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Focus on the Family Truth Project comes to Oregon

September 30, 2008 --

By Joseph Bonham

Representatives from fifty different churches nearly maxed out the 100 person capacity of small Grace Bible Church in Banks this past Saturday according to one of its leaders, Trace Thornberry. Grace was one of many locations at which Focus on the Family held a simulcast training seminar across the nation for its new small group campaign The Truth Project.

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Movie Review: Fireproof

September 29, 2008 --

By Guest Opinion, Portland

Fireproof opened up in limited theaters this weekend in Oregon.   You know you have a spiritual film when you see both a church youth group and nuns waiting outside with tickets.  The creators of Facing the Giants are back with another Christian inspiration film called Fireproof, about a troubled marriage.  For Hollywood, marriages are put together instantly and broken as fast.  Marriage is simply not a cinematic topic.  Fireproof provides the opposite.   The film puts you inside a very difficult marriage where both partners are in error.   Instead of easy answers the audience gets served up two hours of more problems and complexities that enter into the relationship of the two strained couple.

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Love and Respect series coming to Washington County

September 27, 2008 --

Announcement from Love and Respect

Love and Respect Marriage Video Seminar coming to the Intel Aloha Auditorium Oct 17th (5pm – 10pm) & 18th (9am to 2pm)!  Is your marriage as good as you always wanted it to be?  If you could learn something that might actually change it for the better, would you?  Investing your time in attending this “Love and Respect” Video Seminar by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, based on Biblical principles, could be your opportunity!

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Oregon helping hurricane victims in Haiti

September 26, 2008 --

Hurricanes Hurt Haiti Families
By Holt International, Eugene

Hurricane Ike hit Haiti like a one-eyed giant, without mercy and with full wild gusto. Children were already starving; families were already struggling to make ends meet in this island country of depleted soil and little natural food supply. The people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, had already suffered the blast of Hurricane Gustav and the rains of Hannah. But God is merciful through the Holy Spirit, even if nature cannot be. We ask you to join us in helping these poor families, in the name of Jesus: “I was hungry and you gave me food… I was a stranger and you took me in.” (Matthew 25:35)

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Oregon author delves deep into self-esteem, self-image issues

September 25, 2008 --

By Dale Fulton,

Kimberly Davidson authoring “I’m Beautiful?  Why can’t I see it?”.

Kimberly Davidson founded The Olive Branch Outreach to offer hope to people who struggle with eating disorders and low self esteem.  From her own experiences, she is able to offer wisdom and support to those seeking to change their lives.  In her late teens she became so obsessed with her weight that she fell into the practice of purging to keep the pounds off.  As time passed her obsession developed into the vicious cycle of bulimia. She became entangled in a web of guilt and shame that she was unable to face people and bring her problem out into the open.  Instead she tried going at it on her own.  This proved to be fruitless and only served to deepen her sense of isolation.  It wasn’t until she found the courage to reach out and start connecting with compassionate people that her life started to change.

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Study: Polling on marriage often misses mark

September 24, 2008 --

Study on polling in 26 states, including Oregon, shows errors

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 18 /Christian Newswire/ — A new study comparing polling in 26 states – including California – measuring voter opinion on ballot initiatives to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, shows that support for these measures has been under-estimated by an average of seven percentage points. In some cases, polls have under-estimated support for traditional marriage by as much as 21 percentage points.

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Seattle picks up popular radio host Georgene Rice

September 23, 2008 --

It turns out that one of Oregon’s best exports is good radio.    The Oregon-based Georgene Rice Show can now be heard on 820 AM KGNW in Seattle. The new incarnation of the show began on Sept 8th. It still airs in it’s familiar 4p-6p weekday timeslot.

In addition there are now podcasts available on her new website Georgene has been on the air on the Christian station KPDQ since 1993, and has hosted the Georgene Rice Show daily since 1997.

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Single mom camps prove a big success

September 22, 2008 --

From Better Dads,  Compass Point Newsletter,

Perhaps the most favorite thing I get to do each year is the Single Mom’s Family Camps.  Last year we held our first camp where we invited 24 single moms and their kids to a free, all expense paid three-day adventure at a ranch located in the middle of nowhere.  Because of the huge demand we ended up turning away about 55 families.  During these camps our aim is to accomplish the following goals:

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St. Jospeh's 50 year celebration to feature singer Matt Maher

September 19, 2008 --

50+ Years A Celebration of Joy: St. Joseph the Worker Parish has been serving the SE Portland area for over 50 years and we would like to cordially invite all of you to attend our celebration of our church, our community and our God!  The gala event will take place on September 21st, 2008 and will begin with an outdoor Mass at 9:00 am, which will include a visit from the Archbishop of Portland.

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“Created and Redeemed” Series Begins Tonight

September 18, 2008 --

“Created and Redeemed” Video and Discussion series begins tonight at Our Lady of the Lake—Parish Hall in Portland.   The series involves the Theology of the Body.

Who: All adults 18+ single, married, or religious/clergy/ministers who want to learn about Christ’s message of human love and sexuality as taught by John Paul II. All faiths welcome!

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