Welcome to MacArthur Christian!

We are MacArthur Boulevard Christian Church, a group of people who come together each week because we want to follow Jesus. We strive to serve Him, one another, our community and around the world. Please take a moment to browse through our website.

If you have any questions please fill out our contact form, or call us at 360-694-2527.We are located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Vancouver, Washington 98685 (on the corner of Morrison & MacArthur). Our office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST.

We're glad you stopped by! For inspirational stories and upcoming events, please follow along with our blog below!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thankgiving baskets



Here are the lists for the first two weeks leading up to putting our Thanksgiving baskets together. Please give what you can. We know it’s difficult for many this year. The boxes will be filled and ready to be picked up on Nov. 23rd, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. These items can be brought each Sunday or during the week. Contact the church office if you have questions. 360 694-2527. 





Week 1 — October  26th
Canned Vegetables:
Week 2 — November 2nd
Muffin Mix
Pumpkin pie filling
Pie shells
Brown sugar
Jell-O
Green beans, corn
Canned  yams
Olives


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Members in Action

This time of year activities abound here at MacArthur Blvd Christian Church.

Our Mexico Team is ramping up their fundraising projects. The first one was the Portland Marathon. Next will be their wreathes and Christmas tree sales.


 The women just had their fall retreat. (see last week’s blog). Everyone had a great time and came home recharged.


 The worship team is beginning to think about Christmas activities and specials.




 But before that, we have our Trunk or Treat on Halloween from 5:30 PM-7 PM in our parking lot. We are also collecting food for our Thanksgiving Boxes which we hand out to those who need a bit of help.



As you can see, we are a busy bunch of people who love serving others and God. Come and join us as we deepen our own faith and share it with others.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Moment to Slow Down

This weekend a group of us will gather for a retreat. There will be much laughing, chatting, listening, singing, and just hanging out.

We all have several things in common: We are women, followers of Christ and in need of some 'down time' from our regular hectic schedules.

We'll have time to be inspired and encouraged in our walk with God. We'll be able to encourage others and be encouraged ourselves. We'll have time to sit and chat, take a nap, work on a hobby like quilting, sewing, crafting, or read a book.

Someone else will prepare the food and all we'll have to do is dish up and hand in our dirty dishes for someone else to clean.



And when Sunday afternoon comes, we'll head back to our families hopefully refreshed, encouraged and ready to dive back into the craziness we call real life.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Seeing God through A Puppy's Life



Our puppy is almost a year old. We’ve had her since she was 3 months old. You normally think of pets as an extension of your family. You care for them, play with them and sometimes give them more love than to any other person in your life.

Our children are grown and have lives of their own and even though we are a close family, we don’t see each other on a daily basis. So our puppy has been the center of our life, or at least close to the center.

I walk our puppy every day, rain or shine. First thing in the morning, then around 5 in the afternoon, again around 8 pm and finally at 10 PM. We don’t have a fenced yard and so in order to get some exercise and relieve herself, we take these walks.

We never took her to obedience school, but from reading and watching videos on the internet, I’ve learned how to modify her behavior. She doesn’t bark at everything, she walks fairly well on a loose lease and is becoming socialized to people and other dogs. She is not perfect in these skills but she’s come a long way in 10 months.

I just found an off-leash dog park nearby and I’ve taken her to just run to her heart’s content. She is a little confounded by the sense of freedom but is enjoying the full range
of choosing where to go. However, she doesn’t understand that when it’s time to go, she must come. I’ve walked to the two gate enclosure and waited for her to join me. Then it’s on the leash again.

During this time, I’ve come to realize our relationship with God is similar. God sets the standards for each of us. Sometimes, like our puppy, we are fearful of the world around us. He draws us close and comforts us, soothing away the fear. Sometimes we dash ahead, straining to go faster than we ought. God gently pulls us back to Him. Or we may lag behind and God has to firmly pull us up to His speed.

The point I’m trying to get at is that when my pup and I are walking together, the bond between us is stronger and more gratifying than when we’re out of sync. The same can be said for our journey with God. When we are walking alongside of Him, the walk is better, sweeter and more productive than when we pull back or rush ahead.

God is not a puppeteer. He does accept our free will and if we choose to run free, He will allow it. He wants us to come to Him of our own free will. My puppy could have continued running around in the great big field, but when she realized her human was ready to leave, she came because she loves me and knows I love her and that love is stronger than all the freedom in the world.


Are you walking with God? Or are you running ‘free’? God is waiting at the gate, waiting to share His love freely with you.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Who are Your Heroes?






When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a movie star. It looked like such a fun and wonderful lifestyle. The only problem is I couldn’t sing well, and I didn’t have a dramatic bone in my body. However, I dreamt of being one anyhow. Women like June Alyson, Maureen O’Hara and Doris Day were the stars in my eyes.

I know those names date me but change the names for some of your favorites and you understand what I’m talking about.

As I grew older, my heroes became educators and those in the academic fields. And of course there were the authors who wrote the stories that filled my head with adventures and mysteries here and abroad.

The only problem with each and every one I looked up to was the fact that there was some flaw in their lives. They weren’t perfect and I struggled with disillusionment.
Even the people in my own life, who I looked up to often failed at some point.
Reading the Bible showed me great men and women of God, but they too, fell short. All but one. 

Jesus.

He is the only one who never failed to do the right thing at the right moment. He was and is, full of love, mercy and integrity. He could have had everything this earth could give him, but instead He chose to spend 30 plus years living among the general public as nondescript as possible. That is, until He began preaching. People followed Him, amazed at what He said and the miracles He performed. But in the end, He died a gruesome death. Most denounced Him, turned their backs on Him at one time or another during those last three years, but He continued because He was doing His Father’s biding. He fulfilled His purpose on earth and returned to where He belongs.


He’s my Hero. I worship Him and only Him. Who is your hero?  Who do you worship?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Living to the Fullest


The life of the Church here at MacArthur has been full these last few weeks. We held our annual Vacation Bible Camp the first week of August, worked on sprucing up the buildings and just gave away a lot of school supplies. Add to that a new pastor who is passionately in love with the Lord and desires to help us all become more passionate in our lives with the Lord.

Blood and adreneline. The faster the adreneline flows the faster the blood moves throughout the body, bringing sustaining oxygen and revitalization by removing the tired and toxic organisms which suck the life out.

God, through the blood of His son Jesus Christ gives us new life. Life eternal. No longer are we sucked dry, left to wander aimlessly through life. He renews us every day as we feed upon His Word and follow in His footsteps. It's that easy. Surrender all that holds you down and you will run and not be weary. It's a daily thing for the rest of your life. It's not always easy but the rewards will be great.  Are you walking in New Life? Would you like to find out how? Join us any Sunday morning around 10:45 AM. You'll be glad you did!

Friday, August 1, 2014

This week has run by like a locomotive. So much going on in the life of the church here at MacArthur!

1. We have a guest speaker on Sunday. His name is Tim Shields and he is the Director Elect for a mission group that our church helps support, Hisportic Christian Mission.

2.Vacation Bible Camp begins Monday and runs through Friday, from 9:30 AM-2:15 PM. Of course that means that some of us will be there long before and after the children. (By the way, if you live in Vancouver, WA and have kiddos between the ages of 4 and those going into 8th grade, bring them on Monday and register them for VBC)!

3. The following Sunday, the 10th, begins a new chapter in our church's life; a interim pastor who joins us and helps us transition from one pastor to another. Lots of changes are coming our way. Good ones I'm sure, not that there was bad stuff before, but every person who serves God and the body does things differently.

4. Family stuff happens and a momentous birthday for our youngest grandson happens in August. He'll be turning one. How fast this first year of his life has gone. A newborn who is now eating some regular food, walking, and generally a wonderful little fella to be around.

So you see, life is flying by. I'm trying to savor every moment of every day, but whew, what a great time to be alive! See ya!