Thanksgiving

Food Drive

November 3-17

We are collection food for the Interfaith Treasure House in Camas, a non-profit, charitable organization providing food, clothing, and emergency assistance to children and families in need in the Camas/Wahougal area.


Please Donate:  Traditional Thanksgiving meal items or other non-perishable foods - see list in Narthex.


Donations accepted from Nov 3-17th in box marked "Treasure House Food Drive".  


For more information contact Jackie Tyler at 360-718-8005.

Operation Christmas Child

Please have shoe boxes to Church by November 17th

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization that works around the world. From Children to Seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children across the globe and at home. 


There are different ways you can help:

1. Pack a shoebox. 

2. Donate items for a shoebox. 

3. Donate $9 to ship a shoebox.


Packing a shoebox is easy, and a fun family activity. Choose to pack a box for a boy or girl from 3 different age groups. You can use any average size shoebox or we have some available Sunday mornings.


Shop for items to fill a shoebox. You can find a list of suggested items on the Missions board or online. Please no liquids, toothpaste, or candy.


You can leave a message in the box if you wish, and you should pray over the box. Before closing the lid, place the suggested donation of $9 on top so it's easy to find (Checks can be made out to "Samaritan's Purse").  When closing the box, please use a rubber band (NOT tape) and make sure it is properly labeled with age group and gender. 


Thank you for your support of kids around the world this Christmas!

Questions? Contact Cathy Roeper or call the church office.

Thanksgiving Eve Eve Service

If you are grateful for anything this year

and want to share it in worship with others,

come to the annual

Thanksgiving Eve Eve Service

Tuesday, November 26th. 


This year Cascade Presbyterian Church will host the

Churches in Partnership (CIP) service.

The address is 9503 NE 86th St, Vancouver, WA.

The service is 7:00 p.m.

Big Event @ Big Al's

Wednesday, November 13th | 6:00pm

16615 SE 18th Street

East Woods families with “kids” of all ages are invited to join the Youth Group and Family Promise off-site at Big Al’s for bowling and pizza! This will be a great time of fun and fellowship as we play and eat together. $10/person (max $25/family) suggested donation* toward bowling, shoes, pizza, and beverages. 

Please contact Kevin to let him know how many you’ll be bringing or for questions. Hope you can join us!

Big Event @ Big Al's

Wednesday, Nov. 13th | 6:00-8:00pm

16615 SE 18th Street

East Woods families with “kids” of all ages are invited to join the Youth Group and Family Promise off-site at Big Al’s for bowling and pizza! This will be a great time of fun and fellowship as we play and eat together. Meet at Big Al's at 6:00pm.

$10/person (max $25/family) suggested donation* toward bowling, shoes, pizza, and beverages.

Please contact Kevin to let him know how many you’ll be bringing or for questions. Hope you can join us!

*Come regardless of your ability to pay. We want you there with us.

Big Event @ Big Al's

Wednesday, Nov. 13th | 6:00-8:00pm

16615 SE 18th Street

East Woods families with "kids" of all ages are invited to join the Youth Group and Family Promise off-site at Big Al's for bowling and pizza! This will be a great time of fun and fellowship as we play and east together. Meet at Big Al's at 6:00pm.

Suggested Donation: $10/per person (max $25/family) toward bowling, shoes, pizza, and beverages.

Please contact Kevin to let him know how many you'll be bringing or for questions. Hope you can join us!

*Come regardless of your ability to pay. We want you there with us.

Worship Service  

Sunday Morning 10am

We believe that worship services are an important part of growing and maturing as Christian disciples. And, we think middle school and high school students will not only be enriched by this experience but that it will be a blessing to the whole congregational family to have the students participating in East Woods' morning worship service. 

Sunday School & More

Sunday Mornings from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Middle and High School students have their own pre-service time focusing on the Bible and talking about what it means for us today. We will be looking at The Bible Project's series on the book of the Bible. Each week we will look at what the particular book of the Bible means to us today, as well as those to whom it was first written.

Why Small Groups?

It is in small groups that people can get close enough to know each other, to care and share, to challenge and support, to confide and confess, to forgive and be forgiven, to laugh and weep together, to be accountable to each other, to watch over each other and to grow together. Personal growth does not happen in isolation. It is the result of interactive relationships. Small groups are God's gift to foster changes in character and spiritual growth.

The Goal

God uses people to form people. That is why what happens between you and another person is never merely human-to-human interaction—the Spirit longs to be powerfully at work in every encounter. 


So the goal of small groups is to create environments where Spirit-driven, life-giving experiences can flourish. While the type of group or study can help promote a positive environment, the real things that promote a healthy environment for flourishing are prayer, support, service, confession, worship, accountability, conflict resolution, social gatherings, and simply doing life together. 

Biblical Basis for Small Groups

God himself is in a community of three persons in one—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who exist in perfect unity. So it is not surprising that from the beginning, God created us to be in community with one another. Genesis 2:18 states: "It is not good for man to be alone." This passage is often used in the context of marriage, but it also speaks to our fundamental need to connect with others in the human community. What is striking about this statement is that God makes it before the Fall. There's no sin yet and no disobedience; man is in perfect intimacy with God. And yet, God declares that man is alone and that it is not good. 


Community is deeply grounded in the nature of God. It flows from who God is. Because he is community, he creates community. It is his gift of himself to humans. Therefore, the making of community may not be regarded as an optional decision for Christians. It is a compelling and irrevocable necessity, a binding divine mandate for all believers at all times. 


When Jesus' ministry began, he called 12 disciples to be his primary relational and ministry community. Did Jesus need this motley crew to help him? Not really. But Jesus chose to love them, teach them, and pour himself into relationships with them, thereby creating the first "small group." 


The apostles continued Jesus' model and formed a community of believers who loved God and loved one another. Despite incredible persecution and against all odds, this rag tag group of Jesus-followers launched small communities (i.e. church) that proclaimed the gospel and changed the world forever.

Emergency Meal Team

This team provides for food needs in times of personal crisis and/or family illness.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain exists as a way of sharing prayer concerns and needs with our community of faith.  When you or someone you know is in the midst of personal/physical pain and struggle, it is helpful to know that there are people lifting your needs to God in prayer. 

If you have a prayer request, please click on the highlighted words.

Bill Reeburgh

Deacon of the Month

Like many of us here at East Woods, Bill is not a native Pacific Northwesterner; he was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. While in graduate school, Bill met Carelyn during a summer course held at the Bermuda Biological Station. After this 10-week course, they both knew they had met “the one” and were married the following summer. Both Bill and Carelyn enjoyed active and meaningful lives in academia and together had three children: Scott, Nancy and Peter; the children blessed them with six grandchildren. 


Also, like many of us, Bill moved to Vancouver to be closer to his children. Sadly, his move here was the result of Carelyn’s diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s in 2008. After a family meeting, the decision was made for bill to retire from the University of California, Irvine, and to move for support to a location nearer to the children. Bill moved to Vancouver in 2009, and visited East Woods when Rev. Laurel Neal was the interim Pastor. Laurel shared with him that her father had been an Alzheimer’s patient, and based on the understanding Laurel offered and the welcome he received from members of the congregation, he decided East Woods was the church for him and became a member himself. 


Bill is currently active with HOPE, a local dementia support group. Many members of the group who have “made the journey” return to offer experience- based advice to newcomers. Bill hopes that his experience in this area will benefit the Deacons’ Ministry. 


Bill is Deacon to: Jack and Marge Mace, Shelton and Jackie Tyler, Rich Adamson, Ron Prestwood, Carol Domench, Gordon Wehner, and Chuck Gehle.

We LOVE East Woods

 "We love East Woods" by doing what we do best - eat!  

We shared a meal together and discussed what we love best about East Woods.  

Below are some samples of comments gathered.



"The close community of members."


"Family, food, friendships, fellowship, using my God-given talents for Christ."


"I love the people!"


"I love East Woods because . . . it's a wonderful family to my family and friends.  My friends who don't attend - even my family who doesn't attend - they all know God is blessing this church."


"I LOVE Pastor Bill's preaching and the fellowship we share."


"The inspiring pastor, the friendly people, 

wonderful music and the heart for service."


"I love Pastor Bill, I love the people, 

I love the openness and loving feeling, and I love the families."


"Every time I step through the doors of East Woods it is a blessing.  East Woods welcomed me and allowed me to grow in my professional ministry."


"The warmth, love and fellowship was felt the moment I arrived at East Woods.  

I instantly knew I found my church home."


"I love you because you show me, you teach me and express me how to be a great person.  Sometimes I'm very bad, so I really appreciated what I'm learning and having.  I LOVE YOU, GUYS!!!  You always make me happy and understand. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO"


"I love the hearts of the congregation - so willing to share with those in need."


"East Woods has a congregation of loving and caring Christians.  

We love our church home."


"Love the pastor and sermons and the friendliness of the congregation.  

Fee at home here."


"The joy of worship, in prayer, in song and in the Word.

Becoming one heart and one voice worshipping our Lord."


"We love the warmth of our church family, 

as well as the focus on the love and grace of Jesus.  

We also love Bill's humble spirit and genuine care for us and all the congregation."


"I love the love I get at East Woods."


"The smallness of the church.  

I want it to grow but also to stay small in relationships."


"The people and Bill."


"The people.  The balanced mix of traditional and contemporary."


"Caring, Respect, Support, People"


"The wonderful, loving people of East Woods."


Fall Kick-Off

Sunday, September 8th

On September 8th we kick off our Fall line up of regular classes, celebrate the new school year with the annual Blessing of the Backpacks, and follow it all up with an all-church BBQ lunch. We hope you'll join us!


  • 9:00am - NEW! Youth Sunday School. 6th-12th grade students will be looking at individual books of the Bible this Year, featuring videos from The Bible Project
  • 9:00am - Theology Book Club (2nd & 4th Sundays): Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
  •              - NEW! Pastor's Class (1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays): Join Pastor Brian for this pre-service class tailored for adult believers. Nursery care provided. Starts September 15th.
  • 10:00am - Blessing of the Backpacks in service. Students and Teachers of all ages are encouraged to bring their backpacks or other work bag as we ask God to bless those beginning their school year.
  • 10:00am - Children's Sunday School. A new series, God Colors, will begin for elementary aged kids after the Time For Younger Disciples during the worship service.
  • 11:15am - BBQ Lunch for all. Stay for food and fellowship after the service.

East Woods  Theology Book Club

Meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:00 a.m.


Carol Domench leads this small group, meeting every second and fourth Sunday over the summer at 9:00 a.m. in the Willow Room.


Our next book is

"The Powers That Be:  

Theology for a New Millennium"

by Walter Wink


We hope to engage in thoughtful discussions that resonate with us individually and affirm our faith, find new ideas we many not have considered before, and welcome all perspectives.  

If you enjoy reading, exploring a little more deeply into questions we face as Christians and having lively discussions, come join in.


For more information contact Carol Domench at 360-687-6911 or email her at kazooie@pacifier.com.

Presbyterian Women's Bible Study

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month

Bible Study meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM at the church.  We meet  at the same place and time and continue through May. We will start up in September after a summer break.


Presbyterian Women started in 1988 although its roots date back to the mid-1800's. They have been designing Bible study material for women for over 30 years. 


If you're interested in additional information about this organization, please check out their website: http://www.presbyterianwomen.org


Any questions?

Please see either Peggy Konzek or Lynne Helmke


PS:  We wish we could have honored every survey request, however there was not enough interest in having an evening or weekend group.  We will review that again in the future.


Kevin Gates

Our new Children and Youth Director

East Woods is thrilled to introduce our new Children & Youth Director, Kevin Gates! Kevin will officially takes over over responsibilities of the Children and Family Ministry and Youth Ministry starting this summer. 

Kevin is a native of the Pacific Northwest and first began his work in ministry with youth in 1993 as an intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church while attending Multnomah University. He has since worked with youth and music ministries at numerous churches in both Oregon and Washington.  After years of volunteer and intern positions in youth ministry, Kevin went to Warner Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Religion & Christian Ministries in 2010. He served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Walla Walla Presbyterian Church from 2011 to 2014 before beginning his M.Div program at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2015.

Leaving seminary to take care of his late wife during her cancer journey, Kevin moved back to Portland, where he volunteered with youth and music leadership at Oak Hills Presbyterian for the last three years. Kevin is transitioning back into full-time ministry while looking at also restarting his seminary journey soon.  


Kevin currently lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with his step-daughter, Laura, a small Pomeranian, Mako, and an orange tabby, Oscar. He enjoys watching Sci-Fi, playing and listening to music (he plays guitar, bass, drums and a mean mandoline), and cooking up amazing dishes for his friends and family.


Kevin's contact information is kevin@eastwoodspres.org.   

To Mars & Beyond!  

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Our Children and Families Ministry is excited to announce our


2019 TO MARS & BEYOND 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL


which is a combined program with


East Woods Presbyterian &

Mill Plain United Methodist Churches. 


The program will be held on the East Woods Presbyterian campus. This interfaith program is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 through Thursday, June 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

 

Come join us for To Mars and Beyond!  Let’s explore God through our universe together! The children will participate in Bible story time, science and craft activities, music, games, and worship.  Classes are available for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade (as of fall of 2019). 


Registration is available now.  The VBS fee is $15 per child.


When you register do the following:

  • Download or find in the narthex of either church our Registration Form.  
  • Download or find in the narthex of either church our Health Form.
  • Complete both forms and submit to either Cathy Roeper at East Woods or Deb Miles at Mill Plain UMC with your $15 payment per child. 


Our program starts Sunday, June 23, 5 p.m.  We ask you to pack a  brown paper bag meal for those in your family.  Beverages will be provided.  


Children get a t-shirt on Sunday which is color coded to the group to which he/she is assigned.  Wearing this shirt each day helps facilitate the activities. 


Volunteers Needed

 

VBS only works when we have volunteers.  Parents are welcomed to help in both planning and during the program. Check out our list of need volunteers at this link:  VBS Volunteers Needed.

 

Thank you for sharing your child with us this week.  We know it will be rich in faith, friends, and fun.

 

For more information, contact Cathy Roeper, cathyroeper@gmail.com from East Woods Presbyterian or Deborah Miles, debbers63@msn.com, 360-852-5031, from Mill Plain UMC.

Vacation Bible School is Back!

June 23rd-27th, Sunday through Thursday

5 - 8 PM

For More Information click here

Celebrating 10 Years in Our Building

On January 27, 2008, the East Woods congregation realized the fulfillment of a long-standing dream. We hosted our first worship service in our newly constructed church campus and dedicated it to the glory of God and the blessing of our community. 


On January 7th, we celebrated our 10th anniversary in this building.  We worshipped God together and cut cake to renew our dedication and that of our wonderful campus. The Fellowship Commission hosted the party in our Evergreen Hall following our 10 AM worship service.


Please click on the link to watch Scott, Melanie and Marin Phillips share some memories of this time in the life of the church.  


God's blessings on East Woods Presbyterian Church and its members!

A "Thank You" Flag from the Navy

On Sunday, July 2, Chief Michael Carmichael and Pastor Bill folded and presented an American flag, certificate of dedication, and letter of appreciation to the East Woods congregation that has given flight to my chaplaincy with the Navy and Marine Corps.  


The flag was flown with a Harrier squadron based in Bahrain as part of the country's anti-terrorism campaign Operation Inherent Resolve.   The letter of appreciation was written by my chaplain predecessor with the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Chaplain Gene Monnin, who was mobilized in Bahrain during the past year.  


We appreciate the men and women of our armed services.  We are grateful to share our Pastor with them.

A Lesson in Humility

Excerpt from the August Newsletter, by Pastor Bill Sperry.


The Believe series and curriculum has been a joyful experiment for me, and I hope it has been meaningful for those of you who’ve participated in Sunday services, Connecting Time discussions, book studies, or youth and children’s ministries.As I prepare my final sermon in the Believe sermon series, focusing on the virtue of humility, I’m planning to share a story of humility that has personally filled my spiritual tank during these past few weeks. It’s a story of a distracted pastor, a lost iPhone, and a humble man named Michael who brought the pastor and the iPhone back together again. 


In July, Ben, Will and I joined the East Woods Youth Group for a bus ride and train ride to the Portland Zoo. It was a great day, right up until the literal last minute, when I accidentally left my iPhone on the #65 C-TRAN bus at the Fisher’s Landing station. Two days later, I was contacted by C-TRAN with the good news that my phone had been turned in to Lost and Found and was ready for pick-up. It was fully charged and in perfect condition. 


Two days after I reclaimed my phone, a small, blue slip of paper fell out of the case. And, on that paper was Michael’s name, phone number, and a short note clarifying that he had found my phone and could be contacted.The short version of the story is that I contacted Michael and, within an hour of the writing of this article, I plan to meet this hard-working African-American man near Parkrose to treat him to lunch and a “thank you” handshake. 


When we connected by phone, he said, “I didn’t write the note with the hope of receiving a reward. This is my reward – the chance to make a connection with another person and know that everything worked out alright.” Wow! Philippians 2:3-4 says this, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Michael has been a great and living example of those words during the past few weeks.

Sharing God's Love

Sunday, July 30th


During the week of July 23rd, Pastor Bill met with Michael in person to shake hands and get to know each other better.  In that meeting, Bill learned that Michael had been on the bus on the day the phone was found because he didn't have a car and was actively saving money to afford one.  Before the two parted company, they shared a prayer asking God to provide the means for Michael to have the right car at the right time to help meet his family's needs.  


On the way home from the meeting, God stirred Bill's heart to help Michael get a car.  So, Bill reached out to Bob Pfeifer, an expert at finding the "right car".  And as a gesture to help Michael realize that God is alive and well and working in his life, Pastor Bill asked Bob if he could find a good car for Michael that matched the amount he had been trying to save and - if possible - could be presented in four day's time.  Bob had the right contacts and, with God's help, worked some miracles.  By Sunday morning, Bob had a "golden chariot" ready to present to this young man and his family.


During the Sunday morning service on July 30, Pastor Bill shared the story as an example of humility, introduced Michael in person to the congregation, and expressed his gratitude for the return of his iPhone.  Then, following the Benediction, as an additional surprise, Bill presented the newly found car to Michael with witness from the congregation.  It was a beautiful moment conveying the humility, gratitude, and love that God teaches us to share with one another.  And what an ending to our 30 week series on "Believe".  It was as if the Holy Spirit brought everything together and said, "This is how it is to think, act, and be like Jesus Christ."


There was barely a dry eye in the entire church.


Enjoy the pictures below.  They tell the story of Michael receiving his car.  They also tell the story of some amazing people letting the Holy Spirit guide their lives.  

Night Strike  

Loving People Because People Matter

Then thermometer said 104 degrees.  You could feel the humidity rising.  People were tired, hot, and weary.  And yet, Night Strike continued.  And several people from East Woods were there to be a part of it.


Night Strike is a community gathering that mobilizes volunteers/services, meets felt needs, and develops relationships that transform lives. It is a unique opportunity for people to spend time under the Burnside Bridge every Thursday night to love people because people matter. It is an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a free haircut or shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced. It is also a chance for you to come down and share in the experience, help serve the needs of the homeless in our community, and more importantly, invest in lives and build relationships with the people you meet.


For several of the East Woods participants this was their first experience.  But each of them said they would return.  We hope you will consider Night Strike, as well.  For more information please click on this link:  NIGHTSTRIKE


East Woods Attendees (pictures below): Ronda and Dale Peterson, Roberta Schlechter, Gwen Wagner, Keith Bloss, Christine Harington, Jeff and Alex Kennedy, Maddie and Everett Kennedy and friend, Mackenzie, Carson Dunn, Chris Lashley,  and Andrew Bither and friend, Danny. 

For the One

Sung by Abby Melo

During our service on August 13th, Abby Melo sang this song for Offertory. 

This was to be her last time with us until she came home from college at Christmas. 


This song is written by Jean Johnson and Paul McClure from Bethel Music in Redding, CA.  The words are poignant and Abby sang them beautifully.  


Unfortunately, our service recording was poor.  So, we had her come over to the Bloss house and re-record it.


As many of you know, Abby was suddenly struck with Guillain Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which her body's immune system attacks her nerves.  She is at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, CA receiving treatments for it.  We hold Abby and her family in prayer during this time and pray for her complete recovery to health.  


In the meantime enjoy this recording of "For the One".

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2019 Welcomes New Staff

We open our year with several new staff members.  This is a year of transition for East Woods and we know that God has many good things in the future for us.  When you have a moment welcome and congratulate these people who will serve at East Woods in one of the many areas of need.  Thank you!

  • Donna Frasier

    Pianist

    Donna has stepped up to help with the worship team.  Donna will play piano one to two Sundays each month.  We love to have her talent and positive energy at the keyboard while we worship.

  • kaitlin

    Nursery Attendent


  • Lisa Pickering

    Worship Music Leader

    Lisa began her work as Interim Worship Music Leader in December, 2018. She has been a member of various worship music teams for the past 30 years, including Youth With a Mission in Los Angeles, Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver and East Woods.


    A Vancouver native, she studied Music Education at Warner Pacific College and Vanguard University of Southern California and is a certified Early Childhood Music and Movement Educator. After homeschooling her children, she began teaching piano, flute, voice and Kindermusik at Beacock Music in Vancouver in 2010. She continues to teach private piano, flute and voice lessons from her home studio and holds Musikgarten classes at East Woods.


    She is married to Kirk, who serves as elder for East Woods’ Growth and Integration ministry. Between them they have two sons and two daughters, a wonderful daughter-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, picnicking, golf, skiing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • Pr Brian Craker

    Pastor (During Pr Bill's Deployment)

    Rev. Brian Craker (pronounced Crā-kĕr) has been involved in church ministry for over 25 years, including serving in pastoral roles at five Portland area churches. Brian has been working as an Interim Pastor for the Presbytery of the Cascades over the last ten years, finishing his current assignment as Administrative Pastor (Stated Supply) at Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA.


    Brian was born and raised in California, before moving to Portland in 1996. His love for the Pacific Northwest kept him close by for his seminary work, graduating from George Fox University with his Masters of Divinity, and now studying at GFU again, this time for his Doctorate of Ministry. 


    Brian met his wife Alison at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, and they have been married for 21 years. They have been blessed with two sons, Tyler (10) and Casey (7). Brian’s hobbies and interests include sports, working with the latest technology, travel, DJ’ing parties and weddings with his brother-in-law Chris, and most of all, having fun with his boys.


    Brian’s favorite Biblical passage is Psalm 23. “My life’s journey has not always been an easy one, and I’ve had to suffer through a number of family losses during my life. One of the reasons that my faith in the Lord is so strong is because I have experienced the Lord walking with me through those valleys of the ‘shadow of death.’ I’ve experienced that divine comfort that the Lord provides through the Holy Spirit and through his people of the Church, and my life and my ministry have been so richly blessed...truly ‘my cup runs over.’ It has shaped how I view my life and the ministry God has called me to, as well as my desire to serve as the hands and feet of Christ.”


    For more about Brian, please go to "Meet Pr Brian".

Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

A  Study for  Dealing with  Those Who Grieve

Have you ever avoided talking to someone who is grieving because you didn't know what to say to them?  Has someone avoided you after you tried to cheer them up?


Most of us know we are not well equipped to handle someone else's pain. But there is help.


Based on "Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart," come learn how to comfort others with compassion and effectively.


The class is offered one more time on March 31st at 9:00 AM prior to church service.


For more information contact Cynthia Younger or call her at 360-837-2381.

The Touch of Class Chorale

The Gospel of Jazz

Friday, May 3, 7 PM


This concerts benefits

"Family Promise" of Clark County


Tickets are:

Adults $12.00

Children (6-16) $10.00

Children under 6 are free

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Palm Sunday I  April 14  I  10 AM


Good Friday (Tenebrae Service)  I  April 19 I  7 PM


Annual Easter Egg Hunt I  April 20 I  11 AM


Easter Sunday (Sunrise Service)  I  April 21  I 6:30 AM


Easter Sunday Service   I  April 21  I  10 AM

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the kids and grandkids to help us find all the eggs left on our campus for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.


Saturday  I   April 20  I  11:00 AM

Available Positions

Contact for both positions please reach out to the following:


Chuck Dunn

Email: personnel@eastwoodspres.org

Church # (360) 944-5841

 

Church Address:
16210 NE 20th St.
Vancouver, WA 98684-6773

  • Worship music leader

    Part Time – approx 6 to 10 hours per week 

    Salary:  $20/hour

     

    Accountability and Experience:
    Accountable to the Pastor and the Session through the Personnel Committee. The Worship Music Leader will also work with the Worship Commission along with other staff members and volunteers. Our ideal candidate’s life and ministry will demonstrate worship in a way that excites the hearts of others to do the same. Ideally, he/she will be a skilled guitar player and singer.  We will consider other instruments in the application.  He/she will celebrate and maintain East Woods’ blend of traditional and contemporary worship music, enlisting songs familiar to the congregation and also introducing new songs that can be effective in our context.  


    Responsibilities:

    • Leading worship music for the weekly 10:00 AM Sunday worship service and 5-6 special services throughout the calendar year (i.e. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, etc).  
    • Creating and maintaining a roster of musicians (vocalists, guitarists, pianist, and percussionist) that is both skilled and representative of the worshiping congregation.  
    • Providing spiritual mentoring and direction to worship team.
    • Ensuring all music-related information and resources are provided to musicians and church staff members in preparation for worship services.
    • Rehearsing the music team weekly in preparation for worship services.
    • Helping to train student musicians for the leading of music at Wednesday evening Youth Group.
    • Working with the Pastor in the selection of music for worship services, taking into consideration the scripture readings and topics for the Pastor’s preaching. 
    • Assisting in creating the vision for our move into the future through employing the most current contemporary worship songs, musical instruments, technology and visual arts for our worship services.  
    • Working with the AV Technician to ensure accuracy in the worship service slides.
    • Taking responsibility to arrange his/her own substitute in the event of absence.

    Evaluation Process:
    Formal performance reviews will be conducted six months after hiring and then annually by the Pastor as the Head of Staff and the Session’s Personnel Committee. The candidate must also be open to receiving weekly feedback and constructive criticism from the Pastor and Worship Commission as a means to improve the overall weekly worship experience.

  • nursery ATTENDANT

    Part Time – approximately 2.5 to 4 hours per week

    Salary:  $13.50/hour

     

    Purpose:  

    To provide for the safety, care, activities and supervision of children ages birth through four years during East Woods Sunday morning worship services and programs, as well as during occasional special services and events.  

     

    Personal Description:

    The East Woods Presbyterian Church Nursery Attendant should be someone who displays a solid commitment to Jesus Christ, a deep love for God and a passionate dedication to children and their care. He or she should be comfortable, experienced, and competent in caring for – and relating with – infants, toddlers, and young children.  


    The Nursery Attendant should be organized and detail-oriented, able to communicate well with children and their parents, able to manage and work with a team, energetic and creative and attentive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.   

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Work under the guidance of the Children and Family Ministries Commission and the Family Ministries Director to provide for the safety, care, activities and supervision of children ages birth through four years.
    • Manage and maintain the Twigs Room (Nursery), in partnership with the East Woods cleaning teams.
    • Support and comply with Church Policies

     

     Communication Responsibilities:

    • Report to – and remain accountable to – the Family Ministries Director and Elder of Children and Family Ministries.
    • Meet at least once a year with the Pastor/Head of Staff for support, coordination of program, and personal development.
    • Maintain regular contact with the Children and Family Ministries Commission for program coordination.
    • Attend Children and Family Ministries Commission meetings at least twice each year.
    • Communicate in a timely manner with affected families whenever scheduling or facility issues arise related to Nursery care. 

     

    Hourly Expectation:

    • Approximately 2.5-4 hours weekly
    • 2 paid Sundays off per year
    • Present during Sunday morning Connecting Time and Sunday Service

     

    Compensation:

    • $13.50 hr
    • $250 Budgeted Account for supplies and care coverage

     

    Contract:    

    • Initial six-month probationary period
    • Employee performance to be evaluated periodically.

             

    Contact: Email: personnel@eastwoodspres.org

It's RETREAT Time, Ladies!

Get March 8th through the 10th on your calendar for our Women’s Retreat.  This is a weekend to share life with the women of this church in a beautiful setting away from the busyness of life.

 

  • We are staying local and not going to the ocean.  Our hope is more women would join us because they wouldn’t have to drive as far and women that don’t like to sleep away from home would come during the day. The place we chose is beautiful!!!
  • We have moved the date from the last weekend of February to the second weekend of March. We had a few of you say you couldn’t make it because of our previous dates.  We hope we don’t lose anyone with the new dates and only gain women.  And doing it later gives two weeks chance at better weather.  

 

The curriculum is based on the book “Everyone Always” by Bob Goff.  We won’t read the book during the weekend, but we will use his video bible study as a basis for our conversations.  Gwen will customize it for East Woods.   You are encouraged to read it on your own before coming to the retreat.  Gwen recommends the beautiful message this book offers.  And it will get you in the right frame of mind for the weekend.


Please sign up in the narthex for the retreat.  Invite a friend to join you.   


The fees for the weekend are $115 if you stay overnight (I highly encourage you to stay) or $65 for the day rate.  Both include the materials and food.  


Be in prayerful consideration about joining us March 8 – 10.  Also, pray for all you plan the retreat; we will be praying for you, as well.  If you have any questions, please contact Gwen Wagner or Peggy Konzek.

 

Gwen and Peggy

Pastor Bill's Bon Voyage

Sunday, January 6, 11:30 a.m. 

Please join us in celebration of Pastor Bill and help us give him a wonderful send-off for his military deployment to Bahrain in January.


We will serve an Italian meal and have a program to follow.


Please RSVP by December 30th  in one of the following ways:

  1. Sign up in the Narthex
  2. Send Gwen Wagner a confirmation email at gwendolynwagner@gmail.com
  3. Leave your RSVP from your personal mailed invitation in the offertory plate.

Any questions, please address them to Peggy Konzek 360-903-2168 at or Bob Pfeifer at 503-381-9787.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS

GIVING TREE


Gifts due by December 9th

It’s time once again to take a tag from the EWPC Giving Tree in the narthex and buy a gift for someone less fortunate. The process is the same as in previous years. The gifts will go to Habitat For Humanity families with every member of each family receiving two gifts. Habitat selects families based on their need. Working with Habitat families also provides an opportunity for EW members/families to have a more personal connection by participating in the delivery of gifts.


Here is how it works:

  1. Pick one or more tag(s) from the tree.

  2. Put your name and phone number on the list, located on the counter by

    the tree, opposite the number that matches your tag(s). i.e. 1A or 1B, 2A or 2B etc. (Note there are 2 tags with the same name but each with a different gift) Signing up in the right spot is very important!

  3. Purchase the gift requested, wrap it and put the tag on the package. It is also important that the same tag is back on the gift!

  4. Put your wrapped gift under the tree before or by Sunday, Dec. 9th!

If you wish to participate in the delivery of gifts between Dec. 16th and 22rd , there is a separate sign-up sheet on the counter. You will sign up for a specific family.The number in the family, including children’s ages and the address will be listed,but the family names and contact information will only be given to EW members who have signed up to deliver them.


Questions? Contact Judy England at 360-601-7567 or Nancy Dean at 360-609-8474.

Annual Churches in Partnership Thanksgiving Eve/Eve Service

Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m.

This year the Churches in Partnership Thanksgiving Eve/Eve Service will be at

First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main St, Vancouver, WA on

Tuesday, November 20th at 7 p.m.


Edd Boddy, the Music Director at First Presbyterian extends an invitation to all singers to participate in the Combined Choir for the service.  Edd can be reached at 503-572-7105.


What a wonderful way to give thanks to God by joining our Presbyterian friends across Vancouver for this service!


Needed:  FAM Festival Volunteers

Besides attending this event, we are looking for help to make it successful.  


How can you help?  Please consider the following:

Help volunteer with set up, take down, food-beverage-dessert service, auction services during the event, greeters, runner, help where needed.


Please register with our online service at: 

 

FAM Volunteers

(No personal information will be shared.  This is a private site.)


We pray you will consider this.  We need help, and we know some of you are looking for ways to do this. Thank you!

FAM Musical Line-Up

Here's the musical line-up for FAM.  There is something for everyone.


10:30     The Singing Senior (Bobby Derricotte) from Holy Redeemer

              Catholic Church


11:00     Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish Choir  


11:30     Unity Family & Friends (Gospel)


12:30     St John Lutheran Fellowship of Ringers (Bell Choir)


1:00       Brush Prairie Bluegrass Band


2:00       Jim Fischer & Friends (Dr. Keith Collins on bass and Kimberly

              Hall on vocals) (This is our headline act.)


3:00      Mac Potts (Jim Fischer invited him.  He is a young, blind

             piano player with incredible talent.


4:00      Brent Vernon “Brent and Sam” - a ventriloquist and vocalist


5:00      Duane Sich & Friends - "sing-along" of praise and worship

             music


5:30      Ron and Donna Fraiser Presents Songs of Western Musicals


6:00      Vancouver Brass Ensemble


6:30     Lewis River Dixie Unplugged




"FAM"

Food-Art-Music Festival

A Fundraiser for "Family Promise"

August 18th

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

East Woods is proud to be one of the churches that will support Family Promise in the years to come.  Family Promise is a program for helping homeless children and their families’ transition into stable, permanent housing.  (More information below).



East Woods Presbyterian Church, one of the 13 local churches in the Clark County Family Promise network is hosting an all-day fundraiser at its location on Saturday, August 18th.  The event called


FAMFestival


will feature great food, artisans, auction items, and an all-day lineup of great musicians and music, featuring


Jim Fischer & Friends at 2 p.m.

(Dr Keith Collins, Kimberly Hall, Mac Potts)



 

To learn more about Family Promise in Clark County please visit www.familypromiseofclarkco.org.  To learn more about FAM contact Gwen Wagner at gwendolynwagner@gmail.com  or Peggy McNees at peggymcnees@comcast.net.

What's Happening at EWPC?

East Woods is alive and well with activities that develop relationships and stewardship.  


Take a scroll down our "Church Happenings" page.  Perhaps there is one . . . or two . . . for you.

Parables in the Park

Family VBS

June 26th - 28th

5:30 - 7:30 PM


It's not just for the kids!

East Woods is hosting a non-traditional VBS this year.  It will be focused on family-time, with dinner served each night, games, crafts, story and songs.

Happening THIS WEEK!

If you didn't pre-register, don't worry - stop by and join the fun!

Lent "Movie Series"

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 PM

Pastor Bill and Gwen Wagner will present another option for a Lenten study over four Wednesday nights between February 21 and March 21 – a Wednesday Night Movie Study Series.  


Each time we gather, we’ll watch a movie in the sanctuary and then discuss the related Scriptures and themes as they apply to our lives.  The topics are broad, with the hope that there will be something of value for everyone.  You are welcome to join us for some or all of the movies.  Not all topics are family friendly, so we will note when the movie is appropriate for the entire family. 

 

Films will begin at 6 p.m., and discussion will end by 8:30 p.m. 

 

Trailers for our movie selections can be found online by following the web links below.


If you’re excited about the series, let Pastor Bill or Gwen Wagner know.  We won’t have a sign up for the movies, but we encourage you to come when you can.  If you’d like, feel free to bring a snack to eat during the movie.

 

This Lent, we hope to see you AT THE MOVIES!

  • GreateR

    FEBRUARY 28

    (Family Friendly)

    Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. 


    An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. 


    Trailer Link

  • The Heart of Man

    February 21

    The Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, interwoven with true testimonials of personal and sexual brokenness. Narrative storytelling and documentary filmmaking are combined like never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the Father for His sons and daughters, illuminating an age-old truth: shame is not a barrier to God's love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom, and hope.


    Trailer Link

  • Wonder

    March 14

    (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

    WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.


    Trailer Link

  • Christ in YOU

    MArch 21

    Our generation is being bombarded with sin, destruction and death. The news every day is filled with violence, abuse and murder. Hate seems prevalent; hopelessness and apathy, the norm. Many are fighting depression, sickness or poverty. Millions are deceived by lies that are coming at us from all directions. Many wonder if there is a God, after all, and others ask where He is or why He is silent in the midst of disaster. WE have the answer: it is Christ in Us. WE have the ability to change the world around us, to bring light into the darkness. But are WE? Are things really changing? Are cities transformed, are cultures shifting? Or are we holding back the answer this hurting world needs because of fear, mediocrity and distraction?


    Trailer Link

Women's Retreat

Lincoln City

February 23-25

It's spring and at East Woods that means its time for the Annual Women's Retreat.  This year we have a new venue for us to enjoy!  Lakeside, anyone?!!


The fees this year are $115 per woman.  This includes lodging, food, and supplies we need.


And this year we are excited to present “Love Does” for our retreat.  In this study, we will introduce the whimsy of New York Times best-selling author Bob Goff, in sometimes humorous, thought-provoking, meaningful lessons that make faith in God simple and real. 


The focus is Love. But not the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. This love takes action, just like Jesus did. The study leads us to deeper group discussion and personal reflections and actions to enhance our experience together. 


Our goal is to come away with steps to grow our love with others. When Love Does, life gets interesting. Light and fun, unique and profound, the lessons drawn from Bob's experience and attitude just might inspire you to be secretly incredible too. 


Titles of Sessions include: 

1. I’m With You

2. Free to Fail

3. Audacious Love

4. Be Not Afraid

5. Follow Me


Please sign up in Evergreen Hall (Narthex) or let Peggy Konzek or Gwen Wagner know you have an interest in attending.  We’d “love” to share this weekend with you and grow closer in Christ and friendship.


Valentine's Day
Flower Bouquets

Order soon at the church or get an Order Form here.

Limited Bouquets Available
Pickup Sunday Feb. 11 from 9:30 – 12pm
 

$25 each bouquet


Top-quality, farm fresh flowers will be shipped direct just in time for Valentine’s Day delivery. Each bouquet contains 16 long stemmed (50 cm) roses in your choice of red or white with 4 silver dollar eucalyptus stems.


Note: We have ordered a limited supply. Once we’ve sold the bouquets, orders will be closed. The vase is not included. 

Contact Peggy McNees for further questions or to request an order form at PeggyMcNees@comcast.net by Sunday, January 21th.

Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 28th, after service


Please join us for the Annual Congregational Meeting after church on the 28th of January.  

We will provide overviews of our 2017 accomplishments and share our 2018 budget highlights.  We also ask the congregation to approve Pastor Bill's 2018 salary and benefits.

If you have not submitted your 2018 pledge cards, please bring them to church this Sunday or next.  These pledges are essential to making a solid budget proposal to our members.  

Also, this is a good time to consider making your "per capital" payment. This year it is $32 per member, which we owe to our presbytery each year based on our total membership.  Getting this out of the way ensures we have enough to cover this expense.

If you have any financial questions or concerns, please forward them to our Finance Elder, Tom Koecher at finance@eastwoodspres.org.  

Thank you.  We hope to make this a well attended meeting.

EWPC Session

Souper Bowl of Caring

Youth Group

Sunday, February 4th

Mark your calendars - Sunday, February 4th is Souper Bowl of Caring. 


Since 1990, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food in the weeks leading up to the Big Game.  Teaming up with local partners, these groups give 100% of donations to local charities, changing the nation's largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring. 


The East Woods Youth Group will be supporting this mission. Bring your extra change, bills, or write a check to the church to support this mission of our Youth Group.


Find out more information about this national event at: www.souperbowl.org

Land Sale Vote Recap and Next Steps

Dear East Woods Members,


The Vote:  As planned, on November 19, 2017 the East Woods congregational membership conducted a vote to decide the issue of selling up to two acres of unimproved land (east yard).  Members were required to attend an informational meeting regarding the future direction of East Woods and gain an understanding of how the proposed land sale would impact the current financial situation.  Votes were accepted beginning November 5 until 1:00PM on November 19.  Votes could be cast in person, via mail or email.

The Count:  The vote count was conducted on Sunday afternoon shortly after 1:00 PM.  A team of 4 made up of 2 Session members assisted by 2 Finance Commission members formed the Count Team.  Ballots were compared to the EWPC membership rolls and to the informational meeting attendance role’s to insure ballots were properly submitted.  Votes were tallied by “Yes” or “No” as indicated on the member ballot.

The Vote Result:  A total of 70 ballots were submitted from a total church membership of 147.  The 70 ballots represent 48% of the eligible members. Of the 70 ballots, three were disqualified due to illegibility or the member could not be identified as having attended an information meeting.

Total Ballots          70
Ballots Disqualified           3
Net Ballots Counted          67
Yes Ballots          57
No Ballots          10
Percentage Yes          85%
  

The final vote results indicate a broad support for moving ahead with selling up to 2 acres of the undeveloped property.

Next Steps:  Session has turned the responsibility for engaging a commercial realtor to assist with marketing and receiving any offers for the property over to the Finance Commission. 

The Finance Commission will be forming an “ad hoc” committee to develop a “Request for Proposal (RFP)” for interviewing and proposing a Commercial Realtor to Session.  This process is intended to be completed by the end of January, 2018.

Based on discussions with the selected realtor, a marketing plan will be developed and the property, under the specific constraints established by Session (the price floor and acre limitation), will be marketed.  Offers meeting the bid requirements will be reviewed by the Finance Commission and forwarded to Session with their recommendation.
Timing for completing the sale is not known at this time. 

If you have any questions about the Next Steps please contact anyone on the Finance Committee.  Thank you.

EWPC Finance Committee

Made to Crave Bible Study

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the Maple Room

Do you want to get healthy but find yourself stuck in a cycle of excuses? 


Woman and Men, join us as we complete a 6-week study helping us to turn our cravings toward God instead of food. 


Please join us for the Made to Crave group, meeting here Wednesday evenings at 6 PM.  Our next meeting is on January 4th.


Don't worry if you can't make all the sessions.  Come when you can. 


Gwen has extra books.


Questions?   Ask Peggy Konzek or Gwen Wagner.

Youth Christmas Party

Dec 20th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Christmas Party will be on Wednesday, December 20, 6:30-8:30 PM.


Along with food, fun and games, we will be exchanging home-made Christmas cards.  We will draw names between now and the party date. 


Extra cards will be gifted to visitors, so feel free to bring a friend. Card-making and crafting advice available upon request!

Christmas Eve Services

Dec 24, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Please feel welcome to join us for our Christmas Eve Service to celebrate the birthday of our King!

Neighborhood Caroling Party

Wednesday, Dec 13th, 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 13th, you're invited to help East Woods' neighbors enjoy the Most Wonderful Time of the Year with some Christmas Caroling. 


We'll meet in Evergreen Hall at 6:30 PM to pray and then heading out to stroll and sing through the local neighborhoods.  We'll be back in Evergreen Hall by 8:00 PM for toasty beverages, snacks, and a chance to praise God together for His faithfulness and favor. 


Pray for clear skies, and dress warmly for our time outside.  Feel free to bring friends, jingle bells, or other instruments to make the event even more fun.  Song sheets will be provided. 


Contact Pastor Bill with any questions at Bill@eastwoodspres.org

Touch of Class Christmas Concert

December 10 at 2 p.m.

It's that time of the year!  Touch of Class is performing their annual Christmas concert at our church.  This year's performance will be many familiar songs from those classic to contemporary ones you love.


Touch of Class also shares 50% of their proceeds with East Wood's charity of choice.  What a blessing this choir has been to us!


Come and share an enjoyable Sunday afternoon listening to the songs that touch your heart during the Christmas Season.

Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

December 9 at 11 a.m.

Attention Volunteers


Do you volunteer your time to help make Eastwoods great?


Maybe you usher or knit prayer shawls or bake or teach Sunday School or clean or fold bulletins or volunteer in any other way ...


YOU are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on


Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 AM at East Woods. 
Please come and let us thank you for all of your hard work.


Please email Peggy Konzek at geopegkon@comcast.net to RSVP by December 3

Holiday Market

The Holiday Market is back! 

It's time to pick up a hostess gift or get those gifts that need to be in the mail soon.



COMPANIES & NEW OFFERINGS

Ken & June’s Hazelnuts from St. Paul, OR returns.  New flavor this year is dark sea salted hazelnut!  The rounds – with 4 nut flavors are especially popular.


Award winning  Rose City Pepperhead Jellies from Portland returns.  Crazy Cranberry is a new flavor.  In addition to the mini trios, we have large jars in 3 popular flavors.


New!   Killa Bites Biscotti & Flavored Popcorns from Ridgefield, WA.  The personal story behind this owner makes these items all the sweeter!  She started the company to provide for their family when her husband was diagnosed with ALS.  The owners credit their faith and church communities with their success.


Mini biscotti in 3 flavors.

  • Vanilla biscotti -gluten free.
  • Peppermint for the holidays.
  • Salted Caramel – yumm!


Two popcorn sizes – small and large in 4 flavors.

  • Caramel Apple
  • Masala Madness
  • Par Thai
  • Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate.


New! - McSteven’s Cocoa  products made in Vancouver.

  • Fancy Individual Cocoa Serving Packets in 4 designs and 4 flavors
  • Single Flavor Gifts in a variety of sizes and flavors
  • Baking Mixes and Chocolate Foil Snowballs for kids or fun for an adult
  • Cocoa Gift Sets of 3 that are different colors
  • Sugar free offering – Stevia Cocoa. 


GIFTS READY FOR GIVING

  • Baskets and Cup and Cocoa Sets
  • A Variety of Price Points


CROSSES for GIFT GIVING – Donated by Friends of the Carpenter

  • Free but donations are gratefully accepted in the container nearby. 



For a sugar free option, consider buying scrip VISA gift cards or other gift cards from hundreds of merchants. Place your Scrip Gift Card order by Sunday, Dec. 3, and pick your cards up on Sunday Dec. 10. 


Market Dates are after church on  Dec. 3, 10, and 17.


Click here for your Holiday Market Form if you wish to fill out your form before you come to the market.


Connecting Time

November

Christian Education - (Maple Room) The BOLD Study


Book Study - Nov 12 and 26th - Love Wins by Rob Bell.


Children - We will be using this time to practice for "Lessons & Carols", a Children's Christmas Presentation happening on Sunday, December 17th during the worship service.  All ages are welcome to participate.


Nursery - (Twigs Room) available for ages 0-5 years.


Mission - The Mission Commission will be collecting food items from November 5 through November 19 for Thanksgiving dinners for the families of the faith-based Open House Ministries. In addition to the families who reside in the main shelter, Open House supports subsidized housing for 14 families who have been through their program and are working to become self-supporting. 


We will help supply the Thanksgiving meal ingredients and deliver the boxes just before Thanksgiving, November 23. A list of the suggested items will be available on the Opportunity table—consider picking up a few extra items on the list as you do your own shopping. All donations are welcome. 


Watch for details in the weekly bulletins, or contact Pat Norby, 360-600-6391, if you have questions.

Walk & Knock

December 2, 8:30 a.m.

Walk and Knock for the Clark County Food Bank


Come join other members of East Woods Presbyterian Church as we go through our neighborhood to collect donations for the Clark County Food Bank, as part of the county-wide Walk and Knock event. 


We will meet Saturday, December 2 at 8:30 AM at Pacific Middle School (1/2 mile east of East Woods), to organize, then go out into the neighborhood to pick up bags of food. We should be done in about 3 hours.


Both walkers and cars/trucks are needed. If you can help, please sign the clipboard in the Narthex. Contact Jeff Kennedy with any questions.

Thanksgiving Service

Churches in Partnership will have the annual combined Thanksgiving Worship Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m.

This year the service will be at Cascades Presbyterian Church in Vancouver.

WIN A PANERA SALAD

FOR EVERY MONTH FOR A YEAR! 

Panera Restaurant has generously donated a certificate good for 12 salads,one a month for a year, beginning January 2018 [$150 value]. 


Wouldn’t this be a nice present for yourself or perhaps a Christmas gift for someone you know?


We are selling raffle tickets for this certificate. 


The winning ticket will be announced on Sunday, November 19. You do not need to be present to win. 


Raffle ticket fees:

1 ticket - $5, 3 tickets - $10, 

5 tickets - $15, 8 tickets - $20

Youth Group Outing

November 17th

WINTER JAM is an incredible concert at the Moda Center in Portland

featuring the 10 top Christian musical groups from many different genres. 


We will meet at East Woods on Friday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 pm and carpool to the Moda Center. 


Because of this, Jeff Kennedy needs to know who is interested in going, 

and another adult or two who could help drive. 


Bring $15 for admission (tickets are purchased at the door) plus extra if you will want to buy food etc. 


For more information, contactJeff Kennedy, 360-600-3608.

Pre-School

In Pre-School class youngsters age 3-5 enjoy role playing Bible characters. Using the "Wee Believe” curriculum of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with its colorful, age-appropriate and user- friendly activities, the children learn that each is A Child of God, loved by God, who is Creator of all the World and You and Me, too.

Children's Choir

Children's Choir is a new addition to us here at East Woods Pres, and we are so excited to see this program set out! Any child is welcome to participate!  


Rehearsals are held the First Sunday of Each Month from 10:45 to 11:30am - during the 10:30am Service.  


Join us on the Second Sunday of each month to hear the children perform during the 10:30am Sunday Service.  

Elementary Students

Elementary students (K-Grade 2 and Grades 3-5) occupy their own classroom space. The Sunday school scope and sequence of lessons from the "We Believe" curriculum repeats every three years. In the fall we focus on worship.  In November we recount the Advent stories. Each Christmas the children present Lessons and Carols. The spring focuses on Jesus' ministry, death and resurrection.

Lessons & Carols

The children of East Woods Presbyterian Church present to you

"Lessons & Carols" under the direction of Hailey Vandewiele.


There are 8 lessons and five songs in these recordings.  We recommend that you play them in the following order to see and hear the story of Jesus' birth unfold with the help of these children. You may have to scroll to one of the other pages to find your media.  Enjoy this meaningful story.

  • Lesson #1  Isaiah 40:1-9
  • Lesson #2  Isaiah 9:2-6
  • Lesson #3  Luke 1:5-25
  • Lesson #4  Luke 1:26-38
  • Choir - The Holly and the Ivy
  • Lesson #5  Matthew 1:18-25
  • Choir - A Million Little Snowflakes
  • Lesson #6  Luke 2:1-7
  • Choir - The Friendly Beasts
  • Lesson #7  Luke 2:8-20
  • Choir - Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Lesson #8  Matthew 2:1-12
  • Choir - We Three Kings of Orient Are


LOADING PLAYER…

Men's Breakfast

November 11th

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

All men are invited!  Bring a friend!

Men's Retreat

October 27-29, Lincoln Ci

Come join the men of East Woods for a time of reflection, fellowship, service, and recreation.  


Reserve time for this weekend from October 27 - 29th. Sign ups in the Narthex or contact Rich Adamson.  


For more information, click here for the flier: 2017_Retreat_Flier.pdf

TRUNK or TREAT

October 29, 2017

On Sunday, October 29th East Woods will host "Trunk or Treat" in our parking lot.  

The time of the event is from 3 to 6 p.m.  

Bring the kids and their friends.  

We look to getting "spooked" and "ghouled" by the kids.

Restaurant of the Month Club

Join us for "Restaurant of the Month Club".  It’s an opportunity to get to know one another a bit better over a shared meal.  Each month we introduce a restaurant for members, family and friends to meet each month after our 10:45 a.m. Sunday service.  


Just save the dates and meet up with East Woods friends at our chosen restaurant. 


The next gathering will be September.

Dates to be announced.



Order your Scrip Cards

on September 3rd.


Annual Church Rummage Sale

Aug 25 - 8 to 4 pm

Aug 26 - 9 to noon

HUGE ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE THIS WEEKEND!

 

Our Annual Rummage Sale is this weekend! We have received many quality items.  Please come and check out what we have.

 

A few things to consider:

  • 1) Pfaff Creative Vision Computerized Sewing/Embroidery Machine with tons of accessory, software, kits, material, beautiful suitcases, the list is endless.  This was purchased for over $10,000 in 2011.  It was used twice.  We are selling for $4999.
  • 2) Signed Trailblazer's basketball from season 93-94 (Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Buck Williams, Chris Dudley) for $200.
  • 3) Allen Digital Organ in great shape and plays very well.  We are asking for donation to the church and it is yours.
  • 4) Furniture:  dressers, hutch, sofas, bed, rockers, chairs, overstuffed chair and ottoman, chests, desks, lamps, filing cabinets, and lots of items.
  • 5) Household items - appliances, children stuff, clothing, books, outdoor furniture, bar-b-ques, and the list goes on and on.

 

And don't forget the baked pies, cakes and cookies! Get there early, everything goes fast.

 

We take VISA and MC in addition to cash and checks.


Further questions:  Call or email Peggy Konzek at 360-903-2168 or geopegkon@comcast.net

"Movie and Game Night" for the Entire Family

Friday, August 18th from 8 to midnight

Get the family and put this night on your calendar.  We will start with family friendly games until the sun goes down.  Then we will go to the backyard of the church, put our blankets and chairs out on the lawn and watch "Secret Lives of Pets" projected on the church wall.  If you need more information, please contact Jeff Kennedy or Cathy Roeper.

Family Movie Night

Join us on the last of the summer Family Movie Night on our east lawn. 


August18 - Secret Life of Pets

Ladies Dessert Social

August 6 at 7 pm

Join the ladies of East Woods for a "dessert" social the evening of August 6th.  This is an ideal time to invite a friend.  Who doesn't like dessert?

Snack Drive for Children's Center

Share a snack with someone who needs one! 


Join us and Epikos Church's Individually Wrapped Snack Drive for the Children's Center in Vancouver.  Let's see how many times we can fill the snack donation box between now and the end of August for children overcoming mental health challenges!


Bring your snacks to our box in the Church Narthex.


Any questions, reach out to Cathy Roeper at cathyroeper@gmail.com.

Bridgetown "Night Strike"

August 3,  7:00 - 9:30 pm

East Woods Presbyterian Church is soliciting volunteers to join us for a mission opportunity to participate in the BridgeTown Ministries, Night Strike. 


We have selected Thursday, August 3rd as our night to attend together. It is a unique opportunity for people to spend time under the Burnside Bridge every Thursday night to love people because people matter. It is an opportunity for members of Portland’s homeless community to hang out, enjoy a hot meal, receive a free haircut or shave, have their feet washed and have their old shoes/clothes/sleeping bags replaced.


There are 225 positions available any Thursday night. Some of the popular positions fill quickly. If you are interested in joining us for a Night Strike night under the Burnside Bridge then either reach out to me, Gwen Wagner, (gwendolynwagner@gmail.com) with your first, second and third choice or go to this link and register yourself. 


Either way, let Gwen know if you want to join us so we can plan the proper number of cars for this trip. The sooner you register for a job, the more likely you will get what you want to do. Please register for Aug 3rd if you wish to join the EWPC group. But feel free to go any Thursday and be a part of this special ministry.

 

https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1853575/false#!1853575/false/false (Select August 3rd)

Mission Work

Mission is important to the members of East Woods.  We offer mission focused activities and education during out Connecting Time each Sunday.  This is the schedule of events coming up during this time.



July 29 - Heritage Farm


Believe  

A Study in Core Beliefs of Being a Christian


During 2017 East Woods Presbyterian will journey as a whole church, from the little ones to the most seasoned members, to believe the core truths of the Bible and to become more like Jesus every day. 


We will embark on a holistic study called “BELIEVE”. Grounded in Scripture, BELIEVE is a unique discipleship experience that helps Christians of all ages become more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character. This topical, abridge Bible illuminates the core beliefs of the Christian faith to help you think, act, and be more like Christ. 


Over 30 weeks we will dive into BELIEVE and unpack 30 big ideas of the Bible. Everyone in the church will be touched by this study. Children and Family Ministries, Youth Ministries, Adult Ministries, Connecting Time and our sermons will emphasize the lesson for each week.


Our syllabus of study includes: 

10 Key Beliefs of the Christian Faith to “Think Like Jesus” 

The first ten chapters of Believe detail the core Beliefs of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What do I believe?” 


10 Key Practices of a Jesus-follower to “Act Like Jesus” 

The second ten chapters discuss the core Practices of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “What should I do?” 


10 Key Virtues of a Person Who is Becoming More Like Jesus to “Be Like Jesus” 

The final ten chapters contain the core Virtues of the Christian life. Together they answer the question, “Who am I becoming?” This is an exciting opportunity for East Woods. We will grow together in belief, practice and virtue. 




"Who Am I Becoming?" 


And we finish in July with:

July 16 - Faithfulness

July 23 - Gentleness

July 30 - Humility


Life Line Screening

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings will be in our community on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at East Woods Presbyterian Church. 


Ultrasound screenings to Identify risk factors for Cardiovascular disease include; Carotid Artery (plaque buildup-a leading cause of stroke), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body), Peripheral Arterial Disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs), a Heart Rhythm Screening (an EKG to detect Atrial Fibrillation-irregular heartbeat) and an Osteoporosis Risk Assessment for men and women. 


Being proactive about your health by knowing your risks helps you and your doctor address problems early. 


Package 1

Plaque, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package - 4 tests for only $139.


Package 2

Add an Osteoporosis Screening for $10 more - 5 tests for only $149.


All for a $181 savings!



Preregister is required.  Go online TODAY at

www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or call 1-888-653-6450 and receive your “Community Circle” $10 discount and your Preferred Appointment!

Ash Wednesday Service

March 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

East Woods will provide a Shrove Tuesday Dinner and Ash Wednesday Service on March 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 


Use this service as a way to prepare yourself for lent and leading up to Jesus' trip to Jerusalem, to the cross and to the resurrection.


A special message from Lieutenant, CHC, USNR Bill Sperry (or as we know him, Pastor Bill) from his bunk at the Navy Chaplaincy Basic Training in South Carolina.

Women's Retreat

February 24-26, Lincoln City, Oregon


There is nothing like a weekend at the beach with your girlfriends. Well, we have one of those weekends planned for you.


The weekend of February 24-26 we will meet in Lincoln City to spend this time together exploring key life moments and how Christ has played a role in this.  We will also share meals, walks on the beach, personal stories and get to know each other better as women of faith.  


For more information contact Gwen Wagner at communications@eastwoodspres.org.   


It will be an amazing weekend to be with girlfriends!




Valentine's Day Fundraiser

Valentine’s Day Flower Bouquets


Order by Sunday January 29

Pickup Sunday February 12 from 9:30-12:00 pm


$25 each bouquet


Top-quality, farm fresh flowers will be shipped direct just in time for Valentine’s Day delivery. Each bouquet contains 12 long stemmed (50 cm) roses in your choice of red or white with 4 silver dollar eucalyptus stems. 


Note: We must receive at least 15 orders for each color in order to fulfill the orders. We will notify you if this happens. The vase is not included.  


Order the next two Sundays at the church or take this order form and send to this link at Peggy McNees.

Order form here

Please order by January 29th.

10:00 A.M.

OUR SUMMER SERVICE SCHEDULE

Please join us for our Summer Schedule for Service.

We meet at 10:00 a.m. from June 26 - August  28. 

Family Movie Night

Summer in the Park

Our first Summer in the Park Night on the East Woods back lawn is back by popular demand. All of the movie begins at dusk around  9 pm. 

Bring a chair or a blanket and join the fun.  


Our Movie Repertoire:


July 1  "Finding Nemo" 

July 15  “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” 

July 29  “The Emperor's New Groove”

August 5   “Zootopia” 

August 19   “Frozen”  

Annual Family Camp

September 2-5

Get this on your calendar for Labor Day Weekend.


For the 2016 Family Camp Weekend, East Woods will join forces with First Presbyterian Church and their annual camp out.


The camp will take place Labor Day Weekend, Friday, Sept. 2 to Monday, Sept. 5 at Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria.


The cost is $75 a family for the weekend. 

Annual Rummage Sale

Friday and Saturday, August 26-27

THE ANNUAL EAST WOODS RUMMAGE SALE is August 26-27.

Sign-up sheets for helping with set-up, working during the Sale and contributing to the Bake Sale are in Evergreen Hall (Narthex).

Donations may be brought to the church beginning Sunday, August 21.

Remember that old electronics do not sell well, and be selective about clothing donations.

For more information, contact Peggy Konzek, 903-2168.