Denise Westfall

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Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Denise Westfall Neuschwander as Pastor of Ocean Park United Methodist Church in Ocean Park, Washington beginning July 1, 2018.

Rev. Westfall-Neuschwander last served Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church before retiring in 2017.



Admin. Assistant

Barbara Gramps

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My Name is Barbara Gramps...

I’m a baby boomer, born and raised in the Los Angeles area.  I married young and within a year or so, was living in Waukegan, Illinois with an infant daughter and my husband.  Living in Illinois was quite an experience for a southern California girl like me.  We decided after a year living with a hot, humid summer and a winter of snowdrifts up to our roof, that we wanted back on the west coast although California was not an option.  So we hit the Oregon Trail, so to speak.


We ended up staying in Medford for one week because we ran out of money to get us all the way to Portland.  It was enough time for my husband to work a week and make the extra money we needed to get further north.  We arrived very weary and almost broke but God was smiling down on us.  Unfortunately, that marriage ended but I had been blessed with two more children, both sons.


I met Mike at a New Year’s Eve party that neither one of us had wanted to attend but went because we had made a commitment to our friends.  It turned out to be one of the best evenings of my life.  My children loved Mike and he really cared about the kids.  We were married 6 months later and will be celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary this year.


We moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in 1992.  We had vacationed here many times and had bought some property on which to put our vacation trailer.  Having a place to stay on weekends was great and we got to know the people and the area pretty well.  We talked it over and decided to sell our home in Gresham, Oregon; Mike would take an early retirement from Freightliner and I would leave US Bank.  So it was done.


We’ve both worked off and on since moving here.  Mike never really got to enjoy his early retirement but he’s happy and keeps busy also working part-time and I am thrilled to be back at work doing what I enjoy.  When not working, I love to quilt and am a member of the Peninsula Quilt Guild; I also enjoy cooking and reading.   Mike and I own a ’53 Chevy Bel Air and have belonged to the Beach Barons Car Club for many years.


The first Sunday we attended OPUMC was the day that Pastor Rene´ first announced they were looking for a new Administrative Assistant.  I knew God was smiling down on me once again.  My daughter, son and my husband have recently become members.  I feel so blessed to be working here and to be part of this wonderful church family.  My family and I felt like we were all missing out on something, not knowing exactly what it was.  Now we know.

Choir Director

Barbara Poulshock

Pianist, Vocalist & Composer

Born into a musical family in Southern California in 1926, Barbara Poulshock began her musical studies at the age of eight.  Her principal teachers included pianists George Liebling, Arthur Wynter Smith, Frances Bittner and David Vasquez.  While in high school, she began her vocal studies with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Natalie Limonick at the University of Southern California.  As a teenager, Poulshock became interested in musical composition, and was fortunate to study with composer Morris Hutchins Ruger.  Within a year, she was awarded first place in a national music competition for a short choral work. 

Mrs. Poulshock has enjoyed a long career of teaching piano and voice, both institutionally and privately.  She taught at the University of California at Long Beach, Cornish Institute in Seattle, and Orange Coast College.   In 1974 she joined the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, as a professor of voice and opera.

During her years at PLU, Mrs. Poulshock’s interest in composing for voice and piano continued to flourish.  She arranged two volumes of songs for young singers, to be performed for recitals and school voice competitions.  The two volumes were published by Belwin in 1980.  Poulshock also composed vocal arrangements Pacific Lutheran University’s world-renowned Choir of the West, including two sets of American folk songs in 1989 and 1991.

Though retiring from PLU faculty in 1994, Barbara continues a full schedule of performing, teaching and composing.  She has recently published three choral pieces for the Judy Harrington Series with Pavane, and has composed eleven original songs set to the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

In recent years, Barbara has directed two seasons of Jerry Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof” and Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitor,” as well as many recitals, concerts and Vespers performances on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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Regular Schedule
Office Hours
  • Tuesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Friday
    – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Adult Sunday School
    – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Singing your favorite hymns
    – 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations
    – 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
  July 2018  
Upcoming Events


Choir Practice
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM


AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room


Singing your favorite hymns
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and good conversations.


The Upper Room Study with Pastor M.E.
1:30 AM
1:30 Upper Room Study – In the Fireside Room - Bring your copy of The Upper Room – Pastor M.E.
The Community Table Lunch
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Community Table serves lunch on Mondays at the Ocean Park Lutheran Church located at 240th & U st. Anyone who would like lunch is invited and there is no cost for the meal.
AA Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room


Bible Study of Acts of the Apostles
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
1:30 Study of Acts of the Apostles. Inspirational class with Pastor M.E. Long.
Prayer Around the Cross Worship
5:30 PM
We have “Soup Suppers” and short worship. Soup Supper begins at 5:30 with worship at 6 pm. Soup sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall.
AA Meeting Big Book Meeting
7:30 PM
Fellowship Room


Choir Practice
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM