Battle Ground Community UMC
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
October 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

Over and over again, in the past two weeks, the same lesson has come to me. "Attachment leads to suffering." This is best explained in Buddhist thought, but it is a Christian premise as well. "Let Go and Let God." I've learned that as we try to cling to persons, places and things, they will change because EVERYTHING CHANGES. Wanting people, places and things to remain the same will never ever happen and expecting it to do so causes great pain and grief. Everything has a life. Humans have a life with a beginning, middle and end. Places have a life of before, now and after. Circumstances come and then go. Ministries are built, thrive and then die. Absolutely everything in this universe changes at varying speeds.

I've learned a lot about this Truth lately. People who come into my life who I expect will be here for me always, fade away. Communities that I come to rely on and expect to always feel a belonging to, change into something I don't recognize. Many times I'll hear folks say, when something challenging is happening in our lives, "this too shall pass." I get a chuckle out of that bumper sticker theology because of course hard times will run their course and one day we will view those hard times in the rear view mirror, BUT good times pass equally as much.

Although everything changes, I do believe one thing doesn't change and that's God. When we center ourselves in the power of Divine Love, waves will come and go but we will not be moved. Sometimes those waves will come with a force that knocks us down and sometimes they are gentle, rocking and lovely. Theologian Paul Tillich, talks about how we can be rooted in the "Source of all Being" so that when the waves do crash or the wind force does blows, we can endure.

Buddhists don't believe in God. Did you know that? So in my humble opinion, the bonus piece that we have as Christians is that although clinging to people, places and things may not be wise, clinging to the source of Love, clinging to the Spirit, is our saving grace.

In Brian McLaren's book "We Make the Road By Walking," we've been reading and discussing the power of the Spirit in the world and in our lives. My experience with this particular congregation is that you're aware that the Spirit is doing something new. We can all see the fruit of the Spirit when we look around at the new faces, at the decisions to serve God and neighbor before ourselves and quite frankly at the vitality of our small groups and ministries. We do A LOT for a faith community our size, but we must not be too quick to pat ourselves on the back, for you know as well as I, these good things occur not by our doing but through the work of the Spirit.

My hope for us all is to try to not cling to people, places and things, but continue to stay open in body, heart and mind, so that the change that does occur continues to be Spirit led. In other words my dear dear friends, keep on doing what you've been doing. It's all good. It's all wonderful and this church is embodying the life of Love.

Peace and Grace to each and everyone of you,
Pastor Susan
How We Worship

Faith in Action

This month’s special offering is for the Faith in Action Youth Group.  We do not have a line item in our budget for our youth, so all donations would be designated to the youth group and will pay for food, entertainment and spiritual formation materials.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
For the month of October we continue reflecting on the Spirit's movement throughout the world and our lives. Read the corresponding chapters and come to worship prepared to hear the Spirit's message to you.

10/6: Spirit of Unity and Diversity (Chapter 45)
10/13: Spirit of Service (Chapter 46)
10/20: The Spirit Conspiracy(Chapter 47)
10/27: Spirit of Power (Chapter 48)Guest Preacher is Brett Webb-Mitchell)

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
FFishSTicKs (Sunday school)

Children's Sunday School has started for the school year! All children ages 4-11 are invited to attend Sunday school which takes place during worship (following the children’s sermon). Any interested Sunday school teachers, contact Laurie Metzger 360-666-5525
How We Serve
October 6th to October 13th

Thank you to everyone who signed up to help. We can always use an extra set of hands on set-up after worship on Sunday, October 6th and break-down on Sunday, October 13th at 8:00 (or 7:00)

* Needed - the only spots we need filled are evening hosts for
Wednesday and Thursday.

October 6 th begins another round of hosting homeless guests of Family Promise for our church. We have pledged to provide hospitality for one week every quarter. This is a hands-on opportunity to make a difference in the homeless problem that plagues our community and country. 

We have considerable kinds of volunteer opportunities throughout the week. We need food staples such as peanut butter, cereal, bread, juices, butter, hard-boiled eggs, lunch meats, yogurt and cheese. As we have little to no storage for these items, we ask you to sign up with Sally and Wendell and bring them on the assigned day.

We have opportunities to launder bedding at the end of the week. See Vicki Swalling.
Important to everyone are the Dinner Hosts who will provide an evening meal for up to 15 guests for 7 evenings. At least two of the hosts are expected to be on site between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. This is to insure the safety and comfort of the guests, as well as the hosts. More than one family is welcome to organize a dinner and “hang out” with the guests. Dinner guests and hosts participate in the clean-up.  Dinner Hosts will put out lunch “makings” for the guests to pack their lunches for the next day.

Continuing into the evening, from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am are the Overnight Hosts . As guests are in their rooms by 9:00 pm, their main task is to ensure that the doors are locked and everyone is comfortable for the evening. On occasion, a guest will be working the night shift and thus the door will have to be unlocked. If this is happening you will know well in advance.

From 6 00 am to 7:00 am, Breakfast Hosts will staff the kitchen, making coffee and putting out the breakfast items for the guests. This is often a grab and go kind of meal rather than a sit down experience. These hosts will clean up kitchen, check bathrooms and lock-up as they leave.

At both ends of the week, October 6 and 13 th, we will need various people to move furniture, replace furniture, set-up bed rooms and cover critical equipment. Please see Vicki Swalling or Jill Duncan if you are interested in assisting in this area. Sign up poster for the hosting positions is in the fellowship room. Hopefully you can see yourself in one of these roles!
Just One Thing

The school was very pleased with the five boxes of clothing that was left over from our Rummage Sale and donated to the School Dist. for their homeless students. One thing that is greatly needed is socks for both boys and girls and also tennis shoes that are in good condition. There is a green donation bin in the Church entry where you can put your donations.
I thank you, John Epler

The official announcement has been made by Evergreen Habitat for Humanity that a Habitat neighborhood of 15 - 20 homes will be grown in our backyard. Bravo to this faithful church!
Keep Up the Great Work!

FOR SEPTEMBER - 110 po unds were collected!

(100 pounds a month is our goal, so don't forget to bring in your non-perishables :))
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen's Minister? Find out how by clicking on the information below:

We are starting again as of October 7th and we will meet every Monday at 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Special events coming up for October:

October 7, 5:30 – 7:00 pm - Serve dinner to Family Promise Families (note time change)
October 31 - Halloween Party at the Danvers' house
October 14 and 21 are open for suggestions.

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 

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 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.
How We Pray
Join us for Centering Prayer
every other Sunday from 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Beginning in October, this group will meet at 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, and extend the meeting time to 1:45 p.m.
How We Have Fellowship

Have you noticed all the new faces on Sunday morning? Lots of poeple have found their way through our doors and seem to be sticking around! Please find a new face and say "HELLO!"

You may have the pleasure of meeting Rich and Sara Goss, Donna and David Davis, Cece and Ron Kino, Amy Rose and Cary Adams, Pam Rogerson and Ileana Ruiz, Nancy and Tom Tarr, Matt Segebart, Woody Migliorato, Nancy Montgomery and Deb Durrant.
Events Worthy of Our Support
12:30 to 5:30 pm
2019 FALL Art Sale
Saturday, 10/19 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, 10/20 11:00 - 3:00 pm

Dozens of Artists selling all kinds of art!
Battle Ground Community Center
912 E Main Street

Annual "Eeek at the Creek"
(Trunk or Treat and party)
Friday, October 25th at 6:00 pm
Salmon Creek UMC 12217 NE Hwy 99, Salmon Creek


SATURDAY, 10/26 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm
First UMC 401 E 33rd Street, Vancouver
Administrative Stuff

If you would like to serve on one of our church committees/ teams, please review the committee descriptions and let Pastor Susan know if there is a way you feel called to serve.

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The "All Means All" team has been focused on reaching out to those in our community who identify as LGBTQ+. They have done an outstanding job doing so. Now they feel it is time to cast the net farther. The UMC committee called "Church and Society" is a team of people whose passion is social justice. This church team addresses the ills of society from a systemic perspective asking not only "How can we feed the hungry" but rather "Why are there hungry people in our community?" You are invited to participate in the discussions as "All Means All" morphs into something bigger. Our first meeting is meant to reflect on the structure the United Methodist denomination offers for this committee as well as the define the mission and message as prophets of this particular local church.
Vancouver Co-op
A New Way of Being Church

The faith leaders of 8 other United Methodist communities are gathering together twice a month to shape a new way of being church in Vancouver. The dream is that we become one church with many campuses. We will support one another, offer resources to one another and build ministries together as one church. Come to the Charge Conference at Vancouver Heights UMC on Sunday, November 3 at 4:00 to learn more about how the faith leaders of the Vancouver area are leading our churches together.

Sunday, November 3 from 4:00 - 5:00
business of the church from 5:00 - 5:30
location: Vancouver Heights UMC

This year's charge conference will be special. We are beginning the work of acting as the Vancouver Co-op and we will be sharing the meeting and District Superintendent with 8 other faith communities in the area. Everyone is very welcome as the faith leaders will unveil the work of being one church with many campuses
Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30

The Administrative Council is having their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30. Committee chairs will share how their team is coming along on their goals set at our last meeting. Pastor Susan will share a report that will be included in the Annual Charge Conference report and we will complete the church business necessary before this year's charge Conference. All are invited to learn more about all the different aspects of the life of this vibrant local church.
Put It On Your Calendar
Every Monday - Tinks at 10:00 am;
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

Saturday, 10/5— Mary Marthas, 9:00 am
Sunday, 10/6— Worship Team, 11:20 am; FAMILY PROMISE HOSTING WEEK BEGINS (until 10/13)
Thursday, 10/10— Joyful Generosity, 2:00 pm (maybe, maybe not)
Sunday, 10/13— SPRC, 11:00 am; FAMILY PROMISE HOSTING WEEK ENDS; Centering Prayer, 12:30
Monday, 10/14— Faith in Action, 4:30; Trustees, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, 10/15— Blood Drive, 12:30—5:30 pm; ALL Finance, 5:30 pm; AD Council, 6:30
Saturday, 10/19— Trustees Parsonage Walk-Through, 9:00 am; Trinity, 10:00 am
Sunday, 10/20— Outreach, 11:20 am
Saturday, 10/26— Women’s Spiritual Garden—all day
Sunday, 10/27 - Church and Society, 11:20 am; Centering Prayer, 12:30 pm
Thursday, 10/31— Youth Halloween Party at the Danver's


October 2– Jeff Lyles
October 3—Stacey Ford
October 6—Ken Boegli
October 15—Slim Moon
October 17—Steve Danver
October 27—Sam Leslie
October 27—Sheryl Schulling
October 28—Jean Brown
October 31—Adam Herron

October 1—Doug & Jan Shaul
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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.