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Help us pick a peck of pickled Pentecostals!

I am hard at work on a schedule for our year of Sundays, but it’s a work-in-progress. We have already decided to hit a Pentecostal Church this Sunday, but I can’t decide WHICH ONE! Help me choose! Joel is no help at all.

Here are the options:

1. Emmanuel – “When God’s Spirit indwells a people who are worshipping Christ with their hearts and lives, God’s power will show up. Healing can happen today. Deliverance can happen today.”

2. New Direction Community Church – Their purpose is “winning souls for Jesus through unconditional love;  bringing the believer to Christ-like maturity through the word of God.  Establishing them as Holy Ghost-filled leaders;  and equipping them for ministry within the home, church and world mission.”


3. The Portland Pentecostals – Where, “We testify publicly, We anoint with oil for divine healing and We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts.”

4. Trinity Full Gospel Pentecostal Church – They promise to “Bring healing to the brokenhearted and deliverance to the oppressed, true worship that is neither shallow or restrained, but genuine.”

Leave a comment telling us where to go and we’ll head to the church of your choice!

While you’re at it, if you have any suggestions for where we should go on Mother’s Day, I’m all ears.

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Joel Gunz

posted May 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Interesting recommendation – we might just do that!

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posted May 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I think you should go to the Old Apostolic Church in Brush Prairie on Mother’s Day. The Moms there have more kids then anyone.

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posted May 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

You guys should check out Outward Church in Salem, Ore. They’re part of the Acts 29 Network, which is overseen by “the” Mark Driscoll–who thinks women should submit submit submit to their husbands and that Jesus is best described as a UFC cage fighter. They’re young, they’re hip, and they’re conservative Calvinists.

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posted April 30, 2011 at 7:33 pm

#3 sounds the most promising.

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posted April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Number 2….I like their description the best…mostly cuz I can’t see how they can do all that in one service.

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posted April 30, 2011 at 7:58 am


Definitely, anointing with oil makes me hope they are the full-on, rabid, on the floor-convulsing epileptic fish variety.

Just right for shits and giggles.


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posted April 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hey guys –
I would encourage #1 or #3 just on the brief descriptions you provided, however, I wanted to caution/inform you that (if you didn’t know already) that Pentecostal churches include the family of Four Square (I think Beaverton was the Four Square church you visited, if I remember correctly). Anyhow, I hope that you find a unique experience wherever you go, and I’m looking forward to reading about it!

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Katherine Gunn

posted April 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

Hey Amanda. I’ve been following and enjoying the blog since you started.

The Pentecostals hits close to home for me (grew up in it) so I would LOVE to hear you’re impression of an Assemblies of God – so if any of the above are AofG, that’d be my pick :-) . . . . although. . . . for a future visit, an old fashioned Pentecostal Holiness visit might be fun.

As to where to go next, find yourselves a good old fashioned Southern Baptist church. Love to hear your impressions on that one, too.

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posted April 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Just from their websites-I’d lean toward Emmanuel or Trinity. Although for entertainment value-my bet is that the Portland Pentecostals would give you the best fodder. I don’t know why really-just my quick first impression.

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jen zug

posted April 29, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Oh LET ME TELL YOU about Pentecostals… over drinks.

Based on those statements alone, #1 and #3 will provide the most material for your review.

I’ve NEVER experienced unconditional love from a pentecostal, so #2 is out.

#4 provides good marketing, because that actually sounds very appealing!

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