Merciful God, refuge in times of trouble, our only hope in living, and our only salvation in dying, keep us in your care that we may always praise you and faithfully proclaim your name before the nations: in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
East Valley Presbyterian Church has served the communities of Otis Orchards, Newman Lake, Liberty Lake, and Greenacres since 1986. Located on Harvard Road, just 2.5 miles north of Liberty Lake, this is a small church in which people see one another as family. The hallmarks of this congregation the warm, welcoming, and loving way in which all newcomers are treated; its traditional-style of worship; its deep exploration of scripture; and, its firm belief in the power of prayer.
We see ourselves as “The Little Church with the Big Heart where people help one another feel safe, loved, and spiritually whole.”
Our pastor is the Reverend Marcia Taylor, a native of Spokane Valley, who has served God with us since 2000.
Led by Marcia Taylor, Pastor:
Worship service each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Coffee hour and fellowship follows the service.
Bible study, on the book of Psalms, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit this site for daily scripture reading.
As we enter into the season of Thanksgiving, I feel it appropriate
to reflect upon the things I’m thankful for. Even though life hasn’t always been easy or
happy, I know that God has blessed me richly. Here are some of the ways:
1. I was blessed to have a home to grow up in. I know there are a lot of people
in the world who have no home.
2. I was blessed to know both of my parents and all four of my grandparents, and
I had them all well into my adult years. I’m aware that many people have lost
their parents and/or grandparents, sometimes before birth.
3. I was blessed to receive a good education. I was further blessed to be able to
earn four college degrees with scholarship support. According to 2010
figures, about 70 million people in the world never receive any education.
4. I have been blessed to live in the United States. For all the problems we think
we have, we still enjoy the benefits of more freedoms for less taxes than any
other country in the world. The Scandinavian countries may have the
reputation of being happier, but they pay income tax at rates that start at 50%
and sales tax that starts at 100%. (I know because I lived there, too!)
5. I’ve been blessed to get to travel to many parts of the world. In those travels I’ve
learned that it’s OK that other people think differently than me. I’ve learned
that being able to communicate isn’t solely about speaking other languages.
I’ve learned that wealth and poverty can be widely varied by perceptions.
And, as Mark Twain said, I’ve learned that travel is really the best cure for
6. I’ve been blessed to get to spend many of my adult years with my mom,
grandma, and uncle Don. In the relationships we grew to have, I got to
experience them all as my close friends, not just as ‘old’ adult relatives.
7. And, I’ve been blessed to serve God with you for over 18 years. You bless
me through your faith in God, your eagerness to know God better, your
willingness to help each other (including me), and your love. Thank you!