Women's Bible Study Fellowship begins week of Sept. 23.
You are invited to the fall study of Messy People by Jennifer Coward. For a preview of the study, click here. Two times to join the study: Monday evenings beginning Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. or Tuesday mornings beginning Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. The Tuesday morning session will have a brunch the first week. Contact Donna Rice for more information.
Covenant Women Fall Retreat Sept. 20-22
2019 Pacific Northwest Women Ministries Fall Retreat: Unveiled, September 20-21-22 at Cascades Camp and Conference Center in Yelm, Wa. Registration is open (early registration discount ends July 8). Look for registration flyers on the entry table in the narthex.
Wichita Center Food Drive
- Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, ham, etc.)
- Mac n’Cheese
- Instant Meals (Hamburger Helper, ravioli, etc.)
- Canned beans
- Canned chili
- Tomato sauce
Covenant Women for Missions
Women for Missions meets the third Thursday of each month in Room 106.
Ladies, don’t miss our first meeting on September 20 at 1:00 pm. We will have a speaker from Nursing Home Ministries, Don Deboer, who is the National Executive Director Emeritus. He will be speaking to us about the works they do and how we support them. Our group has received many thank you’s from the Chaplains in Oregon and Washington. Come join us for a time of fellowship and hear Don Deboer and of all the projects we will do. Don is the Father in Law to John Wenrich, the Director of National Covenant.
Mission Team Quarterly Newsletter
2018 has brought so many blessings, most of all, the opportunity to visit with many of you as you journeyed through the Northwest. MCC has been busy as well, identifying new ways to serve our church, our missionaries and most of all, Our Gracious and Loving Father!
From the Pastor’s Desk:
Greetings from chilly Oregon, the snow is starting to accumulate in the mountains and we are missing the warm summer days.
This fall we continued with our Bible reading using the Immerse Study published by the Covenant denomination. The unique part of this reading is that all chapter and verse references have been taken out. I must say that it is a different way of reading God’s Word. To date we have read through the New Testament and Pentateuch. In October we started the historical books of the Old Testament and made it into 2 Samuel. We are taking a break from this schedule during Advent, but will pick it up again early in the New Year.
During Advent I am preaching through a series titled, “Imprints of the Season”. We are looking at the scriptural accounts of the complete birth story from the prophets through to the Wiseman. Our very own Drama Producer, Shirley Glivinski has written scripts to go along with each sermon. We did something like this last year with a positive response and Shirley was excited to do it again this year. She has collected a number of “actors/actresses in hiding” to present the sketches just before the message.
This past Wednesday, Missy Moore arranged with Kristi Smith, our Children’s and Family Director to have the Youth Group (along with some adults) make 100 sack lunches for Union Gospel Mission. The Mission will distribute them as they move through and visit various homeless shelters throughout our region. This coming Friday we are taking the seniors on a Christmas Lights tour of the area, eventually settling back to church for Christmas goodies and caroling.
We are grateful for your ministry and your faithfulness to your “call”. Each Sunday we lift you up during our congregational prayer. May God continue to strengthen, guide and bless your lives and ministry.
Mission Team Member Highlight: Marcine Richmond
If you ask me, Marcine Richmond is the heart of our church home. She is a bright eyed beauty with a loving and caring smile that greets you before she ever speaks. She is filled with a love for God that exudes goodwill and friendship. Her faith in our Lord, was on display for me during our interview as she was receiving text messages from her daughter who was evacuated from her home with Hurricane Michael plummeting Florida. Although her daughter had taken shelter with friends, they were still getting strong enough winds to topple a large oak tree in the house where she was staying. We stopped and prayed for her daughter and all those in the path of this Hurricane.
Marcine was born in Davis South Dakota just outside of Sioux Falls in 1924. Marcine was one of 7 children, one which did not survive. She had one brother that served on a ship for 3 years and he was killed in a car accident when he returned home. Marcine’s parents, John and Scena moved from South Dakota when she was 5 to Dayton Oregon. Her parents were befriended by a couple that introduced them to a little gospel church where her parents accepted Jesus, resulting in them growing up in a Christian home. Like her mother, Scena, Marcine had a heart to support the Missions field and she would do just that, for the rest of her life.
God soon brought Marcine and Bill, the love of her life together. Bill was very active in mission work. He served on the Mission Commission for many years, including the office of chairman.
The mission trips were his joy having gone to Haiti with a group of our men to put a roof on a church. Later, the men went to Miami to build restrooms for a Haitian church located in the area.
The most exciting was, probably, going with Kermit Titrud to The Philippines where they visited 13 islands to deliver Bibles that had been translated to their language. Among other things, they held meetings in the afternoons for the children and for all of the families in the evenings.
Transportation was on outriggers, which were high risk during a storm. On one trip, Bill, being the big guy in comparison to the Filipinos, was the ballast in the middle of the boat.
Along with her husband Bill, they raised four children. They were very involved in missionary awareness which brought them to countries all over the world including: China, Japan, Korea and Thailand in 1985. They also traveled to Israel in 1974, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Rome, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Germany. While her daughter and Son-in-Law were on a gospel outreach in Germany, Marcine was able to join them on a genealogy trek through Germany investigating her Father’s family tree. They scoured several small towns, They connected with a distant relative that stated that his brothers had left Germany, due to conscription and because he had girls, they were no more Nutbrocks in Germany. Marcine stated there are many in America.
You have such a wonderful relationship with Don Nuttbrock, your brother, here at Milwaukie. Can you share more about your relationship with him?
I attribute that to the circumstance that our mother did not get proper medical attention due to lack of funds. She ended up very ill and Don was born at 8 months. My sister and I were in high school and we took turns staying home and my sister assumed the kitchen responsibilities and I got to take care of the baby (she said delightfully, recalling her time with her little brother).. We taught him everything and got to show him off. I feel very grateful to have had been a big part in his life. It was hard to leave him when I went off to serve in the Coast Guard.
What are your current hobbies?
I love correspondance and volunteering and have served in Missions for the church for many many years. My heart is in correspondence.
What are you currently reading?
I am reading a book by a friend of mine. It is an issue that is seldom recognized about children that grow up with nice parents that meet their children’s physical needs, but neglected loving them. The book is very revealing. I grew up thinking everyone loved me.
What are your earliest memories.
As a child, at age 2, I had surgery for Osteomyelitis, which is an infection of the bone, a rare but serious condition. At that time, Penicillin was not available. I had a wound that was the entire length of my leg, which my father cleaned and bandaged morning and night. All my father ever used was Watkins Brown salve on the wound and I never had an infection, that I am aware of. My earliest memory was when I was about 6 years old. We were living in Oregon and I was taken to a healing service where they prayed. Not long after the service, I was complaining about the bandage hurting my leg. My father took a closer look and saw and removed a piece of bone. My leg began to heal. About two years after the prayer service, it began to hurt me again and Mother and Daddy and I prayed. The area opened up and drained in two places, then drained again. At the age of 8 or 9, my leg completely healed. I am so grateful to God, because He knew, I needed two legs.
You stated that you served in the military. Would you care to share what more about that?
Well, most the guys were going off to war and this truck from Portland would come and deliver supplies. On the front and on all the sides, it said, “Uncle Sam Needs You”, so I tried to join the Navy. In retrospect, I may have been trying to get out of the small town. I went to Portland and only got as far as the physical exam. The Physician felt that due to my history with Osteomyelitis, I would not be a good risk. I was so disappointed, so I went back to work. When my bookkeeping machine I worked with broke down, I was pouring out my heart to the repairman and he suggested I try the Coast Guard. So again, I went to Portland with a new interest. I got as far as the application and I was asked if I had ever been rejected. I said Yes and this Physician felt that the gamble was worth it. At that time, you had to be 21 as a woman to go into service, so one of my parents had to sign off. I took the train to Brooklyn New York. My training would be in Accounting and I was called a Storekeeper. I was in Brooklyn Time Square during VJ Day. Most of us were transferred to San Francisco to a separation center and began processing out all the servicemen. In May or June of 1946, they closed the separation center and I returned home. I learned a great deal and experienced a whole lot of life I would not have known otherwise. I was not the woman that was kissed by the sailor.
Growing up, who inspired you the most?
I was inspired by two women in our church that took an interest in me, one taught me piano but I did not take it long enough.
What are you most amazing about, in this day and age?
Just reading and watching the news, I will begin to think I am shockproof and then something will happen and I just ask, WHY? How could we sink so low.
What do you wish you had spent less time doing, or more time doing in your life?
That would be a great question for my children, because maybe I was too concerned about everything being done correctly, that maybe I was too hard on them. We did have good time and great family fun.
What family traditions do you cherish the most?
Christmas Eve was and still is a time when our family will all get together at our home. We have a buffet/potluck and we play bingo.
Is there anything that I have not asked that you would like to share?
I have a very loving family of which I am extremely grateful. My life is filled with my brother and sister, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, greats and grands. I am blessed.
Is there anything that you would like to share with our Missionaries in the field?
Yes, we pray for them and highly respect what they do. We are always interested in hearing all about what they are doing and we are delighted when they are able to come visit us, here at the church. All of our prayers for your safety as you work for His Kingdom, Your MCC Missions team and church family.