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Evergreen Connection

Lee Olmsted: Like Paul and Barnabas

I am not often shocked, but I certainly was when I received a text shortly before Sunday’s 9am service that Lee Olmsted had gone home to Jesus. I had received word on Saturday that he had suffered a heart attack and was in the emergency room, but I had simply assumed there would be days of […]

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A Gift That Multiplied

As I reflect on the Christmas season now receding in the rearview mirror, there are a handful of mental snapshots I am savoring. The candlelight carols at the Christmas Eve service is certainly one of them. An unexpectedly deep and rich conversation with a cousin at the Danish Christmas Eve gathering was another. But the […]

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Christmas is for the Miserable

One’s expectation and experience of Christmas is deeply impacted by one’s life situation. The grandparents eagerly preparing for a house full of kids and grandkids may find it easy to sing, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”  But what about the widow in a long-term care facility who will spend Christmas with the […]

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So, Was I Fired?

I opened my sermon last weekend with a story from my days as a UPS package handler in the Portland hub in which my foolishness led to one of the most awful moments of my life.  After the last service a brother came and asked, “So, what ended up happening in that situation?”  I realized […]

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O Come, Emmanuel

During Advent, we sing some remarkable songs that have been sung by the church for hundreds of years. These songs help us to live in the tension of the already and the not yet: that, although Christ has already won the war against sin and death, we are still waiting for Him to come back and destroy […]

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(Re)Introducing Ryan Donovan!

If you missed the worship services last weekend you missed an exciting announcement. The Leadership Team introduced Ryan Donovan as our candidate to fill the open Associate Pastor. The announcement was met with encouraging applause at all three services because Ryan and his family have been a part of Evergreen for 14 years and are very […]

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Children’s Ministries Update

I had thought for years that being a Children’s Ministry Director would be a wonderful job, so when I was offered the chance at that position at my own home church, I was thrilled. And the past four and a half years have proved me to be correct. While there have been ups and downs […]

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A Healing Book

One of the ironies of God calling me to serve as a pastor is that I do not love reading the sorts of books pastors are supposed to read. I call them ‘thinking books.’ I listen to John Piper preach to pastors about the importance of reading deep theological, soul-satisfying, God-glorifying books and I feel […]

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We Have an App!

For those of you who don’t know, Evergreen Bible Church, formerly Evergreen Community Church, began meeting in 1946 right here on 97th and Mill Plain. At that time, Mill Plain was actually a plain. One of Toby’s favorite facts to share with newcomers is that the church site, along with a school building where the church […]

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Holiday Helping

Acts of charity around the holidays is an established tradition throughout America. Toy drives, food drives and other such efforts are widely promoted at schools, grocery stores, businesses and of course, churches. While I am thankful that our country continues to value kindness to our fellow man, I want to urge our church to remember […]

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