18 02, 2015

The Nutcracker’s Gift

By | February 18th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

The Chehalem Valley Dance Academy’s annual production of The Nutcracker raised money for local organizations this year, including Love INC. Every dollar from ticket sales went to charity. Many audience members attend the performance because they knew their money was going to support good causes. Each organization’s brochures were handed out to patrons before the performance. Love INC brochures were printed for free by Impact PDX. It is so wonderful to see how the community comes together to make Newberg a better place! This year, we received $3,500 from the performance! Every $10 provides $100 worth of goods and services through Love INC. Can you imagine how much the community will be able to do with this? Love INC is incredibly grateful to the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy and all who were involved for their generosity! “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” –John 1:16

17 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings

By | December 17th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Once again Love INC was reminded of the thoughtful nature of our community when we were brought leftovers from the C.S. Lewis Thanksgiving Luncheon. We love that their instant reaction was to share when attendees found themselves with an excess of warm, delicious food.  Love INC was able to locate an elderly neighbor to receive the extra food, who reacted with grateful tears and words of thankfulness. We love being reminded of how blessings can occur when we least expect them. It never ceases to inspire us as we continue to see the way generosity has a tendency to trickle down from person to person. We are thankful!  “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”- Romans 15:2

26 11, 2014

Fire of God

By | November 26th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A recent post from our Client Services Manager: After returning from coffee with my pastor this morning, where I had shared about all the neat things God does through my workplace, I was met by a single mom of a five-year-old boy whose apartment had just burned down. Even though she had lost all of her material belongings, she seemed to rest in the knowledge that she and her son were at least safe and able to take up temporary residence with a relative. As I navigated through ways we could help her, she made a request for toys and books for her son, becoming visibly upset as she spoke. I, too, became overwhelmed. Last night I had decided that my son’s room had amassed too many items and some of them just had to go. My wife and I, with our OCD in full swing, chucked as many bags of stuff into her SUV as we could. The plan was for her to take the items to a thrift store sometime during the week because Love INC doesn’t distribute children’s toys. God apparently had other plans in mind. My wife needed my car to drive to Corvallis that day so I headed off to work in her car. While meeting with the single mom I immediately remembered my son’s toys/books and led her out to my car.  I let her have whatever she wanted. She was so pleased to take mostly everything and was especially grateful for a children’s [...]

22 10, 2014

Pretty in Pink

By | October 22nd, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Last week our Wednesday receptionist, Terri, called one of our Hispanic clients to let her know that she could come in and get one of our smaller bikes with training wheels for her son.  The client ended up coming in with her younger daughter, who was brought along in order to try the bike on for size. Once in our garage, the little girl honed in on an even smaller pink bike that we hadn’t found a home for yet.  Terri couldn’t say no to the little girl’s newfound attachment and gave both bikes away to the family.  Terri reported back to us that it made her day to watch her ride it down the sidewalk to their car. “After all, [God]’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises.” – Job 5:9

24 09, 2014

When Your Children Ask You for Lemons

By | September 24th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A mom and her bustling quiver of four kids visited the clearinghouse earlier this month to make a generous donation.  In a very polite manner, each of the children explained to the receptionist that they had, under their own accord, held a lemonade stand in order to generate proceeds for Love INC.  After their brief explanation, a representative of the family stepped forward with an envelope in hand. Written in bold and spanning the entire face of the envelope was the amount $7.85! The next time children ask you if they can hold a lemonade stand and donate their earnings to others, encourage them to do so and help them see it through! “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”- Psalm 127:3-5

20 08, 2014

God Restores

By | August 20th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

“Mitchell” was a former high-end chef whose cocaine addiction had landed him in the streets of Seattle for many years.  Recently he found his way to Helping Hands in Newberg after a brief stay at Blanchet Farms recovery program in Carlton, Oregon. He shared in his intake interview with Love INC that disobedience to God had caused his past, but that he was a new creation in Christ.  He was full of confidence that God was going to restore the years he had wasted on drugs. Mitchell’s confidence in God came out in his conversations with us.  He expressed overflowing gratitude as we provided him with brand new clothing that a volunteer had donated.  While we could not provide a free bicycle that same day, he assured us that his transportation issue would work itself out. Sure enough, later that week he reported back to us that a generous man had given him a street legal dirt bike. With nothing but the Spirit of God guiding him and God’s people lending a helping hand, Mitchell is living a purposeful life again to the glory of God. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”- Mark 11:24

30 07, 2014

The Immaculate Donation

By | July 30th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Cara Copeland, Director of A Family Place, recently met with Love INC Director Polly Siler to discuss her organizations’ programs and brainstorm ways a partnership could be mutually beneficial. At one point in the meeting Cara mentioned that their organization was in need of a washer and dryer for their new preschool starting up at Joyful Servant Lutheran Church. The Clearinghouse Coordinator overheard this from another room and quickly interrupted the meeting to share that he had spoken with a gentlemen earlier on the phone who wished to donate a washer and dryer. Large appliance donations like this are a rarity at Love INC, so this donation was immediately received with praise and thanksgiving.  God knew when He placed it on the donor’s heart to donate the washer and dryer that Cara would be sharing her organization’s need that same day. The Lord never ceases to amaze with His timely provision. “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.”-Psalm 139:4

23 06, 2014

The Tangible Gospel

By | June 23rd, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A volunteer with a heart for discipling young men does serve projects for Love INC once a month.  He hopes to be a father-figure for those whose fathers are either absent or inactive in their lives. Last month, the volunteer shared that he and a teenage boy worked on taking down the old shed behind the clearinghouse.  As the boy lamented about the heaviness of the boards they were hauling off, Dave took the opportunity to share the significance behind the crucifixion.  He explained that Jesus carried the very cross he would later die on so that men might be saved from their sins. He elucidated further that Christ commands all of his followers to pick up their symbolic cross and follow Him, dying daily to self in service to God. The boy was deeply impacted by this truth and Dave felt incredibly blessed to be able to speak the gospel so effortlessly and tangibly into a young boy’s life.  Neither knew that such a mundane task would point them to the greatest event in human history! “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”- Mark 8:34

21 05, 2014

Community Rewards Producing Cash!

By | May 21st, 2014|Clearinghouse|

In January Love INC was invited to take part in the Community Rewards Program of Fred Meyer, presented by the Kroger Family of Stores. In this unique program, Fred Meyer grants their shoppers the opportunity to link their rewards card to a charitable organization of their choice and in return Fred Meyer donates according to the number of rewards points shoppers earn.  It doesn’t affect their personal rewards points, either! The first quarter of the program finished at the end of March and we were notified that 114 community members had linked their cards to Love INC, generating a donation of $1,917.82! Many of those people were our very own clients, who were quick to sign up when they first found out about the program.  Please continue to join our clients in this effort so that we can further bless those in the Newberg area who have need.

14 05, 2014

Celebration of Friendship

By | May 14th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Over the past few months one of our weekly volunteers has been working with an elderly client, who we shall call Betty. She was in need of new housing, and had no family or friends in the area who were able to help her. The process was long and difficult at times but Love INC remained in contact with Betty throughout the series of challenges, including finding a foster home for some of her beloved dogs. God impressed upon a volunteer that she needed to stay in touch with Betty and always be there to love, listen and help when possible. Recently Betty was able to move about two hours away to a lovely apartment in a quiet town. Our volunteer drove out to visit Betty to make sure she was settled in and had everything she needed to be comfortable. Their conversation lasted a couple of hours and ended with hanging colorful pictures on the wall to celebrate a long-awaited move and commemorate a friendship that was built through the Love INC ministry. “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”- 1 Peter 1:22