Battle Ground Community UMC
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
February 2020
  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
The  Poor People’s Campaign  is a movement whose seed was planted by Martin Luther King in 1968. It was an anti-poverty campaign and a national call for a moral revival. Some call the movement a “war on poverty.”  As the disparity between those who have and those who have not gets wider and wider, while the middle class is disappearing and melting into financial peril, this movement has been revived by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II.  

Our new church team,  Church and Society , is charged with tackling the demand from Jesus to care for the poor, from a systemic perspective.  The Outreach team addresses the challenges of the poor at an individual level (very much needed!); but  Church and Society addresses the challenges of the poor from a top-down perspective.  They are responsible for tackling the reasons  WHY  people are poor.

On Saturday, February 1, from 2:00-4:00 pm , there will be a presentation regarding the 
Poor People’s Campaign, educating us as to what this is about and how we can get involved.  In addition, at this meeting we will be coordinating how we gather together to be a force at the  Poor People’s Campaign National Tour with Rev. Dr. Barber and Rev. Dr. Theo Harris on  Saturday, March 21 in Olympia Washington.   

In our membership vows we claim that we will “accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves”. This is an opportunity for those called to take that power from God and give it voice.   I recognize that this form of combatting injustice is not everyone’s cup of tea, however, it is also something that many of you do believe in and do believe the pressure of marches and events like this actually does make a difference to the leaders of our country and world.

And so, I call on those of you who have energy around tackling this kind of oppression in which systemic poverty traps people, to contact me.  We can go and educate ourselves on Saturday, February 1 and then we will caravan north to join the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II to call for a national moral revival.

For more information, click below.

Peace and Grace to you all, Pastor Susan
How We Worship

Like the Blues Brothers, we're on a mission from God to put a band together. We have many new people who are musicians and we have people who have been here for a while who continue to hide their talents. We would like to put together a "band." No telling what kind of band, it may be blues, country, classical, hard rock, who knows? It all depends on who shows up with their gifts.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact David Davis at 831-566-2471 or email him at

We will be bringing in at least 7 new members on Feb 23rd. Be sure to introduce yourselves to Wendy and Stan Rice, Nancy and Tom Tarr, Pam Ruiz, Eric Fultz and Flo Graham.
Guided by Grace, Love & Light : Opening Up Into Ourselves 
Each Sunday we will hear one or two God stories from the congregation. We're sharing our experiences moving from our heads into our hearts. God's grace, love and light are everywhere. Together we will be exploring these life changing experiences and we'll learn together how to recognize God's gifts that are abundant and eternal .
Service is on Wednesday,
February 26th at 7:00

Join us on this sacred and holy service that is an entryway into the season of Lent. There will be ashes and communion as we begin our Lenten journey.
"Gifts of the Dark Wood"

This year, our worship for Lent will carry us through those dark times. Though commonly understood as a place to be feared and avoided, the dark wood is the surest place to meet God. It is a place where you may feel uncertain, empty, lost, tempted, and alone. Yet these feelings - these gifts of the dark wood - can be your greatest assets on your journey because they invite you to probe, question, and discover. According to the ancients, in order to experience profound awakening, all you need to be is struggling.
How We Learn

Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm
and Thursdays at noon - 1:30

Biblical historian, Dr. John Dominic Crossan, presents a DVD series on the world of Jesus, the life of Jesus, the death of Jesus and the resurrection of Jesus.

Join us for learning and grappling with Jesus' challenge to all of us.
Leap Into Abundant Life!
Crest to Coast Missional District Training

First United Methodist Church of Olympia
1224 Legion Way Southeast Olympia, WA 98501
Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8:30 to 2:30
$10 registration

All clergy and laity are invited to this Leap Day training by the GNW Innovation and Vitality Team. If you desire vital ministry for your church and community, this training is for you. The day will include engaging worship, practical workshops, and connecting with other United Methodists.
Greater Northwest Five-Day Academy
for Spiritual Formation

Registration is now open for the Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation being held next Summer in Federal Way, WA. The academy will focus on the theme, "The Power of Story", with faculty Leticia Guardiola-Saenz, PHD, and Ray Buckley. Participants will be given time and space to respond to this theme through silence, written and spoken word, prayer, worship, and community sharing.
You can learn more and express interest on Facebook  here . Click the button below for registration information.

NOTE: Ask Pastor Susan, Betty Curphey or Kelly Andrews about this intense spiritual and llearning experience. These retreats fill up very quickly.
Join Pastor Susan and 
learn more about the

Poor People's Campaign

Saturday, February 1st: 2 - 4:00 pm
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
How We Serve
February's Special Offering will Go to the


Here's a story of how your donations are used. I got a call from a woman who was staying at the Best Western in town. She had to run away from a domestic abuse situation. The police department gave her one voucher to stay in the hotel, but she was not able to procure a place in a women's shelter in one day. She called me to ask for help. All she had were the pajamas on her back and her dog. I went to Goodwill and bought her clothes, shoes and a jacket. I then gave her a voucher for one more day at the Best Western. The good news is that she was able to get into a women's shelter the next day. I was able to help this woman because of your generosity to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund. I hope that you will be generous with this important part of reaching out to help our neighbors.


You Are Invited! Family Promise of Clark County is hosting a volunteer thank you event on Sunday, February 9, from 2-4 PM at the Adventist Community Church, 9711 NE St. Johns Rd., Vancouver, WA 98665. This is for everyone who has volunteered for Family Promise in any capacity in the past year. There will be a brief program followed by refreshments. Please RSVP to Vicki Swalling: , 360-892-2754.

Church and Society Calendar of Activism:
*Feb. 6 , Olympia, Interfaith Advocacy Day (Faith Action Network). Click Here :

*Feb. 8 , 9:30am-12:00pm, Vancouver Heights UMC, “Beloved Community Through De-Escalation Training” (Pinoy Van-Port Ministries) Click Here:

*Feb. 25 , 6pm-8pm, Vancouver Community Library, Food and Film Series: The Need to Grow (Hosted by the Watershed Alliance, Clark County Green Alliance, Vancouver Library). Click Here:

*March 19 , 6pm-8:30pm, Southwest Community Center, Portland, “Portlanders STAND with Refugees & Immigrants" (Portland Parks and Recreation). Click Here:

*March 20-21 , Seattle/Aberdeen/Olympia, We Must Do More Tour (Poor People’s Campaign). Click Here:

Church & Society are always on the lookout for local events to share with our community. We want to know about what you are interested in, what ignites your passion for change and activism. If you see something you think we should know about, please email Leah Kuch:
5:30 to 9:00 pm

Entertainment, Dinner, Fundraising
Tickets are $30.00
Tickets on sale after church and on EventBrite.
Credit cards accepted.

Benefits the North County Food Bank and Outreach missions

For 2019, we collected a total of
1,766 Pounds of food!!!!

(This does not include the 17 generous Christmas boxes!)


In January, we collected - 123 pounds!

(Our new goal is 120 pounds a month, so don't forget to bring in your non-perishables.

The Bagman says: If you don't have a "homeless - please help" bag in your car, please take one from the larger bin at the back of the sanctuary. The larger blessing is to the giver.

The Battle Ground community United Methodist Church is considered a very good friend of Just One Thing program! A very big thank you for all the clothing items you have donated. They can use women's underwear and also boy's. We have received a big amount of money for them also. They cannot accept money, but I can get a list of badly needed items and purchase the items for them.  I go down every Thursday and they welcome me because they know I will be bringing good items! Again, I thank you very much for your generosity.
John Epler

We are happy to report that the children's change (with your help) has raised over $800. The children will be choosing all the animals they'd like to buy for children on the other side of the world. And then, we'll start collecting again. Who knows, maybe we can purchase a whole ARK!
How We Pray
Join us for Centering Prayer
every other Sunday from 12:30 to 1:45 pm

We meet at 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Sundays
of each month from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.

The team whose task is to care for one another within the church family, is going to be working on providing help to those who are experiencing dementia and particularly for the caregivers of the loved ones who are experiencing some form of demential. We don't know what this will look like, but if you have thoughts, please share with Jan Shaul as we will be meeting soon to determine how we can address the needs of these folks in our church family.
How We Have Fellowship

Our fellowship dinners for the past two years have been a smashing success. Every quarter, a signup sheet is put out for people to volunteer to be hosts. Then Pastor Susan matches the host with people she believes don't know one another very well. The host chooses how they want to "do food" (potluck, ethnic, gourmet, bbq, etc.). This is an opportunity to build relationship with your church family. We welcome you to sign up as a host or a guest. The sign-up sheet is in the Narthex on the round table. Sign up and join the fun! Especially all you new people :)
Crafters' Retreat

It is that time of year again — we are making arrangements for our 10th Crafters’ Retreat!

               When:  March 24-26, 2020 
               Where:  Beachcomber's Haven, Gleneden Beach, OR
               Cost:    $125 - $145 per person, plus food and snacks.

The estimate of the room cost is based on a range of 10 – 12 attendees. If fewer than ten, the cost will increase.
Gleneden Beach is just south of Lincoln City, Oregon. Beachcomber’s Haven is a family-oriented resort with a variety of accommodations on the coast. We have reserved the 4-unit building, which sleeps 12 comfortably and includes “The Sandbox.” The 4 units have fully equipped kitchens; bed linens and towels are provided. Meal preparations are shared by those attending—usually 2-3 crafters being responsible for 1 meal. Those meals are—2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 lunch. Lunch on the day we depart is devoted to using up the leftovers, either before leaving or as an on-the-road snack. 

The Sand Box room is well equipped with tables, irons and ironing boards, lots of light, a small kitchenette and bathroom. Each crafter needs to bring supplies for her own project. In the past, projects have included painting, knitting, scrapbooking, quilting/sewing, and sometimes no specific project, just the time away to visit and get to know other women.

To reserve your space or if you have questions please contact Joyce Belcher. We are looking forward to another get-away with friends. 
Events Worthy of Our Support

The Poor People’s Campaign is on a National Tour and it is coming to WA state. Rev. Dr. Barber and Rev. Dr. Theoharris, the national co-chairs of the campaign will rally in:

Olympia Saturday, March 21.
BGCUMC will caravan up to the event.

A member of WA State Poor People’s Campaign Committee will be in
Vancouver Saturday February 1 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 2-4 pm.

National Poor People’s Campaign at:
Administrative Stuff

Phew! We had to add a lot of new names to our directory. You can pick up yours in the Narthex.

(We are missing birthday and anniversary information for the majority of the congregation. PLEASE stop by or e-mail Nancy with this information. We want to celebrate YOU!)

Take a look at what's been going on here at BGCUMC. Click to see the minutes from our last meeting.
Click the links below for reports and minutes:

The First 6 Months of our Fiscal Year

July 1, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Click below to see the churches finance reports.

Put It On Your Calendar
Every Monday - TinkerBelles at 10:00 am
Every Tuesday - Brush Offs at 9:30 am
Every Wednesday - Bible Study, 5:30 pm
Every Thursday - Men's Group at 10:00 am; Bible Study, 12:00

Saturday, February 1 - Poor People's Campaign Presentation 2 - 4 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Vancouver
Sunday, February 2—Worship Team, 11:20 am;
Sunday, February 9—Centering Prayer, 12:30 pm; Family Promise Volunteer Thank you event, 2:00 pm
Monday, February 10—Trustees, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, February 11—Blood Drive, 12:30—5:30 pm
Friday, February 14—Valentine’s Day
Sunday, February 16—Core Finance, 11:20 am; Outreach, 11:20 am
Monday, February 17—President’s Day
Sunday, February 23—Centering Prayer, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, February 25—ASH Wednesday, Service 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 29—LEAP YEAR; District-wide Church Vitality Training, 9:00 am

February 1 - Deb Durrant
February 3 - Jim Rodriguez
February 6 - Lorena Herron
February 8 - Pene Graham
February 16 - Michael White
February 18 - Laura Perkins
February 18 - Linda Sand
February 22 - Dave Seesholtz
February 27 - Lori Nordgaard
Don't see you birthday here?
Make sure to let us know when it is so we can celebrate YOU!
More Information About Us
Pastor Susan has a blog.

You can read it at - 
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Check out our website. We have lots and lots of opportunities for serving in many different ways.
Pass on the news to your friends.

Contact Pastor Susan to share a cup of coffee/tea/whatever and learn more about our amazing faith family.

  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.