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 Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 4 PM PST.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where is Baby Jesus?

Today it was brought to my attention that my baby Jesus is missing from my nativity set here in the office. Where could it be? Why would anyone want to take a little plastic canvas baby from a homemade nativity set that my husband made many years ago?

This set me to thinking about how the real Baby Jesus is lost in many of our lives. The real one was born over 2 thousand years ago to a carpenter and his betrothed, Mary. They were good but very poor people. They, however, were believers in the One True God, the Creator of the Universe and were obedient to His laws. God knew they would follow His instructions in providing a home for His Son.
Mary allowed God to indwell her with Jesus. In that time and culture, she could have been killed. Joseph, her betrothed would have every right to allow that to happen, but God spoke to him and Joseph took on the responsibility of honoring Mary and fulfilled the marriage requirements and married her, giving Jesus a home to grow up in.

They continued to follow God’s leading when Herod went on a rampage to kill the babe who was to be the ‘King of the Jews’. They left their home and family and went to Egypt and returned only when told it was safe to come back to Nazareth.

The point I’m trying to make is that when we follow God’s leading, we will not lose Jesus. He will be right where He belongs, at the center of our hearts. It’s when we get too busy to make time to study God’s Word, spend time listening and talking to God about what is important, and serving Him in whatever way He’s equipped us, that Jesus disappears from our lives.

Have you lost Jesus? He’s easy to find. There is a saying that 'Wise Men still Seek Him'. Are you seeking Him? Join us this Sunday, the 21st at 10 AM and you just might find Him.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Merry Christmas! Yes, I said Merry Christmas. That is what this season is all about. Christ. God sent His Son to be born of a virgin. God came to earth and walked among us! How awesome is that? God had planned this all along and chose just the right time to interrupt the world He'd set in place.

Jesus Christ didn't live a life of privilege. In fact very few knew He existed for nearly 3 decades. Sure Herod sent his soldiers out to kill all the boys between birth and 2 years of age. The parent's never forgot the babes they lost that day, but for most people, the memories of that awful day faded as the years progressed and other atrocities occurred and filled their minds.

Again when the time was just right, Jesus began His ministry. Healing, sharing His Father's own words, saying and doing only what God commanded. Right onto a cross where He died for all humankind's sins.

You see, that was God's purpose. He set in place a plan to allow everyone to return to Him through the sacrifice of His son's life. Only Jesus has come back to life. Only through accepting that Jesus died and rose from the dead can we be with God again.

And because of that I wish you a Merry Christmas!!!

Want to know about this awesome God who sent His one and only Son to earth?

Please come and visit us on any Sunday. However, on Sunday 21st you are invited to attend our combined Christmas Concert and Worship Service. Charles Patton along with the MacArthur Choir and other special guests will share in song and word what Christmas is all about and then hear an inspiring message from our own Dr. Glen R. Basey.

We will also be collecting funds to help our Youth Mexico Team raise money to help build houses next summer. And bring a can of food to help a local needy family. However, don't let that stop you if you don't have extra funds or food. Just come and enjoy the real reason for Christmas. You'll be glad you did!

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.