September/October Issue 2017

A Christian Response to Charlottesville

 

On August 11-12, protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. This “Unite the Right” rally was organized by a number of far-right activists such as David Duke, Neo-Nazi groups such as the Nationalist Socialist Movement, white supremacist groups such as Identity Evropa, neo-Confederate groups such as the League of the South, and a number of well-armed “citizen militias.”

 

Some of these groups are explicitly neo-Nazi and use Nazi symbols such as swastikas, Nazi hand salutes, and Nazi slogans such as “Blood and Soil.” Others mix white supremacist propaganda with Christian verbiage. But most of the groups espouse anti-Semitism, hatred of other races and religions, and the establishment of a “white ethno-state.”

 

As white nationalist groups descended on Charlottesville, so did hundreds of counter-protesters. Violent clashes occurred between some protesters and some counter-protesters. Two Virginia State Police en route to Charlottesville were killed in a fatal helicopter crash. One of the white nationalists drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a young woman named Heather Heyer. After her death, several right-wing activists maligned Miss Heyer. Unite the Right organizer, Jason Kessler, called her “a fat disgusting Communist.”

 

Racism and racist ideologies are nothing new. They have been a part of our nation’s history since its beginnings. But it is clear that racist movements are on the rise in our country. It is clear to me that Christians should take a clear and unequivocal stand: Nazism, anti-Semitism, and ideologies of white supremacy are evil. They are completely antithetical to the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Good News of God’s love toward everyone.

 

In recent weeks, our Adult Bible Class has been studying the history of the early church in the Acts of the Apostles. The amazing growth of the early church happened because church leaders had the courage to overcome religious, ethnic, and cultural prejudices. By the power of the Holy Spirit they dismantled language barriers, barriers between Jews and Samaritans, barriers between blacks and whites, the biggest barrier of all – the barrier between Jews and Gentiles.

 

Just last Sunday we studied the story of Peter and Cornelius. It was God who brought together this Jew and this Gentile. It was God who reconciled them in Christ Jesus. And it was Peter who finally said, “I truly understand that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34)

 

The events in Charlottesville gave white nationalists what they wanted -- publicity. Their next goal is legitimacy, which they are seeking by exploiting political divisions in our country. This is how the Nazi Party achieved legitimacy in Germany. The Nazis were aided in this process by the many German Christians who supported Hitler. Through the German Evangelical Church Confederation, Hitler made the church a tool of Nazism.

 

It is hard to imagine something like that happening here in the US. But I have learned that the unimaginable sometimes becomes reality. It is up to American Christians to oppose the bad news of hatred with the Good News of God’s Kingdom, a Kingdom which includes people “from every nation, from all tribes, and peoples, and languages.” (Revelation 7:9)

 

Pastor David

 

 

 

The Next Generation of Leadership

 

A year and a half ago, we had an event called, “WBBC: The Next Generation.” Since that time, many of you have become more involved in the work and leadership of the church. At the Fall Council Meeting in early December, the congregation will elect board officers and committee chairs for the next two years. Is God calling you to greater participation in WBBC? Over the next 2-3 months, please pray about whether you should be a part of the next generation of leadership.

 

 

 

Attention Deacons:

 

Deacon Meetings:

     September 5, 6:30pm

     NO meeting in October

 

 

 

Olga’s Report from Ukraine

 

In August, I had the privilege of visiting Eastern Ukraine for two weeks with my ten year-old son, Samuel. We visited Avdeevka where, in the conditions of war, my brother Alex serves as a missionary. It was heartbreaking to see the destroyed buildings, but also wonderful to see people, who are open to hearing the Gospel.

 

I also attended baptisms in Myrnograd, where Igor Tunik serves as pastor. Nine people from different missionary churches were baptized. Last February, four people were baptized. Thank the Lord for saving lives and blessing churches with new members! I was able to visit most of those churches. I was also impressed greatly by the Young Life ministry in Myrnograd, which we have been involved in from its beginning. It's a place where youth come together and have fellowship.

 

I also had the pleasure of taking four missionaries with their families to the Black Sea for a much-needed vacation. Thank you, Wenatchee Brethren Baptist, for your financial support of this opportunity to rejuvenate the missionary team. We spent our time enjoying God's nature and praying together. God is good!

 

Your sister in Christ,

Olga Rybakov

 

 

 

Remember in Prayer

 

Our Shut-ins:

 

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

 

 

September Birthdays

 

  • 12th     John Clevenger
  • 15th     Audrey Salmon
  • 24th     Lael Vickery

 

October Birthdays

 

  • 4th        Kay Graybill
  • 6th        Linda Davis
  • 10th     Randy Morse
  • 14th     Rose Delabarre
  • 15th     Dorothy Ogle
  • 16th     Andrew Morrow
  • 18th     Carolyn Storme
  • 27th     Jim Hannah

 

september ANNIVERSARIES

 

No Anniversaries

 

october ANNIVERSARIES

 

No Anniversaries

 

 

 

Church of the Brethren
Mission Offering

 

Each year, Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Church collects two special mission offerings for the two denominations with which we are affiliated. In the spring, we collect the America for Christ offering which supports the work of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. In the fall, we collect the Church of the Brethren Mission Offering.

 

This year, the Church of the Brethren Mission offering will be collected on Sunday, September 17. This offering supports Brethren missions of evangelism and service around the world. Look for upcoming bulletin inserts for more information. We encourage you to give generously.

 

 

 

WBBC is collecting items for
Mennonite Central Committee Hygiene and Relief Kits

 

You may bring an entire kit or just one or more items for the kits. All items must be in original packaging (accept towels). Please drop items in box in corner of narthex of church no later than October 6. We will take them to the Mennonite Country Auction in Ritzville on Saturday October 7 where they will be sent for shipping overseas.

 

Relief kit

Relief kits provide valuable supplies to families whose lives have been disrupted by war or disaster.

 

CONTENTS (NEW items only)

  • 4 large bars bath soap (in wrapper)
  • 1 plastic bottle shampoo (380–710 ml; place bottle in a resealable plastic bag)
  • 4 large bars laundry soap (Sunlight ® brand preferred)
  • 4 adult-size toothbrushes (leave in packaging)
  • 4 bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors; not too fluffy; approx. 75 cm x 150 cm)
  • 2 wide-tooth combs (15 cm–20 cm)
  • 1 fingernail clipper
  • 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted)

 

Hygiene kit

Families who have fled their homes because of disaster or war often struggle to afford these necessary supplies. Hygiene kits also are given through schools or orphanages.

 

CONTENTS (NEW items only)

  • 1 toothbrush (adult size; in wrapper)
  • 1 large bar bath soap
  • 1 fingernail clipper
  • 1 hand towel (medium-weight, dark or bright colors; approx. 46 cm x 61 cm

 

 

 

BECOMING LIVING PARABLES

Church of the Brethren Newsline
August 14, 2017

 

Samuel K. Sarpiya

 

Samuel K. Sarpiya, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, has shared this reflection in response to the events in Charlottesville, Va. This is the first in a series of reflections on the 2018 Conference theme, “Living Parables”:

 

In response to the violence in Charlottesville, the gathering of white supremacists, the increase of hate crimes, and the awareness of social injustices, it is not enough to read the parables. We must connect the words of our faith with our actions. In a faith walk that is humbled before God, we must acknowledge the ways that we are complicit with the powers and principalities and the ways we have benefited from injustice. When we pray for mercy, it is that we might be forgiven as we forgive. In becoming living parables in our towns, our states, and our country, we strive to be like the Good Samaritan by showing mercy and compassion to all, showing our love for God through our love for others.

 

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We would like to begin a study at WBBC to look at specific ways we can connect the words of our faith to action for justice in our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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