“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

     On hearing it, many on his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

     Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was vefore! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.”

     From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

     “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

     Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:56-69


     Finally , be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

     Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declareit fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6:10-20


God’s Work. Our Hands…“Seven Churches. One Mission in Christ.”

Saturday Sept. 8 and Sunday Sept. 9

Saturday September 8th at 9am

We will all meet at Centennial High on Saturday morning for commissioning and to meet with our volunteer groups and point people for our projects. When everyone has checked in for a project, that group will be dismissed to their project site.

Service Project Sign Ups

Sign Ups will be done online with the assistance of the planning committee member from your congregation. If you aren’t sure who that is; please email with any questions!

Please Note Important Facts

The volunteer limits are put in place by the project sites themselves. We can not change these numbers. Please remember that we are sharing volunteer spots between all seven congregations. If you would like to be sure you get a service placement where you really want it, or with your friends or family please sign up ASAP.

Signage, parking attendants, and wheelchair accessibility has been revamped for this year’s event. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you have concerns.

Potluck following Sunday worship at CHS. Chicken and water will be provided. Please bring something to contribute to our combined meal.

Saturday Service Project Jobs

Community Prayer Vigil; located at Pilgrim Lutheran will include writing greeting cards for home bound congregation members. Guided prayers and devotions will be available. Unlimited volunteers.

Feminine Hygiene Care Packs and LifePax; these packs will be put together at Trinity Lutheran. Care packs will go to wormen in developing countries who lack hygienic supplies to meet monthly needs. 10 Volunteers Max.

Prayer Blocks and Dementia Blocks; St. Tim’s will be hosting quilting this year. The project will include sewing prayer blocks and dementia blocks for people in care facilities. 30 Volunteers Max.

Letter Writing for Advocacy; GWOH LCS service project this year will provide a place and an opportunity to write letters advocating for people without a voice. Unlimited Volunteers.

Sunday September 9th, 2018
Combined Worship at Centennial High School Located at 3505 SE 182nd Ave, Gresham, OR 97030. Food to Follow! Please bring a dish for the potluck, chicken will be provided for a main dish.

Offering will be donated again this year to a charity of the Pastors’ choosing.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Resurrection Lutheran Church
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Snowcap; Snowcap will have work inside and outside for us this year. Work can include organizing, cleaning, packaging (inside) or painting, gardening, beautifying (outside). Inside volunteer limit 25. No limit outside.

Habitat ReStore; both the PDX and Gresham locations will host GWOH volunteers this year. This job included stocking shelves, painting, and organizing the stores last year. 25 volunteers max per location.

Zarephath Kitchen; Help spruce up this food pantry and support them in providing a vital service to East County. 10 volunteers max.

Dignity Village; help support a local homeless community by cleaning up, recycling, painting, or building ramps.10 Volunteers Max.Must be 16 years old.

Fir Lone Cemetery; Feel your way through history as you tour and help care for this historic cemetery! Tasks range from ground maintenance to work around the headstones. Tools provided. Unlimited Volunteers.

Native Plant Center; This project is located in Tualatin. Help care for native plants! Activities include planting bulbs, seeds, and wildflowers. Tools and snack provided. Preference given to families with young children. 15 Volunteers Max.

Human Solutions; This project will be located at 162nd and Burnside Women’s Shelter. Volunteers will help prep and serve a meal to shelter residents. 15 Volunteers Max.

DAYCARE FOR GWOH HOSTED AT GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH FROM 8: 30 AM TO 2:30 PM. Please contact for more information.

GWOH T-SHIRTS available for purchase. Please see your committee person for more information.

Link to sign up online:


Contact your congregation GWOH leader for help signing up online.

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      “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

      Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

     Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you . Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has sternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever ears my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

John 6:51-58


     Fear the Lord you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

     The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

     Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

     Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

     keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

     Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 34:9-14