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Weller’s News from Gambella, Ethiopia


Africa is full of centuries old ethnic rivalries. Our corner of Ethiopia, the Gambella Region, is no different. The land of Ethiopia nestles up against small rivers that mark the very porous national borders separating it from South Sudan. The borders were drawn on papers in Europe by people who had no intention of setting […]

Ministry Expansion Plan Update for the week of December 2, 2018


This week the electrician has been on site examining plans and mapping out runs in the sanctuary as well as other parts of the building.  On Thursday the work begins to dig the trench outside the south end of the building where the new electric service will be brought to the new electric room. Next […]

Thanks to the Property Committee!


The Property Committee gathered for dinner at Tito Baca’s home to celebrate another successful year of hard work at CMPC. These individuals give endlessly of their time, energy, resources, and know how to patch, mend, and fix all that needs attention in and around the church, often without much fanfare. At this time of the […]

Ministry Expansion Plan Update November 29, 2018


Ministry Expansion Plan Update November 29, 2018 Work is finally underway once again on the Ministry Expansion Plan here at CMPC!  As I write this update workers are taking down the canopy outside the parking lot entrance.  Soon we will see more equipment and workers on site preparing part of the property for the new […]



Groundbreaking On Sunday, November 18, immediately following worship, members and friends of CMPC gathered on the west lawn to break ground for the Ministry Expansion Plan.  This event was long awaited and eagerly anticipated.  As the crowd gathered in the cold amongst the small crosses decorated by the children of the church and placed to […]

CMPC Visionfest


Cirque Du Soleil, Traveling Troubadours, Ministry Tour, and “other ideas” were the Visionfest options listed when our team gathered to plan for Sunday, November 11. Our assignment was to help our congregation envision the likely impact of our ministry expansion plan.   We had trouble with the Cirque Du Soleil idea as we tried to […]

Prayer Chain


DID YOU KNOW . . . . ?   Lovingly submitted by Alice Gretsch, for the Herald, 2007. Reprinted and edited for 2018.     Did you know that the Collegiate dictionary defines the word chain as “something that binds” and the Bible dictionary simply defines this word as a “band”?   Did you know that the Collegiate […]

Update from the Wellers


Dear mission friends, We have been very negligent with newsletters this year. Partly, our internet and electric connections have been worse than usual for the past two years and especially the past one year. It has been very frustrating that way. One of those times was the several weeks that the whole country was cut […]

Where is CMPC?

by Liz Perraud

Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church has been on the move in the last couple of months. This isn’t just about our construction, renovation, and asbestos removal but about where and how we “do” church together.   CMPC fills Fellowship Hall packing 10,000 meals that were shipped to Mozambique to feed hungry people.   CMPC knits shawls […]

Vacation Bible School


In the last week of June, CMPC hosted our “Shipwrecked! Jesus rescues!” vacation bible school. More than 115 preschoolers and elementary schoolers learned about Jesus’ power to rescue when we are sad, lonely or going through a tough time.  Children participated in crafts, bible time, recreation, videos, singing, dancing, and amazing snacks throughout the week.  […]