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                           The Circuit Rider
  Volume 2010
  Issue #0001

  January 12, 2010

Join Salmon Creek Men for Breakfast
Saturday, January 16th at 8:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.                            Salmon Creek Church
A beginning of the year time for us to plan and organize
our direction for 2010. We hope ALL men will be here!!                               —A United Methodist
                                    Martin Luther King Jr.
                                    Day January 18, 2010                               The Mission of Salmon Creek
                                                                                       United Methodist Church is;
                                    This year on MLK Day, 2010, there
                                                                                      To invite, celebrate, nurture and
                                    will be a unique inter-generational                        direct all people
                                    opportunity for persons of all ages,                into a growing commitment
                                    especially youth and families, to                        to Christ, His body,
                                    participate in an interfaith commu-                  and His work in the world.
                                    nity service event. The day will
                                    begin at 8:30 with breakfast pro-
                                    vided by Loaves and Fishes at the                      In This Issue
Luepke Center. There will be opportunity for persons to participate in
arts, crafts, community projects, and conversation. The event will                      Newcomers Class
conclude with a lunch at the Luepke Center around 1:00pm. Youth and
families from the Kol Ami Jewish Synagogue, the Islamic Society, and
other Christian churches and faith communities will be attending.                        Women's Retreat
Registration and more information on-line at
psl/ Please plan on attending this important community event.
                                                                                              Kids Club

Winter Hospitality Overflow (WHO)                                                          Lenten Study
Each winter Salmon Creek Church participates in the community wide
shelter which houses those who would otherwise be sleeping outside                          2010 Leaders
during the cold. Salmon Creek has adopted Jan. 31 – Feb. 3rd to be at
the shelter. Volunteers help to sign in, assist during the night and clean
up in the morning at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Sign up in the narthex
to help. Orientation will be January 24th between services in the St.
Paul Room. Shifts are: Intake & Welcome..6pm – Midnight / Oversee
& Security..Midnight – 6am / Clean-up..6 am – 9:00 am For questions
contact: Jan Cox, Fred Scott or Todd Smith.

 Pastor: Rev. Mark Randall, Adult Ministries: Leah Such, Youth Ministries: Cindy Smith, Children's Ministries:
 Kandi White & Susie Pervere, Music Ministries: Pat Prichard, Day Care Ministries: Janea McKinley, Secretary:
 Sue Wiltsey, Accompanist: Tammy Enghusen, Nursery Coordinator: Pam Beggs
                        “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is
                         honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure,
                       whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable,
                       if there is any excellence and if there is anything
                           worthy of praise, think about these things.
                        Keep on doing the things that you have learned
                       and received and heard and seen in me, and the
                                 God of peace will be with you.”
                                       —Philippians 4: 8-9                       We thank God for you, our
                                                                                 church family, for your continu-
Dear Faithful Friends:                                                           ing support of prayer, phone
                                                                                 calls, cards and concerns. We
A new calendar year has begun (though, remember, in the Christian year it
                                                                                 appreciate your hugs, laughter,
is Advent that begins our new year) and I can’t think of a better scripture
passage than the Philippians text that could set our hearts and minds on the     jokes, tears and sharing meals.
right path to encountering God in this New Year.                                 This is a difficult time for us, but
                                                                                 we know with God's love and
The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that to follow our Lord we           your love and support, we will
have to ponder and practice that which is important to him. Life, the            get through this long journey.
Christian life, in order for it to have meaning and significance, must be
                                                                                 You help to remind us that God
approached in a way that we desire to receive God’s best in life and to
                                                                                 is in every moment of our lives.
give our best to God in this life. Our faith must be intentional (“think
about these things”) and it must be practiced (“keep on doing the things         Thank you.
you have learned..”). To be a disciple means we must have a discipline                    Bob and Karen West
that keeps us faithful by being focused on that which is true…honorable…
pure…pleasing…commendable…excellence. To be a United Methodist
means we have a founder who created a method in which to live faithfully.
A statement of how to live faithfully, known as John Wesley’s Rule
(though scholars have not been able to verify that Wesley wrote this, it
sure seems ‘Wesleyan’) may set a new standard of faithful living for us:
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you
can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people
you can, As long as ever you can.”

What I appreciate about the Philippians text as a guide for this New Year
is that it combines both the importance of ‘thinking’ (“think about these
things’), for we are to be a thinking and thoughtful people of faith; yet also
we must put our thoughts to practice (“keep on doing these things”) and
make our faith a public expression of all that which “learned…received…
heard…and seen.”                                                                 Pastor Mark will host a
                                                                                 NewComers Class on Sunday,
My hope for our community of faith is that each of us will undertake a           January 17th from 11:30 to
new beginning of faithful expression as shared in our Philippians passage.       approx. 2:00 pm. Come meet
Of course, the power behind this way of living is that we will all be recipi-    other new people and learn
ents of God’s peace that comforts us, but doesn’t make us comfortable
                                                                                 about Salmon Creek and the
with a life lived less than God has called us to see and seize. May we each
                                                                                 United Methodist Church. Light
hear the invitation to invest ourselves in God’s future as we learn and live
that which comes from our God.                                                   lunch will be served. Child Care
                                                                                 is available. Please mark the
In God’s Grace and Goodness,                                                     communication card if you are
Pastor Mark
                                  Trust in the Truth
                                  Here it is again, time for our annual women’s retreat being held this year
                                  at the Alton Collins Retreat Center March 12th-14th in Eagle Creek just
                                  outside of Sandy Oregon.

                                  This is a really great opportunity to devote time to your relationship with
                                  the Lorand fellowship with your sisters in Christ. As women, we don’t
                                  often allow ourselves the gift of time for these things but they are impor-
                                  tant to our souls.

                                  Melissa Mancill and April Stenger are working very hard to develop a
          Kid’s Club!!            program for us that will be meaningful, fun and spiritually enriching.
                                  Our theme “Trust in the Truth” will be explored by our speaker Robyn
 A Salmon Creek Church            Fields. The cost this year is $133.00 for the week-end which includes 2
   after school program           nights accommodations and 4 meals or $65.00 for Saturday only.

   for kids in grades K           Registrations must be turned in by 2-14-10 to avoid a $10.00 late fee, the
          through 5               final registration date is 2-28-10, registrations can not be accepted after
                                  that date.
   Bible Stories, Music,
       Crafts, Games              Gift Certificates are available if you have a special woman in your life
                                  that you would like to give this wonderful experience to.
 Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00
Family Ministries Center          Please contact Melissa
                                  Mancill @ 546-5599 with
  Beginning January 20th          any questions or to pur-
 Hope to see you there!           chase a gift certificate.

Columbia Pastoral                 Sunday School 2010
Counseling Center                 Sunday School welcomes all children who are 3 (by Sept 1) through 5th
Annual Meeting/                   grade. We meet in the chapel beginning at 9:50 for music and prayer,
                                  and Pastor Mark joins us for a Children’s Moment. After our chapel
Fundraiser                        time, we divide into our grade level classes for our Sunday School
You are invited to the 27th       lessons. Our 3-5th grade classes have the opportunity to attend Acolyte
Annual Meeting Fundraiser,        training on the 3rd Sunday of each month with Joan Stuart. Our Sunday
Dessert and Auction for the       School children will be singing in the 10:00 service on February 14th.
Columbia Pastoral Counseling      On this Sunday we will also be presenting our newest third graders with
Center Saturday, February 6 at    bibles (more information to come). Questions, please contact Kandi
6:30 pm at St. Johns Lutheran     White or Susie Pervere- Children’s Ministries Directors
Tickets $25.00    Call 696-1615
for information
                                              SAVE THE DATE!! VBS 2010 July 12-16
   Speaker: Lindsay Wagner               Please let Kandi White or Susie Pereve know if you are
                                                      interested in helping this year!
 "Holistic Healing for Family
                                                 All hands are welcome and appreciated
            2010 LENTEN ALL CHURCH STUDY
                  Beginning the week of February 14th

                                                                                Bird Watchers Class
                                                                                Come learn about Naturescaping
During this Lenten season we will ‘drive’ into the disciplines of the
                                                                                and Birdfeeding, Saturday,
Christian faith. When we think of giving ‘something up for lent’ it is
                                                                                February 20, in the St. Paul room
usually something we will feel deprived of – or maybe correct something
                                                                                at 10:30. Come, all you bird
we should be doing anyway. Whether it’s giving up chocolate, caffeine,
                                                                                watchers to learn about the birds
losing weight, exercising, improving our attitude or relationships or
                                                                                in your backyard. Find out what
having a devotional time…it’s truly part of the Christian life we should be
                                                                                to feed them and what to plant in
striving for. Let’s learn how to do that!
                                                                                your yard to attract birds in all
“In the journey of life and faith, most good things don’t happen magically      seasons. This class will be given
or suddenly. They are the result of a predetermined desire, an ongoing          by Carol Peterson, past Educa-
commitment to work toward the desired goal or outcome. What keeps us            tion Specialist for the Vancouver
moving forward? MOMENTUM.” – Michael Slaughter                                  Audubon Society and Master
Now comes a set of resources that instills principles in us to sustain a life
of faith, balance, and purpose. You will learn the five fundamental prin-
ciples of D-R-I-V-E that will help you build momentum to keep moving
        (D)evotion to God
        (R)eadiness for Lifelong Learning
        (I)nvesting in Key Relationships
        (V)isioning for the Future
        (E)ating and Exercise for Life
   Join a small group in this DVD & Participant Guide study for
                                                                                         Mardi Gras,
   fellowship and support for your continued pursuit of momentum                         February 16th
   for life! Pastor Mark will also be highlighting this message in his          Grab your party hat – it’s the 6th
   Sunday sermons.                                                              Annual Mardi Gras Celebration
                                                                                on Tuesday, February 16th from
Michael Slaughter is Senior Pastor of Ginghamsburg United Methodist             6:00 – 8:00 pm. Mark your
Church in Tipp City, Ohio. The church has grown under his three decades         calendars for this fun family
of leadership from 90 worshippers a week to over 5,000. Slaughter real-         celebration with jambalaya,
ized early on that a personal relationship with Jesus carries significant       gumbo, chicken soup and King
social implications. He has written 5 other books. ‘Momentum for Life’          Cake! Who will be the next
describes the ongoing journey of all that a radical faith movement repre-       King or Queen of the celebra-
sents.                                                                          tion! Silent Auction for ‘Fancy
Please let Leah Such know if your small group will be participating, and if     Cakes’ proceeds will go towards
so who and how many so books can be ordered. Contact her if you need a          the Youth Summer Mission Trip.
small group also. 573-3111 ext. 302 or                          More information to come….
Participants Guide is $10.00 each. Momentum of Life Book can be
purchased for $14.50
                                      2010 Church Leaders
                                      The following persons have accepted positions of leadership in the life of our
                                      church family. Please pray for them as they give us guidance in making our
                                      church a stronger body of Christ. May we each share our gifts as we contribute
                                      to the spiritual well being of Salmon Creek Church in this New Year.
                                      Ad Board Chair - Marla Rapp
                                      Ad Board V.Chair-Tarisa Tognetti
                                      Ad. Board Secretary- Margaret Brown
Confirmation Meeting                  Lay Leader - Joan Stuart
Confirmation meeting for parents      Council of Ministries Chair - Jim Selby
and youth in grades 8th – 12th on     Council of Ministries Secretary - Clare Kennedy
January 26 at 7pm in room 201.        Finance Committee Chair - Jim Roberts
Confirmations Class will run for      Financial Secretary - Carolyn Officer
12 weeks                              Membership Secretary - Carolyn Fox
                                      Trustees Committee Chair - Red Gilbert
                                      Staff Parish Relations Chair - Pam Lehrman
                                      Missons Team Co-Chairs - Tom and Cindy Harrington
                                      Worship Team Chair - Todd Smith
                                      Welcome Team Chair - Mike Pervere
Mark your calendars for our           Women's Ministry Co-Chairs - Susan Scott & Melissa Ralstson
annual Ski Trip Saturday,             Creation Care Team - Carol Peterson
January 30. Packets are avail-        Visitation Team Co-Chairs - Sue Lenski & Jim Selby
able in the youth office or the       Home Bound Ministries - Jackie Miller
kiosk in the Family Ministry          Stephens Ministry - Stephen Ministry Team
Center. The packet and money          DaySchool Board Chair - Becky Roberts
are due by                            Vancouver District Rep. - Clare Kennedy
January 24.
Invite your                                            Christmas Family Update
friends for this                                        Ho-Ho-Ho it was a Merry Christmas for the adopted families
day in the snow.                                        of Salmon Creek. The feedback from the deliverer’s and
                                                        those receiving the gifts were the same – BLESSED!
                                                        Words from some that delivered – “We delivered the gifts to
Day School Special                                      our family today and as always it’s a real blessing for us. The
                                                        family was so very thankful. The son helped us bring in the
Offer                                 gifts. They visited & shared with us and when we left they gave us a thank
The Salmon Creek Christian Day        you note and said Merry Christmas!” “The family we delivered to was a very
School is offering Salmon Creek       young family and they were so appreciative and also overwhelmed for all that
Church members a special 15%          was given to them.” “We have delivered the gifts to our family and it was
discounted tuition rate for regular   wonderful. They were so excited and so appreciative.”
enrollment. Call the Day School       Words from those receiving – “Thank you Salmon Creek Church for making
office at 573-9541 for more           sure my children had a blessed Christmas. I was so very touched to know there
information and to reserve your       are people with hearts and love for others in dire need of help. I was at my last
spot today.                           bit of strength to try and pick myself back up. I have trust in God and you all
                                      helped so much. My family all had big smiles on their faces Christmas
                                      Thanks to everyone who donated food & gift items, Marilyn Forman, Allison
                                      Such, Kathy Haymaker, Cindy Smith and Mari Stamnes who helped sort,
                                      wrap & pack and Sue & Fran Lenski, Tom & Leah Such, Jim & Betty Selby,
                                      Kathy & Don Hardy, Kathy & Tom Haymaker, Allison Such, Cyril Stokman,
                                      Tom & Cindy Harrington, and Dick & Linda Garrison for delivering.
Salmon Creek United Methodist Church                                                               Non-Profit Org.
12217 N.E. Highway 99                                                                               U.S. Postage
Vancouver, WA. 98686-3621                                                                           Permit #610
360-573-3111                                                                                       Vancouver, WA.

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The next Circuit Rider deadline is January 20                    Worship Times: Sunday 8:30 and 10:00 AM

Good Stewardship Suggestions
                                                                   mornings, January 23 – April 24 Cost is
Recycling                                                          $50. Call Ariel Rivers, 397-8000 x 7388 or
If you have items you want to recycle but aren’t sure where to     email
take them check out for a resource
guide. Block Foam & Electronics Collection Information –           Become a Watershed Steward! Learn
397-6118 x 4352                                                    about local watersheds and ways to improve
                                                                   watershed health to benefit our community
Volunteer Opportunities                                            as well as fish and wildlife. This is a FREE
Become a Master Composter/Recycler Volunteer Learn about           10 week training beginning Wednesday,
sustainability related topics like backyard composting,            January 20. Classes take place on Wednes-
vermicomposting, recycling, green building and more. Free          day evenings and include two Saturday field
classes will be held on Thursday evenings, February 4 – April      trips, Call Jenifer Naas at 397-6060 x 7703.
1. For more information, go to
or call 882-0936 x 224.

Growing Groceries Mentor Program People interested in
gardening may be interested in this volunteer program. Volun-
teers will mentor Clark County residents to empower them to
grow their own vegetable gardens. Training is on Saturday

       For more information be sure to check out our website at