July 14, 2019



Baptism Class Today

One of the things that makes our Annual Church Picnic particularly special is that we often have baptisms. 

Baptism doesn't make a person a Christian.  Rather it is an outward sign of an inward change, and a first step of obedience for followers of Christ.  If you would like to know more, plan to attend the Baptism Class led by Pastor Dean on Sunday, July 14, in the Fellowship Hall, from 9:45-10:30 am. 


Annual Church Picnic

This year's annual church picnic will be on Sunday, July 28 at the Larson family property. (117 Coughlin Road, Onalaska.

Starting at 10 AM we will enjoy a time of worship, celebration, baptisms and a fellowship meal.

Come join us in celebrating what our gracious God has done among us this past year.

For directions to the picnic and what food to bring click here.


New Members Class

Would you like to put down roots at Shoestring?

The first step is to join Steven Johnson, Jeff Oien and Pastor Dean for our New Members Class.

 Beginning Aug. 4, this 6-week class will explore our core beliefs, values and commitments at Shoestring.  You’ll also have an opportunity to meet some of our key ministry leaders.

The class will meet in the Parsonage living room during the Sunday School hour, from 9:35-10:35 am. 

If you’re interested, sign up one on of the clipboards or at the Service Station.

Questions?  Contact P. Dean


Onalaska School District Food Bank

Nearly 90 students are served every Friday by providing weekend snacks for them to take home. These students greatly appreciate the nutritional support we give them.

We are running short on funds and non-perishable food. We need your help! Contact Kevin Hoffman for more details. 208-610-5531 


New Email Addresses

Our church email addresses have changed.  The new ones are

Prayer Chain




Church Directories

Our new church directories have arrived!  They are in a box in the lobby.  Please take one per family to be sure we have enough for everyone. 


Oiens' Home Group Summer Schedule

The Oiens’ home group will be meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at various homes until September. 

Please contact Jeff or Laura Oien for more information on time and location. 


Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School will resume in September. 


Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) will be teaching Acts of the Apostles this fall 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 6, and a new program for school-aged children, as well!

  • Thursday,   Day Women’s Class

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

  • Thursday,   Condensed Evening Women’s Class

    6:30 to 7:30pm; Centralia Christian School, Centralia.  No childcare provided.

BSF is an in-depth, interdenominational Bible study that offers classes around the world to people of all ages and backgrounds.  There is no cost to participate.  Make plans TODAY to join us this September!  You can register by visiting .

Click on Find a Group; Chehalis, WA; and Join!  If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Schwarz at (360) 789-1962 or Judy Parks at (360) 623-0194.


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 Leon Gattis, (360) 978-4745.




Teaching English in Morocco

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”       Acts 1:8

The GO Team is pleased to announce the support of Shoestring Valley Community Church for the pioneering ministry of the Scott Family with the unreached Berber people of Morocco. This is an amazing opportunity for Shoestring to directly support the Gospel of Jesus Christ going to an unreached people group. Please join GO in praying for the Scotts, for the English School and for the Berber people and praise God for this opportunity to be a part of His kingdom work!

If you would like to support the school, you can do so by:

  • praying (check out the prayer guides in the lobby)
  • Making a financial contribution
  • Or even serving alongside the Scotts in Morocco!

Want to learn more? Contact Summer Phillips at 360-978-4866. Thanks for your prayers!  


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.