Clean Stable = no harvest
By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor
The other day I was meeting with a pastor catching up and praying for one another. While we were talking, he quoted Proverbs 14:4, “Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” As he continued talking about different things concerning ministry and life, I was contemplating the meaning of the proverb.
“Who are the oxen? Am I the ox? Are the people of the church the oxen?”
“What is the manger? Is the church building the manger? Are the programs and ministries of the church the mangers?”
Here’s the truth of the matter. IF we want to see Kingdom Harvest, i.e. new believers, people’s lives being “transformed by Christ” (did you recognize LvCC’s vision statement), marriages being restored, relationships reconciled, the hungry and homeless fed, THEN the stable is going to get messy!
Why? Well, as we read in the proverb, the only time the farmer has a clean manger is when there are no oxen occupying it. But not only does it mean the manger is clean it also means there is no harvest for the farmer because he does not have the oxen to go plow and reap the fields of their harvest. (Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 9:36-38…Go look it up!)
It is my prayer and vision that LvCC will see an abundance of Kingdom Harvest in the coming weeks, months, and years. But along with the harvest will come dirty, hardworking oxen, and a messy manger. Now, it does not mean the manger stays dirty, smelly, and messy. What it means is that there will be a lot of unpleasant work needing to be done to keep up the manger.
As we enter the harvest season (Fall), please consider how you would be willing to assist LvCC in the Kingdom Harvest? Here are a few ideas but keep watch for others as ministries and programs begin to ramp up again during the new school year:
Helping out in the office (Admin Team)
Serving the homeless camp Monday evenings
Being a greeter Sunday mornings
Being a MOPS mentor mom or childcare worker
For more information on how to help in the Kingdom Harvest, call the church office (360) 423-6380.
Let’s get dirty this harvest season!!!
elder meeting highlights
The Elders held a business meeting on July 6, combining the June and July meetings. They heard updates from the Personnel Committee regarding the positions being filled. They approved a contract with the Longview School District to use our facility as an emergency reunification site. Dave also shared some ideas he has for the Fall. The next business meeting will be August 17.
garrett fix new properties manager
He grew up in Kelso and was involved with the youth group at LvCC. After high school he attended OneLife Institute in Pennsylvania, where he met his future wife, Sarah. He then held a summer intern position in South Carolina, which coincidently was where Sarah lived. They were married there four years ago and had their children, Weston and Nora. Last year Garrett felt the call to return to the Longview area. They had an opportunity to take over the payments of his grandfather’s home after his grandfather moved to an independent living facility, so they packed up and moved back to Kelso!
He will be finishing his undergraduate degree in Biblical studies via online courses and would love to eventually get involved with some sort of ministry. For now, he is looking forward to helping keep the LvCC facility looking and functioning great as it heads into the next 100 years!
2021 high school graduates and scholarship
Longview Community Church’s High School seniors were honored at the church service, June 6, 2021.
Graduates Tyler Franklin, Evan Karavolos and Miranda Allen were presented NIH Study Bibles and Daily Devotions by Christine Kelly. Memorials Committee chair, Marge Ofstun, announced that Miranda Allen was the winner of the 2021 Francis Charles Hoffman Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000.00 scholarship given annually to a graduating senior who has been actively involved in our church and its ministries.
Joe Hoffman, son of Charles and Helen Hoffman, established this generous scholarship in loving memory of his father who, with Helen, were devoted members of our church until his death in 2009. Although his father didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, Joe said, “He clearly understood the critical value of higher education and was determined to ensure that his son, Joe, had the opportunity to pursue a college degree.” Joe went on to say that his parents devoted significant energy, hard work and many personal sacrifices to accomplish that goal.
As a deserving recipient of the 2021 Hoffman Memorial Scholarship, Miranda Allen has been a part of our church all her life and comments she “has always had a strong connection with Christ.” Goal-oriented, she knows what it means to persevere through challenging circumstances. She is an excellent student, is service oriented and has shown great empathy for others. She is pursuing becoming a firefighter having taken a High School course in Fire Science and has applied to work for the Dept. of Natural Resources this summer. She will attend Lower Columbia College this fall for her Associates Degree and also hopes to be serving as a volunteer for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue. After gaining experience, she hopes to get her EMT credentials.
We are proud of all our seniors and wish them well.
The Longview Community Church Memorial Committee
youth: “plugged in”
By Ella Millikan, Summer Youth Intern
Summer Camps Report:
For our middle school and high school camp this year we headed out to the Dunes Bible Camp at Long Beach. There were skits, games, chapel, worship and lots of fellowship. So many of our students expressed how nice it was to be able to go to camp this year after all the craziness last year. They seemed to really love just being with people. We had one student say “I didn’t know how much my heart needed this”. It was amazing to watch so many give their lives to Christ and so many reconnect with the Lord. We had some really amazing speakers at camp this year who focused in on anchoring yourself in Jesus and making him your foundation. Overall it was a great time for students to have fun, but also to grow in their faith. Thanks to everyone who has been praying for our youth and for their experience at camp. We appreciate the support!
August 12-Beach trip to Seaside, OR for games, lunch, shopping and fellowship. Leaving church at 9:30 a.m., returning 8 p.m. Cost is $10 plus at least $10 for lunch on your own. Register at:
August 18-Trip to Battleground Lake More details to come, but there will be kayaks, paddle boards and a good time!
Youth Group LIVE—Sundays, 6:00pm-7:30pm
By Mary Gronseth, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry
We have a lot of fun things happening in Children’s Ministry during August! Mark your calendar so you don’t miss out.
Thursday, August 12: We will be having a preschool playdate from 9:30 – 11:00 at the church. We are having a bear theme with a scavenger hunt, story, craft, games and a special snack. This is for children 2 – 4 years old. Contact Mary Gronseth to register, or sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f49abaf2ba7ff2-preschool1
Thursday, August 19: We will be having a special afternoon for the Elementary kids ( entering kindergarten through entering 5th grade). We will play games, do some science and crafts and eat some yummy snacks. This will be from 1:00 – 3:00. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f49abaf2ba7ff2-elementary
Sunday, August 22: This is a special day as our whole church will gather for an All-Church Picnic at the home of Dave and Gail Hicks in Clatskanie, OR. Dave and Gail have graciously opened their farm to us for a day of fun and fellowship for our church family after church (around noon). There is something for everyone. They have a creek that is just the right depth to take a dip ( bring water shoes) trails to hike, a zipline and bridges to count (how many bridges can you find on their farm?). We will have yard games and lots of good food. We will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, water and dessert. You may want to bring a chair. If you plan to go in the creek you will want water shoes and a towel. We would love to have an idea of how many are planning to go. If you know ahead of time it would be helpful to have you call the church office and RSVP. Don’t stay away if you don’t get a chance to let us know. We want this to include everyone in our church. We will have directions as it gets closer.
Sunday, August 29: Summer Re-cap and Back to School Bash: We will celebrate all the great things that have happened at LvCC this summer. See slides of VBS, Youth camps, Camp Attitude and other summer activities. Students are invited to bring their school backpacks and place them in the front of the church. Dave will pray over them and bless them as we get ready to send our students into the 2021/2022 school year. After the service, we will have lunch, bouncy houses, face painting and a fun time together.
Sooo, you are not going to want to miss all the FUN we will be having in August! Mark your calendars and plan to join us.
By Patty Howland, Women’s Team Leader
The Women’s Fall Retreat at Black Lake Bible Camp is fast approaching! Join other women from church as we get away for a weekend to focus on God’s Extravagant Grace. There will be plenty of time to relax, worship, make new friends, and draw closer to God. The reduced rate of $115 has been extended to August 8! Register here: Retreat Registration Form After that the cost will be $125 for the weekend or $30 for Saturday only; there are also scholarships available. More info and a registration form are available at the information counter in the Lobby and on the Women’s page of the church website here: Women’s Page
Several women had a great time last month sharing a meal and getting to know each other better at the Women Together gathering under the tent! If you missed it, there will be another opportunity to get together on Saturday, August 14 at noon! Bring a sack or takeout lunch and join us for conversation and fellowship!
The Women’s Fellowship Circles have met occasionally throughout the summer and Ruth Circle will meet on August 16 at the home of Dee Dalgarno. Louise Arnett Circle will resume meeting in the Journey Room on Sept 9 at 2pm and Mary Martha will resume meeting in the Chapel Conference Room on Oct 4 at 6:30 pm. Details regarding Ruth Circle in the fall are still to be determined.
The Monday evening study on Zoom is moving to Thursdays beginning Sept 23, and possibly also in-person on Friday afternoons if there is interest. The topic will be the purpose and practice of mentoring, with a book yet to be determined. Contact Patty Howland at email@example.com if you would like more information. The Thursday morning Community Bible Study will also resume on Sept 23 at 9:30 am in the Chapel. They will be using the Beth Moore video series “Chasing Vines”. Books are available to purchase on Amazon.
MOPS with MOPPETS returns in September! Mothers of preschool children are invited to register themselves and their children. Contact Mary Gronseth for a registration form, or to get the church’s code to use when registering online.
By Dee Dalgarno, Library Director
The Church Library has several New Books now available on the New Books table in the hall by the Library door. Some are books that were donated and have been added to our collection. We have also purchased some new books written by one of our favorite authors, Lauraine Snelling.
The first book in a new series called Leah’s Garden is The Seeds of Change—Larkspur Nielsen is ready for change, frustrated by the lack of opportunity for her and her younger sisters in their Ohio hometown, they decide join a wagon train heading out West. Larkspur dons a disguise, passing herself off as “Clark” Nielsen accompanying his three sisters. But maintaining the ruse is more difficult than Larkspur imagined, as is protecting her headstrong, starry-eyed sisters from difficult circumstances and available young men.
We have also added two more of Snelling’s books to complete the Dakotah Treasures series. The books, Ruby, Pearl, Opal, and Amethyst are about women who come, on their own, to settle in the Dakotah Territory and the town of Little Missouri (now called Medora).
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Thank you for all your support, kindness and friendship! ~Dennis Som
All-Church Picnic at the Hicks’! Everyone is invited to join us after church on Sunday, August 22 at the home of Dave and Gail Hicks in Clatskanie, OR. Burgers, hotdogs, chips, dessert and water will be provided. Bring a chair if you’d like, and water shoes for walking in the creek. Please call the Church Office to RSVP so we know how much food to provide.
Back-to-School Bash On August 29 we will be looking back at VBS, Youth camps and Camp Attitude, followed by a Blessing of the Backpacks and a barbecue after church! There will be great food and fellowship for the adults and bouncy houses and face-painting for kids. Plan to join us!
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. Denny Boaglio will be leading a sing-a-long! 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.
Longtime member, Guy Anderson, went to be with the Lord on July 28 at the age of 101! He had attended LvCC for 98 years. No memorial service plans have been made yet.
July FISH Report We had another slow week–67 orders with 160 adults, 105 children and 1 homeless. Thank you to all who helped fill orders! Next FISH week is Sept 27-Oct 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
AUGUST MISSIONS FOCUS:
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
YTD INCOME: $264,753
TRUSTEES VISION: $ 8,000
YTD EXPENSE: $275,957
DIFFERENCE: -$ 3,204