We are Dale and Rebecah Lutz the owners in this sweet story.
Neither of us set out to purchase a business but as you know things never stay the same in life. I (Rebecah) had worked for the previous twelve years promoting tourism and hospitality in both Lincoln County (the local County we live in) and along the entire Oregon coast. In this job I traveled around the world encouraging people to travel to the Oregon coast on vacation. I had a blast meeting people and telling them all about this wonderful place that we live, work and play in. But as I said things change and I got laid off. With no prospects of anything quite as fun I took some time off and traveled around the country seeing friends and family while praying for what God had next for me in my life.
I have known the previous owner of Nye Beach Sweets for more years than either of us wanted to count and one day when I was visiting him he indicated that he might be interested in selling the shop. That conversation led to many other conversations and ultimately to working for him to see if I liked working in a sweets shop.
As you can gather I did like working in the shop and on October 1st, 2013 Dale and I purchased the shop. We are now James 1:27 Ministry, LLC doing business as Nye Beach Sweets. We had a good location and people knew where we were but as we looked around we realized that we were just outside of the main foot
traffic flow and that we would need to relocate the shop down the street about a block to a more central location in the Nye Beach district of Newport. On the last day of December, 2013 we closed the shop at its old location. On January 4th, 2014 we moved the shop to its current location of 314 NW Coast Street and reopened the shop with its new look, new logo and new mission on January 18th.
We have bright new colors, black and white checkered floors, spacious displays for all of our products and indoor seating while you enjoy your sweet treats. You will find as you peruse our website we offer you a wide variety of house-made fudge, chocolates, Tillamook and Umpqua ice creams, cookies, brownies, taffy, toffee, jams, jellies and so much more. Stop by and check us out next time you are in the neighborhood.
You might be wondering about our business name James 1:27 Ministry, LLC. That name was chosen for several reasons but mainly because it is our heart. The verse in the Bible reads “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress....”. Having been to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa on missions trips and seeing the orphans begging on the streets, scraping by just to have one meal for that day, not having a roof over their head, having little and no one to care for them has broken my heart. And, as a widow, (my first husband passed away in 2005) I know what it is like to find yourself alone without your spouse wondering how to make it through today – let alone the next day and the next day. Dale and I have seen how things in the United States are so much easier for all of us and we want to help. We do this through the business and in our personal lives by supporting missionaries, orphans and the widows in the Congo along with other things right here in our own community. By shopping in our sweet shop or online you are helping us help others. In addition my brother and his wife are Medical Missionaries at Vanga Evangical Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. If you would like to learn more about what they are doing there check out this link to their page or follow them on facebook at
We say Thank You!”