Small With Big Dreams

December 01, 2005 | Rhonda Reedy

The Columbia Gorge Church began in 1978 when the first Sabbath School and church services were held at the Corbett Fire Hall. There were 78 people, and all were excited to be planting a church in a new area. Because the fire hall was crowded and did not give us space for children’s classes, we moved to the Corbett Christian Church the following summer.

In 1987 the church board met and, after prayer, suggested that the church be moved to Troutdale. With the support of Rockwood and other Adventist churches in the area, the church was able to solicit sufficient interest and new members to begin meeting in the Troutdale area. Since that time we have rented the Troutdale Community Church as our place of worship.

We were prompted to revive the vision of owning our own facility when the old Corbett Christian Church became available for sale. It is more than adequate for our needs and would be a great asset to us and our vision for service in the community.

During the past 18 years, our church has focused on spiritual growth, nurture, and community outreach. We have a choir that draws singers from other churches and the community. We have been involved in vegetarian cooking classes, stress-reduction classes, parenting classes, and evangelistic outreach, including Vacation Bible School. And for the past four years, we have been the main sponsor for Oregon Youth Challenge (OYC).

Please keep little churches like ours in your prayers. We may be small, but we’re BIG in dreams!