This is a love story. A story about people who fell in love and chose to love others near and far. If you were to meet John and Pam Pries, you would know immediately these two people are in love. John married his bride, Pam, on New Year’s Eve, 1966. In 1977, they became residents of Tualatin, where they raised their children, Britney and Zachary. From 1996 to 2010, John became an associate pastor at Grace Community Church, which later became Horizon Community Church. Pam was principal of Community Christian School, which later became Horizon Christian Elementary School, for over 19 years. The couple retired in 2010. However, their idea of retirement is vastly different than most. This family has deep roots in the Tualatin community. In fact, the couple still reside in the same Tualatin home they moved into in 1977. That is, until recently. John and Pam left…

I’m going to say something no one wants to admit; holidays hurt. However, I’ve found thinking of others can help beat those blues, especially around the holidays. Tualatin School House Pantry is located in Rolling Hills Community Church. They serve around 1500 different families each year in Tualatin, Durham, West Linn, Lake Oswego and Wilsonville – no questions asked. They only need a proof of address. The amount of food given away each year weighs in at a staggering 820,000 pounds of food. TSHP is a shopping style pantry where clients get to pick their own food that way we can accommodate food allergies, dietary needs, cultural preferences, limited cooking facilities and just food preferences. They pride themselves on welcoming all equally in a safe, confidential & welcoming environment. (Disabled can inquire about food deliveries as well.) If you would like to help volunteer, there is need for personal shoppers,…

John Livingstone’s memoirs read like a journal. It is a treasure trove of personal anecdotes and has the makings of a Hollywood script. Starting with his humble beginnings in his beloved hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin with a population of fewer than forty thousand people. He was a precocious and bright young man growing up in a town that suffered during the Great Depression, but the sweet people made his hometown a special place. The wonderful people of Oshkosh gave Livingstone a heroes welcome when he returned for a book signing in 2002. Oshkosh could not contain Livingstone. As a youth, Livingstone craved adventure, and the Army was about to send him on a journey which would become the path for a lifelong adventure. He speaks five languages including English – of course. He has a Masters Degree and is fluent in Spanish. He said, “I get along well in French…