Battle Ground Community UMC
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
August 2019
  We are people of faith who gather to worship and love God,
care for one another, and share God’s compassion with the world.
Pastor's Ponderings
In light of the recent vandalism we have experienced and the six media outlets that have covered our story, I can only say that the response from our community has been GOD AT WORK. And so, I felt called to write a letter to the editor for The Reflector, our local newspaper. The following is what I wrote...

To My Fellow Battle Ground Residents:

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to this incredible community.
I am Pastor Susan and I serve Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church.  As you may or may not have known, our church has been a target of vandalism three times in the past three months.  It has been directed at our rainbow banner, signaling that we are a welcoming and affirming faith community; the banner has been stolen and destroyed.

Last week, several local newspapers and television outlets picked up the story, including our local Reflector.  I wanted to say to the citizens of Battle Ground and beyond – Thank You!  Thank you, Mayor Mike Dalesandro, for your kindness, support, and proclamation that this negative behavior we’ve experienced at the hands of a few does NOT represent this community.  Mayor Mike, you’re a true ally and we feel confident that you’ve “got our back.”  

Thank you, Police Department of Battle Ground.  Your professionalism and willingness to reach out to us beyond filing a report is greatly appreciated.  We feel safer because of your work and diligence to care for our community.  

Thank you, Pastor Ed Stanton from Landmark Christian Church.  Your call meant the world to me.  You’re right, as Christians, we may have our differences in theology, but we don’t differ in God’s call to love one another.  Destruction and violence of any kind is not the way of Christ.  I also appreciate your request to our sister churches in the community to keep us in their prayers.   

Thank you to all of you, many strangers, who have reached out to us offering support of all sorts - through word and deed.  I’ve received countless emails and calls supporting our efforts to get the message out that we are all God’s beloved.  In addition, we’ve received financial donations for more banners and video surveillance from random strangers.  Again, all this positivity has been an inspiration, and I am so deeply honored and proud to be a member of this amazing community we name Battle Ground.

Peace and blessings to all of you,
Rev. Susan Boegli

See Pastor Susan's message to the Congregation below:
PARITY has created a Fundraiser to help with our banner expenses; specifically a surveillance system: Please click below
for more information:
Pastor Susan will be on vacation from
Friday, July 26th to Saturday, August 10th

For pastoral emergencies, contact: The church office, or:
JoAnn Shipley . (509) 770-3760. July 26 – August 1
Meredith Grudger-Raines . (360) 857-9639 August 2 – August 9
How We Worship

Every third Sunday, we will be making a special offering to various causes. This month, on August 18th , we will be collecting for Outreach's work with the HOMELESS.

I will be absent for 1 more Sunday this summer for my vacation. We have a special gift this year. I did not recruit ordained pastors to fill in for me, but I asked your brothers and sisters in Christ to serve. For our membership vows, one of the promises we make is to share our witness with one another. On August 4th we will hear from Margaret Bloomquist.

The rest of the Sundays I will tackle some of the most basic concepts in a series called "Church 101." Hope to see as many of you as possible this summer season and hear the stories of one another.
How We Learn

This month, I'd like to share with you a new collections of books donated by John Schulling. You'll find books on yoga and Buddhism and meditation and mindfulness. The library crates in the narthex under the bulletin board. Please help yourself and return for another to enjoy.

Next meeting is August 22 at 5:30
All are welcome!
How We Serve

I just wanted to take a moment to thank our dear sister Sue Sutton. Sue has taken on the responsibilities of Outreach chair for 10 years! She has served faithfully and with an energy that compares to none of us. We are all so very grateful for her service to our neighbors and her leadership in helping us express out love. She has passed the baton to the very capable Maili Morrison and we look forward to Maili's leadership as she continues to lead us in caring especially for the homeless in our communities. God Bless you Sue! We love you!

Hi! I’m Maili Morrison, and I have stepped into some really big shoes here as the new chair for the Outreach committee. I’m excited and eager to get more involved in our church and to get to know more of our amazing congregation. This year, Outreach has some amazing plans to support our community and we have made a commitment to focus our efforts on homelessness. If you’re interested in learning more about how YOU can help (even in the smallest way), please come to our next meeting on August 18th right after worship. During this time we’ll also be brainstorming Outreach fundraising ideas for the coming year and would love your input. P.S. - There may also be treats and prizes too.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5 – 7, 2019
We need more volunteers to help serve coffee at the Gee Creek Rest Area (Southbound) on Interstate 5 beginning on August 5 . We will be providing this coffee service from 7 AM to 9 PM each day. We break this up into 3 to 4-hour shifts and it takes a lot of volunteers and cookies to make it a success.
If you haven’t served coffee at Gee Creek in the past, we will pair you up with someone who has. I’ll be there every morning and set up the equipment and be there to lockup at the end of the day. This is also a good opportunity to get to know the people you worship with each Sunday a little better. If you can’t work a shift, perhaps you can help by providing cookies.
The signup sheets for working or providing cookies will be on clipboards on Sundays through August 4 th . If we don’t have all of the shifts covered by then, I will have to start calling you for help. Please signup as soon as possible.On Thu
Thank you,
Dave Seesholtz
BGCUMC Host Week July 14-21, 2019 Summary

Family Promise of Clark County began hosting homeless children and their families on March 31 of this year. Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church provided hospitality for the second time during the week of July 14-21. Four adults and three children, ages 11-12, were served. A cumulative total of eight adults and ten children have been welcomed into our building for fourteen nights so far this year.
This outreach ministry was made possible by church members and their families who contributed funds, food, linens and toiletries, hot meals, labor, and entertainment, as well as serving as dinner, overnight and breakfast hosts. At least 33 volunteers spent an estimated 250 hours on site providing hospitality, preparing the facility to host and then returning it to its function as a place of worship. 
We are very grateful for the support received from Bethel Lutheran Church as well as volunteers from the community. They provided hot meals, provisions for breakfast and lunch, slept overnight, and donated two bags of hand-knit caps for our bags for the homeless. 
On the last Sunday of our host week, our congregation was further blessed when one of the Family Promise host families worshipped with us and shared their gift of special music. At the conclusion of their performance, we all sang together, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Once again, the general consensus from volunteers was that we received more than we gave.
The Outreach Committee and Family Promise team wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in any way to make this event such a huge success. BGCUMC is scheduled to host Family Promise guests again October 6-12, 2019 .
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen's Minister? Find out how by clicking on the information below:

Battle Ground Public Schools

There have been a couple donations for the FCRC. The office has been closed for the month of July for summer vacation. Please continue to bring in donations and place in the box in the Narthex.
Please bring items such as water, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, shelf stable snacks (protein bars, etc.), feminine products, wet wipes, and dry dog food for the bags that are made up at the church to hand out.

Protein bars
Snack bars
Other travel size toiletries 
 We thank Teri Schubitzke who has taken on the leadership of this ministry.
179 po unds were collected!
On Thursday, August 16th, we will be presenting a check for $3,500.00 to the North County Food Bank!

(100 pounds a month is our goal,
so don't forget to bring in your non-perishables :))
Would you be interested in serving
as a United States Census Taker?

We have materials in the church office if you would like the opportunity for a short-term, high paying job serving as a census taker. A representative stopped at the church last week and informed us that they are extremely short of people to serve in this role and they find that churches are a good source of manpower. Stop in the office for information on how to apply.

Or Click below:
How We Pray

Join us for Centering Prayer
Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

How We Have Fellowship
Women’s Retreat 2019
Who:  Women of all ages—18-and up
When:  Sept. 13-15  (Friday evening through Sunday mid-morning)
Where:  Ocean Park Retreat Center, Ocean Park, WA
Cost: $130,  which covers the cost of 5 meals, lodging and supplies.
Final payment is due by September 1
 (Full and partial scholarships are available.)

This year’s theme is “WonderFull World.” Join us for a weekend getaway where you’ll travel to each of the seven continents, exploring the wonders of God’s creation from the ends of the earth to the depths of our own hearts.

The weekend will include time for worship, Bible study, laughter, quiet reflection, and free time for activities of your choice—walks on the beach, napping, reading, knitting, shopping in Long Beach/Ocean Park, etc.
More details regarding what to bring—bedding and toiletries; weekend schedule, address for Ocean Park Retreat Center, etc. will be provided closer to the date of the retreat. 
We hope you can join us. Please contact Jean Brown (360-904-1822) or Dianne Earnest (360-798-9845) with questions.


Please contact Jean Brown (360-904-1822) for more information.
Events Worthy of Our Support
Tuesday, August 13th
12:30 to 5:30 pm
AUGUST 16, 2019

Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441.

or text the word circle to 797979
As part of our commitment to the Vancouver community, we are happy to offer an afternoon of free comprehensive eye exams and free eyeglasses every quarter.
AUGUST 22, 2019
FROM 2:00PM - 5:00PM

St. John Lutheran is hosting a Fundraising Dinner
on August 29th: see below:
Generosity Feeds Event is a 2-hour meal creation/packing experience that will take place to package 10,000 meals for the children in your community. Within the two hours, ingredients will be scooped into the meal bags, mixed together, sealed, and packaged to go out to the community. There are various jobs for various abilities and ages at our events. These events provide an opportunity for the community to come together to make a difference in the lives of the children. I thank you for joining us in this fight against hunger and having your children involved! 
Hosted by Generations Church
September 22, 2019
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Salmon Creek American Legion Post 176
14011 NE 20th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686, USA

To register for the event, please Click Here to hold a spot for you and your friends/family, if you have not done so already!! If you have any questions or concerns, I'd be happy to help.

See the informational video below:
In the News
Want to read the whole story of our Banner incidents?

Click segments below to read the various articles published!!

You can watch the news reports interviewing Pastor Susan, type "Boegli" in the search line on:

Administrative Stuff

A new very short news blast will regularly go out once a month complete with the same reports the Finance Committee reviews each month. All are invited to any Finance meeting at any time.
We meet after worship every second Sunday of the month.
We have the rare opportunity to help lift a great weight off of our congregation in this Church. We anticipate receiving a $25,000. check from Habitat for Humanity for their first installment of the sale of our back 5 acres. All of this amount will be applied to the principal on the loan of our Church mortgage. If you can make an extra payment to the Church in October, we will add that additional gift to the 25,000 check which will ALL go to the principle of the loan.
This is an opportunity to make our donations go farther by decreasing the interest and be mortgage free sooner than expected. If you have any questions, please ask me. John Epler
Put It On Your Calendar
Every Monday - Tinks at 10:00 am
Every Tuesday - Brush Offs at 9:30 am (NO meeting 8/6 or 8/13)
Every Thursday - Men's Group at 10:00 am

Saturday, 8/3 - Mary Marthas, 9:00 am
Monday 8/5 through Thursday, 8/7 - Gee Creek Service
Sunday, 8/11 - CORE Finance Team meeting, 11:00 am
Tuesday, 8/13 - Blood Drive, 12:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesday, 8/14 - All Means All, 4:30 pm
Friday, 8/16 - Lifeline Screening, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday, 8/17 - Trinity, 10:00 am
Sunday, 8/18 - Rummage Sale meeting, 11:00 am; Outreach, 11:20 am
Tuesday, 8/20 - Family Promise Executive meeting, 6:30 pm
Thursday, 8/22 - Spirituality of Imperfection book group, 5:30 pm
Thursday, 8/29 - Family Promise Fundraiser Dinner at St. John's Lutheran - 6:00 pm

AUGUST Birthdays

August 1—Pastor Susan
August 8—Jan Paullin
August 9—Meilin Pang
August 10—Laurie Leslie
August 13—Leah Lane
August 25—Leland Aaseth
August 25—Bryant Herron
AUGUST Anniversaries

August 1– Bob & Alice Jones
August 3—Jens & Laurie Metzger
August 15—Bob & Teresa Wilson
August 18—Dave & Teresa Law
August 21—Mark & Adena Manzer
August 23—Keith & Pene Graham
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  To all, including those who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination from church or in society, we offer a place of welcome, respect, and love. It is in this spirit that we invite ALL* people to join us on a journey of faith.

*As a reconciling congregation, ALL people are welcome including people of any race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith history, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability.