Staff
Admin. Assistant

Barbara Gramps

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My Name is Barbara Gramps...

I’m a baby boomer, born and raised in the Los Angeles area.  I married young and within a year or so, was living in Waukegan, Illinois with an infant daughter and my husband.  Living in Illinois was quite an experience for a southern California girl like me.  We decided after a year living with a hot, humid summer and a winter of snowdrifts up to our roof, that we wanted back on the west coast although California was not an option.  So we hit the Oregon Trail, so to speak.

 

We ended up staying in Medford for one week because we ran out of money to get us all the way to Portland.  It was enough time for my husband to work a week and make the extra money we needed to get further north.  We arrived very weary and almost broke but God was smiling down on us.  Unfortunately, that marriage ended but I had been blessed with two more children, both sons.

 

I met Mike at a New Year’s Eve party that neither one of us had wanted to attend but went because we had made a commitment to our friends.  It turned out to be one of the best evenings of my life.  My children loved Mike and he really cared about the kids.  We were married 6 months later and will be celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary this year.

 

We moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1992.  We had vacationed here many times and had bought some property on which to put our vacation trailer.  Having a place to stay on weekends was great and we got to know the people and the area pretty well.  We talked it over and decided to sell our home in Gresham, Oregon; Mike would take an early retirement from Freightliner and I would leave US Bank.  So it was done.

 

We’ve both worked off and on since moving here.  Mike never really got to enjoy his early retirement but he’s happy and keeps busy also working part-time and I am thrilled to be back at work doing what I enjoy.  When not working, I love to quilt and am a member of the Peninsula Quilt Guild; I also enjoy cooking and reading.   Mike and I own a ’53 Chevy Bel Air and have belonged to the Beach Barons Car Club for many years.

 

The first Sunday we attended OPUMC was the day that Pastor Rene´ first announced they were looking for a new Administrative Assistant.  I knew God was smiling down on me once again.  My daughter, son and my husband have recently become members.  I feel so blessed to be working here and to be part of this wonderful church family.  My family and I felt like we were all missing out on something, not knowing exactly what it was.  Now we know.

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Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Friday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday
  • Adult Sunday School
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Singing your favorite hymns
    – 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations
    – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
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Upcoming Events
FEB

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SUN
Singing your favorite hymns
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations.
FEB

26

MON
The Community Table Lunch
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Community Table serves lunch on Mondays at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church located at 240th & U st. Anyone who would like lunch is invited and there is no cost for the meal.
Study with the Pastor - Lenten Studies
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Inspirational study from different books selected by the group. M.E. Long Lenten Studies – Monday, 1:30 pm, Devotional “Way Words”
AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room
FEB

28

WED
Men's No Host Breakfast
8:00 AM
Anita's Coastal Cafe
1414 260th Place
Ocean Park, WA 98640
Bible Study - Lenten Studies
1:30 PM
Inspirational class with M.E. Long Lenten Studies – Wednesday, 1:30 pm, “Book of Faith Lenten Journey, Marks of the Christian”
LENT Prayer Around the Cross worship
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
We will have “Soup Suppers” and Short Prayer Around the Cross worship. Supper will begin at 5:30 with worship at 6 pm. Soup sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up if you can bring soup and also if you will be attending so they know how much soup to bring.
AA Meeting Big Book Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room
MAR

01

THU
Food-4-Kids School Backpack Program
11:00 AM
Our vision is simple – no more hungry children.

#Food4KidsOP - Fill food backpacks for the children of Ocean Park Elementary School. We supply weekend food for grades Pre-School through 4th grade. Backpacks are sent home with the kids every Friday afternoon. On Monday the child returns the empty backpack to their school office to be restocked with food for the following weekend.

Thank you to all who help us feed the children, our future...
Choir Practice
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
MAR

02

FRI
AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room
MAR

04

SUN
Communion
WE CELEBRATE COMMUNION the first Sunday of each month and ALL are Welcome at the Lord's Table.
Community Table
The first Sunday of each month, we accept donations for The Community Table. The Community Table serves lunch on Mondays from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church located at 240th & U st. Anyone who would like lunch is invited and there is no cost for the meal.
Singing your favorite hymns
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
Worship
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations.