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AT A GLANCE

 

One Year by Pastor Aaron Adame
Canby Christian Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary by Loren Lesher
Being Committed to Prayer by Pastor Aaron Adame
The Blessing of a LIFE Group by Russ and Tish Wallbaum

Hebrews and Our Family Roots by Jeanne Eyman

 

One Year

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by Pastor Aaron Adame

 

I cannot believe it has already been one year since my family and I moved to Canby and I became the Lead Pastor of Canby Christian Church. The first year of anything is typically both exciting and challenging. This past year has definitely been that and has also brought with it even more first-time experiences. For instance, it was my first year not living in Southern California. My first year experiencing all four seasons. First time to Africa. Yes, this year has been filled with firsts. The other day, I looked back at pictures I posted on social media one year ago. It’s amazing to see how much our girls (Olyvia and Adalyn) have grown—and how much we haAdame Familyve grown.
 
I can say unequivocally that this has been the most stretching year of my life with great highs and equally greater lows. It’s true what they say, you will learn a lot in the classroom about the Bible and theology, but there’s nothing to prepare you for the realities of pastoral ministry. I remember a quote from Paul David Tripp who wrote (and I will paraphrase), “The person who has benefitted most from my ministry is me.” The idea in this quote is simply that before God does a work through you, He has to first do a work in you. And God has certainly done a lot of work in my family and me this year. This will prepare me for years of ministry in the future.
 
When I started to pray about coming up to the PNW around four years ago, my single greatest passion was to reach the lost, the marginalized, the hurting, and the broken people of the world. For me, that passion and purpose haven’t changed. Certainly, there have been times where I have had to remind myself as to why I believe God called me here. Mission-drift is a real thing and the enemy wants to distract us for the real battle. Nevertheless, I keep coming back to the fact that God is on a mission; He has established His Church to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and He invites us to join with Him on that mission. 
 
I am so blessed by the people who call Canby Christian Church their church. I have never in my life experienced such loyal and dedicated people to one another. The spiritual maturity in so many members is a thing to be praised. The love and passion for God’s Word, the gospel, and growing in faith and discipleship is encouraging. The staff, elders, leaders, and volunteers have been incredible. There has not been a single moment this past year that I have regretted in accepting the call to join Canby Christian Church as the new Lead Pastor. Certainly, it hasn’t been easy. But with the goodness of God as my foundation and so many great people in support, I am beyond blessed and excited to be here and for all God is going to do in the future. 
 
With love,  
Pastor Aaron Adame 
 
 


  


Canby Christian Church Celebrates 125th Anniversary
 

Loren Lesher


   

by Loren Lesher
   


Anyone who takes time to mull over the 125-year history of Canby Christian Church will be excited and encouraged about its future. The past is loaded with change, and our future is primed for the same. 
 
From its early days of Northwest Christian College student ministers preaching at the pulpit to our current Pastor Aaron Adame, CCC has served its local community and beyond with God’s love and grace.
 
One can learn a lot about church history by talking to the “Old Timers” at CCC. Years ago, Bill Garmire, one of our belated members, told me a story of how when he was four years old, his father used a team of horses and a slip to dig a basement beneath the original white church where the Worship Center is located now. He described a Sunday ritual of loading up their Model T Ford with drinking water from their well for church folks and bringing lye for two outdoor toilets. 
Later, CCC developed a bus ministry resulting in seven bus routes every Sunday. It took four buses to cover Molalla, Aurora, Oregon City, and Wilsonville. Three buses handled our Canby communities. Bill’s eyes lit up as he talked about those days when the buses brought in over 200 people, mostly children, each Sunday to attend the services. 
 Original Building
Recently, Ron Tatone told me that 30 people rode in a rented bus to attend a church bus ministry conference in Hammond, Indiana in 1975. Ron shared the driving chore on the 4,300-mile round-trip. Gloria Kraft remembers ladies canning grape juice to supply communion in the “good-old days.” Joyce Reed has written about CCC’s large choir, a 23-voice junior girls' choir and the production of marvelous Christian musicals. Oh, how times have changed.  
 
Reading through Building Chronology, a CCC publication, allowed me to follow the hammers, nails, demolition, and new construction phase of the existing facility we enjoy today. The construction of a parsonage in 1946 caught my eye. It had a basement and two other floor levels. If you were standing in our church office today looking out the windows toward 4th Street, you would be looking through the area where the parsonage once stood. In 1976 the parsonage was moved onto a vacant lot on the northeast corner of 4th and Ivy. CCC sold the parsonage and corner lot in order to raise money to construct our current educational unit. The old parsonage remains occupied as a residence. I often wonder about the lifestyle of a pastor and his family living in the parsonage next door to the church. 
            
Even though the church has changed over the 125 years—with people coming and going—one thing has remained the same: God is at work in Canby through Canby Christian Church. Whenever you take a stroll down memory lane, it is important to recognize the work that God has been doing. He has been so faithful and He will continue to be, until the Lord tarries. 
 
“ . . . O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart . . .”  (1 Kings 8:23 nasb)
 
   
 


Being Committed to Prayer 


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by Pastor Aaron Adame
 

 

It’s unnatural for us to think of prayer as our most powerful weapon of defense and attack in the spiritual battle for the soul. The scene in the Garden of Gethsemane—when Peter pulled out his sword to defend Jesus against the militia sent to arrest him—is an example of what we do on a regular basis: we try to use human means to accomplish divine ends. 
 
But the truth is God has provided a way to see His power in our lives—through the practice of prayer. 
 
In the book Prayer by John Onwuchekwa, he writes: “Prayer is as necessary to the Christian as breathing is to the human body—but it often doesPrayern’t come quite as naturally. In fact, prayer in the church often gets subtly pushed to the side in favor of pragmatic practices that promise tangible results.” 
 
We become pragmatic in our spirituality when we don’t pursue God in the ways that he has provided for us, assuming any method that gives“results” will do. But when we look to the Book of Acts, when the infant church was at its most vulnerable state, what do we see them doing? We see that the church and its leaders were devoted to prayer (Acts 2). 
 
It is for this reason that we desire for our church to be a fellowship marked by prayer. If we are going to grow spiritually, if we are going to heal from our past, find joy and contentment in our present, and have hope for our future, it will come only through the intentional commitment to seeking the face of God in prayer. 
 
Here are some of the ways that you can grow in your practice of prayer: 
 
  1. Pray for your church—including its leadership, members, and community impact. Nothing will help you grow more in your commitment to your own church body than when you commit to spending time in personal prayer for the church. The church needs prayer like the body needs air. To use this same metaphor, when you pray for your church, you breathe life into the church, which then gives life to others. 
  2. SEEK Night—on the last Sunday evening of every month, we gather specifically to spend time praying corporately for our church, the organizations and mission groups we support, and for one another. 
  3. Read on Prayer—as you read through Scripture, use the Word of God to influence your prayers back to Him. You can also grab the new book Prayer that we are selling at the church.  
There are so many ways that you can grow in prayer. I have often thought about how one of the most immediate benefits of our salvation is that we now have access into the presence of God (prayer) through Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Don’t neglect this gift that Christ sacrificed himself for on the cross. And don’t underestimate the power of prayer in your spiritual life.  
 
 


The Blessings of a LIFE Group

 
 
Russ and Tish


by Russ and Tish Wallbaum


 
Russ and I moved to Canby in 1978.  Russ was 30 and I was 27. We were young and new to the community and didn’t really know very many people. After visiting several other churches, we felt that Canby Christian Church was our home. We became members and started attending Canby Christian Church regularly in 1980. To get to know more people, we began going to a “Care O Cell” small home Bible-study group almost immediately. At that time we had two children: Nathan(3) and Cammie (1). Adrianne didn’t come along until 1985. Because we had small children and didn’t know what to do with them, it became evident to us that we wanted and needed to host a “Care O Cell” group at our home.  That was the beginning of hosting our small-home, Bible-study group (now known as) “Life Group.”  
 
Now here we are 38 years later—still hosting.
 
Hosting and being a part of a small-home group has been a wonderful “LIFE experience” for us. Some of the same people that started with us way back in the 1980’s are still attending our same group today.  We have become a family—we have done “LIFE” with them. We have gone through pregnancies together and watched each other’s children grow and go through elementary grade schools, Jr. high, high school, and colleges.  
 
We have experienced weddings, divorces, deaths, grandchildren—and yes, even some great-grandchildren. We have prayed for each other’s families during jubilant times and during hard times. Some of us have endured heart issues, surgeries, cancers, hip replacement, and other health issues.  
 
It feels good to know that our Life Group is praying for us. We don’t know how to do “LIFE” without our “Life Group.” They are a part of our daily lives 365 days out of the year. We are there for each other not just on Thursday evenings but all the days of the week. Hosting and being a part of a “Life Group” for the past 38 years has been a blessing for us.
 



Hebrews and Our Family Roots



Jeanne Eyman


by Jeanne Eyman
 

Something Pastor Aaron said in a sermon recently spoke to the reason I study the Bible and encourage others to do the same.  He said, “We are members of a family, and we need to know our family history.” Often people who were given up for adoption seek after their biological roots so that they can “know” themselves better.  
 
As Christians, we are children of God and part of a large family of believers, but that family has roots too. Jesus is Jewish, so our root through Him is also Jewish. Yes, the covenants have changed because of His Work on the cross on our behalf, but the New Covenant has a Jewish root to it.  
 Hebrews Article
The women who are able to come and study with me often hear me say,  “The Old Testament is Jesus Concealed and the New Testament is Jesus Revealed. 
 
This year in the women’s Bible study, we are looking at the book of Hebrews.  It is really God’s stamp of authentication on the work and person of Jesus Christ. The gospels tell us about the life of Jesus—His death, His burial, and His resurrection—and His plan to redeem mankind to Himself. Then the book of Acts chronicles the birth of the Church and the ministries of Peter and Paul. The Epistles tell us how we are to live as Christians in these last days. Sandwiched in here is this enigmatic book of Hebrews proclaiming Jesus is the “greater.” He is greater than the angels and the prophets; He is the greater Moses; He is the greater priest; He is the New Covenant; He is the great I AM!
 
As I prepare for the study each year, I ask Jesus to lead. I desire Him to teach us about Himself through His Word. I pray for each of us to fall even deeper in love with Him, and in that process we will want others to know Him as we do.
 
Not everyone can come to the Bible study, but we all can ask the same thing of Jesus: to teach us about Himself, to help us to fall deeper in love with Him, and to grow up in Him so we can reach out to love others with His love.
 
The Bible study is constructed so we do our “work” together. We look at the Scripture first from a journalistic approach, exploring “The Who, the What, the Where, the When, the Why, and the How” as we look specifically at what is given us from God’s Word on that day. I like to say that we “pull” it apart to see the pieces that are there.  I also ask the women not to rely on the Bible helps or commentary they might have in their own Bibles while we do this. I desire Jesus to speak to us from His Word cleanly. Then we discuss what we LEARN from this same set of Scripture. 
 
I do background study for the same set of Scripture to help fill in the blanks for us. The next and final step for me is the most important one: APPLICATION. I tell the women to write an application starting with TWINT, and acronym for “This Week I Need To.” This is to personalize it for each woman and their life happenings. If we don’t apply what we learn to ourselves, we will often use it as a hammer on someone else.  
 
Ultimately, we study God’s Word to know the heart of God and so that the heart of God would capture our hearts as well.