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

The time has almost come.  After a year and a half of hard work, the day is upon us.  On Sunday, September 8, immediately following the benediction, we intend to sign a contract with Habitat for Humanity in Clark county, selling our back 5 acres for $100,000 so a Habitat neighborhood can be built in our back yard (literally).

For many years, long before I came on the scene, BGCUMC has been grappling with what to do with the “back 5.”  Lots and lots of ideas were considered, but nothing came to fruition.  The property was becoming an albatross and a new urgency to "do something” stressed the Trustees as they sought a solution.  So, after lots and lots and lots of work, Trustees brought the plan to sell the back 5 to Habitat for a vote at a special charge conference.  The result would have been unanimous except for one vote.

From my perspective, I cannot think of a better way to do ministry.  We will close the deal with Habitat and a plethora of ministry opportunities will be calling for us to respond.  Partnering with the faith-based organization with a 5-star record of providing solutions for low income families, is a dream.  

Over and over again, this church continues to do the next right thing.  Over and over again, this faith community is able to see the bigger picture, is able to see beyond its own walls, and is able to respond to the needs of our neighbors with grace and courage.  I know I say this over and over again, but I can’t help it.  I’m just so gosh-darn proud to be a part of this community!  My heart sings as I absolutely know without a doubt that God is at work, and that you’re letting God do the work through you.  And for that, I humbly say, thank you.

Peace and Grace, 
How We Worship

From September 1 through to Thanksgiving, we will be exploring how the Holy Spirit brings life into us as individuals and as a community. Using Part 3 of "We Make the Road by Walking," Pastor Susan's sermons will be a reflection of the chapter, the scripture, and the conversations we have in our Bible Study classes.

Our music and liturgy will also celebrate the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
Come Holy Spirit come!

September 1: "The Spirit is Moving"
September 8: "Moving with the Spirit"
September 15: "Spirit of Love: Loving God"
September 22: "Spirit of Love: Loving Neighbor"
September 29: "Spirit of Love: Loving Self"

A Call to Double Down!

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 on September 8 or 15. All of this amount will be applied directly to the principal on our loan for the Church mortgage. 

If you can make an extra payment to the Church in September, 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 paying off the mortgage sooner than expected. If you have any questions, please ask me. John Epler

We have had more than a few musicians who are new and worshipping with us. The Worship Team is looking for ways for all folks with musical talent to share their gift with the congregation. If you are interested in offering special music some Sunday, or if you're interested in forming some kind of eclectic band, then we urge you to contact Pastor Susan so she can schedule a time for you to orchestrate a new kind of band (using brass, wind, string, vocal, etc.)

Beginning Sunday, September 1, we are reviving the practice of teaching children to share with others. And so, the children of the church will decide what animal they want to buy from the Heifer Project. Throughout the year, they will share their earnings and fund raise to reach their set goal of helping other children across the globe. If you're a parent or grandparent, help your child remember to bring in part of their weekly earnings if they receive such a thing.
How We Learn

Join us for our weekly Bible/book study beginning Wednesday September 4 and 5. 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

We will begin with Part 3, and for just this week, we will be discussing two chapters (Chapter 40 and 41).

This month, I'd like to share with you a new collection of books donated by John Schulling. You'll find books on yoga and Buddhism, and meditation and mindfulness. The library crates are in the Narthex under the bulletin board. Please help yourself and then return for another to enjoy.
How We Serve
Left to right are Liz Cerveny, Del Perkins, Sue Sutton,
Jake Smith and Susan Boegli

On Thursday, August 15 th Liz Cerveny, Executive Director and Jake Smith, Program Coordinator of the North Clark County Food Bank received a check from the Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church. Del Perkins, Pastor Susan Boegli and Sue Sutton presented the check for $3500.00. Liz said that her most critical need is funding and that is why the check is so important. With it, they are able to purchase food items that are the most needed and they can purchase more with money than most of us because of discounts from local markets.

Everyone can help; whether you donate food items, provide monetary donations, become a volunteer, or perhaps by being one of those remarkable individuals who does it all.

Liz said that their biggest need is more space. She shared a drawing of her dream for a new building for the future that could better serve the hungry. They would need about 7 acres somewhere on the bus line.

Keep Up the Great Work!

FOR AUGUST - 143 po unds were collected!

(100 pounds a month is our goal, so don't forget to bring in your non-perishables :))
From: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

PLEASE BRING IN: Household items, plants, toys, books, homemade jams, jellies, baked goods

The rummage team decided to keep the cones closed by not locked
for you to drop off your treasures at your convenience.
Please load your goods as far back into the conex as possible to make room for others.
  • Help set up the sale: we will be working on setting up and preparing Wednesday and Thursday, September 18 and 19.
  • To WORK THE SALE on Friday and Saturday. Your choice in hours ranging from 6:30 am to 2:30
  • To take down the sale and put things back in order …

Contact Margaret Bloomquist 360-263-3505 if you want to help out.
For information on:
Plant sale—contact Leah Lane 360-687-0204
Help with picking up items at your home—Contact Pat Wood 360-600-7497
or Ken Boegli 541-968-0566
Are you interested in becoming a Stephen's Minister? Find out how by clicking on the information below:


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.
Red Cross had put out a plea for blood donation . The donors are not keeping up with the demand.  Surgeries are starting to be postponed because of shortages. Anyone who is able to give, please contact them and make an appointment. For the drive at Battle Ground United Methodist Church, you can contact Rose Anderson - 360-263-5973.     
How We Pray
Join us for Centering Prayer
Sundays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Beginning in October, this group will meet 2 Sundays a month; not every Sunday. The week of September 23, we will be letting folks know which Sundays.
How We Have Fellowship

It's time again to schedule our seasonal dinners. Pastor Susan matches up "old church members" with new folks and we have lots of new(ish) folks who can be plugged into our faith community. Pastor Susan orchestrates these opportunities for connections and new friendships. If you are interested in hosting a dinner, please let Pastor Susan know, or the church office know, or sign up on the signup sheet on the round table in the Narthex. The host will invite their assigned guests to find the best date for all.
Women’s Retreat 2019 CANCELLED
The planned Women's Retreat at Ocean Park has been cancelled due to low enrollment numbers. Hopefully this respite will get us even more interested in a great event next year. Mark the dates on your calendar now. The BGCUMC's Women's Retreat is scheduled for September 18-20, 2020 , at the Ocean Park Retreat Center in Ocean Park, WA.  
Events Worthy of Our Support
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Why Give During Give More 24?
Because it's one day when your giving means more. Give More 24! brings together our entire region for 24 hours of giving. By giving together, and cashing in on more than $500,000 in match dollars and nonprofit prizes, we will make one incredible impact. Because we believe our community can raise $1.6 million in 24 hours.

We all have a reason to give, and you're sure to find at least one in our list of 170 participating nonprofits. So, find your cause today, and use social media to tell your friends why you're showing your support during Give More 24! Then, we'll all come together on Thursday, September 19 to give something more for local causes.


September 7, 2019 FROM 4:00 - 10:00PM

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Administrative Stuff
From Your Lay Leader

Hi all! You know, I grew up in and worked for the Methodist Church my whole life. I knew of Lay Leaders in my home church who seemed to be very grown up, well informed ....adults! But, I really did not know exactly what a Lay Leader was. So, when Susan asked me to serve as your Lay Leader, I just said yes......Pastor Susan has a way of getting one to do that! As I got into the job, I realized I really wasn't quite sure what I was doing as Lay Leader! So, after a little study and a lot of questions... is my idea of my "job" as your Lay Leader. 

A Lay Leader is an unordained member of the church who serves as the liaison or connection between the church members and the pastor. I also have your (the church's) vote at Annual Conference and the job of reporting back to you regarding the decisions made at that conference. This is especially important as we move into the future of our global church.

That being said, I am here to serve you. Please feel free to call me or email me with questions, concerns or ideas you may have concerning our church and I will do my best to find the answers or share the ideas with the proper people. 

I would request that you share with me via phone or email rather than at church during worship. I tend to forget what was asked by whom, and I do want to serve you to my best ability, so let me have the chance to write down names and content so that I can follow through. You can reach me at 360-606-3710 or

See you at church!!! 
Sally May

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.
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

Sunday, 9/1 - KICK OFF Sunday, Worship Team meeting, 11:20 am
Friday, 9/6 - AA Workshop - Step into Action, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, 9/7 - Mary Marthas, 9:00 am; AA Workshop - Step Into Action, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Campfires & Candlelight, 4 - 10 pm (Ft. Vancouver site)
Sunday, 9/8 - FIA parents & youth meeting, 11:20 am; CORE Finance meeting, 11:20 am
Monday, 9/9 - Trustees, 5:30 pm
Tuesday, 9/10 - Salmagundi, 12:00 pm
Wednesday, 9/11 - Patriot Day; All Means All, 4:30 pm
Saturday, 9/14 - Vancouver Peace & Justice Fair
Tuesday, 9/17 - Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser, 7:00 pm
Thursday, 9/19 - GIVE MORE 24 - Family Promise Fundraiser
Friday, 9/20 - Rummage Sale, 7 - 2pm
Saturday, 9/21 - Rummage Sale, 7 - 2pm ; Trinity, 10:00 am
Sunday, 9/22 - Outreach, 11:20 am (NOTE meeting moved from 9/15)
Sunday, 9/29 - Quarterly ALL Finance Team meeting, 11:20 am
9/9 - Scott & Nancy Wistrand
9/10 - John & Joyce Epler
9/19 - Dave & Bonnie Seesholtz 
9/1 - Betty Power
9/7 - Dave Law
9/8 - Bonnie Seesholtz
9/8 - Patricia Wood
9/10 - AnnaLee Aaseth
9/12 - Margaret Bloomquist
9/12 - Nickie White
9/15 - Zeek Hopkins
9/16 - Phillip Andrews
9/16 - Bob Wilson
9/25 - Finn Moon
9/28 - Kyle Wilson
9/29 - Carolyn Ordway
9/30 - Maili Morrison
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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.