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Colbert Presbyterian Church

4211 E. Colbert Rd.
Colbert, WA 99005

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Colbert Presbyterian Church

"My hope is that Colbert Presbyterian Church will become a beacon on the hill, pointing to God, where people of the congregation and the community will find hope and healing -- spiritually, emotionally, socially and physically. I pray we hold our hope out also to the world beyond the community." - Betty Stratton

Genesis Center - "Beginning Place" - Phase I.

Our New Sign on our Future Building Site! First view of our new building!

The Genesis Center is a multi-use building that will serve our worship, education and administrative needs until the
Celebration Hall is built in five years.

The design is fresh and simplistic and will blend well with the architectural style of the area. It even includes a tower with an old-fashioned bell donated by the United Church of Craigmont in Idaho.

The Genesis Center will feature a 300 seat worship area and will include views into the forest with shafts of light pouring in overhead from vaulted ceiling shed-dormer windows.

In suitable weather, coffee and punch can be served on an outside patio. The nursery will have one-way glass views of the worship area and interior access to the women's restroom.

A small warming kitchen will suffice for fellowship coffees and potluck meals.

The building will include an office, reception and work areas.

The design includes a dedicated, flexible classroom area that can be sectioned into two to six education spaces along with room dividers in the worship area.

Construction is scheduled to begin this Spring (2001) with a Fall completion date.

After five years, Phase II of the building plan can be implemented to construct the Celebration Hall for worship and fellowship and the Genesis center will be converted to a designated education center.

This phase-by-phase plan is a cost-effective means to serve our immediate needs while allowing for future expansion.

Building Campaign - Presentation Sunday - March 11, 2001

Pastor Eric - "Presentation Sunday" - 3/11/2001 Steve Bertholf, Campaign Chairman

Presentation Sunday Brunch - 3/11/2001

Integration of the sacred and the secular
"The only strength for me is to be found in the sense of a personal presence everywhere. It scarcely matters whether it be called human or divine; a presence which only makes itself felt at first in this or that particular form and picture... Into this presence we come, not by leaving behind what are usually called earthly things; or by loving them less, but by living more intensely in them, and loving more what is really lovable in them; for it is literally true that this world is everything to us, if only we choose to make it so, if only we 'live in the present' because it is eternity." -- From the Inward Journey by Howard Thurman

Steve Bertholf and Pastor Eric Peterson (3/11/2001)

Steve Bertholf, Campaign Chairman and Eric Peterson, Pastor

Brunch - Building Campaign Presentation - 3/11/2001

Voluntary Simplicity
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you can add a single hour to his life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his splendor was not dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "what shall we eat?" or "what shall we drink?" or "what shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

-- Matthew 6:25-34

Genesis Center Building - Pastor Eric

"Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, "Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, "To an unknown god." What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you."

-- Acts 17:22

"What a privilege it is for Colbert Presbyterian Church to already have many children who are learning Biblical truths and experiencing God's love through church-family experiences. I look forward to our new building just teeming with children and youth." -- Sharon Clegg

Servant Leadership
"Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, who ever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

-- Mark 10:42-45

"They say Colbert Presbyterian is much more than a building. Indeed, but it will sure be good to have one. They say our identity is not in a building. True, but a home will show the community where we work, worship and play. They say our home is the world. Yes, but we need a simple gathering place in which to recharge our lives to zestfully bear Christ's image to the world. Ah...home, sweet home...for Colbert Presbyterians and scores of others." -- Virgil Griepp