“He said "Love...as I have loved you." We cannot love too much.”
― Amy Wilson Carmichael
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 Hebrews, Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
Please visit this site for daily scripture reading.
Every once in awhile I find myself reflecting about things I’ve learned in my lifetime, short as it is compared to some of you. But, maybe there will be something here that reminds you of some of your own life lessons. Enjoy!
1. Don’t bring strange dogs home. The dog was really nice and really did follow me home—granted, with a lot of encouragement. But what I didn’t know was that dogs like to chew. Unfortunately, he chose mom’s best shoes to chew on. (Of course, I’m not mentioning the lickin’ I got—and it wasn’t from the dog!)
2. Never say “I’ll never.” I never wanted to eat anything like snails, octopus or sea cucumbers. I never wanted to live in California. I never wanted to work in supply while in the Air Force—just to name a few of the ‘out loud’ declarations I’ve made. I learned that saying, “I’ll never” seems to be like a dare to God, because I ended up doing all of those things I said I’d never do.
3. Hurrying gets you in trouble. It’s always been when I was in a hurry that I’ve done things like slipped and fallen, put dings in my car, pulled out in front of on-coming traffic that I didn’t see, fallen asleep at the wheel because I was in too much of a hurry to sleep before I got in the car, etc. Hurrying just seems to create multiple opportunities to be later because of the accidents that happen while we’re hurrying.
4. No one is indispensible. About the first time I finally took vacation while in the Air Force, I returned to find everything in the office running fine. A major I worked with came to me and said, “Hey, everything went great while you were gone. I mean that as a compliment. That’s a sign that you’re doing something right when you’re people keep doing their jobs well, even when you’re away.” That realization has become key to how I view my role in any group. Help others feel free and comfortable to carry on, even when I’m not around.
5. You can’t please everyone. For a wide variety of reasons, some people just seem to need to be contrary at times. You could give them a million dollars and they’d complain about the taxes. Jesus offered the best advice, “knock the dust off your shoes and walk away.” I can’t fix people when they feel like that, so #6…
6. Let go and let God. There have been a lot of situations where I had absolutely no control over the outcome. I tried fussing and fuming and worrying, but discovered that’s all just wasted energy. These are times when the best thing to do is just let go and say, “Lord, I can’t fix this. You take it and do what’s best.”
Now, I admit I’m not always good at living into these lessons. Sometimes I just need to be contrary myself. Thankfully, God forgives me for those times, just as He has for all the previous times. So, every time I catch myself falling into the trap of one of my own lessons-learned being broken, I remember the words from the psalmist, “Be still and know that I am God.” As I do so, I also remind myself that I’m not the “I” in that statement.