Cleric with diverse background to lead Centralia church


Calvary Assembly

Sunday, Calvary Assembly of God, Centralia, will welcome its new pastor, the Rev. Bruce Sullenger, and his wife, Tami, and sons, Sean, Benjamin and Aaron.

Sullenger has been in full-time ministry since 1994. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has been administrator of a 150-child care center with a staff of 35, has served as a volunteer medic and firefighter, and has led a group from several churches on missionary trips to South America.

Prior to becoming a minister, Sullenger worked in various fields including truck driving and saw milling. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Following the 10:45 a.m. service, a welcome luncheon will be served. All may attend.

Calvary Assembly, with a big white cross on top, is located at the corner of Main and Gold streets.

Toledo Presbyterian Church

Toledo Presbyterian Church's Men's Fellowship and Bible study meets from 8 to 10 a.m. today, beginning with breakfast at the Toledo Senior Center ($3) and moving on to the church at 9 a.m. for Bible study on the book of Romans. All men may attend.

Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Steve Klump will be recognized for 15 years of leadership with a coffee hour following the worship service.

Church World Service Blanket Sundays will be this Sunday, as well as Oct. 19 and 26. Women meet at the church each Tuesday through October to work on bazaar items. All women may attend. Those who attend are to bring a sandwich. Coffee will be provided.

Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. For information about additional programs and activities, telephone 864-2479.

Westminster Presbyterian

The Rev. Ralph Carr will lead the 8 and 10:15 a.m. worship services Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Westminster Bells will provide music.

Carr will begin a new sermon series about "Jesus' Purposes for the Church." A celebration of the congregation's 148th anniversary will be held, honoring those who have been members for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 40 and 50 years.

An all-church potluck will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Whitworth Hall, followed by a presentation from Hank and Jenny Kirk and Cindy and James Hill about their recent mission trips to Malawi.

Carr will speak at "A New Creation," a contemporary service of celebration and praise, at 6 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary.

Grace United Methodist

Grace United Methodist Church in Vader will host its annual homecoming and hymn-singing at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. A potluck will follow the service. All may attend.

Grace United Methodist Church has installed the National Historic Record plaque on a large rock in front of the church, and will dedicate it during or after the service, depending on the weather.

Salkum Community

Salkum Community Church of the Brethren will host Tea and Praise at 10 a.m. Monday. Guest Kristina Butterton will speak about her experiences as an ambassador with the People to People program.

Butterton traveled to Europe learning customs and cultures in different countries. Butterton is the daughter of Don and Melody Butterton of Onalaska. Melody Butterton will provide music for the program. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. All women in the community may attend.

Jack Quinn will be the speaker at the 10:50 a.m. Sunday worship service. Mary Quinn will assist as worship leader. A world mission offering "Living Letters of Love" will be offered during worship services. The Church of the Brethren sponsors missionaries in the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Brazil, Sudan and other countries as the need arises.

Rochester United Methodist

Rochester United Methodist Church will host an auction and baked potato feed today. The baked potato feed will begin at 5 p.m., and the auction will start at 6 p.m. The church is located at 18206 Corvallis St. in Rochester, one block north of U.S. Highway 12. For information, telephone 273-5000.

Central Bible

All may hear Dave and Patti Olson as they share about their ministry during the morning worship time at Central Bible Evangelical Free Church, Centralia.

The Olsons have served in Bolivia, helping to provide technical assistance to Trans World Radio. Dave Olson received a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska in 1972 and is a registered professional engineer. Patti Olson received a master's degree in education from Central Washington University in 1996.

The Rev. John L. Tomei will give a sermon, "They Violated Their Own Law," during the 10:50 a.m. service Sunday. This is also Soup Sunday. Visitors may attend.

Central Bible Evangelical Free Church will hold a fall rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the lunch is $3 per person. Proceeds will be used to help send children to summer camp.

Central Bible Evangelical Free Church is located at 2333 Sandra Ave., in Centralia. For locations and times of Home Bible Fellowships, telephone 736-2061.

St. Mary's Catholic

Masses at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centralia will be at 5 p.m. today and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Reconciliation will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today in the church.

Daily Masses this week will be at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament follows the Monday Mass until 5 p.m. The widows group will attend the Wednesday Mass and follow with coffee at McDonald's.

Eucharistic ministers' training classes will be held at 10 a.m. today in the church.

The Religious Education Commission will meet in the Activity Center following the Sunday Mass, and a catechetical certification class will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Family Support Group for Service Personnel will meet at 7 p.m. in the Activity Center.

The Adult Bible Class will meet at 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday in the parish hall.

Immanuel Lutheran

All may worship with Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday at 1209 N. Scheuber Road, Centralia. The church offers a contemporary service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m.

For information about Immanuel Lutheran Church's youth program, telephone Chip Smith, youth director, at 807-8291.

Anyone interested in using the church's facility for a meeting or wedding, with or without a reception, may telephone the church office at 736-9270.

Chehalis First Baptist

Sunday, the Rev. Skip Grover will preach a sermon titled "What is Your Excuse?" about the third and fourth chapters of Exodus at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at Chehalis First Baptist Church.

During the 6 p.m. Sunday service, the church is studying a video series titled "Wrestling With Angels." This week's episode is titled "Doubt" by Madeleine L'Engle, "How Can I Question and Still Believe?"

Life Center

All may join with Life Center Sunday as the church welcomes guest speakers Danny and Giselle Bonilla, clerics from Manhattan, New York. Services are at 9 and 11 a.m.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, all may join with Life Center for the first of several "Waiting on God" services planned for the coming year. This Sunday, guests will be Scott and Lori Schang, clerics from Woodland, and Greg and Lisa Buckiewicz, clerics from Veracruz, Mexico.

Life Center is located at 621 S. Diamond St., Centralia. For information, telephone the church office at 736-5898.

Unity Center

The guest speaker Sunday at the 10 a.m. service of Unity Center for Positive Living will be Reysha Silverhair. His talk is titled "Man As God." Guest Donna Taylor will sing her own composition. Following the service, there will be a congregational meeting to share ideas.

The Humanities Team facilitated by Bill and Terri Lane meets at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Garden Room. The group is continuing the compact discs from the Neil Walsh seminar in Wilsonville.

The autumn potluck will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Garden Room. Those who attend are to bring a dish to share.

The Unity Church is located at 800 S. Pearl, Centralia. For information, telephone 330-5259.

Onalaska Community

The Rev. Paul McQueen will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the Community Presbyterian Church of Onalaska. The choir's anthem will be "Hallelujah for the Cross!" Sunday school will now begin at 9 a.m. so that the children will have time for music as well as a full lesson period. All may attend.

The new adult and teen Bible study class at 7 p.m., led by Janet Foss, will study the book of Ruth.

Bethel Church

As Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God, Napavine, begins the "40 Days of Purpose" series, the Rev. Don Detrick will give the sermon "What On Earth Am I Here For?" in the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.

There will not be a Sunday evening service at the church, but the home friendship groups will meet in homes throughout the community from 5 to 7 p.m.

A study series for men is offered at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and at 6 a.m. Tuesdays, beginning this week.

Singing Christmas Tree rehearsals are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

For information about Wednesday services, telephone the church office at 748-0119.

St. Timothy Episcopal

Sunday, the Rev. Glenn P. Totman will be celebrant for Holy Communion at 8 and 10 a.m. at St. Timothy Episcopal Church.

The Enquirer's Class starts at 6 p.m. Sundays.

Wednesdays, there is a noon service, with Holy Eucharist and prayers for healing. Bible study is at 10 a.m. Thursday. For information, telephone the church office at 748-8232.

St. Timothy Parish is located at the corner of 18th Street and Southwest Snively Avenue, Chehalis.

Chehalis United Methodist

The 11 a.m. Sunday service at Chehalis United Methodist Church will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Simpson. There will be music by the Chancel Choir.

Training for small-group leaders will begin after church Sunday. There will be a pizza lunch, and the training is open to all. The training will be for 1½ hours for six weeks. Plans are for the sessions to be taped for those who cannot attend all six sessions.

The Methodiners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for a potluck dinner followed by a craft experience led by Margaret, Ken and Zoe Hotsko and Jean Durr. All may attend.

Oct. 19, Christian singer-songwriter Jim Moore will conduct the 11 a.m. service.

Chehalis Valley Baptist

The Rev. Ralph E. Wood of Chehalis Valley Baptist Church is about to finish the study of the book of Romans. All may hear his summary at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday.

Mark Anders will lead a 10 a.m. Bible class for adults using material from the book "Major Bible Themes."

All men may meet for breakfast at the Chehalis Denny's at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Chehalis Valley Baptist Church is located at 123 Brockway Road, Chehalis. To reach the church from Exit 77 off Interstate 5, head west on state Route 6, turn right on Chilvers Road, then merge right on Brockway. For information, telephone the church office at 748-0611.

Centralia First Christian

David Christensen will preach Sunday at First Christian Church in Centralia. His sermon will be about "Marriage." He will speak at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Chehalis Baptist

Guest Rick Bailey of Southern California will speak at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service of Chehalis Baptist Church. The Rev. Jason Rigby will continue speaking about Matthew, chapter 5, in the evening service at 6 p.m. All may attend. The church is currently meeting upstairs in the Yard Birds Mall.

For information, visit the church's Web site at or telephone the church phone at 785-0333.

Cooks Hill Community

At the 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services at Cooks Hill Community Church, the Rev. Roger Keller will give a sermon titled "Don't Vacillate — Perpetuate." This sermon is part five of a six-part series. All may attend.

Wednesdays, there will be a women's Bible study from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at Cooks Hill Community Church.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and Cooks Hill Community Church will recognize its pastors Oct. 19.

St. John's Lutheran

St. John's Lutheran Church in Chehalis will celebrate Holy Communion at the 8:30 a.m. Morning Praise service Sunday. The Rev. Randy Faro will give the sermon at both the Morning Praise and the 11 a.m. Service of the Word.

The men's breakfast and Bible study group meets at 8:45 a.m. today. The Women's Birthday Lunch group meets at 11:30 a.m. at Kit Carson restaurant.

Junior High Youth meet at 7 p.m. Thursday.

An Octoberfest will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Community Center.

For information about activities throughout the week, telephone the church office at 748-4741.

Centralia Community

Sunday at Centralia Community Church of God, the Rev. Darcy Fast will continue "The Purpose Driven Life" series with Purpose 3, "You Were Created to Become Like Christ," during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services.

For information about home groups, telephone the church office.

Work continues on the Family Life Center expansion with volunteer work crews. The church asks those who can help during the week or on Saturdays to contact the church office.

For a complete list of events and activities, telephone the church office at 736-7606 or check the church's Web site at

Centralia First Presbyterian

Sunday, the Centralia First Presbyterian Church will meet back at the First Presbyterian Church Worship Center at the corner of North Rock and West Pine streets in Centralia for two services: the 9:15 a.m. Service of Celebration and the 11 a.m. Service of Contemplation.

For information about activities for all ages, telephone the church office at 736-9996.

Centralia Nazarene

At the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services at First Church of the Nazarene in Centralia, the Rev. Rick Ryding will speak about "All Things Are Possible," based on Mark 10:17-30.

Auto Care applications are due Monday. The next service date is Oct. 18. This ministry is dedicated to providing high-quality minor car repair and maintenance for single mothers, orphans and widows without a church home.

Men's Fellowship will host a gathering of "" Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. This monthly ministry brings together men who are interested in fishing.

There will be a baptismal service at 6 p.m. Oct. 19.

Friendship Day will be Oct. 26, during both the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.

For information about ministries for the entire family, visit or telephone the church office at 736-9981.

St. Joseph Catholic

Today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chehalis, the sacrament of reconciliation will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Masses will be at 5 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish. Sunday Masses will be at 10:30 a.m. in English, 1 p.m. in Spanish and 6 p.m. in English.

Handmade items are being accepted for the Winterfest Bazaar, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in the School Hall.

The Octoberfest Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be Oct. 25 in the School Hall.

The youth choir meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Interested individuals in fourth through eighth grades may attend. Youth Nights are from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. CYO volleyball is starting Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For information, telephone the school at 748-0961.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is Thursday after the 9 a.m. Mass until 6:45 p.m. All may come for an hour.

Liturgical ministers are desired for the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass. For information, telephone Deacon Loren Lane at the parish center.