55 North Newsletter

55 North Newsletter

Hello Country Church Seniors! I hope you’ve enjoyed some warmer weather through February. It looks like March will come in with another blast of cold. But hopefully it will be the last of it for this season. Remember that you are a cherished part of the Country Church family and if you need assistance with tasks, prayer, or a visit with Pastor Jose, Tim or Glenn, your church is here for you. Give us a call!

55 North Scripture: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him.” 2 Cor 5:17-18

This month’s Events: 

March 1, 12-2PM, 55 North monthly lunch (potluck at church)

Sundays at 9AM, beginning March 5 for 12 weeks, Discipleship classes begin. There are wonderful classes being offered. Please come!

March 5, 5:30PM Worship night

March 12, 11:30AM Newcomer Lunch 

March 24, Friday - Blood Drive

Ongoing events: 

All Church Prayer: Sundays 9-9:45AM & 6-7PM 

Recovery Group meets Sundays 5:30PM 

March 7, Tuesday at 10AM Women’s Bible study resumes

Weekly Youth Group meets Wednesdays 5:30PM 

Men’s Bible Study meets every other Saturday 7AM, March 4 & 18 

Visionary Parenting class meets Thursdays at 6:30PM 

Young Adult Group meets at the Shelp's home Tuesdays at 6PM 

Your event list includes activities for all ages. Though some may not be specifically for you, you have the information to pass on to friends, neighbors and family.

Member Highlights: 

John and MarJean Redinger

MarJean and Jon Redinger became acquainted with Country Church of the Open Bible when their daughter Jill began attending Youth Group in 1985. Jon has served as church Elder for several years and also as the church representative at the Waites Lake Camp, working hard to build it into the facility it is today. MarJean worked to organize and categorize a library of donated books for Country Church, directed the children’s program for several years, and taught children’s church and Vacation Bible School for many more years. Rev. Thomas asked Jon to lead the Seniors group at CCOB around 2005 and MarJean assumed the role a couple years later. MarJean currently organizes monthly lunches for the seniors group and prepares a great devotional. 

MarJean shared that she attended Spokane Lutheran School, but her parents sought Biblical teaching for her without focus on denominational doctrine. As a result, the child MarJean attended many Vacation Bible Schools throughout her young summers which she feels gave her a solid Biblical background on which her faith is built. Jon’s mother was Lutheran, but it took Jon a bit longer to accept faith as personal in his own life. 

MarJean Orr and Jon Redinger met in high school at Rogers High in Spokane WA. They dated through their senior year, took a break after high school, but reunited in college. They were married on tax day, April 15, 1966. MarJean graduated from college two months later and Jon attended one more year. 

The Redingers have three adult children – Jill, married to Alen Bell. They live in the Millwood area. Jay and his wife Nicole, live south of Airway Heights, and Ty and Angela live near Duvall WA, north east of Seattle. Jill met her husband, Alen at New Hope Christian College in Eugene Oregon where she earned a music/ voice degree. Jay and Ty met their spouses at Country Church. Jay is an electrical engineer and Ty oversees franchises for Lil’ Kickers, an indoor athletic program for tots 2-9 years. All three of the Redinger’s children excelled at scouting, the boys earning Eagle Scout, and Jill participating in Girl Scouts through High School. Jon was a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts while his boys participated. In total, the Redingers have 9 grandchildren. 

The Redingers advice to their friends is this: Look to the Scriptures for everything. Find the path of truth through the quagmire of life in the pages of the Bible. Also, actively seek God’s working in everyday life and find reasons to be thankful, rather than focusing on the bad in the world around us.

Resources for you: 

North County Food Pantry: 509-292-2530 Mon 10AM-2PM; Wed 8:30AM-12PM.  

Church website: https://ccob.life/

Important Contacts:  

Pastoral Care: Glenn Lockwood - 509-939-9896

55 North Lunch Coordinator: Marjean Redinger - 509-292-8809 

Prayer Chain: Delma Watkins - 509-292-2362 

Church Office: 509-292-8770

Are you willing to share a bit of your history with 55 North friends? Please contact Glenn Lockwood at 509-939-9896, Tim Shelp at 509-475-0584 or myself, Sue Frasier, 509-768-5792. We can arrange a brief interview either in person or on the phone. Thanks for being willing to share!

This newsletter is a work in progress. What do you want to see and read about each month? We welcome your suggestions and comments. Your editor, Sue Frasier

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