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 2018
Side effects of Kindness?
First, when we think of side effects our mind turns to side effects of drugs. But did you ever think kindness could have side effects too?
1. Kindness makes us happier. When you have good feelings, the levels of dopamine elevate in the brain and we get a “natural high”.
2. Kindness is good for the heart. Acts of kindness often accompanied by emotional warmth. The warmth produces a hormone, oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body that dilates the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure.
3. Kindness slows aging. With the release of oxytocin it reduces inflammation in the cardiovascular system and slows the ageing.
4. Kindness is contagious! When we are kind we inspire others, creating a ripple effect.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. -Colossians 3:12
To Your Health,
K.C. Babcock R.N.
Blending Task Force
At the special congregational meeting held on Oct. 22 the decision was made to create a task force to determine what a blended service would look like. That is, taking the two services we have now, traditional and modern, and combining or converging them. After three sessions, looking at both services and determining, based on your input, as to what is essential and what is not, the task force has come to an agreement as to what the service would look like. It was agreed to keep most of the elements of the traditional service (the litanies, Kyrie, Great Thanksgiving, etc) as well as communion by common cup at the rail; however, elements of the modern service, particularly the music, are also included.
The task force is recommending that worship service begin at 10:30 a.m. with our education time beginning at 9:30 a.m. In addition they recommend that we as a community begin a trial run of this service beginning January 7 for at least 4 weeks. Given that our annual congregational meeting will be held on the 28th, this will give all of us time to evaluate and then discuss at the meeting.
I would like to thank: Lorraine Berndt, Roxanne Knutson, Jennifer Lux, Katie Ogden, Jacob Rahn, Elena Ross, and Vineta Thomsen for their time and willingness to work on this endeavor. Each person brought a measure of empathy and compassion to the discussions and decisions that were made. I would encourage you to ask them any questions about the process and their decisions.
Finally, I believe that we should be mindful that worship is not only about how we worship, but whom we worship, and that this isn’t just done on Sunday mornings. - Pr. Bob
Town Hall Meeting
What If We Talked About Drug Prevention In Our Community?
St. Paul will host an event on Thurs., Jan. 18th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
(1st of three. 2nd is Feb. 15th, 3rd is Mar. 15th ).
This is a community gathering to discuss prescription and other substance abuse - how to recognize it, what it does, and what we can do about it, sponsored by Cowlitz Co. Sheriff’s Dept, C.R. CARE Coalition, and Youth and Family Link. No cost, no registration. A light supper will be served at 6.
• Lindsey Worley - C.R. Middle/High School. What Are They Seeing in Our Schools?
• Christine Duvall - Choice Wellness Pharmacist - How Drugs Affect Brain Functions.
• Mark Nelson - Cowlitz County Sheriff. Community Repercussion and Q&A.
Everyone is Welcome!
Annual Congregational Meeting
St. Paul will hold their annual meeting on Sun., Jan. 28th after worship service. A potluck lunch will follow.
If you chair any committee, please have your report turned into the office no later than Sun., Jan. 14th so full report can be ready Jan. 21st.
Winter Jacket Giveaway
On Sat., Jan. 20th, there will be a winter jacket giveaway event from Noon - 1 p.m. through the Kids Clothes Closet. Contact Roxanne Knutson or Anita Gallow with any questions.
Adult Ed. Opportunities for January and February
• Tuesday Morning Text Study at 10:30 a.m. Discussions centered around the upcoming Bible texts for Sunday.
• Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study at 6:30 p.m. A study of the Book of Romans by John MacArthur.
• Wednesday Night Adult Study at 6:30 a.m. A 10 week session on the Book of Philippians by Matt Chandler.
• Sunday Morning E40! A 10 week study on Psalm 119 by Matt Chandler.
• Also, monthly men’s and women’s gatherings to discuss various topics centered on the Bible and faith. (see calendars)
Good News! Sleek and Simple
The 2018 Offering Envelopes.
Here’s why a few changes have been made to them:It takes $13,000 each month to keep our church running. That is in the General Fund alone. 2017 saw very few months where the goal was met. Our congregation was very generous at the same time in giving to dedicated accounts of the Building, Mission, Hunger and Youth Funds. Each of these accounts has a healthy balance. And, did you know money given to those accounts can only be spent as designated? Help! The General Fund is running in the red!
Property & Finance, Council and Stewardship have been struggling with our financial situation for the past year. We feel educating the congregation and making a change to the offering envelope is a step toward our goal of becoming solvent in the General Fund Account. We are not asking that special offerings subside, we are asking you to prayerfully consider your gifts.
Questions? Contact me, a member of the Church Council, or a Property and Finance committee member. -Jackie Schwinn
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Everyone is welcome to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Feb. 13th! (Youth fund raiser)
Pancakes, sausage and fresh fruit will be served with a suggested donation of $5.00 per person. Serving will start at 6 p.m.
Worship service starts at 6:45 p.m. with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.
Monthly Financial Report
Figures are regarding
the General Fund:
Approximately $13,000 is needed each month to cover expenses.
Thank you for your faithfulness!
• Polly Ross passed away on Nov. 12, 2017. Her funeral was held on Saturday, Nov. 18 with Pastor Sue Wanwig presiding.
• Les Blankenship passed away on Nov. 18, 2017. His memorial was held on Saturday, Dec. 2 with Pastor Bob Sinclair presiding.
Blessed be their memory
Pastor Bob's Shoutouts
Thank You to:
• Those who served on the blended worship task force.
• Angel Tree gift givers.
• Katie Ogden for baking communion bread.
• Earl Small for changing the sign board when needed and hauling the excess ‘stuff’ away.
• Jackie and Paul Schwinn, Corlan and Earl Small, and Deb Sinclair for decorating the church for Christmas.
• Heather Snow for coordinating the Youth Christmas Program.
• Everyone who helped in the funeral for Polly Ross and memorial for Les Blankenship - ushering, luncheon help/washing dishes (including youth), centerpieces, table/chair set-up, all clean-up, etc.
• Carol Adams for many faithful years (12) as Treasurer for St. Paul.
• Leann Beal for agreeing to take the position of Treasurer to replace Carol.
• Earl Small and Glen Agren for attending the Surviving An Active Threat training seminar.
• Council members who helped set-up, serve, and clean-up the Confirmation reception.
If you have given further thought and are interested in online giving, here are the instructions in three easy steps:
• Visit the church website at [www.stpaulcr.com], and click on the “Give Online” button at the bottom of the page,
• Click on the Create Profile button, then
• Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
Thank you for your continued support of the ministries here at St Paul.
- Your Stewardship Committee
Prayers for Members and Friends
Please remember these people with your prayers, phone calls, visits or cards:
Those with Health Concerns:
Laurie Ross-Aristide, Al Black, Sandy Logan, Shauna Rose, David Manning, Betty Rose, Bob Bruner, Beth Hinesley, Joel Royce, Christine Koppert, Chuck Kersey, Todd Risner, Harriet Shero, Crystal Hummel, Eric Smith, Betty Yates, Darlene Jackson, Pr. Kevin Forquer;
Those Serving in the Armed Forces: Hunter Whitten, Sam Gallow, Tyler Kleine
1 Dorothy Berndt
2 Debbie Lyon
3 Debbie Gould
6 Jordan Jenkins
8 Koen Ross
9 Jon Davidson
11 Lorraine Berndt
13 Roger Gallow
14 Mathew Schwinn
16 Jennifer Lux
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
29 Carly Davidson
30 Renee Nikolaus
31 Linda Staudinger
4 Roy & Billie Jo Schaafsma - 54 years
7 Earl & Corlan Small - 56 years
15 Roger & Anita Gallow - 58 years
Harlan & Shirley Kittelson
27 Ken & Linda Solberg - 45 years
1 Emma Cooley
Pr. Linda Nou
2 Corlan Small
3 Vern Foster
5 Erika Agren
7 Erika Anderson
9 Megan Ness
11 Abbey Pulse
12 Kyle Foster
13 Sandee Ness
15 Jerry Gould
16 Jacki Whittaker
18 Dan Murphy
19 Jill Lair
22 Meimei Winkler
23 Kathy McDaniel
25 Bryan Wilbur
26 Marvin Gallow
27 Mike Foster
28 Kevin Foster
5 Jeff & Marjie Winikoff
9 Sonny & Tina Smith
27 Lewis & Darlene Jackson - 58 years
29 Darren & Karen Ashby
5 Nathan Ross
11 Lowell Bamford
12 Lindsay Berg
13 Lisa Davis
17 Jennifer Lux
20 Nicky Highlander
23 Alyssa Hudson
26 Erika Anderson
27 Dan Shero
30 Neil Agren
4 Susan Denison
5 Kaylee Thull
7 Donna Rodgers
8 Tyler Lyon
9 Debbie Gould
10 Sandy Catt
16 Joel Anderson
17 Beth Coleman
24 Michael Bontoft
25 Seth Foster