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.


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. 


  • 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


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.



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.


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

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


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



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


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.


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


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.