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

 

Pastor's Page

I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat,
What seems each time I tell it more wonderfully sweet;
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest;
And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
Yes, it is that time of year when we toss out the old and bring in the new. It is that time when there is a sense that we start with a clean slate and that we can change and reform our lives. It is the time when resolutions are made (and then sometimes broken). It is also that time when, with all of the presents and stuff that we received during the Christmas season, room has to be made. But this also presents the problem of what to do with the old stuff that is being replaced. What becomes of them?  Do they get tossed? Repurposed by taking them to Goodwill or waiting for a summer garage sale? Put them into storage? This is one reason the big box stores put storage containers of various sizes and shapes on sale. In fact Deb and I bought a bunch over this past weekend (precisely because they were on sale).
Now this may be ok for the physical things that are a part of our lives, but the same cannot be true for the good news of God in Jesus. The gospel is not meant to be brought out just on Sundays or special occasions and then put away until the next time its needed or worse put into storage never to be seen or heard from. Rather, as the song implies, even though it is an old, old story, it is also a new, new story every time it’s told.  It isn’t just quoted scripture passages, or the stories of faithful (and not so faithful) people of the bible, it is also the story of each and every one of us, and how God through the Holy Spirit is working in our lives and the lives around us. Everyday it becomes a new, new story, one that is meant to be shared and retold so that others might know the power of God to save and redeem all of us.
I write this because there is lament within this community that as attendance is declining there doesn’t seem like much we can do. Therefore, as we begin this new year, I encourage you to go tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else you come into contact with, this amazing story of God’s good news in your life. Tell them that this story of love and forgiveness is for them. Tell them that, in this time of new beginnings, that they too can have their lives reformed and that their slates of their lives can be wiped clean. And then invite them here, to this place that will welcome and embrace them. Invite them, so that they too will hear the old, old story about God’s saving grace.                                           -Pr. Bobi “I Love to Tell the Story” Arabella K. Hankey, William G. Fischer, © Public Domain (ELW #661)
I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat,
What seems each time I tell it more wonderfully sweet;
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest;
And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

Yes, it is that time of year when we toss out the old and bring in the new. It is that time when there is a sense that we start with a clean slate and that we can change and reform our lives. It is the time when resolutions are made (and then sometimes broken). It is also that time when, with all of the presents and stuff that we received during the Christmas season, room has to be made. But this also presents the problem of what to do with the old stuff that is being replaced. What becomes of them?  Do they get tossed? Repurposed by taking them to Goodwill or waiting for a summer garage sale? Put them into storage? This is one reason the big box stores put storage containers of various sizes and shapes on sale. In fact Deb and I bought a bunch over this past weekend (precisely because they were on sale).

Now this may be ok for the physical things that are a part of our lives, but the same cannot be true for the good news of God in Jesus. The gospel is not meant to be brought out just on Sundays or special occasions and then put away until the next time its needed or worse put into storage never to be seen or heard from. Rather, as the song implies, even though it is an old, old story, it is also a new, new story every time it’s told.  It isn’t just quoted scripture passages, or the stories of faithful (and not so faithful) people of the bible, it is also the story of each and every one of us, and how God through the Holy Spirit is working in our lives and the lives around us. Everyday it becomes a new, new story, one that is meant to be shared and retold so that others might know the power of God to save and redeem all of us.

I write this because there is lament within this community that as attendance is declining there doesn’t seem like much we can do. Therefore, as we begin this new year, I encourage you to go tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else you come into contact with, this amazing story of God’s good news in your life. Tell them that this story of love and forgiveness is for them. Tell them that, in this time of new beginnings, that they too can have their lives reformed and that their slates of their lives can be wiped clean. And then invite them here, to this place that will welcome and embrace them. Invite them, so that they too will hear the old, old story about God’s saving grace.                                                                                                               -Pr. Bob
i“I Love to Tell the Story” Arabella K. Hankey, William G. Fischer, © Public Domain (ELW #661)


Christmas Thanks
We want to thank this faith community for the many ways you have blessed up this past Christmas season.  Thanks you so much for the beautiful cards, letters, and notes of encouragement you have written us.  Thank you for the delicious baked goods you have shared with us. Thank you for the many thoughtful gifts (monetary and otherwise) you have given us. Once again we are overwhelmed by your love, kindness and generosity. We are thankful that this is the place where God has called us to serve. And it is a joy that we serve a place where friends, family, and even strangers daily feel the prayers, support and encouragement of all of you. Blessings to you this coming new year.
-Pr. Bob and Deb
ATTENTION!
*NEW WORSHIP TIME FOR JANUARY*
 Only ONE worship service for the month of January as we explore the option of a blended order of service.
9:30 a.m. Adult E40! and Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship


Parish Nurse

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.


Presentations by:

• 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.


Ash Wednesday

February 14th 

 

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: 


Total giving:

 November: $14,011.00

December: $15,595.00


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


Thank you for your faithfulness!



With Sympathy

• 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.

 

 

Online Giving

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; 

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

 


 

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    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 Davidson

        Ryan Hinesley

30    Renee Nikolaus

        Jakob Houser

31   Linda Staudinger

 

January Anniversaries

 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

 

 


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 Anniversaries

5     Jeff & Marjie Winikoff 

9     Sonny & Tina Smith 

27   Lewis & Darlene Jackson - 58 years

29   Darren & Karen Ashby 

 

 

 

Baptismal Birthdays

January

 5   Nathan Ross

11  Lowell Bamford

      Kenna Remmers

12   Lindsay Berg

13   Lisa Davis

17   Jennifer Lux 

20  Nicky Highlander

23   Alyssa Hudson

26   Erika Anderson

27   Dan Shero

       Debbie Lyon

30   Neil Agren

       Hannah Lyon

       Nicole Seidl

     

February

4    Susan Denison

5    Kaylee Thull

7    Donna Rodgers

8    Tyler Lyon

    Gretchen Schwinn

9    Debbie Gould

10   Sandy Catt

16   Joel Anderson

17   Beth Coleman

24   Michael Bontoft

25   Seth Foster