Meet your Webmaster

John Spencer grew up as a foster child and adopted by a military family in Virginia in 1947. After high school John started a career in the US Army. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a paratrooper, infantry officer, helicopter pilot and intelligence officer.  During his 26 years of service John flew Ch-47 Chinooks, Ah-G/s Cobras, UH-1's and OH-58's. John holds a commercial pilot certificate in fix-wing, helicopter and glider.

John aboard a Cobra

John aboard a Cobra

John enjoyed an amazing career starting with his education, which includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Florida University and his MBA from American Graduate School of Internal Management in Arizona. He started his technical career with TRW, then continued with work in Orlando, Chicago, Los Angles, Phoenix and finally Redmond.  John worked 12 years at Boeing/McDonnell Douglas and 12 years with Microsoft Research. He began working in web development after retiring from Microsoft as a hobby. Besides North Shore John is active in our community serving as Fire Commissioner in Manson District 5 for ten years, Chelan County Sheriff Civil Service Commissioner for three years and Chelan County Sheriff Marine Patrol from 2012 to 2015.

Recently John has been playing the piano for communion

Recently John has been playing the piano for communion

John never had been to the Chelan Valley until one of his co-workers at Microsoft invited John and Marti, John’s better half for 23 years, over for a weekend and as they say, the rest is history. John and Marti have lived in Manson since 2003, moving from Redmond. They both love it here for the small town feel, the weather and the fact it is more conservative oriented.

John and Marti volunteer at North Shore and other organizations than make sense to them. When I asked John why he volunteers he said, “I believe we all need to use our skillsets to help where we can and it’s good for the brain, keeps us young.” Besides volunteering John’s interest includes spending time with their grandkids Taylor and Adam, music (piano) and drone flying.

John and Marti with grandchildren

John and Marti with grandchildren

We are fortunate at NSBC to have John as our webmaster. He designed, built and maintains the site totally on his own, that’s a huge commitment! John has given untold hours of his time to this project so be sure to thank him next time you see him. He has made the site user friendly so even if you are a novice on the computer you will be able to navigate NSBC’s site with ease.

When I asked Pastor Craig for a few words about our webmaster he said, “I have such great respect for John.  He has taught me so much when it comes to using the Internet.  John was the one who taught me that when someone emails you, email them back even if it is to say, “I got it.”  Don’t leave them hanging! John is a great blessing in our church family as our webmaster.  All the staff appreciates what he does for our church website and church directory.  Thank you, John for all you do!”

“We designed the website for two basic reasons, John stated. First it keeps our congregation up to speed and informed about NSBC and second it’s a tool to introduce NSBC to people outside the church and encourage them to visit our Thursday or Sunday service. Our goal is to increase website visits 15 to 20 percent a year.”

So what’s in it for me, why should I use NSBC’s website? You should never ask John a question like that as he could go on for a couple pages! Let’s take a look. Fire up your computer and type www.northshorebc.org in the address bar. This will take you to the home page, your jump off place to explore our website.

  • Sign up for the monthly Pastor’s Letter, Announcements and Latest News that will be sent via email.
  • View the church’s online Directory, which is password protected for your safety. Using the form at the bottom of the page you can check your listing for accuracy and make changes or add yourself to the directory.
  • View church events.
  • Download past sermons.
  • View Church’s photo gallery.
  • Submit a prayer request.
  • Sign up for Online Giving that provides a secure and safe method for Offerings and Tithes.
  • Check on appropriate movies at the Christian Movie Ministry.
  • Make use of the tons of resource information available at your fingertips.
  • And much much more!

As long as you are venturing into the social media world be sure to check out the NSBC’ Facebook page for even more information. If you need help getting started contact John Spencer or Norm Manly.

By Norm Manly

Rich and Marlene Larson

If you happen to be driving down Green Avenue around 7:00 am most days you will see Rich and Marlene Larson out for their morning walk. It’s one of the things they love about the community of Manson, a great place to walk. They average between 35 and 40 miles a week!

Rich and Marlene on their morning walk

Rich and Marlene on their morning walk

Rich grew up in Marysville, Washington and worked for the City of Everett for 25 years, retiring in 2016. He was a supervisor in Public Works and wore many hats. Marlene hails from Minnesota. After graduating from Moorehead State University with a degree in marketing she went to work for BNSF (Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway) and enjoyed a rewarding 33 year career.

It’s a very interesting story how Rich and Marlene met so be sure to ask them for details. They have been married for 28 years and have two sons. Lucas the oldest is 26 and will be getting married on August 5th at Karma Winery, Jacob 23 and will graduate from the University of Washington this year. Lucas is also a graduate from the U of W.

Rich, Marlene, Jacob and Lucus July 1996

Rich, Marlene, Jacob and Lucus July 1996

Rich has been visiting Chelan since he was a young lad with his family on summer vacations. Like many of us, there isn’t much not to like in the Chelan Valley. Rich and Marlene started coming to Manson 14 years ago and camped out at her sister’s home. They sold their home in Arlington in 2014 and moved into their Manson home full time July 2016.

When asked what they like about Manson they both said, “Sunshine, quiet, slow-paced and the small community feel. It’s getting harder and harder to make trips to the west side.” They both enjoy boating on Lake Chelan, taking rides in their Jeep up the mountains exploring the beauty of our area.

They started attending NSBC in 2014. “North Shore reminds us of Smoky Point Community Church in Arlington where people practice what Christianity is all about. We were members for over 25 years”, Marlene said.

Both Rich and Marlene volunteer in several different areas at North Shore. They help out with Frenzy on Thursday nights and they are part of the Vacation Bible School team and they have been greeters at Thursday Night Together since its inception.

We are lucky to have Rich and Marlene as members of North Shore. Be sure to say hello next time you see them.

Check out the NSBC's website and also the NSBC's Facebook page

By Norm Manly

Get to know your Audio Visual team

On average a heart beats 72 times a minute and we don’t have to think about it….it just happens. The same can be said for North Shore Bible Church’s Audio Visual (A/V) team. They are behind the scenes, working hard to make your Thursday and Sunday services enjoyable. So let’s get to know our team.

Overseeing the A/V team is Efren Alejo, Worship and Youth Director at North Shore. He works with his team of volunteers continually improving all aspects of your audio and visual experience. Recently NSBC worked with Chelan County PUD upgrading the lighting in Sowers Hall to LED. “This makes an amazing difference,” says Efren. “All the overhead lights have dimmers so you can adjust lighting to match the need. Over the long run this will be a cost saving for the church as the LED lights use far less electricity and they last much longer.”

During the remodel of the main sanctuary a new stage was added, more user friendly and the audio visual equipment move to a better location. Efren has some major improvements that includes replacing the current screen in Sowers Hall with a LED model, kind of like your home TV only much larger. “They are pretty pricey right now but are coming down fast. My big dream is the development and building of a recording studio at our Church,” Efren said. The A/V team has made several improvements to the sound system this past year.

Efren and Charles put together the Keynote document

Efren and Charles put together the Keynote document

Charles Corulli is the brains behind Keynote (Apple’s version of PowerPoint). Charles teams up with Pastor Rayment who supplies his sermon notes, very detailed as to which slides will be use during the sermon and when they will be used. Charles surfs the Internet to find the perfect photos that highlight the Pastor’s message. Then using Keynote, Efren adds the words to the songs and were ready to rock!

Charles spent 25 years working as a computer programmer and a semi-conductor engineer. Both professions took him away from Manson but when he retired seven years ago he return to Manson and NSBC. When asked why he volunteers for the Audio Visual team he said “It’s simple. There was a need and Pastor Craig asked me to help. I also volunteer at the Connection Café for an entirely different reason. I love my lattes and I wanted to make sure they would be available!”

John Swenson, a member of NSBC’s Elder Board shares duties running the Keynote program during Sunday service, alternating weeks with Charles. John joined the Naval Reserve while attending Washington State University where he earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. He spent eight years in the Navy working as a pharmacist. In 1980 he received his Master’s Degree at the University of Washington. John’s career spanned over forty years as a pharmacist and a pharmacy administrator for several major employers.  His skills as an administrator are beneficial to the Elder Board and our church. John and his wife Claudia have been members of NSBC for twenty years. They moved to the Chelan Valley full time in 2009 and they both retired in 2013.

John operates the Keynote slide show

John operates the Keynote slide show

Johnathan Howe hails from Michigan where he spent his youth. He was a member of Five Corners Church and that’s where he was introduced to A/V duties. He worked as a camp counselor at a Christian camp for kids. He met a young woman, Tatyana a few years ago. Her family lives in the Chelan Valley so two years ago Johnathan made the move to Chelan. “I’m going to marry that girl someday,” he said with almost certain confidence. He became friends with Mike Sherer and worked for him for a short period of time. Mike and Mary invited him to NSBC and he loves it here. Tom Anglin convinced Johnathan to volunteer on the A/V team since he was already experienced. You will find Johnathan on the soundboard almost every Sunday. Johnathan currently works as a concrete finisher for NW Concrete.

Johnathan at the soundboard

Johnathan at the soundboard

Tom Ramella is the Lead Sound man for the team. Just looking at all those levers, switches and lights on the sound board is overwhelming to me! Tom started coming to NSBC when he was in the fourth grade. His parents, Jim and Linda Ramella have been North Shore members for years. After graduation from high school he left Manson to continue his education and start a career. Tom returned back to Manson about a year ago and works at Lake Chelan Community Hospital. When asked why he volunteers for the Audio Visual team he says, “I love this stuff and I love serving God.”

Tom and Judy run the show on Thursday

Tom and Judy run the show on Thursday

Judy Johnson the newest member of the A/V team is a West Seattle girl. Judy took on the duty of running the Keynote program for Thursday night service. She normally works with Tom running the sound board.

Judy’s fiancé, Geoff have known each other since 1st grade and were best friends from the beginning. They grew up going to the same elementary and middle schools, even the same high school after their families ended up relocating to Des Moines. They have been together for seven years and have a six year old daughter named Kaylee. Judy has worked for Wells Fargo Bank for five years serving several locations in Texas and Washington State.

They moved to Manson in January of 2016. Judy says, “We have always enjoyed a small town lifestyle and found Manson a perfect community environment to put our roots and raise our daughter. We were invited to NSBC a year ago and have been going ever since. Before coming to North Shore we have never experienced such a welcoming and friendly church. The leadership team at the church really went out of their way to get to know us and made us feel like family. And you don’t get to meet people like that every day! Our experience and how we have been treated here at North Shore really is what inspired me to volunteer. I love North Shore's vision and I'd love to do anything I can to make sure other people feel the same way when they come visit our church.”

Judy went to school for Visual Communications/Graphic Design so it is fulfilling to do not only what she loves in the audio/visual aspect of volunteering, but at the same time she is able to give back to this church community that has done so much for our family.

I asked Pastor Rayment to give his thoughts regarding our A/V team. “As the pastor here at North Shore, I know that the Audio Visual team plays a vital role in our church.  They help the people on stage sound and look good in what we do.  If they are off in their slides or off in their audio, then we are off in presenting the compelling message of Jesus Christ.  Fortunately, each of our volunteers do an excellent job of keeping our lines of communication open and on target.  I am very grateful for their willingness to sit apart from their loved ones during the service so they can provide this important ministry.  As we like to say here at NSBC…WAY TO GO!” said Pastor Craig.

If you would like to find out how you can volunteer to serve on the Audio Visual team contact Efren. Next time you see members of the A/V team be sure to say thank you!

Be sure to visit NSBC’s website to learn the latest North Shore news.

By Norm Manly

Jim and Mary Ann Talley

Recently I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Jim and Mary Ann Talley at their beautiful home overlooking the Chelan River (Gorge) and enjoying a handful of Mary Ann’s killer Chocolate Chip cookies. We talked about their four decades at North Shore Bible Church and their many active rolls that helped North Shore grow and become a magnificent place to worship our God.

Jim and Mary Ann were couple seven to join the church. “We were very pleased with the young Pastor Craig as his teachings were from the Bible, his sermons were excellent and he also served as Youth Pastor,” Jim said.

Jim and Mary Ann in 1977

Jim and Mary Ann in 1977

A vivid memory for Jim and Mary Ann was the day Pastor Craig dipped them in the cold waters of Lake Chelan, they were the first two people he baptized. Pastor Craig said, “My fear that day was that I might drown him.” Since then Craig has performed over 300 baptisms. Pastor Craig went on to say, “Jim has been a great friend and mentor in my life and I’m thankful for Jim and Mary Ann.”

Mary Ann is very proud to say she was a stay at home mom and raised three children, one girl and two boys. They now have five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jim spent his working career as a history teacher and coached football and basketball for 27 years at Chelan High School. The Talley’s also operated an apple orchard for years.

Jim was appointed the third Elder at North Shore and he helped write the By Laws and Articles of Incorporation. Jim and Mary Ann led “Homes of Honor” for two years where parents can better learn how to raise their children by discussing their strengths and weaknesses with other parents. This series by Gary Smalley was on eight track tapes. Both Jim and Mary Ann agree this was an excellent program that brought much success to many North Shore folks. They were also involved in a program called “Care Groups” for eighteen years.

Mary Ann has led and is a member of the Women’s Thursday morning Bible study that’s been in existence for thirty years. The Talley’s have hosted small groups at their home for fifteen years. In fact their living room is set up specifically for hosting the meetings.

Jim and Mary Ann are happy to see North Shore Bible Church thriving and stronger than ever! They think the world of the North Shore team and gives a big shout out to Efren for his work with the Worship team and youth programs. Jim and Mary Ann said, “We love our Church.” The Talley’s will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary on September 6.

By Norm Manly

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Get Connected - Stay Connected

I really enjoy our worship music and outstanding and inspiring messages from Pastor Craig but what I really like about North Shore Bible Church is the people. We are blessed with an amazing staff and congregation with a caring heart and much to offer to our church and community.

Norm’s News from North Shore is designed to build on positives already in place by providing information and opportunities for networking and volunteering, which will bring us closer together as a church.

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New Changes At North Shore

After 30 years in operation, improvements to the NSBC building have deservedly been underway for a year and a half starting with a new roof. The completion of this project was followed by a remodel of NSBC’s entry and main sanctuary. Hardwood flooring has now replaced the carpets in the entrance and hallways, the carpet of thirty plus years has been replaced in the main sanctuary, over 200 new chairs have been purchased and added to NSBC’s offered seating, the stage has been rebuilt in the main sanctuary and new and improved lighting has been installed. Everything has been given a fresh coat of paint to complete NSBC’s “New Look.”