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



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