Just before Christmas 2017, Nathan Curtis, a twenty-three-year-old member of our church family, died as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident. The Curtis family has agreed to allow us to post the recording of Nathan’s memorial service. We want to share this powerful event with you as God used Nathan's memorial to not only bring comfort and encouragement to the Curtis family, but also motivate us all to live our lives for the glory of Christ.
Taking the Next Step: Walking Together to Build, Serve, and Proclaim Jesus
During the recent Next Step Vision Sunday presentation, Pastor Scott outlined the big picture by recalling the biblical analogy of walking with the Lord.
“We walk with the Lord. We walk in a manner worthy of the Gospel we’ve been called by. And a walk is a simple analogy. It’s day by day and step by step. ... And as a congregation, we’re walking ... as individuals and as a community.”
Read more below to learn about The Next Step!
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We’re walking together. What is our next step?
Looking at the current and coming needs of our church as well as the expanding Beaverton community, Pastor Scott highlighted a handful of the area’s new housing developments.
“As God has caused the community to grow, we have grown with it,” shared Scott, as an image of the construction on the nearby high school shown on the screen. “We need to be ready for the hundreds and hundreds of homes ... then, you go down Scholls Ferry and the apartments being built ... these are all people ... people who need Christ and need the Gospel.”
Pastor Scott then invited the church to look at our history and rejoice in God’s faithfulness throughout each stage of growth and building. Time and again, God supplied the right people, the right funds, and the right location. From the use of Black Bird Farms to the expansion of the church building to meet the needs of the middle, high school, and college students, God provided as the church family walked forward in prayer, planning, and building.
As part of the Next Step, Pastor Gary Dozier then shared the expansion of the summer kids’ camps, which will launch this summer as an all-day, full-season Adventure Camp. Jake Vanier and Ellen Staat, who currently serve as part of the Student and Children's Ministries, will head up this expanded ministry program.
The mission of the camp is to provide a safe, welcoming, and fun environment where kids can learn more about Jesus. Read more at SWKIDSAdventure.org and get involved:
- Sign up your kids! Watch SWKIDSAdventure.org for online registration in January 2017.
- Tell others about Adventure Camp! Pass along the details and share the website.
- Apply to serve. Visit the website to learn more and email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
Dedicated Space to Serve and Proclaim Christ to the Next Generation
As our community and church family continues to grow so do the needs of SWKIDS! To meet these needs, our Next Step includes a building expansion that will provide a permanent location for children’s ministries. Right now, limited space forces the children’s ministries to constantly move. The new SWKIDS four-story wing (building) would include:
- A larger room designed and dedicated for kids’ ministry
- Dedicated classroom spaces
- Larger secured check-in and pick-up area (creating an easy-to-find and natural entrance for families)
- Needed storage and office space
Other Building Improvements: New Commercial Kitchen
The SWKIDS Wing expansion creates a domino effect of blessings that meets a variety of pressing needs, like additional office/reception space and a much-needed commercial kitchen. The current kitchen is undersized for the food prep capacity required by our ministries. A larger commercial grade kitchen will be an equally critical part of the expansion. The planning for the kitchen update is in the beginning stages. Continue to watch for coming details.
What is Our Part in the Next Step?
Throughout the presentation both pastors focused on the main reason for expanding the building: to serve and meet the needs of the growing church body and surrounding community—and proclaim Jesus. Scott wrapped up by sharing that God had graciously already provided $3 million through a generous estate gift.
With half of the $6 million estimated cost covered, there is opportunity to walk together as we pray for the building up of the body of Christ during this season of growth. (Please see Pray and Participate below.)
“Thank you for coming. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving of your time, your talents, your treasures,” shared Scott. “Over the years, as we look back, God is faithful.”
Pray and Participate: Join the Next Step!
- Please prayerfully consider how you can participate in this exciting next step through one time giving and a 3 year monthly pledge. You can pledge online or use the pledge cards found in the seat racks in the auditorium.
- Watch the full The Next Step: Vision Sunday presentation from Nov. 20 below:
- View Pastor Gary’s follow-up message “A Wise investment” from Nov. 27
- Watch for ongoing updates!
“ ... built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”
~ Ephesians 2:20-21
This past fall, Pastor Tom and I had a meeting to discuss something that each of us had separately been burdened with—seeing men grow in their relationship with Christ and pass this on to other men and their own families.
Men at SWBIBLE understand and practice Paul's challenge to Timothy to take what we've learned from our Lord and "entrust it to faithful men who are able to teach others also." Just walk into any coffee shop around our neighborhoods and you will see men discipling men; or sit in any elders and/or deacons meetings and you will find "iron sharpening iron." But, our burden has been to excel still more in this privilege of leading—for Christ's sake—in our homes, communities and this church.
Tom and I met and eagerly began praying and strategizing about what this could look like...
The following week, Pastor Scott came back from his cross-country trip of visiting family and friends with a renewed vision for something more for Men's Ministry.
Realizing that God was stirring all three of us with the same burden, we began praying and strategizing together...
During this same time period, Scott and I both had to miss one of the elder’s weekly morning prayer times. On the elders' minds—with no prompting from Scott, Tom or myself—was a great burden to have more opportunities for the men of SWBIBLE to disciple and be discipled. No surprise, our Lord independently and collectively has led us to do exactly what He has asked us to do: "be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Timothy 2:1-2).
February 24th 2016 marked the first official day, but we are marveling at how God orchestrated it months before! God has already given many more men this same passion to study God's Word and sharpen each other. You are welcome to join in on what God is doing every Wednesday morning from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. as we learn Christ together!
- Pastor Gary Dozier
“Devote yourselves to prayer.” Colossians 4:2
The 2016 Week of Prayer gave us wonderful opportunities to grow in prayer and express our dependency on God through prayer. Along with various prayer events throughout the week, we gathered for Prayer Praise on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Group texts throughout the week provided video prayer devotionals and prayer requests so we could stop and pray from whenever/wherever we were! If you missed them, we have posted those devotional videos here. We look forward to seeing what God will do as we continue to devote ourselves to prayer!
What is OURNBRHD?
Each year at SWBIBLE we plan our outdoor services with your neighbors in mind. Jesus has commissioned us to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” our outdoor services provide an excellent opportunity to for us to be witnesses right here in our own backyards.
As a church, we have committed to provide an inviting atmosphere that whomever you invite will have an enjoyable experience, be able to build relationships with Gospel people, and hear the Gospel proclaimed as clearly as possible.
This summer SWBIBLE is committing to:
Pray for our NBRHD (Col 4:2-6)
Engage with our NBRHD (Matt 22:39)
Invite our NBRHD (2 Cor 5:20)
- Serve our NBRHD (Mark 10:45)
This coming Sunday on June 7th we'll have a Photo Booth Set up so you can represent your NBRHD and remember to pray for OURNBRHD this summer.
Find a prayer group in your NBRHD in the church Foyer or at ournbrhd.swbible.org
Take part in the online conversation around OURNBRD by using the hashtag #ournbrhd when you share thoughts, photos, prayer requests, and how you are praying for #ournbrhd. Check out our Facebook Event Page for the OURNBHRD Prayer Event
On February 25th, 2015, our friend and brother-in-Christ, Dale McConachie, was on his way home from work. Rather than arriving at his earthly home Wednesday evening, he was immediately taken HOME to be with His Savior, due to a tragic car accident. Our minds found it difficult to believe and our hearts broke that night. We prayed and cried out and thought about the brevity of life and the suddenness with which the Lord took Dale home. We prayed for Geri, his wife, and Kate and Allie, his daughters and Kate’s husband Levi.
Every person that God places in the body of Christ has a history, a personality, gifts, and talents that make them a unique and irreplaceable contributor to the life of the church and Dale certainly exemplified that, touching so many of our lives. He was an incredible man with an enormous heart. Dale was an encourager. He was gentle and humble. He was affable. He was positive. He was gregarious and a friend to all. He would bounce with glee and exclaim, “Yippee!” when you told him exciting news from your life. He often took our losses and heartaches even harder than we took them. Dale truly cared about people and shared in our joys and sorrows.
Dale loved His Savior. He loved God’s Word. He loved his wife. He loved his daughters and son-in-law. He loved people—not just people who were easy to get along with—but all people. If you were dealing with someone difficult to understand or get along with, Dale would gently remind you, “Jesus died for that person, too.”
The way he lived his life, the way he loved His Savior and the way he loved his family will be a lasting legacy and example for all of us.
Uniquely, Dale left another lasting legacy: the audio recordings of him reading God’s eternal Word. Dale labored to record the entire Bible in both the NASB and the HCSB versions. He considered the opportunity to record the Bible to be the biggest blessing of his vocational life. Dale was a lifelong Bible student and a fine Bible teacher—he had taught our adult Sunday School classes numerous times over the years and was scheduled to begin a class on II Corinthians, titled “The God of Encouragement” just days after his homegoing!
Last night at his Celebration of Life service, we listened to Dale read Revelation 21:3-4 to us:
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…”
As we continue to mourn his loss, we celebrate his life and legacy. We do not grieve hopelessly. Dale’s daughter Allie sums it up well: “He's with Jesus now. I've never been more sure of anything.” We are sure too, Allie. Dale confessed his need for Jesus Christ as his Savior daily through his words and his actions. We are so richly blessed to have known Dale and look forward to hearing Dale greet us with a “Yippee!” when we reunite with our brother in Heaven one day.
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We are excited to announce Mark, Rachel, and their newborn, Lydia as our new missionaries to Eldoret, Kenya through Samaritan's Purse. They are planning to leave the first week of May.
In this video, Mark and Rachel talk about their excitement, plans, and even worries that come with moving to another country for the sake of the Gospel. Be praying for the Heaths as they prepare for this new chapter in their life. Mark will be working with Samaritan's Purse, a great organization that provides both spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Find more info about the Heaths on our Global Missions page.
God is at work at SWBIBLE.