The Dalles Church Celebrates Grand Opening

September 18, 2021 was a high Sabbath for The Dalles congregation as they celebrated the long-awaited grand-opening of their new building in The Dalles, Oregon.

Many weeks, months and years of sacrifices have served to lovingly construct this project. From the initial framing by the Maranatha volunteer team in June of 2018, to the hours of work during months of pandemic restrictions, many hands have helped.

There were building materials prayed for and prayed over. There were also many challenges overcome by prayer, patience and communication. Each piece of this new church is answer to prayer, a blessing from God and meant to be a light in the community.

And a light it will be! The church now sits on top of a hill, overlooking The Dalles and the Columbia River. Large windows let in sun rays while views of the Columbia Gorge and Mount Hood are the prominent “art” in the sanctuary.

Oregon Conference president, Dan Linrud, shared an appropriate Sabbath message titled "Light On the Hill" based on Matthew 5:14-16. He praised the members, and pastor Dave and Lori Woodruff, for their dedication and commitment to finishing this project. He also challenged the members to be a life-changing light in their community! Also celebrated were the building committee members and chairs, Roxie Cowart and Joanne Rude who finally saw their hard work, long hours and dedication to this member-built church pay off.

If you would like to visit The Dalles Church, you can find the new building at 501 Veterans Drive in The Dalles, Oregon. Church service begins at 10:55 a.m. each Sabbath.

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