Standing proudly at the northwest corner of Gimpl Hill and Pine Grove Roads in Lane County, Oregon is the Spencer Creek Lutheran Church.
It stands at a crossroads in the midst of a rural countryside seemingly sparsely inhabited of human population, but full of wild turkey, deer, sheep, cattle, and many other animals.
Yet thus church has sheltered congregants since 1903 when this part of the Willamette Valley was just being settled by ranchers and farmers attracted by the rich soils and moderate temperatures.
Today, the building hearkens back to bygone days, church potlucks, weekly social gatherings with neighbors, conversation and gossip, and a strong sense of community where neighbors know and look out for each other.
Every time that I drive by the Spencer Creek Lutheran Church building, in an Oregon county full of local farms, ranches, and vineyards, I appreciate again how fortunate I am to live here.