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Church cars riddled with bullets — Eugene

November 30, 2011 --

Church cars riddled with bullets — Eugene
By Oregon Faith News Note:

The pastor at Eugene Faith Center found that three of their vehicles in the church parking lot were shot at with many bullets. KMTR video explains further.

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PDX Auxiliary Bishop retires after nearly 50 years of service


Bishop Steiner retires as Portland’s Auxiliary Bishop
By Portland Archdiocese

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the retirement of Bishop Kenneth D. Steiner, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland. Bishop Steiner submitted his letter of retirement to Pope Benedict XVI on celebrating his 75th birthday, November 25, as required by Canon law.

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Clergy applaud Gov. Kitzhaber's death penalty freeze

November 29, 2011 --

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon commends Governor Kitzhaber for execution stay
By Oregon Ecumenical Minsitries

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) joins people of faith and conscience across Oregon in thanking Governor Kitzhaber for staying the execution of Gary Haugen. The complexity, expense, inconsistent application and profound moral ambiguity of the death penalty system in Oregon demands intelligent and courageous leadership in response. Governor Kitzhaber has shown this leadership.

“Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon has consistently called for an end to capital punishment, a practice that does not deter crime or bring closure, but diminishes us as a people and a civilization,” said EMO Executive Director David Leslie.

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True life Christmas miracle stories

November 28, 2011 --

Below is a transcript from a Georgene Rice KPDQ FM interview with Cecil Murphey, co-author, along with Marley Gibson, of “Christmas Miracles”, a collection of inspirational Christmas stories.

In the book…
– A man lies gravely ill in a hospital on Christmas, and when he hears angels singing, he immediately makes a full recovery.
— A little boy with dyslexia who sits down to read a Christmas book and realizes that his disability has vanished.
— A woman whose faith is renewed by the chance discovery of a simple nativity set.

Many ordinary people experience God’s grace during those special moments when Christmas becomes more than just a holiday, a date on a calendar or a national occasion, but a time for miracles.

Georgene: I just love collections of stories that are inspirational, but especially when those stories are true and sort of trace the hand of God in the lives of people who desperately need some encouragement, who need healing, who need inspiration, and that is precisely what this collection of stories is. Tell us about how you came up with the idea and why at Christmas.

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Blazers & Medical Teams Int. help 5,000 in Portland with Dental Care

November 27, 2011 --

Medical Teams International Teams Up with the Blazers to Provide Dental Care for Needy
By Medical Teams International,

On November 10, 2011, Medical Teams International supplied urgent dental care to those experiencing homelessness and poverty at as part of the Portland Trailblazers’ 16th annual Harvest Dinner. The day-long event provided food and other vital services to 5,000 underserved members of the Portland community.

The Portland-based humanitarian organization sent out 34 volunteers in three of its state-of-the-art mobile dental vans. Medical Teams International volunteer dentists and hygienists provided nearly $27,000 worth of dental services for more than 50 patients. Urgent care treatments included extractions, fillings and root canals.

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40 Days of Prayer for Penn State campaign launched

November 26, 2011 --

By Pastor CS Heinz

Students and faculty from other universities have joined Penn State in a 40-day email prayer series, according to State College writer CS Heinz. The email series called “40 Days of Prayer for PSU,” will help people pray for the crisis at Penn State including the alleged victims, their families, and abuse survivors. It is available at

The prayer series was created by CS Heinz and is supported by area churches. “I started getting consumed by the news reports and opinions. Then I realized I hadn’t asked God what He thought about the situation,” Heinz said. “So I did and that’s where the idea of starting this prayer movement came from.”

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Kohl's Black Friday Ad quite shameless, tasteless

November 25, 2011 --

Kohl’s Black Friday Ad quite shameless, tasteless
By Guest Opinion,

There is a lot to love and loathe about America’ shopping obsession on Black Friday.  Kohl’s 2011 Black Friday Ad wallows in all the negative stereotypes, possibly as a parody or button pushing to gin up more sales.   Nonetheless, the race to the bottom to save the bottom line can sometimes bottom-out on merit.

First, she pushes aside an old lady to get in the door.

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Low score on the Thanksgiving Test

November 24, 2011 --

By Andrew Palau,
Luis Palau Minstries
Beaverton, Oregon

I’m taking a few classes at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and a couple of weeks ago I had to take a personality type test. The assignment was meant to be a sort of “spiritual health check.” When I received the results, I was shocked to see that they categorized me as someone who struggles with gratitude. Me? Really?! I feel like I’m very grateful!

But after swallowing my pride, I realized there are many ways in which I can be critical and negative. I make snide remarks. I’m quick to think negative thoughts before positive ones.

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Governor Halts Execution: Text of Kitzhaber Speech

November 22, 2011 --

Governor Halts Execution: Below is Text of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Speech on reprieve of upcoming death penalty case as provided by Governor’s office.

(Salem, OR) –Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement today:“Under Article V, section 14, of the Oregon Constitution, I am exercising my authority as Governor to issue a temporary reprieve in the case of Gary Haugen for the duration of my term in office. I want to share with Oregonians how and why I came to that decision.

Oregon has a long and turbulent history with capital punishment. Our state constitution originally had no provision for the death penalty. Enacted by statute in 1864, the death penalty was repealed by voters in 1914, restored in 1920, outlawed again by voters in 1964, re-enacted in 1978, deemed unconstitutional by the Oregon Supreme Court in 1981 and again reinstated in 1984.

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Stolen church bell likely victim of metal thieves


Below is a video of the story of the St. Mary of the Valley Catholic Church in Monroe Washington which had their 100-year old bell stolen. The video also highlights the Boy Scout who aims to build hope out of the loss.

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