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2019 Harvest Hymn Sing

Each year, CEFC invites the community to come and sing hymns with us in the Fall season, (and some years again in the Spring).

Chewelah Harvest Hymn SingAlthough we, and many of the churches in town, sing lots of hymns during regular weekly services, sometimes we don’t get to sing our favorite ones very often. This event provides an opportunity for folks to request – and sing – their favorite hymns.

Because we always end up singing until nobody can sing anymore, we like to have special music interspersed through the evening to let people’s voices rest for a few minutes. This adds to the enjoyment of the fellowship time together with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

After the singing is finished, we gather in the fellowship hall and enjoy apple cider and treats.

Our new, larger sanctuary can seat up to 150, so there is plenty of room to bring family members and friends from around the community. And if you have a Sunday evening service at your church, you can always come for the beginning, then slip out when you need to!


Another new women’s study is beginning at CEFC. According to Joan Thompson, “We’re calling it the ‘Hebrews 12 Group’ because we’re focusing on ‘laying aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us’ in order to run our unique race of life.”

The study begins Tuesday, September 24, 7:00pm at Chewelah Evangelical Church and will go for about 10 weeks. You DON’T have to attend church in order to participate! ❤️

Along with the study (using “Be Transformed” by Scope Ministries), women will be learning about how the brain works, hormones, habits and practical ways to make real change. And yes, we’re your support group! For those interested in applying concepts to health and losing weight, we’ll be meeting at 6:30pm, prior to the study.

If you have questions, call or message Joan Thompson or attend the information meeting this Sunday following the church service (about noon) at Chewelah Evangelical Free church. Joan says, “I believe every person has a unique purpose, a calling in life. I’m excited to share how God has been freeing me up and I KNOW He is eager to free up anyone who is willing to reach out for truth and grace. 🌟”

Time to Pre-Register for VBS!

Get ready to launch into hyperdrive at Time Lab, where we’ll discover Jesus from eternity past to eternity future! Did you know Jesus existed before He was born as the baby in the manger? Did you know He was actively involved in creating the universe? And that He existed even before we read about Him in Genesis 1:1? Did you know we can find Him in the accounts of the Old Testament? Do you know what He did while He was here on Earth? Do you know what He is doing right now? At Time Lab, we’ll have a blast uncovering the truth about Jesus through His Word! You won’t want to miss a nanosecond of the fun, so set your watches and make plans to join us at Time Lab!

Chewelah Evangelical Free Church’s summer Vacation Bible School for 2018 will be June 25 through the 29th, 8:30 a.m to Noon. This fun event is open to children ages 5-12 and pre-registration is required.

Be prepared to bring your Bible, swimsuit and towel, and get ready for a week of Bible stories, crafts, snacks, fun games and the famous DUNK TANK!

This event will be held at the church, located at 2211 Sand Canyon Road. Email us at, or call the church office at 935-7770. You could also use the Contact Us form in the “All About CEFC” dropdown menu. Be sure to include a phone number, and we will have someone contact you to complete the pre-registration process.

Podcasts Now Available

Chewelah E Free podcastAt the request of one of our faithful church families, we did a little research and figured out how to offer the Chewelah E Free Sunday sermon as an audio podcast in addition to our regular mp3 player on this website.

We understand that not everyone can make it to church on any given Sunday (and frankly, if everyone was there, we wouldn’t all fit until the building addition is finished). Sometimes illness, work, or just plain life keeps folks from getting to listen to the pastor’s message. It has also been a valuable service for our “snowbirds” who live in the Southwest during the winter months.

Our sermon “hosting” site allows us to keep quite a large number of messages available. At some points, there are more than 80; although it is more typically about 50.

Back to the podcasts! We are currently able to offer podcasts on PocketCasts and on iTunes. Links for both are below the mp3 player in the Listen to Sermons page on this website. If you have other favorite listening applications, let us know and we can look into adding others.

The new mp3 player we are using also offers a tab called “Bible.” When you click on this, it will bring up the passage for that sermon in the New American Standard Bible. We are not able to offer more than one translation, so we went with one many of our congregation uses.

New Missions Page – Eternal Anchor

The last several years, we have been following the growing ministry of Eternal Anchor in Baja. This ministry is near and dear to our hearts, as most of those featured in our missions section are, because of family connections with folks who attend our local church.

It seemed like it was time to create Eternal Anchor a spot of their own on our web page. They are faithful in sending out emails with their very encouraging and well-done blog posts.

Please go to the Eternal Anchor page in our Missions section, click on the link for the Eternal Anchor website and take some time to see what an incredible and fast-growing work is being done through this ministry! God bless all of those who have a heart and passion to work with these children and their families – to demonstrate God’s love in a real and lasting way.

Highlighting the Evangelical in CEFC

The mission statement of the Evangelical Free Churches of America (EFCA) is “Reaching out to our community and world with the ‘Evangel’—the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God!” Early on in the development of the Chewelah EF church, the membership voted to faithfully devote a minimum “tithe” from the general giving to go toward missions.

Over the years, those missions have grown from one couple to seven couples and families – serving everywhere from Colville to Tai Pei. Not everyone who attends church regularly in our local body of Christ has met – or even knows about – these Kingdom servants and their ministries. So, now is your opportunity to focus on missions – and missionaries – and ministries!

Although the main event is Saturday, May 21 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), the 1st Annual Missions Conference at Chewelah Evangelical Free Church will begin with a fun “meet and greet” on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Throughout the conference, besides meeting some of the missionaries we support, there will be music and prayer and fellowship – and food. There will be an informational table for all seven missions this church supports; and we will have a special speaker, Rachael Balia, coordinator both for GlobalFingerprints Congo and for Elikya Center, a training center for older orphans, widows, unwed moms and the disabled. You can read more about her ministry endeavors at .

Congo Mission

Special music will include our local children’s choir and instrumental solos. There will be singing and numerous testimonies of missionaries (both current and past) – and you will not want to miss the children’s puppet show during the Saturday morning session! The conference will conclude during the Sunday morning church service (church starts at 10:30), with the children’s choir and highlights.

Because seating is limited, the conference organizers are asking people to register. You can sign up in the foyer on any Sunday, or call the church phone at 509.935.7770. If you are not a CEFC “regular,” but are interested in becoming a missionary or adding your financial or prayer support to one of the seven missions that will be represented, you are welcome to register. Each and every one of these missions is in need of additional financial and prayer warriors!

See you there!

2016 Vacation Bible School Announcement


Chewelah EFC 2016 VBS

Psalm 139:23-24

We’ll be Looking for Truth below the Surface!

Mark your Calendars!
Vacation Bible School at Chewelah E-Free Church
Monday, June 27th thru Friday, July 1st
8:30AM to 12 Noon
Contact Diana at 509-935-0930

Our VBS Bible Verse is:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me,
and know my thoughts: and see if there is any wicked
way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24


Welcome Worship

Our Sunday morning worship follows an order of service, but the “worship team” is totally flexible and seldom the same from Sunday to Sunday. It has been our practice for several years to invite any who feel led of the Lord to come up front and help lead the contemporary song set to do so.

Chewelah EFree Worship Team

Up until the last several months, this group had always been adults – not for any particular reason except that no young folks had ever felt bold enough to come up front. How delighted we were when two of the youngsters came up one Sunday morning! Since then, several different boys and girls have stepped up to join the worship team and it has been a joy for not only those in the congregation singing, but to Danny and I as the October to May worship leaders.

Perhaps it is all the more special for those of us who have been involved in CEFC since the beginning, when there were only a couple of families with older children and no little ones at all. God has blessed His ministry here with many families with children – enough to prompt enlarging of the Children’s Church classroom and start up a children’s Bible club.

We are looking forward to many years with the next generation of worship leaders starting their service now! Praising Him for his abundant provision!


Prayers Answered in Fire-Ravaged Valley

We thought you all might enjoy reading this message we received from Shane and Sally Freese from the Aeneas Valley church: 

I was asked to share with my church family what I saw God doing through the fires in our area.  My wife suggested that I also share this with you as many of you prayed for us.

  When the fires broke out, Aeneas Valley was one of the first areas that were TO BE hit the hardest. With lack of resources and no infrastructure in Aeneas Valley, we were not on the top of the list for fire fighting resources.  

  It was amazing to see experienced fire fighters and community members recognize something or someone was in control.  Many of the experienced fire fighters kept saying that they have never seen the fire behavior that they saw here in Aeneas Valley.  Fire never stops with fuel in its path after moving 3 miles through the same fuels. That is what it did in several areas! Or winds present in most of the valley but not in a specific area where several of our church family have homes.  Aeneas Valley fire fighters contributed the no wind to our people praying and gave God the credit for movement or should I say lack of fire movement.

  In a fire meeting, one person was stating how unbelievable the fire movement was when another pointed at me and said “I am not surprised.  He is praying for this valley.”

  Through this I have been able to interact with other believers and unbelievers, fire fighters both local, national and international. God has been given the credit for His miraculous movement and lack of fire through out all of the Aeneas Valley area.

   Most of our church family is now at a level 1.  Only 3 structures were threatened Praise God!

   Please continue to pray for our area.  There are those in our area at large (Tonasket) who have lost much and God is providing in unique ways for them as He is for our congregation.

   We cannot say thank you enough for your prayers for us through the fires. Our church family also says thank you!  Please continue to pray as we all try to find a new normal and for our church as we minister to those who are still hurting.

The website for Aeneas Valley Evangelical Free Church is: