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 

 March - April   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)
…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ [Matthew 25:35-40]

One of the qualities I’ve always appreciated about this faith community we call St Paul is how we demonstrate our compassion for those who struggle with the basic necessities. The ministries of offering clothing and food to those who don’t have the same resources we have, which have been around for a generation, have helped to define who we are. And as many have noted, the problem of lack of clothing and food can be also combined with the lack of adequate shelter. This is by nature a systemic problem for not only our area but for the nation as a whole. And at times it may seem so overwhelming, we may be paralyzed into doing nothing. 

As I noted in the November 2017 newsletter, the church council has been having discussions about a program called “Family Promise”. In that article I gave some internet links to what Family Promise is and how they are making a difference for the people they serve. Family Promise is a program that helps up to 4 families at a time to make the transition from homelessness to having a place to live. This program works with the various social service agencies in the area to help these families find or provide housing, jobs, and other needed services. Our discussions have revolved around what it would be like to be a host congregation. We’ve agreed that we have the facilities to be able to host. But, we’ve also agreed that we don’t necessarily have the volunteers it takes to pull this off. To that end, I’ve had discussions with the other churches in the Ministerial Association, as well as with our fellow Lutheran churches in the county, and we’ve agreed that if we pool our resources we could be a viable candidate to host this program.

As I write this, the various churches in Cowlitz County are close to getting this program off the ground. There are, at present 7 host congregations, and 9 support congregations. The goal is to get to 13 host congregations so that the ministry can begin to make a difference. I believe that we here at St Paul have an opportunity to expand the ministries of compassion that are a part of our DNA. But the decision to move forward is not mine alone to make. Nor is it just the council’s. To that end I’ve invited Toni Miner of Family Promise to come talk with us on Sunday, March 11. It will give us the occasion to hear in greater detail what Family Promise is about as well as to ask her questions about the program. I hope that you will take the time to come hear her, and then to pray about how we as a faith community can make a difference for those who struggle with having food, clothing, and adequate shelter.                                                                                          - Pastor Bob



Parish Nurse

Men Get it Too! 

Did you know around 150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year? Most people think it only happens to women. 

The most common symptom in men is a painless lump in the breast close to the nipple. Other possible symptoms include discharge from the nipple, change in shape or appearance of the nipple, changes in shape of the breast, swelling and swollen lymph nodes. 

If any of these symptoms appear please see your PCP for a evaluation. Just like the girls, monthly self breast exams should be done! 

To Your Health,

K.C. Babcock R.N. 




Town Hall Meeting


St. Paul will host the last of a 3 part series discussing the Opiod issue in our community on Thursday, March 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  (A light soup meal is provided.)  ‘Treatment’ is the topic of discussion and all are welcome to attend this informational session.



Results of the Annual Congregational Meeting


Four new members were elected to the council at the January 28th Annual Congregational Meeting. They are: Bob Larsen, Ron Blankenship, Jacob Rahn, (all for 3-year terms), and Koen Ross (as a youth representative for 1 year).  Neal Johnson and Sandee Ness were elected to serve on the Nominating Committee (1-year term) and Al Black will replace Earl Small on the Frantzvog  Estate Fund Committee (3-year term).

The council retreat will be held Saturday, March 3rd at Jacki and David Whittaker’s starting at 9 a.m. At this time the council will elect officers and assign liaisons for committees for the next year.  (Since this information won’t be available at the time the newsletter goes to print, it will be posted in the Sunday bulletins for the next few weeks.)



Spring Cleaning

Did you notice the daffodils poking their heads out of the snow last week?  Spring is in the air!  And, along with spring comes spring cleaning!  Several members of the Property and Finance committee have been doing just that- cleaning out closets and rooms filled with forgotten items.  I really do think we found things from the early 1900’s!!  We also found many things that have been ‘donated’ much more recently.  So, it was up to us to either toss these items or take them to the Goodwill.  We are requesting that instead of bringing your spring cleaning left over’s to church (because you think someone could use this walker you found in the garage), you first contact a member of the Property and Finance committee or the head of a committee you feel would benefit from your donation and wait for the green light to do so.  Thanks for your help on this!




Volunteers Needed at Peace Health

St. John Medical Center/Peace Health, is needing additional volunteers, specifically for the ‘No One Dies Alone’ program.  Chaplains train you to provide a reassuring presence and comfort to dying patients who would otherwise be alone.


If this interests you, give the Spiritual Care Dept a call to request an application - 360-424-7575. The training session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th  from 2-6 p.m.




Wednesday’s in March - 7th, 14th, and 21st 

 6 p.m. - Soup and Bread Meal

6:45 p.m. - Holden Evening Prayer Service

Holy Week Schedule 

 (March 25 through April 1)

March 25   -   Palm Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship 

March 29   -   Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion

March 30   -   Good Friday:     6 a.m.- 6 p.m. Prayer Vigil

                                           4:30 p.m.  Crosswalk (meet at the church)

                                           7 p.m.  Worship 

April 1 - Easter Sunday:          7 a.m. Community Sunrise Service at CRHS outdoor stadium

                                            9 a.m.  Easter Breakfast 

                                           10:30a.m.  Worship (No Adult E40! or S.S.)





Monthly Financial Report

Figures are regarding 

the General Fund: 

Total giving:

 January:  $11,859.00

February:  $11,528.00

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

Thank you for your faithfulness!

Bloodmobile Coming

The next blood drive will be Monday, March 19th from noon - 6 p.m.

Mark your calendars and please, consider giving the gift of life!




Daylight Saving Time Begins Soon!

Set your clocks one hour AHEAD before retiring on Saturday, March 10th so you will be on time for church Sunday morning!



With Sympathy

• Earl Moore, Frieda Moore’s husband, passed away on Jan. 19.  A memorial service was held on Jan. 27 with Pastor Bob officiating.

• Former member Cyril Kittelson passed away on Jan. 10.  A memorial service was held at C.R. Christian Church  Sat., Feb.3rd.

• A memorial service will be held Sat, March 3rd for Lorraine Day, former member Leah Pederson’s mother.  Pastor Brian Pederson will officiate.

• Deb Sinclair’s step-mother, Leatha Batchelder, passed away in Indiana in Feb.

 Blessed be their memory




New Members


On Sun, Feb. 25th we welcomed three new members to St. Paul.  By Baptism - Cody Lux, and by Affirmation of Baptism - Blain Lux and Debbie Krumpols.



Thank you!

A big ‘Thank you’ to the Memorial Committee for financing the cleaning of the carpeting on the main floor as well as the pew cushions.  In addition, carpeting was stretched in the altar area and 50 new chairs were purchased for our Fellowship Hall.


Thanks To All Who 

Volunteer As Ushers! 

 Your participation is a very important part of our weekly service.  Please note: Now that we are using one service, changes have been made to the Usher Checklist.  We ask that you please carefully read and check off (✓) each item as you complete it.  By checking off (✓) each item we can hope to reduce the continuous problems we have with lights and fans being left on, doors sometimes left unlocked, etc.  Only by checking off (✓) each item on the checklist can we reduce or eliminate the problem areas. 


Any questions on the revised checklist?  Talk with your group leader or Earl Small.


Movie/Pizza Night

Our Fellowship Committee has set the next movie/pizza night event for Sat., April 21st at 6 p.m.  The movie is titled ‘Gifted’ - about a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece- and the challenges involved when the grandmother threatens to separate them once she realizes her granddaughter’s gift in math.

Come, One and All, For Food and Fellowship!



 Youth Fund Raiser

Our youth have a fund raiser for two Winterhawk hockey games in Portland on Saturday, March 10th  and/or Sunday, March 11th. Prices are $17 per seat (with $5 going back to St. Paul).  Normal price is $34. 


If interested, please give Nancy Vandehey a call at 360-751-5797.

      FUN!        FUN!        FUN!         FUN!



Kudos to St. Paul

I’d like to pass on to everyone what I hear regarding St. Paul.  You may be aware that we open our doors for various community events (Strengthening Families Program, Town Hall Meetings, Kids Lunch Program, KCC, etc.)  I’ve been told that “Everyone knows about St. Paul”, “You truly are an example of what missions are about”, “It is evident you (the people of St. Paul) care about the community”.


These organizations are so very grateful to use the space here for their programs and I thought you should all be aware of that! -Geri Skreen



Pastor Bob's Shoutouts


Thank You to:

Emma Cooley for her 25 years of faithful service on the Funeral Committee.  She organized and helped with many lunches over that period of time.

• Carol Adams, for taking the time to train our new Treasurer, Leann Beall.

• Earl Small, for organizing and supervising the carpet stretching and professional carpet cleaning on the main floor.  And, all of the volunteers who helped move furniture to make the process so easy for the cleaners.

• The Property and Finance Committee members, especially Earl Small,  Jackie, and Paul Schwinn, for the housecleaning and organizing being done at the church.

• The council members for helping with serving and clean up at the annual meeting potluck lunch.

• Earl Small and K.C. Babcock for researching and ordering the new chair in the fellowship hall.



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, Crystal Hummel,  Eric Smith, Betty Yates, Darlene Jackson, Pr. Kevin Forquer, Ken Solberg

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



March Birthdays

1   Jack Janisch

2   Rachel Olsen

3   Lloyd Snow

     Isabella Janisch

14   Larry Ogden

15   Jim McDaniel

       Donna Rodgers

       Kalen Remmers

16   Sandy Catt 

17   Elena Ross

21   Deborah Oswalt

23   Jim Johnston 

       Ashlee Eatherton

       Vineta Thomsen

24    Natasha Jacques

25   Greg Ogden 

        Ryker Heller

        Troy Franklin

26    Dan Frantsvog 

        Richard Skreen

27    Susan  Denison

28    Brian Pederson

29    David Oswalt

30    Brontë Martin 


March Anniversaries

 1    Brad & Kathy Cooper 

4     Mick & Tiffany Seidl 

15   Dan & Valerie Crisman 

21   Mike & Dani Foster 

25   Jerry & Cheryll Borgaard 

27   Alan & Dianna Watenpaugh 


April Birthdays

1    Carol Foster

3    Irina Anderson

4    Pr. Robert Ross

      Jackson Swim 

 6   Monte Hartshorn

      Benjamin Ross

 8   Jackie Schwinn

10  Deb Sinclair

11  Dianna Watenpaugh

13   Heather Wilbur

14   Bill White

16   Dan Crisman

17  Ariel Bryan

       Easton Ross

18   Sam Cooley

20   Heather Whittaker

21   Cassie Hensley

      Aubrey Schaak

23   Heather Snow

24   Brad Knutson

       Lukas Houser

25   Dave Whittaker

       Lane Traver

26   Sherri Knutson

       Dillion Ray

27   Joyce LeMonds

       Karen Ashby

29   Jeff Frohner

April Anniversaries

1   Seth & Jill Heistand-Foster - 10 years

12  Garrett & Addie Ashby 

24  Emma & Sam Cooley - 70 years

29  Dale & GleeAnn Erdelbrock - 57 yrs



Baptismal Birthdays


1    Cheryl Smith

      Cheyanne Smith

3    Sandi Nolden

8    Jessica Lair

      Peggy Droz

      Amanda Snow

9    James Johnston

      Rayelene West

11  Emma Cooley

12  Marlene White

16  Jacob Winkler

      MeiMei Winkler

17  Madalyn Seidl

18   K.C. Babcock

19   Corlan Small

21   Paul Schwinn

22   Phyllis Ogden

23   Luke Rahn

24 David Whittaker

      Hannah Lair

25   Neal Johnson

       Cody Lux

27  Megan Borgaard



1  Cheryll Borgaard

3  Vern Foster

4  Shirley Kittelson

    Lukas Houser

7   Gene Crocker

8   Ami Remmers

      Chris Masten

      Abby Corral

10   Becky Dahlman

12   Stephanie Ness

13   Karen Cripe

14  Alyssa Gallow

       Elle Gallow

       Sam Gallow

       Marvin Gallow

19   Jacki Whittaker

21   Dani Foster

22   Kevin Foster

25   Denise Foster

       Justin Foster

26   Carrie Bowman

       Hunter Whitten

28   Carol Foster

      Ed Calkins

      Veronica Heller

      Bryan Wilbur