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
Lent is a time associated with struggle, challenge, testing, fasting, wilderness, loss, and grief to name a few. It is when church communities often “roll-up” the hallelujah’s and put them away. It often begins in the “dead” of winter when the land is barren and can appear lifeless and ends when during spring when life is obvious and can’t help but show forth.
Lent is derived from words of European origin meaning spring. In the church, it defines the time before Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. It is often associated with a time self-enforced restraint from indulging in activities that we find comfort or pleasurable. This abstinence usually happens around members of the faith community abstaining from alcohol, chocolate, entertainment or the like.
In short, community members change their behavior to make themselves a little less comfortable by removing things that make them more comfortable. We do this to better recognize our need of God; seeking God in the midst of our discomfort (struggle). In essence, we create a microcosm of life with its challenges, trials, wilderness and such. In so doing, we test our faith.
Faith is not evidenced by an absence of doubt or challenge or struggle, but these things are actually central to faith. The test of faith is not found in one’s wealth, or health, or relationships no matter how these things appear from the outside. Faith is demonstrated and brought forth in the hard times, in the times of challenge and struggle. It is easy to say “I believe” when things are going well and according to our plan, but faith is ultimately exhibited in the wildernesses of life when things don’t occur as we wish they did and not in accordance with our own timeline.
Martin Luther suggested that it is times of distress (struggle) that reveal our faith (trust). It is revealed by where we turn in the challenging times. Do we turn to God, or to other things that provide us temporary comfort (and often long-term consequences)? Binge watching TV, food, alcohol/drugs, shopping, or anything other than God… or do we turn to God?
Lent is a time for looking inward to examine ourselves. Lent is a time to look at our relationships and our behaviors. And Lent is a time to look to God. It is a time of repentance (turning away from unfruitful things in our life and reorienting towards God).
Let us all use this season to look to the ONE who is the beginning and end, to the ONE who is the author and perfecter, to the ONE who is our answer and our ever-present help in troubling times, to the ONE who is and was and is to come.
God’s peace and God’s blessings can only be realized in Jesus.
May you know God’s closeness throughout this season, Pastor Norm
What’s This About Eating
This year the talk has been about eating protein, especially plant protein. Many have decided to eat less animal protein for health reasons combined with environmental concerns.
The grocery stores have increased their shelves with protein rich foods, such as plant base milks to pasta.
Diets that include more plants aid in protection from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain cancers. Plant foods include beans and lentils, edamame, tofu, nuts and seeds that help deliver protein along with fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Try to eat at least five plant based meals in a week for a healthier 2019!
To Your Health, K.C. Babcock, R.N.
Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday is March 6th. Worship service that evening will be at 6:45 p.m. with Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes, as we prepare our hearts for the 40 day journey before Easter Sunday.
Soup and Bread meals will start Wednesday, March 13th at 6 p.m. The Holden Evening Prayer service will follow at 6:45 p.m. (Worship leaders are needed - if you feel ‘led’, please sign up!)
If you can provide soup for one of the five Wednesday’s in Lent, please sign up or call the church office.
Clean-up help would be great as well!
Turn your clocks ahead one hour before retiring on Saturday, March 9th.
Special Congregational Meeting
This Sunday, March 3rd, there will be a special congregational meeting directly after worship to vote on the Imagine Program. It will be determined if we will agree to commit to the two year plan or not.
As you know, there are now 6 members on the team, along with Pastor Norm, who have agreed to implement the principles of the program and are ready and excited about the venture. They are: Glen Agren, Diana Rahn, Katrina Hinesley, Neal Johnson, Jacki Whittaker, and Janet Eiden. They have put together a wealth of information regarding the project and is displayed on a table in the narthex for you to explore. (If you would like to become a part of the team, you welcome to!)
Pr. Melanie Wallschlaeger from the SW Synod office will deliver the message at worship and join us at the meeting.
Please make it a priority to attend Sunday!
Results from the Congregational Annual Meeting
The following members were voted in to positions of office/committees at the meeting on January 27th.
Council: Linda Solberg, Tiffany Seidl, Al Black (3 year terms); Sandy Catt - 2 year term; Glen Agren - 1 year term. Frantzvog Fund Committee: Sharon Blankenship; Memorial Secretary: Dayne Johnston; Nominating Committee: Paul Schwinn and Diana Rahn; and Synod Delegates: David & Jacki Whittaker.Thank you to all for your leadership!
Living Stones Prison
Due to the weather conditions, the February 9th visit was postponed to Sat., April 6th.
If you would like to be a part of their worship service, there are still a few slots open.
Monthly Financial Report
Figures are regarding
the General Fund:
Approximately $13,000 is needed each month to cover expenses.
Thank you for your faithfulness!
Thank You to:
Prayers for Members and Friends
Members & Friends - Please remember these people with your prayers, phone calls, visits or cards:
All God’s people including: 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, Peggy Droz, Lisa Hill, April Erdelbrock, Gayle Agren, Pr. Bob & Deb Sinclair, John (Ruth Bell’s brother), Dale & Glee Ann Erdelbrock, K.C. & Stephen Babcock, Stephanie Petkovich, DeLores Gillan
All Caregivers and Care receivers: Joyce LeMonds, Palma Jensen, Corrinne Kuehner, Vi Benham
Those serving in the Armed Forces: Hunter Whitten, Sam Gallow, Tyler Kleine, Matthew Cogburn, Eddie Oswalt
Looking for people who feel their gift is to pray - to pray for our community and individuals. (separate from our prayer chain.) See Pastor Norm if this is you!
Are you tech savvy and willing to share your talent with St. Paul? We are looking for a few volunteers:
• Facebook Page Administrator - to keep info current with what is happening here at St. Paul. This is a ministry that reaches out to the community, as well as St. Paul members and friends.
• Web Page Administrator - We currently have a web page but it could use some creative updating. Is that your gift?
• Photographer - someone to take pictures when there are extra happenings here at the church - so we can keep our bulletin boards up to date.
• Volunteers needed to take part in the ‘7 Last Sayings of Christ’ at the Good Friday Service.
If you can help with any of the above or have any questions, please contact Pr. Norm.
Women’s Bible Study
We will take a break until after Easter and then begin a 5-week study, The Prodigal Son, by John MacArthur. on Wed., April 24th.
Cost is $7.50 for the study book. A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex.
New Member Welcome!
St. Paul welcomes Nick Petkovich who became a member on Sun., Feb. 10th.
Congregational Vitality Survey
Copies of the Congregational Vitality Survey taken recently are available for viewing. This will be a useful tool in implementing the Imagine Program, if we vote to participate.
One of St. Paul’s members is in need of their own transportation. If you have or know of anyone who has a car to be borrowed or donated, please talk to Pastor Norm or Geri.
Looking Ahead to May...
The next Blood Drive is coming Monday - May 13th
Mark Your Calendars!!
Regular hours are Tue. - Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pastor Norm is available Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since he may be making a visitation or attending a meeting, you may want to call first before coming in.
You may call the office at 360-274-6604, or contact him directly at 253-740-9007.
Holy Week Schedule
Sunday - April 14 - 10:30 a.m. - Palm Sunday Worship
Thursday - April 18 - 7 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Worship - with Holy Communion
Friday - April 19 - 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Good Friday Prayer Vigil
4:30 p.m. Cross Walk
7 p.m. - Good Friday Worship
Sunday - April 21 - 7 a.m. - Sunrise Service at C.R. Stadium
9 a.m. Easter Breakfast in fellowship hall
10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship with Holy Communion
1 Jack Janisch
2 Rachel Olsen
3 Lloyd Snow
14 Larry Ogden
15 Jim McDaniel
16 Sandy Catt
17 Elena Ross
21 Deborah Oswalt
23 Jim Johnston
24 Natasha Jacques
25 Greg Ogden
26 Dan Frantsvog
27 Susan Denison
28 Brian Pederson
29 David Oswalt
30 Brontë Martin
1 Cheryl Smith
3 Sandi Nolden
8 Jessica Lair
9 James Johnston
11 Emma Cooley
12 Marlene White
16 Jacob Winkler
17 Madalyn Seidl
18 K.C. Babcock
19 Corlan Small
21 Paul Schwinn
22 Phyllis Ogden
23 Luke Rahn
24 David Whittaker
25 Neal Johnson
27 Megan Borgaard
1 Carol Foster
3 Irina Anderson
4 Pr. Robert Ross
6 Monte Hartshorn
8 Jackie Schwinn
10 Deb Sinclair
11 Dianna Watenpaugh
13 Heather Wilbur
14 Bill White
16 Dan Crisman
17 Ariel Bryan
18 Sam Cooley
20 Heather Whittaker
21 Cassie Hensley
23 Heather Snow
24 Brad Knutson
25 Dave Whittaker
26 Sherri Knutson
27 Joyce LeMonds
29 Jeff Frohner
April Baptismal Birthdays
1 Cheryll Borgaard
3 Vern Foster
4 Shirley Kittelson
7 Gene Crocker
8 Ami Remmers
10 Becky Dahlman
12 Stephanie Ness
13 Karen Cripe
14 Alyssa Gallow
19 Jacki Whittaker
21 Dani Foster
22 Kevin Foster
25 Denise Foster
26 Carrie Bowman
28 Carol Foster
1 Brad & Kathy Cooper
4 Mick & Tiffany Seidl - 30 years
15 Dan & Valerie Crisman
21 Mike & Dani Foster - 50 years
25 Jerry & Cheryll Borgaard
27 Alan & Dianna Watenpaugh
1 Seth & Jill Heistand-Foster
12 Garrett & Addie Ashby
24 Emma & Sam Cooley - 71 years
29 Dale & Glee Ann Erdelbrock - 58 yrs