NWH Women’s Opportunities & Updates

Hello, Women of Northwest Hills!

We hope that your fall is off to a beautiful start and you and your family are settling into the new routine that often comes with the start of school and a new season.

With the changing of the seasons, a lot has changed at NWH since we last met in the spring for our Dream Big event. We, as a team, are thrilled to have Josh Carstensen as our Senior Pastor as we strive to Love Jesus, Live Like Jesus, and Make Him Known!

If you attended the NWH Summit this past Sunday evening, you may have gotten a sneak peek at what women’s ministry will look like this year!
Our hope and focus is that all members of NWH would be active in church, practicing the spiritual disciplines, participating in a community group, and serving!

As a women’s team, we are going to do what we can to support those four areas of ministry with a female flavor! In addition to that we are offering two NWH WOMEN FOCUS GROUPS. These are extra opportunities for women to grow with women by studying the Word of God, forming discipleship relationships, and encouraging one another in their walk with the Lord.  If you would like to sign up for either of the focus groups, the following information will be helpful.

Bible study focus group.
This fall we will be learning about God’s desire for the church, our part in it, and how to apply the importance of biblical community in our lives through Whitney Capps’ study: “WE OVER ME: Letters of Hope from Revelation”. 

Wednesday Nights: 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Starting October 2
Led by Ruth Nelson
This group study will run October 2 – November 20 in Room D7

Thursday Mornings: 9:30am – 11:30am, Starting October 3
Led by Wendy Evans
This group study will run October 3 – November 21 in Room D7

How to join.     https://nwh.churchcenter.com/groups/focus-groups

The cost of the study guide is $14. Please feel free to reach out to us if the cost is a concern for you. We would love to have you, all are welcome!
God is doing great things at NWH and we can’t wait to watch Him continue to change lives as we focus in on Loving Jesus, Living Like Jesus, and Making Him Known!

With much love,
The NWH Women Leadership Team
Carissa Larson, Patty Ollerenshaw, Cristina Richards, Kasey Cleary, & Olivia Bulman

Updates from Pastor Josh

The 2018-19 ministry year ended with us ABOVE BUDGET in giving. Considering the year we’ve had, this is especially encouraging! Thank you for giving generously.

Music Team Changes:
Justin “JJ” Jackson now has the title “Music Director” and Alex Valle-Lopez “Production Director”. The primary difference NWHers will see on Sunday mornings is Justin leading music three times/month and Alex one time/month. Justin and Alex will continue to work very closely together in providing an environment conducive to worshipping our awesome God.

Youth Program Update:
We have a Youth Pastor candidate visiting NWH over the weekend of September 22!! This is very exciting and yet we also appreciate those currently serving faithfully in the Student Ministry. Thank you to John & Wendy Evans for the excellent leadership with the Middle School students and staff. High School recently received new leadership in volunteers Justin & Wyndser Jackson who will come alongside and help with our volunteer High School staff. We appreciate you!

Be Praying:
Soon we will roll out specific options for places to serve and opportunities to connect at NWH. Be praying about what God has for you this Fall.

Prayer for Timothy Retreat & Team

Our Timothy Retreat Team – made up of Steve & Mary Mock and Arlene Amick – is off to Uganda for two weeks. They will arrive in Entebbe on Friday, November 30 and will travel 10 hours to Soroti on Saturday, December 1. Their trip will include a purposeful visit with missionaries Daniel and Rachel Graham, a goat distribution, and the annual retreat. They return on December 13. Lots of prayer is needed and appreciated for travel mercies, health, effectiveness, blessings, open hearts, etc. We can travel in prayer with them using their prayer calendar.

Student Pastor Update

NWH Family,

We are excited to welcome an excellent student pastor candidate and his family to NWH this upcoming Sunday. We are honored to have them as our guest for the weekend. We are asking God for great wisdom as we move forward.

Our first candidate did not work out. While we are disappointed, we are also unwavering in our pursuit of God’s man for the students and families of NWH. We are looking for a strong leader who is passionate about reaching every student in our local area with the good news of Jesus. A leader who is also committed to partnering with parents in the spiritual development of their students. A pastor who advances toward the goal of seeing students love and serve God through graduation and beyond.

Please be in prayer for these important matters and we will be in touch again with more information in the days ahead. Thank You!

Pastor Mike

Labor Day Teaching

Main Point:

A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not be rich toward God.  Life is not measured by how much you own.

Missed something?  Find it here:

View PDF of Sunday’s slides.

Check out the procrastination TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator

When the audio/video is posted it will be linked here.

For further study:

A great book on heaven, eternal rewards, and being rich toward God: Going for the Gold (amazon link).  If you are interested in reading this book but cannot afford it, please let me know and I can get you a copy.

Learn about Jim Elliot who famously penned: “he is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose”.

Insider Investment Info:

It has been widely published for a couple thousand years—but few people are long on these ideas.  Here 10 hot tips and their sources.  If you scour the surrounding source material you can find additional tips.

  1. Minister to those in need. (Matthew 10:42, Hebrews 6:10)
  2. Sacrifice to follow Christ. (Matthew 19:27-29)
  3. Give without fanfare. (Matthew 6:1-4)
  4. Accept abuse for the sake of Christ (Matthew 5:11-12)
  5. Pray in secret. (Matthew 6:5-6)
  6. Invest in the lives of those who minister in the Word. (Galatians 6:6-7)
  7. Engage in spiritual activity without fanfare. (Matthew 6:16-18)
  8. Love your enemies by being willing to help them. (Luke 6:35)
  9. Give hearty service to the Lord and not just to please men. (Colossians 3:23-24)
  10. Entertain those who cannot repay you. (Luke 14:12-14)

The hard question:

Do you invest more into your retirement (employer contributions, stock options, 401ks, IRAs, eta) than you give charitably?  Does that say anything about your own internal standards?


School Supplies and Gift Card Drive

Northwest Hills will continue our partnership with Hoover School by hosting our own School Supply Drive for Hoover. In addition, we will be collecting gift cards for students (District-wide) whose families are experiencing financial difficulties. Buy items now and bring them to the Lobby or the church office during the week. Last day to bring items is Sunday, August 19. Pick up a list of needed items at the table in the Lobby. Contact Wendy Evans if you have questions.

Hoover Wish list:

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
1” Plastic Band-Aids (no latex please)
Ziploc Bags – sandwich size
Ziploc Bags – gallon size
White Copy Paper
Kid Scissors – Blunt
Kid Scissors – Pointed
Spiral Notebook (single subject, wide-rule) – Red Cover
Spiral Notebook (single subject, wide-rule) – Blue Cover
Spiral Notebook (single subject, wide-rule) – Green Cover
Spiral Notebook (single subject, wide-rule) – Yellow Cover

Gift Cards in the denomination of your choice (WinCo, Bi-Mart, K-Mart, gas, etc.) or you can provide money that will be used to purchase gift cards.

Calling All Parents of MS and HS Youth!!

Pastor Mike invites parents of middle school and high school students to a brief meeting on Sunday, July 1, immediately after second service in the Worship Center.

He will be discussing some recent transitions in Student Ministry as well as plans for the summer and what looks to be an exciting future for the ministry.

Parents can plan on the meeting taking about 30 minutes. See you there! 

Foster Closet Update

The Foster Closet, a Gap Ministry of Love INC, is housed here at NWH. And it is going STRONG! Donations continue to flood in, almost quicker than they can be sorted and inventoried. Earlier this week, a staff member dropped by, excited to "shop" for a family with needs. She mentioned some things to keep in mind when donating.     

In addition, if you are interested in volunteering to sort, inventory, and select items for families, please call the church office or email us at help@nwhills.com.   


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!

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:


  • 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.


  • 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

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