Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Still here!

Wow. It's been a long time. I know I really need to get back to updating our blog. Honestly I didn't really think anyone was reading it and facebook updates are easier but also tell a lot less. So I will make an attempt at resurrecting our blog, for those of you who care :) (I know...the picture needs to be updated, it's 4 years old. LOL)

It's hard to believe the first three months of 2012 are nearly over. It has flown by. Butch and I continue to busy ourselves with life and ministry in Glenwood. We love life in our little town and have tried very hard to be a part of the community. Butch is in the process of applying to be on the volunteer fire department. He was approached a few weeks ago and decided to give it a shot.

I ran for the School Board last fall and was elected so I began serving in that position in January. I have also been subbing a lot at the school the past couple of months. It is such a joy to be able to invest in the lives of children, even if it's only a day here and there.

The church here in Glenwood is doing well. We are seeing growth in the body of believers. It is an exciting thing to watch God work in the lives of others! Pray for those in our community though who are ill or fighting cancer and for those who have lost loved ones.

We are praising the Lord for His provision for our family. He has provided us not just one but two vehicles that our kids can drive, free! Well, the vehicles were free, it will cost the kids to drive them :) He has also provided consistent subbing hours for me which has helped us meet our budget. We lost some financial support as we entered the new year and the hours I have received subbing have made up for it.

Please pray for Grady as he finishes his first year of college. Pray that he would finish strong and also that God would provide the funds needed for his second year. Pray for Spencer as he finishes his Senior year, to also finish strong and for God's direction for his future. Pray for Becca as she prepares for her trip to Panama this summer. The trip is 100% funded! PRAISE THE LORD! She will still need a little bit of additional funds for clothing, spending money and other essentials, but that amount is small.

Thank you so much for hanging with us as we have been on this journey that God has set before us. We appreciate your prayers. I never would have dreamed that we would be where we are today, but God's plan is much greater than ours. It was hard for us to leave Nevada but we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it was all part of God's plan. He is an amazing God and puts right where we need to be for however long we need to be there.

Serving Him,
The Hallenbeck's

Monday, July 25, 2011

Creative Night Out

Are you ready for a Creative Night Out?

Whether you are new to the art of scrapbooking and card making or have been doing this for a long time, this is your chance to check out some fabulous new products!

August 18
at Glenwood Community Church

Choose to create cards and/or a scrapbook layout.
Each item you create costs just $2.
Or create for free when you place an order.

This is your chance to get your feet wet, learn some new techniques, win some prizes, learn how to get free supplies, and enjoy a fun evening out with your friends.

***Get an extra chance for the door prize when you RSVP!

Jennifer Hallenbeck
Independent Close to My Heart Consultant

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pray for Camp

We had a great mini vacation last week. We went camping at Forlorn Lakes, just west of Trout Lake. It was cold and damp but we had a relaxing time with friends. Then Butch and I made a quick turn around and headed north where we attended a Celebration of Life for his great aunt. It was a nice service and a chance to meet a lot of the family I had never met before.

Sunday was a fun day. We drove to McCleary for church for a surprise visit with friends and fellow Village Missionaries, Joe and Karla Beard. While we missed the chance to visit with our Lake Tapps family, it was nice to visit with Joe and Karla. We had lunch at the Rusty Tractor in Elma, it's probably been 30+ years since I've eaten there J Butch was brave and tried a Yak burger; I was not so brave and had a French Dip!

This week we have been gearing up for camp. I pretty much have all the planning finished for the kitchen, so we will be well fed! We are short on staff so please pray with us that the staffing needs would be met. We are trusting God to supply the staff we need for a memorable camp that will impact the lives of the kids who come. We are taking 17 Junior campers and 12 Teen campers. I continue to be in awe of how God is working in the lives of the kids and families in Glenwood. First He brought 41 kids to VBS, and now we are taking 29 to camp. Yay God!

As we finish our camp prep, please pray for the staffing needs. Also pray for the kids who will attend, that God would reach them where they are at and that we can effectively share the love of Jesus with them.

We thank God for each of you. "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now." Philippians 1:3-5

If you would like to know how to partner with us financially please visit, or contact us directly.

Serving Him Together,

Pastor Butch & Jennifer, Grady, Spencer and Becca

Friday, July 8, 2011

July Update

July 2011

Greetings Family and friends

It is hard to believe that our summer is nearly half over. Time has been flying by for us here in Glenwood. 2011 has been a year of milestones for us with Grady graduating this past June, Becca moving up to high school, and Spencer getting ready to begin his Senior year. Grady will attend George Fox University in Newberg, OR this fall.

As the school year ended, we were preparing for Vacation Bible School. God brought 41 kids to VBS this year, about 80 % of those were from Glenwood! God is good. The week after Vacation Bible School we had a group from Lake Tapps Community Church near Tacoma, WA, come and do some work projects. They remodeled the bathrooms in the church and built a patio in our backyard. They also picked up garbage along the highway and did some work for some members of the community. Many of the youth who came were among the last of those whom we worked with while at Lake Tapps. It's great to see how God is working in their lives.

We get a short breather in July and plan to do some camping next week. Then it's full-on for camp which will be the first week of August. Every year we take several kids from Glenwood to Columbia River Bible Camp, held at Camp Morrow near Wamac, OR. It is our prayer that we would be able to invest in the lives of the kids who come and that God would draw them to Himself.

Praises & Prayers:

  • Praise that the Lord allowed us the opportunity to purchase a more economical vehicle, allowing us to save a bundle on gas!

  • Pray for our finances as we send Grady off to college. This will put a strain on our budget, however we are trusting in God's faithfulness as He continues to provide for us.

  • Pray that God would move in the hearts of the kids we take to camp and that we would be able to continue to build relationships with them after camp.

  • Pray for the 41 kids who came to VBS, that they would want to know more about Jesus and that we would be able to connect with them through the school year.

  • Pray for our family, that we would find time for rest and togetherness in the midst of the busyness of ministry.

  • Praise the Lord for bringing us to Glenwood. We are so blessed to be able to serve our great God in this beautiful place.

Serving Him together,

Pastor Butch & Jennifer Hallenbeck, Grady, Spencer, & Becca

Thursday, January 6, 2011

December News

December 2010

Greetings Family and Friends

It's Christmas Eve so I decided I had better stop putting off writing the Christmas letter! This is our second Christmas in Glenwood. Hard to believe, time has flown by.

This past year has found us quite busy with life and ministry. The church in Glenwood continues to grow strong as people seek to deepen their relationship with the Lord. We are continually seeking ways to challenge people and help them to grow, not only through Bible study, but opportunities for fellowship as well.

This past spring Butch and I went back to school, taking classes through Summit Bible College online. Our goal through this is to be better equipped for the ministry God has called us to. It has been challenging at times, especially in the busier months.

The kids are all doing well. Grady has just been accepted to George Fox University and plans to attend next Fall. He is being challenged through Running Start and will graduate high school with his AA degree. Spencer has been helping out with the basketball team and loves working with young children. Becca played volleyball in the fall and is playing basketball now. She continues to enjoy band and has begun playing the Alto Sax this year. She continues to play her Oboe as well.

As we enter 2011, please pray for us in the following areas:

  • Our finances – between car repairs and dental needs, we are finding our budget severely stretched!
  • Our ministry – pray for unity in the church and for opportunities to share our faith with everyone we meet. Pray that people would have a strong desire to "know and grow" in the Lord.
  • Our family – pray that we would keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the purpose He has for us, and not get distracted by the little things.
  • Praise the Lord for the work He is doing in Glenwood and pray that we would continue to have opportunities to build relationships with those in our community.

We thank God for each of you and the role you have in our ministry. We could not continue to serve the Lord full time without the many people who continue to pray for us and support us. We pray that each of you will be truly blessed this Christmas season.

Serving Him Together,

Pastor Butch and Jennifer Hallenbeck, Grady, Spencer and Becca

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Opening Day!

Today was opening day of deer season and guess what...Grady got his first deer. Awesome. It's a nice sized 4 point. This will certainly get some meat in the freezer :) Way to go Grady!