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(.nester Progresswe, Westwoocl PmePress Wednesday, March 12, 2014 ]A Chester's newest cllurch ready in time for Easter services Pastor leaves chaplain p with Chuck Norris, returns 00lmanor M. Kate West Staff Writer chesternews@plumasnews.corn After a six-year absence, Pastor Todd DuBord has returned to take up full-time residence in the Lake Almanor Basin and to fill the position of spiritual leader of the new Mt. Lassen Community Church beginning Easter Sunday. DuBord and his wife, Tracy, have split their residences, seven months in Texas and four in Chester, each year since he accepted and joined the position of chaplain for Chuck Norris Enterprises on April 1, 2008. Prior to accepting the , chaplaincy, DuBord was the senior pastor at the Lake Almanor Community Church for 13 years. "I told Tracy through all those years that I had a deep sense that the only reason I believe that we would ever leave pastoring in Lake Almanor was for something 'weird' that God was calling us to do; meaning it was something unlike anything we had ever done before in ministry. "That 'weird' came along in 2007 when Chuck and Gena Norris asked me to join them as chaplain of their enterprises. I knew 'immediately I was supposed to go and so did Tracy. "But quite frankly, what most didn't know is that it broke our hearts to leave this area and particularly LACC," he said. In 2012, the DuBords' lives Were changed forever and they both want the community told the story about Tracy's health that eventually led them home. "Thirteen years earlier, in 1999, Tracy was diagnosed with bipolar 2 and PTSD asa result of things she suffered growing up. It's time, especially in starting a new church. I'll be honest, we only took her diagnoses half-seriously because she seemed so 'normal' and we didn't understand mental illness any more than the stereotypes often given to them. "To make a very, very long story short, in October 2012, Tracy suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown that nearly ended her life. She was immediately hospitalized for eight days in Houston, Texas. Afterward we moved to Oregon for her recovery to be "The Norrises have been kind, patient and supportive over the last 18 months through Tracy's recovery and while I was juggling chaplain duties at a distance." in a quiet Coastal location," DuBord said. At this location, the DuBords had access to experts that changed both of their lives. "I never doubted throughout all of Tracy's medical crises that God was somehow leading us somewhere. From the onset of Tracy's recovery journey the experts had repeatedly stressed the need for Tracy to live a simple, stress-free sedentary lifestyle. "And now God is calling us back home and he used Tracy's medical condition to do so," he added. DuBord said it is important the community understand the Mt. Lassen Community Church start-up decision was not based upon the loss of his job as chaplain for Norris Enterprises. "The Norrises have been kind, patient and supportive over the last 18 months through Tracy's recovery and while I was juggling chaplain duties at a distance. However, like attempting to pastor from 2,000 miles away, it progressively became obvious that I couldn't maintain my primary chaplain ministry in Texas while living permanently back in Northern California; clergy needs to be present in people's lives," he said. Between now and April 20, when the Mt. Lassen Community Church opens its Pastor Todd DuBord Try This Important Test Measure around Your waist: Male waist 40 inches or more Female waist 35 inches or more strongly indicates that You may be Insulin Resistant Insulin resistance is a major player in the development of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, excess body fat and many other chronic conditions. Insulin Resistance is ReversibleZ Learn more at our Free class on Tuesday, March 18, 7 PM Susanville Chiropractic Clinic. Seating is limited so call now. 257-7751 Pastor Todd and Tracy DuBord are enjoying their full-time return to their home by the North Fork Feather River in Chester. Leisure time for the couple will be short, as Pastor Todd will open the doors to the newly established Mt. Lassen Community Church on April 20 for Easter Sunday services. Photo submitted his chaplaincy with Norris Enterprises. doors for Easter services, Pastor DuBord will continue rC IOMy-INIS D wm More about the Mt. Lassen Community Church The Mt. Lassen Community Church is not a new structure located within the Almanor Basin but rather will host its weekly Sunday services within the Almanor Recreation Center at 450 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester. Pastor DuBord will offer his first nondenominational services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. "Presently there are two - Caring - =_- ramily =- == Dentistry ," iWe00rov0000000000ven00a00've, re0000o00a0000ve! & cosmetic dentistry in a relaxed, friendly environment. Brad Nord, D.D.$ Debbie Gibson-Harr, RDH o Ann Leve, RDH We accept Care Credit . . New Patients Welcome _, i - - 258-3655 IIIIBl " 624 Main Street, Chester o . * EXTRACTIONS - ) i teams of people working on MLCC's start-up; one is a directors' board, which is completing the statutory procedures for incorporation, overseeing the budget and expenditures and establishing the elder and deacon's boards. "The second team is MLCC's church plant start-up team and it is dealing with the myriad of Sunday needs we have for church services to be functional, such as communion elements, music, nursery, ushers, chair setup, children and youth classes, media and the all-important church coffee!" DuBord said. The full story of Pastor Todd and Tracy's return may be found on Facebook. A list of needed items for the church follows the story. New Location pecial inside Hair Hunters 700 Main St. Susanville F.H Body Spray (lasts 7-10 days} andingredientsOrgamc $ S TUD ENT SPECIAL 25 expires 3/31/14 Mobile Spray Tanning Parties s2 5 Minimum 5 people. $100 FF Suddenly Sunkissed Mobile Spray Tanning by Kimber Azevedo. 249-1489 Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Our experienced staff are committed to putting every patient at ease with the highest quality patient care. We offer a full range of screening and diagnostic services. 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