The Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church has a strong emphysis on Bible Study and Community Service. Below are some of the activitities our members are engaged in, and groups sponsored by the church.
Bible Study: Most Friday mornings at 9.30 a group of folks are devoted to a brief meditative time. We generally look at poetry or a short story to initiate some discussion. People sometimes share their own work. The time is often but not always theologically centered.
At 10.00 we begin a study time. Often it is based on the study of a book of the Bible. At other times it is study of a current or popular book. We have done some thematic studies as well. The classes are held at a college level. They involve the participant in historical and cultural thinking on a variety of subject. There is some reading outside of class. Regular attendance makes it easier to stay current. For more information, contact Ben Dake.
Life Transisitons: Life Transitions is a self-help group that addresses grieving the loss of a loved one, facing serious health issues, and changing living situations. We meet for 1 hour on Monday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in the narthex to discuss these life challenges. Shelley Stoll is the facilitator and can be reached at 503-392-3092 if you would like more information.
NVPC Women’s Group: This group meets quarterly at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We begin with a bible study and then a business meeting. For more info, contact Cathy Jones 503-201-7462.
Heifer International: The Session and the PWA are sponsoring a year long mission drive for Heifer International. The group provides animals for the poorest of the world in order to provide nutrition and a source of additional income. Animals include chickens, ducks, geese, sheep llama… Besides supplying milk, eggs and meat, the animals are often bred by the villages thus spreading the income.
South County Food Pantry: The food pantry is open every other tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Supported heavily by the Oregon Food Bank, we provide a wide variety of healthy food for community members in need. For more information, contact Nancy and Jim Oleson 503 434 3172 .
Nestucca Valley Backpack Food Program: The non-profit status for this community sponsored program has been provided by the NVPC, as well as tremendous volunteer support. We provide backpacks filled with child friendly nutritious food at the end of every school week to needy children to make sure they arrive at school on Mondays ready to learn. For more information, see link and/or call Carol Boring at 503 398 4654, or Jo Rack at 602 509 4071.
Deacon’s Group: The Deacons provide support for this church by recognizing birthdays & anniversaries and caring for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or have become ill. They also provide poinsettias and lilies for the holiday. Deacons serve three year terms and are elected by the congregation.
Hiking and Kayaking: During the summer, there are somewhat regular hiking and kayaking expeditions. The level of difficulty varies so that most people can participate at different times.
AA: AA meetings occur every Monday night at 7:00.
Rumi Poetry Group: This group meets every Thursday at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Each week, participants share poems from Rumi or other mystical poets, and we spend some time contemplating and exploring the meanings of the poems’ spiritual insights to our lives. Cheryl Ritenbaugh is the facilitator and can be reached at 520-822-6710 for more information.