January 2021 Newsletter

January 2021 Newsletter

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Pastor’s Perspective

“The Breath of God”

By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor

During 2020, many of us have learned how to social distance ourselves, as well as wear a mask when we are going to be crossing paths with those who are outside our household. We have been told that if we want to “flatten the curve” we must reduce the “viral load”. As a culture, society, and world, we are much more observant about our social interaction with others.

But what about with God? Have we social distanced ourselves from him? Have we completely stopped talking to him?  By not being able to worship “in-person” has our faith deflated? Have we reduced the “viral load” of his Spirit in us because of COVID-19?

One of the hymns I remember singing when growing up was “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”. This hymn was written around 135 years ago by an English Rector, Edwin Hatch. I wonder if Edwin was alive today, if he would write the same hymn or if he would change the words or title?  “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” just does not sound like a COVID-19 friendly title!

But the more I sing the hymn in my head the more attributes are revealed to me about God’s Breath!

First, God’s breath creates. According to Genesis 1, Psalm 33, and John 1 it was God’s breath by which everything was spoken into being. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:1,3).

Second, God’s breath gives life. It is only by God’s breath that humanity has life. “Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7)

Third, God’s breath is truth. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Fourth, God’s breath conquers death. “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last…and when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:37, 39). Without the last breath of Christ, death could not be defeated. But because of Jesus’ last breath, we can take our first breath of spiritual life.

Finally, God’s breath enables. “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20:21-22)

So, during a time in which many of us are being cautious and aware not to be infected by the breath of others, what about God’s breath?  How do you need to experience the breath of God in your life?

It is my prayer for all of us as we enter into this New Year, that we do so by breathing in the breath of God!

Elder Meeting Highlights

The Elders only met once during the month of December for the usual business meeting on Dec. 15. They unanimously approved the Proposed 2021 Budget.

They reviewed the In-person Worship service that was held on Dec. 6 and decided to move ahead with providing in-person services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for January through March (see article below).

They also voted to use up to $1500 Vision funds for the expenses associated with the Christmas Eve Journey to Bethlehem.

In-Person Worship Continues

The Elders have decided to continue with in-person worship at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month through March, at which time they will re-evaluate to determine whether or not to continue. The online worship will still be shown via YouTube at that time.

The number who may attend is limited, so there is a registration form available on the church website, or you may call the Church Office to sign up. In order to remain safe and healthy, everyone will be required to wear masks the entire time, will be seated in assigned places that are socially-distanced, there will be no congregational singing, and no socializing before or after the service. If you are not comfortable attending in person, you are encouraged to watch from home on YouTube Live. The online service may be easily accessed using a remote control with voice commands!

Who Will Our Academy Award Winners Be?

Okay all you kids and youth! It’s time to get your talent ready for the Virtual Academy Awards Night. Be creative with something you could share with our church. We will only show 2 minutes of a talent, so if you send us a longer one, we will edit it. You will need to send it to either Kyle or Mary by January 17. It will be aired on YouTube on January 31 at 6:00, and the entire congregation is encouraged to watch! We will have prizes that you will want to be sure to win! So start thinking now what that talent might be and get it ready to go. You can email them to us any time after the first of the year. Questions? Contact Kyle or Mary. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Mary Gronseth, Interim Children’s Ministry Director, kidmin@longviewcommunitychurch.org
Kyle Beasley, Interim Director of Youth, beasleywa@gmail.com





Youth: “Plugged In”

By Kyle Beasley, Interim Director of Youth Ministy

We had a great time last month with our Zoom and Live Christmas celebrations. Looking forward to God doing some awesome things in our youth ministry in the new year! All of the programs and activities listed below are for anyone in middle school or high school (grades 6-12). The best way to stay informed with what is happening in our youth group is to sign up for our weekly email.  Just fill out the form below to get signed up.
https://longviewcommunitychurch.breezechms.com/form/PluggedInNews You can also contact our youth pastor, Kyle Beasley, if you have any questions. (360)430-9701 or beasleywa@gmail.com.

ZOOM Youth Group—Wednesday, 7:00pm

Meet us on Zoom each week for  games, worship, and study of God’s Word online. We are starting a new series called Goals! We all have goals! Whether your goal is to raise your grades, learn a new skill, get TikTok famous, change the world, or all of the above, there are things you want to do, accomplish, and become. But let’s be honest — it’s not always easy to achieve our goals. Sometimes it’s difficult to even know which goals to set in the first place! That’s why, in this series, we’ll explore the story of a guy with a seemingly impossible goal and the steps he took to make his goal a reality. His name is Nehemiah, and because of his example we can learn a lot about goal-setting, decision-making, leadership, and trusting God.

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

We are 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, chills). We will be doing games, singing and hanging out IN PERSON!! We’ll be finishing our series on doubt, and then start a new series called Roar!  We’ve all heard it before. “Be bold!” “Don’t be ashamed!” “Take a stand!” But being bold about your faith can be awkward, intimidating, or just plain terrifying—especially when you’re a teenager who’s already feeling pressure to be liked and accepted. In this series, we’ll acknowledge that challenge, then encourage students to grow in their boldness as we walk through a few key stories in the book of Daniel.

Talent Show—Sunday, January 31, 6:00pm—YouTube
Check out the details in the previous article!




By Mary Gronseth, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

WOW!  It’s the end of 2020 already. This year has zipped by, but it has been interesting. We started the year with our normal activities for children on Sunday and Wednesday nights. In March, we were quarantined. This has made ministry different, but not impossible or harder. Meeting kids on Zoom has allowed me to see kids face to face and interact with them. I have done a porch drop each month. This has allowed me to drop activities off at the houses of our kids. I often get to see them through the window or we chat briefly outside. I have loved seeing where they live and see how excited they get when they get a porch drop! The December porch drop was ‘Christmas in a Box”. This was a set of weekly activities to help families get ready for and celebrate Christmas.

We had a Zoom Christmas Party. Each child that signed up got a porch drop of activities for the party. We ate cinnamon rolls, heard the Christmas Story, played Nativity Bingo, filled in a snowman and most importantly got to see all our friends and say hi. We always share praises and concerns and pray for each other. Watch for more kids stuff to come in 2021. Thank you for the opportunity to serve our kids and for all of the support.


By Odetta Yeager

Because of COVID-19, we did not share the “Year in Review for 2019”, so are doing so now. Lots of changes will bring back memories for everyone to enjoy!

JANUARY Mission Focus: Middle Eastern Missionary Organization27th-Open House for remodeled office space. Old workroom became Pastor Phil’s office, bookkeeper Jackie Erickson moved to Phil’s old office, Jackie’s old office across from main office became new workroom, Children’s Director office divided into two, becoming Children’s and Youth offices, Youth Office became Pastor Mary’s office so she could move out of Chapel. Thank you to Randy and Mary Sundberg for their vision and generous gift of the work, and for their faithful helpers!

FEBRUARY Mission Focus: Wycliffe Missionaries
6th-13th New Members class
Board moved to hire trained security officer to be onsite Sunday mornings
9th-Memorial Service for Elmer Bates (Interim Pastor in 2002)

MARCH Mission Focus: Wycliffe Missionaries
1st-3rd Marriage Retreat at Cannon Beach, Guest Speaker Zach Brittle, Marriage Therapist
6th-”Awake My Soul”, 40-day Prayer Challenge led by Phil Rushton
20th-Human Trafficking Awareness Event-Lower Columbia College
24th-Taize Prayer Service by Pastor Phil Rushton
31st-New Members 2019: Todd and Lorinda Christianson, Bob and Shirley Edstedt, Whitney and Allen Kabanuk, Shawn and Laura Leggett, Clint Romag, Diana Romag

APRIL Mission Focus: TransWorld Radio
Milky Cow month for Community House
18th-Maundy Thursday
19th-24 Hour Prayer Vigil
Flowers brought to decorate cross on Washington Way

MAY Mission Focus: SIM-USA
JoAnn Gallagher, Roberta Baird, Marjorie Cobb, Martha Collins, Earlene Isaacs, and Valerie Stein sewed new covers for the backs of the Chapel Chairs. Beautiful job well done!
1st-Annual Congregational Meeting, Board of Directors Officers elected: Susie Kirkpatrick-President, Randy Sundberg-President Elect, Sue Boaglio-Secretary, Bob Chace-Treasurer
12th-Combined Service, Rev. David Hendrickson preaching a candidacy sermon; congregation approved. A letter to call Rev. David Hendrickson with compensation and benefits package sent.

JUNE Mission Focus: Habitat for Humanity
5th-Safety Training
30th-Surprise reception for Pastor Phil Rushton on completing his Doctorate

JULY Mission Focus: Camp Attitude
29th-Retirement reception for Pastor Mary Ross. Love and appreciation for all she accomplished during past three years!

AUGUST Mission Focus: Razafisolos with Community Vision International
First article from Pastor David Hendrickson in Community Matters: “Join the Adventure”
New office door installed with a switch to unlock electronic lock
24th-Prayer Retreat at Al and Mary Ross’s home

SEPTEMBER Mission Focus: Pastor Than Le, Edmonton Vietnam Alliance Church
18th-Congregational Meeting
21st-”Chor Anno” 32 voice choir-Hill Memorial Concert “The Hope of Loving”

OCTOBER Mission Focus: Octoburger for Community House
20th-Baptism by Phil Rushton
27th-Thank You to Sharon Bolster for being our organist for eight year

NOVEMBER Mission Focus: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-Marie and Daniel Adams
15-16th-Elder/Staff Retreat in Chapel-Elder Officers: Norm Krehbiel-Chairperson, Steve Meharg-Vice Chair, Sue Boaglio Secretary, Randy Sundberg-Treasurer

DECEMBER Mission Focus: Salvation Army
14-15th-SW Washington Symphony-Handel’s Messiah, free will offering for Comm. House & Salvation Army

Women’s Fellowship had six luncheons; Officers: Denise Krehbiel-President; Elizabeth Jacobsen-Vice President;
Shannon Inman-Secretary; Peggy Reibe-Treasurer
Senior Adult Ministries had twelve events during the year
FISH: Jan-143 served; Mar-169 served; May-219 served; Jul-220 served; Sep-217 served; Nov-233 served

All of this information is in the Museum if you would like more details!

Journey to Bethlehem

(photos by Sandy Rountree)

Although we were unable to hold the “traditional” Christmas Eve services this year, several people were able to enjoy an introspective, fresh look at the Christmas story as they made their way along the “Journey to Bethlehem”. Beginning in the Chapel, they were given a booklet that included scripture passages and additional reflections for each station along the journey. They moved through the lighted luminaries along the walkway outside the CE Building toward the Sanctuary. Once there, they proceeded through the various stations set up around the Sanctuary while listening to Christmas carols playing on the piano or organ or sung by the Meharg family. They finally exited through the bell tower doors, carrying a lighted candle into the night with strains of “Silent Night” playing in the background. Several mentioned afterwards how grateful they were to be able to be at church again and experience the familiar Christmas story in a new and beautiful way!

This and That

New Women’s Study coming in February! The Monday Evening Women will begin a book/dvd study using “Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion” by Anne Graham Lotz beginning Feb. 8 from 6:45-8:30pm via Zoom. This is an 8-week series, meeting generally every two weeks. Please purchase your own text (workbook not needed) prior to the first session. Contact Patty Howland in the Church Office if you would like to participate and/or if you have any questions. You will be sent the Zoom link info prior to the first meeting.

Cookies are still needed! If you love to bake, and are needing an “outlet” for your creative endeavors, please consider baking and donating cookies for Paul to serve with the weekly meals he provides to the community. You may bring cookies to the Church Office.

Dear Church Family:

Thank you for the gorgeous poinsettia that brightens my days and my living room. It is such a beautiful rich dark red color! It was a plus to have a visit with Dolphine Mack when she brought it over. I will continue to appreciate the online services throughout the Advent season.     Doris Disbrow

We want to thank you for the many cards and good wishes for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We have also enjoyed the lovely poinsettia from the church and thank Dick and Jane Hagwell for bringing it to us.     Rex and Billie Jean Davis

We just wanted to thank the congregation for all the prayers for Nicholas. The surgery went very will and he has recovered wonderfully. The thoughts and prayers made such a big difference and we truly appreciate your love. Thank you!     The Kabanuk Family

Harambee Ministries

YTD INCOME:           $521,164
YTD EXPENSES:       $579,461
DIFFERENCE:          -$  45,297