We made a quick and unscheduled trip out to Oregon and Washington this weekend. Portland’s First United Methodist Church – where I served for several years as director of community outreach – was where I worshiped on Sunday morning. The Rev. Dr. Arvin Luchs (my former boss) preached an excellent Pentecost sermon. FUMC member Paul Nickell (Oregon’s World Wide Pablo) is pictured here. It was a great joy to visit with so many FUMC friends. Mollie Copeland and Christine Paul (both of whom served as managers at FUMC’s Goose Hollow Family Shelter) were very kind in rearranging their schedules and joining the twins and I for coffee before services. The four of us have visited with my sisters, mother and step-father, and a host of friends over a crowded weekend. Powell’s bookstore, Produce Row Café and the new restaurant Gravy were among the many places that between Liz and I we visited. We’re counting the days until we start our move back to Oregon. It won’t be that long.