New pastor joins Lake Grove Presbyterian; 'Respond to Racism' schedules next meeting; Luscher Farm to host 'Twilight on the Trail'; Rudds, Millers honored for philanthropic work

New pastor joins Lake Grove Presbyterian

MCILRAITHLake Grove Presbyterian Church (LGPC) has two reasons to celebrate this weekend: The church turns 93 on Sunday, and parishioners are welcoming the Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith as their new pastor.

LGPC was established on Sept. 9, 1924. The church now has 1,200 members, with additional unaffiliated regular attendees. McIlraith, who most recently served at Moorpark Presbyterian Church in California, will deliver his first sermon at four services on Sunday as part of the anniversary celebration.

A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, McIlraith earned his Ph.D. from Gonzaga in leadership and preaching. His research emphasis is in homiletics, the art of preaching or writing sermons, an ability that was one of the criteria the search committee was seeking in a senior pastor candidate.

He'll be joined at LGPC by his wife, Paige, and their three children. Aiden is attending Whitworth University; Kenna is in high school and Lilian is in elementary school.

LGPC is located at 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego; services are at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-636-5656.

'Respond to Racism' schedules next meeting

Organizers of "Respond to Racism," a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, announced this week that they will hold the third in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, Sept. 11.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor; that in turn led her to Poinsette, and the two decided to invite the entire community to join them in July and August. More than 50 people showed up each time.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. For more information or to register, go to

Luscher Farm to host 'Twilight on the Trail'

Friends of Luscher Farm is inviting the public to learn more about the City-owned property at "Twilight on the Trail," a farm-to-table grazing dinner planned for Saturday, Sept. 30.

The fundraising event, which is scheduled from 5-9 p.m., will include a stroll through the back fields and historic barn at Luscher Farm — complete with cocktails and appetizers — as well as dinner, dancing and live music by the Dryland Farmers Band. Many of the ingredients for the meal are being provided by 47th Avenue Farm after growing just 100 meters from the barn; Chef Sarah Carlson of The Red Hare will helm the kitchen.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the expansion of trails, benches and trees throughout the farm as part of the implementation of the Luscher Area Master Plan. Tickets are $85 per person.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to

Rudds, Millers honored for philanthropic work

Lake Oswego residents Jim and Cathy Rudd and Rick and Erika Miller will be honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter at a luncheon in November for their philanthropic efforts across the metro area.

The 31st annual luncheon celebrates National Philanthropy Day, which recognizes the contributions of philanthropy and those people active in the philanthropic community. The Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts National Philanthropy Day events across the U.S. during the second week in November.

The Rudds are being honored with the Vollum Award for Lifetime Achievement for their leadership on a variety of charitable projects, including the Campaign for OSU and the OHSU Oregon Opportunity Campaign. The Millers have been named this year's Outstanding Philanthropists for their work on behalf of public education, small businesses, local churches and senior citizens, Portland State University, the University of Oregon and REACH Community Development.

For more information about the Nov. 13 awards program, go to or call 503-715-3100.

— The Review

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