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Safe Harbor Church of the Nazarene opens shed to collect clothing

A used clothing collection company, originated in Western NY State, based locally in Portland, OR, is offering non-profit groups a way to raise funds while helping not only the communities they serve, but people all over the world.

St. Pauly Textile Inc. was founded by friends Paul Callarame and Joe DeGeorge about 18 years ago. The company started by helping its local schools, churches and other organizations hold clothing drives and has expanded across the Northeast and now the Northwest, by providing non-profits with used clothing drop-off sheds, where the clothing is dropped off, picked up by a St. Pauly representative, and then distributed to places of need in the U.S. and worldwide.

Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. For those people who want to make a tax-deductible donation a small box on the shed holds clothing drop-off receipts.

Not only does the program cost the church nothing, the church also is paid 4 cents per pound of clothing collected by St. Pauly, helping raise funds for that local group.

According to the company’s website, www.stpaulytextile.com, funding for the operation comes from the relief organizations, foreign governments, United Nations, private companies and the U.S. government that contract with St. Pauly to collect clothing when they need it, as opposed to purchasing new clothing. The church also can choose to keep any of the donations for the local community at no cost.

In 2013 St. Pauly was able to help keep over 60 million garments out of landfills and helped clothe an estimated 7.5 million people worldwide. They were also able to send back over $850,000 to the more than 800 non-profit community groups they work with.

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Why I Do Not Believe in the Rapture

One year on vacation, I visited a church were I was guest speaker in the morning and just a guest in the evening.  The moderator for the evening was showing a series of video lectures on the Second Coming of Christ.  When discussion time came, the moderator, knowing my stance, asked, “Does anyone here not believe in the Rapture?”  I silently raised my hand.  Another lady, with a long history in our denomination whipped around in shock, “I don’t believe it!” she declared, “A Nazarene pastor who doesn’t believe in the Rapture!”

But there are a number of problems with “rapture theology”.  Two are crucial to the thinking Christian:

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Welcome home to the Lewis & Clark Young Marines

We at Safe Harbor Church of the Nazarene would like to welcome the Lewis & Clark Young Marines to their new home in our facility.  As of the first of May 1st, they have received the keys to their new rooms and joined us in planning how we can further the outreach this church is able to provide to its community.

This organization is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and”is a non-federal entity. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any part of its components and has no governmental status.”

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The Center of the Gospel

I’ve grown more and more concerned about the church of today. We’ve turned our attention to using the Bible to prove any number of points. We try to prove the existence of God to those who refuse to be convinced. We fight over creation, prayer in the schools, “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, mangers in the town square, whether to say “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays.” We mount campaigns over same-sex marriage while our own divorce rate rises. We fuss about marijuana, sex education, and a host of other issues, claiming that moral values are plummeting. And it may be true.

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"All Souls Will Be Safe"