An Invitation from Alex

My name is Alex Valle-Lopez and I have recently joined the Northwest Hills staff as the Worship Director. I’m honored to be serving with such an amazing team! I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Production from Full Sail University and I am currently working on my second degree in Christian Leadership from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. I also work part-time as an office specialist for the Oregon State Police at the Salem Area Command Patrol Unit.

As we’re gearing up for the summer season, I would like to invite you to serve on our worship or production teams. If you’re a musician or vocalist send me an email at alex@nwhills.com and let me know your area of interest!

If music isn’t your forte, I want to highlight our production team as a great area of service. Our dedicated volunteers in this area really are the MVPs of our Sunday services. They quite literally amplify the message visually and audibly. Consider getting trained in the areas of audio, lighting and video. We have some exciting updates on the way!  If interested, send me an email to set up a training on any of our production equipment!

Looking forward to great days ahead!
Alex

Welcoming a New Elder

We welcome Jack Glubrecht to the NWH Elder Team!

Jack and his wife, Mel (Melanie), have attended our church since 1981. Jack has been on staff at NWH in various capacities--paid and volunteer--for many years. He has also served on the Love INC Board for fourteen years and as President of the Board from 2012-2018.

Jack has a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Western Baptist College (now Corban University).

Growing up in a Christian home and being discipled and trained by other Christian men have been significant blessings in Jack's life. He credits learning the meaning and importance of "church family" to the care shown by the NWH body after he broke his neck in a boating accident (while leading a middle school retreat) in 1982.  

Jack says that he is "humbled to be serving as an elder ... and trusts in God alone to supply the strength and wisdom to do so." The essence of Jack's walk with Jesus can be found in 2 Corinthians 12:9: "He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you for power is perfected in weakness.' Mostly gladly therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me." 

Spring Update

 

Greetings Northwest Hills Family!

Pastor Mike here with a couple of quick family updates. For the past several months our entire team and I have been seeking the Lord for clarity in our mission, vision, values, and strategy. It would be easy to simply copy what other successful churches are doing – but our team has done the hard work to discover what God specifically wants to see for the Northwest Hills Community Church on Walnut Blvd in Corvallis, Oregon. We have boiled down our mission to one simple memorable sentence: Our passion is to love our neighbors and to learn together how to know and to live like Jesus. We are beginning the process of structuring our ministry to align with that greater sense of mission and strategy. Check out the following facility, worship, and ministry updates:

Facilities

  • We invited Derek Cropp to join our team as our Facilities Director. In this role, he has a focused purpose: to see we have a safe, functioning, and inviting facility for use by our ministry team and our church body to accomplish the ministry the Lord has called us to fulfill. If you have an idea or feedback regarding facilities he is the person to contact. You can reach him at derek@nwhills.com, the church office at 541-758-7688, or use a Hello card.
  • We recognize our facilities and grounds are in need of a major update. Our team has been discussing what would be the optimal facility to reach out to our community and to serve our church family. In the spirit of honoring our past and looking forward to our future, we are celebrating our 50th year of ministry by completing 50 improvements all over our campus. Look for these projects to kick off this summer and watch for opportunities to celebrate through serving and participating with your whole family.

Worship

  • We also invited Alex Lopez to be our part-time Worship Director. Alex brings tremendous professional experience in both leading worship as well as in the technical AV (audio-visual) areas. Justin Jackson will be continuing with a more formal internship under Alex, which we hope will be a mutual blessing. Alex is excited to work alongside our existing worship leaders and teams. In the season Alex is with us, we believe he is uniquely gifted to make a significant impact in our church family. If you would like to engage in worship ministry or have feedback he is the person to contact. You can reach him at alex@nwhills.com, the church office at 541-758-7688, or use a Hello card.
  • We have made a minor change to our schedule of celebrating the Lord’s Table. We have decided to typically serve communion on the last Sunday of each month. In addition, there will be an opportunity between our services to take communion and/or pray with someone from our prayer team in the front of the worship center the other weeks of the month. You are invited to participate!

Starting Point

  • We started streamlining our process for getting people connected to the Northwest Hills Family. You are invited to attend an upcoming Starting Point class happening June 3 at 9am in room D7 across the courtyard from the Worship Center. The Starting Point class will help you better understand our history and where we are going. More information

Moving forward, we will continue the work of aligning our ministry with God’s mission for our church. We are excited to see what God is planning to accomplish through our church in the lives of our family and neighbors. Please pray for our team as we lead Northwest Hills forward into exciting days ahead.

— Pastor Mike

 

Men’s Camp 2018 – the Inside Scoop!


How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in fellowship (Ps 133:1)

OR…when brothers come together for NWH Men’s Camp. That is what 54 men did on the last weekend in January of this year at Grove Christian Camp in Dorena, OR. What a wonderful mix of men. Old, young, and some in the middle. Men pretty new to the faith, some who have kept in step with the Spirit for a long time and, thankfully, one or two looking to satisfy their spiritual hunger and thirst. I really appreciated that age and spiritual maturity spread. It made for excellent sharing in our group gatherings and precipitated lively conversations in small groups or one-on-one during informal periods.

You might ask, “What happens at Men’s Camp?” My answer is, “Manly” stuff.

Ben Hoffman and band lead us in some powerful worship prior to each session. I thought the way they mixed the old and the new praise songs and some hymns together was special. A bunch of men singing to the Lord is a wonderful thing.

We had four teaching sessions, two with Pastor Mike and two with Pastor Josh. All were presented in an informal style with discussion and questions encouraged. My three “manly” take-a-ways: Give my life over to the Holy Spirit each day so that I might live wisely and live well; Use time wisely to cultivate deep, loving relationships; The spiritual and physical benefits of a Sabbath rest each week. Spiritual steps every Christian can take toward godly living.

Chain saws roared, bleaching out blue smoke. Axes, hammers and sledges rang out as they chopped, hacked, and hammered. Big, I mean. BIG fires burned as they were piled high with limbs that covered much of the open ground of the camp. The winter storms and recent logging had left a huge mess on the property. Our service project was to clear a small portion of the area of fallen trees, and limbs, big and small, from those still standing, and to rake and level areas where big vehicles had left big trenches moving some of the bigger logs and limbs out of the way. Everyone had a job. It was dirty. It was muddy. It rained. We got dirty. It was hard. The men loved it. They cleared and cleaned an area much larger than the one that had been assigned. For me, this was the greatest “fellowship” activity we had this year.

The pace of camp was great. We had time. Time to rest. Time to worship. Time to learn. Time to share with one another. Time to PLAY. One afternoon we were given several manly activities to choose from according to age, stage and desire: a waterfall hike, shooting pistols and/or rifles, board games, nap, hang out with a friend. Four or five hours to do what you wanted to do with like-minded guys. Marvelous.

Marvelous. The word causes me to think of the food we ate. Fred Woekel planned the menu, bought supplies, transported them to camp and cooked wonderful, healthy, delicious meals. I believe that every man that attended camp would agree that meal time was a camp highlight.

Oh, yes. We were fed well, spiritually and physically. The worship was sweet, the fellowship deep. We learned from the Word how to live well and live wisely, keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. We worked hard and played hard. Manly stuff moving us toward godliness. I’m looking forward to next year!

Yours truly, Don Snow, a man of 8+ decades and going strong!

Refreshed Mission

Our leadership team has been working on refreshing our sense of mission, vision, and core values. Rather than simply buy a book from a large successful church and copy their strategy we have been praying and asking God for clarity in what He would have for us to do uniquely here in Corvallis and in the Mid-Valley.

We have identified 5 core values that are historically consistent with the ethos of our church. These serve as guides to keep us on track as we engage and serve in this world.

  • Bible-Based – we rely on the Bible, God’s Word, as the authority for faith and practice.
  • Gospel-Centered – we share of the Gospel, (Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead) in everything we do.
  • Missionally-Driven – we are driven to be a part of what God is doing here in our city and around the world.
  • Community-Focused – we are focused both on the needs of our faith community as well as the needs of the community around us.
  • Prayer-Fueled – we acknowledge that everything is possible with God and nothing is possible without Him.

God already has given every church a mission. It is right from the pages of the Bible. We simply distilled two great passages – the Great Commandment (Mathew 22:37-39) and the Great Commission (Mathew 28:18-20) into a simple statement: Our Passion is to love our neighbors and to learn together how to know and to live like Jesus.  

You can learn more about this mission by checking out these videos: part 1 & part 2.

Red Cross Blood Drive @ NWH March 21

Joann Stutzman and Northwest Hills Health Ministry would like to invite you to our upcoming blood drive held here are Northwest Hills Community Church. “Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood”—your donation makes a difference! Schedule an appointment for Wednesday, March 21, 10:30am to 3:30pm by visiting redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code: NWHillsCorvallis) or call American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. Hope to see you there!

Quick word from Pastor Mike–


This weekend my friend Ian Thomson will be joining us from Phoenix, Arizona as a guest worship leader. Ian works with churches all over the Southwest in bringing encouragement to worship teams and the churches they serve. We are excited he and his wife Christina will be with us this weekend.

It is About the Kids

A big THANK YOU to all those who helped bless others this holiday season!

Eight families were blessed with Thanksgiving Food Boxes and WinCo Cards.

  • Hoover School Families received three Food Boxes along with three $50 WinCo Cards.
  • One Food Box with two $50 WinCo Cards blessed one of our own Northwest Hill members.
  • Two Love INC families received $50 WinCo Cards.
  • $50 WinCo Cards blessed two of our own Northwest Hill members.

With the continued generosity of our church family, the Christmas Giving Tree provided:

  • Eighteen gifts to nine children at Hoover School.
  • Twelve $15 Fred Meyer gift cards for gifts for teens at the Love INC Christmas Store.

Both holiday giving opportunities were coordinated by Bonny Ray.

Friends of the Family FREE Christmas Concert

Friends of the Family, a NWH ministry partner, invites you to a special evening of contemporary Celtic music! Enjoy music performed by Windham Hill/Ark Music recording artists Jeff Johnson (keys &vocal), Brian Dunning (flutes & whistles), Wendy Goodwin (violin) and Eric Miller (guitar). Special guests: Comerford School of Irish Dance, Corvallis.

A donation opportunity is given for Friends of the Family, but the concert is FREE. For more information see: fofm.org/concert

Support for the Caregiver Group

Do you help out a friend, neighbor, or family member with daily activities they are physically unable to do? You are a caregiver! Would you like to meet with others that do the same, either full-time or now-and-then? The Support for the Caregiver group is for you. We meet to talk, laugh, seek advice, share advice and pray for and with one another. If you know someone that would benefit from this group, let them know too. We meet the third Sunday of each month at 4pm, here at Northwest Hills in room D7.

 

 

Love on Internationals in Our Midst this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a perfect and fun opportunity for to bless international students of Corvallis. Families are needed to host two or more international students in their home for Thanksgiving. Share a meal and the love of Jesus! Many of OSU’s 4,500 international students and visiting scholars would love to be invited to an American home. Everyone who hosted students last year reported being blessed by the experience. If you want more information or know you are interested in being paired internationals to share a meal on or near Thanksgiving Day, please fill out the form below by November 12.

Health Ministry Update

Health Ministry Update

by Joann Stutzman, RN

Health Ministry Definition: Health Ministry in a faith community is an approach to wholeness and health that strives to strengthen the congregation/community. It stresses wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention by connecting the congregational/community resources and partnerships. It focuses on body, mind, and spirit for the health and healing of the community.

In Pastor Mike’s recent sermon he stated, “Eat Clean, Rest Well and Exercise Regularly.” That also is the approach the Health Ministry of NWH takes. To encourage health/wellness activities Health Ministry offers monthly blood pressure screenings on the second Sunday of each month in the church office between services, 10:10-10:30am. The next screening is October 8. Blood pressure screening and monitoring is a heart healthy measurement to assess and monitor how well the heart is working. During these screenings, any health questions are addressed. Referrals are encouraged. Bret Ray, Joyce Christopher and I will answer your health questions, and will happily do research to best address your situation.

Twice a year Health Ministry partners with the American Red Cross. On September 28, NWH hosted a successful Blood Drive! We obtained 23 whole blood donations, exceeding our goal of 19. We also had the Power Red machine available where people with O-, A and B- blood types can give double the amount of red cells with each donation. We acquired 2 units of Power Red. Good Job NWH! Giving blood offers life to many people in many health crisis situations. Thank you for giving!

Annually Health Ministry hosts the Dental Van from Love INC, offering dental services to those in our community who do not have dental insurance and have a referral from Love INC. A wonderful partnership has been established with Love INC.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month –The PINK month — and so I am advocating that women get screened. 3D Mammography is available in our community. And every woman over the age of 40 is recommended to be screened yearly. 3D Mammography is new to our community and has shown to detect up to 41% more invasive cancers and has 15% less call backs for additional scans than the traditional 2D mammogram. Wow! That is great news. If anyone has questions about mammography please ask me or your primary care provider.

To Your Better Health,
from your NWH Health Ministry Team:
Bret Ray, Joyce Christopher and Joann Stutzman

Growing Cultural Competency Workshop

Growing Cultural Competency Workshop - Monday, October 16

Would you like to feel more comfortable talking with the internationals you see at WinCo or Fred Meyer? Want to be a conversation partner or host internationals at Thanksgiving but are afraid of making faux pas? Then come to the Friends of Internationals (FOI) workshop on Monday, October 16, 7-9pm at First Baptist Church (corner of Jackson and 9th street). This is a terrific opportunity to grow your relational skills in interacting with folks from other cultures in ways that are winsome and effective. The workshop will explore topics of cultural awareness, knowledge, sensitivity, encounters and competency as we learn to care for the internationals in our community.

You can use your new relational skills from the workshop to host international students or scholars at your home for Thanksgiving (or a near-Thanksgiving meal). Watch for more info in coming weeks but be thinking about signing up to add chairs for two or more internationals at your table for the holiday. There are always many more internationals who want to experience this tradition in an American home than available hosts. For more information or to express interest in hosting, contact serve@nwhills.com.

Is Brazil in Your Future?

Is Brazil in Your Future?

Every December Northwest Hills sends a short-term mission team to Brazil to serve with Restoration Ministries in the slums of Sao Paulo. Now is the time to begin praying about your participation in this exciting ministry. Watch for further announcements in the Sunday Program and in this blog. In addition, one of our just-graduated high school students spent time this summer serving and helping with the ministry. Here is a quote from a recent Restoration newsletter about her:

We had Kambria Heede from Northwest Hills Community Church in Corvallis, Oregon serve with us for 6 weeks. She was very involved with the kids and you could see her compassion for them. Kambria really connected with the families during our home visits by impacting them through her love for Christ. It was also great to see how the Lord changed her during the 6 weeks of serving with Restoration Ministries.”

To learn more about Restoration Ministries Brazil, check out their webpage or see their Facebook page at “Restoration Ministries Brazil”.