Mt Baker Baptist Assoc.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

Monthly Newsletter

Mount Baker Baptist Association Newsletter

February, 2020

 

We received this communication from the Northwest Baptist Convention this weekend:

 

Osa Marie Wittenmyer

Osa Marie Wittenmyer unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 3, 2020.  She and Jerry moved from Seattle to Florida about 13 years ago, to be close to their daughter Jerri and son Terri.  Both live in Florida.  Jerry passed away 12 years ago.  She is survived by a son, Bruce, of Seattle; and Terri Wittenmyer and Jerri Wittenmyer Trammel (husband Greg) of Florida, and several grandchildren. 

Jerry's most recent NWBC service was as Director of Missions for Mt. Baker Baptist Association.  Earlier, they had served as Minister of Music and Education at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, and later as Associate Director of Missions for Puget Sound Baptist Association (education ministries).  In addition, they served in California and in Canada prior to coming to Mt. Baker.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2:00pm, at Northcliff Baptist Church in Spring Hill, Florida, which is where she was a member and would have been her 82nd birthday.

Any communication desired with the family can be directed through Jerri Trammel, 10363 Belltower St., Spring Hill, FL 34608.  Her email address is jtrammel@tampabay.rr.com.

We are very thankful for the years that Jerry and Osa Marie served in Mount Baker Baptist Association (1998-2003) and in the years they served in the Northwest Baptist Convention.  They were faithful servants of the Lord, mentoring many people, leading in countless ministries, and being an inspiration to many.  We rejoice that they are together again in the presence of our Lord.

 

From DOM John Hobson

Citizenship! As followers of Jesus Christ we have two citizenships. By adoption we are citizens of God’s Kingdom. We are also citizens of the country where we were born. Most of us are citizens of the USA.

Our first responsibility is as citizens of God’s Kingdom. We are to honor God and His Word over every other allegiance.

As long as they don’t infringe on God’s Laws, we are to honor the laws of our country. We should be super citizens, paying taxes, helping others and obeying the law! This includes voting for our government officials. This is not always easy since the best candidates often don’t make it out of the primaries. We need God’s help in making the best choices. One comfort we have is that God can and does use government officials to accomplish His will. Sometimes they aren’t even aware that they are being used by God.

In dealing with this on an election year there is are some mistakes we need to avoid.

·         Our main focus is reaching the lost. No amount of other activity diminishes this mandate.

·         We need to be careful in expressing our political beliefs. It is easy to offend others who see things differently than we do. As my college professor always said when talking of others, “You have a right to be wrong.” Just because a Christian brother or sister has a different view on candidates than you do doesn’t give you the right to offend or belittle them. We need to be united in our local body of Christ. If someone disagrees with you don’t drive them away.

·         We need to pray for all our elected and appointed government officials. If you disagree with their stand pray extra for them. God is still in control and can accomplish His will through them or in spite them.

·         We need to vote! You lose your right to complain if you didn’t vote. Sometimes we may have to hold our nose, still we should vote.

·         We need to keep our eyes on our eternal home. Our brief time here is preparing us for our eternal home. The best is yet to come!

So, the question is, “What type of citizen are you?” We must keep our eyes focused on Jesus our Lord and Savior.

 

Upcoming Events

In our Association:

March 9—Executive Board Meeting, Valley Baptist Church, 7 PM.

April 20—Semi-Annual Meeting, Valley Baptist Church, 7 PM; Guest Speaker:  Michael Duncan, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Ocean Shores, WA (former pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church, Darrington)

May 16 – Vacation Bible School Clinic, Hamilton First Baptist Church, 10 am – Noon

August 9-14—MBBA Mission Trip to Westlynn Baptist Church Sports Camp. 

For more information on any of these events contact the MBBA office or call John Hobson (360-630-1199)

 

In the Northwest Baptist Convention:

52 and One Training Event for Children and Preschool workers March 14, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood,5400 112th St SW, Lakewood, WA 08499

For information see www.nwbaptist.org

 

East Asia One Day Meeting- hear from IMB personnel and learn how your church can partner to reach East Asia for Christ.  Friday, April 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church of Lakewood (See address above)

For more information contact David Gass or register at https://www.nwbaptist.org/event/east-asia-one-day-lakewood-wa

 

Northwest Women’s Summit April 17-18 at Lake Bible Church, Lake Oswego, OR

For information see www.nwbaptist.org

 

NWBC Japan Mission Trip 2020 Olympics

July 22-Aug. 3rd –Opening Ceremonies and evangelistic opportunities—3 more openings

Cost: $3500  If you are interested, please contact dgass@nwbaptist.org or call 253-802-2099 ASAP !!

 

Mount Baker Baptist Association Contact Information:

Office: 360-856-6500 email:mtbakerba@frontier.com

DOM John Hobson: 360-630-1199 email: johnrhobson@gmail.com