July/August Issue 2017

Dear Romans 2.0


On June 11, I began a sermon series on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. For that first sermon I wrote a one-page summary of the entire Letter which I called, “Dear Romans.” However, as I study Romans each week, my understanding of the Letter changes. So I have decided to amend that summary. The following is “Dear Romans 2.0.” (I’m sure there will be a 3.0, etc.) The bold-faced numbers before each paragraph are the chapters in Romans.


(1-2) I, Paul, am an apostle of Jesus Christ, called to proclaim the Gospel to Gentiles. I’ve heard some great things about you Romans. But I also know that you are unrighteous and worthy of God’s judgment. Those who are Jews may think you can become righteous by obeying the Law of Moses. The problem with that is…you don’t! So Jews and Gentiles are all in the same boat – unrighteous and guilty.


(3) But although we are unrighteous, God is always righteous. God’s righteousness means God’s faithfulness to everyone, Jews and Gentiles. God’s faithfulness is revealed through his Son, Jesus, who was faithful to his death. Jesus’ death frees us from sin and makes us right with God -- if we believe. Hitch your weak faith to Jesus’ strong faith, and it will lead to righteousness.


(4) Faith is the only path to righteousness, and it’s an ancient path -- as old as Abraham. Scripture says that God looked at Abraham’s faith and considered it as righteousness. In the same way, God makes us righteous through our faith in Jesus Christ.


(5) This means that we have peace with God. Through our sin, we made ourselves enemies of God. But God loves even his enemies. God loves us so much he is willing to die for us. That’s what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus died for us so we can be forgiven and reconciled to God. We don’t deserve this. It is all a matter of God’s grace, God’s free gift to us. Grace erases the curse of sin we have lived under ever since the fall of Adam and Eve.


(6-8) But don’t misunderstand grace. Grace is not a license to sin; it’s an opportunity for a new life freed from sin. I’ll admit this new life is not as easy. Sin is a powerful, cunning force. But God’s Spirit is much more powerful. God gives us the Spirit so we can live as beloved children of God as we await the fulfillment of God’s kingdom. Until then we will have to deal with suffering. But even the worst suffering cannot separate us from God’s love in Jesus Christ.


(9-11) I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: All this applies to everyone -- Jews and Gentiles. But Gentiles, don’t get the big head about this. Don’t start thinking you’re better than the Jews. God still has a special relationship with the Jews. Jews are included in God’s grace.


(12-13) So, since you have all been saved and transformed by grace, live as transformed, gracious people. Be gracious and compassionate to all. Love everyone, including your enemies. Speaking of enemies, you might be wondering about the Roman authorities. Obey them.


(14-16) Within the church, be patient with those who are weaker in faith. It’s not your job to test their faith or prove how strong yours is. Remember what’s important – grace, love, and peace. May God bless you will all three.


Pastor David



What’s New behind the Scene


1. We have a new Digital Sound Board

Hopefully you have noticed a better quality and more consistent sound through sanctuary audio speakers.


Once the sound board is programmed the settings are stored and they can be recalled for the next Sunday.


We are looking for some additional operators. If you are interested, please speak with Steve Shell, Randy Morse, Lael Vickery or Gary Shaw.


2. Hearing Devices

We have hearing devices for those who have trouble hearing in the sanctuary. They are located by the sound system.


3. Power Point

Jian Ping Larse runs the PowerPoint next to the sound board, we are also looking for interested people to fill in. Please speak with Jian Ping Larse, Lael Vickery or Gary Shaw.


4. Pulpit Supply

Thanks to all who have stepped forward to fill the pulpit.



Gary Shaw




Attention Deacons:


      Deacon Meetings:

            NO meeting in July

            NO meeting in August




All Church Judson Day
BBQ & Potluck


Sunday, July 23

Following Worship Service at Hydro Park


Please bring a salad, main dish or dessert. Hamburgers, hotdogs, beverages and table service will be provided.


If you have questions contact Pam Hannah at 679.9390.




Remember in Prayer


Our Shut-ins:


  • Mary Burshek
  • Rose Delabarre
  • Myrtle Deleeuw
  • Audrey Salmon
  • Mary Sell
  • Carolyn Storme


July Birthdays


  • 1st         Betty Radke
  • 4th         Mary Carter Pringer
  • 8th         Irene Modahl
  •             Jane Shell
  • 10th       Gizella Jordan
  • 11th       Jim Hart
  • 13th       Dorothy Ulrich
  • 21st       Aleksandr Zaytsev
  • 26th       Joel Morrow
  • 27th       Estelle Acord
  •             Jazmine White
  • 28th       Dayle Rushing
  • 31st       Mary Kintner
  •             Cheryl Short
  •             Bert Bickel


August Birthdays


  • 3rd         Bill Cordell
  • 7th         Ellen Graybill
  • 9th         Bob Salmon
  • 20th       Connie Mitchell
  • 23rd       Irene Morrow
  • 25th       Maria Holland




3rd         Warren & Evelyn Eikenberry

24th       Leo & Angie Estes




  • 8th         Aleksandr & Tanya Zaytsev
  • 11th       Bob & Linda Davis
  • 14th       Dan & Jan White
  • 21st       David Morin & Cheryl Short
  • 25th       Lael & Linda Vickery




Sixth Annual Judson Day


For the last five years, WBBC has celebrated “Judson Day” to honor the first American foreign missionaries – American Baptists Adoniram and Ann Judson. More than 200 years ago, the Judsons began their missionary work in the country of Burma (now known as Myanmar). The people most receptive to the Gospel were the Karen people, an ethnic minority in Burma.


Today, most Karen are Christian. The Karen have long been persecuted both for their ethnicity and their Christian faith. Many Karen have fled Burma and now live in the United States, including many in the Seattle area. Each year on Judson Day, members of the Karen Community Church in Kent, WA have joined us for worship. This year, Judson Day will be held on Sunday, July 23. Once again we will be joined by our friends from Karen Community Church.


This year, our guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Saw Yaha Lay La, senior pastor of Gwaik Gone Karen Baptist Church in Yangon, Burma. He is also founding Director of the T. Thanbyah Christian Institute. Dr. Yaha was formerly the founder and director of Klo Kweh Music Team and Senior Professor and head of Practical Theology at Karen Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Yaha and his wife, Susanna, are blessed with a 17 year-old daughter.


Please welcome Dr. Yaha and our brothers and sisters from Karen Community Church. Once again, our annual church barbeque at Hydro Park will take place after worship. Please see the article about the barbeque in this newsletter.




New wiring


You might have noticed that there have been times during the worship service when we lost sound. It is because there were too many things plugged into the same circuit as the sound board, which caused an overload. We had The Salcido Connection put in a new circuit specifically for running the sound board and PowerPoint. We will no longer have overload issues on Sunday mornings.


Lael Vickery & Maurice Briggs, Property Chairs




Clothes 4 the Classroom

Saturday August 19, 2017

8:00 am - 12:00 noon

Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church

1400 S Miller St., Wenatchee


FYI Cash Donations:

$10 buys 2 T-shirts

$10 buys 1 pair of jeans

$10 buys 1 pair of shoes

** $30 buys a complete outfit **


Give securely online at: www.servewenatchee.org

Click on the “Give Now” link


If you want to help, go online to www.servewenatchee.org and sign up


Please Note:

We will not be distributing used clothing this year, so we will not be receiving donated used clothing.


If you have any questions contact the office at 663-4673 (ONE-HOPE)

Serve Wenatchee Valley




In related news:


The current issue of “People” magazine features an interview with Lydia Pogu and Joy Bishara, two of the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from their captors early on, and who are among the small group who have been living and studying in the United States. Find a preview of the interview online at http://people.com/human-interest/nigerian-teen-girls-escape-boko-haram



A release from the Nigerian nonprofit Education Must Continue Initiative


Reports that two of the first Chibok schoolgirls to escape their captors successfully graduated from an American high school in early June. “The two girls known simply by their first names Debbie and Grace graduated after completing junior year (11th grade) and senior year (12 grade) at a prestigious private international school in the Washington metro area,” the release said.


“Debbie and Grace were part of the first 57 girls who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists after the mass abduction of almost 300 Chibok schoolgirls in April 2014. Unlike most of their colleagues who jumped out of trucks en route, the two were taken all the way to the terrorists’ camp in Sambisa before they escaped and made it back home in a terrifying journey that took about a week with their captors in hot pursuit.


They were the last to escape Boko Haram until last year's escape of Amina Ali after two years in captivity.” The two girls were among a dozen sponsored to study abroad by Education Must Continue Initiative.


On hand to witness their graduation was a delegation from Nigeria including Education Must Continue founders Paul and Becky Gadzama; the parent of one of the girls, who traveled all the way from Chibok in northeast Nigeria; a Chibok girl currently pursuing a degree program in an American university, who cut short her summer vacation in Nigeria to return for the graduation; the girls’ American host families; and Emmanuel Ogebe, a human rights lawyer who has helped facilitate the girls’ study in the United States, and his family.




Dear Beloved,

In case you were wondering….


I am the Lord God.

Today I will be handling all
of your problems.

Please remember that I do
not need your help.

If the devil happens to deliver
a situation that you cannot handle,
DO NOT attempt to resolve it.

Kindly put it in the SFJTD
(Something for Jesus to Do) box.


It will be addressed in My time, not yours.

Once the matter is placed
into the box, do not hold on to it
or attempt to remove it.

Holding on or removal will delay
the resolution of your problem.

If it is a situation that you think
you are capable of handling
please consult me in prayer to be
sure that it is the proper resolution.

Because I do not sleep nor do I slumber,
there is no need for you to lose any sleep.

Rest, my child.

If you need to contact me,

I am only a prayer away.


Love Eternally,
The Lord Your God

-Author unknown








May/June Issue 2017



Jim Merlin was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 17, 1917. He was born into a country and world in the midst of turmoil. The United States had just entered World War I. Europe had already endured three years of bloody conflict. Vladimir Lenin had just re-entered Russia to foment the revolution which would bring the communists to power later that year.


In our country, suffragettes were still struggling to give women the right to vote. President Woodrow Wilson was just beginning his second term. Twelve days after Jim Merlin’s birth, John F. Kennedy, our 35th President, was born. Other notable Americans born in 1917 include Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Dean Martin, Raymond Burr, and Les Schwab!


In the last 100 years, Jim has lived through seven U.S. wars, eighteen U.S. presidents, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the invention of television, nuclear weapons, computers, antibiotics, and space travel. It is hard to imagine a century with more sweeping changes.


Jim’s childhood was certainly full of changes. His father worked for the Dodge Brothers automobile company and was transferred from one place to another. Jim lived in Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California. The onset of the Great Depression meant the collapse of much of the automobile market and Jim’s dad found work wherever he could. He and Jim once picked apples in a place called Wenatchee, Washington!


The one constant in Jim’s life was Christian faith. His mother and father were committed Christians who raised their children, Jim, John, and Isabelle, in the church. When Jim graduated from high school, he enrolled in Biola College in Los Angeles. He also studied at the Bible Missionary Institute and the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated in 1942.


It was there in Berkeley where he met his future wife, Bonnie. Bonnie and Jim were married in 1942, right before he began studies at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. After graduation, Jim answered the call to be a rural missionary in northern Idaho. He later pastored Baptist churches in Newport, Washington, Waterford, California, Eugene, Oregon, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cashmere, Washington.


Jim has one hundred years of stories – riding freight trains across country with his dad, working as a security guard at a nuclear laboratory during World War II, leading backpacking trips for church youth, working alongside church members in the fields and farms of rural communities where he served as pastor.


We will never be able to hear all the stories of Jim’s life. But we will hear a few of them when we celebrate his birthday on Sunday, May 21. Please join us as we share memories, rejoice in hope, and worship the God whom Jim has served faithfully for the last 100 years.


Pastor David





Church Council AGENDA

May 7, 2017


Following Worship


  1. Call to order and opening Prayer

  2. Approving the minutes of the last Council Meeting – Handout

  3. Treasurer’s Report – Handout

  4. Unfinished Business:

  5. Regular Business: Handout – Church Board Commissions Reports

          Pastor’s Report: Handout – Pastor David Morrow

          Deacon Board Report: Handout

          Moderator: Report of Staff Relations Committee – Gary Shaw

  6. New Business:

  • Planned Gift Interest Disbursement for 2017 – Linda Vickery
  • Approval of Colleen Michael – Annual Conference Delegate





Save the date!!!

Sunday, July 23


All-Church Judson Day BBQ Picnic
at Hydro Park following worship




Attention Deacons:


      Deacon Meetings:

         NO meeting in May

            The Deacons will meet for their annual year-end dinner on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00pm. The location is Casa Tapatia on Grant Road near Kentucky (1650 Grant Road). They serve Mexican and American food and you can order from the menu. Olga Rybakov will share her experiences working as a nurse in Haiti for a week earlier this year. Leanne will check to see who is coming closer to the date but we hope you can all attend.




Remember in Prayer


Our Shut-ins:


  • Mary Burshek
  • Rose Delabarre
  • Myrtle Deleeuw
  • Audrey Salmon
  • Mary Sell
  • Carolyn Storme



May Birthdays


  • 13th       Mary Burshek
  • 15th       Maurice Briggs
  •             Michael Cordell
  •             Brian Ford
  • 17th       Jim Merlin
  • 19th       Donna Salsbery
  • 20th       Mabel Hoffman
  • 21st       Robin Shockey
  •             Ralph Jordan
  • 23rd       Jan White
  • 26th       Don Miller
  • 29th       Sally Allstot


June Birthdays


  • 2nd              David Morrow
  • 3rd               Bob Davis
  • 11th             Lauren McCurry
  • 18th             Zoe White
  • 29th             Steve Shell




No Anniversaries




  • 3rd         Dick & Dorothy Ogle
  • 4th         Mickey & Susanna White
  • 8th         David & Irene Morrow
  • 11th       Dennis & Dayle Rushing
  • 20th       Adam & Robin Shockey
  •             Steve & Jane Shell
  • 21st       Ernie & Maria Holland
  • 24th       Gary & Merry Kay Shaw




Calling Us to Worship





You may have noticed different people (besides the worship leader) leading the Call to Worship on Sunday morning. This is a way for more people to be involved in worship. Maybe you don’t feel called to preach, or participate in our music team, or lead worship. But maybe God is calling you to call us to worship. All you have to do is read the bold print in the Call to Worship! Talk to David if you’re interested.




Indoor/Outdoor Cleanup


The all-church cleanup was very well attended. Thank you to everyone that helped. Outside we cleaned the bank along Malaga St. and pruned shrubs. Inside we cleaned the kitchen, nursery, flower room and kitchenette. It was a successful day and the coffee and donuts were much appreciated. Thanks again to all that came to help. Also our thanks to Trinity Church for their help.


Lael Vickery & Maurice Briggs




Sounds Like a Good Opportunity


As you enter the sanctuary, you may have noticed the soundboard – that machine with all the dials and switches which controls our audio system. It may look complicated, and it does require training to operate…but it’s not that complicated. And we could sure use another person on the soundboard team! If you think you might be interested, please speak with Steve Shell, Randy Morse, or David.





Update from Alex Zaytsev in Eastern Ukraine


I want to write about what God is doing in Eastern Ukraine. Three and a half months ago we started a Christian “anti-café” and Young Life Club for teens in the city of Mirnograd. We have about 15-20 teens that come regularly. Two weeks ago we took 10 of them to a Christian teen conference. They really enjoyed it, asked many questions, and shared their thoughts about the stories we read from the Bible. Last Sunday we had our first church service for these kids, which we now plan to have every Sunday. We are already making plans to take them to camp this summer. We pray for God to continue his work in these young people.


On May 5th we also plan to start a Young Life Club in the village of Ocheretino. Our missionary, Mikola Odnovolik, who lives in Ocheretino, has already formed relationships with these youth. These teens are seeking a place where they can feel accepted and loved.


Please also pray for the start of a weekly Bible study with the teens of Avdeevka. My cousin, Polina, and I have formed many relationships with the local teens. We have shared why we believe in Jesus, and we have been asked many questions about God. We plan on starting a Bible study where our teens can meet God in a comfortable atmosphere -- where they can ask questions and share their thoughts, as we study God's word together.





Happy Mother’s Day!



Happy Father’s Day!





The Columbia Chorale presents:


“Good News!—Songs of Africa-America”, an official 2017 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival event featuring spirituals and tribal songs influenced by the African-American experience. Local voice instructor/soprano Leslie McEwen will join the Chorale as a featured soloist. The concert will be held on Friday, April 28 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee
beginning at 7:30pm.


Tickets for the concert are available at the Numerica PAC in Wenatchee and also at the door.

Adults $15

Students $8




General Secretary David Steele
cordially invites you to Attend one or more


Pacific Northwest District Listening Session


May 19, 2017 – 7:00pm
Sunnyslope Church of the Brethren
3330 School Street, Wenatchee, Washington


May 20, 2017 – 7:00pm
Olympic View Community Church

425 NE 95th Street, Seattle, Washington

May 21, 2017 – 2:00pm
Peace Church of the Brethren
12727 SE Market Street, Portland, Oregon


Come for a time of conversation with our new general secretary and fellowship with other supporters of the denomination.


All are welcome!





Spring Update
from the Williams

Missionaries to the Congo


Dear Friends,


Since we last wrote we have had many visitors and said goodbye to the Chapmans for now. Our Area Director, Eleazar visited and a Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) family came out to the village for a weekend. All this time with expats was very special and rejuvenating for us. Katrina and I went on our first date in Kikongo after all the kids went to bed with our MAF friends. It was a great night of games and sharing.


Thank you so much for everything you do to sustain our life here. Many have written about how much fun the kids in their lives have reading our Facebook/twitter updates of the animals we care for. It really does mean a lot when we are told how our various communication are being enjoyed.


Thank you to you who give financially so that we can minister here. Thank you to those who simply read our updates or pray for us without saying a word. We thank our resurrected Lord for each of you and the role you play in our ministry.


Your co-workers in Christ,
Kyle & Katrina Williams




March/April Issue 2017

What Does the Bible Say About Foreigners and Refugees?


In recent weeks, the media has been filled with news about immigration policy, foreigners and refugees. What does the Bible say about immigration, foreigners and refugees? Of course the Bible does not directly address 2017 immigration policy, but there are many passages about foreigners and refugees in biblical times. Here is a very brief overview.


In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for foreigner is ger, which is translated as “stranger” or “alien.” There are repeated commands to treat the ger with justice and mercy (Exodus 22:1, 23:9, Deuteronomy 24:17, 27:19, Jeremiah 7:6, 22:3, Zechariah 7:10). Most notable is Leviticus 19:33-34, “When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” (NRSV)


In the New Testament, the Greek word for foreigner is xenos, usually translated as “stranger.” (Xenos is the root of our English word, xenophobia -- fear or hatred of foreigners.) Matthew uses xenos in Jesus’ Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46). At the Last Judgment, the Son of Man will separate the sheep (righteous) from the goats (unrighteous) according to their treatment of “the least of these” -- including “the stranger.” The righteous “welcome the stranger,” while the unrighteous “do not welcome the stranger” (verses 35, 38, 43-44)


What about refugees, people who are forced to flee their homeland? Most major figures in the Bible were refugees at one time or another. Abraham and Sarah fled to Egypt to escape famine (Genesis 12:10). Jacob fled to Syria to escape his brother Esau (Genesis 27:43). Moses fled to Midian to escape Pharaoh (Exodus 3:15). David fled to Philistia to escape King Saul (1 Samuel 27:1). Elijah fled to Judah and Horeb to escape Queen Jezebel (1Kings 19:3). And Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt with the child Jesus to escape the evil King Herod (Matthew 2:13-15).


Christians have often had to flee persecution. John Smyth (whom many regard as the father of the Baptists) fled from England to Holland in 1608. The Brethren fled from Germany to America in the early 1700s. Our friends from Karen Community Church are all refugees. They fled war and persecution in Burma for refugee camps in Thailand. From Thailand, they immigrated to the US. The Karen bless us with their presence each July to celebrate Judson Day.


Christians have often assisted refugees, including refugees from other religious faiths. Church World Service and World Relief (of the National Association of Evangelicals) are two of the many Christian groups that continue to help refugees from around the world.


Within WBBC there are different opinions on immigration issues. But political diversity within our congregation is a sign of strength, not weakness. I am wary of those who declare a particular position to be “the Christian position.” At the same time, I encourage everyone to look at these issues through the lens of Christian faith. In every area of life, our standard is Jesus Christ.


Pastor David





  • Pastor Matt Canlis Preaching on March 5, 2017
  • Pastor David Morrow attending Brethren spring event in Lacey
  • Commission Meeting
  • Receive requests for planned gift interest
  • Staff Relations
  • Pictorial directory picture complete
  • Purchases of a new digital sound board
  • Celebrating Coming of Spring
  • Return to daylight savings time on March 12, 2017



  • Staff Relations
  • Commission Meeting
  • Celebrating Easter and Love Feast


Moderator Gary Shaw




Soup & Pie Lunch!


The Hospitality Commission is planning a Soup & Pie Lunch on Sunday, April 2, after worship in the narthex. Please check your bulletin in the coming weeks for more information about this event.




Church Pictorial Directory


The Church Pictorial Directory has been a success thanks to all for having your picture taken.


Thanks to Rudy and Shirley Mueller for initiating, taking photos, and helping with organization of the directory.


Thanks to Trinity Church for sharing their directory ideas.


A Special thanks to Betty for her time, expertise, putting the directory together and making us all look awesome.


Moderator Gary Shaw




Attention Deacons:


Deacon Meetings:

NO meeting in March

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm




Remember in Prayer


Our Shut-ins:

  • Rose Delabarre
  • Audrey Salmon
  • Carolyn Storme



March Birthdays

  • 10th       Adam Shockey
  •             Jesse Graybill


April Birthdays

  • 3rd         Judi Delabarre
  • 13th       Ernie Holland
  • 18th       Gary Shaw
  • 22nd       Merry Kay Shaw
  •               Rachel Davis

  • 26th       Linda Vickery
    •   Leanne Ford




  • 23rd       Bob & Audrey Salmon



  • 24th       Jay & Susan Stockwell




Holy Week 2017


Although I have been preaching a sermon series on Holy Week since the beginning of the year, the actual Holy Week does not occur until the second full week of April. We do not yet have the exact times for all the special Holy Week events, but here are the dates and places:


  • April 13 – Love Feast, 6:00 pm at Wenatchee Brethren Baptist
  • April 14 – Trinity Church Good Friday Service
  • April 16 – Easter Sunrise Service at Rocky Reach Dam
  • April 16 – Easter breakfast at Sunnyslope Church
  • April 16-- Easter worship…He is risen!


The Love Feast, Sunrise Service, and Easter breakfast are held jointly with Sunnyslope Church.




America for Christ Offering


Every year we collect the America for Christ Offering. This offering goes to the American Baptist Home Mission Societies which supports American Baptist mission work in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This year we will collect the offering on Sunday, March 19.


The theme for America for Christ (AFC) 2017 is Cultivating Leaders, Equipping Disciples, and Healing Communities. Watch for bulletin inserts which describe some of the projects supported by your AFC offering. Wenatchee Brethren Baptist is associated with the American Baptist Church and the Church of the Brethren. In the fall, we will collect the Mission Offering for the Church of the Brethren.




Upcoming Events


You are invited to a free screening of the short documentary, Godspeed, February 26, 7:00pm at Liberty Cinema in Wenatchee. Godspeed traces the journey of Trinity Pastor Matt Canlis from the US to Scotland and back again.


Pastor Matt and others reflect on parish ministry and living life Godspeed - slowing down enough to know and be known. For more information, see the posters in the narthex and church entrance.


The Pacific Northwest District Church of the Brethren Spring Event will be March 3-5 in Lacy. This year's theme is "Stories of Hope." There will be stories, singing, worship, workshops and input from Tara Hornbacker from Bethany Seminary. For more information, pick up a green flyer on the table in the narthex or speak with Pastor David.


The District’s Auction for the Brethren Disaster Service will be held on Saturday afternoon, March 4 at the Pacific NW District Spring Event. If you would like to donate something for the auction you can drop it off at the church by no later than Thursday, March 2. Some things that are popular are handmade quilts, art, tickets for restaurants that sometimes businesses might donate, baskets of goodies on a particular theme (like movie night, coffee, chocolate, use your imagination) and weekend get-aways at beach cabins, etc.


The American Baptist Northwest Women's Conference will be held April 21-23 in Richland. One of the speakers will be Rita Chapman, long-time missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Please see the flyer posted on the bulletin board in the church entrance and pick up a registration packet on the table in the narthex.




Listening to God Spiritual Retreat


Each year, usually in February, our church has a retreat to plan for the coming year. This year, instead of a planning retreat we will have a spiritual retreat on Saturday, March 25, led by Joe and Merry Roy. The theme will be “Listening to God.” The Roys will lead us in various activities to help us listen to God’s voice. The event will be held in the morning although we do not yet have specific times. Please put this event on your calendar for March 25.




Latest News from Eastern Ukraine

(This is an email communication from
Pastor Igor dated February 18)

Friends, the last two days Avdeevka has been bombed like never before. Many five-story apartment complexes where people live have been affected. Many wounded and killed. 100 meters from our church apartment, a man was killed. This is our reality. I am feeling more frustrated and stressed, because no matter what we do, the situation is getting worse. We serve people and bring the Gospel to them, and it is so hard to see them struggle like this. They keep on living in the complexes pictured, because there is no place for them to go. We pulled our missionary Alex out of Avdeevka for his most recent bombing. Please keep on praying for Avdeevka and people of Ukraine. May God bless you, Igor Tunik




Kyle & Katrina Williams’ Newsletter


Our church supports Kyle and Katrina Williams, American Baptist missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some of you receive their periodic email newsletter called “Connect Kikongo.” Unfortunately, it often ends up in spam filters. This week Betty forwarded the Williams’ latest newsletter to everyone on the email prayer chain list. Please check your email for this fascinating and informative letter. For those who don’t have email, there are paper copies on the table in the narthex.




75 years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt

signed the executive order to intern more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and US citizens.


“The experience was too traumatic; it devastated our personhood.... This is my story. I tell it now, to help people to know about and to understand the pain that the internment caused, so that such an atrocity will never happen in this country again.” From a "Messenger" article in November 1988, written by Florence Date Smith.


Now 95 years old, she was one of the Japanese-Americans interned by her own government during World War II. On Sunday, 75 years will have passed since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed executive order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, setting in motion the internment of hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans and US citizens. NBC News reports that “over the next five years, more than 120,000 people, two-thirds of whom were native-born United States citizens, were forced to leave their homes and livelihoods for quickly-built camps in some of the country’s most unforgiving climates” (find a special NBC report at www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/75-years-after-executive-order-9066-n721831). Look for the full text of Smith’s “Messenger” article, and an update on her work to keep the story of the Japanese-American internment experience alive, in next week’s Newsline, the Church of the Brethren's email news service.




Crisis in Nigeria


Dear Brethren Baptist Church Wenatchee,


Thank you for the boxes of books that you sent to be included in our shipment of Books for Nigeria. Your time, energy, resources and compassion are all very much appreciated! These books will be a blessing to the Nigerian Brethren who will receive them.


Our books were sorted and packed and sent on their way to Nigeria in January.


With warmest appreciation and sincere prayers for a blessed season,


Sharon Franzen

Brethren Disaster Ministries




How to figure out if something you read is true or not


We have a responsibility to look for truth as Christians. This is important as we read the news, listen to the radio and watch television, or get our news from the internet or social media sources. Todd Flory, a member of the Church of the Brethren in Wichita, Kansas and elementary school teacher, works to teach his students to look carefully at what they're reading and where it comes from. He's got a seven-point checklist his students can follow:


  1. Do you know who the source is, or was it created by a common or well-known source? Example National Geographic, Discovery, etc.

  2. How does it compare to what you already know?

  3. Does the information make sense? Do you understand the information?

  4. Can you verify that the information agrees with three or more other sources that are also reliable?

  5. Have experts in the field been connected to it or authored the information?

  6. How current is the information?

  7. Does it have a copyright?


For the full story go to:www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/02/16/514364210/5-ways-teachers-are-fighting-fake-news.









January/February Issue 2017

I Can’t Wait ‘Til Holy Week!


Those who have young children or grandchildren have probably heard, “I can’t wait ‘til Christmas!” many times over the last few weeks. Most kids get very excited about the coming of Christmas. And maybe you share that excitement. Christmas is a holiday that many people, young and old, wait for with great anticipation.


But Holy Week? I can’t recall anyone ever saying, “I can’t wait ‘til Holy Week!” Many in our secular society don’t even know what Holy Week is, much less look forward to it with anticipation. Even we Christians, who recognize and observe the events of Holy Week, don’t usually get that excited about its arrival.


But why not? For Christians, Holy Week and Easter should be the most important time of the year. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It continues with such important events as Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, his bitter disputes with scribes and Pharisees, the washing of the disciples’ feet, the Last Supper, and Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. And for us Christians, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead on Easter is the most important event in human history.


Holy Week was the most important time of Jesus’ earthly ministry. His ministry lasted three years, but Matthew devotes 8 of 28 chapters to the events of Holy Week, Mark 6 of 16 chapters, Luke 6 of 24 chapters, and John 9 of 22 chapters. In the Gospel accounts, time seems to slow down during Holy Week as the writers pore over every detail of Jesus’ words and actions.


If the Gospel writers pay so much attention to Holy Week, why doesn’t your preacher!? I always preach a Palm Sunday sermon on Palm Sunday. I always preach an Easter sermon on Easter. At Maundy Thursday Love Feast I always speak about foot washing or the Last Supper. But the other events of Holy Week? I rarely preach on those because…well, it’s not Holy Week! And because we don’t have a Good Friday service, I never seem to preach about the crucifixion. In the seven years I have been pastor of WBBC, I have never preached on any Gospel account of the crucifixion!


That glaring oversight is about to change! And I can’t wait ‘til Holy Week! This year, Holy Week will begin on Sunday, January 8. I will preach on Holy Week passage from then until Easter (April 16). One of the Beatles’ early hits was “Eight Days a Week.” Well in 2017, Holy Week will have Ninety-Eight days. I will preach from the Gospel of Mark, chapters 11-15. I won’t be able to include every last Holy Week passage in Mark. But I will try to give Holy Week the attention it has been lacking. I can’t wait.


Pastor David




Welcome to 2017

Our leadership team for the New Year


Moderator, Gary Shaw

Treasurer/Finance, Linda Vickery

Clerk, Merry Kay Shaw

Assistant Clerk, Barbara Miller

Property Commission, Lael Vickery / Maurice Briggs

Spiritual Nurture Commission, Merry Roy

Community Outreach Commission, Jan White, Irene Morrow

Hospitality Commission, Pam Hannah

Memorial Committee, Merry Kay Shaw, Estelle Accord, Pam Hannah

Nominating Committee, Barbara Miller

Deacon, Leanne Ford

Staff Relations, Gary Shaw, Linda Vickery, Lael Vickery, Barbara Miller, Joseph Roy, Pastor David Morrow, Leanne Ford


We look forward to working with the congregation in developing our goals for 2017. We will be planning an all church retreat.


Thank you for your willingness to serve.


God Bless, Gary Shaw






Well, we really don't quilt the baby quilts, we tie them. We will begin meeting on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:00pm. If you don't like to tie quilts you can cut blocks to be sewn together. We have a good time visiting and getting to know each other. All the baby quilts are given away to new mothers at the hospital that don't have very much. Colleen Michael puts together total layettes for each quilt given away. Hope to see you there!




Remember in Prayer


Our Shut-ins:


Rose Delabarre

Audrey Salmon

Carolyn Storme



January Birthdays


5th         Dick Ogle

13th       Laura Cordell

14th       Merry Roy

18th       Angie Estes

20th       Leo Estes

24th       Jim Taylor

30th       Diane Stober


February Birthdays


2nd              Evelyn Eikenberry

                  Susanna White

4th               Susan Stockwell

10th             Barbara Miller

20th             Mickey White

24th             Jay Stockwell

27th             Warren Eikenberry

28th             Dan White




6th               Dennis & Betty Radke

31st             Don & Barbara Miller




No Anniversaries




Please Note:

There will be NO Adult Bible Study Sunday, December 25.




Attention Deacons:


Deacon Meetings:

NO meeting in January

Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30pm




Taking Down the Greens


On Saturday, January 7, we will be taking down the Christmas decorations and putting them away. Hope to see you there!






Pray for strength
to face the challenges of 2017


2016 in review:


Give thanks for new members!

Six people have become formal members of Wenatchee Brethren Baptist this year. Several others have begun attending our worship services.


Give thanks for new workers!

We began the year with the event called “WBBC Trek” to encourage a new generation of church workers, and we have had new workers in almost every area of church life.


Give thanks for the work of Spiritual Nurture!

(Merry Roy, chair) We have new musicians, new musical instruments, new songs, new soundboard and PowerPoint operators, a new curriculum for children’s Sunday School, and new members in Grace and Growth Groups.


Give thanks for the work of Community Outreach!

(Jan White & Irene Morrow, chairs) We have new chairpersons to lead this work, new and greater participation in Serve Wenatchee Valley and Garden Terrace, and new connections with missionaries we support in Ukraine and Congo.


Give thanks for the work of Hospitality!

(Pam Hannah, chair) We have new workers to help with potlucks, memorial dinners, and after-worship coffees, new ideas (such as the pizza parties), and we had a fantastic church BBQ and Judson Day celebration.


Give thanks for the work of Property & Finance!

(Lael & Linda Vickery) We had many gracious volunteers to help after Jim’s knee surgery. We have new workers, a newly-rebuilt furnace, a new roof for the bell tower, new sidewalks, new spaces for the Food Bank and finance office, a new lawnmower, and two beautifully refinished and redesigned doors.


Give thanks for the work of the Deacons!

(Leanne Ford & Colleen Michael) This year also had its share of sickness, hospitalization, and crises. Several old and faithful members passed away. The deacons faithfully continue their spiritual work of compassion, comfort, encouragement, and welcome.


Give thanks for our Church Officers and Staff!

Give thanks for our Moderator Gary Shaw, Clerk Merry Kay Shaw and Treasurer Linda Vickery, our Administrative Assistant Betty Radke, Custodian Jim Hart, Organist Judi Delabarre, Pianist Diane Stober, and Pastor David Morrow. Pray for all of them as they begin another year of service.



Happy New Year!




Now for the Challenges of 2017!


Based on pledges from our recent stewardship appeal, our expected income for 2017 is $14,500 lower than that of 2016. Our proposed budget includes $4000 in cuts from last year’s budget, but we still forecast a 2017 budget deficit of $18,500.


What should we do? How do we have faith that God will provide, yet be faithful and wise with what God has entrusted to us? This will be our focus and challenge for 2017.


Gary Shaw

Church Moderator






January, 2017


Dear WBBCU Congregation,


Because of you: This young man prevented a murder! He grew up in the terrors of a 13-year civil war. Now he and more than 600 other students, sponsored by generous people like you, are receiving trauma healing and life-transforming training in conflict resolution. Their testimonies bring tears of joy and a celebration of thanks.


Muhitira (pictured) completed a basic, THARS Alternatives to Violence (AVP) training in November 2015. His new problem-solving skills and confidence have helped him in daily life and in some very difficult circumstances.


One dangerous and challenging occasion came at night, in a banana plantation, when he heard familiar voices. His friend, a policeman, and a subordinate were planning the murder of a civil servant named Kona. Muhitira could not ignore the situation:


Before I attended the AVP workshop, I had a very low self-esteem. . . Now I have the feeling that I am capable of making a difference. I have capacity to transform a bitter situation into a better one. Also, learning that there is that of God in every human being has created in me a feeling that nobody deserves death.


On the following day Muhitira arranged a meeting with his policeman friend. In confidence, they discussed what he had overheard. There was danger that the policeman would seek to kill him also. However, they came to a resolution:


He told me that he would not kill Kona. He also begged me to keep the secret. We are still friends.


Burundi's political situation is explosive! The need for healing is urgent. Muhitira begs for more opportunities to help others who fear the violence.



With deepest thanks,


John Braun

Executive Director


You make the difference!

Only $50 changes a life.

$1,000 changes 20 lives.

How many more, like Muhitira, can we sponsor before 2017 ends?


(Please earmark contributions to the Church or send directly to THARS International.)


Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services (THARS) International,

2217 Honeysett Rd., Wenatchee WA 98801   Ph: 206-920-5671   E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



November/December Issue 2016

Stressed Out About the Election?


The American Psychological Association recently conducted a survey about stress caused by the 2016 presidential election. The results showed that more than half of adult Americans felt that the election was a major source of stress.


“We’re seeing that it doesn’t matter whether you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican — U.S. adults say they are experiencing significant stress from the current election,” said Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy. Across party lines, those registered as Democrats (55 percent) and Republicans (59 percent) are statistically equally likely to say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. (From the APA website, http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/10/presidential-election-stress.aspx)


The APA gave these suggestions for lowering the stress brought on by the elections:

  • Limit your consumption of media. Read, listen, and watch just enough news to keep you informed. Use the freed-up time in activities which lower your stress.

  • Limit your conversations about the election. Talk about something else.

  • Channel your political and social concerns into action. Volunteer for organizations which reflect your values.

  • Avoid “catastrophizing” – imagining horrible results if your candidate does not win.

  • Vote. The act of voting is a positive step which can relieve negative stress.


    These all seem like good suggestions to me. But I would add a few more for people of faith:

  • Remember that you are not voting for the Messiah. (That position has already been filled.) The President of the United States does wield enormous power and influence. But he or she will not be a savior. He or she will not be the solution to all our problems.

  • Remember that you have a higher allegiance. If you are a Christian, your first allegiance is not to a political party, a political ideology, or even to our nation. Your first allegiance is to the Kingdom of God, and your primary identity is that of a follower of Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for wisdom before you vote. God will probably not send you an email saying, “Vote for Candidate A!” But God can give you the wisdom you need to make a decision. The Apostle James gives this description of God’s wisdom. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)

  • Love your political enemies. Jesus commands us to love our enemies (Mt. 5:44). Love for enemies is the clearest distinctive of Christian teaching, but it is one we quickly discard in the name of nation and politics. Remember that Jesus’ love for enemies is the source of our salvation (Romans 5:10). And remember that Jesus calls us to pick up our cross and follow him in this way of radical love.


    Pastor David






  1. Pledge Drive for 2017

  2. Preparing 2017 Budget

  3. Preparing for church nominations

  4. Pictorial directory picture taking

  5. Celebrating Thanksgiving




  1. Pictorial directory picture taking

  2. Fall Council December 4, 2016 following worship and potluck

  3. Election of those serving on commissions and on board and approving 2017 budget.

  4. Christmas Programs

  5. Celebrating Christmas 

    Moderator Gary Shaw




No More Leaks in the tower!!!


The tower roof has been leaking for a couple of years, which let rain water leak into the women's restroom on the top floor, which then caused the ceiling to fall down. We have had difficulty finding someone that would repair it, they would take a look at it and not come back, and then God sent us Carlos. Finally, the roof has been repaired by Carlos Murillo of CEMAS Construction. Thank you Carlos and crew! We can repair the ceiling in the women's bathroom now. Repairs to our building never seem to end but so glad this project is finally done!


Lael Vickery, Property Manager




Hanging of the greens

(aka Decorating the Church for Christmas)

Saturday, November 26, 9:00am


Come one, come all to have a good time
together decorating nooks and crannies of the church in preparation for the birth of Christ. No experience needed – just willing hearts and hands.





Remember in Prayer


Our Shut-ins:


  • Rose Delabarre
  • Audrey Salmon
  • Carolyn Storme



November Birthdays


  • 8th         Tanya Zaytsev
  • 15th       Joyce Briggs


December Birthdays


  • 2nd       Colleen Michael
  • 3rd       Ron Cockrum
  • 9th        Nathan Morrow
  • 17th     Joe Roy
  • 29th     Pam Hannah




No Anniversaries




  • 11th      Jesse & Kay Graybill
  • 21st      Joe & Merry Roy
  • 25th      Bill & Laura Cordell
  •             Maurice and Joyce Briggs




Attention Deacons:


Deacon Meetings:

Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30pm

Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30pm





Books for Nigeria


Two boxes of books collected by the congregation have been sent to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland. They will be taken by people traveling to Nigeria, delivering one to Kulp Bible College to help reestablish its library. The Bible College was destroyed by Boko Haram and is being rebuilt. The second box containing children's books will go to the schools established in the refugee camps where many Nigerian Brethren families are living. Thanks to all who contributed books and blessings on all who receive them.




Happy Thanksgiving!





Ring Out!


Do you want to hear bells at WBBC during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons?


If so, I will need approximately 6 people to help ring those bells. (one bell per hand)


Bell ringing practice will be from 12:15 – 12:45pm on Thursdays starting November 3, 2016. We will meet in the Sunday School room off the narthex.


If interested in joining, please call Betty in the office (662.3681) so I have an idea of how many bells/music are needed.



Mary Carter Pringer




Prepare Him Room!


Our Advent Celebration will be Sunday, December 11 right after church. Mark your calendars now, and invite friends and family.


We will share fellowship and a soup and salad lunch (soup & beverages provided). Bring a salad or dessert and hearts to welcome Christ!


Directly after lunch we will gather in the sanctuary for a time of singing carols and a short Christmas play.


If you are interested in participating in the play, please contact Merry Roy (881.1083)


"Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!"


Merry Roy




Merry Christmas!




A Special Event

We are doing a Pictorial Directory


There are 3 more Sundays to get your picture taken for the pictorial directory:


  • November 13

  • November 20

  • December 4


    The photographer is also willing to take your photo at your home, or you may submit your own photo if you wish but it must be a clear high resolution picture. It can be mailed, emailed ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or dropped off at the office.


    If you have not filled out a form for the pictorial directory yet but have a change of address, phone number, or email address you can call Betty (662.3681) at the office with the information.




    Good News From Nigeria


    “The Nigerian government says 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 have been freed in negotiations with the insurgents, according to reports from media outlets. The negotiations were carried out with help from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government.


    “Church of the Brethren staff have received confirmation of this news from Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). EYN president Joel S. Billi sent confirmation after he talked with Chibok parents and the Bring Back Our Girls organization in Nigeria. The majority of the girls abducted from the school in Chibok are from Nigerian Brethren families.


    Both the IRC and the Swiss government have been actively involved in working toward peace and relief in Nigeria in many ways


    “Some 197 of the Chibok students remain in Boko Haram hands, and “it is not known how many of them may have died,” said the AP report, as published on AllAfrica.com. According to AP, the freed girls are in the custody of Nigeria’s Department of State Services, which is the country’s intelligence agency. Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu told the AP that talks will continue for the release of the rest of the Chibok girls.”


    The "Premium Times" of Nigeria has reported the 21 names given by the Nigerian government:


Mary Usman Bulama
Jummai John
Blessing Abana
Lugwa Sanda
Comfort Habila
Maryam Basheer
Comfort Amos
Glory Mainta
Saratu Emannuel
Deborah Ja’afaru
Rahab Ibrahim
Helen Musa
Maryamu Lawan

Rebecca Ibrahim
Asabe Goni
Deborah Andrawus
Agnes Gapani
Saratu Markus
Glory Dama
Pindah Nuhu
Rebecca Mallam


“Oh God of creation. Holy Father!! You are so awesome!! There is none like you. Your ways are far above human understanding. A thousand years before you is like a day. We praise you Lord for your loving kindness. For the release of the 21 Chibok girls. We still ask Lord that your mighty hand will make possible the release of the remaining girls. Blessed be your Holy name. Amen.”


-- A prayer by Salamatu Billi celebrating the release of 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls who had been abducted by Boko Haram


-From Church of the Brethren Newsline Articles on October 13 & 19, 2016








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