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!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Rant about Thanksgiving

Do you feel the frenzy in the air? It’s growing larger and heavier as each day passes. The season of giving is upon us! It seems like it’s been here awhile. Even before Halloween, Christmas items were in the store. Craft stores had all their holiday stuff out and going by the end of the summer. I realize this has to happen so people can make whatever they need before the holidays actually arrive. 

However, the actual shopping for gifts and advertisements for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and so forth has begun to spill back to include the pre Black Friday sales, or let’s go on Thanksgiving to buy and get that one item we must have before the rush of Black Friday. In fact, there are people in some places who have already camped out at Best Buys so they can be the first person in to buy some humongous TV for $200.00! Really?!

What happened to enjoying Thanksgiving? It’s been almost obliterated by the shopping frenzy of the Commercial Day called Christmas. Thanksgiving was a day for joining with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, maybe watching the Macy’s parade and a football game or two. Hopefully we also really thought about what we were thankful.

My son-in-law has established a tradition that as we eat our Thanksgiving dinner we go around the table 3 times sharing what we are thankful for. I look forward to that meal more than for the food. It’s the sharing of our thoughts and feelings that adds depth to the time shared.

I realize I sound kind of negative about the coming holidays but I hope you will take some time to think about the real reason we celebrate. Giving thanks for the blessings of this past year; that is what Thanksgiving is really about. It’s not the food or even the activities we do that count. It’s to give thanks to the God of the universe for His provision, just like the Pilgrims did over 200 years ago. Nothing more and nothing less.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Trunk or Treat 2014

A week ago, some of our congregation came together to treat our neighbors and our own kids with candy. We do this as an outreach activity. It also allows those who are creative to come up with some great ideas for decorating their car trunks and themselves.  Here are a few of the ones who came out to participate this year.

Tina made a great spider web

Lisa became Batman and created a Bat Cave

Amy had a fishing pond where the kids had to 'fish' to get their treat.

One family created their own world of Oz

These two young women watched over our festivities this year.                                  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Who Do You Put Your Trust In?

The Voice
 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. 
Jeremiah 29:11

We often blame God when things go wrong for us. But right here in Jeremiah, He tells us that His plans for us are good. The one we should be blaming is satan. The fallen angel who took a third of the angels with him. They rule over this earth. All of the things that eat at us are caused by satan. Disease, war, famine, death, all of these things and many more are not of God.

Adam and Eve were tempted and fell for the deceit of this evil one. It brought doom on the whole of mankind. However God knew and planned for that eventualilty. Jesus. God's plan destroyed all the plans for a complete takeover. Those who turn to Christ and accept His gift of Grace, will be saved from an eternity of damnation. This is your future and hope. And never forget that!

What do you put your trust and faith in?

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
Green beans, corn
Canned  yams

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.