Branches Kids News
by Daniel Knutson on September 18th, 2019
At Branches, we really care about our kids! It is critical to capture the hearts of our kids as early as possible. We strive to create an experience for your kids that is fun and inviting, and teaches them about Jesus and God's word. We are not babysitters. We are influencers.There have been some changes happening in our kids department. It started with the installation of the the new check-in kio...
Just Come and See
by Daniel Knutson on September 11th, 2019
Have you ever been in conversation with someone about faith and ran face first into an objection they have? Maybe the objection is about the bible or about one of the stories in the bible. Maybe it has to do with the trinity, or the age of the Earth, or the probability of getting all of the animals on the ark. Oh right, and what about the dinosaurs?Our tendency in these moments is to respond to th...
This Month At Branches
by Daniel Knutson on September 4th, 2019
Are you wondering what's going on this month at Branches? Well here are the events we have coming up! If you have more questions about events, you can click below, you can stop by the Info Kiosk on Sunday, or you can contact us right here in the blog. We hope that you will get plugged in to some of these upcoming events. ...
Volunteer Profile - Christopher Mock
by Daniel Knutson on August 27th, 2019
Christopher (not Chris) has been serving at Branches in some capacity since the beginning. I remember sitting in my parents living room in 2008, Christopher was leading a small group there, and Brandy and I were newly engaged. That small group experience will forever resonate in our relationship.
by Daniel Knutson on August 7th, 2019
At Branches we talk a lot about God being for us and not against us. We are hyper focused on seeing people who are far from God come near. Our hope is that when our friends show up to Branches, they will learn that they can belong before they behave, that they can actually trust us to be honest and genuine. We focus more on what we are for than what we are against. We also spend a lot of time talk...
Relationship, Not Religion
by Daniel Knutson on July 24th, 2019
A homeless man woke up one morning, desperate for a change in his life. He was living on the street, addicted to meth amphetamine, and had no where to go. This desperation for change washed over him as he woke up after a long binge. He was craving change, community, help, and also another fix.As he walked down the street in search of any of the former, he saw the front steps of an old church build...
Answering a Questioner
by Michael Curl on July 3rd, 2019
Floating on cloud 9. Light as a cloud. Angels, God, and our ancestors looking down on us from the heavenly cloudscape. When we refer to clouds as a comparison, we are almost always speaking about white, fluffy, and near weightless existence. Because of their appearance in the sky, it is easy to draw this passive conclusion. The issue: clouds are really heavy!
Even In a Bar
by Daniel Knutson on June 19th, 2019
Meaningful conversations of faith can happen anywhere. Even in a bar.Dropping coins in the poker machine, an older woman asks the beautiful young lady perched on a stool next to her about one of her many tattoos. Before you know it, talks about body art led to a discussion about the challenges of life. Irrespective moral and political opinions, both regret having aborted babies. The older had ...
Volunteer Profile - Dave
by Daniel Knutson on June 12th, 2019
I first joined the production team shortly after starting to attend Branches as a way to connect and get involved. I quickly realized that the behind the scene roles the production team plays are vital to a smooth worship service that is free from distraction. I love that I get to be part of a team that contributes in many ways to help create an environment where we can focus on worshipping our creator and savior together as a church family on Sundays. I've also found that the couple hours before the service starts, when the worship team is practicing and we're working to get everything dialed in, is one of my favorite and most cherished times of worship all week.
What Does Love Require of Me?
by Daniel Knutson on June 5th, 2019
I have been thinking a lot lately, about our vision and our mission at Branches. Jesus commanded us to "go and make disciples of all nations...baptize them...teach them." He said all nations, not some. That means he is asking us to engage with all different kinds of people. Rewind back to 2007. I was living a life of addiction and other self destructive behaviors when I walked through the doors at...
Everyone Starts Somewhere
by Daniel Knutson on May 29th, 2019
Everything in life has a starting point - including faith.You had a starting point. Romance has a starting point. Relationships have a starting point. Careers have a starting point. Parenting has a starting point. Do you want to build a house? It has a starting point.Faith has a starting point, as well. Your faith, whatever it is, had a starting point.For most of us, our faith journey had a...
Volunteer Profile - Zack
by Daniel Knutson on April 10th, 2019
Zack is a high school senior born and raised here in Scappoose! He is currently serving on the Branches Youth team. As an Intern, Zack is reading the bible and other books on a regular basis while encouraging others to do the same. He is helping the Youth Team create a place where students love to hang out and grow their faith as an on stage host. His responsibility is to help tear down walls and engage the students with the content they are about to hear from God's word. You might also recognize him as the guy who makes your bagel sandwich at Scappoose Bagel!