February 9th, 2024

Heroes of the Faith

Psalm 96:1-3 says “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” These verses, along with many others, speak of God’s desire for us to tell others of his great glory to our neighbors as well as all people around the world.

When Marlene and I were first married, we spoke about the possibility of becoming missionaries. Although we never made it to the mission field, (partly because my sole accomplishment in grade school Spanish was to master counting from 1 to 10 (an ability I still maintain)). However, missions played an important part in our family, and in many ways, missionaries became our heroes of the faith. After all, they had left the safety of their homes, the love of family, and the promise of a comfortable life for the sake of the gospel. When the church library was a going thing, I would often check out missionary books, to read of their exploits.

As our children were growing up, we encouraged them to be involved in the short-term mission programs sponsored by the youth group. Also, whenever we traveled, we made a point of visiting missionaries. We were able to introduce them to missionaries in Italy, Mexico and two missionary families in Turkey, including Jeff and Dianne Morris, who were teaching at a Christian school in Istanbul. In addition, our oldest daughter, Melissa, also participated in two short-term mission programs in Europe. As a result, God has given us the gift of seeing two of our children become missionaries, but with that gift we also know something of the sacrifices that all missionaries must endure.

This Sunday, we all will have an opportunity to meet some of these heroes of the faith. Sam Owen has served as a missionary in Kenya for decades, while Jake and Rochelle Edmonds are relatively new missionaries serving with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Indonesia. Both Sam and Jake were raised at FCC. David and Denise Moore, from Wycliffe will also be here. The Moore's and Edmonds will share during Sunday School and Sam will bring the message, so that we will better understand what God is doing around the world. After the service all our missionaries will be represented, and local snacks indicative of the nations served, will be provided. I hope to see you there.

Lynn Long


  • Several of our younger grandkids are struggling with anxieties and fears. Pray for the Holy Spirit to help them overcome this. ~ Eddy's
  • Please continue to lift up the Last Days of Jesus pageant. We still need to fill disciple and guard positions. Pray for needed funds to cover renting TDHS auditorium. ~ Goodman's
  • Please continue to lift up GNC kids. There as been sickness going around. Praise the Lord that He is drawing kids to Himself. ~ Goodman's
  • Please pray for Richards family.
  • Prayer request for sister-in-law Dorothy that she heals from 2 broken ribs and a punctured lung. ~ Bonnie K
  • Praise Jesus for Randall's recovery. He's doing awesome - loving Christ and life. ~ Bonnie K
  • Please pray for my husband Jerry and my marriage. I have seen Jesus work in it the las few days. Thank you all! ~ Bonnie K

Livestream link for Sunday February 11th

Sam Owen Preaching

or go to youtube.com 

search for "First Christian Church The Dalles"

You will also be able to watch any service at any time.

Are you one of our awesome volunteers but perhaps forgot when you're scheduled to serve? Here is the February Volunteer Schedule

What a great opportunity to come and meet three of the missionaries that we support. Sam Owen is our speaker for the morning service, with Jake & Rochelle Edmonds and David & Denise Moore sharing during the Sunday School hour at 9:15. All our missionaries will be represented at tables in the Fireside room with information and a local delicacy to sample, following the service this Sunday, February 11th.

Baby Shower for Hope Medical Clinic

Saturday March 2nd ~ 1 2noon


Ladies, we are having a "Baby Shower" fundraiser for Hope Medical Clinic. Start looking for baby items to bring and bless this ministry. Don't want to do the shopping? Cash donations are always welcome & appreciated.


It's time for another delicious SOUPer Sunday fellowship. Please join us in the basement Fellowship Hall following morning worship service on February 25th.If you are able to bring a pot of soup please contact Nancy Love at 541-298-4400

Dufur Christian Church is having a Women's event on February 23-24th. They would love to have the ladies of First Christian Church join them. There is more information on their website dufurcc.org.

Call the Dufur church office at 541-467-2257 or Sarah Fain at 503-310-5017 if you have questions.

Summit to Summit

Men's Retreat

April 19-21

Washington Family Ranch

Early Registration (thru March 4th)


Normal Registration


online registration at: s2sministries.org

Just a little reminder that all announcements and/or inserts for the bulletin & weekly email update are due by Wednesday noon to be included in the weekend publications. Anything received after that will be pushed to the following week.


January 2024 budget amount $34,892.00

received to date: $21,571.00

spent to date: $30,789.45

WHAT WE BELIEVE...First Christian Church The Dalles is not affiliated with a denomination, instead choosing to be overseen by a team of elders. We consider the Bible to be the words of God, thus being incapable of error. As we seek a unified practice of our faith, we follow the teachings of the New Testament. We share communion each Sunday and follow the Biblical pattern for conversion. We support any who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord through belief, public confession of faith, baptism by immersion and continual obedience to Biblical standards of living. We hold firmly to essential doctrines but celebrate freedom in non-essentials as we seek to love God, love people, and make disciples who follow Jesus.
First Christian Church, The Dalles