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.

 

Moderator

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

 

July ANNIVERSARIES

 

3rd         Warren & Evelyn Eikenberry

24th       Leo & Angie Estes

 

August ANNIVERSARIES

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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