August 2020 Newsletter

August 2020 Newsletter

If you prefer to print the newsletter, you may download it here: Printable August 2020. Because most events and meetings are postponed until further notice, there is no calendar included this month. Please check online for updates.

Pastor’s Perspective

By Phil Rushton, Associate Pastor

Dear Church Family,

I’m writing to let you know that an opportunity has come up for Julie and me to relocate back home near our family in Bellingham, Washington. Last week I accepted a call to become the Lead Pastor of Bellingham Covenant Church. While we are excited about this next step for our family, we also are sad to leave our church family here in Longview. We have been blessed by you as a congregation, and have loved serving here as one of your pastors for the last ten years. You have been a wonderful congregation to us. It was here that we found support as we started our new family, and it was here that I grew into my vocation as a pastor. So we are grateful for your love and support all these years.

This transition came sooner than I had imagined. The position in Bellingham is the only position I inquired about this year. As I learned about this opportunity it seemed like there was a convergence of a good vocational fit for me personally, and a good opportunity for our family to be closer to home during this season with young children. The position in Bellingham really aligns with sense of calling and gifting.

Know that this transition is not the result of frustration or conflict. I have loved working here, and I have developed a wonderful relationship and partnership with Pastor Dave. In fact, one of the hardest parts of this transition for me is not being able to continue to serve together with Dave. Pastor Dave has been aware of this possible transition for a couple of months. He has responded with great grace, integrity, and support as I have been discerning this potential move. He graciously asked if there was anything that could be done to have me stay at LvCC. However, as I proceeded through the discernment process I had a strong sense that this is where God is leading my family and me in this season of life.

My last Sunday at LvCC will be August 23rd. For the next few weeks, my focus is going to be on relational connections and saying goodbye well. I recognize that this is a difficult time for a transition during the pandemic.  However, I do want to find creative ways to connect and bless you as a congregation as we prepare to move North.

God has been so faithful to Longview Community Church over its 96-year history. As we look back over the history of this church, we can see how God has provided the right leadership at the right time. I know that God will continue to provide for, bless, and use this congregation for his Kingdom work here in Longview.

”Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Hebrews 13:20-21

In Christ,
Pastor Phil

Elder Meeting Highlights

At the July 7 meeting, the Elders continued the discussion on when to return to in-person worship in light of  the recent increases in COVID-19 case statistics. Patrick Allen offered to track the changes and report at the next meeting.

Phil Rushton met with the Elders to share that he would be candidating for the position of Lead Pastor at a church in Bellingham. He expressed his appreciation to Dave and the Elders for their support and for allowing him to grow as a pastor. He sees God’s hand in leading him to this next position. While everyone expressed their sadness at Phil possibly leaving, they were supportive of Phil’s decision. The Elders spent time praying for Phil and Julie.

At the July 21 business meeting, Randy Sundberg shared more specifics about potential properties projects and will continue to work with Dennis to get bids and set priorities for accomplishing the projects.

Dave shared that Phil was called to be Lead Pastor at Bellingham Covenant Church. The Elders discussed how to communicate this effectively and how to focus on celebrating Phil before he leaves. Phil’s final day will be August 23.

Discussion continued about how and when to safely return to in-person worship and also providing other opportunities for people to safely “connect” with each other and to help build up the “living stones”.

There was a brief discussion about updating the suggested Memorials list and streamlining the process of connecting memorial donations with the mission and ministries of LvCC.

The next scheduled vision meeting will be August 4 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel.


Youth: “Plugged In”

By Kyle Beasley, Interim Director of Youth 

Zoom Youth Group—Wednesday, 7:00pm

We are using Zoom to connect each week, and getting creative about how to play games, worship, and study God’s Word online.

Download the Zoom app to your phone or computer and then use the following link:

or open Zoom and enter the following information:
Meeting ID: 927 8858 8628
Password: 014494

Special Zoom Nights
August 5 – NO Zoom – We will be on the BEACH TRIP!
August 12 – Superhero Night – Make up your own costume, name, and powers.
August 19 – Mustache Bash – Everyone will receive a special mustache to wear at club.  There will also be some mysteries to solve that night.  Spooky!August 26— NO Zoom—We are on vacation before SCHOOL STARTS NEXT WEEK!

Youth Group Live—Sunday, 6:00pm-7:30pm

We’re back to meeting in person, but we still need to follow the COVID-19 guidelines—masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.  Please do not come if you are symptomatic (fever, cough). We will be doing games, singing and hanging out IN PERSON!!
We are starting a new study this month talking about friendship.  It’s called Through the Fire.


Beach Trip—Wednesday, August 5, 10:00am-9:00pm

We are joining Calvary Community youth for a day in Long Beach.  Lunch, go cart racing, games on the beach, bonfire, hot dogs, s’mores, worship.  Look for the Plugged In! News email for more info and sign-ups.

Camp Attitude

Camp Attitude in Foster, OR is dedicated to providing camp opportunities to children with special needs and their families. Camp Attitude is not able to run their normal weeks of camp this summer due to Coronavirus, but there is still ministry to be done.  Here are two ways that we are planning to be involved:

#1—Raise $30,000 to install two new cabins.

These cabins are prefabricated and cost about $10,000 each.  The extra $5000 per cabin would be for finishing work (installation, drywall, electrical, etc.).

People can donate directly to Camp Attitude.  The Attitude team may be planning some fundraisers, as well as looking for ways to communicate the need and the opportunity to give.  The missions team has said that they will be matching any donations up to $15,000.  (We ask that you remember to support the general ministry of the church before giving above and beyond to special projects.)

#2—Individuals and teams will be going to the camp to work on the two new cabins, as well as other camp maintenance projects.

As Covid-19 restrictions allow, individuals, families, and groups will be encouraged to make plans to go to the camp for a day (or a few) to do the finishing work on the cabins.  This can be arranged directly through Camp Attitude or through our team leader, Darryl Arrera at

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in the mission of Camp Attitude, please contact Darryl Arrera (360) 430-9189 or Kyle Beasley (360) 430-9701.




By Mary Gronseth, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

We have had a fun month! Kyle and I did summer bucket porch drops that I am just finishing getting delivered. These included otter pops, beach balls, small frisbees and cute little animals that you can fill with water and squirt with. It’s so fun for us to connect with families when we deliver!  We’re thinking about our next one. I wonder what it will be?

I recently started a Children’s Facebook page. If you are wanting to know what is coming up in Children’s Ministry and aren’t already on the page, let me know and I can add you. We do have some kids events on that page, so be sure to check it out.

One new activity I have been doing is having a ‘Guess How Many?’ each week. The first week I did two. One was how many M&Ms were in a jar. The winners were Jonny Hendrickson and Evan Klein. I also had a money jar full of coins. James Rushton guessed within 3 cents of the total. The next week was a plate of purple and green spaghetti. The Preschool winner was Josiah Thorsvik and the Elementary winner was Dilynn Leggett. They are both on vacation so we will share their pictures next month.

Jonny Hendrickson
Evan Klein
James Rushton








We had the best time on Sat. July 18 at the Drive By Scavenger Hunt! Thank you to The Boaglio’s (Denny and Sue), Sundbergs, Hendricksons, Hollands, McMullans, and Millikans who decorated their yards for families to drive by and enjoy the décor. The kids loved them all! They then came back to the church and turned in their recoding sheets and got a treat. It was so fun to hear all about the different houses from them. The overwhelming feeling is that this needs to become a post-COVID activity as well. We will do it again.

I am loving connecting with our families during this time. I love seeing the kids from a distance and hearing what they have been up to. Please be sure to let us know if we can help your family in any way.

Women’s News

By Patty Howland

The Women’s Ministry Team, consisting of representatives from the various women’s groups, has been meeting regularly to discuss what each group is doing to help minister to the women of LvCC and to coordinate future groups, studies and events.

Here are the highlights of what each group is doing:

The Women’s Fellowship recently elected new officers. The circles will be funding the stripping and rewaxing of the Fellowship Hall flooring in the near future. They plan to host luncheons every other month, rather than monthly, whenever we are able to gather again. They, along with the Thursday Bible study, will also continue to host the coffee hours.

The Thursday Bible Study will be using the video-study by Priscilla Shirer “One in a Million”. They are still determining when they will begin meeting. Women are encouraged to purchase their own book, but may contact Susan Hansen at  360-749-5586 if they prefer that she order it. Also, anyone joining the group for the first time should contact Susan so she may add you to the roster.

The Monday Evening Study will continue to meet via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday beginning in September. Plans are being finalized regarding which book to use, but the topic will be learning how to answer questions commonly asked by seekers. Contact Patty Howland at 253-278-5799 for more information.

Soup Sisters have continued to meet during the summer and are currently studying the book of Galatians using the Lectio Divina process. Contact Mary Gronseth at 360-747-2558 for more information.

Cec Conner shared that she is hoping for the Single Again group to begin meeting again in the Chapel twice monthly starting in October. Contact her at 360-425-0758 for more information.

MOPS have been accepting registrations through the summer, and plan to begin on Tuesdays evenings, with no childcare for now, starting date T.B.A. There are a few spaces still available. Contact Mary Gronseth at 360-747-2558 for more information.

The Fall Women’s Retreat has been cancelled, due to COVID-19 restrictions inhibiting overnight events. However, we are excited to announce we are planning a free one-day event on Saturday, October 19 in the Chapel! Women may register for the morning, the afternoon, or both! Be watching for more information soon!

Library News

By Dee Dalgarno

This month’s Library Notes are dedicated to our long-time staff member, Charlene Krause. She had been our “Energizer Bunny” for about 25 years. She never did anything slowly! Until she lost her eyesight, she could type the cards for our card catalog faster than any of the rest of us. Even when she could no longer see to type, she would still do the computer entries and write the notes for the church newsletter. She will truly be missed!

Dolphine Mack wrote and sent us this poem. I think it says it all.


She loved words!
Pleasure in reading them
and in writing,
There were tributes in her words,
and wisdom and joys expressed.
Surely she is now hearing
her Savior’s word to her,
face to face,
and joyfully expressing
her loving thoughts to Him.
Thank God for the wit and words
which blessed us through Charlene!

This and That

Revised Office Hours:

The Office will be open on a limited basis:
Monday, 9am-4pm
Tuesday, 9am-12pm
Wednesday, 9am-4pm
Thursday, 9am-12pm
Friday, Closed
The phones will continue to be monitored during regular business hours, Monday-Thursday 9am-4:30pm and Friday 9am-12:30pm. Please wear a face covering when at church.

Looking for an opportunity to serve?
LvCC is expanding our mission to provide meals for the residents of Community House. Did you know that CH now has two residential facilities? Due to the generosity of the Missions Committee, we may now start serving a meal or two every month at the new facility. Please contact Paul Googins at or 360-355-4524 if you are interested in helping with this “boots on the ground” mission to serve our community.

Giving Options
Thank you for your continued financial support! You may continue to mail or drop off your checks to the church office. Several of you have been utilizing our online giving option and we appreciate that. For your information, the church does pay fees to process these contributions as follows:
Credit/Debit cards: 2.9% + $.30/transaction
ACH Bank Transfer: 1% + $.25/transaction
Bill Pay set up through your bank incurs no fees to the church. Please take this into consideration when you set up your online giving options. Thank you!



Dear Church Family…

My cancer journey has been unpredictable and the side effects from my meds have, at times, been uncontrollable. Both can create anxiety. Instead, your expressed love through faithful prayers, cards, calls and meals have wrapped David and me in a cocoon of peace. We feel loved and deeply grateful. Our hope is in the Lord.   With Love, The Hicks

My Family and I would like to thank Rev. Phil Rushton and the Longview Community Church for the beautiful Celebration of Life for Charlene Krause on July 11. Reverend Rushton led a wonderful service with the help of soloist Dennis Boaglio and organist Linda Monahan. The digital presentation was developed and presented well. The ushers were exceedingly kind and helpful. The entire church has been very supportive and compassionate. We genuinely appreciated all the food and the special thoughtfulness shown to us during this painful and difficult time. Charlene and I enjoyed our time spent in the church and with the church members. I will miss it when I move back to Nebraska.
Thanks again, Wayne Krause and Family

Thank you for supporting and caring for our parents for the past 26 year. May God bless you all.  Linda Krause Dillon and Melody Ann Bywater

Wayne Krause’s new mailing address is:
PO Box 6
Wood River, NE 68883

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