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6 The Sun, Wednesday, April 26, 1989 Church of God Prophecy By Ruth Smith Correspondent, The Sun Pastor Richard Willis of ' the Church of God Prophecy will have been here two years this July. "My first pastorate was here in Oregon, at Crescent." he said. "And then I was sent to Sutherland where I pastored for four years. After that we moved to Grand Ronde. We're just starting to get involved in the community. It takes at least two years to begin to know the people." A general contractor by trade, he's been working pretty steady for the past five or six months. 'Tin licensed to do buildings up to a three story structure." he e.xplained. "Anything from the ground up. The church pays pretty well, too. So between my part-time work and the church we do just fine. It's hard sometimes. But with the kind of work I do, 1 can usually always get a job. Just about anywhere I go somebody's going to need something done to their house." He's been in the same kind of work since he was a teen-ager. "By the time i was 18 1 was running a five man crew. My brothers had a company and I worked for them." His mother, a member of the Church of God Prophecy since 1941, and his uncles, pastors in the church since the 1930s, and now retired, influenced his early years. "My mother, of course, took me to church," he said. "I rebelled a little here and there, but basically I went with her. I remember going to church one Sunday morning when I was about nine years old, and the minister that was preaching was so on fire with the spirit of God that I said in my heart, 'I would love to be able to preach with that kind of spirit.' By the time I was 15 I knew, l can't explain how, that I was called to the ministry, l, being hard headed, ran from the Lord until I was about 20. It was then, in my uncle's church, that I got saved. And two weeks later, after returning home to Oklahoma, l preached my first sermon." "I was asked by our young people's leader to speak," he recalled. "Nobody knew I was called to preach, but afterwards my pastor said, 'You're called to preach, aren't you?' And from that time on he was a big support to me. I preached a whole five minutes that night, but I felt like I'd worked eight hours!" His pastor, who continued encouraging him in the ministry, ended up being his future father-in- law. "In our church we have what is called a lay minister's program, l entered that and worked with our pastor for about 2'/2 years. Then, when I was 22, a year before I started pastoring, Wanda and 1 were married. When 1 was 23 I pastored my first church in Crescent, Ore. And after that I was sent to Sutherland, then to Grand Ronde. "The Lord's been good to me. Every man has his ups and downs, and there are times when I've felt despondent. But basically I've never doubted my calling. I wasn't saved when I was 15, but it's something I knew. I believe I proved out what a Scripture says, 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.' " It isn't a requirement in his church to have schooling, but he opted to take the courses anyway, graduating from the church's Bible training institute, a mobile school serving in 36 countries. "We're not an independent church, but operate in 90 other countries, with our world head- quarters in Cleveland, Tenn. The Church of God Prophecy has been in Grand Ronde since about 1952." He added: "The church building itself is pretty old. Our church bought it in the 50's, and it was a schoolhouse before that. I think it was built about the turn of the century. In fact, the historical society wants to make it a landmark, putting up a marker that this is the old Grand Ronde School." To add to the historical flavor, but not the convenience, are the woodstoves, the church's only heating source. "To begin with there was a wood furnace as a central heating system, and the duct works are still there. But someone sold it. I wish they hadn't, it would have been nice. Central heat would be nice. Electric or gas, either one would do," he added, laughing. After stoking up the fires on a Sunday morning, Pastor Willis takes off in one direction, and his wife another, picking up kids for Sunday school, averaging from 16 to 30 in attendance. But numbers aren't his goal. "We've had some good results. Before church one Sunday morning when I was building a fire, and it was pouring down rain, a young man about 17 or 18 came in and just asked his way to be saved. He'd come out to revival earlier and had walked out before the service was through. But he gave his heart to God that morning. 1 can't really say it's anything I've done, though." Other avenues of ministry are The Good Neighbor Food Bank, which operates out of his church, and receives food contributions from various churches and organizations in the community. The program was under way when he began ministering here, started by Wes Shenk, a member of the Church in the Wildwood. He was also asked to preach in the community sunrise service. "It's quite an outreach," he noted. "The ministers in the area really seem to get involved in the community and work together. And I appreciate that." He added: "Every July our church has a state convention, with a state overseer appointing the pastors, district overseers and that sort of thing. I'm a district overseer for these churches. In 1950 it was decided by our governing body in Tennessee that that was how the appointments would be made. We feel that follows the Biblical pattern a little more closely. Once a year the state overseer sends out a letter asking how you like it and if you want to stay. The church doesn't take a vote, but when the overseer sees a good response from the people that's taken into account. "I feel that a pastor doesn't even get started until the first two years. It takes that long to get to know the community and get involved. Some of our pastors in the state have pastored l0 and 12 years in the same place. I don't know how long I'll he here, but I'm willing to stay until God gets through with me. "I really do appreciate the community. There's an awful lot of good Christian people here. I appreciate the way they just opened up and let us be a part of them, in our own local church, and the community, and other churches, too. In Sutherland, there's nice people also, but it wasn't open like this. Here people are just plain 'folks.' " tIC coun repr n Persons who have ordered copies of the reprinted book, "Old Yamhill," should send payment for their order by May 15, according to Maxine Williams, president of the Yamhill County Historical Society. "Old Yamhill, The Early History of Its Towns and Cities," was first printed by the Yamhill County Historical Society in 1976 under the editorial supervision of Ruth Stoller. All copies had been sold and the society approved an additional printing with books to be available by the end of May. To help finance the reprint, Williams said that advance orders were taken for the books at $10 a copy. Those who ordered copies should send by May 15, $10 per book to: Yamhill County Historical Society, P.O. Box 484, Lafayette, OR 97127. Those who had not previously ordered copies still may do so by sending payment of $10 per copy to the above address before May 15. After that date the price per copy will be $15, Williams said. Dr. Kelley in state Capitol Dr. Kenneth A. Kelley testified at the Legislature on April 10 before the House Judicial Subcommittee on the Physician's Lien Bill. Also on the same docket was Yamhill Country Clerk Charles Stern addressing the same topic. On April 20, Dr. Kelley returned to the Capitol to discuss topics with Sen. John Brenneman and Rep. Paul Hanneman. The highlight of the day was accompanying Hanneman to address the Sheridan High School choir and their director, Steve Walker, and later feeling great pride when they performed in the Capitol rotunda at noon. Shop the ClassifiedsI 843.2312 [ It's Our 4th Anniversary Sale!! Come visit us at our new location "For All Your Decorating Needs" Custom Draperies and Bedspreads Mini-Blinds Pleated Shades Vertical Blinds Your home or mine by appointment - Monday-Friday :i Pastor Richard Willis and his wife Wands and sons and Joshua, 4. at BERGER'S * Free Drawings * Cookies & . Door Prize each * Specials on . Saturday, April 29th. No cost personal landscape consultation by Bob Bergr, landscape architect. (Please bring sketch of area. For ience, appointments may be made in advance.) Drawing for Maple. * Sunday, April 30th. Master Gardener Clinic - answers to all your gardening noon to 3 p.m. Drawing for Gorgeous Fuchsia. BERGER'S NURSE 8980 Red Prairie Road, Sheridan Tuesday-Saturday 9-6, Sunday 10-5 We Have The Time For Those Who Don't Come in and see our large selection of: Pulsar Jaz Belair Citizen Watches Priced from *69 Selected Watches 40 % OFF New selection of Gold & Silver Chains Strands of Cultured Pearls "The Full Service Jeweler" 1301 N. 99W, McMinnville Town Center 472-4442 "And God made every thing that creepeth upon the earth." -- Genesis 1:25 //F FAITH TELLS US TO BE KIND TO ALL OF GOD'S CREATURES Our world was once filled with the animals and birds of God's creation, but through- out the ages some species have fallen by the wayside while others have managed to remain viable despite all the storms, floods, droughts and earthquakes that nature could inflict upon them. However, our increasing demands for progress and recreation have encroached upon the wilderness areas, putting our wildlife in greater jeopardy than from all the natural disasters combined. Even those hardy survivors may not be able to withstand the cruel or un- thinking actions of human beings. We must act humanely toward them, and by example teach our children to do likewise. The denizens of the Wild, as well as the family pets, are all God's creatures, so let's treat them with all due respect and kindness. Assembly of God Church, 91q SW 2nd. Sheridan. 843-3277. Sunday School 9:30 am. Church & childrens church 10:30 am. Evening evange- listic services 6 pm (Monthly sing- spiration). Mens basketball Monday 7 pro. Womens aerobics T-T-F 9 am. Wednesdays 7 pm Family Night: Rainbows (ages 2-4), Missionettes (girls S-12), Royal Rangers (boys 5-12). Youth Alive (teens) and adult Bible study. Womens Ministries 1st & 3rd Thursdays 10 am. 1st Thurs- day 7 pm Family Activity Night. Larry A. Dill. Pastor. Assembly of God, 330 S. Main St.. Willamina. Pastor Mick Owings. Phone 876-4424. Sunday School for all ages 9:45 ant. Morning Worship Service 10:45 am. Youth Alive 5 pro. Evening service - praise, worship singspiration, testimonies, family life 6 pro. Wednesday adult Bible study 7 to 8:30 pro. Sheridan Christian Church, 121 NE Yamhill, Sheridan. 843-2994. Jim Harris, Minister. Office hours: Mon. -Fri. 8-11:30 ant. Sunday School 9:45 ant. Worship Service 10:45 am. Childrens 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 study times & locations. Christian Church, 200 S.E. Baker, Willamina, 876-2097. Dennis Morley Minister. Sunday Services: Bible School 9:45 am, morning worship 11 am, high school youth meeting 6 pm, evening worship 6:30 pm. Wednes- day: adult prayer breakfast at the Rocket Cafe at 6:00 am; jr. high youth meeting at 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible studies throughout the week. The Church of God of Prophecy, Agency Creek Road, Grand Ronde, 879-5034. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning Worship I I am. Ev, ening 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 l0 am. service II ant. Wed- nesday evening Bible study 7:30 pro. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Willamina Ward. Meeting schedule: 9 ant Sacrament meeting, 10: IS Sunday School. Primary; I I: 10 Relief Society. Priesthood meeting. Church of the Nazarene, 917 S. Bridge. Sheridan, 843-3262. Sunday School 9:30 am. Worship If any Youth meeting S pm. Evening wor- ship 6 pro. Wednesday prayer meet- ins 7 pm. Caravan 7 pro. Mike Lemont. Pastor. Church in the Wildwood, Hebo Rd., Hwy. 22, Grand Ronde. Sunday Service 10 am. Church II ant. Sun- day evenings 6 pro. Pastor Hugo Krchbicl. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, LCA. ,tl5 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 II ant. Weekdays, Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 9 am. Pastor James Crunican. Grand Ronde Nazarene Church, Pastor DuaneSlocum. 879-5297. Sunday School 10:00 am, morning worship ll:00 am. Sunday evening service 6:30 pm. Salt Creek Baptist Church, 12 miles cast of Sheridan on Salt Creek Church Road. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning worship !1 am. Eve- ning service 6 pro. Nursery provided. Pastor Perry Kallis. Assistant Pastor Linus Toland. Phone 623-2976. Seventh.Day Adventist Church, 220 NW Sherman, Sheridan, 843-2967. Sabbath School 9:30-11 am. Worship service 11-12. Wednesday prayer meeting 7:30 pm. 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 I I ant. Sabbath School 9:30 am. Td-City Free Methodist Main & D Streets. 976-4085. Sunday School Worship 10:45 am. Sunday service 6 pro. Prayer Wednesday. Aaron Kramer, Home phone 876-4688. St. Michael's Church, Hwy. 22 and Agency Rd., Grand Ronde. 879-5122 Saturday Mass 7 pro. Sunday Mass q am. Weekday Mass. Tues. I I ant. Pastor James Crunican. Union Baptist church, mony Road, Sheridan. School is followed by am. John R. Blalock, Pastor, Sheridan Baptist Church, 643 E. Main St.. Sheridan. Sunday School 9:45 am. Morning Service I1 am. Question & Answer Time 6 pm. Evening worship 7 pm. Wednesday evening prayer service 7 pro. Pastor Joel Boyce. 843-3 i 58. Sheridan Mennonite Church, 240 SW Madison. Sunday School 10 am. Worship 11 am. Evening worship 6 pro. Mid-week Bible study 7:30 pm. Pastor Sterling Roth, 470 SW Chap- man Street. Phone 843-4684. United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, 318 SESts.. Willamina. Sunday Sheridan Rd.. Sheridan. Pastor 9:30 ant. Rev.Craig 5. Harold Roellig. Office 843-4747. Strobcl, Pastor. home 623-3506. Sunday School 9 ant'. Grand Ronde: Worship flintily worship service 10:30 am. 9-10 am. Bob Reynolds, United Methodist Church, Bridge St., Sheridan. 9:45-10:45 am. Worship Morning Prayer daily, Friday 7:15-7:45 am. Mondays 7:00 pm. United Women: First month, 2:00 pm. Choir Wednesdays 6:30 pm, choir director. Pastor: Strobel. 843-2776. THE FOLLOWING MERCHANTS URGE TO ATTEND YOUR CHOSEN HOUSE OF WORSHIP THIS SABBATH: THE CORNER STORE 112 W. MAIN STREET, WILLAMINA 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, OR 97378