This Week at Battle Ground UMC
An open and affirming congregation

Open Hearts,

Open Minds,

Open Doors



June 27, 2022 to July 4, 2022

We are people of faith who gather to worship and love God, 
care for one another, and share God’s compassion with the world.
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Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Rebecca Farrester-Milligan as pastor of Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church in Battle Ground, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.


Rev. Farrester-Milligan, an ordained elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, currently serves as pastor of Montavilla UMC in Portland, Oregon. It was previously announced that Battle Ground’s current pastor, Rev. Susan Boegli, will serve Mason UMC beginning in July.


Please note that our weekly newsletter for next week will be going out on Tuesday, July 5th, as the office is closed on Monday, July 4th for the holiday.  If Prayer partners plan to come in and Tinks plan to meet, please be sure that someone in your group has a key to the church building as Nancy will not be here.

CALENDAR...........................................................


  • Monday - Prayer group 9:30 am; Tinks at 10:00 am
  • Tuesday - Brush Offs 10:00 am
  • Thursday - Men's Group, 10:00 am
  • Saturday - Mary Martha, 10:00 am
  • Sunday - Choir Practice, 9:15; Worship, 10:00 am; Worship team, 11:00 am
  • Monday - office closed - 4th of July holiday

WE NEED YOU!!!


We need Sunday morning volunteers!

Coffee Fellowship/Liturgists/Ushers/Acolytes/Altar Flowers


Do you enjoy serving food and beverages to your church family? We need folks to sign up to serve on Sundays after worship. We also need Ushers (for passing the collection plate during worship) and an Acolyte (someone to light the Christ candles during the opening hymn and then taking the light out during the closing hymn). The liturgist usually reads the "Call to Worship" and the scripture message. We love to have beautiful flowers each week on the altar, so if that is something that you would enjoy providing, there is a sign-up sheet for that as well.


The sign-up sheets are all in a notebook on the counter in the church office.

From the Worship team:

We need to increase our roster of ushers and acolytes and offer training. We didn’t take up the collection for two years: one year when the church closed for covid and another year when we didn’t pass the plate. As we return to normal worship, it’s becoming clear that we need to involve more people. We encourage you to sign up on the roster in the church office, but note that you may be approached to become an usher. We’re not opposed to drafting individuals whom we think will be great at it! And again, we will provide you with the proper training so that you will feel comfortable participating. 

HOW WE WORSHIP............................................................
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FROM OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR:

During this interim period between pastors, I would like to thank the worship committee for coming together to exchange ideas, share thoughts and brainstorm ways in which we can constantly improve our Sunday services. I would also like to welcome our newest committee member Michael Dzwonkowski who has begun running the sound booth on Sundays. He has great ideas, and I love that he isn’t shy! 

Reminder: Please wear your church nametags beginning July 3rd so that Pastor Becca can get to know us and learn our names.  She is supposed to be here in person by July 10th.

ZOOM WORSHIP


Sunday Zoom worship will be unavailable until Pastor Becca gets here and is established.

Pastors each have their own Zoom account through the conference.

HOW WE LEARN..................................................

Bible Study is on summer hiatus; will resume in the Fall.

HOW WE PRAY .................................................................

PRAYER CHAIN


Would you like to be part of the Prayer Chain? Contact Nancy in the church office if you want to be added to the e-mail group of those who regularly pray for those in the congregation and beyond.


Prayer Time: Mondays 9:30 am

JOYS 

  • The sunshine.
  • Dianne—she and John are great aunt and uncle to little niece Alia.
  • Lori—Pastor Becca who is coming.


CONCERNS

  • Hectic week for Pastor Becca.
HOW WE SERVE.....................................................

WEEDING AT THE CHURCH

WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!

Do you enjoy working in the yard/garden?  We are looking for volunteers to come to the church, at your convenience, to do some weeding.  This has been a very rainy spring, and as a result, the weeds are everywhere!  If you are able to come, even for an hour or so, and just pull a few weeks at any time that is convenient to you, we would greatly appreciate it!  Let's keep our beautiful church grounds looking their best.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE A RIDE TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS?


Lynette Sargent is looking for someone to help get her to church on Sundays.  She is not able to drive any longer.  Perhaps we could get a rotation started if enough of you are able to help.  If you are able to pick her up for church and then take her home, can you please contact Lynette:


17811 NE 259th Street

Battle Ground, WA

360-687-3026


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Refugee Restart Kits


A huge thank you to those individuals and groups who contributed 7 full bins for the Lutheran Refugee Project. Three individuals gave 4 newborn kits, Tinks/Trinity gave a welcome kit, men’s group gave a personal kit, Mary Martha gave a cleaning kit. We do have another bin which we can decide how to fill. Watch for further information! You are an amazingly giving congregation!

Jan Shaul


We are partnering with Lutheran Services Refugee Program to provide Refugee Restart Kits to new families. Please see the list below and either provide one or more items on the list, or an entire "kit". We will be collecting items at the church; please make sure to mark them as to what kit they go in, or if you are doing an entire kit, mark the type of kit.


If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jan Shaul.

REFUGEE RESTART KITS


If you would like your name and e-mail to be included on the mailing list for the Lutheran Refugee Restart Program, please let Nancy know (in the office) and she will compile a list to give to them.

Lutheran Services Refugee Restart Program NEWSLETTER


Parsonage Plumbing Project Funding Request


Although the parsonage plumbing project has been completed, we could still use monetary help to replenish our finances after funding this very expensive project.


When making your gift, please designate "Parsonage Plumbing Project".

BAGS TO KEEP IN YOUR CAR

FOR THE HOUSELESS

Summer is almost here, so particular needs are:

small bottles of water, pop-top canned goods (meats, fruits)


QUESTIONS: Contact Doug Shaul (Call church office for contact information)

'JUST ONE THING'

Bring in clothing, socks, underwear, shoes and place in the bin marked "Just One Thing".
It is cold outside and especially needed are winter items.
Also always needed are feminine hygiene products.

QUESTIONS: Contact John Epler (Call church office for contact information)
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FOOD BANK NEEDS

Food bank shelves are really empty lately! There is a great need for eggs, and rice. Please help out!

Our monthly goal is 125#


QUESTIONS: Contact Delbert Perkins (Call church office for contact information)

HOW WE FELLOWSHIP ....................................................
BRUSH-OFFS Painting Group is meeting again on Tuesdays

Brush Offs is still available for those who like sharing and working together as artists. We are again meeting on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30.
All interested are welcome.
More questions email dianneearnest@yahoo.com. Or call the church at (360)687-2542.

NEW BOOK GROUP!


June's book is "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Meeting at 5:30 pm on June 21st, at Lori Rodriguez' house.

WORSHIP LAST WEEK.......................................................

Service from Sunday, 6/26/22


ATTENDANCE: 45


SERMON:  "The Sign of Jonah"

by Rich Goss


ADMINISTRATION.......................................................

ABOUT US ...................................................................

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Tuesdays - 8:00 to noon

Thursdays - 8:00 to noon

Fridays - 8:00 to noon


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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.