Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
  THE PARISH POST
Volume 38 - Issue #7   
10:00 a.m. Worship Service

For Previous Month's Newsletters, CLICK HERE

 
 
 
 
 
Then Jesus told them, “Walk while you have the light, before the darkness overtakes you. Those who walk in the dark do not know where they are going. Put your trust in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light. . . I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”    John 12:35-36, 46
 
In the Dark
 
The recent power outage in our area was widespread and lengthy. Almost everyone in southwest Berrien County went without electricity for at least a day following the fierce storms which blew through early Friday evening. Most of Three Oaks had the lights back on late Saturday evening. At our house, power was not restored until mid-day on Monday. Yet, I know of others who waited until Wednesday. 
 
What do you do with all that time in the dark? The first night we lit candles and grabbed flashlights. When it became apparent this was going to last for awhile, we went out the next day and purchased some lanterns to use on that second night. By the third night, the fun was wearing off! 
 
Still, it was mostly just an inconvenience. I am thankful for so many things. To my knowledge, no one was hurt in the storms. We didn’t even experience any property damage, though I know others faced some major destruction (trees which fell on houses, sheds, and decks; fences knocked down; basements flooded). We had water available throughout (cold, but still flowing; unlike many whose water source is a well). And we enjoyed pretty nice temperatures (at least for sleeping). It would have been a much greater hardship to have no heat in the middle of winter. 
 
This experience got me to thinking about what the Bible says about living in darkness. It is a favorite theme of the apostle John. In his gospel and in his epistles, John frequently contrasts light with darkness. Consider this sampling of verses (in addition to those above): 
 
John 1:5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
 
John 3:19: “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”
 
John 8:12: “Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
 
I John 1:5: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
 
Now remember, all these verses were written w-a-a-a-y before the advent of electricity. John and his contemporaries were well-acquainted with darkness. So he used that commonly known physical condition to describe a deeper spiritual matter. People were walking around in the darkness, not seeing the truth, and therefore straying wildly from the path God intended them to be on. 
 
In our modern day, physical darkness is seldom an issue. That’s why a power outage, such as the one recently experienced, is such big news. Yet, spiritual darkness is still quite prevalent. I was interested to read an article by David Briggs which was published just before Father’s Day at www.UMC.org entitled “Religious Parents Influence Young Adults.” In the piece, Briggs tells about a study of teenagers completed by sociologist Christian Smith in 2002-2003 for the National Study of Youth and Religion and his follow-up study in 2007-2008 as those teens emerged into adulthood. Smith says the results are clear: parents are “hugely important” in the religious lives of America’s youth.
 
Smith turned his research into a book co-authored with Patricia Snell from the University of Notre Dame. It is called “Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.” In the book this point is made: “We live in a culture where mothers and fathers hover over their children in school, on athletic fields and even on social media sites such as Facebook. Yet why do so many parents take a hands-off approach to religion and spirituality, setting youth adrift in crucial areas of moral reasoning and finding meaning in life?”
 
Good question. Research shows that teens who receive religious instruction generally have more positive outcomes in areas from mental health to compassion for others. Furthermore, as Briggs notes, “there are larger implications for the nation in raising a generation which is lacking a moral framework for addressing issues of right and wrong, good and evil.” In essence, too many of our young people are walking around in spiritual darkness. 
 
When the electrical lights go off in our homes, we scramble to make sure our children have everything they need: adequate heating or cooling, food, water, and temporary light sources. Yet, lots and lots of children are walking around in spiritual darkness and we don’t even seem to care. What’s the deal? 
 
When Ben was just a year old, he had trouble sleeping one night so we brought him into our room. Sandwiched in between us in bed, he talked and cuddled and giggled for awhile. Finally, we thought he had drifted off to sleep. A long time of silence passed and then he suddenly announced quite loudly, “It’s dark!” Brad and I laughed our heads off and we have often recalled for him that incident when he seemed to grasp the obvious. It was funny. But spiritual darkness is no laughing matter.
 
Jesus said, “Those who walk in the dark do not know where they are going.” Indeed.  During last week’s power outage, I kept running into things – even in our own home where I am pretty familiar with the lay of the land. Yet, I believe lots and lots of people are even worse off, because they don’t know where they are going spiritually. And, therefore, they are frequently running into obstacles along life’s journey which could be avoided if only they had some light. Sadly, this is a darkness of our own choosing. Jesus tells us that he came into the world to be the light. All we need to do is turn to him and he will willingly flood the path before us so we do not have to stumble around any longer.
 
I was asked by a couple of people if we would have had worship on the morning of Father’s Day if the power had not come back on. The answer is a resounding “yes!” Certainly it would have changed things (and, for the record, it did change things since I had not been able to use a computer to prepare my sermon). We would have rolled the acoustic piano into the sanctuary, since we couldn’t have used the electric one or the organ. We would not have heard the planned special music for that morning, since it was accompanied by CD. We would not have been able to project song words up on the wall. We would not have had lights or microphones. 
 
But, what do we think the early church did? They certainly didn’t have any of these things and it never hindered their worship of God. Christians in many parts of the world still don’t have these things and it doesn’t stop them one bit from praising God with all their heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. 
 
Friends, let us walk in the light for he is the light. Let us tell others, particularly our children, how to walk in the light so they can avoid unnecessary stumbling. And let us give thanks that the Lord’s power source never goes out.
 
Peace be with you,
 
Pastor Sherri 
 
 
“When one member suffers, we all suffer; and when one member is honored, we all rejoice.” I Corinthians 12:26
 
Those who serve as missionaries, especially:
Jeff & Deliegha Swanson, Charissa, Lois, and Titus in Mexico; Dr. Elma Jocson in Liberia.
 
Those who are in the military, including:
Christopher Blackwell, Ryan Ehlert, Rick Martin, Scott McDonald, Jerry Peters Jr., Matthew Sneed and Justin Williford.
 
Those who are in care facilities:
Barney Fay, Shirley Hoadley, Tecla Kaiser and Marjorie Weller.
 
Those who are homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy, Lloyd Gearhart, Kathryn Renbarger and Thais Williams.
 
Those with health problems:
Judy Bohne, Lois Boyle, Jake Busick Scott Clark, Bob Davidson, Heather Ferrell & baby, Pete Harfert, Beverly Harrington, Daniel Harrington, Bud Hartley, Nancy Hauer, Dawn Hayes, Donna Julian, Jerry Koebel, Lucy Lee, Sharon McDonald, Kathryn Renbarger, Jeff Ross, Janice Rowlison, Pauline Rupe, Peggy Schaffer, Peggy Schmit, Ed Sheeley, Steve Shimek, Linda Strauss, Louise Uebler, Alice Vacanti and Adrian VanGinhoven.
 
Those who grieve: 
Family and friends of Eldon Audiss, Jerome Farmer, Kurt Smith and Victor Springer.
 
Other
Those seeking employment.
Those working to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf.
Students & leaders at Vacation Bible School.
Kids at church camp.
 
Please note: Names will be deleted from the above list after one month unless an updated request is received.
 
Sisters in Faith
 
Seven of us had a great time shopping at the Shipshewana flea market last month.
 
This month our annual picnic will be held at the home of Marcia and Dave Hess (16193 Gardner Road, Galien) on Wednesday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m. All women of the church are welcome. Sign up in the narthex so we know how many plan on coming. Those who regularly attend our group are asked to bring a dish to pass; others are invited to attend as our guests.
 
We are ordering polo shirts with our church’s name on them as a fundraiser. More information will be available soon. 
           
Also in Our Prayers. . .  
 
We extend our sincere sympathy to Sally Frye at the death of her father, Eldon Audiss, on May 31. 
 
We also extend our sympathy to Mike Springer at the death of his dad, Victor Springer, on June 7. 
 
May the Lord comfort you at this time.
 
 
 
 
Camp Update
 
We have two young people going to camp this month. How nice it would be for them to receive mail from friends in the congregation. Drop a note to the following address:
 
July 11-17
Cameron Seifert
Crystal Springs Camp
33774 Crystal Springs Road
Dowagiac, MI  49047-9389
 
July 25-31
Kyle Seifert
Crystal Springs Camp
33774 Crystal Springs Road
Dowagiac, MI  49047-9389 
 
Recruiting for 2011
 
The Nominations/Leadership Development Committee met last month to begin its work of recruiting church leaders for 2011. We desire your help.
 
The church is a body of many members. We count on each using his or her gifts to make the body strong. Our Nominations Committee seeks to discern where people will be most effective in their service. We also want to involve as many different persons as possible – young and old, men and women, new members and long-time members.
 
If you are contacted by someone on our committee, please consider prayerfully if God would use you in this way. If you would like to volunteer for a particular position, please contact Pastor Sherri or someone else on the committee and we will take this under advisement.
 
Our goal is not to fill up committees with names on a page, but rather to enable active ministries to take place. If you see something our church is not doing currently and you are willing to put some time into this, please let us know. Working together, we pray we will glorify Christ so that His love will flow through us.
 
Join Us!
 
Our summer study called “Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why” is meeting on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. It’s not too late to join us! See Pastor Sherri if you need more information.
 
 
 
 
 
Special Music Sign-Up
 
We are looking for special music for the following dates: August 15, 22, and September 5.
 
Please sign up in the narthex to share your talents with the congregation.
 
 
 
Anniversary Celebration
 
Our local United Methodist camp, Crystal Springs, in nearby Dowagiac is celebrating their 150th anniversary August 20-22. Over the years thousands of people have traveled to Crystal Springs for camp meetings, weekend retreats and summer camp programs. 
 
Apologetix, a premier Christian parody band will be part of the Friday Youth Event with a concert on August 20, at 7:30 p.m. Ken Medema, a nationally known musician, composer and performer will be in concert at the Saturday Family Event at 3:00. This day will also feature all your favorite camp activities. Sunday is Picnic and Revival Day with our District Superintendent, Rev. Neil Davis, preaching at 2:30. Mark your calendars now to join in the celebration. 
 
 
Save the Date!
 
Pastor Sherri will be having an Acolyte Class with all the children who are acolytes for our Sunday worship after church on Sunday, July 11, at 11:00 a.m. The class will be no longer than 30 minutes and we will review the duties of an acolyte. Please plan now to attend. 
 
 
Congratulations!
 
Congratulations to Art & Elsie Portinga who celebrated a 70th wedding anniversary last month.
 
Also, congratulations to Kathryn Renbarger who celebrated her 90th birthday last month.
 
Congratulations to Jack & Alexis Renbarger who celebrated their 30th anniversary last month.
 
Also, congratulations to Majorie Krell, Mary Klug’s mother, who celebrated a 90th birthday last month.
 
Further, congratulations to Dorothy Shook who is celebrating her 80th birthday on the first of this month. 
 
 
Haiti News
 
The totals are in! Here is what our church sent last month to Haiti: 115 complete school kits, as well as 21 boxes of crayons, 412 pencils, 136 erasers, 21 scissors, 5 pocket folders, 30 rulers, lots of construction paper; 36 complete health kits, as well as 12 bars of soap, 10 pocket combs, 2 toothbrushes, 2 hand towels, and 44 spiral notebooks, and $408 for shipping expenses. The total value was $2,333.50!! 
 
When added to the $1,771 worth of health kits sent in March as well as the $810 offering collected for UMCOR  after the January earthquake, this means that our congregation has contributed $4,914.50 so far this year to the important recovery work being done in Haiti. The hurting people of Haiti thank you!
 
Special thanks to Laura & Nettie Donner, Katharine Kersey, Ogden & Doris Krossovitch, Bill & Jayne Payne, Rhonda Petro, Sally Preece and Bill & Judy Ross for packing up all of these supplies.
 
In Concert
 
Approximately 40 people enjoyed an evening of music provided by Oregon recording artist John Nilsen on June 17. Though the start of this piano concert was delayed due to John’s late arrival in Chicago, once he sat down to the keyboard we all enjoyed his wonderful talents. Thanks to Nancy Comfort’s mother, Marion Eldred, for accompanying the “hymn sing” while we waited.
 
Church Directory
 
Our new church directory is available in the narthex. Don’t forget to pick up your copy so you can stay in touch with other members of the church family.
 
As a reminder: A continually updated Church Directory (with pictures) is always available on our website.  Contact Pastor Sherri or Dennis Comfort for access instructions.
 
We have one correction: Please change Bob Tatina and Nancy Baird’s address to 308 Orchard Blvd, Sawyer, MI 49125-8318.
Volunteers Needed
 
Harbor Harvest Urban Ministries (H.H.U.M.), a United Methodist mission program at the Peace Temple UMC building in Benton Harbor, is looking for 10-12 volunteers from our church on Tuesday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We are needed to help with their summer enrichment program for children in grades 1-6.
 
For a nominal fee ($1.50 per day) up to 50 inner-city children receive two meals plus a snack, recreation (both indoor and outdoor), table activities, small-group activities, health education, and an academic focus on reading, writing and math skills. It has been shown that children can lose a large percentage of the information gained during the school year over the summer months if they aren’t involved in activities which encourage them to develop their skills.
 
Certified teachers will plan the lessons and lead the activities. Our volunteers will assist these leaders, much as crew leaders assist during VBS. Your presence would be a blessing to you and to the children. 
 
Come see our Ministry Share dollars at work! If you are available to help please speak to Missions Chairperson, Judy Ross,or Pastor Sherri.
 
 
Flag Day Celebrities
 
Congratulations to Emma Springer who was crowned princess of the Flag Day parade. Emma is the daughter of Mike & Nikki Springer
 
Also, congratulations to Steven Seifert whose U-10 baseball team won the Flag Day tournament. Therefore, they were granted the honor of riding on top of the fire engine at the head of the parade. Cool!
 
 
Soul Sisters
 
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the church, unless announced differently.
 
  
Thank You!
 
We recently received a letter from Ray Truhn about PETs, the Personal Energy Transportation units he helps make in his Galien shop. The entire letter is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.
 
“Dear members of Three Oaks UMC,

Thank you so much for your continued support of our efforts to supply PETs to some of the “least of these” of God’s children. Your support is greatly appreciated and needed. Shirley and I just returned from The PET Place at Penney Farms, Florida, where we made a whirlwind five-day road trip to deliver about 1,200 lbs. of metal PET parts towards a shipment that will be used to make 500 PETS at the New Life Center Mission in Zambia, Africa. This is a Methodist mission and the oldest of the PET assembly places. There are PET parts makers from Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Ohio and Michigan contributing metal parts they have made. The Zambia PET shop has the ability to do some of the machining of metal, can do all the wood parts and assemble but metal and purchased parts such as wheels, chain, bearings, etc. are near impossible for them to obtain and having them trucked in from South Africa is even more expensive than getting a container from the US. Once this shipment arrives, the folks at the Zambia PET shop will begin assembly and distribution of 50 PETs a month. They have need of thousands of PETs in that part of Africa and an endless list of people in need.

As always, if there are any questions or if I can be of help in any way, please let me know. Again, thank you for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated.
           
God Bless,
Ray Truhn
 

Summer Interns
 
We welcome two pastoral interns to our area churches this summer. Erin McDermont is serving at Harbert Community Church and Darlene Kuhn is at Church of the Mediator.



 
A Tip of the Hat to. . .
. . . Jim Flick for purchasing new fans to keep us cool in the sanctuary.
 
. . . Jim Thompson for hanging pictures and new toilet paper rolls in the restrooms.
 
. . . Rhonda Hinman for doing touch-up painting in the restrooms.
 
. . . The Sisters in Faith for purchasing two lovely pictures with Scripture verses for our upstairs restrooms.
 
. . . Zimmah Fox for sewing 20 children’s pillow cases for the preschool class at VBS.
 
. . . the following persons who brought other supplies for VBS: Mary Behrle, Nancy Caid, Joanie Davidson, Nancy Davis, Eleanor Desmond, Pat Dimmitt, Sharon Flick, Marcia Hess, Rhonda Hinman, Robin Ireland, Bonnie Pickens, Ellie Rogers, Sue Rubeck, Faye Sittig, and Chris Zebell.
 
We couldn’t do it without you!
 
 
Historical Corner
submitted by
Eleanor Desmond
 
Galien River Gazette, 1938
 
Charles Dobbertin was pastor. He also served Lakeside Church. Later he was in New Buffalo.
 
From August until February 1940 the pastor was Mrs. W. W. (Helen) Hurd. She replaced her husband when he died. So way back in 1938 Three Oaks Methodist Church had a woman minister.
 
On September 25 the 37th annual Cradle Roll names were:
            Judith Best
            Charles Francis (deceased 2009)
            Rex Ashcraft
            Rosemary Martin
            Arlene Pfauth
            Marcia Martell
            Thomas Martell
 
Also included was Charles Robert Eastman by request of his grandmother, Mrs. Johnson, of Standish, Michigan. His father, Dr. Eastman, was chairman of the committee when the church was remodeled. His name appears on the front cornerstone. 
 
 
 
Keeping the Legacy Alive
 
The West Michigan Annual Conference passed a motion to ask for a special offering to be collected by all the churches in the West Michigan Conference for the United Methodist Community House of Grand Rapids. We are complying with this request and invite your contributions. Please use a pew envelope for your gift and mark it “Community House.”
 
United Methodist women started this program 108 years ago. It has been a critical part of the lives of people in inner-city Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods, some of whom now sit on the Board of Directors. While individuals are being forced to do less with less, UMCH is challenged to do more with less. They are seeing more families struggling to afford quality childcare; more youth challenged to succeed in school and life; more women caught in the vicious cycle of prostitution and substance abuse; more families seeking something better for their children, and more seniors who have no one to turn to for needed support. Unfortunately, UMCH is presently $200,000 in debt and struggling to keep valuable programs and staff operational. Unless something is done, we may not be able to continue this legacy of The United Methodist Church.
 
A new Chief Executive Officer, Richard Clanton, who is skilled in raising money and running nonprofit businesses, has been hired and a new business plan is being developed. Therefore, it appears there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
United Methodist Community House is truly a “Lifeline for a Lifetime.” Its programs reach those at every stage of life, breaking the cycle of poverty and helping individuals create better lives for themselves. More than 3,000 at-risk families, women, children, teens, and the elderly count on the love, faith, prayers and services provided by UMCH.
 
We need your support. Please help as much as you can and remember … every dollar makes a difference and will change lives. Please help keep the United Methodist legacy alive! For more information, visit www.umchousegr.org.
 
Conference Report
 
The West Michigan Annual Conference was held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids June 3 through 6. Four hundred congregations were represented by the more than 900 clergy and laity registered and hundreds of additional viewers tuned in from around the world during the live webcast.
 
The theme “Making New Spaces for New Faces” held an urgency of expectation. Worship attendance across the conference for 2009 stands at an average of 37,242, down 2,365 from the previous year. Membership is 64,724, down 1,211 from the previous year. Church school attendance stands at 10,531, down 1,419. For the five-year period of 2005-2009, the conference has lost 7,100 persons in average worship attendance.
 
This year the worship themes and the plenary stage incorporated the images of a “front porch and a family reunion.” Director of Connectional Ministry, Rev. Benton Heisler, welcomed the conference by reminding it, “The front porch represents both the gathering point for family and friends and the meeting space where new relationships are formed.” Later in the conference Heisler raised the question, “What pain of change are you facing and do you just need the strength of God’s grace to help you take the next step of growth?”
 
Bishop Keaton recounted for the conference the value of “Life in Christian Community.” He called the conference to action noting his personal commitment to stamping out Biblical illiteracy and called attention to the absence of prayer as the single most critical cause of spiritual decline.
 
The key-note presenters were from “The Church 4 All People,” in Columbus, Ohio. The conference was inspired by their “Free Store” ministry and how it became a worshipping community addressing health and housing issues. They called upon the conference to take the small steps necessary to risk engaging in authentic and genuine community. 
 
President Gesner Paul of the Methodist Church in Haiti shared his vision of providing education for children as the means to move forward in Haiti. He also thanked the conference for contributing more the $614,000 in relief thus far this year. Bicycle riders that represented the six districts of West Michigan and the Detroit Conference in HaitiRide.org, a six-day 400-mile marathon from the Indiana state line to the Mackinac Bridge, were blessed with the hope of raising prayers and $10,000 a day in relief. Your contributions are still welcome at HaitiRide.org.
 
Ed Taveirne of the Fenton UMC in the Detroit Conference was the conference preacher. He challenged the conference to, “move beyond your fears of the unknown and embrace imagination in ministry. To have new spaces for new faces there is going to be some risk taking.”
 
Leading worship on Friday, Campus Ministry launched a new “I am.” campaign, using posters, tee shirts, buttons and a video to focus the importance of supporting our Wesley Foundations.
 
The conference approved a revised Flexible Housing Policy and defeated proposals to move the Annual Conference session to various sites as well as a proposal to reduce the number of districts. Amanda Mountain, from the Board of Global Ministries, presented Bishop Keaton with a plaque awarded to the conference for having the highest percentage of churches giving to The Advance in the North Central Jurisdiction. The conference donated $865,544 in 2009. During Annual Conference seven special offerings were received totaling $36,239.46.
 
Bishop Keaton ordained three elders and one deacon. The conference also remembered 29 pastors and laity who died this past year and honored 18 retiring pastors for their gift of service. The conference approved a budget for 2011 of $6,159,550.00.
 
Let us use this next year to Create New Spaces for New Faces!
 
For more information on the Annual Conference visit their website at: www.WestMichiganConference.org. 
 
Church Picnic
 
Plan now to attend our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 1, at Watkins Park. Food will be provided by our fellowship committee. We will eat at 12 Noon, though everyone is encouraged to go over following worship and visit with church friends before the meal.
 
There will be a couple of organized games for the children. There will be various outdoor games set up for the adults who want to participate. Join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship!
 
 
Technology Committee
 
Following discussion in our Church Council over the past five months, we have formed a Technology Committee. This group is researching many possibilities for upgrading the audiovisual system in our sanctuary. For instance, since so few people make use of cassette tapes anymore, we will be adding a compact disc recorder and duplicator. This will allow those who miss services (and those who desire to share a copy with someone else) to listen on a CD. In addition, we may then stream sermons on our website. 
 
Furthermore, we are investigating how other churches are making effective use of projection screens in worship. We are exploring what type of equipment would fit best and look best in our sanctuary, while enhancing the worship experience. The overhead projectors we are using currently will be replaced with something more permanent and more attractive, allowing us to display song words as well as Scripture verses and sermon points.
 
Members of the technology committee are: Dennis Comfort, Rick Cooper, Jim Flick, Doug Hinman, Mary Klug, Ron Petro, Jim Thompson, and Pastor Sherri. If you have interest or knowledge to share in this process, please contact any of these persons. 
   
 
 
Expedition
 
Get ready to sail the high seas! This year’s community Vacation Bible School theme is “High Seas Expedition – Exploring the Mighty Love of God.” Each day you and your crew mates will experience the deep, rolling waters of God’s love as we splash our way through rousing songs, play “Ship Rec” games, and enjoy snacks from the galley. Our favorite chipmunk, Chadder, will be starring in “Sail Away Cinema.”
 
VBS will be held at the Free Methodist Church (12 East Michigan Street) on June 28 – July 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All children age four through those completing 6th grade are invited. Plan now to join us on a fantastic voyage and find out whether Chadder and his crew are lost at sea!
 
Missionary Update
 
We recently received an e-mail letter from Dr. Elma Jocson, United Methodist missionary and general surgeon. She is currently on itineration and study leave, which she will complete in early 2010 and then be reassigned to Ganta Hospital in Liberia. The letter is printed below:
 
“Greetings all,

I have heard from the General Board of Global Ministries... and God has spoken. I will be starting my quick preparation after my part 2 Specialty Board (oral) exam on July 3. I need to start my Liberia assignment soon. I will plan to go home next year to take the part 3 practical exams.
Dr Olak (Nepal) recently emailed all previous surgeons to tell us that February -June 2011 will be a 'no surgeon season' for Tansen and wants us to consider helping out. If I can fit it in, if schedule and personal funds allow it, I will go there for a month to help out. Of course, it will depend on how (Liberia) Ganta Hospital is set up.

My mother is thrilled at all of these developments. She plans to spend Christmas in Liberia with me. I will probably be gone by end of July or early August. I’m quite excited now to be starting a new chapter, and I thank God for my short visit in Nepal. Please continue to hold us in prayer. I need to pack, health re-check, secure visa, and finish up all church responsibilities. Thanks that I can rest in your friendship. God bless us.
 
Elma T. Jocson
606 Oval St Sto Nino
Marikina City
1800 Philippines
 
 
Yard Sale
 
Our youth group is having a Yard Sale at the church Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. They will be grateful for your donations of any saleable items and will receive these up until July 15. 
 
Also, they hope you will stop by and shop at the sale. Anyone willing to volunteer their help should speak with Rhonda Petro or Julie Becktell. Proceeds will be used for the youth mission trip scheduled for the summer of 2011.
 
 
 
 July Anniversaries 
   
 8 Tony & Lori Kozel

11
Bill & Tracy Donner
 
12 Josh & Joy Ackerman
 
14 Gary & Gail Martin 

19 Joe & Helen Heward (68 Years!)

28
Erwin & Mary Klug

31
David & Marcia Hess
 
 
 
 

July Birthdays 
 
  1 Pat Dimmitt
     Dorothy Shook (80!)
  
  3 Sue Peterson
     Becky Seifert
    
  4 Edward Jansky

  6
Melissa Flick
  
  7 Julie Sittig
 
 
9 Tim Cline
     Tom Spychalski

 10
Amy Ireland
 
 11 Aimee Seifert

 15
Zimmah Fox

 
18 Kristen Kozel

 20
Brad Bartelmay

 22
Andrew Flick

      
Vivian Koebel

 23 Ogden Krossovitch

 24 Hannah Noble

 27
Sally Frye

 
 30 Paul Sittig
      Steve Terry

 31
Bruce Hauch
      Brittany Jakeway
 
 
Sunday Services
July 4
Guest Preacher: Jeff Lashua
 
Sermon Series: 
“A Dynamic Dozen”                                            
 
July 11
“Bringing Folks to Jesus” (Andrew)
John 1:35-42
Communion
 
July 18
“Believing Is Seeing” (Thomas)
John 20:24-29
 
July 25
Guest Preacher: Jennifer Fiero