Church Notebook: Former Oceanview Baptist Church pastor dies

By Martha Williams February 24, 2014 03:20 pm

Evangelist sets events starting Sunday at the Redwoods Family Worship Center

He had said he was “ready to go home” some time ago as his health deteriorated.

He had retired as pastor of Oceanview Baptist Church several years ago and moved to Stockton to be near his daughter, frequently coming back to Crescent City to visit those of us who had been members of his church.

A few months ago, we all met at Toreros to eat and reminisce, and I think it was obvious to many of us that this would be the last time.

Sunday, Cliff Reed went home. No more sermons, no more great Bible studies.

He will be very much missed, but as his wife Darlaine says, “we know we’ll see him again.”

When we lose those we care about, it’s a matter of mixed feelings. We will miss them, but we are happy for them as well because their suffering is over and our faith tells us we will see them again.

Cliff Reed was one of the best pastors I’ve known over the years.

• The next few weeks will be bringing some activities, and hopefully you’ll be able to dodge the raindrops here and there.

We’ll start at Redwoods Family Worship Center on Sunday, when evangelist Ed Forsythe will preach at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. Monday–Wednesday.

Following Sunday’s morning service, there will be a free barbecue. There will be a giant blow-up slide and inflatable jousting game for family fun as well.

The church Women’s Ministry is getting ready to present its annual garage sale, which will take place March 1, 7 and 8. The organization is looking for donations for the sale. If you have something to help, call Donna at 954-3507, or Tonya at 954- 2256 to arrange pickup or drop off.

• The ladies of the Worship Center Kingdom Crafters group is in need of yarn donations.

Blankets, lap robes, and hats for the homeless grow out of these donations. Hmmm ... could be a good way to keep Jake and Mini from chasing those balls all over my house ...

If you can help, call Terry at 954-1231.

• The World Day of Prayer services will be observed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 6 p.m. Feb. 28. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seems to me that with the way things are going in the world today, we need to do a whole lot of praying. God knows what we need, but I think wants us to show concern enough to ask for help.

• Heaven’s Connection will present a concert at the Christian Community Church in Harbor, 15138 McVay Lane, at 6 p.m. on March 2.

A talented local group, its members are a family with a story of miracles and music to tell. They write many of their own songs. Their style is country gospel, easy-listening and enjoyable. Come hear their music and son Jon’s amazing story of survival!

• Temple Beth Shalom will hold services Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Curry Coastal Pilot building in Brookings. Classes on the 613 Commandments will continue the following day. Both will be led by Rabbi Les Scharnberg.

• The movie “God is Not Dead” is scheduled for a week’s run locally starting Friday, March 3. Times every day will be 3:10, 5:55 and 8:40 p.m. An additional showing at 12:25 p.m. will start off the weekend days.

Five-hundred people are needed to pre-purchase tickets for this. Please contact Tabi Rogers at Cornerstone. Churches may purchase bulk tickets.

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