September 15th, 2023


23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching

This is from Hebrews 10:23-25 and is an important admonition to all of to heed. It is with saddened hearts that we hear polls of how church attendance is shrinking. I saw the following copy and felt that it is worth sharing with you.

“As church attendance numbers fade across the nation and online services become very convenient, it’s important to remember why church attendance for you and your family matters so much.

You cannot serve from your sofa. You cannot have community of faith from your sofa. You cannot experience the power of a roomful of believers worshipping together on your sofa.

Christians are not consumers. We are contributors. We do not watch. We engage. We give. We sacrifice. We encourage. We pray by laying hands on the hurting. We do life together.

The church needs you!

And you need the church!” (copied from Michael Carl)


 be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of [a] God.

This is from Ephesians 5;18b-21, and it gives us more guidance for gathering together. So let us gather together and worship, praise, learn and enjoy fellowship with one another.


Bob Jewett


  • Please pray for our startup of GNC's and JYC Club beginning Friday September 22nd. Pray for health of Jennifer and Joyce; kids to be excited to come; Satan to be bound and not have a foothold in kids lives; God to be glorified. ~ Goodman's
  • Our niece Heather Brown has cancer in her female organs & stomach. She is in a lot of pain. Please pray for her. She lives in Bandon, OR. ~ Conley's
  • Please pray for my sister to stay strong enough for my kidney that I'm donating to her. ~ Bonnie
  • Please pray for my son Randall that he finds his way back to Jesus and can beat his addiction. ~ Bonnie
  • Pray for Mid-Columbia CEF as they start looking for a new director and secretary. ~ Goodman's
  • Pray for safety for David Moore as he is traveling in Indonesia. ~ Goodman's
  • Please pray for Jake & Rochelle Edmonds in Papua Indonesia. They have had sickness in their family again and Rochelle is pregnant. Pray as they will be coming back to the states in December for the safety of her pregnancy. Baby is due in March. ~ Goodman's


Thank you Jim & Nancy Love for all you do behind the scenes!! You are faithful servants!

Livestream link for Sunday September 17th

"The Picture Perfect Church"

or go to 

search for "First Christian Church The Dalles"

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

Get ready to worship with us this Sunday! Here's a preview of Sunday's worship songs.

Click here.

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


This week the C.H.T will have their “boots on the ground” looking at the scope of weeks/months ahead in researching the past, present, and future of TDFCC. We will be discussing the creation of a “Journey Wall” which will chronicle the past to the present of the church. Items on the wall will include events and landmarks which have influenced the ‘body’

over the years. The journey wall will also have input from multiple sources to help paint an accurate picture that will help focus on who we are at this point in the church’s life.

Columbia Gorge Christian Academy is now accepting applications for enrollment. See banner at the top of the main entrance stair. Or call 458-588-9481. It is incredibly exciting to see how God is moving us forward and making a way and guiding our steps as we follow His leading.

Please keep the CGCA and the CHT in your prayers as we move forward.

Ritha Matta

serving with WEC

in Guinea Bissau, West Africa

Ritha is now back in Guines Bissau after being in Indonesia following the death of her father.

Praise: Ritha was able to be back for the high school graduation of the two girls, Rodi and Rebecca, who have lived with her for the past 10 years. They are both going to help as teaching assistants at the Christian school for this next year.

Praise: For construction of the medical clinic in Tchetche in spite of numerous difficulties. It has provided many opportunities for not only physical healing but also for outreach with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Praise: For protection, for good health and for sufficiency from God for Ritha’s many areas of ministry.

Prayer: For government of GB for wisdom as they are in economic crisis since none of their cashews were sold which is the country’s main source of income.

Prayer: For health of all as the rainy season has begun and there is lots of malaria in the area.

Prayer: For the one doctor for over 100 villages to have good health and wisdom.

Prayer: For the teachers’ preparation at the Canaan and for the students there.

Prayer: For Ritha as she trains new missionaries in their responsibilities.

Prayer: For the Holy Spirit to be working in the hearts of those who have recently heard the Gospel.

Prayer: For Ritha to maintain her personal fellowship with God.

David and Denise Moore

Working with Global Partners for Wycliffe Bible Translators

Prayer for protection of David as he travels for most of September for meetings in the Philippines and Indonesia helping with administration of new Bible translation projects. He will also be able to visit their daughter Hannah who is working as a short-term teacher’s assistant for the International school in Papua, Indonesia (where the Edmonds boys, sons of our MAF missionaries are attending).

Prayer for both Denise and David as they continue to learn their new roles as Field Coordinators with Global Partnership.

Prayer for son Ben who is in a behavioral rehabilitation program in Bend. Pray that he will cooperate and learn what God wants for him.

Children’s Sunday School

is starting THIS Sunday at 9:15am


Nursery childcare for our little ones 0-2

Room 102 with Tia Anderson


Preschool 3-4 years old

Room 101 ~ Tiffany Anderson


K-2nd Grade

Room 304 ~ Karen Wilson and Anita Donivan


3rd-5th Grade

Room 104 ~ Pat Van Eaton and Emma Moreno


Middle School-High School

Room 301 ~ Tracy Van Hee and Warren Anderson


Adult Class

Fellowship Hall ~ Art Van Eaton / Exodus


Help Wanted

Are you good with a screwdriver? Or a hammer and nails? Can you read and follow step-by-step directions? We need you!

First Christian is opening a preschool and we have several jobs we could use help with right now, on any of the days indicated:

 Preparing the site on the church side yard for construction of a play structure: moving a few sprinkler heads, leveling the designated area, installing a retaining perimeter to hold bark chips, and spreading plastic sheeting over the area to inhibit vegetation growth. (September 8-24).

 Once the site is prepared, constructing the large play structure, going from boxes to finished build in two-three days (September 25-28).

 Following construction of the play structure, spreading certified playground bark chips via wheelbarrow in and around the structure. (on or before September 29).

Please contact Karen Wilson (putting furniture together) or Harold Egbert (playground prep and build) if you are able to help. Thank you!

Ladies, You're Invited!

Do you know about Norwex? It’s an amazing line of products for cleaning your home. Women’s Ministries is hosting a party so you can learn about it and help us buy products for the church kitchen. Come see what it’s all about on Saturday September 23rd at 10am.


Ladies, mark your calendars!!   

Saturday, November 4th at 11am we will have a luncheon in the fellowship hall. We hope you all are able to attend. 

Coming Soon!

Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart

Connected Families is a non-profit ministry that exists to support Christ-centered transformation in families by equipping them with a biblical framework for parenting. This Fall we will be offering their course, Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart, to parents, grandparents, and volunteers who work with children in our congregation as well as The Dalles community. Look for more information coming soon about this exciting 9-week class designed to help us learn how to discipline with truth and grace in a way that connects with children’s hearts.


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August 2023 budget amount $232,410.50

received to date: $220,217.49

spent to date: $197,810.59

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