Battle Ground Community UMC
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
November 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
Some professor somewhere along my life said, “Everything Jesus did was political.  None of it was partisan.”  Indeed, everything is political because the most basic definition of “political” is “the way that people living in groups make decisions.” It feels like such a dirty word these days, but we can’t get away from it unless all of us go off on our own mountain away from all others and make our own decisions.  As long as people live together, people will need to make decisions.  That decision making is called “politics.”

Election Day is coming upon us (November 5 th ) and we all have our ballots.  Often folks will lament with me over the state of our world and wring their hands saying, “What can I do?”  Most of the time it’s followed up with a statement that answers their own question, with “I know I can vote, but is that all I can do?”  No, it’s not all we can do, but it’s something that citizens are called to do.

Church isn’t about picking a side and claiming God is on our side.  Church is about recognizing Jesus’ side and cozying up to the decisions he promoted in organizing our communities.  It’s illegal for a church to tell its congregation who to vote for (as it should be!) but it’s expected that the spiritual leaders of the faith communities will lift up the issues Jesus addressed and explore how He would handle today’s problems.  

The silly (I think) slogan “What would Jesus do?” could be changed to “For what/whom would Jesus vote?” We are called to examine our conscience, not get caught up in sides, but reflect on how Jesus would advise us on issues, and then maybe pray, and then, then, and only then, do we cast our vote. 

There are many things we can do to help restore our broken world, but our vote is the most substantial of all.  So, if you are distraught about the global community then we can begin locally and offer our Christian voice to the dialogue. Election Day is November 5 th .  Your voice matters.

Peace and Grace to you all,
Pastor Susan
How We Worship
November is a great month for worship. 
  • On our first Sunday we will be bringing in 11 new members!
  • On our second Sunday, we will be honoring our veterans with special witness, Jan Paulin.
  • On our third Sunday, Pastor Susan will be visiting her parents, so you’ll have the pleasure of hearing a message from Zeek Hopkins.
  • And the fourth Sunday is special because after 52 weeks of studying “We Make the Road By Walking,” we will explore our final chapter and come to the climax of claiming for ourselves, what does it really mean to be alive?

Time to put on our "Hospitality Hat."
We invite everyone to stay after worship, have some cake and get to know our newest members!

Illeana Ruiz, Rich Goss, Sara Goss, David Davis, Donna Davis, Kristin Wade, Amy Rose Adams, Cary Adams, Nancy Montgomery, Cece Kino, and Deb Durrant

*Three others will be joining us on another day as November 3rd they are out of town.

The Greening of the Church for the Advent/Christmas season
is coming up.

We welcome everyone to come and join in the festivities of transforming our church to capture the spirit of the holidays.

Saturday, November 30th, beginning at 9:00 am.


Bring in your memorabilia to display in the Narthex on Sunday, November 10th.

Children are bringing in their offering during Children's time to raise money for pigs through the Heifer Project. Parents and guardians, please remember to share with your child the importance of giving to those in need and encourage them to share a part of their allowance or other means of earning money.
How We Learn

Join us for our weekly Bible/book study; we offer two different times for folks to participate in this fun and dynamic and enlightening small group.

Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Thursday from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, 11/13
Thursday 11/14

Wednesday 11/20
Thursday 11/21

Wednesday 11/27
Thursday 11/28

  • Sunday, November 3rd at 4:00 - youth are invited to participate in our annual charge conference held at Vancouver Heights UMC.
  • Monday, November 11 - no FIA due to Veterans Day
  • Monday, November 18 - Board Game Night open to all!
  • Monday, November 25 - no FIA due to Thanksgiving.
  • Saturday, November 30th - GREENING OF THE CHURCH!
How We Serve
Keep Up the Great Work!

FOR OCTOBER - 141 po unds were collected!

(100 pounds a month is our goal, so don't forget to bring in your non-perishables :))
Just one Thing

We are collecting socks for the students at the Battle Ground School District. Remember that on Black Friday, Fred Meyer has their huge sock sale; it would be a good time to get them then. Also another large need to be filled is female underwear. If any more information is needed, contact John Epler.

Outreach is looking for a volunteer to help with the bags for the homeless project. We thank Teri Schubitzke who has taken on the leadership of this ministry but is stepping away from Outreach as she serves in an important way with the Finance Committee. If you are interested in serving our community and helping out our committee but don’t have a lot of extra time to volunteer then this is a PERFECT opportunity for you. Please contact Maili Morrison at  or 360-601-3673.

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.

Socks, Protein bars, Snack bars, Shampoo, Other travel size toiletries 

If you are able and willing to pick up the mantle and continue this ministry of offering safe help for those on the streets, please talk to Maili Morrison, chair of Outreach.

Put it on your calendar. The next time we will be hosting Family Promise families will be from...
December 29, 2019 through January 12, 2020

Remembering the holy family had no home at the time of Jesus' birth, we hope you can all find a way to help serve the homeless families within our midst.

SPRC invites you to contribute towards our wonderful staff who do so much for us!
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.
How We Have Fellowship
Name tags. Please wear your name tags at church as it is helpful for members, especially new members to get to know you and others. Outreach will be providing temporary name tags for prospect/waiting members as well as guests. If you see a new face without a name tag please offer to get them a name tag, we will leave them on the small round table each Sunday morning.
Long-time member, Bob Jones, is not doing well at all. If you know Bob, we're certain he would enjoy a visit from you. Alice, his wife, could also use some support. She may ask you to help with small tasks like cleaning dishes or folding laundry. Originally, we thought it would be helpful to assist Alice with respite care and stay with Bob while she went to the store but unfortunately Bob needs more care than we are able to provide. Feel free to give Alice a call and set up a time for a visit.
Events Worthy of Our Support

Wednesday, 11/26 7:00 pm

Salmon Creek UMC
12217 NE Hwy 99

Administrative Stuff
Church and Society: Where do we start?
Leah Kuch

Our society, globally and locally, has become increasingly more difficult to navigate as followers of Christ and seekers of justice. One can hardly turn on the TV, open a newspaper, or look at your phone’s news alerts or Facebook feed without becoming overwhelmed with human tragedy, environmental catastrophes and blatant inhumanity. It’s no wonder the term “compassion fatigue” has come into popular usage. Whereas it was once used to describe a problem seen most commonly in healthcare professionals, disaster aid workers and clergy; it seems our culture at large is becoming numb to the constant inundation of stories of suffering. So, what do we do? All the problems feel so monumental. The good news is that we have guidance, from the Scripture and the example of Jesus and even our UMC social principles. We are not called to tackle every social injustice, but we are asked to do the best we can with the gifts we have.

So, what matters to you? What would you like to see Battle Ground United Methodist Church advocate for: civil rights, economic justice, the environment, the issues of women and children? Our social principles give us some excellent places to start but we need to know what issues motivate our congregation into action. Because when know what we want to focus on, we will find opportunities opening up before us, waiting for us to take action. We won’t feel so powerless against the injustice of this world as we ask God to push us forward.

If you have an interest in sharing your thoughts on ways you would like to see the church get involved in issues of social justice, please talk to Leah Kuch or Pastor Susan or come to our next meeting on November 24 th after service.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

Our Charge Conference this year will be shared with eight other Vancouver faith communities. We are all coming together for worship, pie and dreaming of what it looks like to be one body with many parts.

Sunday, November 3rd at 4:00 pm
Vancouver Heights UMC
NOVEMBER 3, 2019

For a report from the AD Council meeting, which will be presented at Charge Conference on November 3rd, click below:

Joyful Generosity is our church's fund raising effort to supplement the general budget to fulfill our monthly mortgage obligation. This is a three-year campaign, with the last year running from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. As of September 30th, 2019, we have collected in pledges $8300 in this fiscal year. No doubt other pledges will continue to come in over the next months.

We also had a"double down" drive that raised money to add to the $100,000 we will receive from the sale of our property to Habitat for Humanity. This real estate transaction will close in the next few weeks. We have received $24,272.000 in "double-down" funds to add to the receipts from the real estate sale. ALL OF THESE FUNDS WILL BE APPLIED TO THE PRINCIPAL OF OUR MORTGAGE.

The Joyful Generosity team thanks you for supporting these efforts! Please continue to keep the payoff of the mortgage in your thoughts and prayers.
Pastor Susan will be on vacation from Thursday, November 14th to Saturday, November 23rd. For Pastoral Emergencies, contact:
Sue Olstrom from Mill Plain UMC
Put It On Your Calendar
Every Monday - Tinks at 10:00 am; Faith in Action, 4:30 pm
Every Tuesday - Brush Offs at 9:30 am
Every Wednesday - - Road Bible Study, 5:30 pm
Every Thursday - Men's Group at 10:00 am; Road Bible Study, 12:00


Friday, November 1 - All Saints Day
Saturday, November 2 - Mary Marthas, 9:00 am
Sunday, November 3 - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS; Worship Team, 11:20 am; Combined Charge Conference, 4:00 pm Vancouver Heights UMC
Monday, November 4 - SPRC, 5:00 pm at First UMC of Vancouver
Sunday, November 10 - CORE Finance Team meeting, 11:20 am; Centering Prayer, 12:30
Monday, November 11 - Trustees, 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 14 - Pastor Susan on vacation until 11/23
Saturday, November 16 - Trinity, 10:00 am
Sunday, November 17 - Outreach, 11:20 am
Sunday, November 24 - Church & Society, 11:20 am; Centering Prayer, 12:30 pm
Wednesday, November 27 - Interfaith Thanksgiving, 7:00 pm (Salmon Creek UMC)
Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 30 - Greening of the Church, 9:00 am

November 2 - Lauren Danver
November 3 - Laurie Metzger
November 7 - Wayne Sutton
November 8 - David Kenney
November 13 - Ray Anderson
November 18 - Adena Manzer
November 18 - Sonia Aaseth
November 22 - Alice Jones
November 28 - Dina Cooley
November 30 - Delbert Perkins


November 5 - Bill & Dolly Forrester
Don't forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night, November 2. You get an extra hour of sleep and if you forget to set your clocks back, you'll be at church early and will have time to catch up with one another!
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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.