By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor
“Are We Really Free?!!”
This weekend as America prepares to celebrate its freedom and independence from England and the rule of King Henry, I began to ask myself, “Am I really free?”
Some of my favorite verses are Romans 1:1-6, when Paul introduces himself to the Roman Christians by saying,
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”
Besides it being one of the most famous run-on sentences for which Paul is known, it gives me a couple of clues into the question, “Am I really free?”
First, Paul calls himself a “servant”. The Greek word (doulos) can also be translated more appropriately as “slave”. Paul understands he is no longer his own. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20) Paul, who once hunted down the same Christians he is writing to, realizes his position in God’s Kingdom. It is a position of humility and service and, rather than following his own will or the desires of others, he follows the Lord.
Second, Paul identifies himself as an apostle. Now what is an “apostle”? All that apostle means is one who is “sent out”, a messenger, or an ambassador. So think about it for a second. First Paul calls himself a slave, someone who takes their commands from someone else. Then he calls himself an apostle which is a position of authority, prominence, and importance.
So what is the answer to the question, “Am I really free?” I would say, “No and Yes!” I am no longer a slave to sin, therefore I am free in the Lord. But, I like Paul, am a “servant” for the Lord, “you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (Galatians 4:7)
So as we celebrate our freedoms and independence as Americans, let us remember as Christians we are both “slave” and “apostle” of the Lord! Here’s a great prayer from John Wesley which reminds me of this point:
I am no longer my own, but yours.
Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you,
Praised for you or criticized for you.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
And now, O wonderful and holy God,
Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer,
you are mine, and I am yours.
So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
Let it also be made in heaven. Amen.
Elder Meeting Highlights
At the June 1 Elders/Staff Vision meeting, the group spent some time discussing the book “Journeys with Jerry”, a Christian leadership book written about one of Dave’s mentors. They will continue to read and discuss this book in the months ahead.
They also discussed plans for summer, including the sermon series, table discussion groups, and also plans for the July 4 weekend.
The June 15 Business meeting was rescheduled as there was not a quorum in attendance. The Elders will have a business meeting on July 6, combining the June and July meetings, and then will meet again on August 14 to discuss business. There will not be Elder/Staff Vision meetings for the rest of the summer.
Dennis Som Retires
After 20 years as the Custodian/Maintenance Supervisor at LvCC, Dennis Som will be retiring on June 30. Dennis was responsible for keeping the church building and grounds looking and functioning beautifully. In addition to that, there were MANY behind-the-scenes details that Dennis took care of in his characteristically quiet and conscientious manner. He is looking forward to having more time for working on cars, going fishing and spending time with family.
On Sunday, June 27, we honored Dennis with a special cake and reception following the worship service. Odetta Yeager read a “poem” she had written. LvCC has been very blessed to have had such a faithful servant for so many years! We will miss you greatly, Dennis! May God bless you and Lisa in your retirement.
By Odetta Yeager
There was a man named Dennis and he really wasn’t a Menace!
He worked for Longview Community Church with a smile on his face as he did his work at this very special place.
Put up chairs, take down chairs, then put up tables, take down tables. Sometimes you wondered how he was able.
Painted the walls, cleaned the floors. We wouldn’t be surprised if he even had to clean a few doors!
Dennis and Crew made floats for Christmas Parade, set up for memorials, weddings, and pancake breakfast, bazaar and bake sale.
He mowed acres of grass, dug ditches and bushes galore he did trim.
If we didn’t know when, what or where, go find Dennis.
We really can’t express our love to him and Lisa enough.
So, we will just say THANK YOU and send you off to have some fun in the sun.
But please know God placed you in our lives to know and love!! So, who could ask for anything more?!
YOUTH: “PLUGGED IN”
Wednesday Special Events:
July 7, 6-7:30 pm Worship Night
July 21, Movie Night at the Stewarts
Youth Group LIVE—Sunday, 6:00pm-7:30pm (not meeting July 4 or 11)
SUMMER CAMP @ THE DUNES
We are going to The Dunes in Long Beach, WA this summer for both our middle school and high school camps. The youth groups from Calvary, Father’s House, and Northlake will also be joining us. Here are the dates and costs:
Middle School Camp
Saturday, July 10-Tuesday, July 13
Cost – $170
Registration link: https://www.dunesbiblecamp.com/middle-school-camp-
High School Camp
Wednesday, July 14-Saturday, July 17
Cost – $175
Registration link: https://www.dunesbiblecamp.com/highschool-camp
CAMP ATTITUDE July 31-August 6
For our summer mission trip this year we are heading back to Camp Attitude! This is a place where children with disabilities and their families get to come and have a great week at camp that they might not normally get. As the serve team you get to help make this week one of the best weeks of their summer! This is a great service opportunity, and we hope you will consider joining us! Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/211045303535140
Here is the code to wave the fee when you sign up: LVCC2021 For more information contact Matt Avalon at (360)957-7666 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mary Gronseth, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry
What a great week we had at VBS this year. Great Kids, Great Staff, Amazing decorations, yummy snacks, FUN games, wonderful crafts, interesting stories and lots of great relationships built between adults and children! We felt God’s presence and saw him work in many ways. Thank you to the congregation for your prayers for this week. We felt them. Enjoy some of the pictures taken by our VBS Photographer, Bob Gaston.
Coming to a church near you!
October 2023-100 Years Anniversary
Save the Date!
The History team will be hosting free 15-minute Guided Tours of the Sanctuary on July 3
beginning at 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. There will be a table in the belltower entrance for people to sign up in advance. Linda Monahan will also give an organ concert for the public from 2:30-3:00. This will be a great opportunity for the community to see and learn more about LvCC. Thank you History team!
THIS AND THAT
To our church family and deacons,
Thank you so much for the prayers, meals, cards and phone calls. Joe’s surgery went well and he is coming along great in his recovery. Liz is still in a lot of knee pain and can not see an orthopedic doctor until July 14th. We appreciate your continued prayers! ~Liz and Joe Jacobsen
SAM is back! The Senior Adult Ministry has resumed and already have some outings planned! The first will be a potluck picnic to Willow Grove Park on Aug 11, leaving church at 11 a.m. Sign up in the Lobby after church beginning July 11 to bring a side dish, salad or dessert, or call Darlene Little at 360-577-6718. Chicken, beverages, plates and utensils will be provided. Then on Sept. 24 they will be visiting “The Wall That Heals”, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on tour at Longview Memorial Park. Mark your calendars now! More information to follow.
Memorial Service for Bill Noteboom on July 17, at 3 p.m. followed by a reception/barbecue. All are welcome! As a celebration of Bill’s love of gardening, feel free to bring a dahlia or other flower to the service. Vases will be provided. For those unable to attend, the service will also be live-streamed on LVCC’s YouTube channel.
We are taking a break from Daily Morning Prayers from June 9-July 8. They will resume in-person and online on July 12. Please join Dave in the Chapel if you are able, or you may also still watch via YouTube.
Quarterly Contribution Statements Please open your giving statement when you receive it to check for accuracy. Contact Jackie, our bookkeeper, if there are any discrepancies.
Bookkeeper’s Revised Hours Jackie Erickson, our bookkeeper has changed her work days to Tuesdays and Wednesdays, usually from 9am-4pm.
Online Profile Pictures Most of the pictures in our database (Breeze) are from nine years ago when the last printed directory was published. If you have a more recent photo you would like to use, email it to Patty in the Church Office at email@example.com and she will update it in Breeze. If you would like to have access the database to view the most current contact info of our members and regular attenders, contact Patty to get registered.
Ministry Opportunities Board! There are several areas for you to serve! Look for the pocket board in the Lobby with cards listing needs for various ministries. You may also scan the corresponding QR codes if you prefer a digital version.
May FISH Report During the May FISH week we served 74 orders-123 adults and 104 children. There were five homeless orders. If you know any person or family that could use help with food, please let them know they can call FISH at 360-636-1100 from 9-noon weekdays. Next FISH week July 26-30.
Digital Bulletin Available You may scan the image on the posts in the Lobby to obtain a digital worship bulletin each Sunday. Ask a greeter or Staff member if you need assistance.
Medical Equipment Available If you or someone you knows needs medical equipment, i.e. walker, wheelchair, commode, etc, please contact Roberta Baird at 360-636-3848.
MISSION OF THE MONTH:
Jon and Christine Banke
YTD INCOME: $221,114
TRUSTEES VISION: $8,000
YTD EXPENSE: $229, 114