NEFC has a variety of ways to live out love. Connect with others by getting involved with one or more of the following or share your calling to something new. Contact a team leader listed below or a staff member for general inquiries. Get in touch with us if you need specific help figuring out how to use your strengths and gifts in this community.
The NEFC Bell Choir rehearses Monday evenings during the school year and leads music occasionally during holidays and Sunday evening services. Anyone who can read music–and commit to rehearsals–is welcome to join this unique ensemble.
This team has the incredible gift of journeying with individuals and families in our community who are experiencing challenges in life such as medical needs, job loss, limited mobility, or simply needing someone to express care and concern in practical ways. This might look like a phone call to check in, one-time or even regular visits, or help mobilizing a team to journey in the midst of crisis. God works as we offer moments of living out love with those who need intentional connections.
Younger kids are always welcome and invited to stay with their families for worship. Each Sunday, little ones are invited up front for an interactive story just for them. After that they can take their parent or guardian to check in at Godly Play or other planned activities. We provide nursery care for the littlest ones through age 3, although they too are welcome in worship.
For the sake of each child’s safety, all volunteers have received a criminal history check, completed volunteer orientation, and work in pairs. Checking your child in the first time may take a little longer than it otherwise will.
Connection groups have 8 to 9 people who will weekly gather together at someone’s home for 4 weeks. Each person in the small group with have the opportunity to share the pivotal God sightings in their life story, giving people the chance to know one another more.
The Hospitality Team is the FRIEND that extends goodwill through service, showing kindness, and helping guests and community members feel welcome, loved, and valued. Team members do this by preparing and providing refreshments for church sponsored events and reaching out to our community members who may need some neighborly care, including organizing meals for people experiencing significant life events.
A week’s notice is appreciated but, as with any FRIEND, you can ask anytime, and we will do everything possible to meet your needs.
This team serves Italian sodas, tea, and coffee from 4:30-5pm, prior to worship gatherings, on Sunday evenings.
Every Sunday at 5pm is an opportunity for us to be together for an intentional time of community worship. We hope to help create space that is conducive to each person feeling God’s presence and love. We want to be diverse, creative, and intergenerational in our approach to Sunday evenings, and this is always helped by having more voices involved in planning and leading. There are opportunities each week for musicians, audio/visual techs, ushers, greeters, people to set up and clean up the sanctuary, and creative planners.
The prayer ministry is new and like our church, emerging.
We want prayer to be infused in all that we do; part of worship, part of supporting one another, and part of preparing for ministry work and intentional breakthroughs.
The Prayer Team is an intentional community within NEFC committed to holding the whole body in the Light of Christ as well as individual shared prayer requests. In the future, the Team envisions prayer walks, mini-prayer retreats, and a praying-life study group.
If you would like to submit a prayer request use our contact page.
Be part of the team that is responsible for the set up and tear down of worship stations used during Sunday evening gatherings. Team members sign up for one Sunday a month, set up worship stations from 4:30-4:50pm in the sanctuary, and spend approximately 15 minutes after the service putting things away.
Here’s a chance to connect with a group of eight adults in our community around a casual evening meal in which everyone brings a dish.
Lead elementary kids in singing simple worship songs for 5-10 mins before kids go to Godly Play. Team members are responsible for one Sunday each month, on a rotating schedule.
The Women’s Gathering on Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 AM is created to provide space for all women, woman-identified, or non-binary people to worship, study and connect. The group meets in the Joyful Servant Lutheran fellowship hall and childcare is provided. Moving ahead, we hope new opportunities continue to emerge to support women, spiritually and practically, in all seasons of life.
Throughout the year we create an opportunity on Wednesday evenings to gather together to study, connect, grow, and learn around a specific topic or book.
Our next opportunity is a series of discussions led by Gregg Koskela, looking at themes from Miroslav Volf’s book Exclusion and Embrace. April 24 – June 12, 6:30-7:45pm. Register here.
Questions? Contact Steve Fawver.
Join us as we plan for our next Sabbath Retreat for women, taking place April 12-14, 2019 at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center.
Every Sunday is someone’s first experience at NEFC. Our Welcome Team has the pastoral privilege of welcoming visitors and helping newcomers feel at home. Team members take turns greeting first time visitors, help them learn their way around the facility, get kids settled and answer questions. Each week, a team member follows up with those that provided their information, adds them to the newsletter mailing list with their permission, and introduces them to others who share their interests and calling.
NEFC Youth is a community of middle and high school young people and adults who are seeking an adventurous expression of faith. We pray, learn, worship, doubt, ask questions, and serve together as an all-inclusive community. With the aim of being the kind of group where all people feel safe and free to be themselves, we have committed ourselves to celebrating each person, listening to one another, and creating fun memories as we laugh and play and seek God together. We gather each Wednesday night at the Joyful Servant Lutheran building on Villa Road and in three small groups that meet throughout Newberg. Once or twice a month, we leave Newberg together, looking for creative and memorable experiences and/or adventure in the outdoors.
Local Ministries & Partnerships
Equity and Diversity is an advisory group of community members that collaborate to fulfill our commitment to making our church a welcoming, affirming, and safe place for all. We are available to all committees in the church to help with education about how best to put these ideals into action. We are also committed to advocating for the marginalized and intervening for those experiencing harm. We are not a part of the authority structure of the church, and our role is more advice and advocacy.
Game Nights are the 2nd Saturday of the month. Open to all ages and game playing abilities.
The room, which features a variety of lightly used clothes and shoes, school supplies and non-perishable food items, is available for students to use freely between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Donations and adult volunteers are welcome and we have encouraged involvement via our holiday “Giving Tree” and throughout the year as a way of living out God’s love locally.
We believe that following Jesus changes us and changes how we act and live. We believe following Jesus means joining what God is already doing to bring justice and peace in our world. Our Peace and Justice Team tries to help our faith community do just that. We want to raise awareness of areas of injustice, and explore together how we can do things right here in Newberg that make a practical difference for peace and justice in people’s lives. We would love to have you join us in that journey!
Once a month, people come together on the Friends Cemetery property to chop donated trees and logs into firewood for people in need of help heating their homes. Volunteers cut and stack wood for approximately two hours once a month on a Saturday morning. Bring gloves and ear protection.
Weighted blankets can be used in a variety of sensory-oriented therapies. The blankets have been used in each of the public schools in the Newberg School District, from the Head Start Preschools to the high school counseling office. Whether you’re an experienced sewist or not, all skill-levels are welcome to join us at our sewing parties!
Andy Comfort, One Collective
Andy Comfort is with One Collective in Ecuador helping to find ways for impoverished communities to experience “Food, Freedom and Forgiveness” through global business development. Read Andy’s blog or learn about One Collective at their website.
Email Andy at email@example.com
Ways to Give
If you would like to give a tax-deductible contribution to Newberg Emerging Friends Church, here are some ways to do it: