2717 “J” Avenue
Anacortes, WA August 2010
Regular Summer is here and it is time for vacation. By the time
Sunday Schedule you read this, Monique, Rebecca and I will be in
\ 9:00 Service California, helping Rachael and our soon to be son-in-
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. law, Todd get ready for their new lives together. This
Children & Adult includes cleaning and painting their new apartment as
Sunday Classes well as getting ready for their wedding.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
I believe that this time of year is an important time in the life of our
church. It is one of those times when we have the opportunity to take a
10:45 Service collective breath, slow down and spend more time with friends and
Our new Associate Pastor, Kevin Olivarez, and his family have recently joined 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
us at FBC Anacortes. Here’s a little background information to help you get to know
www.anacortesfbc.com them better. Adult Sunday Classes
It is also an in-between time. It is after the events of spring and before
(Both Services are held
Kevin and his wife Kate both grew up in the great state of Texas. Kevin comes in the Sanctuary)
the upcoming events of the fall. Spring events included a full and
from a town called Mission, affectionately known as “Northern Mexico” and Kate is exciting Vacation Bible School and the arrival of Kevin, Kate, Claire and
from San Antonio. Both graduated from Texas A&M University, both majoring in Ag Daniel.
Economics, which prepared them for their future professions of ministry and
counseling. Well, not really! They moved to Colorado Springs soon after their
Watch for Looking forward to the fall, we can anticipate more extensive children
marriage in 2001. details on a fun and youth ministries and our small group kick-off. This time of year is
children’s event important for another reason. It is when we begin planning. Plans are
If you would like Kevin was in sales for a couple of years after college, until making a leap of faith happening on being made for a back-to-school event for children, and we are planning
something included in to become a part-time assistant youth pastor at his local church. He was in youth to kick off our small group ministries with a study called Five Things
our monthly news- ministry for 13 years, most recently as Youth Pastor at a non-denominational church September 11!
God Uses to Grow Your Faith. Five Things God Uses to Grow Your
letter, please submit in Colorado Springs. In September, he will finish work on his Masters in Theology
Faith is a little different than what we have done the last two years, but I
items on or before the from Fuller Seminary. He loves to run, bike, hike, read, and listen to all kinds of
music. believe it will be an exciting study.
published deadline of
Kate worked in banking and accounting for several years after college, but felt
Just a Reminder So, during the next few weeks as you slow down and take some time
Thank you. God’s call to pursue a degree in counseling several years ago. Two children later, The next with friends and family, please do something else – take a little extra
Fran Bohall Kate finished her master’s in counseling in the Spring of 2009. Today she is a stay NEWSLETTER time with your Heavenly Father. Spend some time growing and
at home mom, waiting to see where God will have her use her counseling skills. DEADLINE is Noon renewing your relationship with Him. Pray for the leadership of your
Kate likes running, biking, reading, cooking, and coffee dates. church. Pray that we will experience the presence and direction of God
on Friday, August27
Newsletters will be in in our lives. Pray that He will direct you to where you might serve Him.
The Olivarez kids keep Kevin and Kate busy and entertained. Claire, 4, is a There will be many opportunities to serve, whether it is with our children
FBC Staff sweet, sometimes-shy, non-girly girl. Forget the dolls, she enjoys playing with cars, mailboxes by
Eric Malamma and youth or as a small group leader.
horses, and stuffed animals. She loves preschool and can’t wait for it to start in the Sunday, September 5.
fall. Daniel, 2, is a fun loving little guy whose greatest joy is bugging his big sister.
Kevin Olivarez He also enjoys playing with cars, trucks, animals, and anything that makes noise. Finally, please pray for me that I can stay dry-eyed through Rachael’s
Associate Pastor wedding.
Dick Ottoson If you haven’t met Kevin and Kate yet, don’t forget to introduce yourself so they The Weekly Bulletin
Ministry to Seniors can get to know YOU too! They are thrilled to be a part of God’s work here at FBC. Deadline is Pastor Eric
Fran Bohall Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Care Dave Stalsbroten Joins AMOS
o Please hold
r the following
It shouldn't be surprising that God does amazing things, yet we are so often
First Baptist Family!! surprised. This is one of those times. Our own Dave Stalsbroten will be joining
missionaries we help support in Nicaragua in the AMOS ministry (which we
also help support). AMOS (A Ministry Of Sharing) is a public health ministry
developed by Christian doctors in one of the poorest areas in the Americas. It
THANK YOU SO MUCH, for making us feel so welcome!! Kate, Claire, Daniel seeks to find and develop local community health promoters who are able to One Hour of Prayer
r and I have felt so loved by y’all! The greetings, the food basket, and the grace
when we don’t remember names is an incredible blessing. We are so excited
run a small clinic stocked with essential medications, as well as implement
health projects in their communities such as the construction of wells, latrines,
family vegetable gardens, and health education campaigns. Several teams
There are many dear souls praying
regularly, caring for the needs that
to be here in Anacortes and to minister alongside you to advance the Kingdom touch this congregation. Perhaps you
from here have visited Nicaragua to help AMOS expand to new villages.
of God. In the short time that we have been here, we are encouraged by the need someone to pray for you or
At Home: conversations we’ve had with many of you about your readiness to go where Last June, Dave told about his last 3 years of full-time vocational ministry in someone you care about. Please
God is calling us as a church. Seattle. It was satisfying to hear how God has so clearly provided the right
Earl Cooley, Kamiyo Culbertson, place your prayer requests in the
people to continue what started there. Dave also told about his call to
Carol Kyle, Lorraine Love, Betty Nicaragua. He writes, offering plate. Your requests will be
Morgan, John Munday, Glenda John 10:10 is one of my favorite passages in the scriptures, “The thief
prayed for at the Wednesday night
Norton, Darla Simpson, Dave Tweten comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, “The incarnation is messy. It is painful. And it may be the most meaningful Hour of Prayer meeting, or you may
and have it to the full.” In the first part of this verse Jesus reminds us that way we can engage the world. For me, the past three years of youth ministry at
there is an enemy whose desire is to destroy us. A friend of mine once said Rainier Beach have been a crash course on what the incarnation is all about. If access the prayer chain by calling the
At a Care Facility: that the verse might read: The thief comes to steal our perspective, to kill our I were to attempt a summary, it would be: draw close to people, listen humbly, church office.
Yvonne Cote, Floyd & Bea Eaton, hopes and to destroy our purpose. It’s really easy to get distracted by all the discover needs, and try to offer a creative response that honors everyone
Ray Jones, Carol Laws, Gladys Nicol, involved.
things that compete for our time: work, sports, vacation, TV shows, that guy or
Ora Vernon that girl, sickness, too much money, not enough money, power, and the list Through long months of listening to young people at Rainier Beach High
goes on and on. School, I found something simple – that youth need adults in their lives who
Shut – Ins: love and care about them. Not just one youth worker, not just one outreach
day, but a sustained presence from a group of adults who love Jesus. Anacortes
Thank God the verse doesn’t end there; Jesus came that we may have a full
Lona Manning, Betsy Stenger,
life in him! I believe that full life is joining God in the redeeming work that he is Accordingly, I set out to create a place where adults and youth could
Don & Donna Sehlin, Elwin Vernon
already doing here on earth. A little later in the book of John Jesus was develop strong relationships through shared experiences in the hope of Women’s Club…
comforting his friends’ doubts and fears when he said this to them, “I tell you creating opportunities to share the Gospel. That place became RHF CrossFit, a
the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and gym with the mission of cultivating “Christ-centered mentorship through
We Would Like to Visit & even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12)
That is an incredible promise; did you catch that, we will do GREATER works
Pray for You than Jesus! That’s what I call a full life!
God used the process of starting the gym to reveal much about my own
heart and character. I realized that I love initiating things; I enjoy asking big
All women are invited to a lunch at
If you (or someone you know in the the home of Lee Bermingham, at
questions about pervasive problems and trying to find creative solutions that noon on Thursday, August 12.
church family) are admitted to a Friends, this is an exciting time to be part of FBC and the family of God. God are meaningful and lasting. And I love working with motivated people who are
hospital or care center, please notify Suggested donation is $8. Reserva-
has a heart for the poor and the needy, the prisoner and the oppressed, the hopeful for change.
the church office at 293-5300. With tions are required. Call Lorraine at
widow and the orphan, the sick and the lame, and for everyone else in and In essence, this is what the next chapter in Nicaragua represents. As I 293-9325 or Anita at 293-7957 to
new regulations, it is increasingly around Anacortes. Will you join me in praying for God’s divine appointments
difficult to find people in these faced a transitional moment in my own life with many students graduating, I make your reservation and obtain
and opportunities to help others experience this fullness of life? Bless you was offered a position as a delegations coordinator with AMOS. I will be Lee’s address.
facilities, so we need your help! planning and coordinating short-term mission trips for groups from the US,
friends; it’s an honor and a privilege to be one of your pastors.
while also engaging these teams in conversations about the heartbeat of God. Come enjoy a special feature and
It’s as though everything up to this point has led to this. inspirational speaker, Linda Wozniak
It is my dream that our work as the family of God will be thoughtful, of Olympia.
Worry?!? sustainable, reproducible, and honoring toward everyone involved. Hopefully,
the work in Rainier Valley has approached this goal, and hopefully our work in
Worry never climbed a hill, Nicaragua will continue it.
Worry never paid a bill,
I feel incredibly blessed to have grown up in a church family that sought to
Worry never dried a tear,
“be the living presence of Christ in the community.” Now, almost a decade later,
Worry never calmed a fear, Here’s your answer for Just for KIDS:
I have the opportunity to see what this looks like overseas. I’d love it if you
Worry never darned a heel could join me, either in person or in spirit, as we dream about what it looks like
“I am the bread of life. He who comes
Worry never cooked a meal, for the Kingdom of God to take root here on earth.” to me will never go hungry, and he who
It never led a horse to water, believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Nor ever did a thing it “oughter.” John 6:35, NIV
Meets on Tuesday at 7 PM
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HOW ABOUT THOSE GRANDKIDS? -Continued from page 4
Dick Ottoson, Ministry to Seniors One of my Maryland grandsons, Drew Garbrick, age 11, has hands
just like mine. They are big and boney, the third finger is far longer than
When I was a lad, my dad wanted me to become a doctor. My mother the index finger, and there is the same peculiar bend at the last knuckle
hoped I would serve God as a missionary. In my teen years I was of the second finger on each hand. “Drew, you poor kid! You have
interested in Architectural Engineering. My college degree was a B.S. in hands just like mine! But they’re strong hands and they have served me “A” for August
Microbiology/Public Health. This circuitous path ultimately took me into well. They may not look great, but they really work!” More fundamental, “A” for “A Lot of Tuna”
pastoral ministry. however, is not the shape of Drew’s hands, but the shape of his You’ll find our Salvation
character. This is what matters most.
Like my dad and mom, we all have dreams for our children. But rare is
Army Food Bank
the home where the offspring walk step-by-step in the direction the My prayer is that Christina and Drew and all of the other grandkids Basket ready to collect your
Beverage Gift Certificates parents had designed or hoped. Nevertheless, while our kids may make will embrace the Christian truths and lifestyle that I hold dear. TO A items
for FBC’s Bistro Bar their own decisions, in most cases we as parents play a critical role in MARKED DEGREE, THIS IS THE ACID TEST OF MY PARENTING. in the Foyer!
shaping their character and values. For now, I am praying and watching, with occasional input into the
Looking for a fun birthday or thank
formation of their lives.
you gift for someone special? When it comes to grandkids, that’s another story; of the eight Conversational Dinners
Search no further…our Holy
Grounds Bistro Bar now has gift
grandchildren Nita and I claim, one lives nearby, in Seattle; two live in Resume in September!
Maryland and five in Austria. We have only occasional and minimal input
certificates for sale
at the Bistro counter! Beverages
into the shaping of their lives. It is up to their parents to do the major PrimeTimer Travel Event We hear a lot of good testimonies
rearing of those children. from many of us who have been
offered range from specialty java blessed by being part of a conversa-
creations (e.g., lattes, cappuccinos) Yet I recall hearing years ago the proposition that THE CRITICAL Monday, August 16, the PrimeTimers are going to Lynden’s tional dinner, either as a host or as a
to delicious hot and cold chocolate TEST OF EFFECTIVE PARENTING LIES NOT IN THE OUTCOME OF Northwest Washington Fair. The FBC bus leaves for Lynden guest. Conversational dinners have
drinks (e.g., steaming hot choco- OUR CHILDREN, BUT RATHER IN THE EVALUATION OF OUR at 9:30 a.m. Please bring $8 for the bus and driver cost. provided us with an opportunity to
lates). Gift certificates are sold in GRANDCHILDREN. What kind of adults have they become? share how we came to know the
$10 and $20 denominations and Also, you will need to bring money for admission, lunch and Lord and encourage one another by
make a great gift for all ages. In our case, this story is far from complete. Our grandchildren now other goodies. You are welcome to join us for a fun-filled day; sharing how the Lord is working in
range in age from six months to fourteen years. just sign up on the Lynden Fair sheet on the table in the our lives.
foyer. If you have questions, contact Dick Ottoson at 588- If you want to experience this kind of
However, as this article goes to press, we are in the midst of hosting
1505 or Jan Anderson at 873-8293. joy, please be a part of FBC’s
Christina Ottoson, age 14, our oldest grandchild. From her home in
Conversational Dinners. Schedules
Salzburg, Austria, she has flown here on her own, at our invitation. Every
will be flexible – could be done at
PNB American Baptist Girls indication is that she is sweet, intelligent, gifted, disciplined, an excellent
either lunch or dinner, wherever and
role-model to her younger siblings. But even if you may think these
On August 20-22 there will be a whenever the group decides to do it.
evaluations are somewhat embellished by a proud old grandfather, she
regional gathering of American is still just one of eight. What about the other seven? Who knows? Time Signup sheet is in the foyer
Baptist Girls at Mount Zion will tell! Plants Free for the Asking! last Sunday to sign up is
Baptist Church in Seattle. August 8!
As believing Christians, parents and grandparents, we do have a
If you are a girl who will be in 3 biblical mandate. Here is one of multiple passages dealing with our
through 12th grade this fall, you calling as parents:
He decreed statutes for Jacob FREE FOR THE ASKING ─ Call Mary Bajema 299-0462
are invited to attend. The cost is
and established the law in Israel, Orange Day Lilies Lycin
$30 and there are scholarship
which he commanded our forefathers Tall creeping lavender asters White Campanula
funds available if needed. Tall Knickinick Ajuga
to teach their children,
so that the next generation would know them, Strawberry plants Anise
If you are interested in going, see
even the children yet to be born, Shasta and Marguente daisies Jupiter Beard, pink
Betsy Mosley to pre-register. If and they in turn would tell their children. Jacobs Ladder Sedums NEED A RIDE TO
you have any questions, call Then they would put their trust in God Columbine Lilac starts, lavender
Betsy at 293-9328. and would not forget his deeds Lily of the Valley CHURCH?
but keep his commands. Raspberry plants: order and will dig in the fall
Psalm 78:5-7 (NIV) WE HAVE WHEELS!
Tall Lavender Phlox,: order and I will dig in the fall when it goes dormant
Call group coordinator
Continued on page 5 There may be other stuff in my yard that, if you like, I may be able to give
you a start. Nancy Stannert, 293-2968.
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“Connecting Women with God and with Each Other”
We hope that you are enjoying the summer and have many fond memories.
It's hard to believe that there is only a month before summer is over and school
will be starting. It's time to begin thinking about the fall and fall activities, so Birthdays
the Women's Ministries leadership is planning for our fall Bible studies and
special events. 8/2 Leah Morrow
8/3 Rosie Gallatin
One special event coming up is the “Women of Faith - Imagine” conference 8/5 Evelyn Forster
being held in Seattle at the Key Arena on October 29-30. The cost is $89, 8/7 Beth Cleland
and that includes your lunch for both days. Some of the highlighted presenters 8/7 Don Sehlin
are Michelle Aguilar, Lisa Harper, Karen James, Luci Swindoll, and Sheila 8/8 George Khtaian
Walsh. You can get full details at the Women of Faith website: 8/9 Ray Smith
http://www.womenoffaith.com/seattle/. If you are interested in attending, Mount 8/12 Heather Holmes
Vernon First Baptist Church has a pack of 50 tickets, and they would love to 8/13 Teddy Mann
connect with women from other churches for this event. You may contact 8/13 Donna Murray
Wendy Duranceau at Mount Vernon First Baptist church office (360-336-9725) 8/14 Ron Havenstein
or e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline for payment is August 7, but 8/19 Andrew Stalsbroten
she may be able to give few extra days. 8/20 Bob Doop
8/22 Marlene Mihelich
If you are looking for something new this fall, why not consider becoming 8/23 Margaret Oehlman
involved in Women's Ministries. There are varieties of ways to be involved: 8/24 Kylee Berlin
8/25 Myrna Eastman
attend a Bible study
8/25 Ann Huston
help with various special events
8/25 Marvin Shoultz
help organize social events just to connect with and get to know other 8/26 Tilly Culbertson
women 8/26 Norm Johnston
help in the Wednesday morning children's program 8/28 Cynthia Hill
help the Bible study facilitators or be a co-facilitator 8/28 Jeri Strom
help with service projects 8/29 Alba Stevens
help with the newsletter and/or event publicity 8/30 Andy Culbertson
The answer can be found on page 7 8/30 Lona Manning
Perhaps you have been involved with Women's Ministries in the past or see 8/30 Emily Rider
needs that currently are not being met; why not share your ideas and
concerns. We are always open to new ideas and welcome new women into
My Turn in the Nursery the ministry. If you would like to participate or just want more information,
contact Simone Caracciolo at 293-8927, Alba Stevens at 708-8121 or
Last Sunday was my turn in the nursery to work. Mary Bajema at 299-0462.
My heart wasn’t in it; my feelings were hurt.
A child from its mother did not want to part Tentative dates for the beginning of the fall programs:
And it cried a lot with its broken heart.
More nursery helpers Fall Kickoff.......................................mid September
I prayed that soon the hour would end Are seriously needed! Bible Studies.....................................end of September
Then I could relax – no more children to tend. Serenity Seekers................................mid September Anniversaries
Soon the hour was over; it felt so good to be free If you can help Moms Coffee Break .........................September 22 or 29 (They will meet twice
I said, “Once a month is too much for me!” once a month a month this year.) 8/7 Curtis & Nicoline Payne
or once in a while, 8/8 Mickey & Phyllis Miron
That very Sunday as I sat in the pew 8/9 Oliver & Val Stalsbroten
A very good sermon, but visitors were few. call Sheryl Bjerk Our study focus this fall will be to complement and coordinate with our
Pastor’s all-church program, "Five Things God Uses to Grow Faith." Watch 8/11 Bob & Sheryl Bjerk
But down came a woman and her soul was saved. at 360-770-2495.
the bulletin and the Women's Ministries bulletin board for more details, which 8/11 Mike & Susan Gallatin
She was the mother of that crying babe!
will be coming soon. 8/12 Steve & Julie Winters
Then it dawned on me that I had been a part 8/14 Michael & Sharon Lewis
Of her being saved – of giving God her heart. 8/22 Earl & Nancy Cooley
From that day on I would never dread
Working in the nursery while souls are fed.
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