“Pastoral Ministry Continues During COVID”
By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor
During times of chaos, uncertainty, and insecurity, pastoral care is an important ministry we as the church can offer one another and the larger community. Therefore, let us look at how the Bible describes pastoral care.
In John 13, Jesus says to the disciples (and us today), “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Typically, in “normal” times, our “love for one another” i.e. pastoral care, occurs after the service around the coffee/cookie table, around the dinner table on Wednesday evenings, before choir, a class, or committee meeting. Pastoral care takes place where people are “doing life together”. Where we are able to share the joys, concerns, fears, celebrations, anxieties, etc. of life with “one another”.
Then there is the second level of pastoral care, deacons. According to Acts 6, the Apostles were not able to give the appropriate care to the Hellenistic widows of the community. Therefore, they appointed seven deacons to oversee pastoral care, in this case, the appropriate distribution of food to all of those in need. Paul goes on to tell Timothy and Titus the importance for deacons to be men and women of good character and integrity. They are an important extension of church leadership and pastoral care.
After deacons, there are the elders. As James says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” The elders are to be called upon for the spiritual laying on of hands and blessing with oil for those with a pastoral need within the congregation.
Finally, 1 Peter 5 says, “So I exhort the elders among you… shepherd the flock of God that is among you…being examples to the flock.” Here we see the call on the “shepherd of the flock”, or as we know this person at LvCC, Pastor. It is the responsibility of the shepherd to love, care, and be an example of pastoral care for the flock.
When I look at the biblical references for pastoral care, I am encouraged. Why? LvCC has fulfilled each one of these areas of pastoral care during COVID! Pastoral care should not be seen as centered around a specific person or position. It is “loving one another” through phone calls, handwritten notes, and cards within the congregation. It is our deacons taking food and supplies to those who are home bound. It is our elders calling people, praying for those who are sick, and yes, anointing people with oil! As the shepherd, I have presided over funerals, made phone calls, sent cards, and visited those who have asked.
Yes, COVID has caused us to pivot how pastoral care is administered. But the good news is, pastoral care continues to be an important ministry at LvCC.
If you need pastoral care, please contact the church office. We do not know what the need is unless you ask, so please ask.
Elder Meeting Highlights
At the Elders’ Vision meeting on Jan. 5, Dave asked the Elders for their input about the In-Person worship service that was held on Jan. 3. They spent the rest of the meeting discussing potential ideas for 2021, particularly with regards to facilities, future staffing, and community engagement.
During the Jan. 19 Business meeting, Treasurer Randy Sundberg expressed his gratitude that we ended the year in the black thanks, in part, to the anonymous $96,000 stock gift. The Elders also discussed several items including approving a list of recent memorial designations presented by the Memorials Committee. They were also made aware of facility use inquiries by the SWWA Symphony for the spring and KLMA for Good Friday, with details to still be confirmed.
As we prepare to enter the season of Lent, Dave will be available in the Bell Tower entrance for prayer and the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, February 17 from 12-3 p.m. Please enter from the Kessler door. There will also be an In-person Ash Wednesday Service from 7-8 p.m. in the Sanctuary (please enter through the door nearest the courtyard), with the imposition at the end for those who would like it. The service will also be streamed live via our usual YouTube channel. If you would like to attend in-person, please register online just as you do for the Sunday morning services. There is a link on the church website.
Paul Googins and his team will again be serving meals to the congregation and community beginning February 6 and will continue through March 27. The drive-through distribution will begin at Noon and continue while supplies last. If you, or someone you know, would like a meal, please drive by on Saturday to request your meal(s). This a great way to reach out and share Jesus’ love with your neighbors! If you would like to help with the preparation or packing, please contact Paul at email@example.com or 360-355-4524 .
Paul is also still accepting cookie donations to go with the meals he takes to the homeless camp, Community House and CHESS. Please bring cookies to the Church Office.
If you, or someone you know, needs assistance or care, please call the Church Office or use the Service Form on the church website to communicate the need. Besides requesting financial or food assistance, you may indicate if you would like to receive a personal visit, phone call, email or card, meet with a counselor, get connected with a small group, get help with errands, or even get technical assistance with devices or getting connected to online worship and Zoom gatherings. You may also indicate if you would like to help provide this type of assistance for others! We are here to help. Please let us know how we may assist you.
Youth: “Plugged In”
By Kyle Beasley, Interim Director or Youth
If you didn’t get a chance to see our virtual Talent Show last month, check it out on our YouTube Channel. We have some very talented young people!
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 here Plugged In News to get signed up.
You can also contact our youth pastor, Kyle Beasley, if you have any questions (360)430-9701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Free People. Have you ever had to follow a rule that made absolutely no sense to you? Maybe it was a rule about what you could or couldn’t wear, where you could or couldn’t go, or who you could or couldn’t spend time with. When some people think about God, that is what they think about — a list of rules miles long that don’t seem important or relevant to their lives. But there are only two rules that matter most: love God and love others as you love yourself. In this 4-week series in the book of James, we’ll discover that the right rules can set you free. Download the Zoom app to your phone or computer and then use the following link: Zoom Youth or open Zoom and enter the following information: Meeting ID: 927 8858 8628 Password: 014494
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 called Roar! This has been a great study on the book of Daniel on being bold in sharing our faith.
The Roundtable, our local youth pastor’s network, is hosting illusionist Zak Mirzadeh on his virtual tour. “Will he be here for real, or is it just an illusion?” We will also have a performance by the Oregon band, The Morningtide. This is for all area students. Invite your friends! Covid guidelines will be observed.
By Mary Gronseth, Interim Children’s Ministry Director
We have some fun events happening!
FAMILY COOKING EVENT: Children’s Ministry families are invited to join us on Saturday, February 13 at 3pm for a special zoom cooking event. Chef Whitney will be leading us in making a flourless dark chocolate torte. Doesn’t that sound yummy? Watch the kids’ Facebook page for the sign up. I will send you a list of ingredients and a couple of things to prep ahead of time. You will log onto Zoom and with your family make this luscious dessert.
MISSION PROJECT: Our kids are involved in a special Valentine’s Day Mission project to our members that are unable to be out and about much and may need a little pick me up. I’m excited to see these Valentines make their way to many homes!
PORCH DROPS: Porch drops continue for our kids. This month included materials for the above mentioned Valentines Day project, a craft and a special Valentines Day Treat. Once in a while I get to see the kids when I make these drop offs. That is such a treat for me.
Thank you for your support during this time. It is my hope that God is blessing each family and friend. Please let me know if we can do anything to help you.
By Patty Howland, Women’s Team Leader
There is still time to join the New Women’s Study about the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, beginning Feb. 8! Please purchase the book and study guide for “Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion” by Anne Graham Lotz. 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.
The Thursday Community Bible study has resumed meeting in the Chapel! They are continuing the Priscilla Shirer study, “One in a Million” through the end of February and are discussing what material to use next. Contact Susan Hansen for more details.
Cec Conner has been meeting with a small group in her home on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. They are the “Tuesday Sisters” and utilize a similar Lectio Divina study format as the Soup Sisters. Space is limited but contact Cec if you would like more information.
Patty Howland is continuing the Monday night videos, “Weekly Word for Women” to encourage and connect with women. These are posted on Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. Mondays and are also available on the Women’s Ministry page of the church website on Tuesday. These are short 10-15 discussions on what the Bible says about various words of interest to women (and men). Previous words have included Anxiety, Loneliness, Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, Patience, Humility and Contentment. If you missed previous weeks, you may view them on YouTube or the website.
The Women’s Fall Retreat has been rebooked (from last year) at Black Lake Bible Camp for the weekend of Sept. 17-19, 2021. You might want to pencil in the dates on your calendar now. We are hopeful that COVID-19 will be more under control by then and we will be able to safely meet. Be watching for more details!
By Dee Dalgarno
The Church Library is open for self check-out the same hours as the Church Office. Come in and peruse our large collection of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biography, and Children’s Books.
I really enjoy historical fiction and our Church Library has many of these on our shelves. Here are two that I highly recommend.
Onesimus: This book has been on our shelves for a number of years, but the story is well worth reading. The author, Lance Webb, spent 19 years researching early Christian history as well as Greek and Roman history, customs, philosophy, etc. Onesimus is mentioned only once in the Bible, in Paul’s letter to Philemon. Onesimus was a well-educated man who was a slave of Philemon. Sometime after meeting Paul in Ephesus, he escapes and makes his way to Rome where he works with Paul, Timothy, and other Christians. The author includes a chronology of the life of Onesimus. Fascinating reading.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant: This book had been on our shelves for several years, but I did not read it until after I watched a 2014 Lifetime TV Mini-Series based on the book. It is the story of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. A review on the book jacket says: “Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich story-telling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: new view of biblical women’s society.
This and That
Men’s Groups There is group of men who meet via Zoom on Thursdays at 7 a.m. to study the book of Ephesians. Ben West is the facilitator. The former “Longview Donuts” group has resumed meeting via Zoom for fellowship on Tuesdays at 7 a.m. Joe Hotai is the facilitator. Contact the facilitators or the Church Office to get the Zoom meeting information.
Correction: In-Person Worship will be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays through February (not March as stated in last month’s newsletter). The Elders will determine in late February whether or not to continue in-person worship beyond that.
MOPS Moms’ Nights Out! In addition to the usual meetings for MOPS Moms’ on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays via Zoom, they are going to begin meeting in-person in the Chapel on the 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This will be an informal gathering for fellowship and conversation. Contact Mary Gronseth for more information.
End of Year Giving Statements
Please open your giving statement when you receive it (don’t wait until April!) to check for accuracy. Contact Jackie, our bookkeeper, if there are any discrepancies.
First of all, we thank the Lord every day for the 70 years we’ve had together and His care over Wendell for the serious gall bladder surgery he had the day after our actual wedding anniversary.
Now we want to thank our wonderful Church family, Ruth Circle, Women’s Fellowship and others for the heart warming and humbling cards, letters, emails, calls, and prayers you sent for our anniversary and Wendell’s recovery. We’ve re-read them over the holidays. They’ve meant so much to us! May God bless you all. ~Mickey and Wendell Kirkpatrick
Thank you for all the prayers prior to, during and after my recent hip surgery. The surgery went very well and I am able to walk without a walker of cane. The doctor was extremely proud of my success after only two weeks and one day!
Thank you, too, for the meals, help and words of encouragement–it all added up to a great big dose of LOVE and helped me heal more quickly. Your kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. ~Linda Monahan
Thank you to everyone that participated in making Christmas 2020 a special one for us! May God continue to bless all of you and keep you in His good graces always. We hope to see you at church some day! ~Lisa and Michael Leiwalo (these are the grandparents of the family we “adopted” at Christmas)
YTD INCOME: $615,017
TRUSTEES VISION: $ 13,000
YTD EXPENSE: $623,956
DIFFERENCE: $ 4,061
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