Reflection on Homeless Outreach – Saturday, July 26th

30 07 2008


Upriser, Emily Nickerson posted the following as a MySpace bulletin. Of course, we grabbed the opportunity to feature her reflections about last weekend’s Homeless Outreach on the blog. (I did ask her first, and she said it was okay to repost it.)

Homeless Outreach was hard tonight!
Posted Date: Jul 26, 2008 10:27 PM

It started off great, the Gay’s, Kenny and I went above the bridge and passed out food and water which is what I usually do when I go to homeless outreach. This time we came back early so Kenny, me and Andrew Gay just hung around playing with a string thing… While we were doing that I was thinking that I really wanted to talk to someone, so I looked around and was watching one guy just hanging out waiting for something near me. I really struggled to go and talk to him, but when I did I was glad I had a chance to talk to him.
I asked about his guitar and how long he had been playing. He said 5 years and that it wasn’t really that cool. I asked him why and he said because he plays most of his songs that are about dying. I again asked him why he did that and he said something like he didn’t deserve to be living and that he shouldn’t go to heaven because of all the wrong things he has done. I was speechless and felt like I was tripping over my words because I really didn’t expect to hear that. I felt like the words I was saying to him were “church” words.
(But praying that God will use them anyways.)
I told him that God looks at sin the same. That if someone does something that you don’t think is “that bad” compared to something that is Horrible, God doesn’t see it that way. He sees it as the same.
I also said that God has Mercy and He wants to forgive you and see you in Heaven!
The sad part is that One Bear (his name) agreed with me and the things I said, but he just didn’t see himself as someone God could do all that for!
It really broke my heart to really have someone say that to me. It is one thing when you hear someone else share their story about someone saying that to them, but when it is said to you… it is really different.
SO! If you want to pray for One Bear that would be awesome!! Because although he didn’t think he was a nice guy, HE really was!!

Part Six: Jesus the Trash Collector + mini photo album

19 07 2008

what's your trash?

We got down ‘n dirty with Jesus the Trash Collector
Friday, July 19th at 6pm with Pastor Randy

Parkrose Campus: 4536 NE 116th Portland, OR 97220





The latest Uprising Email (7/9/08)

9 07 2008

We’re kickin’ off summer by going Unplugged. Hang out low-key style with other Uprisers tomorrow night (Thursday, July 10th) from 6 to 9pm-ish (just depends on how much fun we’re having). Bring your swimsuits (there’s a pool) and an appetite (there will be pizza this go-around– note: there will always be food at Unplugged. It’s just what we do.) We meet at 20985 SE Lansing Lane in Damascus, OR 97089. Lost? Call Chris at 503-680-8705.

(Tomorrow, July 10th is also Pastor Randy’s birthday, and he’s in Alaska this week teaching at Kokrine Hills Bible Camp! Send him birthday greetings at

The next Unplugged will be on Thursday, July 24th and it will be the UNPLUGGED NOT TO MISS! We’re catching the patriotic, lightin’-the-big-torch fever, and will have our own Uprising Olympics! More info to come; but seriously, it’s the event of the summer. Well, at least for July. 😉

Also on the docket, the amazing Nethanel Pokorny (the only guy featured in attached photo taken in Nicaragua on our mission trip last Spring Break!) is turning 21, and his folks want to throw him a fantastic surprise party… and if you know him — or don’t yet! — and want to hang out with fun people, you are welcome and invited. The details: this Friday, July 11th at 7pm at the Pokorny House: 2802 SW Willow Parkway. How long will this party go? As long as people are there! Food and dessert will be served! Yeah!  Got questions, call his mom at 503-661-6809. 

 And OF COURSE, don’t miss out on Uprising this Saturday night at 6pm at the Parkrose Campus (4536 NE 116th Portland, OR 97220)… Chris Giusto will be teaching on Jesus the Miracleworker! Don’t miss it. We miss you when you are not there. (Really. We do.)


Well, I’m off to enjoy the sun (hope you are too!),
Cori for the Uprising Leadership Team


Spaghetti Pie! (Afterhours “Reflection” & Recipe for June 21st)

24 06 2008

After Uprising (where Randy taught on Jesus the Dreamgiver!), we feasted on delicious Spaghetti Pie, salad, and the best garlic bread ever. As requested, here is the Spaghetti Pie recipe:


Spaghetti Pie
as prepared by Sheri Elmont


4 oz. spaghetti
2 eggs beaten
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 T butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 cup sour cream
1 lb. Italian sausage (or ½ Italian ½ Plain or I use hamburger or ground turkey with Italian seasoning)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
Salt to taste
1 cup water
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, sliced

Break spaghetti in half. Cook in boiling salted water until done. Drain. While still warm, combine spaghetti with eggs and parmesan cheese. Pour into a well- greased 10” pie plate and pat mixture up around sides with a spoon. Melt butter, add onion and sauté until limp. Stir in sour cream and spoon over spaghetti. Remove sausage from casing, crumbling and cook in skillet until done. Drain. Add tomato paste, salt and water. Simmer 10 minutes. Spoon sausage on top of sour cream mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Arrange Mozzarella on top and return to oven until cheese melts. NOTE: This freezes well before baking so make 2 at a time.

June 7th AfterHours Reflection (Jesus the Life Giver, Luke 7:36-50)

9 06 2008

The following post was first published on my personal blog as Part Two: After Uprising – Go in Peace. It was recommended to me to post it here as well… as it is a response to last Saturday’s Uprising message and thats what this blog is for! Enjoy! -Cori

Pastor Randy began our summer series “Life of Christ” last Saturday at Uprising by talking about Jesus as the Life Giver. He re-introduced us all to the sinful woman (Luke 7:36-50) who ‘went to where Jesus was’ (at the home of the Pharisee man) and washed his feet with perfume oil, her tears and her hair.

Her hair.

“Why is this significant?” He asked us. “What does this say about her hair?”  Someone suggested it meant her hair was really, really long. (I admit, thats what I was thinking too.) Randy began to explain that by using her hair (yes, long, undoubtedly beautiful hair), she was sacrificing her “glory” and giving of herself to her bridegroom. In Jesus’ day, a woman’s hair was not often see by others like it is now, but rather it was tied back and hidden. It was her private glory. Only in the privacy of one’s own quarters were a woman’s long locks displayed… and for her husband only. (Certainly explains a little of why Dad always said guys liked long hair, haha!)

The sinful woman’s hair was a sign of her glory. Randy added that the perfumed oil she used to wash Jesus feet, although costly, probably wasn’t a great sacrifice to her. She probably had plenty of money (hello, look at her profession!)… But her hair was hers, and hers alone… her private beauty. Her treasure.

(This makes me think of the movie Pretty Woman, and how Vivian (Julia Roberts) wouldn’t kiss her clients or even Edward (Richard Gere) (except she eventually does. of course). Kisses were special and reserved for her. They were her “glory.” Okay, an interesting cultural analogy, I admit!)

Now, the question Randy asked:

What is your glory? What “something” in your life do you hold dear, hold precious and special? What gift do you have to share with Jesus? What is “that something” God may ask of you to sacrifice for Him, your bridegroom?

Maybe for some of you, it’s your time. In my young women’s small group, we are reading the book Completely His by Shannon Ethridge, and in the chapter we are discussing Monday night (tonight!): “Becoming Fluent in the Language of Love,” Ethridge suggests “seven secrets to bask in God’s presence.” All of the secrets are fantastic, but I want to share just one of them with you now. Her second secret was to “establish a certain place where you will have regular devotional times with the Lord. Whether it’s in the living room, backyard, or your closet floor, make it your special place to rendezvous with Jesus. As your inevitably wrestle with the ‘Am I going to have a devotional time today?’ question, envision Jesus sitting in that regular spot, awaiting your arrival. Remember He gets as much out of your time together as you do, don’t keep Him waiting there too long before you join Him in sweet fellowship (pg90-91).”

Go to where God is. The sinful woman did and her worship and humility towards Jesus led to Him saying to her, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Go in peace. *chuckle* If you haven’t already read Part One: After Uprising – Road Rage, then read it now.

Kinda ironic that “going in peace” was exactly what I was NOT doing. And look how that made me feel and act.

What’s Up Uprising?

6 06 2008

Benefit Concert Supporting Upriser Jason Garner!Need something to do? Hahaha. We know you’re busy people.

Check out this week’s Booyah announcements to get some ideas! Included this week: small groups, opportunity to support Uprisers going to Uganda, a women’s hike at Angel’s Rest, awesome chance to get involved with the worship band and more!

See you this Saturday at the Abundant Life Parkrose Campus at 6pm! Google map: 4536 NE 116th Ave, Portland, OR 97220.

Randy’s baaaack and starting a new series on the Life of Christ! Don’t miss part one!

Also, we are going to be annoucing dates for our summer Unplugged pool & food nights very, very soon. Woo-hoo.

Link here for the latest Booyah!

Uprising and Sudan

20 05 2008

Many of you had the privilege of hearing Rosemary speak about her ministry in Boma, Sudan. Check out her organization’s website, SEA Partners, and click the “Boma Project” to find out more. There are a few pictures for those of you who missed it. Randy is looking at heading up a trip to Boma in August ’09, so check it out!