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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, April 8, 2015 9A Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Quincy takes a journey Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com A former bowling alley located in a strip mall may be an unlikely home for a church, but it's fitting for a pastor whose journey is just as unlikely. The Calvary Chapel of Quincy is located in the Say-Mar shopping center, behind a pair of glass doors that most recently opened into Workforce Connections, but at one time led to a bowling alleyl Pastor Rick Rodgers found his way to Quincy six years ago, after spendinghis adult life running a 600-acre ranch, as well as a construction business, in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He sold the latter; rented out the former; and he and his wife, Charlotte, uprooted their lives to spread the word of God in Plumas County. His change in profession began with a command from his orthopedic surgeon: change your lifestyle or get a wheelchair. "I started hanging around the church more," said Rodgers of the Calvary Chapel in Klamath Falls. And he and his wife began doing outreach in various communities -- one of those places was Quincy. Though he thought it would be the perfect place for a church, he couldn't fred anyone willing to move there. "My nephew is a pastor, but you have to have a livelihood," he said. "Small communities don't provide well enough" for a young family. "You go," said a friend who had called after years of no communication, which seemed like too much of a coincidence for Rodgers. "I can't go. I just built a sanctuary in Klamath; I'm teaching four times a week; I have my farm; my kids (seven of them and 16 grandkids and a great grandchild)," Rodgers remerhbered "i'just' responding. laughed; I had a huge ministry." But much tO everyone's surprise, he made the move. Rodgers admitted that his wife didn't want to leave the children, and they make at least monthly treks back, but she supports him in the ministry. Especially when it comes to the music. ',God blesses us with no musical talent," Rodgers said of his wife's ability to make up for his own lack of musicality. Music is part of the GOING TO CHURCH CALVARY CHAPEL weekly Sunday service held at 10 a.m. When asked the size of his congregation, Rodgers said, "I have no idea. Some weeks there are a dozen; others there are 125." The Sunday services last about 90 minutes and the pastor's sermons are Scripture-based. "Calvary places a high emphasis on the word of God," Rodgers said. In addition to the Sunday service, Rodgers offers a Wednesday evening service with prayer at 6 and Bible study at 7. The New Testament of the Bible is the focus on Sunday, while Wednesday is devoted to the Old Testament. "I want the congregation here to know the word of the Lord," he reiterated. To learn more about the teachings, go to Calvary Chapel's website at ccquincy.com. But lodgers' ministry isn't confined to the church. He continues outreach activities and spends a lot of time at Feather River College, where he prays with students and passes out literature, free Bibles, cookies and scones. He recalled an afternoon a couple of years ago when he prayed with students from seven different countries and several states. Rodgers said that sometimes it's difficult to be in Quincy, away from his ranch and his children. "It's hard," he said. "We're not paid to be here, but we came to serve." One of the areas he is prepared to take on is suicide prevention, an issue he made a priority in Klamath Falls, by insisting on training for "anyone who answered the phone" at the chapel. "Our suicide rate is going over the top," Rodgers said. "When the phone rings, you need to know what to say." He had planned to offer the training locally, but in discussions with the county's Merktal Health Department learned that its staff planned to do so as well. "If Mental Health doesn't do it, we will," he said. In the interim he will focus on his weekly services and outreach. "Y'aU come now," he said. "I want people to fall in love with Jesus." Wanted: Automotive Product Specialist (Susanville) Compensation: $12.24 to $13,50 hour to start, PLUS Performance and Customer Service Bonus Plan This is NOT a traditional Car Sales job! Instead, this is a whole new approach without the stress and pressure of commissions. You will have a solid hourly base pay, plus bonuses and rewards based on customer service and performance. The better you treat the customer, the more you earn! At Susanville Auto Center, we are one of the fastest growing Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealers on the west coast. To deliver a consistently high quality customer experience takes outstanding people with great attitudes and strong product knowledge. You will meet with customers, determine their vehicle needs and use your extensive product knowledge to help them find the right vehicle at a great price, We want our customers to have the best possible experience without the pressure that comes with traditional commissioned based selling. No automotive experience is required, as we fully train our people in all aspects of the job. Here is what we need from you" * A positive attitude * A passion to serve the customer * A high level of professionalism * Solid computer skills * Strong communication skills * Valid California Drivers license To apply, contact Brent, Chad or Scott at,530-257-5092 We offer employee health care insurance and a 401 k plan Pastor Rick Rodgers, left, stands in the bookstore at the Calvary Chapel of Quincy. The bookstore and its popular lending library are managed by Bill Coates, right. The bookstore is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and after church services on Sunday. Photo by Debra Moore Spring Service " Complete Oil & Filter Change (up to 5qts, Excludes Diesels) Battery & Charging System Test Coolant Test * Please present coupon at time of write-up Visual Brake Inspection Inspection of Wipers Belts & Hoses Top off Fluids as Needed Clip-n-Save CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates FOR CHILDREN PLUMAS CASA SWING INTO SPRING: A NIGHT FOR THE CHILDREN Saturday, April 18 6-10 p.m. $10 Quincy Elks Lodge Spring Fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Dancing, Desserts, Silent Auction (6-7:30 p.m.) and No-Host Wine Bar Featuring Shelly & Dave from "Now & Then" and "DJ Outlaw" Tickets available at: Carey Candy Epilog Books