St. Paul Lutheran Church

Castle Rock, Washington

 

A community of faith that worships, grows, and serves

 

 

 

"We are one body in Christ, united in baptism, renewed through

worship and prayer, and sent by God to serve"

Good News of St. Paul

 January - February   

2019

 

 

Pastor's Page 

 

“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

 – William Shakespeare


“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he will who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”  [Philippians 1:3-6]


The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians was thankful for the church he started because of their faithfulness to the gospel, to each other and to him. It is that same feeling Deb and I have for you. We have been a part of this congregation for the last 8+ years. In that time we have broken bread together, learned together, laughed together, cried together, and even been angry with each other. All of this out of love for Christ Jesus. You have been indeed a treasure to us and to the community. I know that you will continue to warmly welcome and embrace those who are seeking a church home, a church family as you welcomed and embraced us.


And now some parting words: 


To those who bid us Godspeed on the 16th: Thank you for the love and the well wishes that you gave to us.  We cannot thank you enough for your prayers, your support (both emotional and financial), and especially your encouragement as a new life beckons us. 


To those I may have angered or disappointed, and then left the church: I am truly sorry. I never intended to create those feelings in you. Maybe if we had sat down to talk about it, we could have straightened things out and reconciled. As it is, I would encourage you to return to this community of faith, where the people love you and miss you. Remember that we are all in Christ, the one who reconciled us to God, so that we all may live in His grace.


To all who may feel anxious about the future of St Paul: In this holiday time we are reminded that God is with us – Emmanuel. He is with us in our comings and goings; in the good and bad; in all of our daily activities. Embrace that. God is with you. He will not let you or His church fail. As Paul reiterates, the one “who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”


To everyone in this faith community: Hear the words of Paul one more time – “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” [Phil 4:8-9]


Pastor Bob

 

 

Congregational Annual Meeting 

 Sunday - January 27, 2019.


The meeting will take place directly after worship in the fellowship hall.  Lunch will be provided after the meeting by the council.  Please make it a priority to attend.


If you are a committee chairman, reports will need to be submitted by January 15 to give time to print and assemble the booklets.



Living Stones Prison

We are invited to worship with the Living Stones Prison Fellowship in Shelton, WA on Saturday, February 9th.  A sign-up sheet is available if you would be interested in this unique opportunity. 




TOPS Group

 

A local chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets here at St. Paul every Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.  They would like to get the word out - if anyone is interested, you are more than welcome to come.  Questions or want more information?  Contact Muriel at 360-423-5664.



Monthly Financial Report

Figures are regarding 

the General Fund: 


Total giving:

November:   $13,244.00

  December:   $16,181.00


Approximately $13,000 is needed each month to cover expenses.


Thank you for your faithfulness!

 

 

 

 

Pastor Bob's Shoutouts

 

Thank You to:

 

• All of you in leadership (past and present) for helping in guiding/leading this congregations and helping me to be a better pastor.
• This community of faith which has supported, encouraged, cajoled, and even admonished me.  And for the love and warmth, and friendships offered to Deb and I for the last 8+ years.
• Earl Small for taking pictures of the Sun. School Christmas Program, Elias Foster’s Baptism (Son of Seth Foster & Jill Heistand; Grandson of Mike & Dani Foster), and our farewell gathering - all on the same day!  These memories are posted on the board in the main hall entry.
• Everyone involved in decorating the church for the Christmas season.
• Everyone involved in helping with the S.S. Christmas program performance - namely the coordinator, Jenn Lux, and, of course - the kids!
• All of you in leadership (past and present) for helping in guiding/leading this congregations and helping me to be a better pastor.
• This community of faith which has supported, encouraged, cajoled, and even admonished me.  And for the love and warmth, and friendships offered to Deb and I for the last 8+ years.
• Earl Small for taking pictures of the Sun. School Christmas Program, Elias Foster’s Baptism (Son of Seth Foster & Jill Heistand; Grandson of Mike & Dani Foster), and our farewell gathering - all on the same day!  These memories are posted on the board in the main hall entry.
• Everyone involved in decorating the church for the Christmas season.
• Everyone involved in helping with the S.S. Christmas program performance - namely the coordinator, Jenn Lux, and, of course - the kids!

 

 

 

 

Prayers for Members and Friends

Please remember these people with your prayers,

phone calls, visits or cards:

Those with Health Concerns: Al Black, Bob Bruner, Beth Hinesley, Christine Koppert, Crystal Hummel, Angie Bouder, Angie Manfreddi, Jean Jones, Eric Smith, Darlene Jackson, Don Miller, Katie Frei,  Mary Mage, Linda Titus,  Peggy Droz, Lisa Hill, April Erdelbrock, Gayle Agren, Dennis Thomsen  

Care Givers and Care Receivers:  Joyce LeMonds, Palma Jensen, Corrinne Kuehner, Vi Benham

Those Serving in the Armed Forces:  Hunter Whitten, Sam Gallow, Tyler Kleine, Eddie Oswalt

 

 

What’s Next for St. Paul??

 

As of January 1, 2019, St. Paul is without a pastor. 

Here are the next steps in the process:


1. Pastor Linda Beatie will lead worship Jan 6 & 13.

2. St. Paul Church Council will interview two candidates in early January  and elect one to serve as the Interim Pastor.  The goal is to have an active pastor by the end of January.

[This is done under the guidance of Pr. Kim Latterell through the  SW Washington Synod ELCA Office in Tacoma. Glen Agren is the council president and has the responsibility of leading the process and keeping the congregation informed. Updates will be made via Friday e-mails and weekly bulletin announcements, as well as Glen briefing us on Sunday mornings.]

3.  After an interim pastor is selected, a Transition Team will be in place to work alongside  to proceed with the steps  to create a Ministry Site Profile. This may take some time. 


Please keep St. Paul in your prayers - 

for guidance and discernment during this time of transition.



 

 

 

January Birthdays

1     Dorothy Berndt 

       Marlene White

2     Debbie Lyon 

       Phyllis Ogden

    Samantha Whittaker

3     Debbie Gould

6     Jordan Jenkins

       Lenora Ray

8     Koen Ross

       Katie Rose

9    Alysaundra Davie

       Jon Davidson

11   Lorraine Berndt

13   Roger Gallow 

      Alan Watenpaugh

14   Mathew Schwinn

16    Jennifer Lux

        Tracey Ness

17    Sandi Nolden

18    Hunter Whitten

20   MacKenzie Rubash

21    Linda McCall

22    Kelsey Foster

23    Dani Foster

25    Cheryll Borgaard 

26    Carol Adams 

27    Gayle Agren 

        Jordan Wilbur

29    Carly Johnson

        Ryan Hinesley

30    Renee Nikolaus

        Jakob Houser

31   Linda Staudinger

January Baptismal Birthdays

5    Nathan Ross

11  Lowell Bamford

      Kenna Remmers

12  Lindsay Berg

17  Jennifer Lux 

20 Nicki Highlander

23  Alyssa Hudson

27  Debbie Lyon

      Dan Shero

      Neil Agren

30  Hannah Lyon

      Nicole Seidl

 

February Birthdays

1   Emma Cooley

     Pr. Linda Nou

     Ellen Miller

2   Corlan Small

3   Vern Foster

5    Erika Agren 

      Becky Danhauser 

      Kaitlyn Kittelson

      Jonathan Bontoft 

7    Erika Anderson

      Stephanie Ness

9    Megan Ness

11  Abbey Pulse

       Penny Hensley

12   Kyle Foster

13   Sandee Ness 

       Paul Schwinn

15   Jerry Gould 

       Roxanne Knutson

       Jacob Winkler

       Abbie Corral

16   Jacki Whittaker

18   Dan Murphy

19   Jill Lair

22   Meimei Winkler

23   Kathy McDaniel

       Elias Foster 

25   Bryan Wilbur

26   Marvin Gallow

       Alivia Smith

27   Mike Foster

      Ami Remmers

       Neal Johnson

       Jared  Remmers

28   Kevin Foster

       Patsy Grizzle


February Baptismal Birthdays

 4   Susan Denison

8   Tyson Lyon

     Gretchen Schwinn

9   Debbie Gould

10  Sandy Catt

15  Al Black

16  Joel Anderson

17  Beth Coleman

25   Seth Foster

       Cody Lux

 


January Anniversaries

4     Roy & Billie Jo Schaafsma - 55 years

7     Earl & Corlan Small - 57 years

15   Roger & Anita Gallow - 59 years

       Harlan & Shirley Kittelson 

27   Ken & Linda Solberg 

 

 February Anniversaries

5     Jeff & Marjie Winikoff

9     Sonny & Tina Smith 

27   Lewis & Darlene Jackson - 59 years

29   Darren & Karen Ashby