November 11th, 2022

I was reading some timely advice from Christian author and lecturer Clarence L. Haynes Jr regarding how Christians too often break our Lord's heart, with our words and reactions to political topics and conversations.

Without droning on too much, his point was to remind me that God is still sovereign, and still in control even though laws and law-makers may not fall in line with my idea of exactly how our future should be governed.

 Haynes made a number of points, but the 2 points that I recognized were:

 1)  My thoughtless or emotional interaction with others can spoil my witness to the world, and even to my brother or sister in Christ. and 2) My thoughtless or emotional interaction can spoil my witness to the world, and even to my brothers and sisters in Christ. And 3) . . . . . .  ( fill in the blanks ), etc., etc., etc.

 I'm sure there were other great points he hoped I'd "get" from his work , but I was struck with the glaring reminder that , my effectiveness, as a messenger of the Good News, is largely dependent upon my first being a good listener, not an inflexible outspoken critic and political know-it-all.

James 1 vs 19 & 20  pretty much covers the minefield scenario that Satan constantly attempts to draw us into: May we be " . . . Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger because anger can not promote the righteousness of God."

 And, "Oh, by the way Lord, help me to remember that you are still on the throne and fully in charge."

Because of Jesus  -     


Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday November 20th -

following morning service

All members are encouraged to attend as we approve the 2023 Budget and confirm leadership recommendations.  



Chairman of the Congregation    

Mike Smith        



Bob Jewett


Myron Egbert

Bill Caddy

Lorna Van Hee


 Copies of the proposed budget are available in the office

during regular office hours (7:30am-3:30pm M-F)


  • Please pray for my friend Rosie who is in the hospital in Portland. She just found out she has leukemia and other health problems. ~ Shelley
  • I'd appreciate prayers for my brother Walt. Heart monitor results showed some concerning issues. Further testing is warranted. Thanks! ~ Eddy's
  • Pray for Jim Carroll (our son-in-law) having major back surgery 11/7/22 (Monday) in Los Angeles. ~ Conley's
  • Please continue to pray for God's wisdom, creativity and love in preparing lessons for GNC and JYC. It can be challenging to figure out activities that work in all our club settings and so that kids don't just "check out" thinking they've heard stories of the Exodus before. It can also be challenging to balance prep time with time needed for other ministries. May we depend on God's energies, not our own, and bring Him glory. ~ Goodman's
  • Please pray for the packing of each shoebox for OCC that God will direct what goes into them that will let the children know His love and open hearts to His gospel. ~ Goodman's
  • Lift up Last Days of Jesus as we meet Sunday (the 13th) to plan for upcoming Christmas outreaches and the 2023 season of the Passion play. May we be united in Christ and bring Him glory as we aim to share the good news of Jesus to our community. ~ Goodman's


I found my second partner so the transplant is FINALLY moving forward. God is good ALWAYS! ~ Don Frazer

Livestream link for Sunday November 13th 

Click on this link "Why & How I Should Tell Others"

Or go to and search for "First Christian Church The Dalles"

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

Get Your Worship On

Do you want to get a jumpstart on Sunday morning worship?  Click here for the songs that will be featured this Sunday. Or maybe you really enjoyed a song last week but forgot the name - go back to the link for that week.

Is there a song you'd like to hear in worship? Shawn is willing to take recommendations for special songs. Email her at


Celebration of Life

Dena Lively

Saturday November 12th ~ 10:30am

at First Christian Church

If you are able to help serve or furnish a dessert, please contact Barb Thomas at 541-296-1234.

Focus on Desserts

After Church Fellowship

Sunday November 13th

Basement Fellowship Hall


Bring your favorite dessert AND a printed copy of the recipe to share. Cut the dessert in small bite-size pieces and we will all sample the desserts and then vote on our favorite one.

We will also have a potato bar to balance out all the sweets.


Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

We are packing shoeboxes Saturday the 12th from 1-4 in the basement at First Christian Church. We have all the school supplies, hygiene, jump ropes and stuffed animals for 400 boxes. But, we still need toys for boys and girls of all ages. Remember we need $10 for each box.

Please pray for the boxes to impact the kids who receive them with our love and more importantly with the love of Jesus Christ. 

Men's Breakfast

November 19th ~ 8am

It’s time for our monthly Men’s Breakfast on Saturday November 19th. The cooking crew will have everything ready to serve at 8am sharp. Invite a friend and come enjoy some “guy time”.



January - October budget amount $335,440.80

received to date: $290,187.54

spent to date: $302,650.47

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