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 

 November December 2017

 

Pastor's Page

 

This and That
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, 
The answer is blowin' in the wind. 
"Blowin' in the Wind" has been described as an anthem of the civil rights movement. The song poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. For those of us of a certain age, it was a time of radical change within our country. However, I believe that this can be applied today to our community of faith.  Change is coming, its “blowing in the wind” of the Holy Spirit. In this we are being led to new places and new ventures. There are three items to note regarding the changes coming: 
Worship - On Sun. 10/22, many of us gathered to have a discussion about how and when we worship here. It was heartening to know that so many are passionate about honoring God here on Sundays. And yes, I know that we’ve been having this conversation for over a year now. I accept the responsibility for not moving this forward. We all have our favorite styles of worship and changing how we do things here is not easy. However, its time to move in a new direction. To that end a task force has been convened to look at how we can possibly blend the two styles of worship we have here. Stay tuned as to how and what this will look like.
Carol Adams – As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, Carol Adams has chosen to resign her position as treasurer and to leave this faith community, based on her view of the Word of God.  However, this also points back to the larger question, brought up in the last newsletter, about what it means to be affiliated with the ELCA. To gain a better understanding of the discussions the council has had, I would suggest you go to the ELCA website [https://www.elca.org], the LCMC website [www.lcmc.net] and even the Missouri Synod website [https://www.lcms.org] and determine for yourselves what each Lutheran body believes. And as was stated in the last newsletter, at this point there is no intention of changing our affiliation with the ELCA. However, this doesn’t mean that the conversation has ended.
Family Promise – In addition to the discussions around types and frequency of worship services here at the church, the council has also been discussing the possibility of being a host church for Family Promise [http://familypromise.org]. One of the beauties of our facility is that we have space to be able to be a part of this program. Granted, we may not have the people to be full time volunteers for this, but we’ve had talks with not only the churches in and around Castle Rock, but our partner churches in Longview/Kelso have said that they would be able to provide volunteers as well. I would encourage you to check out the two web sites to learn more about this amazing ministry. [http://tdn.com/news/local/interfaith-program-could-house-county-s-homeless/article_49a80cd4-4d59-570b-ba5b-2c693923cc66.html]
Change is never easy as we become comfortable in our routines. But the fact of the matter is that we, and the world around us, are constantly changing. However, if we as a community of faith don’t change, if we become too comfortable and stagnant in our way of doing things, then we will die. And I don’t think that anyone of us wants that to happen. Still, in the midst of change we should remember this: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” [Heb 13:8] . And it is in that hope, as well as in the prayers we offer, and in the promise of the Holy Spirit to help lead and guide us that we will navigate the changes that are surely blowin’ in the wind.          -Pastor Bob
 Bob Dylan © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

 

This and That

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind, 

The answer is blowin' in the wind. i


"Blowin' in the Wind" has been described as an anthem of the civil rights movement. The song poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. For those of us of a certain age, it was a time of radical change within our country. However, I believe that this can be applied today to our community of faith.  Change is coming, its “blowing in the wind” of the Holy Spirit. In this we are being led to new places and new ventures. There are three items to note regarding the changes coming: 


Worship - On Sun. 10/22, many of us gathered to have a discussion about how and when we worship here. It was heartening to know that so many are passionate about honoring God here on Sundays. And yes, I know that we’ve been having this conversation for over a year now. I accept the responsibility for not moving this forward. We all have our favorite styles of worship and changing how we do things here is not easy. However, its time to move in a new direction. To that end a task force has been convened to look at how we can possibly blend the two styles of worship we have here. Stay tuned as to how and what this will look like.


Carol Adams – As noted elsewhere in this newsletter, Carol Adams has chosen to resign her position as treasurer and to leave this faith community, based on her view of the Word of God.  However, this also points back to the larger question, brought up in the last newsletter, about what it means to be affiliated with the ELCA. To gain a better understanding of the discussions the council has had, I would suggest you go to the ELCA website [https://www.elca.org], the LCMC website [www.lcmc.net] and even the Missouri Synod website [https://www.lcms.org] and determine for yourselves what each Lutheran body believes. And as was stated in the last newsletter, at this point there is no intention of changing our affiliation with the ELCA. However, this doesn’t mean that the conversation has ended.


Family Promise – In addition to the discussions around types and frequency of worship services here at the church, the council has also been discussing the possibility of being a host church for Family Promise [http://familypromise.org]. One of the beauties of our facility is that we have space to be able to be a part of this program. Granted, we may not have the people to be full time volunteers for this, but we’ve had talks with not only the churches in and around Castle Rock, but our partner churches in Longview/Kelso have said that they would be able to provide volunteers as well. I would encourage you to check out the two web sites to learn more about this amazing ministry. [http://tdn.com/news/local/interfaith-program-could-house-county-s-homeless/article_49a80cd4-4d59-570b-ba5b-2c693923cc66.html]


Change is never easy as we become comfortable in our routines. But the fact of the matter is that we, and the world around us, are constantly changing. However, if we as a community of faith don’t change, if we become too comfortable and stagnant in our way of doing things, then we will die. And I don’t think that anyone of us wants that to happen. Still, in the midst of change we should remember this: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” [Heb 13:8] . And it is in that hope, as well as in the prayers we offer, and in the promise of the Holy Spirit to help lead and guide us that we will navigate the changes that are surely blowin’ in the wind.          -Pastor Bob


 iBob Dylan © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC 

 


Parish Nurse

What Is Influenza? Or the Flu? 

Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads very easily from person to person! This virus can circulate worldwide and can affect person in any age group. This is a serious health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations. The most effective way to prevent the disease is the influenza vaccine. 


Sign and symptoms of the flu is the SUDDEN onset of fever, cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise ( feeling unwell) sore throat and a runny nose. 


The flu spreads easily with rapid transmission in crowed areas such as schools and nursing homes. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets containing the virus are dispersed into the air and spread to people close by who breathe the droplets. And it can be spread by contaminated hands. 


Prevention is the key! Get your flu shot, cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when coughing and wash your hands regularly! 


To your health, K.C. Babcock, R.N. 


 

 

Resignation

The following is a letter regarding Carol Adams’ resignation from the position of treasurer on the church council, as well as her decision to leave the community of St. Paul’s. I know that this decision was not easy for her, Her humble demeanor,  her striving towards a greater understanding of God’s word, and commitment  to excellence is commendable. She will be missed. So, thank you Carol for your years of faithful service and Godspeed to you and your family.  -Pr Bob


“With a sad heart, but a peaceful soul, I have left St. Paul Church.

I cannot accept the beliefs and teachings of the ELCA any longer.  I stand on God’s word alone.  God’s word does not change with time.  As our governing body, the ELCA has made a wide range of decisions that go against the word of God.”


Malachai 3:6 says, ‘I the Lord do not change, so you the descendants of Jacob are not destroyed.’

James 4:17 - ‘Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.’


Peace in Christ, Carol Adams

 


Rite of Confirmation

Two of St. Paul’s youth, Kylie Vandehey and Koen Ross, will be confirmed in their Christian faith Sunday, Nov. 5 at the 11 a.m. service.  A cake reception will be held after in the fellowship hall.  All are invited to support these two and their families on this special day.


This is also All Saints Sunday, when we will remember our loved ones who have passed on, with prayer and lit candles. (at both services)


 


Mini Bazaar

Coming Soon - Sunday November 19th (Between and after the late service in the fellowship hall)

Everyone is welcome to participate.  Everyone is welcome to shop.


 

Please bring any crafts you wish to sell to the church by Fri., Nov. 17th.  See or call Katie Ogden (442-1414) or Sharon Blankenship (274-7547) with questions.




Monthly Financial Report

The total General Fund giving in September was $11,288.00; for October $11,602.00

Approximately $13,000 is needed to cover monthly expenses.

 Thank you for your continued giving and support!



 

Pastor Bob's Shoutouts

 

Thank You to:

• The Funeral Committee for donating $150 to the Youth Group and $100 to the J Street Kids.

• Carol Adams for her years of service to this faith community.

• Dayne Johnston for ably filling in for Geri while she was gone.

• Anita Gallow for helping to organize Norma Borgford’s extensive book collection for the library.

• Clarance Knutson for cantoring while Pastor Bob was on vacation.

 


Nursery Care

Nursery care is no longer  provided for either service; however, the space is available

if you would like to accompany your children and use it.

 




Blood Drive is Coming!

The next blood drive is Monday, November 20th from noon - 6 p.m. here at St. Paul’s.  Please give!


 

 


A Thank You From Touring Organists


“Yes, Saint Paul L.C. has a jewel of an instrument to lead in congregational worship and to contribute to the culture of the Castle Rock community. Our visiting commendations to the presence, upkeep, and organists of this Bosman Opus 7. Ever the danger of communal hubris, but go ahead and be proud anyway!Your welcome to the four of us could not have been more gracious. Thank you and Soli Deo Gloria!” Richard Tietjen, Mark Brombaugh, David Dahl, and Curt Sather.



Communion Class Offered

Pastor Bob will lead a class on receiving communion for  4th-6th grade students, accompanied by parents, at 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 7th and 14th.



 Hunger Task Force 

Help With Recovery and Adjustment


Powerful storms hit Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Cuba.  In Nepal and India more than 1,000 have died in recent flooding. The UN reports that one out of four countries in the world are on the brink of famine. The list of countries and disasters could go on and on.

 

Our faith calls us to care for the most vulnerable among us; our mission compels us to end suffering wherever we find it. Together we can respond to God's call.


In a world of crisis, you can do a world of good.


Give to Lutheran World Relief who is responding to needs of families around the world.


Lutheran World Relief

PO Box 17061

 Baltimore, MD 21298   

 

         


Living Stones Prison Ministry News


Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets for the recent prison fundraiser.  Almost $15,000 was raised the efforts.  The winner of the drawing for the Hawaiin vacation was Adele Fisher of Elim Lutheran in Port Orchard.


Pastor Norm resigned from the position of pastor of Living Stones Prison Congregation effective Oct. 31 after four years of serving in this capacity. Pastor Chris Nolte will serve part-time as the transition pastor for Living Stones Prison Congregation beginning November 1.

 

 


Church Library

Have you checked the church Library recently?  We have acquired many new volumes with a lot of variety from the Norma Borgford estate. 


Please take some time and utilize the source we have available to us. For all ages!

 

 

 

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

 

 

New Baby Congratulations

Welcome Elsie Rhea Johnson who was born October 19th.  She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.,  was 19¾" long, and is the daughter of Carly and Joeseph Johnson.  Grandparents are Jon and Julie Davidson. 

 


 

 

Opportunity for Women

A Ladies Bible Study and Lunch Group will meet every 2nd Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m.  November 10th’s meeting is at Patsy Grizzle’s.  December’s is yet to be determined. 

 

Contact Sharon Blankenship for more information.  All are invited to attend.


 

A New Opportunity for Men

In November we will be starting something new for the men of St. Paul.  


Kevin Rahn is organizing a Men’s Devotional and Card Night with the first meeting set for Sunday, November 12th at 6:30 p.m.  Bring a favorite treat to share, your own beverage, and come prepared for an evening of fun and fellowship!

 

Bible Sunday

A tradition here at St. Paul is to gift our youth a Bible when they are in third grade.  This year, Abbie Corral will receive hers on Sunday, November 19th at the 11 a.m. service.

 


 

Prayers for Members and Friends

Please remember these people with your prayers, phone calls, visits or cards:

 

Those with Health Concerns:  

Vi Benham, Laurie Ross-Aristide, Al Black,  Sandy Logan, Shauna Rose, David Manning, Earl Moore,  Betty Rose,  Bob Bruner, Beth Hinesley, Joel Royce,  Christine Koppert, Chuck Kersey, Todd Risner, Leah Norris, Michelle Oswalt, K.C. Babcock, Michael Fry, Gayle Agren 

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

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

 


Holiday Schedule 

 

November

• Mini Bazaar - Nov. 19 - after each service in the fellowship hall.

• Thanksgiving Eve. Service - Nov. 22nd 7 p.m. at C.R. Christian Church

(bring a can of food to share with the community through C.R. Lion’s)

• Church Office Closed - Nov. 23 and 24.

• Advent Event: Noon   TBD - either 11/26 or 12/3 (more info to follow)


December

• Breakfast with Santa - Sat., Dec. 9 in fellowship hall (C.R. Co-op Preschool event)

• Sunday School Christmas Program - Sun. Dec., 17 at 10 a.m. (One Service Only) 

• Christmas Eve. Day - Sun., Dec. 24 - 10 a.m. Worship (One Service Only)

• Christmas Eve. Communion/Candlelight Services at 7 and 11 p.m.

• NO Christmas Day Service on Dec. 25. Office Closed - Dec. 25 & 26. 

• New Year’s Eve. Day - Sun.,  Dec. 31 - 10 a.m. Joint Service with Methodist Church - C.R. Men’s Ensemble                                                 HERE at St. Paul.  

• New Year’s Day - Jan. 1, 2018 - Office Closed (also on Tue., Jan 2)

 

 

 

November Birthdays

1   Josie Foster Swim

     Beth Gates-Milhiser

3   Jason Koppert 

4   Denise Foster

     Kristin Fowler-Foulger

5   Pr. Bob Sinclair

     Daniel Anderson

6   Brad Ness

8   Tina Smith

 10  Bob Larsen

11  Seth Foster

12  Palma Jensen

13  Don McClay

15  Laura Berg

18  Jerod Vandehey

19  Anna Cunningham

21  Chris Masten

22  Lindsay Berg

     Glee Ann Erdelbrock

23  Cody Sicklovan

     Jasmine Ogden

24  Barb Lane

26  Danny Oswalt

      Linda Easterling

27  Kristin Knutson

      Elizabeth LeMonds

29  Katrina Hinesley

30  Leann Beall

 

November Anniversaries

8     Steve & Jeanette Foster - 1980

11   Tim & Katie Ogden - 2011

18   Karen & Mike Cloke - 1977

23   Monte & Cathy Hartshorn - 1991

 

 

December Birthdays

2     Bill Clayton

4     Shirley Johnson

6     Ed Berndt

7     Linda Solberg

       Hannah Lyon

10   Emily Foster

       Brigitte Bontoft

11   Nicki Highlander

12   Glen Agren

       Janet Eiden

17    Amy Whitten

       Linsey Sturgill

        Sonny Smith

20    Kim Grizzle

21    Alyssa Gallow

23  Linda Diepenbrock

25    Judy Albright

28    Maggie Ashby

29    Granville Oswalt

        Justin Sicklovan

30     Andy Kotera

        Luke Rahn

        Allen Black

 

December Anniversaries

23  David & Vicki Masten - 45 years

26  Lowell & Jan Bamford - 53 years

28  Richard & Geri Skreen