Light of the world, you have come into the world's darkness and the darkness cannot overwhelm the light. Let your holy name be known through all the earth, that all people and nations may praise you and walk in your ways; through 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 Isaiah Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit this site for daily scripture reading.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing a lot of ‘learning curves’ lately. It seems as if every time I turn around there’s something new that I need to learn. For example, I worried myself nearly into an anxiety attack when, over the course of about three months, I worked and worked trying to sort through/organize/catalog virtually all of my uncle’s personal possessions in order to meet a mid-September deadline that I’d set for myself. To add fuel to my quest, I tried finding a company that would come sell the stuff for me within that same deadline. It seems that God laughed at my plans. After letting me sweat it out for a few months, thinking that I was in control, God sent just the right people along who said, we’ll take care of the sale, but it will need to be in the spring (hunting season begins in September. No one in the St. Maries area does sales during hunting season)! And, they’ll do all the sorting, set up, clean up, etc. Wow! Thanks for taking that elephant off my back, God!
Another things I’ve gotten to experience as a learning curve has been that I can’t work as hard, as long,
nor lift as much weight as I used to. This has been impressed upon me mostly through the realization that when I
begin to get physically tired, my legs lose their coordination. Then I start getting all stumble-footed. Then I fall
down. I’ve done that twice in the past month. The first time I caught a toe on some fencing that I’d been dragging
and stacking. (That’s about the sixth time I’ve ripped that toenail off). I face-planted into the grass and popped
up quickly enough that Cherie (my helper) thought sure I’d done a beautiful tuck and roll. The second time was
when I missed the bottom step going into the basement at my uncle’s place. I landed knee first on the concrete
floor. Yeah, that hurt! In between, I tried to lift a two-drawer fireproof file cabinet into the back of my van.
Thankfully my pants were a little baggy, so I didn’t rip them before figuring out that the cabinet wasn’t
going into the van that day.
For someone who used to be a collegiate athlete, that’s all very humbling! Yet, I guess we all need a little
reminder in humility now and then. It helps us keep things in perspective. So, I’ve been learning anew things like,
it’s OK to rest when we get tired. And, as we grow older, it’s OK to take more rest breaks than we used to. I’ve
learned that it’s a whole lot easier to do some things with the help of others than alone. That goes for physical
labor as well as working out details on bigger jobs/tasks. Whoever said, “Many hands make light labor” knew
what they were talking about.
It’s the same in the church. Even in a congregation as small as ours, there are a lot of little things that
need to be done. It’s a whole lot easier and less taxing on everyone when we share the workload. Of course,
around here, that includes things like bringing refreshments (it’s OK if they’re store-bought!), serving as a lay
reader, watering plants, picking a weed now & then, helping with a breakfast or other meal, coming up with ideas
of activities we can do together then helping plan them, calling someone you haven’t seen in awhile to make sure
they know they’re missed, and so on. Sharing the workload in doing the things that we can do is why God gave us
all different gifts, different things that we really enjoy doing. When we all share our gifts, it helps make for lighter
work for everyone. It also means that a whole lot more of God’s work gets done. So don’t be afraid of your own
learning curves. When we learn from them, we can indeed be surprised by what we learn; and, the results can
actually be better than we imagined!