Unless the LORD Builds the House: WBBC's Building Offer
Dear Trinity Church,
The Wenatchee Brethren-Baptist Church has written a letter to Trinity Church asking if we want to buy the building. Before we make any decisions, there are several important details to sort out and discussions to be had, but the first detail to note is the “P.S.” at the bottom of their letter:
“This building is not ours. It belongs to God.”
I’ve heard similar things said about church buildings throughout my life, but I’ve not seen a congregation embody these words as faithfully and sacrificially as WBBC.
This Sunday night, immediately following Evensong’s 7:00 – 7:25pm service, Linda Vickery will give a testimony about how her grandparents, their eight children, a dozen chickens, one cow and whatever else could be carried were thrown into an empty train car to move to Wenatchee. They became orchardists and broke ground not just to plant trees, but to plant a church. Next year is the church’s 100th anniversary, and the Brethren-Baptist’s main goal is to see that Trinity Church can be good stewards of the building, and Jesus Christ’s ambassadors in the valley.
Knowing that we will need to renovate several parts of the building, and make more room in the sanctuary, WBBC wants to give the building to us at an affordable price. The city has assessed its value at $1,700,000, but WBBC wants to sell us the building, property, and parking lot for $175,000. They just ask - remembering the word of the LORD in Zechariah 7:10 - that we remember the fatherless, the widows, the foreigners, and the poor.
Because we have two services now, followed by a 3rd service for WBBC at 11:00, it’s hard to have an “after church” congregational meeting, so I will instead lead a “Discussion on the Grass” outside after each worship service. So this Sunday, please come outside, grab a cup of coffee, linger on the grass, and let’s . . .
Wonder out loud, Ask questions, Dream together, and Pray!
PS - Hannah and David Pick welcomed their new little one, Abigail, into the world on Monday. Below is an update from them and here's a link to their Meal Train. (Pro tip: since they are currently at Seattle Children's, you can send GrubHub gift cards to them via this Meal Train, which will be really helpful to them!)
Letter from Hannah Pick
Abigail Louise Pick was born 10/18 at 9:20pm. Though labor progressed well without complications, she wouldn’t take her first breath on her own after delivery. Abigail was attended to immediately and transported to Central WA Hospital ED within minutes. There she was stabilized and then transported via air to Seattle Children’s (David accompanied her). I joined them shortly afterward.
Since her arrival, she’s been supported by an oscillating ventilator. Her body temperature is being kept low to protect her brain and organs while her respiratory system is being tended to, including suctioning meconium, and her vitals monitored. The current plan will have her slowly warm on Friday morning and then her team will begin assessing her status.
We are incredibly thankful for all those who have tended to her from our midwife at the time of delivery to her expert, and very large, team here at Children’s. David and I are rooming in with her and so glad to be able to be with her 24/7. Though we cannot hold her yet, we are singing and talking to her, praying over her, and touching her little toes and knees. We’re encouraged by the outpouring of love and support from friends and family and our community. We can’t wait to bring Abigail home and introduce her to you all!
Do you like assembling new products?
We've got three patio heaters that need to be unboxed for this Sunday.
Text Carson at 509.881.7737 if you can put these together. He's at the church Friday 3-5pm, but can coordinate other times if you're not available Friday.
Let's help us keep our fellowship unmasked outside under the heaters as long as possible!
The Marriage Course ... is FULL!
7 Wednesdays nights (Oct 20 - Dec 1)
It was such a delight to start this Marriage Course last night at my (Carson's) home with 5 couples. Pray for us as we journey together and invest in our relationships! And if you couldn't make it this time around, we may offer the course again in the future.
The Art of Confrontation
Monday, November 1 @ 5:30 - 8:00pm
Did you know that "confrontation" literally means "turning toward"? All of us need to be able to have a healthy confrontational conversation at one time or another. Sometimes it's a matter of simply saying "no" so we don't get overextended but sometimes it can be a more serious matter of ending abuse and pain.
In this one-night event at Trinity Church, we will be having dinner together, watching this workshop by boundaries expertDr. Henry Cloud, and having a short time of Q&A. You'll be empowered to take the initiative in creating relationships that are honest, intimate, and fulfilling, and ending pain where you are being hurt.
$10 suggested donation per couple to cover cost of dinner
The Reconnect Marriage Workshop
February 11-12, 2022
SAVE THE DATE: February 11-12, 2022
We're so excited for this workshop together. It's going to be held at the church. Normally, if you were to go to Steve for one of these weekends onsite in Bellingham, it would cost you $200. But we are offering it for just $75 per couple! Please save the date for February 11-12, 2022 (that's a Friday evening and a Saturday morning until lunchtime). To get a flavor of what this weekend is all about, watch this VIDEO. Dr. Steve Call is the author of the book Reconnect, as well as a co-founder, along with his wife Lisa, of The Reconnect Institute, which is committed to offering insightful tools and resources to cultivate meaningful connection in marriages.
Steve and Lisa designed and now facilitate the extremely effective Reconnect Marriage Workshops, where couples are taught to understand and change dynamics that disrupt connection. Over the course of the weekend, you'll hear about story, attachment, conflict, shame, play, and how increased awareness and insight can lead us to deeper connection, healing and intimacy.