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THERE Will ONLY BE A SINGLE SERVICE AT 11:00 AM Sundays

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Last night the church had a mysterious PLOWER ! Thank you so much for your work !!

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COMING UP — Mens breakfast on  Sat 22 Jan 2022 at 8:30 AM at Family Pancake & Dinner House 1034 Bethel Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366

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Come join in celebrating Leslie and Frankie Pigors' marriage on Saturday, 1/15 @ 1pm 
Hosted by Bonnie and Larry Lewis

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This Sunday Daniel Kaluth from Coffee Oasis will talk about the ministry & activities of Coffee Oasis  and FBCPO involvement.

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Wednesdays 1:30 PM Pastor Craig bible study in person in the fellowship hall. 

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Donation station for Coffee O and Helpline.
Our BARREL over flows...again.
Thank God that we can serve...

FYI  — First Baptist Church of Port Orchard is committed to safe in-person gatherings to protect all members and visitors attending our indoor services.
We review and implement all COVID 19 requirements by the state and federal agencies. 

Verse of the week:
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

EPHESIANS 4:2-3  NASB

 Luke 22:19 NASB

COFFEE OASIS

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“The desert is dry out there, like the streets. And the Coffee Oasis is the oasis. It gives us hope. I’ve seen so many kids come down here who don’t have a lot. If we didn’t have this place, we would all be out on the streets doing nothing.”
– Chance

On the streets at age 12. Chance felt the burden of messing up in the past and wrestled to not give in to the hopelessness that once dragged him down.

“My mom, I never really had her to teach me how to live, how to take care of myself. My mom didn’t know how to take care of her kids, though she tried with all the tools she had. I wasn’t allowed to be a kid, do kid things, when I was growing up.” The pain of Chance’s childhood is evident when he speaks. At age 12 he started using and selling hard-core drugs to cope. “I was really going through things. I didn’t really realize they were affecting my mind-set and mentality. And I didn’t realize the drugs I was selling were tearing my community apart.”

When he was 16 Chance moved to Everett in an attempt to escape the drug community and get clean. Unfortunately, he found the same way of life in Everett. It wasn’t long before Chance returned to Kitsap and started fighting a new battle: depression.

Chance didn’t know how to live a different life than one entwined with the streets, with instability and drugs and pain. The last few years had been a tangle of couch surfing, staying with friends, or living on the streets. While growing up he stayed with his mom at shelters. He needed someone to show him a different way of life. Chance remembers his turning point…

“I woke up one day and just was like ‘I want to have clean money. I want to be happy. Drugs don’t make me happy, they just numb me.’”

Eventually, Chance met Lisa in downtown Port Orchard. Lisa was doing outreach to connect homeless youth with community and resources at The Coffee Oasis. Chance responded to Lisa’s invitation. He was finally ready for change. “I never believed in myself before here (The Coffee Oasis). I pretended that I was confident but I wasn’t. They helped me believe in myself.” At first, Chance’s insecurity came out in attitude and rebelliousness at the Oasis Center. He chafed against the rules and against the structured community he deeply wanted. Gradually, he began trust the staff and volunteers. Chance allowed them to get close and they soon became family.

“When I struggle with depression, I think of the people here. I think of Paul, Lisa, Maxine—how they are all here for me. They help me mentally. They really help me believe there’s a future for me.”