March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

If you prefer to print the newsletter, you may download it here: Printable Mar 2022 . Here is also a printable March calendar: 03 2022 Calendar

pastor’s perspective

“The practice of lent”

By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor

Growing up in Pittsburgh, it was right about this time of year when many people began to feel the frustration and the duldrumbs of winter; the cold temperatures, grey cloudy days, the barren trees, the dirty ice and snow piles alongside the road and in the shopping center parking lots. Everywhere you looked, it looked like death warmed over. It was the season of year between the celebration of the holidays, (hopefully) long playoff run by the Steelers and the coming of Spring; sunshine, warm temperatures, the budding of flowers and trees. But no matter how hard you tried, whether you traveled to Florida for a week, or turned up the heat in your house, there was no getting around the season!

The church has a similar season on its calendar which for many is called or referred to as Lent. For most Western Churches, Lent is observed during a six-and-a-half-week period beginning with Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2022) and ending with Easter (April 17, 2022). During this time, many Christians will “give something up” or to use the “religious” word, “fast”. My guess is a lot of people don’t know why they “fast” except for that’s what they were told and taught to do; therefore, they just do it. They fast the usual suspects: caffeine, chocolate, sweets, Facebook, a tv show, alcohol, etc. Richard Foster explained fasting this way, “In experiences of fasting we are not so much abstaining from food as we are feasting on the word of God. Fasting is feasting!” Fasting from something is to help us make time to spend with God.

Anyway, back to Lent…not only is Lent about fasting, but it is also the season of reflection, repentance, confession, and introspection on our human condition. Therefore, Lent allows the church opportunity to experience lamenting, mourning, and our mortality. Unlike Advent, which is a joyous preparation, Lent is a more desolate preparation.

Typically, some churches identify the season of Lent by putting up different banners, or changing the color on the communion table (from green to purple). Some church traditions are discouraged from saying “Alleluia” or singing upbeat “praise songs”. Others institute the general prayer confessional during Lent. There are a lot of traditions and ways in which the church can observe the season of Lent.

So, as we enter into the season of Lent, I invite you to join me and the church to observe one or several of the disciplines that are associated with Lent. You might want to eliminate a food or drink from your daily diet. You could abstain from watching a tv show. You might want to read the Psalms of Lament or Lamentations for your devotional time. You could journal your reflections for the season.

As Paul says to the Galatians “…do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh…But I say walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…” (Gal 5:13&16)

Remember, this is only a season and when we get to the end, we celebrate! But until then, let us embrace the practice of Lent.

elder meeting highlights

At the February 15 Elders meeting, Randy Sundberg shared a list of recently completed Properties projects and has begun a list of important maintenance/upgrade projects for the Elders to help prioritize.

It was decided that the Annual Congregational Meeting will be held after church on Sunday, May 15. The Nominating Committee, consisting of Stan Noteboom, Julie O’Connor, Myrna Raff, and Ben West, along with Elder representative Sean Kelly, will begin meeting to discuss nominees for the 2023 Nominating Committee and the 2025 Class of Elders to be presented at the meeting.

Dave shared plans for Lent and Easter, including two identical worship services on April 17 at 9 and 11 am. He would like to include an Easter choir at both services. There will be an Ash Wednesday service on March 6 at 6pm. Dave also mentioned that we will again be joining with Renewal Church to watch Season 2 of The Chosen on Wednesday evenings in the Chapel, beginning March 9 at 6pm, with a light meal provided.

Steve Meharg shared that the Personnel Committee offered the position of Director of Children’s Ministry to Sarah Fix, who has been the Children’s Ministry Intern. Sarah will begin March 1. There will be a thank you reception for Mary Gronseth after church on March 6.

hill memorial concert

After a couple years off due to COVID-19, the Hill Memorial Concert Series will resume on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm featuring “Cora Voce”, an outstanding auditioned community choir from the Tacoma area under the direction of Randal Spitzer (Patty Howland has sung with this choir since it’s inception in 2003).

The theme for the concert is “How Can I Keep from Singing: Hope Shines Through the Darkness”. In addition to the title song, other concert selections include music by Whitacre, Lauridsen, Teasdale and other composers along with three pieces by composer-in-residence Laurie de Leonne.

Cora Voce’s mission is to Inspire, Enrich, and Educate. Cora Voce is one of the nation’s only non-profit choirs that works to enrich our communities through both exceptional choral performances – and uniquely – their school music grant program that provides critical funding, scholarships, and mentorship to Western Washington schools and students. Since 2014, Cora Voce has awarded over $78,000 to school choral music programs! More info about the grant program or Cora Voce may be found at coravoce.org.

There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be taken to help cover expenses and benefit the music and worship program at LvCC, as per the original request of the Hill family. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this uplifting musical experience!

youth: “plugged in”

 

 

 

 

By Nathaniel Duscha, Youth Pastor

As we enter into the season of Lent, we are going to be spending the next 6 weeks focusing on Jesus, the life He lived, and His death and resurrection. Starting on March 6th, we are beginning a six week teaching series that will lead us right up to Easter!

SERIES OVERVIEW:
If you’ve ever gone hiking before, especially in the winter, you know that “breaking trail” is something you do when you encounter deep snow that’s tough to navigate. When that happens, one hiker usually goes ahead of their group and clears the way so others can follow behind more easily. A trail-breaker is someone who goes ahead, who makes a new way, and who invites others to follow along behind them. In so many ways, that’s exactly what Jesus did for us. He broke a new trail just by existing, but he did so much more than that, too. In this 6-week Easter series, we’ll read the stories of Jesus breaking new trails as we discover that Jesus never gives up on us,  understands our pain, shows us love, is alive, can be trusted, and gives us a mission.

kidmin

 

 

By Mary Gronseth, Interim Director of Children’s Ministry

What a great experience this last 4 ½ years has been! What started out to be a 6 month interim turned into be a long term interim but I would not trade it for anything. I have had the privilege of getting to know some of the most amazing kids. Building relationships with these kids has been incredible! They are funny, thoughtful, intelligent and so much fun to be around. I have learned so much from them. They are serious about their faith and love learning more about the Bible and our Lord. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for each of their lives. I know they will be World Changers.

We have done so many things over the past years including VBS, Movie nights, slime day, Bear Day, Creek Day, Thanksgiving Craft Day, Christmas Parties, Trips to the Pumpkin Patch and so much more. Then Covid hit!!!! That did not slow us down. We had Saturday morning Zoom get togethers with stories, scavenger hunts, reverse scavenger hunts, puppets, games, prayer and just loving getting to see each others faces. Also during Covid we did a car scavenger hunt, baked a cake together on zoom (so yummy) and did a Palm Sunday drive by, handing out palm branches.

BUT, the highlight of COVID for me was Porch Drops. Once a month for a year, I visited each home with a bag for each child. Sometimes we had a visit on the porch, sometimes I waved to kids through the window and sometimes no one was home and I left their bag on the porch for when they got home. For one family I even did car drops. I looked forward to those times each month. It game me a connection with each child and family. Porch Drops included crafts, snacks, cards to send to others in our congregation, games, Advent and Lent activities and so much more.

As we came back from Covid, a great team of people came on board to serve our children. They are great teachers and role models for our children. I hope you know how much I appreciate you!!!!

The families of this church are the BEST! I have valued your support, input and getting to know each of you. One of the best things you can do for your child is partner with the church to guide them in their faith. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this partnership, getting to know you and your child(ren).

And to the Congregation of Longview Community Church, your notes, emails, phone calls, personal comments, gifts and outpouring of support over the last few years has been incredible. Your love for children is evident and a gift to this church. I couldn’t have done it without you.

My prayers are with Sarah and team as they move ahead to serve the children of this church and community. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the great children and families of this church and community. I look forward to continuing to Worship and Serve at LvCC.

history

“Revisit the past – embrace the future”

By Karen Pickett, History Team

Balloons? Birthday cake? Special concert? Video? Prayer Walk? Intergenerational carnival?

Next year both the City of Longview and LVCC will be celebrating their 100th anniversary. What would you like to see the church do to celebrate its 100th birthday? We’ll be gathering on Sunday, March 20, at 11:30 AM (following morning worship service) in the Chapel to share ideas on how we would like to “Revisit the Past and Embrace the Future” as we observe our centennial year. All are invited, no matter what your age or how long you’ve been attending LVCC.  2023 will be a great time to celebrate our church family! We hope you will join us in the planning on March 20th. For further information, contact Karen Pickett, kpickett2411@gmail.com, phone #360-560-3082 or Sandy Rountree, sandytree2@comcast.net, phone #360-423-7351.

Construction 1926
Sunday School Class 1952

 

 

 

 

 

fish report

By Sally Browne and Peggy Reibe, C0-Chairpersons

From January 24 through 28, 2022 we served 140 families consisting of 310 adults and 218 children. This included 10 people experiencing homelessness. Our total cost was only $2,363. We estimate 400 full grocery carts of food were given to people experiencing food insecurity in our community. Most of the food distributed is donated to us by FISH of Cowlitz County, CAP and Food Lifeline, which is a Seattle food bank.

Please save your egg cartons, paper and plastic bags for us. We must replenish these items or our supply may run out in March 2022. There are FISH donation boxes located throughout the church.

We have a wonderful dedicated crew of volunteers, but we could use a few more. Volunteer shift commitment can be as little as one 3 hour shift for the whole of FISH week, or more if you choose. Please contact Lisa Som, 360-431-9686, if you would like to be a part of this fun and rewarding mission.

Thank you one and all for your continued support! Next FISH week is March 28 through April 1, 2022.

this and that

Mary Gronseth is retiring after 4 1/2 years as the Interim Director of Children’s Ministry! There will be a reception for Mary in the Fellowship Hall after church on Sunday, March 6. Join us as we thank and celebrate Mary! Sarah Fix, the current Children’s Ministry Intern will be moving into the Director of Children’s Ministry position beginning March 1. Congratulations Sarah!

“The Chosen” Season 2 We will resume meeting with our friends from Renewal Church to watch The Chosen in the Chapel beginning March 9 at 6pm. A light meal will be provided followed by watching the video. Even if you missed Season 1, you will still enjoy it. Invite a friend to join you!

Easter Choir There will be an invitational choir, led by Patty Howland, singing during both identical services on Easter at 9 and 11 am. If you are a singer and would like to join us, the rehearsals will be at 7:30 Wednesday March 23, 30, and April 6 (after The Chosen), and at 7:30 on Thursday, April 14. We are asking that you plan to participate in both services. Call the Church Office for more details.

Properties Presentation There will be a video presentation about the new Sanctuary doors available in the Fellowship Hall after church for several Sundays beginning March 20. Someone will be on-hand to answer questions.

Pardon Our Dust! The Properties team has begun doing some preliminary work in the Fellowship Hall for replacing the condensate lines. We apologize for any disruption this may cause!

Women’s Questionnaire The Women’s Ministry team is aware that there are many women in our congregation who are feeling lonely and unconnected, so the team would like to provide more opportunities for women to gather and get to know each other better. To help do this, they created a simple questionnaire for women to use to share what things they like to do and what they would like to learn to do. Using the results, several fun connection opportunities will be created for women over the next several months. Please complete this online form Women’s Questionnaire or pick up a printed one in the Lobby or Church Office and let’s get connected!

Women’s Retreat Register now for the Women’s Retreat on May 20-22. The theme is “Royal: Finding Your Identity in Christ” with guest speakers Melissa Campbell and Summer Shore from Revive! Ministries. This is a great way to spend extended quality time with other women from the church. Save $10 off the $150 fee if you register and pay by May 6! You may also make a $25 down payment to reserve your space and pay the balance later. More info is available here: Retreat Info  Registration: Retreat Registration Form

Hospitality Team We are looking for friendly people with the gift of hospitality to be part of a rotating team to facilitate Fellowship Time after church on Sundays, and possibly help with occasional all-church events. The main responsibilities are to setup, serve, and clean up the coffee and cookies or other goodies. The commitment would probably be once every six weeks. If you’re interested, please sign up in the Lobby after church on Sundays or call the Church Office.

90+ Birthdays This Month

To honor our most senior members and attenders, we will be listing their birthdays each month using the records in our database. If you or someone you know is 90+ years of age and has an upcoming birthday, please contact the Church Office by the 20th of the prior month so we may be sure to include it!
Mar 23   Kay Deming (98)
Mar 30   Ausma Pakalns ((95)

MARCH MISSIONS FOCUS:

Missionary “K”
MEMO: Middle Eastern Missionary Organization
For safety and confidentiality, a printed copy of Missionary “K”s
latest prayer letter is available in the Lobby and Church Office

JANUARY FINANCIALS:

YTD INCOME:             $  28,061
YTD EXPENSE:           $  41,619
DIFFERENCE:             $ -13,558