Hi Parkside Family.
This Sunday, August 30th, Parkside Fellowship will join 5 other churches in our community for the 3rd Annual Good Neighbor Project.
I am excited to see that we already have 17 people signed up to serve at Beaverton High School (BHS). If you haven't yet signed-up, it's not too late! You can still join us by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and letting me know how many from your family will be coming.
For those of you that are planning to join us at BHS, we will be meeting near the front entrance to the school at 9:30am. From there, we will walk over to the football stadium, where we will be repairing and painting benches and weeding. The day will conclude at noon with a prayer walk around the campus as we pray for the administration, teachers and students. Don't forget to wear a mask. I will have plenty of hand sanitizer and water.
Because we understand some of you may not feel comfortable gathering together in a group, Roger and I have developed some ideas on how you could still join us this Sunday for our Good Neighbor Project; but instead of driving to BHS, we encourage you to simply walk across the street and serve those in your immediate neighborhood. Some things you could do include: pick up trash, write an encouraging note to your neighbor, do a prayer walk around your neighborhood, drop off some baked goodies on someone's porch with a note of encouragement or simply get out a lawn chair, sit in your driveway and say "Hi" to people as they walk by. You might even ask if you can pray for them. The point is for you to share the love of Jesus through simple random acts of kindness.
To help you reach your neighborhood, Roger and I are offering to drop off encouragement cards to anyone who would like some. These cards could be used to write notes to your friends and neighbors, letting them know that you are thinking about and praying for them during this crazy season. If you would like us to drop off some cards to you, simply reply to this email with how many cards you might want and either Roger or myself will contact you and schedule a time to drop them off at your house.
For those who would like to do a prayerwalk around your neighborhood, Pastor Roger has put together some resources to help you pray for your neighborhood. If you are interested in receiving these resources, email Pastor Roger at email@example.com.
Even though this year's Good Neighbor Project may look a little different, our goal is still the same..."to love your neighbor as yourself".
Please consider joining us this Sunday, August 30th, as we seek to bring love and hope to our community.
Hi Parkside Family.
As I mentioned this past Sunday, we had a great kick-off to our "Essentials" bag donation drive for families from Beaverton High School who are struggling to meet some basic needs. We were able to put together around 150 bags.....amazing!! Thanks to all those who donated financially, those who dropped off supplies and those who helped pack bags.
I wanted send out this short email to let you know that we will be collecting supplies and packing bags again this Thursday at Parkside, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Our goal is to have between 200 and 250 bags that we can deliver to the high school on Friday afternoon. These bags will then be distributed to these families beginning next Monday.
Also, thank you for your continued financial support for the ministry of Parkside Fellowship. It is encouraging to see our church family faithfully tithe, so that we can continue to fulfill our calling to spread the Gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. Please note that due to our offices being closed and the trickle affect of receiving our church mail, we most likely will be making deposits on a monthly basis, as opposed to weekly. If you have sent in a tithe check that has not yet cleared your bank, rest assured that we have received your check. Again, the plan is to deposit checks on a monthly basis. Thanks for your patience as we work to streamline this process.
Hi Parkside Family.
During our Good Friday service, I mentioned a unique opportunity for us to come alongside and support families from Beaverton High School who are struggling to meet some basic needs.
In speaking with Dr. Anne Erwin, the principal at Beaverton High School, she has asked if we might be able to provide some non-food related, but still essential items, that families are struggling to find or afford.
Several churches have stepped-up and are excited to work together to meet this growing need. Each church will be responsible for providing a specific group of items to be handed out at the school.
Parkside has agreed to be the drop-off location for these items and is also where volunteers from these churches will gather (in groups of no more than 10 and who will be wearing masks and gloves), in order to assemble the items into individual family bags.
We will use safe procedures to pack these items and then we will take them to the high school for Club Hope Students to put out for families to pick up.
What can you do? Parkside has been asked to provide bath soap, deodorant, razors and shaving cream.
Again, these items can be safely dropped off at Parkside Fellowship, in the parking lot, beginning this Thursday, from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Items that the other churches are collecting include detergent pods, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, TP, paper towels and Kleenex; if you would like, you are welcome to bring these items as well.
Please continue to pray for our church family, our neighbors and community, as we ask God for protection during this pandemic.
Seeking God's Glory Together.
In each newsletter, we will highlight online articles and videos about how Christians and/or churches are stepping up.
This video from a Los Angeles television station highlights the work of a Los Angeles church feeding breakfast to children who normally would be fed at school.
This article by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council looks at how churches are partnering with food-related nonprofits to feed the vulnerable. Click on image to see the entire article.
If you would like to see other articles on how coronavirus is affecting Christians and churches, Christianity Today is writing several each day. You can find them here:
If you see an article or video about Christians serving in this difficult time and would like to share it, send a link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Dr. Roger Sharp
Associate Pastor, Parkside Fellowship
I want to provide you with an update on Parkside's search for an associate pastor. At our annual meeting in February, I shared with our church family that I had posted on ChurchStaffing.com, Parkside Fellowship's desire to hire an Associate Pastor to help us move forward in our Replant/Revitalization process.
Since then, myself, along with our church council has poured over many resumes, narrowing our search to a list of 5 potential candidates. After reading through their responses to a "Get-to-Know You" questionnaire and a theological questionnaire, we conducted phone interviews with 2 candidates and have narrowed our search to the individual we believe God is calling to join us as our new associate pastor.
We feel very good about the calling, character and competency of our final candidate and now want to evaluate his chemistry with myself, our council and our church, by inviting he and his wife to visit Parkside for a few days.
During this visit, I will be spending significant time meeting with him, driving him around Beaverton and sharing with him the vision of Parkside to become a church of irresistible influence in our community. In addition, he will meet with our church council, personnel committee members and I would like to have him meet members of our Grow Young team as well.
I understand this may be short notice for some of you and that this is also Mother's Day weekend, but would love to have you join us if possible. We will also have a Q&A with he and his wife on Sunday, May 12th during our 10:30am service.
I am still in Utah helping Cassie move out of her dorm room and into an apartment, but when I return to the office on Monday, I will send each of you a copy of his resume, along with his answers to the two questionnaires we had him fill-out.
I want to thank each of you for your prayers and efforts in helping Parkside continue it's revitalization process and I view this potential addition to our staff as another key step in this process. Please continue to pray for both our church and our potential candidate as we prepare to meet and discern whether or not God is calling us to join together to expand our influence in our community.
See you Sunday.
Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited.
Nobody is a whole orchestra. Each one is a musician. But take away one musician and the symphony is incomplete.
Nobody is a whole play. Each one is an actor. But take away one actor and the performance suffers.
Nobody is a whole hospital. Each one is part of the staff. But take away one person and it isn't long before the patient can tell.
Cars are comprised of numerous parts. Each one is connected to and dependent upon the other. Even a tiny screw, if it comes loose and falls out of the carburetor, can bring the whole vehicle to a stop.
You guessed it. We need one another. You need someone and someone needs you.
To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace. And release and rely.
Especially in God's family.....where the "One Another" of the New Testament should be a part of every church's standard operating procedures manual. For the church, love and acceptance are not optional luxuries. Neither is tolerance. Or understanding. Or patience. You know, all those things you need from others when your humanity crowds out your divinity.
Since none of us is a whole, independent, self-sufficient, super-capable, all-powerful human, let's quit acting like we are.
Join us this Sunday as we kick-off a brand-new series at 9:15am titled, "One Another". Each week we will focus our attention on one of the key characteristics that not only sets us apart from the world, but is vital if we desire to have a "Jesus" influence in our community.
During our 10:30am service, we will be looking at the essentials of a healthy marriage and how trusting Jesus is vital to married life.
Finally, our Room 4 Hope ministry is one way we come together to provide hope to those who have been affected by homelessness.
Starting Sunday, Parkside Fellowship will become a safe, temporary “home” for families in our community.
To learn more or to volunteer, simply write “HOPE” on your connection card or reply to this email and we will contact you.
Hope to see you Sunday!
You might be wondering what happened the last few weeks, as I have not been consistent in sending out my weekly TAB update. It's really very simple.....3 kids, 2 spring breaks, separated by 1 week, equals chaos in the Boyd household! Hopefully with spring breaks behind us, our family can get back to "normal" which really isn't all that normal.
There is a lot going on this month, so hopefully this edition of TAB will serve as a reminder to pray for and consider being a part of what God is doing at Parkside Fellowship. Below is a list of upcoming events:
Tomorrow, April 6th. Spring Cleaning Day at Parkside Fellowship. We will gather rain or shine at 9:00am and clean-up the church campus, in preparation for our Good Friday and Easter Services. Due to the rainy forecast for tomorrow, we will spend the majority of our time inside. With this in mind, please bring any cleaning supplies that you would like (cleaning rags, window cleaner, disinfecting wipes, etc.). We will focus our efforts on windows, classroom floors, tables, etc. I hope to see you there.
Good Friday Service will take place at 7:00pm on April 19th. We will be joining with El Buen Pastor for a English/Spanish service. Songs will be sung in both English and Spanish. Pastor Daniel will preach a Good Friday message in Spanish and it will be translated into English. I will officiate the Lord's Supper in English and it will be translated into Spanish. I'm excited to see two cultures coming together to remember the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. In addition to our combined service, the Korean church, Chinese church and Anthem church will also hold services on our campus at 7:00pm. Needless to say, it will be a busy Good Friday at Parkside! Be praying for each church as they remember in there own way, the death of Jesus.
Easter at Parkside. This Easter, we will offer our two regular service times at 9:15am and 10:30am. At our 9:15am service, the goal will be to create a service that allows believers to gather together and celebrate our risen Savior. There will be congregational singing, special music, a special Easter video and a brief message on the importance of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. At 10:30am, Paul Metzger, Professor of Theology at Multnomah Seminary, will lead us in a conversation focused on the claim that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. Dr. Metzger will focus his discussion on the disciples of Jesus, answering the question, "Were the disciples liars, lunatics or sane and sound in presenting Jesus as Lord". Begin praying now and asking God to show you who is your one that needs to hear the message about a Savior who died and rose from dead so they can experience eternity with God in Heaven.
Room 4 Hope. Beginning Sunday night, April 28th, we will once again provide a week-long "home" to families who are currently experiencing homelessness. Please consider being a part of this amazing opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Stay tuned for more details on how you can volunteer.
Finally, join us on Sunday at 9:15am, as we continue our journey through the book of John. This Sunday's message will be from John 11 and will begin a transition from the ministry of Jesus to his final week here on earth. At 10:15am, we will wrap-up our series on navigating the multi-faith maze. During this hour, we will discuss the fear that many believers struggle with.....the fear that God is not real. Take some time over the next day or so and read Luke 24:13-35, then come ready to discover how the chasm between doubt and faith can be filled with scripture and fellowship.
See you Sunday.
First of all, I want to thank all of you who helped make this past week's Room 4 Hope a successful one. I know the families appreciated being able to stay on our campus and were overwhelmed by the amount of love and care that was shown to them by our church family. Also, I want to say a special "Thank You" to Brenda Rhine for being our Room 4 Hope Coordinator. This ministry would not happen without her efforts. In case you missed out on participating this past week, our next Room 4 Hope hosting week will be January 13-19. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to help us provide hope and love to families in our community who are experiencing homelessness.
This Thursday November 15th, our Adults on Mission and Young @ Heart ministries will be joining forces to provide us with a unique opportunity to hear about and pray for all that God is doing in the Pacific Northwest. The day begins at 10:30am as Lance Caddell will join us for our monthly Adults on Mission meeting. Lance works for the Northwest Baptist Convention in the area of church health. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of our Southern Baptist leaders. Once this meeting is over, we will move into a time of fellowship as we feast on Turkey and other delicious offerings. Please join us next Thursday as we gather together for a time of fellowship and thanking God for His many blessings.
This Sunday at 9:15am, we will continue our focus on the book of Judges. This week, we will be in Judges 2 and 3, as we look at how quick and easy it is to choose one king over another. You might consider reading Joshua 24:14-28 and Judges 2-3 in preparation for our time together.
In our 10:15am service, we will go on a road trip with Jesus as He is led by God into the wilderness for the sole purpose of being tempted by Satan. Now, why would God, who just a few verses earlier announced to the world that "this is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased", lead Jesus into the wilderness, not eat anything for 40 days and then invite Satan to come and tempt Him? Why would God do that? Join us on Sunday at 10:30am as we seek to answer this and other questions about the temptations we face.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor