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Evergreen Annual Meeting

Postby Haruo » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:40 pm

Last weekend Evergreen Region held its annual meeting, our eighth, at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship (the closest thing our Region has to a megachurch) on the Kent-Renton line southeast of Seattle. The theme was "Who Is My Neighbor? (Luke 10:25)" (and, perhaps more importantly, "Who am I neighbor to?") The guest preacher was Rev. Liliana Da Valle, Regional Executive Minister of ABC Rhode Island, who spent the first eight years of her time in America as an undocumented immigrant (she had fled the terror of Argentina in the early 1980s, with her husband and two kids); very interesting and moving Saturday afternoon sermon on Leviticus 19:18 resulted. Very interesting movie Friday "With God on our side" about Evangelical Christian notions and attitudes towards the State of Israel and the Palestinian Arab peoples.
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Lousy photo of Rev. Da Valle preaching, New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in the background

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Sister Stephanie Commandest and Evergreen staffer Sister Clem Winbush "person" the registration table

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NBCF narthex during Evergreen meeting

My apologies for the inadequate flash on my throwaway camera.
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120,000 Nikkei Voices of Gratitude

Postby Haruo » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:53 pm

The largest display in the NBCF Narthex was "120,000 Nikkei Voices of Gratitude", documenting the experience of Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during their wartime displacement to the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho, and their experience of neighborliness on the part of American (then Northern) Baptists.

Below are a couple of representative pictures from the display, but first a photo of four Evergreen Japanese Baptists:
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Standing: Yosh Nakagawa (former ABCUSA VP) and Rev. Brooks Andrews (JBC's Pastor of Visitation, and son of "Rev Andy" who pastored the church during their years in Minidoka)
Seated: Rev. Peter Urio and Hideo Hoshide

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Minidoka...

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Thanks, ABC... (The face obliterated by the flash is that of Rev. Andy, JBC's pastor during the internment in Idaho)
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Rev. Andy

Postby Haruo » Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:56 pm

Reverend Emery Andrews was pastor of JBC from 1929 to 1955. Here is the pertinent portion of JBC's official church history page:
World War II and the forced evacuation of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast (citizens as well as those who could not become citizens) caused the church to close in the Spring of 1942, but the church continued to meet as part of the Japanese Federated Christian Church in Hunt, Idaho, at the Minidoka Relocation Center.

The real thrust of JBC's ministry took place under the leadership of the Rev. Emery E. Andrews, who served the church from 1929 to 1955. "Andy," as he was lovingly known was confronted with a real challenge in 1942, when the wartime evacuation of all Japanese from the Pacific Coast states was ordered as a military necessity. Rev. Andrews, his family and Miss Esther McCollough relocated with the church to Twin Falls, Idaho, so that they could commute to the Minidoka War Relocation Assembly camp and minister to the internees. Opening their home as a hostel to the internees, the Andrews suffered innumerable threats and humiliation from the local antagonists because of their association with the Japanese. Rev. Andrews made over 50 trips to Seattle to bring back needed articles left behind by the Japanese families, covering the 1,500 mile trip on an average of more than once a month. He will be long remembered by not only his congregants, but also by the many lives he touched throughout the Japanese community.

A significant occasion took place on December 10, 1955, when members and friends of the JBC Issei and Nisei congregations honored Andy at a Recognition Banquet. He resigned his position as pastor of JBC in the Fall of 1955 to allow the congregation to call a Nisei pastor. In 1971, he was asked to serve as the Minister of Visitation of JBC and served until his health failed.

Before Andy passed away on May 30, 1976, the Seattle Japanese Community honored him at a recognition banquet held at the Olympic Hotel Grand Ballroom on February 14, 1976. Approximately 700 people attended the testimonial dinner. It was truly a demonstration of affection and thanks that underscored Andy's rare place in the Japanese Community.
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