Candlewood Ministries



“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:18-21 English Standard Version).

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26 New International Version).

These verses describe the Candlewood Ministries started by Liana White when she was asked by one of her CNA clients about a bible study.  Liana listened to the need and took it to our church Pastor Heather, who prayed about it and encouraged Liana to take it to the Pastoral relations committee. The committee recommended we start church services at the Candlewood Apartments on the first and third Sundays of the month. The Administrative Board approved the start of the services as an extension of our church, led by Kathie Tucker with support from retired Pastor Mary Jensen and supervised by Pastor Heather and the Pastoral Relations committee. Beginning in October of 2015 services at Candlewood have ranged from 5 to 16 attendees.

As every church is truly the people, the core group at Candlewood –  Kaycee Burnett, Michael Dobyns, Frances Taylor, Joyce Bakken, Louise Gage, and Kay Baxter – are spirit filled loving caring people. Pastor Mary Jensen, says their love is contagious; she can’t stay away! We sing, pray, share communion, share a sermon and close with a potluck dinner. It is an informal service with lots of opportunity for all to share ideas and stories.

Everyone is invited to join us any 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month at the Candlewood Apartments, 1322 Harrison Ave, Centralia. “Doors open” at 4:00 pm with the service beginning at 4:30 pm.


PO Box 78
18206 Corvallis Street
Rochester, WA 98579

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Sign on State Route 12

Rochester United Methodist Church