Oops!!

My good friend John Swenson pointed out that I had left a key person out of the “Connection Café Team" article and he is absolutely correct!

Charles Corulli was North Shores original barista and if you know Charles, you know he likes to do things right! He put in many hours working bugs out (some self-inflicted) of our latte machine. He also trained other baristas so when he started volunteering with the audio/visual team his lattes would always would be available.

Charles Corulli barista extraordinaire! 

Charles Corulli barista extraordinaire! 

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.

We thank Charles for all he does at North Shore Bible Church – Bravo Zulu!

By Norm Manly

Your Connection Cafe Team and More

Long before you shave or put on your makeup for church the Connection Café team is busy making cookies, coffee and preparing for your arrival. This is one of those unsung jobs that unless you need your morning coffee or love your chocolate chip cookies this ministry goes unnoticed. I like to refer to these devoted individuals as our Hospitality Ministry.

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The English dictionary defines hospitality as "the friendly treatment of guests or strangers; an act or show of welcome." That's not too far from how the New Testament Greek word (philo-xenia) breaks down—love of strangers. Coffee, cookies and treats invite strangers to stay. A snack communicates to newcomers, "You are welcome here!"

Sunday morning team Tom, Jeanne, Karen, Beth, Max and Julie

Sunday morning team Tom, Jeanne, Karen, Beth, Max and Julie

Karen Anglin, our Kitchen Coordinator and Julie Porter Barista Team Leader makes it all look easy. Karen and her team arrive at 8:00 and start baking nine dozen cookies, my favorite is the sugar cookies! Coffee and cookie team members include:

Tom and Karen Anglin
Rich and Maxine Moore
Deane Peebles
Kate and Jim Jensen
Mike and Mary Miller
Al and Carol Zalewski
Marlene and Rich Larsen
Steve and Trudy Maloof
Kathy and Jerry Jackson

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Julie’s team includes baristas Max Averett, Beth Averett and Jeanne Giddings. It takes a little time learning all the possible combinations of coffee treats that are available. It’s not rocket science and Julie says she can teach to you the art of being a “barista” in a short time so if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity at North Shore this might be for you?

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Pastor Rayment understands the importance of hospitality at North Shore and encourages all event coordinators to include food when possible. After Sunday morning service the congregation is invited to stay and enjoy coffee, treats and fellowship, this is a great time to get to know each other. Saturday night Karen Anglin makes 60 to 80 special treats at her home and brings them for Sunday morning – thank you Karen! Cheese, crackers and fruit are also part of the meal.

Special Halloween treats made by Karen Anglin

Special Halloween treats made by Karen Anglin

Sue and I spend our winters in Arizona and while there we attend several different churches. I can say beyond a doubt churches offering coffee and treats just feel more inviting. Our Hospitality Ministry is not limited to food and drink. Our greeters, ushers and connection desk volunteers make our visitors feel welcomed with a handshake and smile. Every member of the North Shore congregation is part of our Hospitality Ministry. We each can make our Church a “Special” place to be on a Sunday morning. Take the initiative and introduce yourself to someone you’ve not met before and with a big smile say, “We sure are glad you are here today!”

We thank all the volunteers that make North Shore Bible Church “A Caring Place in a Hurting World.”

By Norm Manly

Jack and Barbara Stevens

Jack and Barbara Stevens - It's Been A Great Life!

Shortly after sitting down at Jack and Barbara Stevens’ kitchen table and starting my interview Jack said, “Norm we’ve had such an amazing life and we are so very thankful.” By the end of the interview I agreed 100 percent!

Barbara and Jack Stevens at their home in Manson

Barbara and Jack Stevens at their home in Manson

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Barbara Peterson, a Manson girl was born at her grandparent’s home in Chelan on March 10 1928. The Peterson’s have been in Manson since 1921 and her grandfather started the Chelan Telephone Company and her mother Dorothy Peterson played piano during silent movies in the Ruby Theater. Barbara grew up in Manson and currently lives on the same property her father Art Peterson farmed for many years. She remembers her father fondly and was amazed at all he accomplished in his life with only an eighth grade education. Barbara received her education in the Manson School District and graduated in 1946 as Class Valedictorian, Apple Blossom Queen and Lake Chelan Rodeo Queen. After high school she attended Washington State University and graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration.

Jack was born and raised in the Seattle area and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945. Jack enlisted in the Army Aircorps on March 18, 1944 before he was 18 years old, he signed up before graduation. He was sent to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi for their Flight Training School. Unfortunately for Jack the war was winding down, which meant the need for pilots decreased, the class was canceled. Jack dreamed of flying and in 1947 he earned his Private Pilot’s license on his own.

Life change for Jack and Barbara on the 4th of July 1949 when Jack was invited to a barbecue at Al Peterson’s home, of course Barbara was there. It didn’t take very long to figure out they REALLY liked each other.

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 They spent the next three days getting to know each other and on June 17, 1950 they were married at the Methodist Church in Manson. They moved into their current home and Jack went to work for Barbara’s dad for the next several years.

Art Peterson’s dream was to build a golf course at Stehekin. As you can imagine this was a huge undertaking that started with installing a hydroelectric plant. Jack said, “We spent eight summers and two winters in Stehekin helping Art. The years we didn’t stay in Stehekin during the winter I worked for Boeings in Quality Control. Unfortunately the golf course was not to be.” Jack later lobbied to develop the North Cascades National Park through the North Cascades Conservation Council, an organization he co-founded. Through that process Jack met with Senator Henry (Scoop) Jackson who helped make it happen.

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Jack and Barbara packed up their family that included three daughters and a son and moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1962. Jack worked for the Boeing Company, became involved in real estate and then opened Steven’s Associates Construction.

During this time Barbara went back to school and secured her teaching degree and taught grades three through five at A.G. Bell Elementary School in Kirkland for 18 years.

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Back in 1971, Seattle was heavily dependent on Boeing for jobs, and the company had cut more than 60,000 of them. Unemployment was at 13 percent, more than double the national average. The famous sign, “Will the last person leaving Seattle…..turn out the lights” gained national attention. For most people in the area this was a negative time but for Jack and his company it was a huge opportunity. Jack says, “The banks were holding the paper on many homes that builders walked away from and my company was able to finish over 225 homes and help sell them.” Jack was a hero in the banker’s eyes.

Seattle - 1971

Seattle - 1971

When Peoples Bank decided to build a new 24 story bank building in downtown Seattle in 1973 Jack was put on the payroll to help as he was a proven winner. Peoples Bank required a college degree for anyone serving in upper management, which Jack did not have. The Board held a special meeting and Jack was appointed Assistant Vice President and shortly thereafter Vice President and Manager of Real Estate Division of Peoples National Bank of Washington. One of his memorial assignments was going to Alaska and merging three different banks into one, the Alliance Bank.

Jack has always been very active in the community serving as Commander, Star Sutherland Jr. Post of the American Legion, President Recreation Unlimited, co-founder of North Cascades Conservation Council and served on the Membership Committee of the Washington Athletic Club.

The Stevens moved back to Manson in 1989 after Barbara’s dad passed away and took over the property and the J & B Stevens Orchards. In 1994 they purchased the building where the Chelan Valley Inn sits today. They did a complete remodel and opened the Wapato Point Village Inn and operated it for 19 ½ years.

Besides their four children they have nine grandsons, three granddaughter and six great grandchildren, a wonderful family for sure. Both Barbara and Jack love living in Manson and cannot imagine living anywhere else. They have attended North Shore Bible Church since the early 1990’s and love it there. Jack said, “We love the people and I’ve been part of a wonderful bible study filled with great men in our community.” Barbara says, “I enjoy Pastor Rayment’s sermons every Sunday. He is the best speaker I’ve ever heard. I’m memorized each Sunday!”

Before I left Jack wanted to show me his pride and joy, a 1921 Model T that is fully restored. Barbara remembers with great fondest riding in the chariot in the Apple Blossom Parade. I thank Jack and Barbara for sharing their exciting life with me…….and you!

By Norm Manly

North Shore's Elder Board

Elder’s in a church are one of the keys to a successful, God influenced church. We are lucky at North Shore Bible Church to have a team of five dedicated elders and a pastor with their focus fixed firmly on Jesus and unwavering dedication to the Church’s success. I recently had an opportunity to meet with our Elder Board to learn a little more about them.

Dave, John, Larry, Tom, Rich and Pastor Craig standing

Dave, John, Larry, Tom, Rich and Pastor Craig standing

When asked for a statement regarding our elders Pastor Rayment said, “We have a great group of men who are serving as elders.  They come from diverse backgrounds, and offer a rich perspective on every issue we face as a church family.  I love and respect each of them, and am proud to serve alongside them.”

The Bible spells out the requirements and duties for an elder in 1st Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9 and 1st Peter 5:1-4 and at North Shore those verses are our guiding light. Elder terms at North Shore are three years, which can be renewed for another three years, then they must step off for one year. Our Elder Board along with Pastor Rayment takes on a wide variety of issues that affect the Church, congregation and community. Currently they are working to establish a Church Foundation for designated charitable giving, John Swenson is heading this up.

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They are considering a coffeehouse at the church as a way of creating connection and sending an invitation to our community. Our pastor and elders encourage you to share your ideas. Current elders include Larry Jungk, John Swenson, Dave McCue, Tom Anglin and Rich Moore.

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Larry Jungk and his bride Teri were among five couples that founded NSBC almost four decades ago. Larry grew up in Richfield, Washington and moved to Manson in 1969. He spent the next seven years teaching school at Manson High. Larry remembers very well when this young Craig Rayment met with the church for the first time. “He hadn’t completed his seminary but there was just something about him. Looking back I believe the decision for me to vote yes on hiring Craig was not of my own will but the Holy Spirit.

After all these years Pastor Rayment’s faithful service to our Church reinforces my belief we made the perfect choice,” Larry said.

Larry is serving his second term as elder and says, “My biggest strength is my weakness. I’m very open to new ideas and thinking out of the box and working as a team with the Elder Board.” Larry’s makes use of his talents serving as Inside Facilities Administrator. “I think we are doing well at North Shore. We’ve made many changes and improvements the past couple of years, we are paying as we go while still maintaining adequate reserves. The reserves are critical because any day a heat pump can fail,” Larry stated.

John Swenson enjoys a full and active life. He moved to Chelan in 2009 and retired from Confluence Health in 2013.  He is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and then a Master’s in Pharmacy from University of Washington. John and his wife Claudia started attending NSBC in 1998 after buying a home in Chelan. John is currently serving his first term as an elder.

“What I bring to the table on the Elder Board is a background in healthcare administration.

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 I managed pharmacy departments and some ancillary departments at three major hospitals (including Central Washington Hospital) and worked in the corporate world with software to support electronic medical record. Strengths: administration, budget, personnel management, mentoring. My job is Administrative Elder. It has been special to work out the administrative/legal aspects of Kid Haven,” John said proudly. 

John concluded, “It has been great being under Craig's strong, bible-based teaching and seeing North Shore Bible Church and its members being very involved in the community and with its citizens.”

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Dave McCue is serving his first term as an elder at North Shore. He was born in Los Angeles and raised in Tacoma and the Bothell area. He became a Christian shortly after high school and soon married and was blessed with three children. He returned to school at a business college where he focus on finance. He moved his family to Wenatchee in 1978 and worked as an office manager for different companies. The family returned back to the west side and Dave spent four summers working with his father-in-law on a mining project in Alaska. During his time back home he worked for Rich’s Home Center serving as Operation Manager during their rapid growth period.

Life changed for Dave in 1987 when the marriage failed. Single parenthood and hope for reconciliation drove Dave deeper into God’s word and prayer for strength and endurance. A passion for worship grew, helped bring healing and the opportunity to serve in a local church.  Dave moved back to Wenatchee in 1991 to work with Pastor Jesus Depas at the River of Life Church. The same year Dave opened a business, McCue Construction. At first Dave mainly installed fireplaces for Swim World then moved into installing swimming pools. Dave figures he has installed over 400 pools to date and his business is doing great!

In 1992 he met his wife Patty and they were married in 1993. They moved to the Chelan Valley part time in 2001 to help take care of Patty’s’s dad who pasted away the end of that year. Curranty Patty is a full time care giver for her mother who is 96. They found their way to North Shore in 2013, a church they totally enjoy. Between them they have five children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

When asked what he brings to the Elder Board Dave said, “My background in finance is helpful in identifying ways to improve budget reporting to the congregation. Being new at this I appreciate the wisdom and experience of the rest of the elder team and hope to contribute more as I listen, learn and pray with them. I feel our church is financially stable and I hope to help keep it that way.” When asked what he thought of Pastor Rayment Dave said, “I can’t tell you how much I value Craig’s teaching sermons, they bring the Bible alive. He is blessed with great communication skills and administrative skills as well.” Dave is part of North Shore’s Worship team. We thank Dave for all he does.

Tom Anglin was born and raised in the Everett area and is serving his first term as an elder. After high school Tom joined the Army with three of his buddies in 1965. He served as crew chief aboard a medical evacuation helicopter (a Huey) in 1967 and 68. Tom has some amazing stories to share about his time in Vietnam, many are painful.

Returning back to Everett Tom served as an Everett police officer for 13 years. He sustained an injury to his knee that required a complete replacement. Once he healed up he joined the prosecutor’s office for three years and next took on the challenge of Mill Creek’s Public Safety Director.

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 Tom then moved into the public sector serving as District Security Manager for Mervyn’s Department Store for eight years. Tom finished out his working career as Supervisor for Security at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle for 18 years.

Tom and his bride Karen have been married for 15 years and are blessed with seven children and four grandchildren. They built their current home in Chelan in 2003 and made weekly commutes to the west side until moving here fulltime in 2014. Shortly after they began attending North Shore.

“Being a fairly new member I bring a different perspective to the Elder Board. My duties include Sunday Morning Support where we build our volunteer team and working on Missions. Both Karen and I love it at North Shore, Tom said.

When asked about Pastor Rayment Tom said, “Craig is a strong spiritual leader and a good friend. I enjoy his sermon tremendously.”

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Rich Moore was raised in the Puyallup Valley and after high school attended Washington State University receiving an education in agriculture that included construction. He went to work for St. Paul Lumber Company in Tacoma for 14 years. Rich and his wife Maxine were married in 1964 and they have four children, 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren!

They moved to the Entiat Valley in 1970 and purchased a 20 acre apple orchard. He also became a general contractor and opened MAR Enterprise.

In 1986 Rich and Maxine volunteered to help build a church at Eagle River, Alaska with the job taking six months. In 1987 Rich helped build North Shore Bible Church and added SOWERS Hall in 1997. They joined the SOWER (Servants On Wheels Ever Ready) Ministry and hooked their RV to the truck and took off on many missions for the next 19 years. The first project was a church in Astoria, Oregon and since then Rich figures he has helped build 20 churches.

“My main duty with the Elder Board is focused on Building Support. I have 20 years of church building experience as well as building over 115 homes. I design and draw blueprints and can produce accurate estimates for projects. We have completed a bunch of work in the past two years with major improvements. I’m very comfortable with our facilities but we must always be planning ahead,” Rich stated. “I really enjoy the entire Elder Board and find it easy to work with Pastor Craig. We work as a team with Jesus as CEO,” Rich concluded.

It was fun to get to know our Elder Board a little more and to find out just how much of a commitment it is to be an elder. Be sure to thank each one the next time you see them. There will be one empty elder seat the end of the year. Talk with Pastor Craig if you have an interest.

By Norm Manly

Mauree White - Superwoman!

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Maureen White, a half hour later I was exhausted, she has done so much! What a life she has enjoyed, as they say there’s no grass growing under her feet.

Born in Chelan on September 17, 1934 Maureen grew up during the Great Depression that lasted until 1939. “Our home was in Manson and I remember being very poor, we used apple boxes as chairs and an outdoor privies for our toilets but through it all my dad Valden and mom Stella worked hard providing for our family. I have one brother, Glen and we moved 12 times by the time I was in the eighth grade for my dad’s employment,” Maureen said.

Maureen’s grandparents homesteaded in Manson in 1916. Her mother Stella White graduated from Manson High School and was an Apple Blossom Princess in 1931. Stella was one of twelve children and Maureen is grateful for all the support the family provided in her formative years.

Maureen’s family moved to the west side after Maureen’s eighth grade year and she was finally able to settle down, graduating from Franklin High School in Seattle with honors in 1952. Before Maureen graduated from high school she was offered four jobs, she ended up working for the Boeing Company at their Seattle plant then Renton. She was an expert in shorthand and was hired as a stenographer, Maureen spent seven years with Boeing.

Maureen's graduation photo 1952

Maureen's graduation photo 1952

During that time period Maureen waited for her high school sweetheart, Zeke Taylor’s return from the Korean War. They married in 1955 and were blessed with their first son Steve in 1956, Jeff in 1957, David in 1960 and Vickie in 1962. They spent 20 years in Seattle with Zeke working as a mechanic and Maureen starting her career working with youth, teaching pre-school in classrooms operated by Green River Community College and Seattle Community College. Maureen lost Steve in 2010 and David passed away after a five year battle with cancer in 2013. “I couldn’t have made it through those times without my faith in God and the support of folks at North Shore Bible Church,” Maureen said.

For fun Maureen played softball, she was very good at the game. She played in high school and started again after her daughter was born in 1962. “I was a catcher, she said and that’s why I’ve had two knee replacements!” She played in the Renton and Issaquah leagues and her team, Anderson Plumbing, piled up many records she is still proud of. Meanwhile Zeke started racing stock cars and was very good, especially on the figure eight course at Monroe. The races were a family event with everyone rooting for dad.

 
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Maureen is grateful for a mentor she had at Bellevue Community College (BCC) that encouraged her to return to school. “I’ve always enjoyed learning and her encouragement started me on a path to life-long learning,” Maureen stated. Maureen worked a half day as a secretary at Maple Valley College and attended school at BCC for a half day. In 1973 she received her first degree in Early Childhood Education. Unfortunately, Maureen went through a divorce in 1973 and she was on her own.

Maureen was the founder and director of the Bellevue Community Student Childcare Center, which she operated for sixteen years. Her program was such a huge success that she was in demand to help other colleges in Washington get a program started then nationally. She spent much time traveling and giving presentations, which she enjoyed.

Maureen received a second degree in Early Childhood Education – Special Education and then she received a four year degree in Program Management and Early Childhood Education from Antioch University. Finally at the age 56 Maureen received her Master’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Kirkland.

With things going well in her life she met and married Chris Thompson in 1987 and he moved her back to Manson in 1989 into her current home. Maureen founded the Childcare Center in Chelan in 1993 and operated the business for nine years until rental cost for a building became too high. Then in 2002 she operated a preschool and childcare business out of her home until she had her second knee replacement. Maureen is sad to report that her second marriage ended in 1996 for reasons beyond her control.

Maureen’s mother, Stella came to live with her in 2003, Maureen took care of her for ten years until Stella’s passing just a few days past her 100th birthday.

Maureen began working with Pam Calhoun developing “Kid Haven Early Learning Center” at North Shore Bible Church in 2013. They had many hoops to jump through but finally got the business up and running April 2016 after lots of prayers! When I asked Pam Calhoun what she thought about Maureen she said, “Maureen is the heartbeat and back bone of Kid Haven. She is my mentor and I would not have attempted to start Kid Haven without her.”  Maureen serves as Assistant Director and Pre-School Teacher working 16 hours a week. They have 40 student with ages ranging from two months to twelve years. Maureen says, “I just love my time with the children and developing interesting and challenging curriculum.”

One of Maureen's favorite places, the reading room at Kid Haven

One of Maureen's favorite places, the reading room at Kid Haven

Maureen has been part of the Manson Farmers Market for 17 years where she sells homemade doggie treats and veggies when in season. She also started the Chelan Valley Genealogy Society in 1990, they have 40 members she helps trace lineages and family history. Maureen is a member of a writers group that meets regularly at the Manson Red Apple Market. On top of all this Maureen is an author with three books under her belt that contain stories and poems.

Maureen discovered North Shore Bible Church from Doctor Hurst in 2000, she has been attending ever since. “At North Shore people care about people and I want to give that back. I thoroughly enjoy our Sunday sermons from our “teaching pastor” Craig Rayment,” Maureen said. Maureen serves NSBC as a Greeter, a perfect job for her and her outgoing personality! 

Chris Rayment, Children Director at NSBC said the following about Maureen, “Maureen has a heart that is soooooo big, she is a dear dear lady that overflows with her love of Jesus and children.  So many children's lives have been touched by her gentle loving spirit.  She always has projects and ideas that will benefit her kids at Kid Haven.”

Maureen with grandson Bryce who is now in college.

Maureen with grandson Bryce who is now in college.

So what’s next for Maureen? “Number one I want to remain healthy and keep my energy level high so I can continue working with children. I have written two children books that I hope to publish very soon and then write more!” Maureen concluded.

By Norm Manly

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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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.

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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.”