. Morning Service 11 am. Question &Answer Time 6 pm. Evening worship 7 pro. Wednesday evening prayer service 7 pro. Pastor ,loci Boyce. 843-3158. Sheridan Mennonite Church, 240 SW Madison. Sunday School 10 am. Worship 11 am. Evening worship 7 pro. Mid-week Bible study 7:30 pm. Pastor Sterling Roth. 470 SW Chap- man Street. Phone 843-4684. Tri-City Free Methodist Main & D Streets, 976-4085. Sunday School 9:30 Worship 10:45 am. Sunday service 6 pro. Prayer service Wednesday. Aaron Kramer, Home phone 876-4688. Trinity Lutheran Church, 318 Sheridan Rd., Sheridan. Harold Roellig. Office home 623-3506. Sunday School 9! family worship service 10:30 am, Union Baptist Church, 8805 sony Road. Sheridan. School is followed by preaching am. John R. Blalock, Pastor. United Methodist Church, Bridge, Sheridan. Sunday 9:45-10:45 am. Worship an]. Roy. Craig S. Tarter-Str~ Pastor. 843-2776. United Methodist Church, B Sts., Willamina. Sunday 9:30 ant. Rev.Craig S. Strobel. Pastor. Grand Ronde: Worship 10-11 ant. Rev. Jerry Peters. THE FOLLOWING MERCHANTS URGE TO ATTEND YOUR CHOSEN HOUSE OF WORSHIP THIS SABBATH: THE CORNER STORE ! ! 2 W. MAIN STREET, WILLAMINA FORT HILL LUMBER P.O. BOX 18b, GRAND RONDE, OREGON 97347 GRATIA B. ROBERTSON Certified Public Accountant 104 West Main Street, P.O. Box 67, Sheridan, OR 97378 • THESUN Printers & Publishers 249 S. Bridge, P.O• Box 68, Sheridan. 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