Day: October 8, 2010

‘Being the Church’ mantra behind ServeFest

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Lakepoint Community Church embraced what they call “being the church” last Sunday. At their new home at the Keizer Civic Center (where their congregation will meet every Sunday starting Oct. 10) they hosted ServeFest, where organizers estimate at least 2,000 people showed up. A variety of goods and services were offered at no charge: Basic medical checkups, veterinary exams, haircuts, family portraits, clothes, a free meal, manicures, bicycle repair and more. Rachel Taylor, the event coordinator, said ServeFest stemmed from their campaign Faith in Action. “The whole idea stems from we as a church, we come to church, we sit and listen and do the church thing every Sunday,” Taylor said. “But what church is about is being the church. Last year we decided to close our doors for church  … and we’re going to serve people and meet the practical needs out there in the community. “It worked so well last year we decided we needed to do this at least once a year.” Taylor said this year’s attendance “exceeded our expectations.” They couldn’t get a fully accurate count of attendees, but they think at least 2,000 people showed up. Close to 120 volunteers offered their time and services, Taylor said. “It was our desire to bless the community – no strings attached,” she...

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Vote Jim Dyer for Oregon House seat

To the Editor: Perhaps many of you already know. Jim Dyer is running for House District 25 which consists of Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg. I met Jim when I first ran for a seat in the Oregon House. Jim has been very active in his community serving on several nonprofit boards and committees. He received an award for service to the community this year from the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. He has now decided to expand his community service and run for the state legislature. I support his decision. His work in the community gives him an understanding of the District’s needs and interests. I know him to be a person that is analytical and is knowledgeable on a wide range of issues. He is a hard worker. Voting for Jim to represent District 25 will be a vote for good legislation. Peter Courtney Salem Courtney is president of the Oregon State...

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Horns up! Band forms unspoken bond in music

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the midst of a performance, McNary High School drum major Hannah Patterson’s commitment to the band is visible on her face. It’s held rigid as she watches the lead drum major and flows into her hands as she cuts through the air with crisp, rhythmic motions leading the band through their routine. That stony-faced resolve is a sharp contrast to the dimples that are immediately visible as soon as she steps down from the podium. “If you had a brain monitor hooked up to one of our players, you would be amazed,” Patterson, a senior and trumpet player, said. “I’ve taken hard classes, but I’ve never worked as hard as I do on the field. You’re watching the music, watching the conductor, watching the form, watching the next set and thinking march with this foot at this time. When I was a freshman, I didn’t anticipate working this hard.” Each week during football home game, the band takes the field for a six-minute set, but most don’t realize exactly how much preparation goes into that performance. “There are some people who hear us practicing out at 9 p.m. on Monday nights, but I’m not even sure they realize that we have our own competitions,” said flutist Patricia Brown. “We love coming out to support our team and our school, but we’d...

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