Fancy Newsletters

July 2019 – A Warm Tribute to Oregon’s Mom

“Sam, get over here quick.” Bill McClain’s voice was filled with urgency and excitement. “What’s up buddy?” I asked, using the nickname Bill, Denny Thompson, Paul Miller and I had immortalized on the Saxon basketball court in 1975. “I’ll explain, just get here.” In a...

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May 2019-Can Video Gaming be a Good Thing?

I had a 10-foot pole out.  Computer gaming and ministry?  I don’t think so … Jamie Harris was making an announcement at the monthly CaN (Churches as Neighborhood) Centers lunch.  That month we were meeting at Evergreen Presbyterian, birthplace of The NW Hub bicycle...

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April 2019 – The Ripple Effect: Brothers of Valor

Sometimes it’s helpful to have fresh eyes and ears.  Our new colleague, Alexis Hughes, came to us via New Jersey/Oklahoma/Indonesia …  for 20 years she was a teacher and principal in Jakarta.  She has deep wisdom, experience and discernment.  She also has fresh eyes...

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March 2019- The Best “No” Ever

In 23 years, it’s one of the best affirmations a donor-partner has ever shared with me.  “Sorry Sam, we aren’t going to be able to help support the YEM (year-end match) this year.”  That’s not a typo.  It was a flat “no.”  I will confess there was a time when that...

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Feb. 2019 – Hats Off to an Original Lightning Rod

Rocking babies at Family Building Blocks is a ministry? Sounds good to me, tell me more … It was 2004. Her story captured my attention. Partly because I was a founding board member of FBB, and partly because of what we do here at SLF. Carrie Maheu was explaining the...

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January 2019-Isaac’s Story

I remember the meeting in Clark Williams’ law office downtown. My friend and SLF board member Rex Robertson had invited me to meet with his dear friends Mark and Tiffany Bulgin.  They were looking to strengthen the organizational structure and expand the board of...

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