“Earthquakes lead to easter”
By Dave Hendrickson, Lead Pastor
According to the Institute of Economics and Peace the number of natural disasters the earth has experienced from 1960 – 2019 has increased 10 percent. Back in 1960 there were a total of 39 recorded events, and there were 396 natural incidents in 2019. I am sure there are a lot of different scientific, cultural, and population studies which could give credence to the reason why the earth has seen a dramatic jump in natural disasters in the last 60 years. But what does the Bible say about such things?
And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27:51
And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. Matthew 28:2
For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Matthew 24:5-8
Yes, earthquakes are damaging and dangerous occurrences from which at times there is loss of life. But as we look at these few scriptural references dealing with earthquakes, after each event, God is revealed. In Matthew 27, after the final breath of Jesus on the cross, there is a shaking of the ground, splitting of rocks, and most importantly, the tearing of the curtain in the temple. The tearing of the curtain symbolized that God, the creator of the world, was no longer hidden to the world behind a three-inch veil. He lives among us and is with us.
Matthew 28, is the story of the women heading to the tomb of Jesus to complete the burial ritual. On their way, there is “a great earthquake”, and as the women arrive at the tomb they notice the stone has been rolled away and an angel sitting on the stone. As they approach the tomb, the angel proclaims the Easter message for the first time, “He has risen” signifying the victory of Jesus over not only physical death but spiritual death!
Then there’s Matthew 24! A warning from Jesus to his followers and to us today. We will experience earthquakes and various other calamities and natural disasters. Should we worry? According to Jesus, NO, but we should be on our guard. For these events are reminders to us that there will be one final Easter! One final time when the Lord will be revealed as the King of kings and Lord of lords!
So as we enter from Lent to Easter, what are some of the areas in your life which have been disrupted like an earthquake and how have you seen God revealed and Easter come from those earthquakes?
elder meeting highlights
At the March 15 Elders meeting, the Elders voted to move ahead with a proposal presented by Nathaniel Duscha to purchase new projectors and screens for the sanctuary. The cost of around $22,000 will be paid for with designated funds and will not impact the 2022 budget.
Steve Meharg shared that, in order to attract more applicants, the Discipleship and Worship Pastor position was revised to Discipleship and Community Life Pastor. They have since received several applications, have moved forward with two interviews, and look forward to collecting more information from the potential candidates.
Sean Kelly and the Nominating Committee have been meeting to discuss possible nominations for Elder. They have collected names of several people whom they will be asking to consider taking on the role of Elder at LvCC.
The Elders approved a bid from Alliant to remove and install new steam condensate lines. Money to pay for the work will come from designated funds for the total of approximately $140,000. This project should not impact the 2022 budget.
thank you, mary!
There was a retirement reception after church on Sunday, March 6, for Mary Gronseth who was finally able to step down as “interim” Director of Children’s Ministry. We appreciate all that Mary did to keep our kids’ ministry growing and vibrant for several years while we searched to permanently fill the position. We wish Mary well as she moves into this next season of her life and ministry!
dr thanh trung le to receive award
By Dolphine Mack
Immigrant and new graduate, Thanh Trung Le was on staff at LvCC with the purpose of reaching the Vietnamese in our community in the early 80s. In 1986 he was called to serve the Edmonton Vietnamese Alliance Church in Alberta. From there his church has recognized his warmth and fervor by sending him to lead seminars in Vietnamese Diaspora communities all over Canada, and some in Europe and Asia.
Our current digital technology allows continuing contact with these worldwide friends, and he maintains these contacts. During March he sent frequent messages of prayer and concern for Ukraine.
Thanh has earned two doctorates and co-authored two books, and is currently teaching online for a University. And he is still such a warm friend!
This month, April 23, he will receive a Presidential Citation Award and give the commencement address for Western Seminary in Tualatin, Oregon at 11 a.m. at Rolling Hills Community Church. I’m hoping some of us from LvCC can attend. Please contact me or the Church Office if you are interested.
youth “plugged in”
By Nathaniel Duscha, Youth Pastor
Summer is quickly approaching! We have a ton of super fun things planned for this summer and I want to keep you all updated on what this year will look like. First of all, our summer schedule will be coming out soon! This schedule will have the dates for what we have planned for the entire summer so keep an eye out for that so you can stay up to date on all the fun things we have planned!
Speaking of fun things that we have planned for this summer, we are doing camp at the Dunes again! This will be an incredible time to get away and build our relationships with each other and more importantly, with God! Registration for camp is now open! So, head on over to dunesbiblecamp.com to get registered. If you have any questions about the registration process or about the camp itself, please contact me by either calling the church office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have scholarships available! If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact me for that as well.
Right now we are in the middle of a teaching series called “Break Trail” that I mentioned last month. As we approach Easter Sunday, we will be taking some time to focus on what Jesus did for us and how through His death and resurrection, He brings us new life.
By Sarah Fix, Director of Children’s Ministry
It’s officially been a month since I started with children’s ministry! It’s been a month full of adjusting to a new position and full blown VBS preparation! A lot of what’s going on right now is behind the scenes-organizing, recruiting, ordering, and getting familiar with this year’s theme and curriculum! It’s going to be such a fun VBS week (June 27th-30th) celebrating God’s greatness! I’m currently working on a VBS promotion board/table to go in the lobby of the sanctuary that you will see up in the next couple weeks! This will give you an opportunity to see what volunteer positions are needed, and in weeks to come, I will put donations needed up on the board as well. Look out for that! Children’s Easter worship goodie bags are in progress! Exciting things to come…
We had a work party on March 21st in the Fellowship Hall to sew large cactuses together to go along with the VBS theme! It was a great time of intergenerational serving- we couldn’t have done it without our more experienced sewers who brought sewing machines, fabric, and supplies! Thank you to those who came and donated supplies beforehand! If you are interested in participating in work parties or cactus sewing and stuffing, please reach out to me or talk to Janelle Hendrickson (she’s heading up our VBS decorations!).
In discipleship time on Sunday mornings, our kiddos have been learning all about how Jesus rescues us using different Biblical examples mixed with a lot of fun, too! They are learning about “Guac” the iguana as their Bible memory buddy to help them memorize Titus 3:5. It says, “He saved us (extend arms out at your sides to form a cross), not because of the righteous things we had done (shake head no), but because of his mercy (give yourself a hug).” Kinda goes along with what we’ve been learning during service, huh?
Thankful for another great month of children’s ministry! Praise be to God!
By Patty Howland
Don’t miss the April 15 deadline for Early Registration for the Women’s Retreat! You’ll save $10 off the full-price of $150. Even if you can’t pay the full amount when you register, please sign up anyway if you know you will attend as this will help in our planning for materials we need to order. You may also make two or three partial payments to help your budget, with the final payment due by May 6. Partial scholarships are also available.
Several women have already signed up and we hope that YOU will join us! With the theme of “Royal: Finding Your Identity in Christ” and guest speakers Melissa Campbell and Summer Shore, we anticipate a weekend filled with great teaching, worship, new friends and special memories. All of the information you need about the retreat and registration may be found on the church website https://www.longviewcommunitychurch.org/women/, digital announcements, or printed materials in the Lobby and Office!
The Sweetheart Luncheon, “Sharing Our Love for One Another”, that was postponed in February due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled for May 11 at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Hosted by the Ruth Circle, it will feature a Baked Potato Bar and will have three couples sharing their stories. Cost is only $4 per person. Mark you calendar now. This is for guys and gals!
Thank you to those who filled out the Women’s Questionnaire! If you haven’t yet done so, you may still do so here: Women’s Questionnaire or pick up a printed copy in the Office. Be watching for fun opportunities to connect with other women!
While this isn’t just for women, we are still looking for several people to serve on the Hospitality Team to help prepare for and serve during the Fellowship Time after church. It would be once every six weeks or so. Also, if you can’t help on Sunday but would like to provide baked goods, we could use your help, too! Please contact me in the Office for more information or to volunteer to serve.
By Dee Dalgarno
Children’s Easter books can be found on the window shelf in the Children’s Corner of the library.
Studies have shown that children who are read to in the first five years of life have a 1.4 million word advantage over children who are not read to at home. Just reading to your child 20 minutes a day can make your child a better reader.
Easter books for adults can be found on the large round table in the center of the library. Self checkout is easy! Just fill out the card inside the book and place it in the checkout box on the checkout table.
this and that
Don’t miss the Hill Memorial Concert on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm featuring the choir “Cora Voce”! Cora Voce This is a great opportunity to hear quality choral music in Longview. There is no charge for the concert, although a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the worship/music program at LvCC.
The Lower Columbia Clarinet Guild will be presenting a Palm Sunday concert the following week on April 10 at 3pm. This concert will feature music from “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “The Messiah”, and several hymns.
Easter Week Schedule
April 10-Palm Sunday Worship 10am
April 14-Maundy Thursday Worship at 6pm
April 15-KLMA Good Friday Worship at 12pm
April 16-Seder Meal at Renewal City Church at 6pm (reservation required)
April 17-Easter Worship at 9am and 11am with Fellowship Time at 10am; no Youth group
April 18-Church Offices CLOSED
New Projectors and Screens! You may have noticed that we have been having problems with our projectors lately. The projectors are 18 years old and need to be replaced. We have ordered new projectors and screens specially designed to enhance the image and allow for larger text to be displayed. We are currently limited by the square format of the space on the wall between the pillars. The new screens will be rectangular to support a 1920×1080 format and will extend out more toward the doors. The banners will be moved so they are above the doors. We expect to have the screens in place by the end of May, depending on availability from the supplier.
There will be a Memorial Service for Calma Sapp on April 23 at 2pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
The Church Office hours have changed. It will now be closed for lunch between 12-1pm. The Office will be open Monday through Thursday from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.
New Exhibit in Fellowship Hall display case! Stop by and take a look at the Missions projects we supported in 2021. Odetta Yeager has prepared and very attractive and informative exhibit and has also updated the Staff display.
SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) will continue to host a monthly viewing of The Chosen: Season 1 in the Chapel at 2pm on the following dates:
Popcorn and beverages will be provided!
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.
APRIL MISSIONS FOCUS:
“Milky Cow Month” providing milk for Community House on Broadway
Please sign up in Lobby or Fellowship Hall to take 2 or 4 gallons of milk directly to Community House. Click here for more info about Community House
YTD INCOME: $ 73,903
YTD EXPENSE: $ 87,323
DIFFERENCE: $ -13,420