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Thirty years prior, Estacada United Methodist Church became a Reconciling Church and welcomed LGBTTQ+ individuals

ARCHIVE PHOTO - Thirty years ago, Pastor Dave Williams of the Estacada United Methodist Church led the group's effort to become a Reconciling Church and welcome LGBTTQ+ individuals.

1980 — The "Dodge Social News" column outlined the ongoings of that area. "Mr. and Mrs. Vern Cruzon hosted a group of family members New Years Eve to watch their children Amy and Wesley unwrap their packages from under the tree and try out the toys. Wesley, age 2 and a half, propelled his fancy Caterpillar tractor all over the place and reluctantly tried on a new coat while Amy found several dolls with changes of clothes to work over," The News reported. "Supper was served buffet style while the grown ups visited."

1990 — Pastor Dave Williams of the Estacada United Methodist Church was leading the group's effort to become a Reconciling Church and welcome LGBTTQ+ individuals as fully participating members of their organization. Williams told The News that he and his parishioners felt a need to make a change in their church. "We are saying that God loves these people and their identity must not be rejected," he said.

2000 — Items in the newspaper's "Community Happenings" section included a meeting of the Redland/Viola/Fisher's Mill CPO, toddler time at the Estacada Public Library and a meeting of the Stickflickin Archery Club on Northwest Wade Street.

2010 — Estacada High School senior Bobby Beck wrote a letter to the editor proposing a bowling alley for Estacada. "I believe this town is too boring for the majority of kids who live here," Beck wrote. "I believe it would be a nice investment to put in a bowling alley. This would give kids something to do. I believe it would also help keep kids out of trouble. . .I am writing this with the hope that somebody with the funding reads it and sees that there is an interest in having a bowling alley."

2019 — Thanks to a partnership between the Friends of the Estacada Public Library and the Estacada Community Foundation, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library had recently come to town. The program mailed free books to children ages 5 and younger in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. David Bugni of the Friends of the Estacada Public Library noted that program coordinators hope to complement the literary resources that are already in town. "It will help from a pre-kindergarten standpoint. Before the school district sees the kid, hopefully they will have taken advantage of the program," he said. "We want to work with the schools, homeschool groups and churches to get the word out."


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