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

 

 

 

November

 

  1. Pledge Drive for 2017

  2. Preparing 2017 Budget

  3. Preparing for church nominations

  4. Pictorial directory picture taking

  5. Celebrating Thanksgiving

     

December

 

  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

 

November ANNIVERSARIES

 

No Anniversaries

 

December 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.

 

Sincerely,

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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