Sherman County eNews #307






church.family1Christ the Greatest Gift

After Mary gave birth to Jesus, wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in that manger, we read in Luke chapter two that a celebration broke loose in the heavens. Of this we read, “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”” (Luke 2:8–14, NASB95)

Babies are amazing, but Christmas is more than the birth of a special baby. The importance of the Christmas message and the heart of the Christian Christ-mas celebration is the coming of the Savior sent by God. “Christ” is not a last name, but a title meaning anointed. Jesus, as the Son of God, was set apart and sent by the Father to be our salvation. As such His birth cannot be separated from His death on the cross or His resurrection. It is because the One born for us came and died for our sins that we have forgiveness. And, it is by His resurrection that we also are given new life and an eternal hope. This is what makes Jesus God’s great gift given for us and the declaration made by the angel on that night so critically important.

Merry Christmas!

Joe Burgess

Pastor, Kent Baptist Church

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CONGRATULATIONS, JANE KIRKPATRICK! “One More River to Cross” made it to the top 25 books of Christian fiction and in the Pacific Northwest, it’s been number 7 for two weeks in a row. This is a story of the Stevens – Murphy – Townsend wagon train stuck two years before the Donner Party in the same part of the Sierra Nevada mountains during a heavy winter. ~Sherry K 

THANK YOU to those of you who kept subscribers informed with your contributions to eNews! THANK YOU for doing your part with news releases, agency and departmental reports, public meeting notices, classified ads, letters to the editor, and Spiritual Matters, (suggested by Pastor Keeney and most recently offered by Pastor Burgess on behalf of the Kent and Grass Valley Baptist congregations). THANK YOU, Mike McArthur, for bringing life-changing Lou Tice’s Pacific Institute training to Sherman County. THANK YOU, Times-Journal crew, for sharing your news reports. It’s been a wonderful, transparent partnership! THANK YOU, subscribers! A rare opportunity to volunteer in this way, it’s been very interesting and sometimes challenging! It’s taken me from actual reporting in the earliest years to posting – lots of copying and pasting – news releases, using spell check and the dictionary, from agendas to Oregon Revised Statute and editorials, from church programs to meeting minutes … an honor and a privilege! Make yours – and that of others – a very Merry Christmas! ~Sincerely, Sherry Kaseberg

THANK YOU! Your notes of appreciation are humbling, overwhelming and heartwarming! I assure you that it’s always been a team effort! I’m grateful for everyone who encouraged this free volunteer project, collaborated in making eNews an interesting and helpful local resource, sent suggestions, good ideas and links to interesting websites, submitted notices, news releases, calendar dates, Spiritual Matters and classified ads, challenged process, opinion and policy, and counseled the editor with journalistic wisdom. Please express your appreciation for eNews by your participation in your county communities and by being an informed participant! ~Sherry Kaseberg, Editor/Publisher, Sherman County eNews



WINTER CORNHOLE FIESTA – GRASS VALLEY PAVILION. January 18 1-9 p.m. 32 team tournament. Age 12 and up. $75/team or $25/individuals.  $10 all you can eat Taco Bar. The Riverside will be there to serve drinks.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.  Please contact Keegan Kock at 541-993-9044 for further information or to sign up for the event. LET’S FIESTA!!

Remember Local Needs with Year-end Giving

Remember Local Needs for Year-end Giving | tax-deductible non-profit organizations | Updated 12/2019:

  • ABC Huskies Day Care, Sherman County Child Care Foundation, P.O. Box 424, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center – Sherman Station Foundation, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Columbia Gorge CASA, P.O. Box 663, Hood River, OR 97031
  • Grass Valley Pavilion Renovation & Rejuvenation Project, City of Grass Valley, P.O. Box 191, Grass Valley, OR 97029
  • HAVEN from Domestic and Sexual Violence, P.O. Box 576, The Dalles, OR 9058
  • Little Wheats Day Care Inc., P.O. Box 71, Moro, OR 97039
  • Maryhill Museum of Art, 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA 98620
  • Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, 775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200, Salem, OR 97301 – a portion of these funds are allocated to Sherman County Cultural Coalition for distribution, & matched to local cultural non-profit gifts provide a tax credit.
  • OSU Extension 4-H Programs, 36656 Lone Rock Road, Moro, OR 97039
  • Salvation Army, 623 E. 3rd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058
  • Sherman County Ambulance, PO Box 139, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Community Transit
  • Sherman County Cultural Coalition, P.O. Box 23, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 68, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Fair, P.O. Box 45, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman County Food Bank, P.O. Box 14, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Historical Society & Museum, P.O. Box 173, Moro, OR 97039 –qualifies for Oregon Cultural Trust Tax Credits
  • Sherman County Junior Hoops, c/o Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Lions Club, P.O. Box 27, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Sherman Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Public/School Library, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Scholarship Association, 65912 High School Loop, Moro, Oregon 97039
  • Sherman County Senior & Community Center, P.O. Box 352, Moro, OR  97039
  • Sherman Development League, P.O. Box 11, Moro, OR 97039
  • Sherman County Preschool, 69512 High School Loop, Moro, OR 97039
  • Wasco Cemetery Association, Sun Rise Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco RR Depot & History Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco School Events Center, City of Wasco, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Wasco Salmon/Steelhead Tournament, P.O. Box __, Wasco, OR 97065
  • Your church.

Consider gifts to these organizations to honor someone with a shared interest, to recognize someone’s achievement or success, in memory or remembrance, to express your appreciation, or as the perfect gift for someone who has everything. 



PROGRAM TECHNICIAN. Farm Service Agency Job Opening – Temporary Position. Busy government office in The Dalles, Oregon has an immediate opening for a temporary office (Program Technician) position. Duties include general office activities supporting FSA programs administered at the field office level.  Successful applicant must be reliable, have professional attitude, and enjoy working with the public.  Individuals interested in applying need to contact Lissa Biehn (office manager) at 41-298-8559 ext. 110, or, or apply at Wasco/Hood River Co. FSA at 2325 River Rd, Ste 1. The deadline to apply is December 26, 2019.  FSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 12/27

HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315. 12/27 

See Classifieds in The Times-Journal.






SURPLUS SHERMAN COUNTY BUILDINGS.  BUILDINGS MUST BE REMOVED FROM CURRENT LOCATION WITHIN 90 DAYS OF SALE. ALL EXPENSES RELATED TO BUILDING REMOVAL ARE TO BE INCURED BY BIDDER. Surplus for sale by Sherman County: 1972 Royal Mobile Home 24’ x 62’ with addition, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath (Possible 4th Bedroom with addition). Sealed bids must be submitted by 5:00pm, Monday, January 13, 2020 to the Sherman County Court, in-person at 500 Court St, Moro, Oregon 97039, or by mail: PO Box 365, Moro, OR 97039. Minimum bid $5,000. To request a viewing appointment, contact the Office of the Sherman County Court at 541-565-3416. Contact the Sherman County Court 541-565-3416 with questions, or to schedule viewing appointments. 12/27

DEHYDRATOR, JERKY MAKER. New, still in the box never opened, Nesco Dehydrator & Jerky Maker FD-60 with 4 trays. asking $45 / best bid. Call 541-442-8572 Nancy 12/27









HOUSE CLEANING. Seeking non-employee housekeeper to clean Catholic rectory in Wasco twice a month. Please call Molly Belshe for more information. (541)565-3315. 12/27

3. CALENDAR (new or corrected)



mittens11-31 Decorate the Mitten Tree at Sherman County Public/School Library

23-31 Sherman County School Christmas Break


24 Moro Community Presbyterian Church Candlelight Service 6

24 Wasco United Methodist Church Candlelight Service 5

24 Christmas Eve Mass 5 Grass Valley

24-25 Sherman County Government Holidays


27 Sherman County eNews ends 20-year run!

27-31 Oregon Whale Watch Week

28 Holy Family Mass 5 combined Mass, Wasco


31-Jan. 1 Sherman County Government Holidays


1 First Day Hike: Deschutes River State Recreation Area 9 Oregon Trail Kiosk

1 First Day Hike: Cottonwood Canyon State Park 10 Experience Center

2 Sherman County Fair Board Meeting 6

6 Grass Valley City Council 7

7 Moro City Council 7

8 Rufus City Council 7

8 Sherman Senior Center Advisory 12:30

10 Community Renewable Energy Association (CREA) Board Meeting 10-1

13 Sherman County School District Board 6

14 Tri-County Mental Health Board 11

14 North Central Public Health District Board 3

15 Sherman County Court 9

18 Winter Cornhole Fiesta Tournament 1-9 p.m. Grass Valley Pavilion

29 Tri-County Court 11

29 Frontier TeleNet Board Meeting 11:30


3 Grass Valley City Council 7

4 Moro City Council 7

5 Sherman County Court 9

6 Sherman County Fair Board 7

19 Sherman County Court 9