Life is messy...

“Like a weaver, I look to the landscape, relationships, spirituality and work to find the threads…”, as penned by Jane Kirkpatrick. Writer and rattlesnake fighter, Jane has produced 27 bestselling and award-winning books. Reviewers and readers alike acclaim Jane’s work as unique in a world of storytellers. “Kirkpatrick’s books enfold the reader. They find a secret place in each of us and bring it gently to the surface.” The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon.

Creating stories from the lives of actual historical women or events, Jane’s focus is on telling stories that inspire as she helps people from the distant past to step from their generation into our own to teach us and touch us with their lives. Her goal is to weave a story to help readers reach within and find peace, love and grace and to look at their lives with new eyes, no matter how messy it might be.

For an inspirational evening filled with tears, laughter and everything in between, join us at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St, April 23rd at 7pm. Enjoy a great lecture with dessert, book signing and sales and an opportunity to bid on becoming a character in an upcoming book of Jane’s. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 503-766-0008 or go online at www.gbefkids.org/events.

After all, “It’s the obstacles in life that carve out our character,” and things always get messy along the way. We could all use a little help finding that thread to unravel our mess and see the beautiful story that is in each of us.

The "Hunt" is On!

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

So, after our brief history lesson, if you’re looking for some fun things to do this Easter Season, there’s quite a few around the area! For the Wood Village area, April 4th at Donald Robertson Park, 24300 NE Halsey, the Easter Bunny arrives at 9am, (by helicopter!!) with festivities beginning shortly after that. Over 15,000 eggs with hunt areas for kids ages 3-9. For more information; http://www.ci.wood-village.or.us/events/27th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-saturday-april-4th/.

The Fairview celebration will be held at the Fairview Community Park, April 4th beginning at 10am. There will be lots of candy eggs, some for prizes, and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Egg hunts by age group, ages 1-10. For more information; http://fairvieworegon.gov/index.aspx?NID=415.

And for everyone after all the Easter Egg Hunts, there’s the Eggstravaganza, April 4th at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St, 11am-1:30pm. For families with children birth-6th grade. Baskets, Burgers, Peter Cottontail will be there, plus games, prizes, candy, eggs, crafts, coffee & j Gelati!! For more information call 503-667-1515.

Enjoy this wondrous time of new life and celebration with friends and family. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed!

Spring has Sprung!

A traditional aspect of this spring season that many look forward to is Easter Celebrations. With many events and activities to choose from, there is no shortage of places to go and fun things to do. One event in particular we try to attend every year is the Portland Good Friday Breakfast, presented by Open Arms International. The Portland Good Friday Breakfast is an uplifting community event that brings together leaders from the religious, business and civic communities to hear an inspirational message on the day which marks the historical death of Jesus Christ. Although presented by Open Arms International, the breakfast event is a gift to the Portland community and does not serve as a fundraiser for Open Arms

Join us Good Friday morning April 3rd at the Oregon Convention Center to hear stories of authentic, transformational hope from our featured guest, Gerard Long.  Once a prominent figure in the European banking industry, Gerard's journey led him from business triumph to personal tragedy.  Losing not one, but two children has given Gerard a unique and authentic perspective on finding the faithfulness of God in the midst of tremendous heartache. For more information, please visit www.portlandgoodfridaybreakfast.org.

And for the kids, don’t forget the Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 4th 11am-1:30pm at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St. For families with children brith to 6th grade! Baskets, burgers, a visit from Peter Cottontail, plus games, prizes, candy, eggs, crafts, coffee, J Gelati and much more! For more information call 503-667-1515!


As someone who is fast approaching the age of “Social Security” -and it feels just like yesterday that I was living in the Age of Aquarius-now if you get that- you and I are in the same boat. Anyhow, I feel so blessed when I have opportunities to be working with or engaged with teenagers as it really does make the heart seem younger….This past week was my “week of the teens”…Centennial Football and Sam Barlow Water Polo teams joined forces with us to accomplish a great “Drive 4 UR School” Event. The teens participating were enthusiastic, engaging, polite and helpful. These kids are a credit to their parents and their coaches.

Then on Monday, I was honored to take part in Reynolds High School’s assembly to honor those that assisted them on that dark day – June 10, 2014, when a shooting at that school changed the lives of all that were on campus that day. The students planned and executed a tribute to Police, Fire, and Emergency Personnel as well as others who have contributed to the care and nurturing of all involved. There were tears but most important there was a feeling of unity – they called it “Reynold’s Strong”. They expressed themselves through thoughtful speeches, video and song and as I write this, tears still come to my eyes because of the magnitude of emotion displayed.

While we as adults are the ones who are supposed to nurture and support our young, this week I was inspired, humbled, and quite frankly in awe of the teens I encountered. Bless you all – you are AWESOME!

For the Record...

Last week we outlined the Drive 4 UR School Program offered by Ford Motor Company and is facilitated at Gresham Ford. This week, we thought it might be of interest to let you know how those funds raised at this amazing event actual benefit the programs that participate.

Gresham High Gopher Spirit Club, headed up by Karen Johnston with All About Automotive, has participated in our Fall event for the past three years. I asked her to give me a summary of where the funds they have raised have gone. I couldn’t believe the list; Uniforms for team sports, tennis court benches, stadium sound system, score board for inside gym and outside football field, wrestling mat repairs, choir risers, Syke curtain, microphones for theatre performances, band instrument repairs, safety radial saw for the theatre, golf bags, golf and tennis balls, competition costumes for dance team, and that was just what she could think of at the moment!!

So, just for the record, if you’ve dismissed the Drive 4 UR School events as just a hype to get people to a car dealership, we’d like you to think again! This is a real deal! And all that’s required is a mere 20 minutes of your time!

Tomorrow, Saturday March 14th, 10am-4pm, tell friends, family co-workers, anyone and come on down to Gresham Ford. Take a ride in a brand new Ford vehicle and Ford Motor Company gives $20! Another $10 for taking your car through our Quick Lane Station. Up to $7,000 is on the table for our schools tomorrow! Lets help them get every penny!

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