Elder Board Notices

10 September 2021

Good Friday Brothers & Sisters,
 
As Pastor Dean often says, "I can't help but smile when I think about the people we are blessed to serve at SVCC."  This couldn't be more true even in these unusual times.  And I couldn't help but smile as I read through many of the responses you all sent to our recent inquiry.
 
A sincere "Thank-you" to the 45 respondents who took the time to answer the recent inquiry about preferred worship service options.  As has been the case since last fall, most still prefer our current approach of leaving decisions about masking, distancing (and vaccination) to individuals and family leaders.  Also, there was very little enthusiasm for outside services especially as our thermometers begin to drop.  
 
We will resume in-person worship services this Sunday at the normal times (8:15am, 10:45am).  Children's Sunday School will also begin meeting this Sunday (9:35am).  However, the adult class will be postponed with an expected start date of October 3rd.
 
We will continue to provide the north side of the Fellowship Hall as an overflow area for anyone who wishes to attend in-person, but wants more social distance than is available in the main sanctuary.  Thanks to Duane and Brian, we'll continue to record and post the services on our web-site as well.
 
As I listened to the new vaccination requirements announced yesterday by President Biden, as well as the variety of responses to them, I was reminded of the need for us as believers to resist attempts to polarize & divide us over what Romans 14 calls "disputable matters".  I suspect we all know solid followers of Jesus who believe that getting vaccinated is wrong; and solid followers of Jesus who believe not getting vaccinated is wrong ... and the same for masking, etc.  In my lifetime, I've seen nothing as polarizing within communities, churches and families as have been the decisions on how to properly respond to COVID.  If you've not read through Romans chapter 14 for a while, I encourage you to do so.  We should have strong convictions on important issues ... but also humbly make room for the equally strong convictions of others.  It is our sincere hope & prayer that no-one will ever feel stigmatized by the personal health choices they make while attending (or choosing not to attend!) any SVCC function.  Based on many of the comments sent back with the surveys, you all feel the same ... and that makes me smile.
 
To the Praise of the Glory of His Grace!
Ted for the SVCC Elders

08 September 2021

Good Wednesday Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
 
Over the past 18 months it has been our ambition to serve as many as possible as safely as possible while respecting individual & family decisions on what health risks they are willing to accept.  We're at another crossroads where we want to hear from as many as possible to help us decide how to proceed.  Please answer the following questions via a "Reply" (  ) to this email (for 2-5, indicate all options you might attend):
 
  1. Are you planning to attend Sunday School (adult and/or childrens)?
  2. What is your preferred service?  1st, 2nd, or either one.
  3. Would you attend a mask-optional, indoor service?
  4. Would you attend a mask-optional, outdoor (Tent) service?
  5. Would you attend a mask-required, indoor service?
  6. Would you attend a mask-required, outdoor (Tent) service?
  7. I'm not comfortable attending in-person services at this time.
Thank-you for helping us navigate this challenging time together.
 
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02 September 2021

 

Good Thursday Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
 
Here is the update for this week!
 
Jonah Lanclos is the new "Teaching Elder" of SVCC!  At our Zoom meeting with him last night, Jonah enthusiastically accepted our call to serve the Lord as the lead pastor of SVCC.  He asked us to share this with you all:

Carly and I are very excited to join you all in service to our God and King, Jesus. I am honored to accept the call from the elders and the congregation as the next teaching elder of SVCC. I am deeply humbled to accept this role and to begin our new journey of continuing the mission of SVCC in reaching Onalaska, Washington State, the USA and the world with the Good News of Jesus.
 
Through our personal interactions with him over the past weeks; your feedback & input; and no small amount of seeking the Lord in prayer, we were convinced He was leading us to invite Jonah into this role.  We are thrilled to see what the Lord has ahead as we continue to work together in building His Church for His Glory!
 
We are so thankful for your patience and perseverance in prayer during the past year, and for your devotion to unity during a time when our enemy would have loved to sow discord.  We are truly blessed to serve among such a caring family of believers who give of their time & treasures generously, love fervently from the heart, and consider others more important than themselves.  As we move forward with a new pastor, today's reading from a devotional by Joel Beeke provides timely encouragement for all of us to "excel still more" in kindness and humility during this upcoming season for the Body of Christ here at SVCC:
 
Let us remember, therefore, that in cultivating kindness toward others, we must begin with humility.  Where do rudeness, pride, and disdainful language toward others arise?  Where do quarrels, insults, and reproches originate? Are they not what results when people carry love of self and their own interests to excess?
 
We know it is the heart and spirit of each of us to see Christ exalted as we enter this next chapter in the life of SVCC, let's keep each other accountable to resist any attempts by His enemy to disrupt the unity we have all worked together to build.
 
The tentative start date for Jonah in this role is November 1st, but it could be before or after that date.  We'll keep you all posted.  Jonah and Carly have a lot of logistics to work through for their relocation from Louisiana to Onalaska, and we're doing all we can to help.  They will be living in the parsonage, most likely for a year or so, to help smooth the transition.  
 
Online Worship - September 5th  With many of our leaders either still recovering from COVID or wanting to keep vulnerable family members extra safe ... and since it is a holiday weekend where attendance is normally reduced ... we have decided to forego in-person worship another week.  We are expecting to be able to resume in-person services the following Sunday, September 12th and will keep you all posted.  The Bowes' worship team and Pastor Mark have recorded an online service that Duane Davenport is editing and will post on the SVCC website.  He is also attempting to post it on YouTube in case that is easier to access for some.  He will send an email with links before Sunday.  
 
Please help get the word out by sharing this information with anyone you know who may not be receiving our email communications! 
 
In His Service with you!
 
SVCC Elders
 

31 August 2021

Good Tuesday Afternoon SVCC,

 
With many of our leaders either still recovering from COVID or wanting to keep vulnerable family members extra safe ... and since it is a holiday weekend where attendance is normally reduced ... we have decided to forego in-person worship another week.  We are expecting and praying to be able to resume in-person services the following Sunday, September 12th and will keep you all posted.
 
Please help get the word out by sharing this information with anyone you know who may not be receiving our email communications!
 
Pastor Mark will be recording a message to share online and our worship team will endeavor to do so as well.  A link will be distributed once these are available.  If you experienced delays or technical difficulties accessing the video service last week, you may want to either listen to or download the audio-only version -or- view the video either before or after normal service times when the server should have more bandwidth.
 
As we continue to navigate these extraordinary times as individual believers and as a local church, we encourage you to meditate on passages like Psalm 37 that remind us that no matter what is going on around us, our simple duty is to, "Trust in the Lord, and do good"!
 
Elder Board

29 August 2021

Good Lord's Day Morning SVCC!
 
Just a couple of quick updates.  Hopefully you have seen the Prayer Chain email from early this morning that an online worship service is available on the SVCC website at this link.  A great deal of effort went into recording the message (Jonah), recording the worship music (Justin), and putting it all together (Duane).  Please join us in thanking them for making this happen; in Jonah's case, even with a hurricane bearing down on him!  Let's all take advantage of this opportunity to worship together even when we're apart!  (Please also remember to pray for Jonah, Carly and all of the people in the path of this very dangerous hurricane Ida.)
 
The end of the congregational input period in regards to Jonah's Teaching Elder candidacy concluded on Thursday.  We are in the process of preparing an offer to him so please continue to pray with us that the Lord would provide continued confirmation and clarity to both Jonah and us as we proceed!
 
Gratefully serving Him with you all!
 
SVCC Elders
 
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23 August 2021

Good Monday Shoestring Family,
 
Thank-you for continuing to pray for the several SVCC individuals and families who are currently fighting COVID infections and other illnesses.  The Larson family is now experiencing symptoms.  Since the picnic was to be at their property, and with the current rate of spread, the elders have decided it is prudent to forego in-person meetings this week.  It will be up to the discretion of small group and Bible study leaders to decide whether and how to continue to meet this week, but there will be no all-church, on-site activities this Sunday.
 
Teaching Elder candidate, Jonah Lanclos, has agreed to prepare a recorded message and we're also attempting to record some worship music to share for in-home worship.  We are planning to post both to the SVCC FaceBook page as well as to our website.
 
I was reminded of one of the things Steve MacLurg shared in his message yesterday, "We (Christians) live by promises, not by explanations".  Here is a promise to live by from He who numbers the days of his beloved Sons and Daughters:
 
Psalm 91:1-3  He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"  For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.
 
Whether His deliverance is in life or ultimately through death, we will fix our hope in His goodness, mercy and loving plan for His people!
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21 August 2021

Good Saturday Afternoon Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

I know many of you have seen the prayer requests and have been praying for those in our congregation who have recently been affected by COVID.  Please continue to do so and to take whatever precautions you believe are necessary to keep yourselves and your loved ones as safe as possible.

For now, we anticipate no changes to our services, and will continue to support the personal health decisions you all believe are best for yourselves and your families.

 

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19 August 2021

 Good Thursday Brothers & Sisters in Christ!

 

Please share this communication with any member or regular attender of SVCC who may not be receiving our e-mails.

 

Teaching Elder Candidate Jonah Lanclos  We are continuing to seek the Lord in regards to the candidacy of Jonah Lanclos for our next Teaching Elder.  In addition to regular prayer for wisdom, discernment, and unity; we are corresponding by email and meeting by Zoom over the next week+ through August 26th.  We hope to be able to make and announce a decision by the end of this month.  Please send any questions or feedback you have via reply to this email.  We welcome your input and appreciate your prayers! 

 

Annual Picnic - August 29th - 12:45pm  We have decided to change the format of our picnic this year to reduce the logistical work.  We will conduct both Sunday worship services at the church building at the normal times of 8:15am and 10:00am.  The potluck picnic will be held at the Larson property on the southeast corner of Hwy 508 and Coughlin Road.  The only formal service will be a baptism service for anyone who successfully completes the Baptism Class this Sunday (see below).  There will be no grilled food, just a good old fashioned, bring-what-you-wish potluck ... along with warm fellowship, a cool river to swim in, and some hot volleyball action!  There are some picnic tables, but you're encouraged to bring camp chairs, folding chairs, and/or a blanket to sit on ... in case the tables fill up.  If you want to bring and set up a pop-up canopy, you're welcome to do that, too.  We'll be praying and start eating at 1:00pm sharp ... so you're encouraged to arrive a bit early to add your dish(es) to the assortment so we'll be ready to eat.  As always, desserts with blueberries are strongly encouraged!  Plates, cups, napkins, and plasticware will be provided.

 

Want to help?  We'll need people for the following tasks:  

  • Pick-up ice
  • Bring paper goods from the church 
  • Set-up potluck tables 
  • Parking attendants
  • Greeters 

If you want to volunteer, please send an e-mail to Roy and Amy Larson at   

 

Baptism Class  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, August 22nd, in the Fellowship Hall, from 9:45-10:30 am.  We have attached a copy of The Basics of Baptism which briefly describes the Biblical teaching on baptism that we follow at SVCC and will discuss in more detail during the class.

 

Sunday School Resumes September 12th  Mark your calendars!  We are planning to resume Adult and Children's classes beginning September 12th.  Children's classes will be organized by age as has been the case in the past.  There will be one adult class offered in the Fall; a "restart" of the Organic Outreach class that was very well attended before adult classes were paused in 2020.  More to come!


Free Stuff! 
The following items are sitting next to the church garage, on the south (creek) side and are no longer needed by the church.  If you can use them, they are free to whoever can pick them up ... first come, first served! 

  • 4" drain pipe - about 8 pieces
  • Chain link fencing - about 75' plus posts and top rail
  • Railroad ties - 3 not in great shape
  • Pallets 2
  • Portable basketball goal

 

Grace and Peace to you and we'll look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

The SVCC Elders --

Elder Board

Shoestring Valley Community Church
104 Frase Rd., Onalaska, WA 98570
(360) 978-6184

svcchurch.com

06 August 2021

Good Friday SVCC Church Family!

 

Just a quick reminder about the visit this week by our teaching elder candidate.  Please share this communication with any member or regular attender of SVCC who you believe may not be receiving our e-mails.  Please pray with us for mutual clarity and wisdom from our Lord as we and Jonah seek His will in this matter.  We not only welcome, but encourage any feedback you would like to share with us from either the materials below or your observations from Jonah's visit with us  this week.

 

Teaching Elder Candidate Jonah Lanclos  Johan and Carly Lanclos have graciously offered to spend their planned vacation visiting with and getting to know SVCC better on August 4th - 10th.  Jonah will be preaching on August 8th.  

 

Becky Jacobson and Laura Oien are coordinating the potluck Welcome Luncheon after 2nd service on Sunday, August 8th.  Here are the details from the bulletin board announcement Becky sent out earlier this week:

 

We are happy to announce that there will be a potluck "Welcome Luncheon" for pastoral candidate Jonah Lanclos and his wife Carly this upcoming Sunday, August 8th,  immediately following second service. (Approximately 11:30 am.) This will give us opportunity to get to know them a bit better while enjoying a light lunch and fellowship together.  We hope to have sandwiches, veggie trays, fruit trays, chips and desserts. 

 

Could you please RSVP that you plan to attend and also share what food item you could bring along to share, this way we can better plan and have enough.  Just a quick "I'm coming and will bring _____" to  , or 360-880-2726.

 

Thanks! It's exciting that we'll soon get to meet Jonah and Carly.  -Becky

 

For those who would like to find out a bit more about Jonah, we have attached his resume to this email; and below are links to a variety of sermons he has delivered at different times and in different venues:

 

https://fourthmem.sermon.net/fourth_memorial/EzraRe-establishingWorship/21319946

Take Hope in God's Providence

Jonah is the 10th sermon down: That Alien Life (ourparishchurch.com)

Jonah is sermons #2, #4, #5, #8, and #10:  Stand Alone (ourparishchurch.com)

 

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Elder Board

Shoestring Valley Community Church
104 Frase Rd., Onalaska, WA 98570
(360) 978-6184

svcchurch.com

29 July 2021

 

Good Thursday Brothers & Sisters in Christ!

Please share this communication with any member or regular attender of SVCC who you believe may not be receiving our e-mails.

Teaching Elder Candidate Jonah Lanclos  As mentioned last Sunday, we are excited to continue seeking the Lord for our next Teaching Elder by hosting Johan and Carly Lanclos August 4th - 10th.  They have graciously offered to spend their planned vacation visiting with and getting to know SVCC better, and Jonah will be preaching on August 8th.  We are thankful for the work of the Pastor Search Team which has recommended three very good candidates to the elders to this point, and we are currently focussing our attention on Jonah.  Jeff and Laura Oien will serve as "tour guides" for the Lanclos' while they're here and will be working with small groups to schedule their time.

We are planning a reception, which may turn into a potluck luncheon after 2nd service on Sunday the 8th ... more info to come!


It is impossible to overstate the value and importance of the work the Search Team has done over the past year to locate, evaluate and recommend qualified candidates.  Please join us in personally thanking Steven & Sarah Johnson (leaders), Caroline Bowes, Bob Jerke, Jeff & Laura Oien, Ben & Lacey Simons, and Brian and Amie Smith for all they have done to get us to this point.  We are not yet certain the work of the team is finished, but want to recognize the sacrifices and investments they have made for the Lord on behalf of SVCC and our community!

For those who would like to find out a bit more about Jonah prior to their visit, we have attached his resume to this email; and below are links to a variety of sermons he has delivered at different times and in different venues:

https://fourthmem.sermon.net/fourth_memorial/EzraRe-establishingWorship/21319946

Take Hope in God's Providence

Jonah is the 10th sermon down: That Alien Life (ourparishchurch.com)

Jonah is sermons #2, #4, #5, #8, and #10:  Stand Alone (ourparishchurch.com)

Annual Picnic  We have identified Sunday, August 29th as the date for our 2021 picnic.  The Larsen family has graciously offered to host it on their property this year and we're looking to identify a leader to coordinate the logistics of this great event.  Please save the date!  Also, if you or someone in your family has recently (or even not-so-recently!) committed their life to Jesus and is wanting to follow Him in believer's baptism, please reply to this message with name(s) and ages(s).  We will plan a Baptism class and interviews with all candidates prior to August 29th.

ABC Memory Verses  It's not too late to join with other adults and young people in the enriching and essential practice of scripture memory this summer!  The first of the 26 alphabetized verses reminds us, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" ... and there is no better guard to post at your heart than God's powerful, encouraging, unchanging, infallible Word!  A copy of the list of verses is attached, or you can pick one up in the foyer next Sunday.

Grace and Peace to you and we'll look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

The SVCC Elders

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Elder Board

Shoestring Valley Community Church
104 Frase Rd., Onalaska, WA 98570
(360) 978-6184

svcchurch.com

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25 June 2021

Good Friday All,

Due to the extremely high temperatures, we have decided to cancel the work party originally scheduled for this weekend.  We're working on a new date and will get back to you all when it has been planned.

See you all Sunday!

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17 June 2021

Good Thursday Brothers & Sisters in Christ! 

We pray you all are doing well as we enjoy the blessings of rain, sun and all of the beauty that comes from both!  His works, as well as His Word, are good medicine for our souls (Psalm 19)!  Please share this communication with anyone you know who may not be receiving our e-mails.

10:00am Start to 2nd Service - Beginning June 27th  With Sunday School on break and the new members' class wrapping up this Sunday, we will return to an abbreviated time between services the following Sunday, June 27th.   Starting on the 27th, second service will begin at 10am until Sunday School resumes in the Fall.

Pastor Search Update  The search team is excited about several new candidates the Lord has brought to them over the past weeks.  They are continuing to prayerfully and carefully evaluate each before deciding which, if any, to recommend to the Elders for consideration.  We are grateful to Steven and Sarah Johnson, Caroline Bowes, Bob Jerke, Jeff & Laura Oien, Ben & Lacee Simons, and Brian & Amie Smith for the time and sacrifices they have made to identify the next full-team Teaching Elder for SVCC.  Please take time to thank them for their efforts on behalf of the Lord and His people ... and continue to pray with and for them in this process!

Pulpit Supply  We have been blessed by the teaching ministries of Pastor Chuck, Gale Van Diest, Jamie Mead, and Mark Elefritz since Pastor Dean retired last fall.  As he has shared, Pastor Mark and his wife are in Lewis County primarily to care for his aged parents, so he is not able to teach every Sunday this summer, nor is Jamie Mead.  So this coming Sunday and periodically over the rest of the summer, we will be blessed by the teaching of another pastor, Mike Sandberg.  Mike is a semi-retired pastor from Summit Church in the Puyallup area who is still ministering through training pastors in Africa.  We are grateful and excited to have him share with us this Sunday!

Father's Day  This Sunday is a special day to thank the Lord for the faithful fathers He has given us!  Since none of us are, nor have had, a perfect father it is also an opportunity to thank God for His perfect faithfulness in our lives.  

Please return your filled baby bottles from the "Baby Bottle Boomerang" in support of Possibilities Women's Center.  

Justin Watilo will be leading worship and has provided this link to a new song he will be leading so that we can become familiar with it before Sunday morning:  "I Have a Hope" by Tommy Walker (based on Psalm 42).  We'll also be blessed by a special worship song Justin will sing/lead with his son, Leif, in honor of Father's Day.

Grace and Peace to you and we'll look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

The SVCC Elders

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Elder Board

Shoestring Valley Community Church
104 Frase Rd., Onalaska, WA 98570
(360) 978-6184

svcchurch.com