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Giving Tuesday

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Categories: Alumni, General
Giving Tuesday

Forget Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving kicks off a busy season. The sales of Black Friday have been an American tradition for many, many years. Recently, the addition of Cyber Monday has added to the consumerism mindset - only with an online shopping flavor. Maybe this year we could make a difference by trying something different when Tuesday, November 27th rolls around? Read the rest of this entry »

A Season of Thanks

Comments Off on A Season of Thanks Written on October 31st, 2012 by
Categories: Alumni, General
A Season of Thanks

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him” Psalm 34:8

Autumn is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest! Signs of fall are evident everywhere—the freshness in the crisp cool air, the smell of fires, warm and vibrantly colored leaves beginning to fall and cover the ground. It’s that time of year again when thoughts are naturally turned towards feelings of nostalgia, holiday memories and family traditions. I love this time of year for these reasons, as well as for the opportunity to consider a season of gratitude. Read the rest of this entry »

Thanksgiving: History & History

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Categories: General
Thanksgiving: History & History

Yes, we know we put "history" in the title twice. That's because there's the real history that consists of a history of First Nation people and public proclamations of calls to be thankful from - of all entitities - the US Government.

Also, there's the MU Blog "history" of Thanksgiving posts.

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A Story Of Thanksgiving

Comments Off on A Story Of Thanksgiving Written on November 25th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Seminary

An Angel Unaware

How quickly life can change! My husband Lynn and I were on our way to church one Sunday morning when he suffered a major stroke. (I was driving!) I continued on to the church and immediately called 911 and he was taken directly to the nearest hospital by ambulance. Only about 20 minutes had elapsed between the start of the stroke and arrival at the hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Being Thankful Anyway – An Alum Reflects

Comments Off on Being Thankful Anyway – An Alum Reflects Written on November 27th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General

(The following is an excerpt of an Alum letter received by Alumni Relations Director Michelle Peel after she sent out her November 2009 issue of the Alumni Connection email. It is posted here with full permission.)

The Letter

Dear Michelle,
Your latest update was quite good, (yup, I do read them), and it reminded me of just how much to be thankful for...

"Thankful?" Some may say, "Osi, you've had no job for a year, your savings are draining down. What do you have to be thankful for?"

 I have a son, now 14 months old, in perfect health and toddling around the house, even as write this.

"But OSI! You live in an old trailer home!" 

I have a home that is completely paid for, that no one can take away from me!

"OSI, you were miserably single for twenty years!"

God, in his providence and wisdom, kept me single for twenty years to teach me to value that beautiful specimen of femininity when she would enter my life. God kept me from countless possible heartbreaks because He knows that I'm easily carried away by my emotions. Yes, God was incredibly good towards me, though I whined about being single to him whenever I had the chance!

"OSI, you're a starving artist, an over-educated and unemployable cretin!"

I await my ultimate employment, at whatever position and place that God will put me. I can look back and NEVER see a time when my truest needs were not met. Never a time when I went hungry. Never a time when I was too cold or too hot... and in His grace and compassion, He didn't allow me to become inflamed with some idol or false worship. He directed me to Himself Who, above all, is my greatest possession!

I am now turning 44, and cannot, in all truth, see a time when God was not faithful.

"Does this unemployable, trailer home-living OSI have much to give thanks for?"

You bet!... And I should hope that you yourself give Thanks for all that He has blessed you with!

Keep up the good work and Happy Thansgiving! (I must depart, as my son is getting into something else that he isn't supposed to be!)

OSI, Stephanie & Devin Osgood

About OSI

Kevin Osi Osgood finished at Multnomah in December 2002. He got married in December 2005 to the lovely Stephanie Worrell, and they now currently have a 15 month-old son, Devin Phillip. They currently attend Open Door Fellowship in Mtn. Home, Idaho. Since Multnomah, Mr. Osgood has written 3 books on theology and continues pursuing a film-making career.

Are YOU Thankful Anyway?

A Note Of Thanksgiving From The President

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Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Pray For MU

(Note: This is the first one in a series of posts where we will publish a near-monthly letter from the Dr. Lockwood that usually goes out to donors and supporters of Multnomah's ministry.)

Of Psalm 100 & Thanksgiving

I am not sure why I often think of Psalm 100 when Thanksgiving rolls around.  Probably, it’s because I memorized it as a child and it still sticks.  After all, who can ever forget that we are to “make a joyful noise!”

Apparently, I’m not alone.  Christians over the centuries have called this psalm, “The Old One Hundred.”  This November, in church services across the land and in hundreds of thousands of Christian homes, this psalm will be recited, read, prayed, or sung before the ritual of devouring the turkey begins.

What delights me most is that this venerable poem (for Hebrew poetry it is) is such good theology.  Its five short verses are anchored by two great truths about God.  Let’s explore them together, with illustrations from God’s work in, through, and with the people of Multnomah.

The Lord is God

The first great truth affirms the greatness of God (v. 3).  The Lord—Yahweh—is God, indeed!  And fittingly, this portion of the psalm is a call to exuberant worship.  Shout!  Rejoice!  Sing!  The psalmist summons us to uninhibited praise because that truly is the only acceptable response when we stand in the presence of the Lord our God.

Our students take this call to uninhibited, joyful worship literally.  This fall, our college chapel program moved onto campus, meeting often in the Joseph C. Aldrich student cafeteria.  It’s not as convenient as Central Bible’s auditorium: extra sound, lighting, staging, and a digital projector and screen had to be added.  A crew of student volunteers moves the dining room tables out of the way and arranges the 400 chairs in rows before chapel begins.  The space itself is barely large enough for our student body as they pack into the chairs or stand shoulder to shoulder in the back.

But they love it!  They define “close communion” creatively.  Veteran chapel-goers like me can sense renewed energy and excitement among the students for prayer, singing, and responding to the Word of God.

The psalmist, after exclaiming that the Lord is the sovereign God, then reminds us of who we are.  Notice the two descriptions (v. 3): we are His creatures (the Lord made us) and we are His sheep (the Lord shepherds us).  Just think of it!  Our great God is our Sovereign and our Shepherd.  We, on the other hand, are His fragile vessels and His vulnerable lambs.  No wonder we are called to worship this sovereign Shepherd.  All we are, all we have, and all we can become belong to Him.

As a campus community, we have witnessed—and endured—great sorrow this year.  Dr. Joe, Multnomah’s beloved third president, passed away last February from a debilitating fifteen years with Parkinson’s.  In May, Laura Silva and her brother-in-law alumnus Tony Silva were tragically taken in a climbing accident.  This September, Gordon Peterson, a well-regarded high school teacher in Vancouver and a 1984 alumnus, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle.  His daughter, Julia, a freshman at Multnomah this fall, continues to grieve with her family.

We cannot explain these events, nor are we called to do so.  Rather, we find comfort in a sovereign Shepherd who loves His sheep. 

The Lord is Good

The second great truth underscores the goodness of God (v. 5).  The Lord our God is a good God, the palmist explains.  And our appropriate response to this is thanksgiving—thanks laced with the praise that a supplicant would bear to a majestic ruler as he passes through the palace gates and enters the royal court.  How fitting!  We worship God because He is great.  We thank Him because He is good.  And, God’s goodness, the psalmist tells us, is expressed in two magnificent ways: His enduring love and His everlasting faithfulness.

At Multnomah we have witnessed God’s enduring love time after time.  We see it in the hundreds of new and returning students He entrusts us with each semester.  Each one is a walking miracle of God’s love and grace.  We observe it in the ways transformation takes place in those lives, even within the span of a semester.  We catch in the students that go out from here into all kinds of effective service—from vocational to marketplace ministries.

We also experience His everlasting faithfulness.  I don’t need to remind you that we are in a difficult economic climate.  Our enrollment has suffered in our traditional programs this fall, in large part because many students cannot afford to attend Multnomah right now.  All of us on faculty and staff are cutting necessary expenses to keep ahead of the financial curve.

Yet the Lord remains faithful, especially to some of our faithful donors have had to reduce their support as they deal with depleted retirement savings or loss of jobs.  I am so grateful at this special time of year for your faithfulness in supporting this work.  You indeed reflect God’s faithfulness to us!

Making a joyful noise to the Lord,

Daniel R. Lockwood

Happy Thanksgiving From Kuwait

3 comments Written on November 26th, 2008 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, Missions

We received a letter from one of our Seminary adjunct faculty members, Dr. Bill Gasser who is a military chaplain stationed in Kuwait. It got us thinking about how it is just one in a thousand different stories we can tell you about how Thanksgiving is spent overseas by our alumni and extended "family"...


Nov. 23, 2008

Hello from Kuwait!

I've been in-country now for two weeks and I'm getting settled with the new time zone, climate, and culture.  At times the landscape looks and feels like some remote stretch of California desert... except that there are no mountains, most of the writing is in Arabic, and the drivers are more aggressive!  I spend most of my time at one camp but also work at several others so I do some traveling on Kuwait's highway system each week.  The speed limit is 120 kph (75 miles per hour) but lots of people go faster, ride the bumper of the car they want to pass, and feel free to exit or enter the highway at high speed at any point without warning or regard to other vehicles.  The occasional goats, sheep, or camels that wander into traffic complete the picture.   

Camp life is pretty comfortable, even though we live in tents or other temporary structures.  Most of the work and living spaces are air conditioned during the day (and heated at night this time of year).  I'm part of a care team of chaplains and medical professionals assigned to the Warrior Transition Program.  Our task is to help prepare inbound troops to begin their tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and then to get them ready to go home as their tours end.  It's a pretty cool job!  I lead workshops, do counseling, and offer pastoral assistance for troops in motion.  Obviously there are many needs and many opportunities for ministry and I'm very excited about this open door to serve!

Our days start early and end late.  We typically work seven days a week, including Sundays (I can usually catch a Sunday evening worship service or an evening Bible study during the week).  As I mentioned, we work at several bases and camps across Kuwait and as our program continues to develop we anticipate broadening our work further to include sending teams to visit forward deployed units.  The troops we work with have remarkable commitment and great willingness to sacrifice and we are trying hard to serve their needs.  Each person on the care team and support staff honestly counts it a privilege to be a part of this important work. 

Keeping busy does make the time go a little faster.  It's now been six weeks since I left Portland and I am missing Teri and the kids.  For most of my adult life I've left home for several weeks of military duty each year, but this time it's different because it's so much longer in duration and so much farther from home.  That's an adjustment for us.  Like most people, we probably tended to take each other for granted when we were together every day.  Being gone like this is a reminder of how blessed we are to be with our loved ones every day.  Seems like the desert is a good place to gain perspective, maybe that's why the Lord kept sending His people there? 

I'll try to keep you posted with occasional e-mails like this.  I'd love to hear back from you as well.  I greatly appreciate the prayers of believers.  Please join me in asking God to comfort and care for my family each day that I'm away.  Please pray for me to be strengthened in body and spirit so that I may serve effectively as a faithful minister of Jesus Christ, and ask the Lord to keep opening doors of opportunity.  If you care to write to me, my personal e-mail is  I have access to e-mail most days unless I'm on the road.  A note for all you facebook users; sorry but I can't log into facebook from my work computer so better to use e-mail if you want to get in touch.  Old fashioned postal mail works too, in fact you can send a letter to me with just a regular first class stamp if you use this address:  CDR Bill Gasser, CHC, USN; ECRC - WTP, Zone 6; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, APOAE, 09366.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, and may the Lord bless you,

Bill Gasser

p.s. - here's a quick pic of me by my neighborhood, all our homes look just alike!

To All Of Our Alumni and Family Ministering Abroad This Thanksgiving - We Are Thankful For You!