February 16,  2020





Annual Men's Retreat

The 2020 Men's Retreat is just around the corner:  April 3-5 at the beautiful Falls Creek Conference Center.  We’ll focus on the theme: Running Free.   

The cost is $160 for the full retreat (Friday evening through Sunday morning; 5 meals), with a $10 discount for early registration (by Mar. 8).  Shorter stays are also available.  Sign-ups begin next Sunday in the lobby! (Questions?  Contact Ralph Eck at 360 888-5447 or Steven Johnson at 360 978-5369.)


Library Notes for Children (of all ages)

This month, sixteen new books have been added to the SVCC “Youth Books” library shelf.  These complete or augment two sets of books acquired earlier.

One set, Christian Heroes Then and Now, will inspire all ages although written in a 6th grade vocabulary.  These are true stories of men and women who “answered God’s call” and include well-known people such as Corrie Ten Boom and David Livingstone and less well-known people such as Betty Greene and Nate Saint. The books are written by George Benge, a historian, and his wife, Janet, a former school teacher.

The second set of books, by Lois Walfrid Johnson, was acquired at the request of SVCC youngsters who were inspired by the few we had.  They are set in the early 1900’s in Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and Michigan.  In them, regional history, positive values, and engaging characters are added to intriguing mysteries.   The young people in the books  (to quote the publisher)  “face danger and mystery while learning to deal with peer pressure, family relationships and the need for unconditional love and forgiveness.”



Organic Outreach for Ordinary People

This class meets in the north (kitchen) side of the Fellowship Hall at 9:35.  See you there! 


Onalaska School District Food Bank

The Onalaska School District has a large number of students and families who qualify for the free/reduced federal breakfast and lunch program.  Currently, 

  • 58% of Pre-K students

  • 62% of middle school students

  • 52% of high school students

qualify for this program.  We estimate that the number who qualify, but did not fill out the request form, is even higher.  Many of these students struggle to have nutritious meals available to them over the weekend.  

The Onalaska School District Food Bank will help to ensure that our students with the greatest need will have an opportunity to take food home with them over the weekend, to help sustain their growth and development. 

Students who participate in this program will benefit greatly from the generous donations we anticipate from our community and stakeholders. The school district is grateful for your assistance in helping our students with their nutritional needs.

Our Goal

To provide non-perishable weekend meals to students in need. We hope to help 100 students in grades K-12 each weekend!

The Need

Cash or food donations in the amount of $1,075 per month.

  • ($2.50/meal x 100 student’s x 4.3 weeks/month)

  • Donations of any size are appreciated; but a commitment to ongoing support will assist us with long-term planning.

Cash donations can be given to the Twin Star Credit Union in Onalaska, WA under the “Onalaska Backpack Program”.

Non-perishable food donations can be brought to the Onalaska High School during business hours.

Sample food items include:  

  • A canned entree with a pull top such as beef macaroni, spaghetti, ravioli, tuna, etc.
  • Capri Sun juice
  • ramen noodles
  • 6 oz fruit cup (apple sauce, diced fruit, etc.)
  • granola bar (we try to use something high in protein)
  • cereal


Onalaska High School





There's a Place for You in BSF

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) will be studying Acts and letters of the Apostles this year.

To register, visit . Verse by verse, we approach the Bible as God’s Truth, to be studied, savored and lived out. Classes are being offered in three locations in Lewis County:

  • Wednesday,   Day Women’s Class

    9:30 to 11am; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chehalis.  Includes FREE preschool program infant to age 14, begins September 11th.

  • Thursday,   Day Women’s Class

    9:30 to 11am; Shoestring Valley Community Church, Onalaska.  No childcare provided. Begins September 12th.

  • Thursday,   Condensed Evening Women’s Class

    6:30 to 7:30pm; Centralia Christian School, Centralia.  No childcare provided. Begins September 12th.

BSF is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible class for people of all ages and backgrounds. Please make plans to join us!  There is no cost to participate.  For more information, please contact Debbie Steele at (360) 978-6068 or Judy Parks at (360) 623-0194.

There is also a men's BSF group that meets Tuesdays from 6:30-8 PM at Mt. View Baptist Church in Centralia starting Sept. 10th


New Email Addresses

Our church email addresses have changed.  The new ones are

Prayer Chain




Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School resumed on September 8th. 

2 -5 Year Olds       Room 5

6 - 8 Year Olds      Room 4

9 - 12 Year Olds    Room 3

High School Girls   Room 1

High School Boys    TBD


Greeters and Ushers

Our greeters and ushers welcome visitors and regular attenders to SVCC each Sunday. 

Would you like to serve in this way?  We have a few openings for ushers and greeters right now. 

Please contact Jim Papineau at:   




To Know Him and to Make Him Known

If we are going to know the Lord and make him known, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). 

Central to that renewing is regular time in God's word.  You’ll find two different Bible reading plans in the wall rack in the lobby.  Pick up one today and enjoy a year of being encouraged, challenged and equipped by God's inspired word.

Also available online at our website. Download from our reference documents page under Resources. Or click here to go to the reference documents page.

Hallmarks of SVCC

Our Church Motto

Teaching and living the truth of God’s grace.


Our Church Purpose Statement

SVCC has a vision to minister three realities near and far.  We aim to be a place:

  • where sin-prone, sin-bound people regularly experience God’s grace, so that they might be saved and eagerly grow in Christ.
  • where grace-loved people are trained to apply relevant biblical truth, so that grace rebuilds lost foundations of spiritual, personal, family, and community life.
  • where grace-loved and truth-trained people gratefully pass along the good things in Christ that they’ve received so that the chain of grace continues unbroken.


Our Church Covenant

  • We commit ourselves, by the grace of God
  • to build up our fellow Christians.
  • to be active participants in congregational life.
  • to guard the unity and purity of the church.
  • to advance the mission of the church.


Our Church Mission Statement

Our mission is Christ’s mission – extending his kingdom by sending out his people to reach the world with his gospel.  This will be done:

  • by equipping our members to become effective disciple-makers in their personal sphere of influence.
  • by planting disciple-making churches in Lewis County, and
  • by adopting an unreached people group and laboring to see them won to Christ.