2 SILVER LINING December 2010
Sermon by Bro. Mark Wettstein, LaCrosse, IN
St. Luke Chapter 1:1-4 & 26-38 and St. Luke Chapter 2:1-40
The first few verses of St. Luke ment because at this point even Cover Verses
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“We love him because
he first loved us”
(1 John 4:19) Light From The Word
December 2010 Because He First Loved Us on God’s Word
We often hear the phrase “put first tablishing a deep personal relationship good works and for patience. They were
things first” in relation to establishing with Christ as one’s Saviour, which can be diligent in identifying and addressing sin
priorities. The New Testament uses the described as our “first love.” Grasping the and false teachers. They had a spiritual
word “first” in several instances which reality that the kindest, most loving individ- stamina in their labors and “had not
clearly describe where our hearts and ual who ever lived, the sinless Son of God, fainted” under the pressures of their time.
lives should be focused. was willing to die a horrible death for the The crucial element which was missing is
When Jesus was asked what was the sins of rebellious human beings, allows one revealed when Jesus pleads with them to
greatest commandment in the law, He to be immersed in a love which is beyond repent and “remember therefore from
responded with the same “thou shalt” description. This “first love” provides a whence thou art fallen” (Rev. 2:5). They
statement which Moses spoke as He foundation for the believer to build upon had fallen “away” from the keen remem-
summed up the law for the children of Is- and return to for his entire life. When Jesus brance of what Christ had done for them
rael (Deut. 6:5). “Thou shalt love the taught the importance of His disciples and thus had blurred their identity as His
Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with abiding in Him so that they could bear disciples. They were doing many right
all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Then much fruit, He entreated: “…continue ye things, but not for the right reason. They
Jesus underscored this by saying, “This is in my love” (John 15:7-9). were not motivated by the love of Christ.
the first and great commandment” (Matt. When we take time to reflect upon the The Apostle Paul taught that we could be
22:37-38). Jesus went on to command: marvelous truths that our sins have been eloquent teachers and prophets, under-
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” forgiven and that we are God’s children stand mysteries, have great faith to re-
He then summed up the entire subject by and joint-heirs with Christ, it should bring move mountains, give abundantly to the
stating: “On these two commandments sincere thankfulness and refresh our first poor (good works) and live a life of ulti-
hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. love. We are strongly warned in Romans mate self-denial—but without charity all
22:39-40). 2:4-5 that we could become hardened and of this would profit nothing. (1 Cor.
How can we come closer to fulfilling forget the “goodness and forbearance and 13:1-3).
these two great commandments? Jesus longsuffering” of God. We are reminded We should now come to the moment
expanded on these truths when He said that it is “the goodness of God (that) of truth and undertake sincere, personal
to His disciples: “A new commandment I leadeth thee to repentance.” We are self-examination. As we look deeply into
give unto you, That ye love one another; blessed to have so many relevant examples our hearts, do we see a faded, flickering
as I have loved you, that ye also love one and warnings in the Old Testament to help ember of that first love, or is there a bright
another.” He then explained the signifi- us avoid the same pitfalls that were a snare flame of passion which drives everything
cance of obeying this commandment: to the children of Israel (1 Cor. 10:6). The that we do? The Apostle Paul spoke of-
“By this shall all men know that ye are my word “remember” is used countless times ten of this vibrant love and commitment.
disciples if ye have love one to another” in the Old Testament for obvious reasons. One of the phrases he used gives a won-
(John 13:34-35). Jesus set a very high When the Israelites were being prepared to derful picture of being motivated by
standard with this “new” command- enter the Promised Land, Moses gave Christ’s love. He said, “the love of Christ
ment, but He asks of us no more than some very strong warnings about not for- constraineth us” (2 Cor. 5:14).
what He has freely given to us: uncondi- getting how God had been so good and How thankful we can be that the mes-
tional, self-sacrificing love. We might merciful to them. He spoke of how their sage to the Ephesians included a clear
also ask, “How can we come closer to appreciation might fade when they would path for regaining what had been lost.
loving as He has loved us?” have plenty to eat, goodly houses and the That path is repentance. Repentance is
One of the key elements in answering blessings of a fruitful land. “Beware that an acknowledgment of heading in the
these questions is found in 1 John 4:19: thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not wrong direction, humbling oneself in
“We love him because he first loved us.” keeping his commandments, and his judg- godly sorrow and, by God’s grace, hav-
We cannot as humans ever come close to ments, and his statutes, which I command ing a change of mind and turning
fulfilling the love commandments unless thee this day” (Deut. 8:10-17). Instead of around. One of the indications of putting
we have received Christ’s love into our love and thanksgiving towards God, they “first things first” will be how much our
hearts. Christ-like love cannot be pro- were forewarned that they might say: “My thought life revolves around remember-
duced independently in the heart of man. power and the might of mine hand hath ing what Christ has done for us. Much of
It can only be experienced and shared gotten me this wealth” (Deut. 8:17). the evidence of being refreshed in our
once it has been received from Him Again, we might ask, “How could this first love for Christ will be fulfillment of
through repentance and rebirth. ever happen to me?” Let us consider care- the “new commandment,” by obeying
Every believer has experienced a time fully the example of a church in the early the beautiful exhortation found in He-
in life when it was recognized that the years of Christianity which was directly ad- brews 13:1: “Let brotherly love con-
only answer to his hopelessly lost condi- dressed by the Lord Jesus and chastised for tinue.” This we can do “because He first
tion was to be found by grace through having lost its “first love” (Rev. 2:4). We loved us” (1 John 4:19).
faith in the sacrificial death and shed quickly learn that this church was fruitful in
blood of Jesus Christ. This required es- many areas. They were commended for
An editorial committee of elder brothers is preparing articles for this section of the Silver Lining to address some of the special needs of our times.
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...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:37-38
Outreach Committee guage skills, and a deeper knowl- task of keeping our efforts aligned
A little over three years ago, the edge of the living Word of God, with the Holy Bible, it becomes
Apostolic Christian Mission in short, verifying that the “whole very apparent that in all things we
Committee formed the Outreach armor of God” is in place. The must submit ourselves to the guid-
Committee, a subcommittee with development of this portion of ance of the Holy Spirit. These are
the purpose of addressing several the process is nearly complete. easy words to acknowledge, but not
specific tasks: • As the Antioch church, through always easy to do. Submission to
the Holy Spirit, called out Saul the Holy Spirit includes:
• Developing and defining a uni- and Barnabas, sent them, and
fied selection/preparation/send- • Patience... submission to His
then provided follow up commu- timing. Sometimes moving for-
ing process for those who are nication and nurturing, so guide-
called to serve as missionaries. lines have been developed for ward when we are uncomfortable
• Documenting and communicat- our local congregations to have with moving, and sometimes
ing that to one extent or another, a better sense of the Scriptural waiting when we are ready to
we are all called to be witnesses instruction for sending and for move forward.
of Jesus Christ and to share the nurturing those who are sent. • Trust... submission to His meth-
“Good News” of salvation. od of providing our needs. We so
• Sorting through how to better The Outreach Committee has often take ownership of financial
coordinate World Relief and Mis- sought counsel and accountability and other decisions, rather than
sion Committee activities for every step. Each of these three allowing the Lord to provide as
primary tasks has been fulfilled in he sees fit.
Since the first meeting in August light of the Word and reviewed by
of 2007, more than 30 brethren • Faith... submission to His guid-
an independent subcommittee, then ance in our outreach efforts as
from over 20 of our churches have the Mission Committee, and finally
diligently contributed to this ef- a church. Sometimes that may
submitted to the Elder body for ap- mean an entirely fresh approach
fort in various capacities. Four proval in order to ensure that all is
subcommittees have collaborated that hasn’t been the norm among
done according to the Word and to other Christian groups. Some-
to produce a clearly documented God’s glory. These guidelines are
process to Select, Send, and Nurture times it may mean acknowledg-
nearly complete and will be tested ing methods developed by other
brethren sent to share the Gospel and refined as needed.
and perform humanitarian service groups that have been successful
The task of discerning how to (spiritually fruitful).
in various regions of the earth. better coordinate the planning and • Perseverance... In our society
• A rigorous interview process is operations of the Mission Com- of instant gratification, we so
intended to help assure that the mittee and World Relief has also often desire results overnight. It
church sends faithful, spiritually been delegated to the Outreach is easy to tire of trying to work
mature brethren into such a chal- Committee. The OC has enlisted
past and present members of the through the human element in
lenging service. The development any undertaking.
of this process is complete and a World Relief Board and the Mis-
group of trained Brothers have sion Committee in order to have the As a brotherhood of faithful and
been chosen to administer it. clearest picture possible. An initial committed believers in Jesus, let
• While only the Lord can ad- meeting was held September 13 in us humbly seek to be His witnesses
equately prepare anyone for Remington, IN. The resulting first in an increasingly dark and con-
service in His army, an equally draft proposal that came out of this demned world. Whether through
rigorous preparation program is meeting will be shared with the the formally sanctioned efforts of
designed to work hand-in-hand Mission Committee and the World the church, or through our personal
with the Holy Spirit to equip Relief Board in the near future. testimony, let us testify by our life
those sent to serve with a better As the Brothers of the Mission and our words of His salvation, pro-
idea of the cultural challenges Committee and the Outreach Com- found peace, and the overcoming
they will face, with better lan- mittee devote time and energy to the power of the Holy Ghost.
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As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10
Hope for Orphans in orphans in these ways: intensified since the earthquake.
• Set a foundation of solid Bible- These ministries working directly
Africa and Haiti with Christian-based families hold
M any of our brethren have based teaching, curriculum and
mentoring the key to solving Haiti’s orphan,
adopted children from around restavek (child slaves) and vulner-
the world who have been orphaned • Provide two nutritious meals to
each child every school day (only able children crisis.
and many more have a heart to Apostolic Christian Child Spon-
support orphan care. The Apostolic school in city to do this)
• Care for health of orphans and sorship already has a major effort to
Christian Child Sponsorship Com- provide a Christ-centered education
mittee (ACCS) recently received vulnerable children through an
on-site medical clinic and full- for the poorest of the poor in Haiti
approval from the World Relief (serving nearly 100 schools and
Board to initiate two pilot programs time health nurse
over 800 students). The ACCS
to expand our child sponsorship Since many of our brethren have committee feels it is a natural next
opportunity to help orphans re- a special heart for the substantial step to expand this service to spe-
ceive a Christ-centered education needs of Africa, Child Sponsorship cifically work with our Haiti Chris-
in Africa and Haiti. James 1:27 is now seeking sponsors to support tian education partners to provide
specifically charges Christians to the Christian education and other a Christian education and other
care for orphans, “Pure religion… services that are being provided to services for orphans.
is this… to visit the fatherless... in the orphans at this school.
their affliction." Global estimates You can help through
put the number of orphans at over Child Sponsorship
147,000,000, with tens of millions If you are interested in participating
more who are fatherless. in either of these programs, you can
visit us at www.acworldrelief.org
Sponsor orphans in Africa and select “Child Sponsorship” on
As in most African countries, the the home page of the website, or
orphan problem in Zambia is great, you can email us at childsponsor-
with an estimate of over 1,000,000 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write
orphans (8-10% of the popula- our ACCS office at:
tion). Sponsor orphans in Haiti
With all of the worthy causes that ACWR Child Sponsorship
Some other stunning statistics: PO Box 36
• 1 out of every 5 individuals is are available today, why support
orphan care? The answer is that Morton, IL 61550
• The average life expectancy is orphans hold a special place in the Of course, we still offer child
30.5 years heart of God. In over 40 places in sponsorships for needy children in
• 50% of Zambia’s population is the Scripture, God commands us four distressed areas of the world:
under the age of 15 to defend the cause of the orphan. Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico and Ja-
• Only 10% of all children attend What else would we expect from a maica. For $25 per month, you can
school regularly God who calls Himself a “father to make a difference in the life of a
the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5)? child by providing a Christ-centered
Child Sponsorship is working The orphan and vulnerable chil- education, which gives that child
through a recently built school in dren crisis in Haiti started many an opportunity for a better life here
Zambia with a vision of caring for years prior to the January 12th on earth and hope for all eternity.
230 orphans fostered and educated earthquake. Several ministries Please prayerfully consider this act
by Christian caretakers. The ACCS have been active in Haiti for many of love and service for you, your
program has decided to support this years to bring orphaned and vul- family or your Sunday School class
vision on a pilot basis, committing nerable children into Christian to get involved and make a differ-
to help bring joy and purpose to Haitian families; this effort has ence in the life of a child.
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APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN goodies donated for the holiday season she quietly listened in on those conver-
HOME FOR THE and throughout the year and prayers sations and slowly developed more of
HANDICAPPED on our behalf. God has truly blessed an understanding of Christ. One eve-
www.achh.org this ministry that was a vision so many ning, she got into a conversation with
years ago. our Assistant Houseparent, and ex-
“… Take therefore no thought for ______________ pressed a longing to become a Chris-
the morrow: for the morrow shall take tian before her child was born. After a
thought for the things of itself…” long discussion, she prayed with the
Matthew 6:25-34 Houseparent and sincerely asked
CHILDREN’S HOME Christ into her heart. She has started
Planning for tomorrow is time well Ross Feller the journey, and has a deep desire to
spent; worrying about tomorrow is Exhausted, sore, and apprehensive, know Christ better. This young
time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult Joseph and Mary arrived in bustling woman’s trials are undoubtedly far
to tell the difference. Planning is trust- Bethlehem. As Joseph sought out lodg- from over, but we pray that she contin-
ing in God’s guidance; Worrying con- ing, Mary must have known that the ues to cling to the Cross as well as teach
sumes us with fear and difficulty Son of God’s arrival was near. What a her family about Jesus, God’s own Son.
trusting in God. Are you a planner or a long journey, what a hard task still Mary’s son ate and drank among
worrier? Please take time to read this ahead! Young and naive, Mary must sinners. He taught harlots and thieves
whole passage and make a list of wor- have felt lonely and frightened think- the way to heaven. He spent time with
ries that you have truly given to Christ. ing about her approaching delivery and people like the young men and women
The holidays are coming up and the motherhood role she would soon we see come through Gateway Woods.
surely snow is on the ground or on the play. We would be remiss if we didn’t ac-
way. What will you worry about over Working at the Oak House, we see knowledge that He spent time with
the next month? over and over again what it is like for a people like us. “There is little differ-
-Slipping on the ice/snow young, naive woman to contemplate ence between you and us,” we will
-Being lonely motherhood. Of course, these girls are sometimes tell the girls, “except for the
-Gifts for everyone for Christmas different than the Mary we know in so blood of Christ.” Sin is sin, no matter
-Enough food for the guests many ways, but walking with them how big and obvious or small and hid-
Or will you pray and plan for a through their journey, makes us won- den. Christ’s blood covers any of it, all
worry free month? der what Mary must have felt as she of it.
Worry - Slipping on the ice/snow walked through hers. We pray that Please continue to pray for the mis-
Prayer/Plan - Take your time and these young women will develop a sion at Gateway. Pray that we as
watch your step pure-hearted willingness to do God’s Houseparents do not hinder God’s
Worry - Being lonely work, as Mary had. We pray that they Word but listen to the Spirit and teach
Prayer/Plan - Take time to visit will see the sin in their lives and turn to as He directs. We are “sowers” here,
someone else who may be lone- the redemptive blood of Mary’s Son, and occasionally we get to be “water-
some born that night in Bethlehem. ers”, but we rarely see the end fruit of
Worry – Gifts for everyone for Recently, we were privileged to wit- God’s work in the hearts of the resi-
Christmas ness one of the young women in our dents. We covet your prayers, for Oak
Prayer/Plan - Give the gift of time house come to faith in Christ. Her life House and beyond. The task is daunt-
if you can’t afford monetary had been full of horrors before Gate- ing, but His blood is sufficient.
gifts way, and she struggled with feelings of News:
Worry – Enough food for the anger towards her family. The inno- - Gateway Woods welcomed two
guests cent child inside her was unwanted, new residents to campus this past
Prayer/Plan – Don’t try to do it all but she saw the baby as someone that month. Please pray with us as these
yourself, have others help you would love her unconditionally - some- two young men become accustomed to
We know there have been many thing her family had failed to do. As she their new homes in the Cypress and
prayers lifted up on behalf of ACHH be- became accustomed to life here, she be- Pine Houses. It can be difficult for new
cause each worry, whether big or small, gan to develop positive relationships residents as they experience a very dif-
has been taken care of as God has seen with the Houseparents and other be- ferent living situation then that which
fit. The residents and staff appreciate lieving adults that she interacted with. they have experienced before.
everything you have done; donation of She was a friend with another resident - It was a sad day for many on cam-
time, monetary donation, gifts and at the Oak House who enjoyed asking pus as we said goodbye to Sis. Abby
questions about the Bible and God. So, Klopfenstein. Sis Abby has decided to
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pursue new opportunities with the list. In an effort to be as efficient as pos-
family business. We are very thankful sible we are gathering as many email On November 7, we said goodbye to
for her years of service here at Gateway addresses as we can for our E-Post. Sis. Cassie Bertsch, as she will be re-
Woods as an Assistant House Parent Please send a message to turning to Bluffton to be with her fam-
and we wish her well and offer our sup- email@example.com ily. She has been a big part of our young
port in her new ventures. ______________ group and Church family here and will
- Gateway Woods held its annual re- be missed by all.
treat this past month in Fort Wayne. It APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN In our Sunday School, we have been
was an excellent time for the Staff and PRESCHOOL studying about Prayer. Let me share a
the Board to fellowship, plan and dis- Athens, Alabama Prayer with you, “God’s Stairway”:
cuss several critical upcoming deci- Louise Hall Step by step we climb, day by day closer
sions. We are thankful for God’s to God, with each prayer we pray. For
“Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to “The Cry of the Heart” offered in
travelling provisions on all who at-
sing praises unto our God.” prayer, becomes just another “Spiri-
Psalm 147:1 tual Star” in the “Heavenly Staircase”
- 2010 Christmas Wish List:
Gateway Woods depends on the leading us to a Beautiful place where
Here at the Preschool, it was a sad we live anew. So never give up, for it’s
generosity of our supporters to provide
time as we said goodbye to Sis. Cassie worth the climb, to live forever in
the funds we need for daily operation,
Bertsch. She has been teaching here “Endless Time”. Where the soul of
as well as new and gently used items for
for almost 1 ½ years and helping us at man is safe and free, to live in love
our five group homes.
the Preschool. We want to say “Thank through Eternity.
Bocce ball set
Razor Scooters you” for all that she did for us here. She We were so thankful to have Bro.
Wal-Mart and Meijer gift cards shared her love with all of the children, Ryan and Sis. Hope Stoller and their
Aerobie Superdisc teachers and parents. We will keep her children, who now live in Gridley, IL,
Restaurant gift cards in our prayers and ask that you keep us back in Athens to visit us. It was a joy to
Outdoor basketballs in your prayers. Please keep Cassie’s share time with them once again.
Blender family in your prayers as they deal with We thank Elder Bro. Kent Heimer
Griddle illness. We will always remember her
Volleyball and his wife, Sis. Jan (Taylor, MO), for
big hugs! taking the time to spend the weekend
iTunes gift card Our Theme for the month of No-
Pizza pan (dishwasher safe) with us November 6 and 7. We also had
vember is Nutrition, Health, and Bod- v i s i t o r s f r o m W a s h i n g t o n , IL ,
New or slightly used grill
ies. Our color is Brown. We will be Fairbury, IL, Tremont, IL, Goodfield,
Adult size bikes (new or gently
used) doing activities to show what we are I L , G r i d l e y , IL , R o c k v i l l e , CT ,
Baby supplies Thankful for. Our Bible Verses are: Remington, IN, Bay City, MI,
crib sheets “ G o d i s L o v e ” (I Jo h n 4 : 8 ) , “F o r Altadena, CA, and Bluffton, IN.
mattress pad covers whither thou goest, I will go” (Ruth W e a l s o t h a n k Br o . Ch a r l e s
baby bath towels 1:16), and “I will sing unto the Lord” Kellenberger and his wife, Sis. Debbie
wash cloths (Psalm 13:6). (Elgin, IL), for spending the weekend
Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards As we were learning our letters, one of November 13-14 with us; we enjoyed
Computer games of our teachers asked, “How high can
10" skillet with lid the fellowship.
you jump?”. One little girl replied “I Our prayers go out to Bro. David
can jump up to Jesus!”. We also asked a and Sis. Barbara Coulter, as their
little boy “How old are you?” He re- daughter, Kendra, will be moving to
Teen girl curtains
Pool Sticks plied, “I am three years old, but I’m go- Apostolic Christian Home for the
Money to purchase any of these ing to ask my Mom if I can be seven!” Handicapped in Morton, IL, this
items ______________ month. Please keep them in your
- You are an important advocate to prayers, as this will be a difficult transi-
help us spread the word about God’s ALABAMA, ATHENS
tion for them.
work at Gateway Woods. Please con- Louise Hall
tinue to lift us up in prayer, check our
“Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks
website www. gatewaywoods.org and ARIZONA, PHOENIX
unto the Lord; for he is good: for his
our Facebook page at facebook.com/ Heather Hinrichsen
mercy endureth for ever.” Elder Bro. Earl Ringger (Gridley),
gatewaywoods often for updates, and
Psalm 106:1 Elder Bro. Ron Messner (Washington)
make sure that you are on our mailing
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and Bro. Bill Waibel (Bay City) minis- habitations, and we are thankful for
tered to our congregation this past ARIZONA, TUCSON His provision for the Cser family.
month. We thank them for opening Lisa Knapp The Association for the Care and
God’s Word and sharing with us the Our friend, Bee Schmidt, continues Housing of the Aged had their annual
message of salvation. to recover from hip surgery and has not meeting in Los Angeles. Brothers from
Many in our congregation have un- been able to worship with us. We miss several church skilled nursing facili-
dergone surgery and medical proce- her smiling face in her usual seat and ties were here, including ministering
dures and there are those who because are praying God’s will will be accom- Bro. Ed Strahm and Elder Bro. John
of age or health can’t come to worship plished in her life. We would love to see Lehman from Bern, KS, and Bro.
with us on Sunday. We want to remem- her again on Sundays, but for now we Randy Gasser from Detroit, MI. Our
ber them in our daily prayers: Sis. June will have to be content with visiting her congregation was blessed by their min-
Tooley (Bro. Jerry), Sis. Deanna Beyer and leave the rest in God’s hands. We istry and the fellowship of all the visi-
(Bro. Clarence), Sis. Toni Bentley, Bro. miss you, Bee! tors that weekend.
Jim Beres (Sis. Lois), Bro. Jacob Hoerr Our Elder, Bro. Ben Wiegand (Phil- Lord willing, a work team from
(Sis. Wanda), Sis. Louann adelphia, PA), and his family visited us Altadena will make their annual trip to
Klopfenstein (Bro. Dave), Sis. Bertha recently for which we are very thank- Magdalena for Thanksgiving week.
Miller, Sis. Shirley Mohrmon, and Bro. ful. It is always good to see them, and They will join teams from Denver and
Kenny and Sis. Mary Jo Schmidgall. we are enjoying getting to know them Morris North this year. We hold them
Bro. Paul and Sis. Connie Hay left better. May God richly bless their ef- up in prayer and look forward to re-
Oakville, IA, and have made Phoenix forts to be with us as it’s not a short ports of the ongoing work there.
their new home. We look forward to trip! Bro. Ben shared the Memoran- ______________
getting to know them and worshipping dum with us on his visit.
with them as part of our Body of Christ. Our winter visitors are starting to CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Elder Bros. Earl Ringger and Ron appear as we get the cooler tempera- Yasmin Koehl
Messner aided our congregation in the tures we were waiting for. It’s fun see- We approached Thanksgiving sea-
placement of a co-elder to assist Elder ing who has “arrived” each Sunday. son with grateful hearts for the labors
Bro. Jon Kokanovich. After prayerful Our daytime highs are in the high 70’s of brethren from Ohio and Texas who
consideration, our congregation voted which is a little warm for mid-Novem- came to volunteer their time to assist
Bro. Herb and Sis. Laurie Knochel to ber, but the days are bright and sunny us in replacing our old carpet. Humbly
that position. We continue to lift Bro. and the evenings cool and crisp, so we we thank them for sharing with us
Herb and Sis. Laurie up in prayer as really can’t complain. some of their most precious gifts: love
they look forward to the mid-winter ______________ and time. May God be their great re-
Conference in Junction, OH, where ward.
Bro. Herb’s position will be voted on by CALIFORNIA, ALTADENA As cold winter winds blow, we begin
all the Elders. to anticipate the warmth we find in fel-
Bro. Tom and Sis. Jody Klotzle had lowship from the many brothers and
a safe and successful trip to India, sisters who make San Diego their win-
ARIZONA, PRESCOTT which is an answer to many prayers! ter destination. We look forward to
Denise Steidinger May God continue to bless the work greeting brothers and sisters whom we
We are so thankful for the willing- there! While on their trip, they re- have the privilege of being with each
ness of ministering brothers to come ceived news of their new granddaugh- year and to meet new brethren as well.
share God’s Word with our small con- ter, Karlina Jean, born on 10-20-2010, What great spiritual joy we can find in
gregation. This past month, we were to Bro. Jim and Sis. Krissa Klotzle of one another when we all make the
visited by Bros. Curt Kaufman (Sis. the Minneapolis congregation. The Scripture our roadmap and obediently
Caroline, Tucson), Dale Frank (Sis. first-time parents and grandparents follow the Word of God with humble
Tina, Oakville), Keith Hinrichsen (Sis. are praising God for the wonder of new hearts. Together then, we can walk
Tammy, Phoenix), Tom Schambach life and another generation! hand in hand toward the pearly gates of
(Sis. Connie, Elgin), Bill Waibel (Sis. Our congregation was able to cele- our heavenly home.
Carol, Bay City), Phil Stettner (Sis. brate with dinner and singing, at the ______________
Maureen, Bluffton North) and Ron new home of Bro. Steve Cser and his
Bollier (Sis. Edie, Indianapolis). May family, at the end of October. He and KITCHENER, ONTARIO
God bless each of you for your willing- Aggie are living in Orange County with CANADA
ness to serve. all their children at home. Scripture Johanna Fortenbacher
says God ordains the bounds of our We are so happy to have a new baby
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girl, Ruthann Rose who was born Octo- the Shipleys with our grandson, Aus- to be thankful people! May we count
ber 28.Her parents are Bro. Tim and tin, had a delicious supper at Kaisers. It our blessings often, not just this time of
Sis. Melanie Tomic. Her brothers are was a blessing to sing some songs after year when we formally celebrate
Christopher, Brian, Jonathan and and encourage each other. Having Thanksgiving.
Matthew. Unfortunately, Sis. Melanie these visitors willing to come from so Early in the month we enjoyed a
developed a high fever after the birth many kilometers away was such a midweek visit from ministering broth-
and was hospitalized. She recovered in blessing to us here. ers, Bro. Gary Brown (Sis. Jane, For-
an amazing time for how severe the fe- ______________ rest, IL) and Bro. Doug Wagenbach
ver was. The head doctor came into her (Sis. Lillian, San Diego, CA). We trust
room and told her, “The Lord was COLORADO, DENVER God will bless the efforts of those who
surely watching over you”. Thankfully Lily Zarkovacki preach His Word.
she is at home now and doing well. We enjoyed a beautiful day to share
After being here for half a year, Faith is a living pow’r from heaven in the wedding of Bro. Duane Zahner
Which grasps the promise God has and Sis. Beth Wagenbach. Many visi-
Silvija Ursu left Canada to go back
home to Serbia. What a joy this lady is! tors came from far and near to show
Securely fixed on Christ alone,
She always shows such love and kind- their love and support for this new cou-
A trust that cannot be overthrown.
ness to everyone. Gospel Hymns #711, vs. 1 ple. It was a blessed weekend and we
Our Elder Bro. Mark and Sis. Bev wish this Brother and Sister God’s
Bahr came one Wednesday night like We are thankful to Bro. Willis Ehnle blessings as they begin a life together in
they do so often. All of us are so blessed for coming to Colorado to share topics the Lord. Parents are Bro. Curt and
by their coming. Other ministers that of commitment and his experiences liv- Sis. Sally Zahner, and Bro. Dale and
came this month are Bro. Randy and ing in Japan. May God bless him for his Sis. Mary Wagenbach.
Sis. Sue Gasser (Detroit) and Bro. encouragement! Our thoughts and prayers extend to
G a r r y a n d S i s . D iann Tonner In November, Bro. Fred Leman those that have been sick or hospital-
(Bluffton). As I get older, I find it’s ( D e n v e r ) a n d S i s . Jo d i K i e s e r ized this past month, namely Bro. Roy
harder to just get up and go for a short (Roanoke, IL) were united in marriage. Schneider (Sis. Joyce), Sis. Aline
weekend, so I can really appreciate We wish them God’s nearness in their Ballasy, Bro. Ron Bahler (Sis. Bonnie),
ministers and their wives who come to lives together. Blane Moser (Eric and Donna), Sis.
Kitchener for a weekend. God bless you We have been blessed by the testi- Marilyn Lanz (Bro. Ed), and Lillian
with strength and give you wisdom. mony and baptism of Tyler Blair. We Lanz (Michael). Whether old or young,
“God is our refuge and our strength, a wish Tyler God’s richest blessing as he scheduled surgery or accidental, the
very present help in trouble. Therefore continues his walk in Him. time spent out of commission is rarely
will not we fear, though the earth be re- easy or comfortable! May God be with
moved, and though the mountains be Amazing grace! How sweet the sound, each family circle, provide for each in-
carried into the midst of the sea.” That saved a wretch like me! dividual need, and give comfort and
(Psalm 46:1) We can so easily write or I once was lost, but now am found. healing to all.
say a verse, but having the faith to be- Was blind, but now I see. Our thoughts and prayers go out to
lieve it is the key. Hymns of Zion #97, vs. 1 Sandy Conner for the loss o f her
______________ ______________ brother Tom in the past weeks. May
God comfort and provide for this family
REGINA, SK CONNECTICUT circle and others that grieve the loss of
CANADA ROCKVILLE loved ones.
Myrna Shipley Laura Virkler ______________
“The words of the Lord are pure DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
words: as silver tried by the fire in a fur- “Enter into his gates with
nace of earth, purified seven times.” thanksgiving, and into his courts with Henrietta Meyer
Psalm 12:6 praise: be thankful unto him, and bless Our caretakers for the first part of
his name. For the Lord is good; his November were Bro. Ralph and Sis. Di-
There was one minister on the rota- mercy is everlasting; and his truth ane Lanz from Rittman, OH. There are
tion schedule from Sabetha, Bro. Dave endureth to all generations.” still several months needing caretak-
and Sis. Beth Hartter, along with Bro. Psalm 100:4-5 ers in 2011. If you have a desire to sup-
Kevin and Nita Grimm and 14 other port our small church in this way,
young people. All the visitors as well as There are so many reasons we have please contact Sis. Doreen Steffen for
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m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n a t dk g s t e f f e n Ringger (Sis. Dixie, Gridley, IL). Bro. to our church, through these many
@gmail.com or 301-681-1502. We Earl and Sis. Dixie’s visits always ele- years.
have been richly blessed by our care- vate our faith and create a desire to be On that Sunday, we also had our an-
takers over the past four years, and we more true and faithful in our walk. The nual potluck supper at our church.
look forward to getting to know and time passes quickly and while we ap- This has been our custom for about 25
fellowshipping with more in the com- preciate everyone who comes, having years now. This brought to mind, too,
ing year. We also encourage past care- our Elder with us is always a special how the many years of fellowship we’ve
takers to come again! time. had, and how God has blessed us in
We are so blessed to have ministers We are beginning to see the signs of many ways. When we have our many
from around the country come serve us the commercial attention to the Christ- winter time folks with us, it makes us
each week; may we never take it for mas season, and we always find the all thankful.
granted. Our ministers this month meaning and real reason to remember ______________
were Bro. Phil Stettner (Sis. Maureen, this time very comforting and warming
Bluffton North, IN), Elder Bro. Duane to our hearts. Please be sure and visit FLORIDA, SARASOTA
F a r n e y (S i s . K a r e n, Crogh an- us if you are in the area this winter, as Kim Ott
Naumburg, NY), Bro. Mike Rieker we have a real joy in meeting everyone
(Sis. Carol, Peoria, IL), Elder Bro. Brad from across the land. “E ver y m a n a ccording as h e
Eisenmann (Sis. Cindy, Chicago, IL), ______________ purposeth in his heart, so let him give;
Elder Bro. Ben Wiegand (Sis. Michelle, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for
Philadelphia, PA) and Bro. Doug FLORIDA God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Wagenbach (Sis. Lillian, San Diego, NORTH FORT MYERS II Corinthians 9:7
CA). The Sunday Bro. Brad and Bro. Victor Beer
Ben were here we were blessed to par- It seems the cold and otherwise in- October 29 marked the annual
take of Holy Communion. Other visi- clement weather of the northern states Sarasota Make A Difference Day where
tors were Elgin, Forrest, and Peoria, is a blessing to us as vacationers and a large turn-out from our congregation
IL, and Francesville, IN. winter home owners are starting to joined together in the church kitchen
If you are planning to visit Washing- come south. What great weather we’re to make homemade applesauce for
ton, D.C. area for vacation or business, having. those in need. The event was special,
please contact Bro. Joe and Sis. Holly We are thankful for the ministry of not only because we were laboring to
Bohart at jbohart@ gmail.com or Sis. Bro. Ron Heiniger (Sis. Kayleen) shar- provide for others, but also because
Henrietta Meyer at (703) 904-8301 for ing with us from his Bloomington, IL, many people of all ages were paired to-
assistance and to let us know how pulpit. Lots of good memories of old gether working towards a common
many to expect for Sunday services. times were discussed, during our fel- goal. What a blessing for the older and
lowship. We are so blessed to have young ones alike to spend time getting
many years of times that we knew each to know each other better while work-
FLORIDA other in our church relationship. ing side by side in service for the Lord.
FORT LAUDERDALE It was a loss to all of us to hear of the We were thankful to have Retired
Renee Mangold d e a t h o f Br o . Ch u c k A n l i k e r o f Elder Bro. Dale Eisenmann (Sis. Judy,
We are enjoying the return of some Francesville, but an all winter member Chicago, IL) assist our Elder Bro. Jeff
of our winter residents as the year end of our North Fort Myers church. We Streitmatter in both our fall Commu-
approaches. We are blessed to have a sincerely wish Sis. Margaret God’s love nion and on the following Sunday in
congregation that includes those who and strength at this time. Bro. Chris the reading of our Memorandum. What
make this their winter home. H u b e r br o u g h t u s m a n y r e m e m- a blessing it is for us, as brothers and
This is Thanksgiving week and we brances of our time of fellowship and sisters, to sit united in quietness as we
are grateful to live in a country where worship together with him, following remember our Lord Jesus Christ’s
being thankful is recognized as an im- hearing of Chuck’s going to be with his death and suffering on the cross.
portant remembrance of our forefa- Lord Jesus. On the evening of November 20, a
thers. We are also thankful of our Our church was again blessed this special retirement dinner was held for
family forefathers for establishing and l a s t m o n t h a s o u r E l d e r Br o . E d Retired Elder Bro. Dale Eisenmann
holding to a very special faith that cre- Schwartz (Sis. Jeni, Bluffton, IN) and his wife, Sis. Judy. We appreciated
ates the tie that binds in Christian love. shared the Conference letter with us. so much the wonderful evening pre-
Our visiting ministers this month As he and Bros. Marvin Steffen and Bill pared by so many where we could
were Bro. John Steiner (Sis. Carol, Masters shared this with us, we were gather together with our church family
Oakville, IA) and our Elder Bro. Earl all reminded of how great God has been
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and express our thankfulness for Bro. GEORGIA, ATLANTA nual fall festival for times of prayer and
Dale and Sis. Judy’s labors of love praise and fellowship.
throughout these past years. Our church family looks forward to And the joys we find in services are
Our prayers are with Sis. Jean our annual bonfire each year hosted by as golden holidays:
Earley (Bro. Clyde) as she has recently Bro. John, Sis. Mary, Bro. John Jr., and The Bible class and alumni gath-
undergone surgery and is now recover- Sis. Michelle Brewer. The evening of ered together on a beautiful Saturday
ing. We trust that God will give Sis. November 6 was quite chilly for us to do service for others. The time they
Jean full strength and healing accord- southerners but we were warmed by spent in fellowship with one another
ing to His perfect will. the fire, good food, and encouraging and helping others to do what they can
We want to extend a warm welcome conversation. no longer physically do, blessed all. Af-
to Bro. Rich and Sis. Amber Pfister, We enjoyed getting to know Lydia ter the work was done, they also en-
along with their children, Katelyn, Zimmerman (Bloomington, IL) who joyed a mystery dinner together.
William, Seth, Kendra, and Silas, as was a nanny for two months for Bro. Bro. Art Mueller spent time in Haiti
they join our assembly for several Philip and Sis. Lana Steidinger. We this month doing service where one is
weeks. While Bro. Rich, Sis. Amber, will miss you and hope you come back not sure who is blessed more – those
and their family have been serving in soon to visit. that serve or the ones that are served.
the mission field in Haiti, their daugh- On Sunday, November 21, we filled Not a “blue day” on the list, Every
ter Katelyn was recently diagnosed 60 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas cloud by sunshine kisst:
with an illness which brought them Child. We have done this for a number Our Belvidere congregation spent a
back to the United States for medical of years and each family buys 60 of an Wednesday afternoon and evening
treatment. Katelyn has made large im- assigned item. We then have a big as- quilting and fellowshipping for World
provements since the first day she ar- sembly line and when they are done Relief. Hopefully we have sent the love
rived in Florida and her family hopes to each box is filled to capacity along with of God to others and if there is a blue
return to Haiti in the near future. We a picture of our church family. It is a day, they will feel that the clouds were
will continue to pray for young Katelyn neat way for everyone in our church to lifted and a ray of sunshine sent their
that the Lord would grant her a full and be involved in this ministry to bring a way.
healthy recovery. We also pray for her little bit of Christ to children in other Dwelling ‘neath hopes beaming
family that they could remain under countries. rays…In God’s calendar of days:
God’s protective hand wherever He Thanks to Bro. Doyle Frauhiger Bro. Tom Troxel (Lacrosse, IN) and
may lead them. and Sis. Jane (Bluffton North, IN) for his wife were in our midst this month
your visit and inspiration. We always and Bro. Tom shared God’s beaming
“In every thing give thanks: for this enjoy your stories of God’s work and rays of hope for this lost world in
is the will of God in Christ Jesus con- protection in your life. Sunday school and on the pulpit.
cerning you.” ______________ Thank you, loved ones, for including us
I Thessalonians 5:18 in your travels.
ILLINOIS, BELVIDERE May we make every day a day of
As we gather together with family Doreen Moser Thanksgiving and the story of Christ-
and friends this year on Thanksgiving Shayla Steffen mas the center of our everyday life!
day, let us remember to give thanks to May our calendar of days reflect the
In God’s calendar of days there are
God in all things, not only on this spe- love, peace and joy of our precious Sav-
times for prayer and praise
cial day, but throughout each day of the ior and king!
and the joys we find in services are as
year. Although we may endure hard-
ships or trials for a season through the Not a “blue day” on the list, Every I found Thanksgiving days were all
course of our lives, we can truly be cloud by sunshine kisst, along
thankful for the many promises God Dwelling ‘neath hopes beaming rays Each day that passed not merely once
has given to us, one of which He has as- In God’s calendar of days. a year
sured that He will never leave us or for- Should be composed of happiness and
sake us. What a loving and faithful God song
In God’s calendar of days there are
Some other lonely heart to aid – to
we serve that will always keep His times for prayer and praise:
promises. For this we are thankful. In our earthly calendar of days I saw a Christmas time – in fact the
______________ many found time to gather from our first
home congregation and loved ones That told the story we today repeat
from far and near gathered at the an- Of how the Christ was sent the stem
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the curse ILLINOIS, BRADFORD Sam and Sis. Pam Furrer and their son,
A tale that’s never new - that’s ever Philip and Donna Nenadov Bro. Joel, lost Sam’s stepfather, Bro.
sweet. On November 27, Madison Rae en- Les Zimmerman (Sis. Louise) of For-
tered into the family of Bro. Brad and rest. Bro. Josh Schmidgall mourned
In God’s calendar of days there are Sis. Rachel Kieser. Awaiting her ar- the loss of his uncle, Bro. David (Sis.
times for prayer and praise rival at home was her older brother Janet) of Morris, MN. Bro. Brent and
and the joys we find in services are as Blake. Grandparents are Bro. Gerald Sis. Janelle Young said good-bye to
golden holidays; and Sis. Wilma Kieser and Ron and Sis. Janelle’s grandmother, Sis. Oleda
Not a “blue day” on the list, Every
Deann Baer. We wish God’s richest Menold (Morton, IL). Sis. Sarah Drake
cloud by sunshine kisst,
blessings on this dear family as they lost her dear grandmother, Mary Anne
Dwelling ‘neath hopes beaming rays
In God’s calendar of days. raise their children in the fear and ad- Beagles of Springfield, IL. May God
Melodies of Praise #116 monition of the Lord. comfort and bless all those that mourn
______________ Our visiting ministers this month a loss.
were Elder Bro. Brad Eisenmann (Sis.
ILLINOIS Cindy, Chicago) and Bro. Dennis “Blessed are they that mourn: for
BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL Kaufman (Sis. Bonnie, Bloomington). they shall be comforted.”
Heidi Rinkenberger We wish them God’s blessings for their Matthew 5:4
Jacki Masters labors of love on our behalf.
We welcome Sis. Elizabeth Conzo Our congregation is enjoying get-
“Therefore said he unto them, The back to our congregation after her ting to know two new families who are
harvest truly is great, but the labourers work took her to the Kansas City area new to Champaign. We welcome con-
are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of for a period of time. verts, Eric and Marissa Bahler, and
the harvest, that he would send forth Kayla S hernak and S tacy their son, Elliot. We also welcome Bro.
labourers into his harvest.” Wagenbach (Bro. Kevin and Sis. Sara) Shane and Sis. Sarah Aberle and their
Luke 10:2 have made it known that they have children, Seth and Addie. We are al-
found peace with God and man and de- ways glad to welcome new families into
We are so thankful that our Bible sire to be baptized in the near future. our congregation. We know they will be
class students will be able to labor in We are thankful for each of our con- a blessing to us and we thank God for
the fields of harvest this next summer verts and encourage them to seek Him them.
as they travel to Jamaica on a mission earnestly every day of their repen- We want to thank the visiting min-
trip. Our congregation recently held tance. isters who came and preached God’s
an auction for our Bible Class students Word to us this past month. Bro. David
to raise money for their trip to Jamaica. Note of Thanks: Obergfel (Peoria, IL) and Bro. Glen
The auction was a huge success and we We would like to express our deep Braker (Princeville, IL) spent Wednes-
are so thankful to all who gave of their appreciation for your love, support, day evenings with us. Elder Bro. Steve
time, money, and resources in making and prayers upon the passing of our Martin (Eureka, IL) was here Sunday,
the auction such a success. dear mother. Mom had a deep love and November 21, for Memorandum. We
The ISU Bible class has been such concern for her Bradford church fam- thank these Brothers for their time
an important part of our congregation, ily. She now awaits the day when she and willingness. May God bless them in
and we were also thankful to share in a can be reunited in all eternity with her their ministries.
Benefit Dinner for their mission trip to beloved brethren from Bradford. Especially at this time of year, it is
Magdalena, Mexico. The Family of Doris Guingrich good to remember those less fortunate.
Thank you to our Bradford, IL, con- We have had that opportunity this past
gregation for hosting an evening sing- God be with you ‘til we meet again. month. Sunday, November 14, we
ing this month — what a blessing it was ______________ gathered for a hymn sing and after-
to all who attended. wards packed Operation Christmas
We continue to pray for our dear ILLINOIS, CHAMPAIGN Child boxes that will be taken overseas
Sis. Bonnie (Bro. John) Traub, as she Jackie Eisenmann and given to children who most likely
continues to recover from a serious ac- Greetings from Champaign-Ur- will receive no other Christmas gifts.
cident this summer. What a blessing bana! Our congregation has had the op- The next Saturday, our Sunday School
they both are to our congregation! portunity to remember several of our children s hopped and packed
______________ loved ones in prayer this past month. Thanksgiving Food baskets to give to
Many have lost loved ones and had the several local hurting families. We are
experience of saying good-bye. Bro.
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thankful to have this chance to reach sion. ber of visiting ministers this past
out to those in need and help in a small A Topical Bible Study was held No- month. Elder Bro. Merle Hartzler (Sis.
way, while being thankful for blessings vember 10 titled, Why “Bad” Things Bonnie, Rittman) was with us for the
God bestows. Happen to God’s People. We thank Memorandum. Other visiting minis-
______________ Bro. Loren Schrenk (St. Louis, MO) for ters include Bro. Mark Rufener (Sis.
taking the time to teach from God’s J u l i e , Ma n s f i e l d ) , B r o . B r e n t
ILLINOIS, CHICAGO Word. Kellenberger (Sis. Beth, Kansas City),
Rachel Meyer We are pleased to welcome Sis. Mag- Bro. Wayne Wiegand (Sis. Rosemary,
Greetings from Chicago. We were gie Schrenk from Gridley to our Chi- Goodfield), Bro. Steve Baner (Sis.
blessed this month to have visiting cago church family. Sis. Maggie is D o n n a l o u , G r i d l e y ) , Br o . Al a n
ministers, Bro. Loren Schrenk, (St. studying Midwifery at UIC and we pray Schambach (Sis. Sarah, Remington),
Louis, MO), and Bro. Kevin Banwart, she will feel at home with us. Bro. Trent Meiss (Sis. Lucy, Eureka),
(West Bend, IA), share God’s Word Finally, I recently received a text a n d Br o . Je f f G r i m m ( S i s . R u t h ,
with us. May God bless you. from a dear friend who was in great dis- Goodfield).
Sis. Lucille Koehl is struggling with tress. She wrote that she had no words November 7 was the wedding day of
some health problems. Our prayers go to say and requested prayer. How Bro. Arlen Edelman (Bro. Keith and
out to her and those taking care of her. many of us have felt the same? Over- Sis. Nadine, Eureka) and Sis. Marisa
How thankful we are that God sees whelmed and in distress…fightings Schieber (Bro. Mike and Sis. Mary).
each of us in our need. within, fears without…dare I say hope- May the Lord be near them as they
We extend sincere sympathy to our less with no solution in sight? God walk the road to Heaven as one in
Bro. Ben Funk upon the passing of his knew His children would face times Christ.
m o t h e r, S i s . S h i rl e y F u nk . O u r like these. In His Word it is written, Doug Schmidgall (Bro. Mike and
prayers are with him and his family “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our Sis. Dianne) and Michelle Zimmer-
during this time of loss. infirmities: for we know not what we man (Bro. Fred and Sis. Mary Ellen)
Our annual Sunday School Wiener should pray for as we ought: but the were also married this past month.
Roast was held October 23 at Bro. Jim Spirit itself maketh intercession for us May God richly bless them as well as
and Sis. Kathy Schlatter’s home. with groanings which cannot be ut- they start this new stage in their lives.
Thank you to everyone involved in tered.” (Romans 8:26)
making the event a success. It was a May God be with each one. Ring the bells of Heaven There is joy
blessing to be together. ______________ today,
On October 24, the engagement of For a soul returning from the wild;
our Bro. Rick Kaisner (son of Bro. Leon ILLINOIS, CISSNA PARK See! The Father meets him out upon
and Sis. Eunice, Peoria, IL) to Sis. Vickie Maul the way,
Michelle Knapp of Goodfield (daughter Marilyn Maul Welcoming His weary, wand’ring
of Sis. Judy Knapp and the late Stan We thank Bro. Ed Fritz (Washing- child.
ton) who willingly came to feed our Tabernacle Hymns #202
Knapp) was announced. We rejoice
with these dear ones and pray God will flock this month.
November 12 was our World Relief We were thankful to hear that Na-
lead them as they make decisions for
family night. It is such a blessing to see than Zobrist (Bro. Mike and Sis. Susie)
their future. Congratulations!
young and old working together in the has answered God’s call and has de-
Our Learning Together Topical Bi-
service of the Lord. cided to start repenting. Our prayers
ble Study continued Wednesday eve-
We extend our sympathy to Jim and are with him as he starts this journey to
ning, October 27. We enjoyed
Betty Hofbauer in the passing of her Heaven.
discussing our need for the vine and
mother, Geraldine Bement. Our hearts go out to Sis. Glenna
what that means for each one.
We are so thankful that Adam Kaeb Rinkenberger (Bro. Jake) as her mom,
On October 29 we commemorated
(Bro. Hartzell and Sis. Denise) has an- Lois Marquadt, has passed away. May
Christ’s sacrifice during our Fall Com-
swered God’s call and has come to Him she and her family feel God’s nearness
munion Service. He died so that each
in repentance. May the Lord continue during this time. Lois’s husband, Dave,
one may live. What a blessing.
to lead and guide him. has moved out here from Indiana and is
A retirement dinner was held for
living with Bro. Jake and Sis. Glenna.
Bro. Dale and Sis. Judy Eisenmann on ______________
It’s nice to have him in the area.
October 30. Many memories were
shared, along with songs and deep grat- ILLINOIS, CONGERVILLE
Holly Zobrist Note of Thanks:
itude for this dear couple’s service. We
We have been blessed with a num- Dear Brothers, Sisters, and
love them and thank God for His provi-
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Friends, long. (Roanoke). Sis. Lisa Schmidgall (Bro.
Once again we thank you for all W e r e j o i c e wi t h Br o . G r e g Mark) also was saddened over the
your prayers, love, sympathy, and sup- Schambach and Sis. Heather Steffen, death of her stepmother, Carolyn
port, but this time, because of our whose engagement was announced Oc- Fenner (Bill) of El Paso, IL.
Mother and Grandmother’s sudden tober 31. Their parents are Bro. Gary We appreciate the visits of visiting
passing from this life. There was no and Sis. Lois Steffen and Bro. Les and ministers, Bro. John Lehman
time for all the family to gather around Sis. Alison Schambach. (Wolcott, IN), Bro. Wayne Wiegand
her bedside to say goodbye or sing to O u r s y m p a t h y i s wi t h Ch u c k ( G o o d f i e l d ) , Br o . D e a n S t e f f e n
her or have a prayer. Thanks for the Feucht, whose mother-in-law passed (Belvidere, IL), Bro. Rich Gramm
gifts, cards, flowers, and memorials. away November 6. Sis. Oleda Menold (South Bend) and Bro. Bill Dotterer
Thanks to all who took part in the fu- had been a resident of Apostolic Chris- (Lamar, MO).
neral or graveside services and the We were blessed by God’s Spirit as
tian Restmor in Morton.
meal at the church. May God bless each the Letter of Memorandum was read
of you for any act of kindness you be- and expounded on by our Elder Bro.
stowed upon us. Steve and Elder Bro. Ron Schambach
Love in Christ, Dee Baer (Elgin, IL).
Sis. Susan Funk, Ruth Funk, Con- Jodi Blunier Robbie DeSigne (Bro. Bob and Sis.
nie Hasty, Bro. Roger and Sis. Bonnie Three marriages were performed Cindy) was deployed to Afghanistan.
Funk & family, Bro. Mark and Sis. this month: Bro. Arlen Edelman (Bro. Prayers on his behalf are appreciated.
Becky Funk & family, Doug and Sis. Keith and Sis. Nadine) to Sis. Marissa
Miriam Kath & family, Bro. Larry and Schieber (Bro. Mike and Sis. Mary, Note of Thanks:
Sis. Sara Gerber and Kylie, Bro. James Congerville); Bro. Evan Schmidgall Words cannot express the over-
Funk and Bro. Ben Funk (Bro. Paul and Sis. Kris) to Sis. Emily whelming love we have felt from others
May the good Lord watch over the Sinn (Bro. Mark and Sis. Elsie, Silver- since Dianne’s passing. Thank you to
graves where our Dad &Grandpa and ton, OR); and Doug Schmidgall (Bro. everyone for the food, monetary memo-
Mo m & G randm a now lay w ith a Mikel and Sis. Dianne) to Michelle rials, cards, PRAYERS and other acts
blessed hope awaiting the glorious res- Zimmerman (Bro. Fred and Sis. Mary of kindness shown to us. We will miss
urrection. Ellen, Congerville). “What God hath her, but we know she is in a better place
______________ joined together, let not man put asun- and we look forward to seeing her
der.” again. God bless you.
ILLINOIS, ELGIN Bro. Mark and Sis. Kate Dotterer, Maury and Joyce Crawford
Amy Gasser Reagan and Bailey welcomed Claire Steve, Lynn, Chris and Ashley
Miriam Gasser Isabelle. Grandparents are Bro. John Ron, Terri and Ryan
and Sis. Jeanne Dotterer and Bro. ______________
“I am the root and the offspring of Scott and Sis. Elaine Frank. Bro.
David, and the bright and morning Jeffry, Sis. Allison and Esther Huber ILLINOIS, FAIRBURY
star. And the Spirit and the bride say, welcomed Leah Marie. Grandparents Angela Herr
Come. And let him that heareth say, are Bro. Gary Huber and Karen Huber Kay Steffen
On October 31 our Bible Class
Come. And let him that is athirst come. and Bro. Gary and Sis. Carole Ehnle.
hosted Bible Classes from the Brad-
And whosoever will, let him take the First-time parents, Bro. Jonathan and
f o rd, R o a no k e , R e m i ng t o n, a nd
water of life freely.” Sis. Becca Leman, also welcomed
Wolcott congregations. We were
Rev. 22:16-17 Travis Dale. Grandparents are Bro.
thankful to have Bro. Doyle Frauhiger
Jerry and Sis. Kathy Leman and Bro.
(Bluffton North, IN) and Bro. Justin
Chris and Sis. Marlene Leman.
We thank Bros. Tom Leman (Den- Koch (Washington, IL) in our midst
Hospitalized and in our prayers this
ver, CO), Clark Stoller (Gridley, IL), and then with our Bible Class for this
month were Jonathan Blunier (Bro.
and Nathan Walder (Cissna Park, IL) occasion.
Myron and Sis. Elaine), Bro. Roy
for serving us through their recent Other visiting ministers serving
Hangartner (Sis. Norma), Bro. Ben
ministry. our congregation this month were Bro.
Blunier (Sis. Wilma) and Sis. Frieda
Sis. Brienne Martin (Ben) gave her Ron Isch (Lamont-Gridley, KS), Bro.
testimony and was baptized the week- Brian Waibel (Champaign, IL), Bro.
Bro. Maury and Sis. Joyce Crawford
end of October 23-24. May the joy of Dewayne Dill (Minneapolis, MN), Bro.
grieve over the sudden loss of their
her salvation be precious to her life- Al Schambach (Remington, IN), Bro.
da u g h t e r, S i s . D i a nne Cra wfo rd
Dennis Rassi (Austin, TX), Bro. Troy
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Leyse (Bluffton, IN), and Bro. Clark one. We extend our deepest sympathy (Bro. Ernie and Sis. Carol) and Brooke
Stoller (Gridley, IL). We thank each of t o B r o . M i k e a n d S i s . Je n Young (Mike and Mary Young) have
these brothers for sharing God’s Word Feuchtenberger in the unexpected announced their engagement.
with us and pray that He will richly death of their brother-in-law, Bro. Da- Thankful for the safe arrival of
bless them. vid Schmidgall (Sis. Janet) of Morris, Braden Jeffrey are Bro. Brett, Sis.
MN, on October 26. Bro. David was Jennifer, and Mitchell Gutwein.
“…there is joy in the presence of the also a nephew and cousin to many oth- Braden’s grandparents are Bro. Jeff
angels of God over one sinner that ers in our congregation. Our thoughts and Sis. Wendy Gutwein and Bro.
repenteth.” and prayers are with his family as they Craig and Sis. Marilyn Martin (Eu-
Luke 15:10 grieve the loss of their loved one. reka, IL). Brock Allen Schmidgall is
Our prayers are also with Sis. Elsie welcomed home by his parents, Bro.
We are thankful for four souls who Bachtold (Bro. Willis) and Sis. Louise Trent and Sis. Tiffany. Thankful
have recently answered God’s call and Hartman (Bro. Warren) in the loss of grandparents are Bro. John and Sis.
made a beginning in repentance. Our their sister-in-law, Sis. Oleda Menold Janet Schmidgall and Bro. Wayne and
prayers are with Timothy Hartman of Morton, who passed away on No- Sis. Nancy Zimmerman. Bro. Gary and
(Bro. Mark and Sis. Judy), Thane Zehr vember 6. May the comfort of the Holy Sis. Betsy Leman are thankful for Pe-
(Bro. Quinn and Sis. Joan), Lynette Spirit be felt amongst each one. ter Wayne. His grandparents are Bro.
Waldbeser (Jim and Sis. Renae), and Phil and Charlotte Leman and Bro.
Walter Moser (Sis. Julia and late Bro. Note of Thanks: Glen and Sis. Holly Steidinger.
Doug) as they each begin their walk We want to give special thanks for Sis. Viola Metz (Bro. Chris), Beth
with the Lord. the love and prayers and the food that Ann Ifft (Bro. Duane and Sis. Mary),
We also rejoice with our new sister was brought to us while we were both Sis. Velma Jean Ifft (Bro. Harvey), and
in the Lord, Sis. Luella Stephens, who laid up. May God richly bless each and Teri Wenger (Sam) were our hospital
shared a testimony of her faith and was every one of you. patients this month. We can be so
baptized on November 8. Bro. Rich and Sis. Colleen Walter thankful God hears and answers
Our thoughts and prayers have ______________ prayer!
been with those recovering from recent Bro. Lester Zimmerman passed
surgeries, including Bro. Warren Zehr ILLINOIS, FORREST away, and we grieve with his wife, Sis.
(Sis. Dolores), Sis. Ione Broquard (Bro. Lisa Aberle Louise. Also surviving are his children
Donald), and Bro. Paul Kilgus (Sis. Lynn Dotterer and step-children: Steve (Patsy), Jay
Carmen). Bro. Melvin Zimmerman, (Roberta), Sam (Karla), Cal (Ann),
Bro. Harvey Schieler (Sis. Jan), and “Giving thanks always for all things Peggy DeFries (Alan), Julie Cotter
William Fehr (Helen) have also spent unto God and the Father in the name of (Jack), and Bro. Sam Furrer (Sis. Pam,
time in the hospital. May God heal and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Champaign, IL). Sis. Doris
provide for each one. Eph. 5:20 Kachelmuss has our sympathies also as
On November 14 we sang a farewell Bro. Les was her brother.
hymn to Sis. Anna Lou VanAntwerp Elizabeth Kaeb (Morris Kaeb and Sis. Donna Leman and Sis. Ruth
who is now, due to illness, making her Brenda Mueller), Anna Stoller (Bro. Roth suffered a loss this month. Their
home in Missouri with her daughter. Greg and Sis. Jill), Rollin Wenger (Bro. sister, Sis. Oleda Menold (Morton, IL),
Even though the miles separate us, we Rich and Sis. Jill), Philip Zimmerman passed away. May God comfort each
continue to lift Sis. Anna Lou up in (Bro. Jeff and Sis. Stephanie), Arlen heart!
prayer. Steidinger (Bro. Glen and Sis. Holly), We thank Elder Bro. Rick Plattner
Our prayers also continue to be with Joel Steidinger (Bro. Roger and Sis. (Fairbury, IL), Bro. Gary Anliker
Sis. Renee Slagel (Bro. Ray and Sis. Sheila), Matthew Gutwein (Bro. Jeff (Elgin, IL), Bro. David Eisenmann
Gladys) who has felt God’s leading to and Sis. Wendy), and Karla Edelman (Ch a m pa i g n, IL ), Bro . K e rwi n
stay in Haiti longer than originally (Bro. Karl and Sis. Bethany) have be- Edelman (Athens, AL), and Bro. Ron
planned. She has now accepted a teach- gun their repentance. We are thankful Bollier (Indianapolis, IN) for minister-
ing position at the missionary school on to God for His call and the grace He pro- ing to us. We are thankful God pro-
the MEBSH compound. May she feel vides! vides brothers who are willing to teach
God’s nearness and grace as she works Thankful for God’s provision are us.
in Haiti. Sis. Kathy Dotterer and Bro. Dan Feeling God’s direction, Bro.
Several in our congregation have re- Banwart as they announce their en- Shane, Sis. Sarah, Seth and Addie
cently experienced the loss of a loved gagement. They are looking forward to Aberle have decided to make Cham-
a December 19 wedding. Jason Leman
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paign, IL, their home church. We will pouring of special prayers for my heal- Cynde Stoller.
miss them, but we wish them God’s ing and for my family to carry on. It’s On November 21, Sis. Mindy Camp-
richest blessings! amazing what the Lord can do with the bell was married to Bro. Joel Stickling
______________ help of His children. Thank you and of Peoria. She is the daughter of Bro.
God bless each one of you near and far. Mark and Sis. Marcia Campbell. He is a
ILLINOIS, GOODFIELD My cancer is in remission and I com- son of the Chris Sticklings of Peoria.
Kayla Wiegand pleted my first maintenance treat- Visiting ministers were Elder Bro. Tim
Donna Wyss ment. It went well. Funk and Bro. Craig Stickling (both of
Two couples became first-time par- Sis. Carolyn (and Bro. Donnie) Ott Peoria).
ents on November 17! Harvey Keenan The funeral of Bro. John E. Schlipf,
was born to Bro. Jared and Sis. Angie Words cannot say how much we ap- 80, was held on November 18. Surviv-
Schieber. Grandparents are Bro. Mike preciate all of our dear church friends i n g a r e h i s wi f e , S i s . C a r o l y n ,
and Sis. Mary Schieber (Congerville) and friends from a distance that sent us Bloomington. Also, a son, J. D. Schlipf,
a n d Br o . R a n d y a nd S is. Cindy cards on our 60th wedding anniver- Colorado Springs, CO; and three
Schmidgall. Herman and Sara (Baer) sary. We appreciate each and every one daughters, Sis. Susan Schlipf,
Glueck were blessed with a daughter, of you and thank you for making it such Bloomington, Ann Benson, Cascade,
Miriam Joy. What a blessing babies a special memory. CO, and Susan Schweigart, Tremont.
are. Lov e, Bro. Dan and S is . Verla Five grandchildren also survive him.
Our prayers and sympathy go to Sis. Wiegand We offer our sincere sympathies to this
Helen Bauman (Bro. Les) since her sis- ______________ family.
ter, Sis. Shirley Funk (Congerville), Sis. Betty Klopfenstein, 78, passed
passed away. ILLINOIS, GRIDLEY away and her funeral was held on Fri-
We are very thankful that Tyler Perry Klopfenstein day, November 26. She is survived by
Rocke (Bro. Jedd and Sis. Marsha) has The Word of God teaches us to pray three children, Bro. Paul Klopfenstein,
begun his repentance. May we all be wi th o u t cea s i ng . It a l s o s a ys t o Bloomington, Sis. Patti Klopfenstein,
prayerful for him and each convert. “abound” with thanksgiving. While Gridley, and Gary Klopfenstein,
The Lord has worked in the lives of pleading and beseeching are both a Evanston, IL. Also, two grandchildren
four dear souls. Sis. Michelle Knapp part of many of our prayers, we are s u rv i v e h er, L ane and Jo el
(Sis. Judy) and Bro. Rick Kaisner of nonetheless supposed to “abound” in Klopfenstein, Evanston. She is sur-
Chicago (Bro. Leon and Sis. Eunice, thanking God. Surely, we have many, vived, too, by one sister, Sis. Hazel
Peoria) had their engagement an- many reasons to continually be thank- Huette, Normal, and one brother,
nounced on October 24 and they plan to ing God, as He blesses us richly in many Clyde Koehl, Tarpon Springs, FL, a sis-
get married February 13. The next ways each day. ter-in-law, Velma Koehl, Forrest, and a
Sunday, Bro. Craig Wiegand (Bro. Ron Our church hosted the Detroit, MI, b r o t h e r - i n - l a w , R o n a l d “B u m p ”
and Sis. Kary) and Sis. Marla Wiegand choir on the weekend of November 6-7. Steidinger, Forrest. Sis. Betty was
(Bro. Art and Sis. Pam) became en- Visiting ministers were Bro. Randy married for 25 years to Bro. Carlton
gaged and they’re planning their wed- Gasser and Bro. Jesse Bedolla who also “Carsh” Klopfenstein, who passed
ding for January 30. May God bless sang with the choir, and Bro. John away on March 24, 1981. Sis. Betty will
each of these families. Rassi (Tremont). be remembered for her gentle disposi-
We need to lift up each one in prayer Other visiting ministers were Bro. tion, and for her meek and quiet spirit.
who have had accidents or illness. Our Galen Rokey (Bern, KS) and Bro. Ed ______________
Sis. Carol Martin, Sis. Vi Wagner, Bro. Fritz (Washington, IL) who were here
Wilbur Heinold, and Mark (Sarah) on November 14. May God bless their ILLINOIS, MORTON
Wirtz (son of Bro. Mike and Sis. Lila) efforts. Annette Tanner
would appreciate it. We are sorry to report the death of Julie Bahr
May God bless Bro. Michael Rieker Sis. Oleda Menold, 93, of Morton, the I heard of a young child that com-
(Sis. Carol Anne, Peoria) for minister- mother of Sis. Mary Witzig and Sis. mented to his family that one of the
ing unto us on our Wednesday night Bi- Twyla Schlipf. reasons he looked forward to
ble Study. He spoke to us about David’s Bro. Brock Wiegand and Bro. Roy Thanksgiving and Christmas was be-
sins and his repentance. Hodel had surgical procedures this cause the whole family had to be “stuck
month. Scott Kiefer suffered a broken together!” No one had to go off to work,
Notes of Thanks: heel in a fall from a scaffold. Mercy school, or activities! Isn’t this just like
Our precious church family has Stoller, 2, suffered a broken leg in a fall. our Father in Heaven would want us to
been so gracious to us by such an out She is the daughter of Bro. Jeff and Sis. be with Him,”Stuck together?” No
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busyness - just sweet devotional fellow- Brett and Sis. Olivia Steffen, and Bro. and Sis. Bere Aupperle, Magdalena.
ship! As the Christmas season ap- Rod and Sis. Beth Steffen (Cissna
proaches, take time for the most Park) are his paternal grandparents. Note of Thanks:
important PREPARATIONS. Prepare Our sympathy is extended to Bro. A special thank you to all for your
your heart to worship the King - KING Peter (Sis. Mabel) Weber, whose sister, prayers and support shown to all of us
JESUS. Margrit Rentsch, Zuerich, Switzer- during the difficult latter days of Bro.
Bro. Byron Stoller (Sis. Carol, land, passed away October 26. She is Bob’s life here on earth and since his
Gridley) so graciously came to Morton survived by her husband, Walter death. He had a special relationship
to give our Family Worship topic “The Rentsch, and Harry, Ronny, and with so many. We pray that God will
Story of the Fiery Furnace”. The cour- Brigitte Rentsch. bless each of you for all of the kindness
age Almighty God imparted to those We rejoice with Bro. Frederick and shown in so many ways to all of us
three young believing men in that day Sis. Jodi (Kieser) Leman, who were through the years.
is the same awesome courage He offers united as one in the Lord on November Sis. Lorene Joos and family
us today. Is it our desire to develop this 7. Parents are Bro. Mark and Sis. Cathy ______________
kind of intimate relationship with our Kieser, and Dennis and Sis. Karen
God so that we will know, without a Leman (Roanoke). The couple is mak- ILLINOIS, PRINCEVILLE
doubt, this same courage? ing their home in Denver. Linda Joos
We appreciate our visiting minis- Our thanks to Elder Bro. Mike Connie Christ
ters. Our thanks to: Elder Bro. Steve Leman (Sis. Deb, Denver) and Bro.
Ringger (Sis. Myra, Bluffton North), Tom Leman (Sis. Marlene, Denver) “Speak the gospel of salvation,
Elder Bro. Dan Kilgus (Sis. Jenna, who were visiting for the wedding; El- Boldly in the wilderness.”
Remington), Bro. Ron Allenbach (Sis. der Bro. Ted Witzig (Sis. Cindy, Mor- Zion’s Harp #112, v. 4
Lois, Kiowa), Bro. Troy Leyse (Sis. ton) who ministered on our Wednesday
Kelly, Bluffton) and Bro. Roger Aberle night family night, November 3; and We were privileged to hear the
(Sis. LaVonne, Sabetha). Bro. Clark Stoller (Sis. Cindy, Gridley) Memorandum letter read and ex-
S i s . O l e d a Me n o l d (l a t e B r o . who preached the Word on Sunday, pounded to us by our Elder Bro. Jim
Herman) was called Home on Novem- November 14. and Elder Bro. Mike Leman (Denver,
ber 6. May the Lord bless and comfort The pre-k, kindergarten, first, and CO) on November 6. May we continue
her three sons, Thomas (Sheryl), Greg second grade Sunday School students, to pray for our dear Elder Brothers that
(Linda), and Brad (Jacquetta) Menold; and the Mortonaires sang for and with the Word can continue to be spoken
and also her four daughters, Sis. Eliza- us at our family hymn sing November boldly in this day and time.
beth (Bro. Dennis) Feucht, Sis. Mary 7. What a blessing to hear young and We were also blessed with many
(Bro. Jerome) Witzig, Susan (David) not-so-young sing praises to God! other visiting ministering brothers
Chadwick, and Sis. Twyla (Bro. Ar- Apostolic Christian Skylines held a this month. We thank them and their
thur) Schlipf. soup dinner and auction fundraiser families for being willing servants in
November 13 at the Fellowship Hall. bringing God’s Word. This month our
Lighthouse Academy held their annual visiting ministers were Elder Bro.
ILLINOIS, PEORIA fundraiser November 4. Many thanks Mark Streitmatter (Bloomington, IL),
Pam Fritzenmeier to all who participated to help our dear a n d Br o s . M i c h a e l W a g e n b a c h
October 24 was a special day for Bro. youth and elderly family and friends. (Wolcott, IN), Dan Stoller (Remington,
Leon and Sis. Eunice Kaisner, as their Many in our congregation are in IN), Ken Schneider (Remington, IN),
son, Bro. Rick Kaisner, Chicago, was need of prayer for various health is- Brad Gudeman (Bradford, IL), Nile
announced to Sis. Michelle Knapp, sues. These include Sis. Mary Swadley, Bucher (Bluffton North, IN) and Greg
daughter of Sis. Judy Knapp and the Mae Thomas, Sis. Ella Plattner, Sis. Stoller (Forrest, IL).
late Stan Knapp (Goodfield). Barb Schafer, Sis. Kathy (Bro. Dave) “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Bro. Jeremy and Sis. Elizabeth Obergfel, Bro. Mel (Sis. Margaret) who healeth all thy diseases:” (Psalm
Calame welcomed their first child, Jor- Getz, Bro. Verle (Sis. Vonnie) Kieser, 103:3) We are so thankful we can com-
dan Daniel, on October 23. His grand- Bro. David (Sis. Rita) Sauder, Bro. Bill mit all with physical infirmities to our
parents are Bro. Tom and Sis. JoAnn (Sis. Joyce) Waibel, and Dave (Sue) Heavenly Father. Sis. Doris (Bro. Wal-
Rieker, and Bro. John and Sis. Jody Diggle. Also remember to pray for our ter) Christ recently had knee surgery
Calame (Rittman). Bro. Don and Sis. missionary families, Bro. Tim and Sis. and Bro. Darin (Sis. Keri) Blunier was
Jackie Hoerr became grandparents on Joan Reinhard and family, and Bro. also recently hospitalized. We pray for
October 30 when Obadiah William Isaac Funk, Haiti, and Bro. Jonathan them as well as many who find them-
Steffen was born. His parents are Bro. selves in need of physical healing.
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On October 1, Bro. Noah and Sis. Leman (Dennis and Sis. Karen) mar- Bro. Randy Beer (Milford) was with us
Evalyn Herrmann were privileged to ried Sis. Jodi Kieser of Peoria (Bro. for the funeral. Our sympathy is also
celebrate 60 years of marriage. May Mark and Sis. Cathy). We pray each of extended to others of our congregation
God continue to be very near and bless these couples can feel God’s nearness who have lost loved ones in the past
and provide in His love and kindness. as they begin their lives together. month. Grayce Haning (East Peoria),
Our dear Sis. Janet Martin-Joos re- mother of John (Sis. Barb) Gastman
cently moved to an apartment at Sky- “Therefore we are buried with him passed away October 26. Bro. Dan (Sis.
lines. We are thankful she is enjoying by baptism into death: that like as Kim) Maher’s mother, Dorothy Maher
her new home, and pray that God will Christ was raised up from the dead by of Princeville, passed away November
continue to bless her in her new envi- the glory of the Father, even so we 11.
ronment. should walk in newness of life.” Bro. Randy Mogler (Washington)
______________ Romans 6:4 was with us for our November family
worship. His topic was, “At the Cross-
ILLINOIS, ROANOKE October 23 and 24 were the testimo- road, Who Do You Love?”
Jamie Hodel nies and baptisms of Laura Fehr (John On November 14, we welcomed
Judy Sauder and Jane) and Seth Hodel (Bro. Brad back home to our Roanoke congrega-
Our congregation has once again
and Sis. Patty). We were thankful to t i o n B r o . M a r t y a n d S i s . Marti
been blessed in the birth of babies. On
have Elder Bro. Tim Funk (Peoria) Rumbold who have been living in
October 20, Kate Elizabeth was born with us for the weekend. November Monterrey, Mexico.
to Bro. Steve and Sis. Colleen Byrd. 13-14 we were able to hear the testi- We rejoice with Bro. Glen and Sis.
Older siblings are: Bro. Craig, Joshua, mony and witness the baptism of Carol Martin in the engagement of
Jesse, Karen, Ryan, Benjamin, and Hannah Knepp (Bro. Rich and Sis. their daughter, Cassie, to Dustin
Daniel. Grandparents of Kate are Sis. Janet). Bro. Steve Baner (Gridley) was Schumacher of Washington. Dustin’s
Clara Fischer and Bro. Jim and Sis. with us on Sunday for the baptism. parents are Karen Schumacher of
Sara Byrd. Bro. Drew and Sis. Our young group has lovingly W a s h i n g t o n a n d Mi k e an d D e b
A m a n d a L e m a n we l c o m e d h o m e served our congregation this month. Schumacher of Roanoke.
Simone Bay on October 20. Older The annual Harvest Party was held on Psalm 34:17 “The righteous cry,
brothers are Will and Miles. Grand- October 30 for the youth in our congre- and the Lord heareth…” Our congre-
parents of Simone are Bro. Mike and gation. Then, on November 6, assis- gation is holding Bro. Rich (Sis. Janet)
Sis. Sue Zimmerman (Morton) and tance in raking leaves was offered to Knepp up in prayer as he faces a stem
Bro. Bill and Sis. Jeanne Leman. Bro. the elderly in our congregation. We cell transplant.
Chuck and Sis. Rita Hodel became pray God will bless each who served for ______________
grandparents again on October 20 their kindness.
when Tenley Hope came to bless the Our Bible Class was invited to ILLINOIS, TREMONT
home of Bro. Kirk and Sis. Wendy Fairbury on October 31. We pray this Teresa Rowell
Prather (Washington). Big sister Ella weekend was a blessing to each student Janice Sauder
involved. We want to thank Bro. Matt Steffen
and paternal grandparents, Bro. Bob
On October 27, Bro. Jeff Grimm (Princeville, IL) for coming and shar-
and Sis. Marlene Prather (Washing-
(Goodfield) joined us for our monthly ing the gospel with us this past month.
ton) also welcome her. On November
family worship. His topic covered I Pe- May God richly reward him and grant
6, Bro. Tim and Sis. Cathy Hohulin
ter 3:8. grace for his continued ministry.
welcomed a new grandson, Kobe We wish God’s blessings upon
Also ministering to us this month
Nash. Kobe was born to Jerime and Derek Kaiser (Bro. Don and Sis. Sandy)
were Bro. Tom Schambach (Elgin , IL)
Staci Barrett of Eureka and is wel- and Meaghan Van Dyke (Nate and Jeni
and Bro. Greg Lehman (Wolcott, IN).
comed home by older sister and Troyer, and Jeff and Kathy Van Dyke)
Our congregation was reminded
brother, Reagan and Zion. as they are engaged to be married.
how fleeting life can be when our Sis.
October 22 was the wedding date of Derek and Meaghan are planning to
Dianne Crawford suddenly went to be
Kevin Hodel and Liana Manlove, both wed in December of this year.
with the Lord on November 4. Our
of Indianapolis. Kevin’s parents are Our congregation has laid to rest
prayers continue to be with her par-
Bro. Chuck and Sis. Rita Hodel. Li- two dear sisters-in-faith this past
ents, Bro. Maurice and Sis. Joyce
ana’s parents are Larry and Diana Crawford (Eureka), and brothers, month. Our Sis. Emma Aberle’s fu-
Manlove o f C r a w f o r d s v i l l e , IN . Steve (Lynn) Crawford of Eureka and neral was held on October 22. Sis.
Sunday, November 7, Bro. Frederick Ron (Terri) Crawford of Washington. Emma had the privilege of serving the
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Lord for 85 years—what a blessing. We our congregation. Sarah is the fif- October 20. Her big sister, Ella, and
extend sympathy to her children, teen-year-old daughter of Bro. Dean g r a n d p a r e n t s , Br o . Bo b a n d S i s .
Duane (Barbara) Aberle of Morton and and Sis. Karen Beutel’s cousins from Marlene Prather (Washington) and
Sis. Mary Jane (Bro. Dean) Leuthold of Germany, who spent the first three Bro. Chuck and Sis. Rita Hodel
Tremont; five grandchildren and nine months of the school year living with (Roanoke), are also delighted to wel-
great-grandchildren. One sister, Sis. them and attending our local high come her.
Wilma (Bro. Emil) Aberle, also sur- school. God bless you, Sarah, and we Bro. Keith and Sis. Alisa Beyer and
vives her. hope you can visit in the U.S. again! their family have recently moved to
Isaiah 43:1-2 “But now thus saith Bro. Jerry and S is. K athy Leo to serve as houseparents at Gate-
the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, Zuercher’s son-in-law, David (Tammy) way Woods. We miss their loving pres-
and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear Callan, is expecting to be deployed to ence here in our Washington
not: for I have redeemed thee, I have Afghanistan for six months on Decem- congregation but are confident they
called thee by thy name; thou art mine. ber 2. May we keep Dave, and all our are being warmly welcomed in Leo.
When thou passest through the waters, soldiers, in our prayers, for God’s lov- May God bless them in this endeavor.
I will be with thee; and through the ing, protecting hand over each one. We are prayerful for Bro. Andy
rivers, they shall not overflow thee: ______________ Mogler who recently had cardiac stents
when thou walkest through the fire, p u t i n . M a y h e fe e l o u r l o v e an d
thou shalt not be burned; neither shall ILLINOIS, WASHINGTON prayers.
the flame kindle upon thee.” Linda Folkerts On Thanksgiving Day, our dear
These words of comfort were read at Nancy Leman Bro. Ed Teubel was taken from our
the funeral service of our Sis. Nancy presence into eternity after a long
What joy I feel, what peace is mine
Koch on November 17. We extend our struggle with various health problems.
as I my all to Thee resign!
sympathy to her husband, Bro. Cleo; He was a pillar in our Washington
Redemption, Lord, Thou didst achieve;
her three children, Sis. Rachel (Bro. church and had a significant part in its
My Jesus I will never leave!
Jim) Sauder, Bro. Nathan (Sis. Sandi) Hymns of Zion #259 beginning. May the Lord be with his
Koch, and Bro. Nelson (Sis. Mary) wife, Sis. Louise, his children, Bro.
Koch; and fifteen grandchildren, all of Our congregation was blessed to Mark (Sis. Marti) Teubel, Keith (Jill)
Tremont; four step-children, Sheryl share in the joy of our new brother Teubel of Washington, and Marie
(David) Wingert of Atlanta, GA, Mary -in-Christ, Dean Kellenberger, as he (Thomas) Bertolon of Peoria, AZ, his
Lou (Herb) Fritz of Durham, NC, Gary shared his testimony and was then grandchildren and extended family.
(Marlee) Koch of Vashon, WA, and baptized the weekend of October May they feel our prayers of sympathy
John (Dawn) Koch of Evanston, IL; 30-31. He is the son of the late Bro. and love.
eight step-grandchildren; and eleven Gene and late Sis. Velma Kellenberger ______________
step-great-grandchildren. Of her sur- and the brother of Bro. Ron (Sis.
viving brothers and sisters, four are Carole) and Bro. Randy (Sis. Ruth) INDIANA, BLUFFTON
f r o m T r e m o n t : B r o . D a v i d (S i s . Kellenberger of our congregation. We Kim Meyer
Eunice) Beutel, Bro. Alvin (Sis. Carol) Suzie Fiechter
appreciated Bro. Chuck Kellenberger
Beutel, Bro. Fred (Sis. Jeannette) This past month, God has again
(Sis. Debbie, Elgin, IL) sharing the
Beutel, and Sis. Ruth (Bro. Vernon) faithfully fed us with the meat of His
Word with us that weekend.
Koch. May God continue to comfort Word. We’ve been challenged to yield
Other visiting ministers this past
these grieving families. to Him as Master Sculptor, inviting
month have been Bro. Trent Meiss
Sis. Kathy (the late Bro. Nelson) Him to chip away anything that does-
(Sis. Lucy, Eureka) and Bro. Fred Funk
Rocke has a new granddaughter to n’t resemble His son or daughter.
(Sis. Diane, Morton) on October 24,
love, Emma Sue. She is the daughter of We’ve been reminded of the impor-
Bro. Craig Stickling (Sis. Jacki, Peoria)
Bro. Doug and Sis. Trisha Rocke of tance of the head covering, and its rep-
a n d Br o . W i l l i s E h n l e (S i s . L o i s ,
Elgin, IA. Bro. Aaron and Sis. Katie resentation of God’s ordained line of
Peoria) on November 14, and Bro. Jeff
Ehnle also have a new daughter, Ali authority. Our dear Elder Bro. Lynn
Niehouser (Sis. Susan, Morton) on No-
Kate, born October 27. Ali’s big sister, exhorted us to strive to be strangers
vember 17 for our monthly topical Bi-
Brianna, and grandparents, Bro. Kurt and pilgrims, caring not what the
ble study. We want to thank these dear
and Sis. Jane Ehnle (Bradford, IL) also world thinks, but only what God
brothers for their service in the Lord.
welcome her home. thinks. Our special service on church
Bro. Kirk and Sis. Wendy Prather
October 31 was the last Sunday Sa- unity encouraged us to cling together
welcomed a precious baby girl, Tenley
rah Miehle-Honecker assembled with under the headship of Jesus Christ, dy-
Hope, into their hearts and home on
ing to self and sloppy living. We are so
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thankful for each one who proclaims God has also worked in the lives of Bro. Zach Bertsch (Sis. Jenny) and
God’s Word in truth! Now our respon- Bro. Abe Habegger of Milford (Bro. Ted Katelyn Pfister (Bro. Rich and Sis. Am-
sibility is to joyfully receive it and apply and Sis. Jane, Bluffton), and Sis. Julie ber of Les Ceyes, Haiti). Our desire is
it to our daily lives. We pray for His Beer (Bro. Dan and Sis. Deb, Milford) that they would be healed, yet we pray
grace to do His will! as their engagement was announced. for God’s will in each of their lives. Bro.
Our congregation has had many op- W e r e j o i c e wi t h Br o . K r e i g h Zach is a young husband and daddy
portunities to rejoice together, weep Aschliman (Bro. Kevin and Sis. Beth) who’s been battling cancer for almost a
together, pray and work together. As and Sis. Bekah Yergler (Bro. Jeff and year. For anyone who would want to re-
we grow together in the Lord, our de- Sis. Peg, Bluffton North), as they were member them, their address is: Bro.
sire is that we draw others to Him as we united in marriage on October 17. Zach and Sis. Jenny Bertsch, 1037 E.
live to glorify Him. An incredible testimony of love and Spring St. Bluffton, IN 46714.
faithfulness, Bro. Earl and Sis. Marge A church family our size has many
“By this shall all men know that ye Stucky celebrated their 70th wedding opportunities and activities that sig-
are my disciples, if ye have love one to anniversary. We’ve all been blessed by nify a healthy growing body. Hosted by
another.” their life and marriage. Their children our young singles, a “Love One An-
John 13:35 are Sis. Kathy Stucky (Bro. Rick - dec.) other” supper and singing was held for
and Bro. Steve and Sis. Carol Stucky. all singles, widows and widowers. A
We rejoice in the miracle of new life, Another wonderful example to us has topical presentation, “Learning more
physically and spiritually. Bro. Jason been Bro. Bob and Sis. Evie Gerber, about why individuals do the things
and Sis. Joni Fiechter gave birth to who celebrated their 60th anniversary. they do and pray the way they pray”
Dane Jason on October 24. He is also B ro. B ob a n d S i s. L u A n n G er ber was held on November 7. Loving Shep-
welcomed by sister, Kinsey, and grand- (Wolcott), Bro. Gene and Sis. Becky herd Ministries held its annual “Pic-
parents, Bro. Tom and Sis. Kim Sinn Gerber and Bro. Kim and Sis. Lisa ture of Love” live concert on Saturday,
(Latty, OH), Dave Fiechter and June Troxel are their children. November 13.
Fiechter. Bro. Blaine and Sis. Tonia Death is so bittersweet. We mourn Family hymn sings, World Relief
Isch, along with Ethan, Isabel and Si- the loss of loved ones, yet rejoice that sewing, extra high school and middle
mon, praise God for the safe arrival of they are “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” school activities, work projects, adop-
Hadie Linae on October 24. Grandpar- Little Burke Tonner, 6 days old, went tion and troubled teen ministries, ben-
ents are Bro. Bruce and Sis. Mary to be with the Lord on October 15.We efit auctions, mission trips and special
Raber and Bro. Les and Sis. Ann Isch. lift up his family in prayer: Bro. Brent, holiday collections have all taken place
Case William has blessed the home of Sis. Rachelle, Brittney, Brendon, Sis. this past month. We don’t have to look
Bro. Alex, Sis. Shauna and Adler Kaitlin, Ma di so n , R i l ey, B r o dy, far to find many ways to be the hands
Neuenschwander. His grandparents Brayson and Ashlyn, along with grand- and feet of Jesus, while loving and serv-
are Bro. Terry and S is. Jean parents, Bro. Gary and Sis. Diann ing each other!
Neuenschwander and Bro. Don and Tonner and Bro. Sam and Sis. Mary Jo ______________
Sis. Suzie Fiechter. May God grant Gerber.
each of these families the grace to train Grieving the loss of their mother INDIANA
their children in His ways. and grandmother is the family of Sis. BLUFFTON NORTH
Beulah Schwartz (Bro. Howard – dec.). Jessie Longenberger
“That the generation to come might We extend our love and sympathy to Amy Moser
know them, even the children which Gary and Sis. Sharon Merritt, Bro.
We give Thee thanks, Oh Lamb of
should be born; who should arise and Gary and Sis. Barb Schwartz, Bro. Dale
declare them to their children: That and Sis. Joni Schwartz, their children
that on the cross beam Thou hast
they might set their hope in God, and and grandchildren. bought
not forget the works of God, but keep Sis. Irene Reinhard (Bro. Aaron – for us salvation, peace and grace.
His commandments.” dec.) went Home on November 10. Our Thanks and Prayer, Zion’s Harp
Psalm 78:6-7 prayers are with her children, Don and
Sharon Reinhard, Bro. Jerome and Sis. We rejoice with the angels as an-
Abby Frauhiger (Bro. Chris and Sis. Gail Reinhard, Bro. John and Sis. Pam other soul has accepted the blood of Je-
Sarah) and Austin Miller are seeking Reinhard, her grandchildren and sus! Livia Frauhiger has begun her
the Lord in repentance. We pray for His great-grandchildren. walk with the Lord this month. She is
guidance in their lives as they seek Bro. Gerald (Shorty) Fiechter (Sis. the daughter of Bro. Jeremy and Sis.
Him! Eunic) has been hospitalized, as well as Sally Frauhiger.
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On October 17, Bro. Kreigh Body of Christ. May the Lord richly sun! May our own lives reflect the
Aschliman (Bluffton) and Sis. Rebekah bless each of them. “light of the Son” that those with
Yergler were united in marriage. We Bro. Jan and Sis. Val Gutwein and whom we interact may see and know
rejoice with them and pray for God’s their family have returned to their re- the goodness of the Lord.
blessings on their new life together. sponsibilities in Haiti after spending ______________
Along with his family, our congre- time here and we pray that God will
gation mourns the loss of Bro. Paul continue to watch over them and give INDIANA
Dotterer who went to be with the Lord them grace and strength to do His INDIANAPOLIS
on October 16. His wife, Sis. Phyllis, work. Gail Bradford
survives along with their four children, Bro. Chad and Sis. Pam Huber and Penny Schroder
their family have returned home on a ** Special Note: During our remod-
Sis. Kathy (Bro. Gordon) Gerber (Mor-
furlough from Jamaica. We welcome eling process, Sunday worship services
ton, IL), Sis. Susan (Bro. Doug) Dailey,
them with open arms and hearts and are being held at Heritage Christian
Sis. Sally, and Bro. Jeff (Sis. Lynn).
pray they can be refreshed and encour- School, 6401 E. 75th St., Indianapolis
aged while they spend time here with 46250. Sunday services begin at 9:10
INDIANA their families and with the brother- am. We anticipate moving back to our
FRANCESVILLE hood. remodeled church building sometime
Mildred Clauss Bro. Bruce Wuethrich is now at in December; so, if you plan to visit In-
Jacki Huber home and able to worship with us dianapolis church, please contact one
again; making a good recovery from se- of our ministers, who can provide more
Thanks to God for my Redeemer, rious injuries he suffered from a fall. details. Also, once back in our new
Thanks for all Thou dost provide church, Sunday worship will begin at
Surely the Lord has been gracious to
Thanks for times now but a memory; 9:45. This time is different than the
answer many prayers! Our prayers
Thanks for Jesus by my side! time printed in the Apostolic Christian
continue for other loved ones who have
recently undergone surgery: Bro. Churches and Ministers book.
Thanks for pain and thanks for plea-
Chris Welker, Bro. Larry Leman, Bro. We offer our sympathy to Sis. Sally
Andre Neihouser and Sis. Ruth Dotterer and her family as they re-
Thanks for comfort in despair
Thanks for grace that none can mea- Wuethrich. cently experienced the loss of her fa-
sure, O n O c t o b e r 2 6 , m y o w n de a r ther, Bro. Paul Dotterer (Bluffton
Thanks for love beyond compare! brother, Bro. Chuck Anliker (wife, Sis. North, IN). May God comfort them at
Margaret), completed his earthly jour- this time and in the days ahead.
These lines are excerpts from a song ney and went to be with the Lord. He is A large group from our church en-
that was sung at our Thanksgiving also survived by two sons: Kenneth C. joyed an invitation from the
Program. The message of the evening Anliker (wife, Terri) of Chalmers, IN, Valparaiso, IN, church to worship with
seemed to be: we want to be thankful and Kurtis J. Anliker of Denver, CO, them on Sunday, November 7. During
for hard times as well as good times be- and three grandchildren, Christopher their Harvest Day service many hymns
cause God knows the path we take and Anliker, Joshua Anliker and Tai and scriptures were shared, reminding
He provides the needed grace for all Kralis; four siblings: Sis. Emma Jean us of the Thanksgiving season. We ap-
that He allows to come our way! Stieglitz of Latty, OH, and Bro. Earl preciated the Christian love and fel-
Our congregation partook of Holy Anliker, Sis. Eleanor Bogart and Sis. lowship that was shared with us that
Communion on the evening of Novem- Mildred Clauss of Francesville. day.
ber 20 and we were thankful to have El- It was comforting to hear his friends Bro. Chad and Sis. Heather Hoerr
der Bro. Brad Eisenmann (Sis. Cindy, and neighbors recall many kind deeds welcomed their first child, Beckham
Chicago, IL) here to assist our own El- and good memories. When others re- Eli, into their family on November 11.
der Bro. Steve Gutwein. On October view our earthly walk, what a blessing Beckham’s grandparents are Bro.
31, we were blessed to have Bro. Mark it is when the Fruit of the Spirit has Brian and Sis. Lorene Furrer (West La-
Gerber (Sis. Barb, Bluffton) to share been evident. I’m thinking of a sermon fayette, IN) and Bro. Doug and Sis. Peg
the Word with us. from our own pulpit when mention was Hoerr (Washington, IL).
T h i s m o n t h o u r T o p i c a l Bi b l e made of the brightness of the moon on a As our remodeling process draws to
Study, “A House of Prayer”, was given clear night. We may think surely the a close, we had the opportunity to share
by Bro. Randy Gudeman. We cannot be moon itself is a source of light! But no in a special service at the nearly com-
thankful enough for the efforts put matter how brightly it shines, it is a re- pleted building on November 14. Bro.
forth and for the prayerful concern flection of a greater light: that of the Wayne encouraged the church as we
that all of our ministers have for the look towards the future and others re-
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minded us of the importance of a We rejoice with Reid Schneider and Sis. Kay Reutter (Rockville) as well
church family and thanked those who (Bro. Calvin and Sis. Jeannie) as he was as Felix and Sis. Lourdes Sibaja-Leon
had contributed so much toward the announced for peace. We look forward (Ixtlan). In addition, great-grandpar-
remodeling efforts. to hearing his and his sister Lindsey’s ents include Sis. Loretta Baumgartner
On November 17, we shared in a testimonies and witnessing their bap- (Cissna Park), Sis. Anna Marie Reutter
special Thanksgiving program. Our tisms the weekend after (Gridley), and Guadalupe Marti-
Bible Class sang hymns that reminded Thanksgiving. What a reason to be nez-Jarquin (Guadalajara, Mexico).
us to be thankful, several couples thankful! On November 6, two precious con-
talked about how God has given them It is always nice to have visiting v e r t s (G a v i n F r i t z a n d Je r e m y
reason to be thankful and the choir also ministers on our pulpit. We wish to Stieglitz) gave testimony to their re-
shared a couple of hymns of worship. thank Bro. Ned Stoller (Sis. Heidi, generation in spirit. “Verily, verily, I
We have so much for which to be thank- Alto, MI) for his service to us this say unto thee, Except a man be born
ful, beginning with the salvation God month. AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of
has shared with us through Christ Je- The second weekend in November God” (John 3:3). Gavin’s thankful par-
sus. brought a nice group of visitors to La- ents are Bro. Jeff and Sis. Carla Fritz,
We appreciate the efforts of the fol- Crosse. Many of them were getting to- while Jeremy’s thankful parents are
lowing brothers who shared God’s gether as a reunion from a trip some Elder Bro. Lynn and Sis. Leonda
Word with us this past month: Elder young brothers took a number of years Stieglitz. Both souls were baptized
Bro. Wayne Banwart (Champaign, IL), ago. What a blessing those young into the death and resurrection of Je-
Bro. Mark Gerber (Sis. Barb, Bluffton, group years are – the friendships we de- sus Christ the following day. Serving
IN) and Bro. Stephen Baner (Sis. velop, the memories we make and the us throughout the weekend, we were
Donnalou, Gridley, IL). lasting brotherhood ties that are very blessed to have our dear Elder
______________ formed. Several others were also pres- Bro. Wayne Banwart (Sis. Charlen)
ent just passing through. We always from our beloved Champaign congre-
INDIANA, LACROSSE appreciate our visitors. gation.
Bethany Johnson ______________ On November 17, we convened
Julie Rocke again as a church family to share the
Children are such a blessing and we INDIANA, LEO Lord’s Supper. Elder Bro. Steve
are thrilled to have another new little Kirby Reutter Ringger (Sis. Myra) from the beloved
baby in church! Bro. Rudy, Sis. Rosario Bluffton congregation reminded us
and Nathan Troxel welcomed precious “I am come that they might have that it was both the bread AND the
Maryana Nicole into their hearts and life, and that they might have it more wine (both the body that lived AND the
home this month. Thankful grandpar- abundantly.” blood that was shed, both the life of
ents are Sis. Bertha Carrillo de Gonza- John 10:10 Christ AND the death of Christ) which
lez and the late Javier Gonzalez of purchased our salvation. Christ lived
Ixtlan, Mexico, and Bro. Tom and Sis. Much has transpired within the Leo and died that we may likewise die and
LuAnn Troxel. Sis. Bertha is visiting flock over the past month, and the pre- live—die to the flesh and live in the
Bro. Rudy and Sis. Rosario for a period vailing theme has been LIFE! First, we Spirit. Thank you, Bro. Steve, for such
of time and we’re enjoying having her experienced the physical birth of a new a wonderful reminder!
join us in worship. baby; secondly, two converts confessed Many other dear brothers served us
Several from our congregation have spiritual rebirth in Jesus Christ; and in the work of the ministry over the
been in the hospital, had surgery or un- thirdly, we celebrated the Lord’s Sup- past month. In no particular order,
dergone treatment this month. We are per to commemorate the birth of the these brothers and their dear wives in-
praying for the swift recovery and heal- Church through the death of our Sav- clude the following: Bro. Matthew and
ing of Sis. Sis Zimmerman (Bro. Rich- ior. Sis. Rebekah Kaufman (Bloomington);
a r d ) , S i s . Co n n i e K n o b l o c h , S i s . O n O c t o b e r 2 3 , C a l e b Hu n t e r B r o . B i l l a n d S i s . Jo a n S c h i c k
Margene Peasley (Bro. David) and Sis. Reutter was born to Bro. Kirby and Sis. (Magdalena); Bro. Dan and Sis. Sherry
Evie Heinold (Bro. Gene). Areli Reutter. “A woman when she is Pfister (Bluffton); Bro. Gary and Sis.
Bro. David and Sis. Margene in travail hath sorrow, because her Mary Ann Maibach (Smithville); Bro.
Peasley’s niece, Sis. Betty Popkes hour is come: but as soon as she is deliv- Ben and Sis. Carolyn Manz (Junction);
(Lester, IA), recently went home to be ered of the child, she remembereth no Bro. Neal and Sis. Kristine Widmer
with our Lord. We pray that God would more the anguish, for joy that a man is (West Lafayette); and Bro. Ronald and
be with their family during this diffi- born into the world” (John 16:21). Ca- Sis. Lois Allenbach (Kiowa). Just in
cult time. leb’s grandparents include Bro. Duane
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this past year so far, we have had visit- May God richly bless them for bringing
ing ministers from coast to coast (Cali- us the Truth. INDIANA, REMINGTON
fornia to Connecticut) as well as out of One Sunday we learned to appreci- Jenni Honegger
country (Mexico), and even overseas ate our home ministers a little more Marcella Tyler
(Japan). What a blessed fellowship is when we found one alone on the pulpit. Our dear Bro. Edwin Bahler (Sis.
ours! One was called away due to an un- Lois) has moved to the Mulberry Re-
By the time this article is published, timely death in the family. One got the tirement Community. We ask for your
Thanksgiving will have passed and flu. One was on a Work Team. God was prayers as Bro. Edwin and Sis. Lois ad-
Christmas will be around the corner. still with us! just to this new living arrangement.
With Communion, Thanksgiving, and Elder Bro. John and Sis. Marcia His new address is:
Christmas all in scope, what better re- Laukhuf (Latty) were here on Satur-
day night, November 20, to assist our Edwin Bahler
minders to be thankful for One who
Mulberry Retirement Community
came to die that we might live! Elder Bro. Bill Schlatter in reading the
Lighthouse – Room 9B
______________ Memorandum. We thank him and in-
502 W. Jackson St.
vite him back for a Sunday. We appreci- Mulberry, IN 46058
INDIANA, MILFORD ated Bro. Bill and Sis. Emily being here
Pam Beer on Sunday and having Bro. Bill rightly We ask for your prayers for our hos-
Paula Haab divide the Word. pital patients this month. Bro. Eldon
It has been a busy month in Milford. Our prayers were answered when a Getz (Sis. Charlene), Bro. Andy Getz
We have had company, a wedding, an group of fourteen from our congrega- (Sis. Gina), Bro. Mark Waibel, and Bro.
engagement, and those who have had tion were able to go to Magdalena and Earl Kilgus all experienced time in the
health problems. arrive home safely. They were given a hospital recently. We ask the Lord to
On October 24, many of us were able special welcome by our Sis. Jody Beer comfort and heal them during their re-
to go to Junction, OH, to be present at who lives there. coveries.
the wedding of our Bro. Regg Beer (Bro. We had a very timely Bible Study on Bro. Glenn Stoller (Sis. Edie) of
Fred and Sis. Pat) and Sis. Beverly modern technology which changes Latty, OH, left this world and went to
Schlatter (Elder Bro. Bill and Sis. Em- daily, some for the good, and some for meet the Lord this month. Bro. Glenn
ily). As much as we would like to wel- the not-so-good. We truly must seek was the father of our Bro. Dan Stoller
come her to Milford, they will be God’s wisdom in our choices. (Sis. Deb) and the grandfather of Sis.
making their home in Ixtlan, Mexico, It seems there are always those who Amanda Scheitlin (Bro. Jeremy), Sis.
where Bro. Regg has been teaching. We need extra prayers. Sis. Mayedean Lea Nieman (Bro. Dana), Bro. Evan
pray for God to bless their marriage Lehman fell and broke her arm. Sis. Stoller, and Bro. Jesse Stoller. Our
and their work there. Kathryn Price had surgery which re- prayers go out to Sis. Edie and the rest
It was exciting to hear of a new sulted differently than anticipated. of the family as they seek the Lord’s
home that will be established in Little Cade Beer (Bro. Brent and Sis. comfort during this sorrowful time.
Milford, when Bro. Dan Beer told us of Pam) had to miss Sunday School once We enjoyed many visiting ministers
his and Sis. Deb’s daughter’s engage- when he had his tonsils removed. this month. Our thanks to Bro. Calvin
ment to Bro. Abe Habegger. Bro. Abe’s We are thankful that recently some Schneider (Sis. Jeannie, LaCrosse, IN)
parents, Bro. Ted and Sis. Jane, live in improvements could be made in our and Bro. Ben Manz (Sis. Carolyn, Junc-
Bluffton, but we have been fortunate to Fellowship Center and church along tion, OH) for sharing the Word with us.
have Bro. Abe be part of Milford for a with some brothers working together Elder Bro. Steve Sauder (Sis. Mary,
few years. to make a nice play area for the children Tremont, IL) was also here for the
On October 30, Bro. Matt and Sis by the Fellowship Center. reading of the Memorandum. We
Deanna Steffen (Princeville) and most W h e n y o u re a d t h i s , i t w i l l b e count it a joy and a privilege to worship
of their family came to Milford. Bro. Christmas. What more can I say than to with brethren from across the miles,
Matt enlightened us on all the labors of ask you to turn to #36 in the Hymns of and we appreciate you sharing your
love and ongoing needs at the various Zion where our late Bro. Henry Beer time with us.
homes of Timber Ridge in Morton. It penned the true meaning of Christmas.
was an humbling experience.
How important it is that we under-
On that same Sunday, Bro. John stand that it is not the Baby or the man- INDIANA, SOUTH BEND
and Sis. Pam Reinhard (Bluffton) and ger, but the Cross and Jesus, the man, Rachel Langhofer
their family took time away from their that sets our spirit free. Craig Langhofer
“Get Away Weekend” to worship with ______________ We are saddened for the loss of Aline
us. He joined Bro. Matt on the pulpit.
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Merkle. She was 94 years old. Her fa- his wife, Sis. Frances, worship with us His countenance was sad and grieved.
ther was a minister in the Wolcott on the first Sunday of this month. Bro. As with fond expectation to reap of the
church when German was spoken. In Alfred said he was fulfilling a promise harvest,
1945, she earned her Doctorate in to come to Valpo to worship, and to sit And many had nothing but leaves.
beside Bro. Merle Bucher. We all bene- Now think of our Saviour, and our Fa-
Chiropractic Medicine and ran a prac-
tice in Plymouth, IN, for over 50 years. fited from his promise, and it brought
And of we as their plants here below.
In her 80’s she moved to Parkview Ha- back many memories of times when
They have planted us, watered us,
ven in Francesville, where she finished Bro. Alfred served to assist our Elder in tended with care,
her life, full of years and grace. the Milford congregation. So we plants of honor may grow.
During this time of year in the U.S. We drove up into the church lot on Think of the Saviour who died on the
we hear people complain about gaining the day of our Harvest Program and cross,
too much weight. There are very few Dinner, knowing that ministering Bro. Think too how His loving heart
people in the world who are so blessed Greg Stieglitz, and Indianapolis grieved.
with abundance that they can be con- church folks had been invited. When Would anyone here want to add to His
cerned about gaining weight. God has we saw a bus parked in back, we both burden,
certainly showered His blessings upon felt excited. Our excitement proved to By bringing Him nothing but leaves?
Remember the fig tree in St. Mat-
us. May we prove ourselves good and be well founded because over 60 mem-
faithful servants with the wealth He’s bers and friends accompanied Bro.
As the Lord came, some fruit to re-
entrusted to us. Greg and Sis. Lisa and their family. ceive.
______________ The rafters of our church rang with He cursed it and said, “Let no fruit
beautiful singing, and the Sunday grow thereon”,
INDIANA, VALPARAISO school was filled with children. Bro. Because he found nothing but leaves.
Marguerite Hoerr Greg provided inspiration to us both The disciples looked on at the with-
Each month as I sit down to prepare morning and afternoon. ered fig tree,
my report for the Silver Lining I have a We had our Harvest Day service Their eyes they could scarcely believe.
prayer on my heart. I pray that I can during the afternoon. We especially The Master said henceforth no fruit
write something given to me for inspi- thank the Indianapolis Choir and Bro. grow thereon,
ration. Today my inspiration is what a Because it had nothing but leaves.
Greg for the inspiration they provided
blessing to have the right to vote. One Unlike the fig tree, let’s come to fru-
for our program. There were so many
of the privileges of citizens of our coun- ition,
meaningful songs and poems. I want to Be it thirty, sixty or one hundred fold.
try is the secret ballot. Today is Elec- share one with you. It was written by Then when we come to that great Har-
tion Day and I am grateful to God we Bro. Merle Bucher years ago and was vest Supper,
have the privilege to vote and can vote a read by Bro. Jon Pratt. We’ll walk on streets of pure gold.
secret ballot in the United States of How happy we’ll be then, to be with
America. Today Bob and I could go the Nothing But Leaves the Saviour,
polls, cast our vote, without telling any- The farmer was weary at evening Of His blessings our hearts can’t con-
one else for whom we voted; without time, ceive.
being fearful of retaliation because we His work for the day now was past. Forever and ever to share in His glory,
voted for the wrong person. My father, With anticipation he had started the ‘Cause we brought Him more than
Elder Bro. Theo Beer, cherished his day, just leaves.
right to vote, and told all of his children To gather the harvest, but alas — — Merle Bucher
and grandchildren, “You ought always He found many plants that were bar-
ren and frail, The following weekend was another
to vote.” I took him to the polling place
As he set out to bring in the sheaves. exceptional time for our church family.
in our little Jefferson Twp. in Kosci-
Few plants had come to fruition, Tasia Weiss gave her testimony of ac-
usko County, IN, when he was well into And many had nothing but leaves.
his 90’s. He had informed himself cepting the Lord in her life and was
From spring through the summer he
about everyone on the ballot. I’ve tried baptized on Sunday, giving us the joy of
provided these plants
to remember the lesson he taught me, having another soul added to our mem-
With his all, he had nourished with
and to always be grateful to our God care. bership. Our fold and many family
and to our founding fathers, that we And now at the time of ingathering, members shared in the joy felt by her
live in a country where this is still a Precious few of those plants fruit did parents, Bro. Dennis and Sis. Marsha;
privilege. bear. and by her grandparents, Bro. Garry
We were richly privileged to have He was physically tired, emotionally and Sis. Lois Bucher. Among the family
drained, members were ministering Bro. Nile
Retired Elder Bro. Alfred Bahler and
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Bucher and Sis. Phyllis from Bluffton vices will be changing from Thursday Fiechter (Sis. Ronda, Bluffton, IN) and
North, who had the afternoon service to Wednesday evenings with the ser- Dan Kilgus (Sis. Jenna, Remington,
before the baptism. We praise God for vices beginning at 7 p.m. This change IN) and Bros. Ron Kipfer (Sis. Linda,
visitors like this. We are so grateful to will begin January 2011. Bluffton, IN) and Garry Bucher (Sis.
Elder Bro. Dan Kilgus (Sis. Jenna) for ______________ Lois, Valparaiso, IN). On Thanksgiv-
the love and service he gave us during ing Day, Bro. Doug Harmon (Sis.
this blessed weekend, and for the many INDIANA, WOLCOTT Lanna, Toledo, OH) was here. We
times he has been our guide and stay. Donita Edelman would ask God’s blessings on each of
We have more happy anticipation Lynell Blume these brothers for sharing of them-
because the announcement was given We enjoyed a Bible Study presented selves with us.
that our very dear friends, Hannah and on a Wednesday evening by Bro. Gene The funeral of Aline Merkle was
Rachel Feller, were announced for bap- Lehman. It is a blessing to have those held in Wolcott on November 22. Aline
tism in the near future. They are the who teach us about Biblical happen- lived in Wolcott as a child and attended
daughters of Bro. Joe and Sis. Jackie ings and how they affect our lives to- church at that time. Most recently she
Feller. These girls are special to all of us day. Thank you, Bro. Gene, for sharing was a resident of Parkview Haven in
and we were filled with joy at this news. with us. Francesville. We wish to extend our
Thanksgiving Day is a day to give The reading of the Memorandum sympathy to her family.
praises and thanks for His bounty in was at Wolcott on November 6. We ex- A s t h e Ch r i s t m a s s e a s o n a p-
our lives. This Thanksgiving season tend a special thank you to Elder Bros. proaches, may we each one remember
will find us reminding ourselves of the Steve Sauder (Sis. Mary, Tremont, IL) within our hearts the reason for the
love and favors He has shed on our a n d D a n K i l g u s ( S i s . Je n n a , season and not get caught up in the
Valpo church. We are thankful indeed. Remington, IN) for sharing these im- commercialization of Christmas which
We know Christmas will be immi- portant teachings with us. May each of the world would have us think about.
nent when you receive this bit of news us plead for grace each day to keep our ______________
from us. With that in mind, we want to hearts pure and holy so we may live a
send warm and loving wishes to all of sanctified life with heaven as our goal. IOWA, AMES
our churches from those of us in our It was with joy we welcomed con- Brett Wulf
Valpo church. May His peace reign in verts Eric and Marissa Bahler and fam- We are thankful for the ministering
your hearts and may you feel the joy of ily back to the Midwest. We would have brothers who have been willing to be
His birth. May God bless you all in the enjoyed having them in Wolcott but the used in the past month. They were Bro.
coming year. Lord has directed them to Champaign, Philip Schulz (Sis. Kelly, Burlington,
IL. This is much closer to home than IA), Bro. Pat Zaugg (Sis. Julie, West
Hawaii was, so we will look forward to Bend, IA), and Bro. Wes Moser (Sis. Es-
INDIANA seeing them more often. ther, Lester, IA). May God richly bless
WEST LAFAYETTE “Peace! Peace! Wonderful peace, them for their labors.
Beth Tonner coming down from the Father above;” ______________
Katie Widmer This wonderful peace has been felt in
We are thankful for the visiting the hearts of our converts, Katie and IOWA, BLOOMFIELD
brothers who have served on the pulpit Mindy Furrer (Bro. Bruce and Sis. Christy Wiegand
this past month. Their efforts have Pam). We are very happy for them and
been a blessing. look forward to their baptism in the “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he
On November 14 we held a commu- near future. is good, For his mercy endureth for-
nity welcome day to invite friends and “Thus United and in Concord Let ever.”
neighbors to visit our new facility and Us Walk the Path of Life.” We rejoice Psalms 136:1
share in God’s Word. It was a blessing with Bro. Tyler Earney (Bro. Todd and
to welcome guests to our church as well Sis. Teresa, Bluffton, IN) and Sis. Thanksgiving is a day for reflecting
as be reminded of all the opportunities Michelle Furrer (Bro. Troy and Sis. on all God has given us to be thankful
to serve and support one another in the Lisa) as they became one in the Lord on for.
various ministries of our church body. November 21. We wish God’s blessings Special thanks to ministering Bro.
Our Christmas program will be held on this couple as they establish their Virgil Metzger (Sis. Mary, Chicago) for
on December 19. We welcome all to home in Bluffton, IN. being with us and ministering unto us.
come and share in the celebration of There have been visiting ministers We appreciate his efforts.
the birth of our Savior. in our midst this past month. For the As Thanksgiving comes and goes
Please be aware our mid-week ser- wedding service, Elder Bros. Lynn and the Christmas season comes upon
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us, we have to remind ourselves to not IOWA, GARDEN GROVE hearts to God.
get caught up in the stressful Christ- Rhoda Plattner We are thankful that Kevin Oleson
mas hustle and to take some quite mo- We have greatly appreciated the (Janet) has expressed a desire to sur-
ments to reflect on Jesus’ birth and the many visitors we have had over the render his heart to God and has begun
events that surrounded His coming. past few weeks from several Midwest his repentance. Our prayer is that
______________ churches. We are thankful for delivery Kevin will feel God’s nearness as he be-
of the Word from the pulpit by minis- gins his walk with the Lord.
IOWA, BURLINGTON tering brothers from Kansas City, MO;
Marilyn Anderson Minneapolis, MN; and Lester, IA. My Lord, an offering do I bring;
Karla Gerst We praise God for a completed My heart I give to Thee.
We are thankful to welcome a new bountiful harvest and look forward to I gladly give this heart of mine,
Sister into the fold — 92 year old the quickly approaching Thanksgiving Which Thou dost ask of me.
Samantha Meeker was baptized on holiday when we pause to thank God
Saturday, October 23, at the f o r Hi s w o n d e r f u l pr o v i s i o n I give my heart alone to Thee;
Burlington Klein Care Center. She is Use it for Thy design!
so happy to be a member of the Apos- This vain world’s I would never be,
______________ Dear Lord, but wholly Thine.
tolic Christian Church!
Zion’s Harp #163
She has fond memories of her IOWA, IOWA CITY
Sunday School years at the Morton Diana Butikofer
The weekend of October 30-31, we
Church. We were glad that some of her Bro. Kris and Sis. Dixie Messner are
were privileged to hear the testimonies
relatives and friends from Illinois the thankful parents of Hadley Jo, born
and witnessed the baptisms of Bro.
could attend her baptism, as well as October 18. Her grandparents are Bro.
Morris and Sis. Tonya Metzger and
some from the Burlington and Oakville Leland and Sis. Kathy Metzger and
Bro. Keith and Sis. Julie Moser. It is
churches. Bro. Bruce and Sis. Audrey Messner,
such a wonderful reminder to hear
Our visiting ministers this month all of West Bend, IA. Our prayers are
these young lambs express their desire
were Bros. Ron Joos (Bloomfield, IA), with Bro. Kris and Sis. Dixie as they
to leave their old lives behind and walk
Brad Funk (Garden Grove, IA), Jerry raise their precious daughter to know
an overcoming life in the Lord. Elder
Wagenbach, and Mark Schmidgall their Creator and Lord.
Bro. Jim Plattner (Princeville, IL) was
(both of Oakville). We appreciated Visiting ministers this past month
here to assist our Elder Bro. Rod in this
their service and bringing forth the included Bro. Gary Anliker (Sis. Edie,
important work. Bro. Roger Aberle
Word. May they be blessed for their ef- Elgin, IL), Bro. Mark Schmidgall (Sis.
(Sabetha, KS) was also here that same
fort. Sally, Oakville, IA), and Bro. Justin
We pray those who have had their Koch (Sis. Marcia, Washington, IL).
Other visiting ministers this past
health issues this past month are hav- We appreciate their willingness to min-
month included: Elder Bro. Wayne
ing a speedy recovery. ister to us by their visits and teaching
Grimm (West Bend, IA), Elder Bro.
______________ from God’s Holy Word.
Lawrence Luthi (Lamar, MO), Elder
Bro. Roy Koehl (Morris, MN) and Bro.
IOWA, LESTER Pat Zaugg (West Bend, IA). Their ef-
Brianna Strahm Polly Metzger forts of preaching God’s Word are ap-
Bro. Doug and Sis. Trisha Rocke Gloria Moser preciated.
were blessed with a daughter, Emma
Sue, on October 21. Emma’s big “For unto you is born this day in the “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I
brother is Eli, and her grandparents city of David a Saviour, which is Christ give unto you: not as the world giveth,
are Sis. Kathy Rocke (Tremont, IL) and the Lord.” give I unto you.”
Bro. Keith and Sis. Ida Kellenberger St. Luke 2:11 John 14:27
Our Bro. Bert Butikofer spent some As we are in the midst of the Christ- Our convert, Kayla Metzger (Bro.
time in the hospital. We pray that God mas season, may we keep our attention Jerome and Sis. Jana), has found that
would strengthen him. focused on the beautiful story of the precious peace. May God continue to
______________ birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. guide her every footsteps.
How thankful we must be that through
His redeeming blood salvation can be “For my thoughts are not your
found for all who surrender their thoughts, neither are your ways, my
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ways saith the Lord. For as the heav- W e w i s h t o t h a n k Br o . G a r r y through the holidays and “Come to the
ens are higher then than the earth, so Bucher (Valparaiso, IN) for bringing Stable”.
are my ways higher than your ways, forth the Word to us on October 17.
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ______________ All come to the stable
Isaiah 55:8-9 And see the holy Child,
IOWA, WEST BEND Sleeping in the manger
Various people in our church family Janet Fehr So peaceful and so mild.
have had bodily afflictions and we com- Leona Fehr
In this special bond as brethren, we See the star shining bright,
mit them unto God whose thoughts
rejoice with those who rejoice, and Hear the angel’s voices ring,
and ways are much higher and wiser While kings and shepherds bow
than our own. Hospital patients this w e e p w i t h t h o s e wh o w e e p . O u r
prayers are with Sis. Ruth (Bro. Kurt) To the newborn-infant King.
p a s t m o n t h h a v e be e n B r o . S t a n
Knobloch (Sis. Dawn), Bro. Larry Z au gg i n t h e s u dden l o s s o f h er
So long ago, the Christ Child came,
Knobloch and Kendon Knoblock (Bro. brother-in-law, Bro. David Schmid-
Sent to all men here on earth,
Marti and Sis. Martha). Even though gall, from Morris, MN. We also extend And still with awe we visit the stable
we do not know what the future holds, o u r s y m p a t h i e s t o S i s . Ve r d a To relive the Christ Child’s birth.
we know Who holds the future and that B r u e l l m a n i n t h e pa s s i n g o f h e r —Virginia Luers
God will lovingly guide us through the brother, Bro. Gene Kellenberger of ______________
mountains and valleys of life. Sabetha, KS.
Our love and sympathy is extended On October 19, Bro. Tim Mogler be- JAPAN, SHIODA
to Bro. Pete and Sis. Susan Van Wyhe, came a grandparent as his daughter, Carrie Ito
Heidi, gave birth to Kiylee Paige. We We had a blessed time with our El-
Leroy and Shelley Van Wyhe and Bro.
pray God’s blessings and nearness in der Bro. Mark and Sis. Bev Bahr (De-
Dean and Sis. Linda Meyer as their
the lives involved in the miracle of troit). The first weekend, we shared
mother, Jennie Van Wyhe, passed into
birth. Communion. How good it was to
eternity on November 17 at the age of
We are thankful to report, as of this deeply ponder Jesus’ sacrifice for us
76 years. May God be near to them and
writing, that Ashton Fehr (Bro. Darren and how He intercedes for us each day
and Sis. Nora) is back on the road of re- despite our many failings and short-
covery after spending more time in the comings.
hospital this month. May God be near We also enjoyed our fall fellowship
Sharla Wiegand each one with health issues across the day. We met in a beautiful mountain
We are very thankful to report the land. area for a day of Bible study, singing,
birth of three precious babies! October 31 was a beautiful Lord’s and fellowship.
A baby girl was born to Bro. Kevin day and we rejoiced with two dear Many of our group attended the tes-
and Sis. Lindsy Frank on October 23. souls, Bro. Darin Banwart and Sis. timony and baptism in Tokyo the next
Laynie Claire was welcomed home by Amanda Knobloch, as they were united weekend. We welcome our Yoko
her older brother, Evan. Laynie’s as one in holy matrimony. Parents of Suzurikawa as a sister in faith. (This
grandparents are Bro. Dale and Sis. the couple are Bro. Kent and Sis. Beth standing as “sister” was something she
Tina Frank and Bro. Jeff and Sis. Banwart and Bro. Cameron and Sis. really looked forward to being. It made
Monti Wagenbach. Tammy Knobloch. Ministering broth- me realize how much I take that term
On November 8, Koyton Scott was ers present with us for the occasion for granted. How wonderful to be a sis-
born to Bro. Kyle and Sis. Deanna were Bro. Wayne Fehr (Sis. Kathy, ter to our fellow believers and to our
Wagenbach. Big sister Callie is excited Portland, OR), Bro. Dean Messner Lord!) The weekend was a special in-
to have a brother to love. Grandpar- (Sis. Wanda, Winthrop, MN) and Bro. spiration for all who attended. Please
ents are Bro. Jerry and Sis. Bonnie Tom Lanz (Sis. Mary, Oakville, IA). continue to pray for her unbelieving
Wagenbach, Jr. and Bro. Ken and Sis. We were also blessed with visiting husband and her three children.
Janet Lanz. ministers on November 7 as Elder Bro. ______________
Joseph Edward was born t o Curt Frank (Sis. Lyla, LaCrosse, IN)
first-time parents, Bro. Jacob and Sis. and Bro. Joe Gerst (Sis. Connie, Iowa JAPAN, TOKYO
Katherine Montgomery, on November City, IA) encouraged us through the Jana Klaus
We have much good news to report
15. His grandparents are Bro. Tom and scriptures.
from Tokyo this month! To start with,
Sis. Vera Lindeen. Our prayers are It is hard to believe that the Christ-
we had a baptism on November 7, ex-
with this family as Joseph has an ex- mas season is upon us. Our prayer is
actly one year after our last two con-
tended stay in the hospital. that each one can reflect on God’s gift
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verts were baptized. This is wonderful dom of this world and the wisdom from privileged to know him and love him!
for our small church here! Our new sis- above (heaven): “But if ye have bitter ______________
ter in the Lord is Yoko Suzurikawa, envying and strife in your hearts, glory
wife to Kenichiro and mother to not, and lie not against the truth. This KANSAS, BERN
Chikako (12), Yukako (7) and Shotaro wisdom descendeth not from above, Sheri Edelman
(5). “And we know that all things work but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For Jill Meyer
together for good to them who love the where envying and strife is, there is
Lord...” Romans 8:28. Sis. Yoko gave a confusion and every evil work. But the “Haste and seek your soul’s salva-
very touching and meaningful testi- wisdom that is from above is first pure, tion…”
mony of her journey to belief in her Cre- then peaceable, gentle, easy to be Zion’s Harp #52
ator God and Saviour and this verse intreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
gives her special encouragement as she without partiality, and without hypoc- We are rejoicing with Leigha Rokey
continues on her journey. Thank you risy. And the fruit of righteousness is (Bro. Dwight and Sis. Anita) as she has
for prayers for her and her family. Our sown in peace of them that make begun her repentance! May she ever
Elder Bro. Akito Inoue was joined by peace.” (James 3:14-18). I believe the look to our Heavenly Father who will
Elder Bro. Mark Bahr (Detroit, MI) Spirit spoke to every heart there and always hear us when we call unto Him.
and also Elder of our Shioda church to we thank Bro. Mark for his time and ef- On November 7 we welcomed Bro.
carry out the special duties for the forts. It was an absolutely gorgeous Peter Strahm (Bro. Kyle and Sis.
weekend. Bro. Mark’s wife, Sis. Bev, day, warm and sunny, so many could Peggy) as a brother in faith following
was also here for the blessed event, enjoy a good heart-pumping hike up a his baptism. What a blessing it is for
along with a couple carloads from our small mountain after a delicious Japa- our congregation to see more souls
Shioda church. There were also three nese style lunch in the restaurant there come to the Lord. Elder Bro. Gerry
friends, neighborhood women who oc- at Yuyake Koyake where the gathering Hertzel (Sis. Ellen, Sabetha) was here
casionally attend church, who came was held. Beautiful day, inside and out! to assist for the weekend and we thank
and witnessed a baptism for the first We always miss our two precious him for his service.
time. They all confessed they were sisters in the Lord, Sis. Yoshiko Sakuta Our fall picnic and singing took
touched in a special way, even though and Sis. Shizuko Urushino, who can- place in October. It is always good to be
they don’t completely understand. not attend church or church functions with our home congregation and fel-
That’s the Spirit of our living God and these days because of poor health. lowship one with another!
how we pray for Him to open the eyes of Please continue to lift them up in Bro. Brady Strahm is assembling
the spiritually blind all around the prayer. Our Bro. Yoshio Yamazaki, with the Kansas City congregation as
world! We warmly welcome dear Sis. whom some know in the US, who is 81 he attends nursing school there. We
Yoko and already have seen what a years old and comes to church in his miss him and hope he visits often!
blessing she is to us, having a heart to power chair, cannot attend events like We offer a special thank you to Bro.
pass on this wonderful saving faith Shuyokai anymore, but he is always Klint Beyer (Sis. Kara, Sabetha, KS)
that she has come to know. there in church on Sundays with a big for preaching God’s Word to us this
And, it is with great joy that we an- smile and hearty handshake. Recently month. May God bless you for your la-
nounce that Kenichiro and Sis. Yoko’s he gave a little talk during the after- bors.
daughter, Chikako, and Bro. Andrew noon Bible study of his childhood expe- ______________
and Sis. Jana Klaus’ daughter, Rachel riences and how he came to our church.
It was a bit difficult for him to remem-
KANSAS, FORT SCOTT
(both jr. hi students), have made a con-
Martin Hohulin Sr.
fession of faith in the living God and a ber all the details anymore, but it was
As I write this, I hardly know where
recognition that they are sinners in still a blessing for those to hear his tes-
to begin as there is both good news as
need of the Saviour Jesus Christ. timony who hadn’t heard it before. He
well as cause for concern. We extend
Please pray for these two young souls contracted polio as a young child and
our sincere sympathy to Bro. Rick
as they begin their Christian walk, and lost his parents during the war, so had a
Kellenberger and his family on the
for those of us who are guiding and rough childhood, but he came to know
passing of his brother, Bro. Eugene
training them in the Lord. the Lord through the Brethren church
Kellenberger, from Sabetha, KS. I had
The last bit of news is about our fall and then afterwards, by the guiding
the good fortune to attend school with
Shuyokai, which took place on Novem- hand of God, met Bro. Willis Ehnle (if I
Bro. Eugene as well as several of his
ber 3, which includes all who can come have the details right, a piece of Willis’
siblings. I was also blessed to spend
from both churches. Bro. Mark Bahr mail ended up in his mailbox, so he de-
time at their home when I was growing
spoke on James 3, contrasting the wis- livered it to him), and that’s why we’re
up. Their parents were Bro. Art and
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Sis. Marie (Steiner) Kellenberger. month was ministering Bro. Brandon ing. We also continue to pray for Bro.
Bro. Lyle Fischer recently cele- Emch (Sis. Maria, Kansas City, MO). Frank Hertzel (Sis. Ruth) and Bro.
brated his 87th birthday along with his We appreciate those who are called to Elmer Strahm (Sis. Phyllis).
grandson, Joseph Fischer. Bro. Lyle speak the Word of Truth from Sunday
has had several hospital stays and is to Sunday. Lord Jesus, honor, thanks and praise
facing more medical procedures. Our ______________ Be to Thy goodness all our days.
prayers are with him and his family. Thy people in Thy grace rejoice,
For many years we only had one lo- KANSAS, SABETHA In comfort they lift up their voice:
Carrie Grimm “Thou shalt remain in all eternity!”
cal minister, so we were blessed with a
Sally Strahm Thus we repose in blest security.
rotation of visiting ministers. Some
still visit our congregation and deliver We are thankful that Bro. Don Sinn
(Sis. Linda, Silverton, OR) and Bro. In loving care stay by our side,
a timely message. Recently, Elder Bro. For none except Thee can provide.
Doug Schock (Sis. Clara, Bloomfield, Don Braker (Sis. Eileen, Kansas City)
Convert all who know not Thy name,
IA) arrived with two van loads of Broth- fed us from God’s Holy Word this past
All evil workers put to shame!
ers and Sisters as well as retired Dea- month.
And let the tempted feel thy wondrous
con Bro. Russel Wuthrich. We were all Bro. Brett and Sis. Rosanna might,
invited to the home of Bro. Larry and Kellenberger are thankful that Kallie That in the darkness they may see the
Sis. Julie Bahr for a picnic and singing. Rose arrived safely on October 19. Big light.
It was a blessed evening of fellowship. brother Quinn and big sister Alia are
Adding to the blessings of the day was excited for a playmate. Grandparents The raging wolves, Lord, from us
a r e Br o . Br a d a n d S i s . T e r e s a keep;
an unexpected visit from Bro. Cory
Kellenberger and Bro. Don and Sis. A lion’s courage give Thy sheep.
Metzger (Sis. Jodie) from Wichita, KS.
Linda Sinn (Silverton, OR). All those who foreign ways have
Bro. Chris and Sis. Janelle learned
Wuthrich were blessed with the arrival Our thoughts and prayers go out to
Be speedily to Thee returned.
of baby daughter Joanna Marie. She the family of Bro. Gene Kellenberger
So draw and bind us closely unto
was welcomed home by her big sister, as he has passed away. Bro. Gene is
Abby. Grandparents are Sis. Valerie survived by his wife, Sis. Marian Till in one flock we all united be.
Wuthrich and Bill Wuthrich of Illinois Kellenberger, and children, Bro. Jim Zion’s Harp #14, vs. 1-3
and John and Sis. Carol Sinn of Fort Kellenberger (Sis. Ann) of Blooming- ______________
Scott. ton, IL, Bro. Jay Kellenberger (Sis.
Marilyn), Bro. Art Kellenberger (Sis. KANSAS, WICHITA
Joy), Bro. Gale Kellenberger (Sis. Emma Miller
KANSAS Belinda), all of Sabetha, Janelle (Bob) This year, autumn came in looking
LAMONT-GRIDLEY Coleman of Merriam, KS, and one shabby and lacking in enthusiasm.
Ester Knobloch adopted grandson, Chris and Nicole The trees were drab until we had a few
Vela of Mission, KS. short rainy spells. After the leaves lost
Give me, Lord, for this life’s journey Our congregation once again hosted their dusty appearance, they seemed to
only an invite-a-couple the weekend of Oc- want to make amends for such a tardy
Truth to guide me through this world tober 30-31. We were thankful for start. Their blazing hues thrilled us
so lonely those who traveled the miles to be with into mid-November. Today another
And Thy Spirit for to lead the way us. blessed rain sent the leaves falling. I
Give a heart that willingly will follow am amazed at the Creator’s master
We enjoyed an evening of singing
On the path so steep and straight and
and fellowship during our annual plan for the universe.
Thanksgiving meal on November 7. Elder Bro. Tim Funk and Sis. Debra
Where Thy holy feet once led the way.
Zion’s Harp #90, vs. 2 It is the time of the year when the re- spent the weekend of November13-14
cent recordings of the Brotherhood in Wichita. Elder Bro. Jay Luthi and
Elder Bro. Doug Schock (Sis. Clara, Conference are played. We appreciate his family was also present. The two El-
Bloomfield, IA) traveled to our congre- the efforts put forth by our Elder breth- ders read and explained the latest
gation to assist Elder Bro. Jay in read- ren on our behalf. Our prayers con- Memorandum. The Funks left for their
ing the Memorandum to our tinue to be with them. home in Peoria by mid-afternoon
congregation. May God bless our Elder Our thoughts and prayers were Sunday. My thoughts and prayers cen-
Brothers for their labors on our behalf. with Bro. Darin Grimm (Sis. Marci) as tered on their safety as they traveled
Also visiting our congregation this he was a surgical patient. May God through the night.
continue to give him strength and heal- The fourth section of the Memoran-
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dum detailed why we are His. He made west about 3 miles to Road #3371
us, He redeemed us, He called our (Becknerville Rd.), left 2 miles on the MICHIGAN, ALTO
name, He protects us and we are safe left. Listyn Oesch
because He is God, our Savior, the Holy ______________ Melissa Blough
One of Israel. As we enter this season of
______________ MEXICO, IXTLAN Thanksgiving, I am reminded of our
Matt Gerber Savior and all He has done for us…
KENTUCKY, LEXINGTON Bro. Loren and Sis. Betsy Schrenk
Barb Huber (St. Louis), together with Bro. Mike Have I forgotten to thank Thee, Lord,
and Sis. Cherise Reinhard (Detroit), For all Thou has done?
“Thy testimonies have I taken as an came for the bi-annual eye clinic. They Have I turned and walked away, Lord,
heritage forever: for they are the rejoic- checked a large number of people with From all Thou has given?
eye problems and performed 10 opera- Thou came as a man
ing of my heart.”
Fragile and tempted,
Psalm 119:111 tions.
To give the ultimate sacrifice
B r o . R e g g B e e r a n d S i s . Be v
That I may be clean.
We have been encouraged again Schlatter joined their lives in the Lord Why have I forgotten to thank Thee,
through God’s Word. Visiting minis- on October 24 in Junction, OH. They Lord,
ters, Bros. Wayne Wiegand (Sis. Rose- are now back in Ixtlan helping with the For setting me free?
mary, Goodfield, IL), Tim Gerber (Sis. work. Thou as man, suffered all
Wendy, Mansfield, OH), and Larry During one of the recent young And I cry and complain
Wenninger (Sis. Joyce, Latty, OH), group activities, everyone was asked to I have never been betrayed and beaten
came and faithfully shared the wonder- take a few minutes to write down some- Never been accused falsely and sen-
ful Words of Life. We thank you, each thing God has been teaching them tenced to a death penalty
one, and pray the Lord to bless you lately, and how they are applying that Never been whipped and spit upon
Never had a spear in my side and
richly for all your efforts to further His to their lives. Afterwards, we went
hung on a tree.
kingdom here on earth. around the room and gave each one the
Why have I turned and walked away,
Just as the Apostle Paul was bound opportunity to share. Someone shared Lord,
in chains, we may suffer discourage- how God is teaching her to surrender From the cross of Calvary?
ment and the trials of this life. But, he control in all areas of her life; another And while I disappoint and fail Thee,
continued to expound and testify of the shared about seeing the importance of Lord,
kingdom of God to all, persuading ev- obeying parents; others gave thanks Never hast Thou turned from me.
eryone concerning Jesus. Some be- for the people God has placed in their For my sins went upon a man
lieved and some did not. He did not give lives to help them make godly deci- A man who was pure and clean,
up, however. He told the church at sions; one sister shared how two times Never did He disappoint Thee
Philipi: “Rejoice in the Lord alway; and recently when she was in need of some- Or fail in service to Thee;
Yet He chose to wear my garments
again, I say, rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4) As we thing, someone showed up at the door
And drape His around me.
begin another year, may we be fortified bringing the very things that were
His coat of righteousness I wear
with the power of the Holy Spirit and needed. It was very eye-opening and That Thy eyes can look upon me.
may His testimonies be the rejoicing of encouraging to hear each person share — M.R.B
our hearts as in Psalm 119:111 above. many ways that God has been working.
We extend a warm welcome to come Sometimes it may seem to us that God Bro. Curt and Sis. Luanne Kaeb are
and visit us in Lexington. You may con- is not very active in our own life or in thankful for another God given addi-
tact Bro. Lester Huber (859) 745-2541. our church, but when we begin to hear tion to their family, a grandchild.
Church services are held at 3938 from others, we are surprised to find Ruthann Rose was brought into life
Becknerville Rd., Winchester, KY. Di- out God is doing many things that we through Bro. Tim and Sis. Melanie
rections to the church are : From were totally oblivious to! If you want to Tomic (Kitchener). Her brothers,
Lexington : I-75 exit #110 (US 60), be encouraged, try this spiritual exer- Christopher, Brian, Jonathan, and
east about 6 miles to Road #1923 cise sometime in your family devo- Matthew, are excited to have a baby sis-
(Combs Ferry Rd.), right about 5 miles tions, potluck group, or young group. ter.
to Road #3371 (Becknerville Rd.), left You’ll be amazed at what God is up to, Prayers have been lifted on behalf of
approximately one block on the right. and it will help you to see people with a those with illness and surgery this
From Winchester: Road #1958 (By- new appreciation of how God is actively month. We are thankful to see Sis.
pass) south to Road #1927 (Colby Rd.), involved in their lives. Sharon Schlatter’s recovery from sur-
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gery going smoothly. Denny Koehl has KS) who visited and ministered unto
also had surgery, and we pray for May God’s blessings rest with each us. It is always such a joy to be able to
strength as he works toward healing. one throughout this Christmas season have visiting brethren with us! We are
We don’t usually understand the and into the new year. also very grateful to the Lord for the
whys, but as believers we are given con- ______________ traveling mercies that have brought
fidence in the how. Through God’s Elder Bro. Mark and Sis. Bev Bahr
grace each of us can travel through MICHIGAN, DETROIT back home safely again after a visit
storm. Why the storm is present we do Kay Rauhe with our brethren in Japan. It is so very
not know, but with grace and prayer joy Manuela Denes important that we remember those
will come again. And so we pray for Bro. As I sit here writing, I can’t help but brothers and sisters in prayer who live
Matt and Sis. Shelli Oesch as they are be amazed that we are already nearing so far from us. Though the physical
experiencing a health battle with their the end of the month of November! The miles between us are great, we are close
precious son Judah. “My grace is suffi- days are shorter and night falls so very in the love that we have for each other
cient for thee: for my strength is made quickly reminding me of how short our in our dear Lord and Saviour!
perfect in weakness.” (II Corinthians time here on earth is. We are so blessed A final note of thanks goes out to our
12:9) that Jesus Christ is the “...light of the brothers and sisters in Gridley, IL.
Serving God in teaching His chil- world: he that followeth me shall not They lovingly welcomed and hosted
dren is a special calling. We are thank- walk in darkness but shall have the our Detroit choir. A beautiful weekend
ful for our dear brothers and sisters light of life.” (John 8:12) This verse is of fellowship and song was shared by all
who are willing to be of service. This especially meaningful as we near the who attended. Please come and visit us
Fall the church gathered for the annual Christmas season! in Detroit!
Sunday School Picnic. A beautiful eve- We mourn with those who have lost As we near the rush of the holiday
ning of joy and fellowship was shared. loved ones over the last few months. season, let’s all take a quiet moment to
Sis. Krista (Bro. Andy) Wieland’s remember and be thankful for the
grandfather, Bro. Glenn Stoller from greatest gift we could ever receive.
MICHIGAN, BAY CITY Latty, OH, and Sis. Lois Belsley’s Blessings and love to you all during this
Sarah Knochel brother, Bro. Richard Martin from beautiful and holy season!
Janelle Ramseyer Sarasota, FL, were both taken into
Greetings in our Savior’s name! eternity. May God grant these families “For unto us a child is born, unto us
Our prayers have been with young the peace that can only come with the a son is given: and the government
Saylor McElrath (Jessica) as she spent promise we have been given of eternal shall be upon his shoulder: and his
several days in the hospital after an ac- life with our Lord! name shall be called Wonderful, Coun-
cident during a recent high windstorm. Prayers for healing are being sent to sellor, The mighty God, The everlast-
We are thankful she has been able to re- those who have had to deal with illness ing Father, The Prince of Peace.”
turn to church and we trust that the or surgery. Bro. Jason (Sis. Carrie) Isaiah 9:6
Lord will continue to provide healing Rauhe and Sis. Florence Wieland are ______________
and strength. both recovering after having under-
Our Senior Bible Class had the op- gone surgery. Sis. Sharon Schlatter, MINNESOTA
portunity to travel to Chicago, IL, to do our Sis. Jennifer (Bro. Troy) Schrock’s MINNEAPOLIS
a World Relief project at the Hesed mother, is recovering from a broken Tim McMillan
House (Aurora, IL). We appreciate the arm. Further prayers and love are be-
hospitality and fellowship that was ing sent out to Sis. Barb Johnson and “To thee O Lord do I put my trust:
shared with the Chicago congregation. her dear daughter Kyra as Sis. Barb is let me never be put to confusion.”
faced with the return of her cancer. Psalm 71:1
Know ye the Son, the sacred Son of There are so many of us who have been
God? touched by loved ones who have had to This was the first reading in the
The Hero great is born in Bethlehem! face this battle. May Sis. Barb and Minneapolis congregation after learn-
He came to us from His exalted Kyra find comfort in His Word and the ing I would be writing for the Silver
throne, promise of deliverance for “Many are Lining. What more need we ask? May it
As prince of peace, as God’s eternal
the afflictions of the righteous: but the be so for each of us as well as our whole
Lord delivereth him out of them all.” church body. The Word of the Lord will
Know ye this Son? Yea, He is known,
The dauntless Hero, God’s own Son! (Psalm 34:19) never confuse but always lead to righ-
Hymns of Zion # 249 A hearty “thank you” goes out to teousness.
Bro. Ron Allenbach (Sis. Lois, Kiowa, We give thanks to Elder Bro. Tom
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Stock for his visitation, prayers, and We pray God’s blessings and direction MINNESOTA
teachings in reading the Memorandum upon them as they prepare to become MORRIS NORTH
to us on November 13. Reminders of one in the Lord. Lois Schmidgall
the roles of principles, doctrines, and We are thankful Drew Schmidgall Wanda Gramm
traditions, the meekness and humility (Bro. Rob and Sis. Kathryn) was an-
nounced as having peace with God and Know ye the Lord, the gracious friend
of a loving believer, the importance of
maintaining purity, and who we truly man. May God grant him grace and
Who clothed Himself in pilgrim’s gar-
belong to are lessons well spent in our wisdom to labor in the vineyard of the
daily walk. May we continue to pray for Lord. He came to us the prince of David’s
the Lord’s guidance towards our Elder On October 18, Cora Jane was born house!
body. to Bro. Joshua (Stephen and Vicki) and An angel’s message did the world
The following Sunday, November Sis. Marcy (Bro. Doug and Sis. Joyce arouse!
14, we were also grateful for the visit of Wulf) Sundheim. Welcoming her home The Son has come!
Elder Bro. Tom Klotzle (Sis. Jody), as are big brothers, Clint and Cayden. From heaven’s dome, resounds the an-
they enjoyed the weekend holding Sis. Violet Wulf and Sis. Eileen Nohl gel’s joyous song!
their new granddaughter, Karlina, have spent time in the hospital. May Hymns of Zion #249
newborn of Bro. Jim and Sis. Krissa God strengthen and heal as He sees
best. This verse of the beautiful hymn
Our prayers and thoughts have “The Son of God” has touched my
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) While we rejoice
been with Sis. Janet (Bro. Gerald and heart. This past Sunday, our congrega-
with the Klotzles, we also mourn with
Sis. Karen Feuchtenberger), Rachael tion enjoyed our first Thanksgiving
our Bro. Doug Messner (Sis. Sue) in the
and Martha Schmidgall as they have meal together. Bro. Jaye Rinkenberger
passing away of his mother, Sis. Geri
lost a dear husband and father. Bro. was with us and touched on the life of
Messner. May our prayers for the fam-
David Schmidgall (David J. and the the pilgrims in the morning service.
ily be lifted up unto the Lord and be
late Sis. Alma Jean, Forrest, IL) sud- It’s so amazing how much those Pil-
heard through His Son, our Savior Je-
denly passed away on October 26. May grims went through to find a home in
God grant this family faith in His will which they could serve God and grow in
and grace to carry on. faith. We really do have so much to be
“…Father, I thank thee that thou
thankful for as we continue our pil-
hast heard me”.
Note of Thanks: grimage here on earth. We are so
This is a time in our life when God thankful that the Son of God came to
has taken our emotions far beyond this earth ... can we thank and praise
For those who gather with family
words. You have found it hard to find Him enough?
this time of year, may we remember to
the words to express your sympathy Our Elder Bro. Paul Messner and
give thanks to the Father for all things,
and we also, as the family, cannot find Elder Bro. Bill Schlatter was with us on
as Jesus also gave thanks, every day!
words to express our thanks to you. a Wednesday evening to go through the
Where we have been unable to express Constitution and by-laws for our new
MINNESOTA, MORRIS our gratitude, may the Lord bless you church. God has been so good to us, and
Kim Feuchtenberger as we cannot. May all of us put our faith we just appreciate all that our Brothers
Susie Wulf and trust in God, especially at times do for us.
We’re always thankful for visiting like this when we can’t understand Other Brothers who have given
brethren, especially those that share God’s plan. We have certainly been themselves to further God’s Word have
the Word of God. Visiting our congre- able to feel the power of your prayers. been: Bro. Dan Koch (Sis. Julie, Tre-
gation this month was Elder Bro. The f amily of Bro. D avid mont, IL), Elder Bro. Paul Messner
Marvin Dotterer (Sis. Nancy) and Bro. Schmidgall (Sis. Jan, Winthrop), Bro. Ron Kipfer
Gary Brown (Sis. Jane) of Forrest, IL; (Sis. Linda, Bluffton), and Bro. Jaye
Bro. Todd Stoller (Sis. Pam, Latty, The time flies on and death draws Rinkenberger (Sis. Peg, Goodfield, IL).
OH), and Bro. Tom Lanz (Sis. Mary, nigh; Thank you being a servant to us, and
Oakville, IA). May God bless and re- Unite us, Lord, with Thee on high! we pray God will bless you richly.
ward them as only He can. Prepare us now to live with Thee A group of 35 students and adults
The engagement of Bro. Darren Forever in eternity! left for Mexico on a work team. We wish
Schaefer (Bro. Rodney and Sis. Denise) Zion’s Harp #188 them God’s protection and blessings.
and Sis. Heidi Stoller (Bob and Sis. ______________ We are thankful that both Bro.
Janice, Lamar, MO) was made known. Floyd Schmidgall and our friend, Deb
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Gunderson, are both back worshipping dent, and Sis. Rachel Messner (Bro. Mi- visitors who have recently gathered to
with us after their hospital stays. chael) as Kitchen Coordinator. May worship with us, especially those who
Visitors this month included those they feel the support of the congrega- came for our Single Group’s invite
from Tremont, Winthrop, Morris, tion as they fill their new positions. We w e e k e n d a n d o u r a l l - c h u r c h I n-
Phoenix, Oakville, Milford, Forrest, want to thank those that have finished vite-a-Friend. Between those two
Lester, Minneapolis, and Bluffton. We their terms for their time and willing- weekends, we have had a number of
really love to have visitors, so please ness to serve. May God richly bless you. visiting ministers: Bro. Willis Ehnle
feel welcome to come and visit us. (Sis. Lois, Peoria, IL), Bro. Ron Isch
Some us were able to get together “And God shall wipe away all tears (Sis. Jane, Lamont-Gridley, KS), Bro.
for a Chili supper and then pack shoe from their eyes; and there shall be no Bruce Frank (Sis. Bonita, Cissna Park,
boxes of gifts for the needy children for more death, neither sorrow, nor cry- IL), Bro. Edwin Strahm (Sis. Ramona,
Christmas. Our prayers went with the ing, neither shall there be any more Bern, KS), Bro. Dale Moore (Sis.
gifts that those that received them pain: for the former things are passed Cheryl, Elgin, IA), Bro. Larry Bahr
would also know Jesus and know that away.” (Sis. Julie, Fort Scott, KS), and Bro.
He is there for their every need. Revelation 21:4 Dave Hartter (Sis. Beth, Sabetha, KS).
As a Brother stated in a sermon We are thankful for the willingness of
here, “God is more concerned about Our hearts go out to the family of these Brothers to labor on our behalf.
our character than He is about our Bro. David Schmidgall (Sis. Janet) of November 20-21 was the baptism
comfort.” Let’s all let God work in our Morris, MN, at his sudden passing. Our weekend of our Sis. Hallie Webel. Many
hearts to create the character that He congregation had a special tie with Bro. visitors traveled to Kansas City for this
intends us to be. David because he was a part of our con- special weekend, and we especially
______________ gregation for several years. Many would like to thank Elder Bro. Mark
friendships and fond memories were Masters (Sis. Jeannine, Mansfield,
MINNESOTA, WINTHROP made while he lived here. May God OH) for assisting our Elder Bro. Randy
Lindsay Schmidt grant peace to the family’s hearts and Kellenberger (Sis. Karen) in this work.
Heather Steiner fill their void with His love. May God richly bless Sis. Hallie and
provide her the grace to continue walk-
“Which things also we speak, not in “My flesh and my heart faileth: but ing in obedience to Him as long as He
t h e wo r d s w h i c h m a n ’ s w i s d o m God is the strength of my heart, and my gives her life on this earth.
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost
portion for ever.” Bro. Brad Strahm (Sis. Michelle,
teacheth; comparing spiritual things Bern, KS) was our visiting minister on
with spiritual." Thanksgiving Day, and ministering
I Corinthians 2:13 Bros. Tim Zimmerman (Sis. Barbara,
Our hospital and surgical patients
this month were Sis. Melva Messner L a m o n t - G r i d l e y , K S ) a n d Br i a n
Our congregation was privileged to Metzger (Sis. Angie, Lester, IA) were
and Bro. Ernie Dapper (Sis. Marcelle).
hear God’s Word brought to us through also present with us on other week-
May God strengthen them in both body
the lips of a visiting minister, Bro. ends; we wish them God’s blessings for
Duane Metzger (Sis. Ruth) from West their willingness to preach the Word in
Bend, IA. May God bless him for teach- truth and purity, as the Spirit directs.
ing us of spiritual things. Sis. Marty Rokey (the late Bro.
MISSOURI, KANSAS CITY
Brittany Fehr Gary) remains in our thoughts and
“Serve the LORD with gladness: We recently said farewell to Sis. prayers as she has recently spent some
come before his presence with sing- Elizabeth Conzo; she has relocated to time in the hospital. May God bless and
ing.” the Bradford, IL, congregation for provide for her as only He can do.
Psalm 100:2 work. We certainly will miss her, but ______________
we are thankful for God’s faithfulness
November is when our annual busi- in directing her in this next step in her MISSOURI, LAMAR
ness meeting is held. After voting to fill life. Sis. Janice Lehman is also living Rebecca Dotterer
open positions, responsibilities fell on temporarily in California for work, so Dana Kellenberger
Bro. Brett Messner (Bro. Dean and Sis. we will miss her, too. We recently wel- This month we were blessed with
Wanda) as Usher/Recorder, Bro. Nick comed convert Nicolas Smith (Ron and many visitors. Elder Bro. Roy Koehl
Schmidt (Sis. Julie) as Trustee, Sis. Sis. Diane) back from Leo, IN, as well. (Morris, MN) was here to assist in the
Heather Steiner (Bro. Glen and Sis. We would like to thank the many sharing of the Memorandum letter. We
Rachel) as Silver Lining Correspon- were also thankful to have ministering
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brothers, Bro. Mike Rinkenberger Visiting ministers this month in- We are keeping Sis. Bessie Farney,
(Congerville, IL), F loyd Frieden clude Bro. Mark Schmidgall (Sis. Sally, Martin and Linda Hirschey in our
( E l g i n , IA ) , a n d J o e D o t t e r e r Oakville, IA) and Bro. Tom Lanz (Sis. prayers as they have been hospitalized.
(Bloomfield, IA). May God bless these Mary, Oakville, IA). Thanks for shar- ______________
brothers for their efforts on our behalf ing the good news of Jesus to our con-
as He sees fit. gregation. OHIO, AKRON
We rejoice as we have had three We appreciate Bro. Craig Stickling Erika Gal
souls turn to the Lord in repentance: (Sis. Jacki, Peoria, IL) coming on a
Elizabeth Schmidgall (Bro. Larry and Wednesday evening for a Bible Study. “The Lord is nigh unto all them that
Sis. Marcy), Jesse Braker (Bro. Jerry His topic was Desire for Discernment. call upon him, to all that call upon him
and Sis. Carol), and Jared Luthi (Bro. One question he asked was, “How is in truth.”
Calvin and Sis. Jodi). May God grant our RPM’s running” (Reading, Pray- Ps. 145:18
them much grace to walk in His ways. ing, and Meditation)?
We also are thankful for God’s lead- We are thankful that our prayers We are praying for the Lord’s near-
ing as our Sis. Heidi Stoller (Bob and were answered for a healing hand to ness for many in our congregation who
Sis. Janice) was announced to Bro. Sis. Jan Heimer (Elder Bro. Kent). have suffered bodily afflictions. Bro.
Darren Schaefer (Bro. Rod and Sis. ______________ Carl Graf, Peter Zarkovacki, Sis. Es-
Denise) of Morris, MN. May they con- ther Boleratz, Sis. Elsa Yovichin, and
tinue to look to God for guidance dur- NEW YORK little Yulia Hegedus have all received
ing this time of change in their lives. CROGHAN-NAUMBURG medical attention, and we trust that
______________ Hope Graves God will provide for each one.
Our congregation appreciated hav-
MISSOURI, TAYLOR “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my ing Bro. Glen (Sis. Rachel) Steiner visit
Kathy Eberhardt whole heart; I will shew forth all thy us from Winthrop, MN. May God
In Psalms 90, we can read that we marvellous works. I will be glad and re- richly bless him for his efforts and la-
spend our years as a tale that is told. joice in thee: I will sing praise to thy bors of love.
Christmas is nearly upon us again. On name, O thou most High.” We are rejoicing with our converts,
this date, we reflect on one of the great- Psalm 9:1-2 Brad and Amanda Gasser, in the birth
est miracles and acts of love that has of their precious little Josie Jane. She
ever occurred, the birth of our dear A singing was held November 6 at was born on September 15. McKenzie
Lord Jesus Christ. What a gift from our the Lewis County Residential Health is excited to welcome her home. Her
heavenly Father, the Dawn of Redeem- Care facility for Sis. Louise Purvines. grandparents are Bro. Roger and Sis.
ing Grace. We are thankful that God We received a blessing from the hymns Sue Gasser (Junction) and Gary and
keeps His promises, with the Messiah’s and our time of fellowship. It was en- Sis. Susan Murray (Rittman).
birth foretold several times in the Old couraging to hear our dear sister in ______________
Testament. With Christ’s birth, and faith ask if we can do this again! Let us
then later His death on the cross, which continue to be faithful and serve Him OHIO, COLUMBUS
sets mankind free from their sins, we till our last breath. We appreciate our Esther Saurer
look forward to another of our Heav- faithful older brethren who are an ex- We had four visiting ministers join
enly Father’s promises, eternal life and ample to us. us this month to share God’s Holy
an incorruptible inheritance. What a We enjoyed having company from Word. Bro. Jim Vierling (Sis. Linda,
glad and joyous reunion it is during the Rockville, CT, with us for the weekend Eureka, IL) and Bro. Fred Domka (Sis.
Christmas holidays when we can again of November 21. A potluck dinner was Connie, Mansfield, OH) both joined us
be together with our families. But shared together Saturday evening with for Sunday services. Elder Bro. Mark
what a greater reunion it shall be some- a singing in the Sunday school room af- Masters (Mansfield, OH) and Bro.
day when we all can be together on yon- ter. What a blessing it is to renew the John Jackson (Bay City, MI) were with
der shore, heaven land. friendships we have with those from us for Wednesday evening services.
A new baby was added on November our neighboring congregations. Bro. Josh and Sis. Jenna Boliantz
8 to our Taylor church family. Trigg As we approach this Thanksgiving have recently moved from our congre-
William was born to Darin and Danni season, may we think upon the many gation. We pray that they will feel
Heimer. Grandparents are Elder Bro. blessings we have been given in the God’s nearness as they become a part of
Kent and Sis. Jan Heimer and Dennis past year. There is no way we could ever the Mansfield, OH, church.
and Donna Graupman. May God bless repay the Lord for all He has done for ______________
all these dear families. us.
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OHIO, JUNCTION Joyce), and Bro. Roger Gerber (Sis. cording to His will.
Vicki Boroff Eunice). May God grant them healing. After 98 years of life, Sis. Kathryn
Our prayers go out to our hospital With Thanksgiving approaching, Mae Beer passed away. Sis. Kathryn
patients. We wish a speedy recovery for may we count our many blessings, and was converted for more than 72 years
Sis. Annabel Spangler and Sis. Carolyn take time to give thanks! and with her husband, Bro. Robert,
Spangler. ______________ lovingly served our congregation in the
Speaking from the pulpit this ministry for over 34 years. Our prayers
month, in addition to our home minis- OHIO, MANSFIELD are with her family and loved ones in-
ters, were Bros. Fred Domka (Sis. Con- Tami Griffey cluding sons, Rex Beer (Sis. Marilyn),
n i e , M a n s f i e l d ) , Bi l l B r a k e (S i s . On the evening of October 30, the Bro. Al Beer (Sis. Janet), and Dennis
Miriam, Sardis) and Don Steidl (Sis. Memorandum was read and meditated Beer (Sandra), a daughter Kathy
Nan, Akron). Also, Elder Bro. Kevin upon. We thank Elder Bro. Steve Stacy, a son-in-law Bro. Dale Gabor,
Ryan (Sis. Cheryl, Rockville) joined us Sauder and his wife, Sis. Mary (Tre- daughters-in-law Sis. Pat Beer, and
for the weekend; he helped our Elder mont, IL), for their efforts to assist and Janet Beer, brothers Harley D. Leedy
Bro. Bill share the Memorandum. We share the weekend with us. and Edwin Leedy.
enjoyed having them visit, along with The annual Fall Outing was held A daughter, Sierra Jade Pfeiffer,
their families. October 31. The Sunday School stu- was born on November 3. Thankful
______________ dents participated in activities with parents are Bro. Henry and Sis. Diane.
their classes. A covered dish meal was Her siblings, Austin, Ezekiel, Autumn,
OHIO, LATTY later enjoyed by those of all ages. It was Naomi, Sicilia, and Natasha, excitedly
Carmen Eisenmann a blessed and enjoyable afternoon for welcomed their new sister home.
Mindy Stoller all who attended. Blessed grandparents are Bro. John
Greetings! We were blessed this Balloting on October 31 revealed and Sis. Zuzanna Pfeiffer and Bro. Bill
month to be able to listen to the Memo- support for new Sunday School Super- and Sis. Becky Sauder.
randum exhortation. Visiting Elder intendent, Bro. Bruce Sauder (Sis. Our prayers and sympathy are with
who assisted Bro. John was Bro. Steve Denise), and Assistant Superinten- Sis. Betty Dotterer (Bro. Gaylord) and
Ringger (Sis. Myra, Bluffton North, dent, Bro. John Pfeiffer (Sis. Marci). her family as her mother, Sis. Irene
IN). We want to thank both of them for We pray God will bless and direct these Stoller, has passed away and is gone to
their service, and being willing to share couples as they give of their time and be with her Savior.
good counsel from the Elder body. May love for our youth. We thank Bro. Tim We were blessed to host the Eastern
we always be prayerful for our Elder Beer (Sis. Traci) and Bro. Roger Miller World Relief Informational Meeting on
body and the work they carry out. (Sis. Dorina), who labored in love for November 13. We are thankful for all
We also wish to thank Bro. Curt several years in these positions. who participated and trust God will
Rassi (Sis. Kathy, Tremont, IL) for We were blessed with a beautiful continue to multiply the blessings of
preaching the Word to us this month. weekend of testimonies and baptisms World Relief.
We rejoice as another baby was born on November 6 and 7 for Bro. Anthony ______________
on November 1. Braylin Ray was added Baumann (Bro. Dave and Sis. Lucy)
to Bro. Kurt and Sis. Lisa Sinn’s family. and Sis. Lauren Sauder (Bro. Bruce OHIO, RITTMAN
Welcoming him are siblings, Chelsea, and Sis. Denise). May God continue to Heidi Rufener
Tiffany, Cameron, Tianna, and Caden. provide His grace and Spirit’s direction Marge Stoller
Grandparents are Bro. Ray and Sis. to these dear souls. Elder Bro. Rod
Ann Sinn, and Bro. Dale and Sis. Becky Bajema (Sis. Twyla, Lester, IA) hum- “Then shall thou call, and the Lord
Wulf. bly assisted with this important work. shall answer; thou shall cry, and he
On November 12, Bro. Herman In addition, it was a blessing to be shall say, Here I am.”
“Dick” Schlatter passed away. His served by visiting ministers: Bro. Mike Isaiah 58:9
wife, Sis. Viola, and children, including Ursu (Sis. Barb, Kitchener, Ontario,
Dennis and Connie Gordon, mourn his Canada), Bro. Mike Walder (Sis. Su- Our hearts rejoice when we hear
loss. The same day, God took Sis. Irene san, Smithville), and Bro. John Grimm that another loved one has turned his
Stoller (Bro. David, deceased) home. (Sis. Julie, Columbus). heart to the Lord. May God grant Kyle
We lift their loved ones up in prayer Loved ones who have been hospital- Gasser (Bro. Jerry and Sis. Ellen)
and pray for His comfort at this time. ized include Courtney Sauder (daugh- much grace as he works out his soul’s
We are prayerful for those who have ter of Sis. Missy and Greg), and Sis. Kay salvation.
been hospitalized in the past month, Rufener (Bro. Ron). We pray God This past month there were also
including Bro. Larry Wenninger (Sis. would restore health and wellness ac- families who rejoiced with the birth of
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babies. On October 20, Bro. Milan and lish new homes. on Sunday.
Sis. Cheryl Indermuhle (Sardis, OH) Our hospital patients this month Our annual Fall Gathering/Hog
welcomed Landon Glenn into their were Sis. Carolyn Hartzler (Bro. Dale) Roast was the held on the 3rd weekend
home. Little sister Makenna is glad for and Sis. Eldora Steiner (Bro. Alvin, of October. We appreciate the guests
a brother. Maternal grandparents are dec.). May the Lord restore to health who gathered with us on such a beauti-
Elder Bro. Merle and Sis. Bonnie again according to His will. ful, warm day to share in the old-fash-
Hartzler. Paternal grandparents are Our dear ministering Bro. Ron ioned activities and enjoy the fall
E l de r Bro . K e n a nd S i s . L i nda Steiner (Sis. Ruth) is retiring from the scenery with us.
Indermuhle (Sardis, OH). On October ministry. On Sunday evening, Novem-
11, Joshua and Brooke Calame became ber 14, we held a special service for “Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have
first-time parents when Branson them. Many brethren and friends came ye never read, Out of the mouth of
Joshua was born to them. Happy for f r o m o u r ne a r b y ch u r c h e s o f babes and sucklings thou hast per-
their first grandchild was Bro. John Smithville, Akron and Mansfield. The fected praise?”
and Sis. Jody Calame. Maternal grand- first half hour was spent in singing. St. Matthew 21:16
parents are Curt and Patty Suppes. What a beautiful blending of voices as
Then a few days later on October 23, our large Rittman assembly was nearly Bro. Gary and Sis. Terry Zollinger
Bro. John and Sis. Jody became grand- full! Then Bro. Ron read from the were blessed with another grandchild
parents again when Jordan Daniel was Scriptures and had a special message on October 7 with the birth of Isaiah
born to Bro. Jeremy and Sis. Elizabeth for us. Tears were shed as we wished Martin, third son of Joe and Jamie
Calame (Peoria, IL). Maternal grand- them well. We know they will continue Zollinger of the Rittman, OH, area. His
parents are Bro. Tom and Sis. JoAnn to serve God in their daily walk of life. older brothers are Trenton and Xavier.
Rieker (Peoria, IL). October 24 was the May God bless them for their much Bro. Milan and Sis. Cheryl Indermuhle
birthday of Eli Jordan born to Bro. Tim work and sacrifice on our behalf. had a son born to them on October 20
and Sis. Sharon Hartzler. Happy for a We want to thank the ministering with the arrival of Landon Glenn. Big
new addition to their family are sib- brothers who came to share God’s sister Makenna was eagerly anticipat-
lings, Amos, Megan, Jacob, Jubal, Word with us. They included Bro. Chad ing his arrival. Grandparents are El-
Gretchen and Ezra. Loving grandpar- Leman (Sis. Kim, Kitchener, Ont.), El- de r Bro . K e n a nd S i s . L i nda
ents are Elder Bro. Merle and Sis. der Bro. Curt Frank (Sis. Lyla, La- Indermuhle and Elder Bro. Merle and
Bonnie Hartzler and Bro. Ken and Sis. Crosse, IN), Bro. Troy Leyse (Sis. Sis. Bonnie Hartzler (Rittman, OH).
Jane Hartzler (Smithville). Bro. Ben Kelly, Bluffton, IN), Bro. Marvin May God grant discernment to all par-
and Sis. Susie Rufener welcomed Zollinger (Sis. Pam, Smithville, OH), ents seeking out His will in making de-
Natalie Marie into their home on No- Bro. Nelson Beer (Sis. Minnie, Milford, cisions with the children that He has
vember 11. Happy for a little sister are IN), and Bro. Gary Sinn (Sis. Paulette, given us.
siblings, Karson, Marissa and Gabriel. Latty, OH). The wedding of Stephanie Alrutz
Thankful grandparents are Bro. Dan ______________ (daughter of Bro. Allen and Sis. Janet
and Sis. Karen Rufener and Bro. John Indermuhle) to Mark Bissett was held
and Sis. Emily Rufener. OHIO, SARDIS on October 23. We wish them God’s
On November 7, the engagement of Faith Beard blessings and guidance as they walk
Bro. Nathan Gasser and Sis. Morgan this life together as husband and wife.
Pertee of Smithville was announced. Offer the lively, the cheerful and beau- We wish to thank our visiting minis-
Their parents are Bro. Virgil and Sis. tiful flower, ters: Bro. Robert Beebe (Sis. Sue,
Offer with gladness and willingness
Lois Gasser and Ron Pertee and Shelly South Bend, IN), Bro. Ned Stoller (Sis.
thy youthful power
Colvin (Smithville). May God bless Heidi, Alto, MI), Bro. Matthew Rassi
To Christ thy friend, Who thy soul
them as they make plans to begin their (Sis. Bridget, Chicago, IL) and Bro. Bill
e’er will defend,
life together as one in the Lord. Safe in His heavenly bower. Dotterer (Sis. Sharon, Lamar, MO).
Heidi Gasser (Bro. Dale and Janet) Zion’s Harp, #160, vs. 2 We pray that all our ministers would
and Chad Elser (Randy and Deb Elser) continue to feel the support of the con-
were united in marriage on November It was Sardis’ turn to host the gregation to preach the Word as in-
13. November 14 was the wedding day All-Ohio Weekend this year, so we were spired by the Holy Spirit.
of Bro. Caleb Beery (Bro. Earl and Sis. blessed when the Ohio Single Groups
Susie) and Sis. Charity Riggenbach worshiped with us in October. We en- The promise of true pastors given;
(Bro. Bob and Sis. Lorie). May God be Hearts like Thine own do Thou in
joyed a singing together on Saturday
with these dear couples as they estab- them instill.
evening with a doubled congregation
Thy holy Word was never broken;
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We know that Thou this promise wilt Sis. Jane Hartzler. Eli Jordan was born Bro. Mark Ramsier (Sis. Alice, Sardis,
fulfill. to Bro. Tim and Sis. Sharon Hartzler OH), Elder Bro. Lynn Fiechter (Sis.
The enemies before Thy hand shall (Rittman) on October 24. His siblings Ronda, Bluffton, IN), and Bro. Sam
fall; a r e Am o s , M e g a n , Ja c o b , Ju b a l , Schlatter (Sis. Linda, Junction, OH).
Thou art forever King and Lord of all. Gretchen, and Ezra. May God bless them and their families.
We were so thankful to hear that an- The church was filled Sunday, No-
Staci Indermuhle (Bro. Allen and other soul has turned his back on the vember 7, to witness the wedding of
Sis. Janet) is experiencing a medical world. Mike (Terry) Lusk has begun Bro. Ben Harmon and Sis. Sarah Nolan
condition that is requiring long-term his repentance, and we pray that he can during the afternoon service. Sis. Sa-
admittance and treatment. Cards and truly die to self and begin to live for rah’s parents are Abraham and Sarah
notes of encouragement to her and her Christ. Nolan from Toledo. Bro. Ben’s parents
family are appreciated and can be sent The engagement of Sis. Morgan are Bro. Doug and Sis. Lanna Harmon.
to: 50020 Baptist Ridge Rd., Sardis, Pertee and Bro. Nathan Gasser was an- We pray that this young couple will al-
OH 43946 nounced on November 7. We wish them ways look to our Heavenly Father as
______________ God’s blessings as they prepare for they continue to become one in Him.
marriage. Sis. Morgan’s parents are As the Christmas season is upon us,
OHIO, SMITHVILLE Bro. Dave and Shelly Colvin and Ron may we remember the greatest gift of
Lydia Dotterer all - God’s Son!
Pertee. Bro. Nathan’s parents are Bro.
Virgil and Sis. Lois Gasser (Rittman). ______________
“And God shall wipe away all tears October 15 was the wedding date of
from their eyes; and there shall be no Jaime Riggenbach and Genet Seager. OREGON, PORTLAND
Jaime’s parents are Bro. Don and Sis. Renee Angstrom
more death, neither sorrow, nor cry-
Gail Riggenbach. Our visiting ministers this month
ing, neither shall there be any more
Bro. Phil Stettner (Sis. Maureen, from Silverton were Elder Bro. John
Bluffton North) was here to assist with Wiegand (Sis. Jane) and Bro. Todd
the reading of the Memorandum. We Zollinger (Sis. Michele). We are always
are thankful for their willingness to thankful for the support of the breth-
Our prayers are with the families
travel and be with us for the weekend. ren from Silverton and always wel-
who have lost loved ones this past
Bro. Ron Steiner (Sis. Ruth, Rittman) come the beautiful Word that is shared
month. Sis. Connie Bauman (Bro.
also visited our congregation this across the pulpit.
Steve) lost her father, Bro. Glenn
month. We felt blessed that they were We were blessed with sharing in
Stoller (Latty, OH), on October 19.
able to come once more before retiring Holy Communion this past month. El-
Bro. Ken Maibach (Sis. Sue-Ellen) and
from the ministry, and have been der Bro. Art Metz (Sis. Betty) was as-
Bro. Steve Maibach (Sis. Dawn) lost a
thankful for their many years of labor sisted by Elder Bro. Bro. John Wiegand
brother-in- law, Dave (Jane) Curie, on
for the gospel. (Sis. Jane, Silverton).
October 31. And on November 6, Sis.
______________ Bro. Eldon Metz (Sis. Alice) was
Oleda Menold (Morton, IL) passed
elected to serve a four year term as the
away. She was the sister of Sis. Marge
OHIO, TOLEDO Bible Class teacher. He replaces Bro.
Schneider (Bro. Wilbur). May God be
Teresa Rywalski Monte Kuenzi (Sis. Kellie).
with each of these families.
Rebecca Beard ______________
Dick (Amber) Lanz spent time in
the hospital this past month. We pray “Let us hold fast the profession of OREGON, SILVERTON
that God’s healing touch will be with our faith without wavering; (for he is Deb Roth
him. faithful that promised;)” Kris Luthi
We will miss Bro. Tom Dotterer, as Hebrews 10:23 Several of our youth this month suf-
he has moved to Texas, but we pray for fered broken bones or hospital stays.
God’s blessings on him there. We were thankful for the Brothers We are thankful that Andrea Walter
Bro. Derek and Sis. Juliet Nieman who shared the pulpit with us this past (Bro. Chad and Sis. Megan), Kiana
welcomed their first baby, Caleb month: Bro. Curt Walter (Sis. Eliza- Walter (Bro. Kyle and Sis. Trisha) and
Charles, on October 22. His grandpar- beth, Mansfield, OH), Bro. Art Ingold Troy Sinn (Bro. Tom and Sis. Edith)
ents are Bro. Denny and Sis. Kay (Sis. Bonnie, Rittman, OH), Elder Bro. are all recovering well.
N i e m a n , an d B r o . D a v e a n d S i s . M a r k M a s t e r s (S i s . J e a n n i n e ,
Luanna Dotterer. A new grandson was M a n s f i e l d , O H ) , E l d e r Br o . Bi l l “Sanctify yourselves therefore, and
also added to the family of Bro. Ken and Schlatter (Sis. Emily, Junction, OH), be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.”
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Leviticus 20:7 Acts 15:30-31 future: Bradford, IL (1/9);
Francesville, IN (1/16); Sardis, OH
Holy Communion was a blessing to It was a privilege this month to have (1/23), and Milford, IN (1/30). We do
partake on October 23. We were thank- Elder Bro. Ted Steffen and his wife, Sis. not have a visiting minister scheduled
ful that Elder Bro. Rod Bajema (Sis. Sandy (Alto, MI), with us the weekend for 12/26 or 1/02, but if there are breth-
Twyla, Lester, IA) was willing to come of November 13-14. Bro. Ted read the ren in the area we will meet to listen to
a s s i s t o u r o w n E l d e r Br o . Jo h n Memorandum Saturday night and a tape or call-in service. If you are plan-
Wiegand (Sis. Jane) and Elder Bro. Art preached God’s Word on Sunday. We ning to worship with us, please call
Metz (Sis. Betty) from our Portland were very thankful to share the week- ahead to confirm our schedule. Often
congregation. end with Bro. Ted and Sis. Sandy and we gather on Saturday evenings for fel-
Sis. Emily Sinn (Bro. Mark and Sis. truly appreciated Bro. Ted’s willing- lowship, and all are heartily welcome.
Elsie) was married to Bro. Evan ness to be a servant. We typically meet on Wednesday eve-
Schmidgall (Bro. Paul and Sis. Kris) of ______________ nings at 7:15 p.m. for singing or call-in
our Eureka, IL, church on November services and would welcome any mid-
14. May God bless this couple as they TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE week visitors. However, during the
make their home in Eureka. Our good Mike and Monica Fritz World Relief work project (Jan-Mar),
wishes and prayers go with Sis. Emily We are looking forward to this win- our Wednesday evening services will be
as she makes the move. Visiting minis- ter (Jan-Mar), when World Relief will at Bethany Hills in Kingston Springs,
ters were Bro. Mark Schmidgall (Sis. have a work project in the Nashville TN, where the work teams are staying,
L i s a , E u r e k a , IL ) a n d B r o . M i k e area to help with the rebuilding of and we are not yet aware of a finalized
Rinkenberger (Sis. Pat, Congerville, homes for families who suffered loss time, so call ahead. Contacts are Bro.
IL). during the major flooding here this Mike and Sis. Monica Fritz, (615)
Sis. Lynn Rees and son Jacob were spring. We appreciate the love of Christ 866-5543 (fritzmb.family@gmail.
visitors here recently. They traveled shown through this effort to the hurt- com); and Sis. Gwen Leuthold, (615)
from Anchorage, Alaska, for a medical ing in our community. 356-5755.
appointment for Jacob, in Seattle, and Bro. Don and Sis. Faye Sauder have ______________
were able to drive the extra 4 hours migrated south to Zapata, TX, for the
south to attend church. Sis. Lynn’s winter. We trust that the Lord will be TEXAS, AUSTIN
home church was Sabetha, KS, but she with them, and all the brethren there, Serenity and Jasmine Ringger
has lived in Alaska with her family as He is here.
since January. We want to remember We wish to share the engagement of O, may the small flock be increased
our son, Obed Fritz (Congerville, IL), In grace ‘neath His protection,
our Sis. Lynn, her husband Jason, and
to Kary Leman (Bro. Ed and Sis. Gail; And enter into heav’nly rest,
children, Jacob (11), David (10), Mi-
Congerville, IL). We pray that the Lord For this is God’s direction.
chael (9) and Emily (7), as they are so May all be childlike, loving, kind,
far away on a military base. They would will direct their path as they plan for
That we the path to heaven find!
appreciate and enjoy fellowship with their wedding and marriage, walking
Hymns of Zion #173
any who would take the time. life’s pathway together as one.
We have been blessed by the willing
Bro. Tom Dotterer from Smithville
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org service of our visiting ministering
has joined our fellowship. We pray for a
Jason and Lynn Rees brothers: Elder Bros. John Laukhuf
blessing on his move.
1892-C Enlisted Hero Dr. (Latty, OH) and Dave Graf (Sis. Barb;
We are thankful for our visiting
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506 Akron, OH), and Bros. Jaye
ministers: Bros. Dewayne Dill (Sis.
______________ Rinkenberger (Sis. Peg; Goodfield, IL)
LaRae, Minneapolis), Ken Wuethrich
and Klint Beyer (Sis. Kara; Sabetha,
( S i s . L y n , In d i a n a p o l i s ) , J o h n
Baumgartner (Sis. Lori, Bern), Mark
PHILADELPHIA We have also been strengthened by
Zimmerman (Sis. Cheryl, Eureka) and
Emily Wiegand the fellowship of brethren and friends
Elder Bro. Peter Petrovic (Sis. Marian,
visiting from Goodfield and Morton IL;
San Diego). We also had visitors from
“So when they were dismissed, they West Lafayette, IN; Sabetha, KS; and
Francesville, West Bend, Congerville,
came to Antioch: and when they had Akron and Latty, OH.
Bluffton, and Smithville.
gathered the multitude together, they If you are traveling in or through
The following is the minister sched-
delivered the epistle: which when they the Nashville area, please plan to wor-
ule for January: (2) Morris, (16)
had read, they rejoiced for the consola- ship with us. The following churches
Altadena, (30) Roanoke. We extend
tion.” are scheduled for services in the near
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a warm welcome to anyone who may be ing time in south Texas to worship with Rockville, CT) on November 28.
in the area to worship with us, on Sun- us. Our friend Sue Balfe has been recu-
days or mid-week. Please call ahead to Advance notice will help us plan for perating at home after surgery. We
help us plan for serving lunch. Also, be- meals and fellowship. pray that God will grant her healing
cause visitors add much to our local fel- ______________ and strength during this time. We hope
lowship times, it helps if we know to see her and her family at church
about your visit well in advance, so that TEXAS, ZAPATA soon.
we can accommodate you more readily Mary Plattner We will miss Emery and Claire Fel-
in our weekend gatherings. Directions Seasons come and go and we in lows as they have left us for the South
to our church and contacts are now in Zapata are thankful for the return of during the winter months. May God
the 2010 minister book. the winter season. We know many of watch between us until we meet again.
In the church, there are two fur- our brethren will be returning to spend If you are interested in fellowship-
nished bedrooms for the ministers and the winter months here in South ping with us here in Vermont, and
others to use when coming for services. Texas. would like information about service
When you contact someone about com- We extend our sympathies to the locations and dates, please contact Bro.
ing for services, please let them know if family of Bro. Alvin Banwart (Sis. Chad and S is. Jenny Virkler
you would like to use the bedrooms Phyllis, West Bend) as he was called (802-293-2724). We love to fellowship
during the time you are here. Home. We will miss having him in our with believers, whether it is during the
______________ midst this season. week or on the weekend. Please let us
We are thankful to have minister- know if you are planning on being in
TEXAS, McALLEN ing Bro. Tom Schrenk (Sis. Joan, Alto) our area so we can accommodate you.
Gloria Walder return to Zapata where he serves on
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the pulpit during the winter months. “Not forsaking the assembling of
may it remind us to be thankful every We had a group for Thanksgiving at ourselves together, as the manner of
day for our many blessings; and let us church and anticipate more at Christ- some is; but exhorting one another:
also be thankful for the things we do mas. We look forward to the families and so much the more as ye see the day
not have that we would not want. that come to spend time with their fam- approaching.”
We appreciate our visiting minis- ilies over the holiday season. Hebrews 10:25
ters and wives taking the time and ef- Anyone coming to Zapata is most
fort to serve us. May the Lord bless welcome to worship and spend some Service times are as follows:
them and the Word brought forth by time with us. Mid-week services
B r o . D u a n e R e u t t e r (S i s . K a y , ______________ (Contact local brethren)
R o c k v i l l e , CT ) a n d Br o . Be i r n e Sunday Morning Service
Messner (Sis. Joyce, Morris, MN). VERMONT 10:10 AM
Adding to the blessings of our gather- NORTH Sunday Afternoon Service
ings were the visits of brethren from CLARENDON/NORWICH 12:15 PM
Nathan and Miriam Reutter Sunday school is held during the
On November 6 we experienced the morning service.
Services are scheduled more fre-
blessing of being together for the Mem-
quently in the coming winter months.
orandum. Our Elder Bro. Kevin Ryan
The tentative schedule is: Jan. 2 - Win-
(Sis. Cheryl) and Ordained Deacon,
throp, MN; Jan. 9 - Fairbury, IL; Jan.
Bro. Warren Zahner (Sis. Bonnie),
16 - Rittman, OH; Jan. 30 - Alto, MI.
came to visit us on that Saturday eve-
We also meet on Wednesday evenings
ning to encourage us in plain Christian
at the home of Bro. Lloyd and Sis. Joyce
living. It was a time of refreshing for
Nohl, and appreciate visitors when-
our spirits. We thank them for this ef-
ever it fits into their schedule.
fort on our behalf.
Sunday services are held at 10:30
We also want to thank other visiting
and 12:30 at the Holiday Inn Express,
ministers that have come to serve us on
1921 South 10th St. Take the 10th
the pulpit. They were Bro. Gary Brown
Street exit off Expressway 83 and go
(Sis. Jane, Forrest, IL) on November
1½ blocks south. Please see the minis-
14, Bro. Warren Zahner (Sis. Bonnie,
ters’ directory for local contact infor-
Rockville, CT) on November 21, and
mation. We are small in number and
B r o . T o m Ba h l e r (S i s . L a N a e ,
appreciate and welcome anyone spend-
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Sermon continued from page 2 life, why it came into my life and seph obeyed and went down into
ther David:” which was another how am I supposed to deal with it? Egypt. And what happened when
promise in the Old Testament. What is our response? Do we re- he saw he was mocked of the wise
I wish I would have had time to spond like Mary? We all have the men? He killed all the children in
look it up. It would be an exhaus- opportunity to, but it is a matter of the area of Bethlehem because
tive study, bringing in all the Old if we find it within us to respond there was supposed to be this king
Testament scriptures and how the like that. God’s Will be done. Be it born and if there was a king born
pieces all come together. This is unto me according to the Will of the then that would threaten his king-
part of the miracle of Jesus’ birth, Lord. We think of the shame that dom. And so to wipe out any threat
how all the pieces of the puzzle would have been involved with he had all the children killed. This
come right together. There should that situation. Mary being with would have, if Mary and Joseph
be no doubt in anyone’s mind that child; Joseph being ashamed and had been at that place, included Je-
this picture is complete when we then maybe feeling greatly be- sus. To fulfill the scripture that out
see all the prophecies fulfilled. trayed by Mary and recognizing of Egypt His son would be called.
“And he shall reign over the house that there could be extreme conse- So when Herod was dead, we re-
of Jacob forever; and of his king- quences. And yet, they were will- member that story where He was
dom there shall be no end.” (St. ing to carry out the will of the Lord. brought back into the land of Is-
Luke 1:33) And we may, in our own Did it matter what their reputation rael. Because Archaleus, the son of
human minds, try to comprehend was? Did it matter what it was go- Herod the Great, they went out of
how all this is going to happen if ing to cost them? Did it matter the Archaleus’ jurisdiction and went
this would have been me to whom responsibilities that were going to up to Nazareth and that fulfilled
the angel appeared to like Mary be added to them? No! Mary just another prophecy that He would be
said “I know not a man how is this said “The Lord’s Will be done.” called a Nazarene. Jesus fulfilled
going to happen?” (v. 34) But re- Going to chapter two in verse in His life those prophecies.
member with God nothing is im- one God has a way of bringing to In verse four, “And Joseph also
possible. He created Adam and pass all of the prophecies. That is went up from Galilee, out of the
Eve out of the dust of the earth. He amazing to me how even in this city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto
created everything we can see. He story God brings things together the city of David, which is called
created things that are beyond the that Jesus, as one of the minor Bethlehem; (because he was of the
scope of our sight in the universe. prophet’s wrote, would be born in house and lineage of David): To be
He is a great great God. Is it a Bethlehem. So how are we going to taxed with Mary his espoused wife,
small thing for Him to create an- bring Mary and Joseph seventy or being great with child. And so it
other human? In ve r s e eighty miles to Bethlehem for this was, that, while they were there,
thirty-seven it is written, “For with to be accomplished? God has His the days were accomplished that
God nothing shall be impossible.” ways. Verse one, “And it came to she should be delivered. And she
How do we find impossibilities pass in those days, that there went brought forth her firstborn son,
here in our life on this earth? Is it out a decree from Caesar Augus- and wrapped him in swaddling
because we have in some way lim- tus, that all the world should be clothes, and laid him in a manger;
ited God? I sometimes wonder if taxed.” Verse three, “And all went because there was no room for
that is maybe the way it is in my to be taxed, every one into his own them in the inn.” (v.4-7) How hum-
own life because of a lack of faith or city.” So that was the cause of it. bling to have to come that far to
trust. Is something too great for We can’t help but believe that that find no place. What a humble place
God? If it is beyond my comprehen- was God’s hand working through for Jesus our Lord to be born. But
sion, sometimes that is my feeling, Caesar. Whether this was a finan- isn’t that so symbolic of His entire
but yet I know in my mind even if it cial taxing or a census, I have life? He lived in humility. Proba-
hasn’t settled down to my heart heard both used as an explanation bly more humility than any of us
there is nothing…nothing beyond of what this taxing was about, it could comprehend. We think later
God’s abilities. doesn’t matter. They needed to in His life when someone asked
In verse thirty-eight “And Mary come to Bethlehem and that ful- Him about His abode and He said,
said, Behold the handmaid of the filled that. And one other prophecy “Well the foxes of the earth have
Lord; be it unto me according to thy I might add here that really is holes and the birds have nests but
word.” How is it in our lives when amazing to me, which we did not the Son of Man has nowhere to lay
we face a situation in which we read about, was when Joseph had His head.” (St. Luke 9:58) As He
may find ourselves a little per- the dream that he should take went into His ministry it appeared
plexed at how this came into my Mary and Jesus to Egypt because
Herod would seek his life. So Jo- Sermon continued on page 42
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Sermon continued from page 41 dering of the name Joshua, it ten to us. They had seen a very mi-
that He had no place to call His meant Savior. When we think raculous situation and they were
own, not even a home, which we about that comparison of the name ready to share it. Let us be willing
would consider one of our basic ne- Jesus to Joshua, Joshua led the to do the same knowing this
cessities of life. children of Israel across the river Christmas story, knowing of the
In verse eight we switch gears a into the Promised Land. The land Christ child and who He became.
bit and go to the shepherds. Shep- that they had long been anticipat- Be very willing and joyful to share
herds seemed to be one of the lower ing. On the other hand we have Je- it with all who would hear it.
class occupations. If someone was sus who, for those who will trust in Think of Simeon, the old man in
a shepherd he was not one of great Him, we trust Him to lead us the temple. I have always pictured
status. Why did the angels appear through our lives and lead us on to him as one that spent a lot of time
unto them? Was it because of their the kingdom of heaven. These in the temple, but according to the
humble estate in life? Was it be- shepherds, it was revealed to them account that I read in this morn-
cause Jesus would himself be the who this baby was. “And this shall ing, he came by the Spirit into the
Good Shepherd? Was it because be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the temple. The Spirit encouraged him
the shepherds cared for sheep that b a b e wr appe d in s waddl ing and he felt that call to go into the
would very possibly some day be clothes, lying in a manger.” (v.12) temple. He knew that he was not
those little lambs brought into Je- That would seem odd to them obvi- going to see death until he saw the
rusalem for the sacrifices, the ously, but there would be no mis- Consolation of Israel revealed unto
Passover? They came to see Jesus, take. We are going to look for a him. He was thankful as it was re-
the one who would be the sacrifice baby in a manger in swaddling vealed to him. The joy that he had.
for all our sins, one lamb. I read re- clothes. No regular clothing, just His life was complete now. Is there
cently that for the Day of Atone- strips of cloth wrapped around anything in our lives that is not
m e n t t h e J e w s ga t h e r e d in Him. It seems like that would also complete? If Jesus would return
Jerusalem would be approxi- be something out of the normal. today, is there something that
mately two and a half to three mil- “And suddenly there was with the would not be of joy to us? Is there
lion people, during Jesus’ time. angel a multitude of the heavenly something that would not be of joy
There would be about 250,000 host praising God, and saying, to us? Is there something hinder-
sheep sacrificed for the sins of the Glory to God in the highest, and on ing us from receiving Him with joy
people for that Day of Atonement. earth peace, good will towards today? His response, “…depart in
Jesus came, one spotless Lamb, men. And it came to pass, as the peace, according to thy word: For
one sacrifice. Verse eight, “And angels were gone away from them mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
there were in the same country into heaven, the shepherds said Which thou hast prepared before
shepherds abiding in the field, one to another, Let us now go even the face of all people; A light to
keeping watch over their flock by unto Bethlehem, and see this thing lighten the Gentiles, and the glory
night. And, lo, the angel of the which is come to pass, which the of Thy people Israel.” (v.29-32) You
Lord came upon them, and the Lord hath made known unto us.” know as we visit with people that
glory of the Lord shone round (v.14-15) How is our attitude when approach death there is a focus in
about them: and they were sore something is revealed to us? Are their old age, not on the things of
afraid.” (v8-9) Wouldn’t we all be we going to question it or are we go- this earth, it is on the things that
afraid if that happened to us, if an ing to go with haste and find out await them beyond this life. This
angel came and appeared to us? and see the conclusion of what the man was obviously ready. His life
“And the angel said unto them, Lord has brought to us? And then was complete and he was ready to
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you they found just as it had been pre- go see the Lord. What was lacking?
good tidings of great joy, which dicted. How should our heart be? I hope for each of us when our
shall be to all people. For unto you As the shepherds in verse twenty, earthly days are accomplished,
is born this day in the city of David “…returned, glorifying and prais- whether it be today, whether it be
a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” ing God for all the things that they many years if the Lord tarries, that
(v.10-11) If these shepherds had had heard and seen, as it was told we can have that peace and that joy
any spiritual understanding, they unto them.” Wouldn’t we be joyful in our hearts also that once we
would have known this is the Mes- if we had seen that also? Wouldn’t have recognized salvation and it
siah. Christ was literally inter- we want to tell everyone the story has become a part of our life and it
preted as the One who would be the that we had heard? I’m sure we infiltrates every part of us that we
chosen Messiah. Savior. Jesus. would. If we see some exciting can be ready and with joy.
Jesus was probably the Greek ren- event we are ready to share it with And Anna also who spent much
anyone and everyone who will lis- time in the temple. She is an inter-
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esting character to me also because and the miracle that can happen in think, oh that looks so comfortable
she did not waste her time being a our heart when Jesus penetrates in a nice cozy barn. He was born
widow. She was poor, probably not it. into deplorable conditions into a
a lot to be sustained by physically Closing comments rock hard surface into three feet of
being a widow, and 84 years being Brother Mark talked about the sheep manure. The King of kings
a widow. It says in verse thirty- miracles. I want to ask you this the Creator came to this earth. We
seven, “…which departed not from morning, do you believe in them? just read in Paul’s letter to the Co-
the temple, but served God with Do you believe that miracles oc- rinthians it says, “…though he was
fastings and prayers night and curred then and miracles still oc- rich, yet for your sakes he became
day.” Think of that communication cur today? We read together one poor, that ye through his poverty
with God going back and forth with simple short verse that says “With might be rich…” (2 Corinthians
her fasting and her prayers. “And God nothing shall be impossible.” 8:9) That is a miracle. The fact
she coming in that instant gave (Luke 1:34) Absolutely nothing. that the angel announced the birth
thanks likewise unto the Lord, and Do you know how many times the of the Savior to shepherds, the bot-
spake of him to all them that scripture records that verse or a tom of society’s ladder (socioeco-
looked for redemption in Jerusa- variation of that verse? Six times n o m i c la d d e r ) i n s t e a d o f
lem.” (v.38) Sharing the good at minimum the Bible tells us that. announcing it to the religious lead-
news. We have the good news Why do you think it tells us that so ers of the time, or those that were
knowing the Word of God. Today, many times? Why is not just one government authorities. That is a
what are we going to do with it? Is time sufficient? Because, we have miracle. The fact that the heavens
it going to be a treasure that we a hard time understanding. We were opened and they saw that
hide in our hearts? Or is it going to are so rational in our thinking. army of angels, actually were phys-
be something that we are going to Things have to fall into place, order ically able to see in the spiritual
share with all that hear us. Con- has to be established. But God realm, that is a miracle. The fact
sider the season of joy being does not work in that realm and in that the timing was exact when Jo-
Christmas at this particular sea- that dimension. God works in the seph and Mary brought Jesus into
son of the year. But shouldn’t ev- dimension of miracles. You know the temple and that man that had
ery day be a day of joy? We have a babies are born every day. Babies been promised that he was not go-
lot to be thankful for on this earth, were born every day the day Jesus ing to die until he saw the salvation
but how much more for that which was born. What made His birth so of Israel. What if their timing had
is to come? Paul writes that he extraordinary? We went over it been a ½ hour off? A day off? That
would rather be present with the this morning. So many things is a miracle and the miracle does
Lord and absent from this body but made it extraordinary, the appear- not end here with this story. It is
while it was needful to be on this ing of the Angel to Mary, the an- not just the miracle of Christmas.
earth he would do that with joy nunciation of the Virgin birth. It is the miracle of the Gospel. And
also. (Philippians 1:23) So as we Parents you agonize when your that miracle of the Gospel still
recognize that we look forward to children are born, what are we go- takes place every day today that
better things which are to come for ing to name this baby? You know people come to a saving faith. With
us as Christians, let’s rejoice for ev- Joseph and Mary they never had to God nothing shall be impossible.
ery day that we have the blessings give that a second thought. He was Wasn’t impossible then and is not
of the Lord on this earth as we an- named before He was ever even impossible today. We all celebrate
ticipate and further desire that born. That is extraordinary, that is Christmas, let’s believe in the mir-
which is to come. This is such a a miracle. As Brother Mark said, acle and believe in the miracle for
precious story, and really let us the fact of how do you take a poor which Jesus came to this earth
consider the miracles of today, of peasant couple from Nazareth and seeking to save. So thankful to be
this day that we celebrate for you physically move them 80 miles in God’s house today on Christmas
Christmas. We don’t want these from Nazareth to Bethlehem at full morning, thankful for everyone
miracles to overshadow what hap- term, the precise timing to have Je- who has come today and I hope you
pened at Calvary because that is sus born in Bethlehem to fulfill have received a blessing from the
the purpose of why Jesus came. scripture. That is extraordinary. Word.
Many more miracles to fulfill scrip- The fact that there was no room in
tures for that particular incident of any public place for Him, they
Jesus dying on the cross, shedding could not even find lodging with
His blood for us. We know that their own relatives. He had to be
that is most important, but let’s not born in the poorest place. You
forget about the miracles of today know we see nativity sets and we
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Doubt & Fear nite minds simply cannot comprehend they had sinned against God. So, we can
the concept of an infinite Being who is in easily see how Job’s faith was severely
We can most likely assume that every- control of all things. Our faith in God is tried and his hopes shattered.
one has times of doubt and fear in their strong when everything in our lives is go-
lives. Life itself is very uncertain and situ- ing according to our liking and desire. “Trust and obey for there’s no other
ations arise that test our faith and cause When our perception of what life should way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and
us to fear. When our hope and expecta- be is challenged, we begin to doubt be- obey.” Hymns of Zion 186
tion is diminished, faith is compromised, cause our hope is shaken.
and doubt begins to creep in. We also When we contemplate an upset in our Those words roll off of our tongues
fear loss and the disruption of our lives. plans and our lives, we begin to fear loss. pretty easily and we have sung this hymn
Nevertheless, we can take courage in That loss might be of health, a loved one, many times. But, what does it mean to be
knowing that our God is sovereign and a job, an opportunity, a relationship, etc. happy in trusting? This exercise is difficult
nothing happens to us without Him being The list is endless and varies greatly from for most of us and requires a relinquishing
fully aware and able to help us walk person to person. What might be consid- of self and of our personal desires and
through it. ered a great loss to one person may not plans. As mentioned, we have our precon-
seem so difficult to someone else. How- ceived ideas of what life should look like
“…God is greater than our heart, and ever, it is our inability to change the and when those ideas are disrupted and
knoweth all things.” 1 John 3:20 course of our lives according to our ideals our worst fears come to pass, our faith can
that generates fear. We may well recog- be shaken. Our ability to weather the dis-
“Doubt” can be described as simply a nize our control is limited and at the same appointments in life is directly associated
deliberate questioning of uncertainties time we really don’t want our plans with our connectedness to Christ and our
or as an emotional state of indecision. changed. willingness to yield unto Him our very lives
The Apostle Paul voiced his doubt of the In this regard, we can easily begin to and will.
Galatians’ motives, “…I stand in doubt of question God and His sovereignty. Even
you.” Gal.4:20. Soon after Pentecost, the Martha questioned why Jesus did not “Take my will and make it thine, it shall
Jerusalem Jews who came from many dif- come when her brother, Lazarus, was be no longer mine.” Hymns of Zion 106.
ferent nations were in awe and wonder sick.
as they listened to the apostles speak in Do we really understand the depth of
their own languages, “And they were all “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if these words when we sing this hymn?
amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to thou hadst been here, my brother had
another, What meaneth this?” Acts 2:12. not died.” John 11:21 “There is no fear in love; but perfect
Sometimes the truth is laid before us love casteth out fear: because fear hath
so completely and convincingly and yet Her world was turned upside down torment. He that feareth is not made per-
we may question its validity because it with the loss of her brother and she be- fect in love. 1 John 4:18
defies our preconceived notions. A per- lieved that Jesus could have done some-
fect example of this is Peter when he was thing to prevent it, but chose not to. This verse tells us that fear torments.
walking on the water towards Jesus who Perhaps when Lazarus was sick, Martha However, it is only the perfect love of Jesus
had beckoned him to come to meet Him. knew his sickness was serious and could that can alleviate that fear and change it
As Peter eagerly stepped out of the boat lead to death and she feared that. Now into hope through faith. Nevertheless, our
to begin this adventure, his faith was her fears had been realized and she was love of self and our own agenda must be
strong and he took Jesus at His word. troubled to think that God had allowed put aside in order to feel the perfect love
However, as he began to assess his situa- this to happen. Lazarus’ death probably of Christ. Is this easy? No, for most of us it
tion and realize that men normally can- had little impact on the rest of the village is not, but God has promised in His Word
not walk on water, he questioned Jesus’ of Bethany so we see that doubts and that He will never forsake us in this life and
power and he began to sink. What was fears are very personal in nature. that when this life is over we can have a
our Lord’s comment? Perhaps one of the best examples of hope of life eternal.
fear and dread coming to pass is in Job
“O thou of little faith, wherefore didst 3:25-26 “For the thing which I greatly Hebrews 13:5 “…I will never leave thee,
thou doubt?” Matthew 14:31 feared is come upon me, and that which I nor forsake thee.”
was afraid of is come unto me. I was not
Thus, we begin to understand that in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which
doubt is a measure of our own ideas of quiet; yet trouble came.” The Bible tells God, that cannot lie, promised before the
what truth should be against God’s abso- us that Job was concerned about his chil- world began;”
lute truth and the power of God. Our fi- dren and even prayed for them in case
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A caretaker is needed at the Tennessee Fellowship Center located in Pulaski, Tenn. which is approximately 1 hour
south of Nashville and 1/2 hour north of Athens, Ala. Living accomodations are available for a couple or a family.
The site, which consists of 12 acres, is used for singings, picnics and other church events including Memorial Day
Weekend where ministers give topical presentations, an auction is held and singing and fellowshipping are enjoyed by
all. Two acres of the 12 was made into a lake, called Lake Richard, where fishing can also be enjoyed.
Please prayerfully consider answering this call and joining the loving congregation at Athens, Ala.
If you are interested or have additional questions, please contact Bro. Mike Moore at ALM38@aol.com or
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CARIBBEAN BOARD PROJECTS - 2010/2011
All volunteers should contact the project coordinator. Should you not be able to contact the coordinator, for Haiti direct your
inquiry to Bro. Rich Bertschi, Ph. 309-467-6110, E-mail email@example.com.
Data updated from the Apostolic Christian World Relief web site as of December 14 th, 2010 -www.acworldrelief.org/work-teams-caribbean/
Project Year 2011 Coordinator Capacity Les Cayes Mar 15-25 Rick Wuethrich 4
Les Cayes Jan 3-10 Ron Palitto 12 FRW 219-567-9488
MEBSH 330-336-5373 Vocational School firstname.lastname@example.org
School Roof Ronp@palittoconsulting.com
Les Cayes Mar 18-25 Rich Bertschi 12
Les Cayes Jan 21-28 Rick Wuethrich 12 MEBSH 309-467-2351
FRW 219-567-9488 School Roof email@example.com
Simone Orphanage firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Cayes Mar 25-28 Rich Bertschi Invitation
La Higuera Jan 25-Feb1 Jim Koehl 12 MEBSH 309-467-2351
Lifeline 309-377-3201 Haiti Support email@example.com
Les Cayes Mar 25-Apr 1 Dale Frank 12
Les Cayes Jan 28-Feb 4 Dean Pashak 12 SEED 319-766-3661
MEBSH 989-662-7685 Agriculture Aid firstname.lastname@example.org
School Roof email@example.com
Les Cayes Apr 1-8 Jon Zeller 12
Dumay Feb 1-8 Jim Koehl 12 MEBSH 309-266-9009
Lifeline 309-377-3201 Maintenance firstname.lastname@example.org
Les Cayes Apr 29-May 6 Maurice Schaefer 4
Les Cayes Feb 4-11 Maurice Schaefer 4 AWA 309-925-3740
AWA 309-925-3740 Water Aid email@example.com
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Dumay Feb 8-15 Jim Koehl 12 MEBSH 309-467-2351
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Les Cayes May 20-27 Keith Knepp 8
Les Cayes Feb 18-25 Dale Frank 12 MEBSH 309-467-3468
SEED 319-766-3661 Medical firstname.lastname@example.org
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Les Cayes Jun 8-18 Rick Wuethrich 4
Les Cayes Feb 25-Mar 4 Randy Kieser 12 FRW 219-567-9488
MEBSH 309-695-6340 Vocational School firstname.lastname@example.org
Puits Sales Mar 8-15 John Aberle 12
Palm Grove 785-459-2423
Data updated from the Apostolic Christian World Relief web site as of December 14 th, 2010 -www.acworldrelief.org/work-teams-caribbean/
Project Year 2011 Coordinator Capacity
Kingston School Jan 8 - 15 Roger Stoller Full Jamaica Deaf Villg Jun 10 - 18 Ted Hirstein 40
CCCD 309-747-3228 CCCD 309-266-8769
Jamaica Deaf Villg Mar 5 - 12 Tom Waldbeser 40 Jamaica Deaf Village Jun 25 - Jul 2 Harvey Landis Akron/
CCCD 770-463-4788 CCCD 330-925-8632 Rittman
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org BC Trip
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If anyone is interested in leading a team to Mexico, contact Bro. Mike Fiechter at 260-597-7330 or email@example.com
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Location Year 2011 Coordinator Reynosa Mar 19-26 Tristan Herrmann
Construction University of Illinois
Magdalena Jan 1-8 Bryan Steffen 309-712-6902
Construction 815-867-7556 firstname.lastname@example.org
Agua Prieta Mar 26-Apr 2 Aaron Beery
Reynosa Jan 1-8 Matthew Gerber Construction 330-927-6926
Construction Purdue email@example.com
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Construction Tremont Bible Class
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Magdalena Apr 16-23 Mike Zobrist
Magdalena Jan 15-22 Steve Kaeb Construction Congerville/Eureka
Construction 217-379-4707 309-660-7004
Magdalena Feb 12-19 Jon Baner Magdalena May 28 - Jun 4 Todd Baum
Construction 309-747-4085 Construction Phoenix Bible Class
Agua Prieta Mar 5-12 Kevin Gerber
Construction 260-565-3313 Magdalena Jun 11-18 Jason Schambach
firstname.lastname@example.org Construction Elgin Bible Class
Magdalena Mar 5-12 Jason Edelman email@example.com
Construction Illinois State University
309-848-7987 Magdalena Jun 18-25 Stan Virkler
firstname.lastname@example.org Construction 219-863-5913
Agua Prieta Mar 19-26 Sam Kaehr
Construction 260-565-3200 Reynosa Jun 18-25 Joe Sprunger
email@example.com Construction Indianapolis Bible Class
Magdalena Mar 19-26 Jeff Leman firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction Bluffton Senior Class
260-565-3815 Magdalena Jul 9-16 Jason Kaeb
email@example.com Construction Bern Bible Class
Haiti and Jamaica Work Team Code Definitions
CCCD=Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf A.W.A. - B.= Apostolic Water Aid/Bluffton
MEBSH = Missions of Evangelical Baptists of South Haiti A.W.A. - FRW = Apostolic Water Aid/Francesville, Remington,
Palm Grove = Mission of Haiti Wolcott
S.E.E.D. = An Agricultural School & Extension Service A.W.A. - T = Apostolic Water Aid/Tremont
TBA = To Be Announced (*) = Changes or additions since last issue
Palm Grove = Mission of Haiti (**) = Spring Break Timeframe
USA World Relief Committee
For area work or disaster projects, please contact the following USA committee member:
* Bro. Kent Heimer Counseling Elder Taylor, MO Cell# 573-248-5701
* Bro. Chuck Kellenberger Chairman Elgin, IL Cell# 224-629-6531
* Bro. Bill Leman Treasurer Roanoke, IL Cell# 309-241-0257
* Bro. Les Schambach Administrator/Sec. Elgin, IL Cell# 630-247-5271
* Bro. Tom Neuenschwander Bluffton, IN Cell# 260-307-6026
* Bro. Ray Slagel Fairbury, IL Cell# 815-848-3714
* Bro. Paul Kaeb Bern, KS Cell# 785-547-5269
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This is a continuation of the early his- Baumgartner (1853-1923). Chris and ied in the Apostolic Christian Church
tory of our congregation at Elgin, Iowa. Mary did not join the Apostolic Christian cemetery near Roanoke.
It is taken from data submitted by a Mr. church until late in their lives.
Gary Butikofer of Wisconsin who has 1854 Christian Bauman (1813- 1870) Note: It appears there was a fair
family connections at Elgin. He submit- and his wife, Maria, and their son came amount of activity of church people com-
ted very thorough data about the first from Switzerland in 1854. Christian was ing to Elgin, Iowa, in the very early days.
years of the congregation there. a minister in the church in Switzerland Likely, word had spread back to Switzer-
(known then as Evangelical Baptist), land of farming opportunities in this
I852 It was in 1852 that Christian and he was the first permanent minister area, and many responded. Their routes
Lantz (1825-1899) and his wife, Sophia in the Elgin, Iowa, church. He and his to Elgin, Iowa, were primarily from
Meier Lantz (1821-1853), and their chil- wife are buried in the church cemetery. Sardis, Ohio, and from the dock at New
dren — Christian, Sophia, Elizabeth, Jacob Butikofer, Sr. (1812-1891) and Orleans. In this latter case, they boarded
and Bertha — came to Elgin, Iowa. In his wife, Anna, and their four children — river conveyances on the Mississippi
November 1852, the youngest child, Joel Jacob, Anna, Elizabeth, and John — River and traveled directly up to Iowa.
Lantz, was born near Elgin. This family came from Switzerland to Elgin in 1854 From Sardis, Ohio, they boarded a
had come from Switzerland to America and remained there the rest of their boat and traveled down the Ohio River,
in May, 1851. lives. They are buried in the Apostolic and thence up the Mississippi River, and
Jacob Wittmer, Sr. (1823-1902) and Christian Church cemetery. finally reached Iowa.
his wife, Mary Reusser Wittmer Christian Ledermann (1811-1890) One can only surmise about the cour-
(1830-1912), and their children, Jacob, and his wife, Anna Barbara Hertig age and fortitude these early settlers/pio-
Jr. and Mary, came from Mon roe Ledermann (1829-1903), came here from neers had in or der to leave their
County, Ohio (the Sardis area), to Elgin Switzerland in 1854 and remained the homeland in Switzerland and adjacent
in 1852. This family had come from rest of their lives. Their ship arrived at areas and cross the Atlantic Ocean, and
Switzerland to Sardis, Ohio, in June, New Orleans on April 24, 1854. They are find their way to the Midwest. Because it
1851. They moved to Bern, Kansas, in bur ied in the church cem e tery, but was so long ago, we think of them as old
about 1888. Christian has no grave marker. persons. Yet, they were young, and came
John Lehman, Sr. (1806-1893) and his Nicklaus Pfarrer (1809-1883) and his with many children. Their difficulties,
wife, Mary Miller Lehman (1807-1888), w i f e , An n a M a r i e M a r t i P f a r r er sorrows, and general challenges were
came from Switzerland to Elgin in 1852 (1814-1881), and their children — Mary, met with their faith in God. Surely, they
with twelve children. They lived in this Anna, Eliz a beth, Magdalena, and could not have made this monumental
vicinity the remainder of their lives. Gottfried— all came to Elgin from Swit- trip without reliance on Almighty God.
They were early members of the Elgin, zerland in 1854. Nicklaus and his wife Another thing precious to them was
Iowa, church and so was their son, Jacob are buried in the church cemetery. the presence in America (since 1847) of
Lehman. They are buried in the Apos- A large family came from Switzerland “the Faith,” that is, the Biblical doctrine
tolic Christian cemetery near Elgin. in 1854. It was that of Christian Beer, Jr. already established in Europe by Bro.
1853 Jacob Habeger (1809-1887) (1793-1860). He came with his wife, Samuel Froehlich, and henceforth per-
came from Switzerland to America in Magdalena A e sc h l e m a n B e er pet u ated and pre served by faith ful
1832. He settled in Ohio. Jacob came to (1802-1865). Their children came with brethren. The church had gravitated to
Elgin with his sons — John, Peter, and them: Matalena, Anna, Christian, Jr., America, and was an encouraging and
Abraham — in 1852 where he remarried Maria, John Ulrich, Barbara, and welcoming environment for these weary
Matalena Beer (1827-1905). Jacob and Catherine. Christian, Sr. and his wife and hopeful sojourners.
Matalena Habeger lived in the Elgin area are buried in the church cemetery, but
until at least 1885, but they are buried in have no markers. Compiled by Perry A. Klopfenstein
the Apostolic Christian cemetery near John Isch (1825-1899) and his wife,
Roanoke, Illinois. Fannie Beer Isch (1830-1916), and their Next Issue:
Also coming from Switzerland with son, John, came from Switzerland to More on Elgin, Iowa history
his parents in 1853 was Chris Meyer Elgin in 1854. They moved to West
(1846-1928). In 1871, he married Mary Bend, Iowa, in about 1880. They are bur-
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The Light Of Hope
Retired Elder Bro. Willis Ehnle, formerly of Shioda, Japan
Is Christmas a great joy for you? King of the Jews was born. They were arise in our presence, even though we
Christmas is the most important holi- told that it must be in Bethlehem ac- believe their bodies will arise some
day in America and Europe while New cording to Micah, chapter five, so they day. Anything very unusual brings a
Year’s is the most important holiday headed for Bethlehem. To their sur- certain amount of fear. It is called the
in Japan and China. Why is Christ- prise, the star that they had seen in fear of the unknown.
mas the most important holiday in the East was again visible and was Even though the women had fear,
America? Is it not because that is guiding them to Bethlehem. Evi- they also had great joy. Why was that?
when families get together and feast dently, it was an especially created It was because it meant that their
and receive presents? That’s not all star which moved before them. This Master was more than man, He was
bad, but I notice that in the account of would be very helpful because the star the Son of God, as He had claimed.
the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s only would guide them di rectly to the That is reason for great joy. The shep-
begotten Son, there was great joy for house where Jesus was now being herds and the wise men experienced
the shepherds and for the wise men cared for by Mary and Joseph. Other- great joy as they anticipated what
and it wasn’t because they were over- wise, the house might be difficult to Christ’s birth meant for the world.
eating or getting a lot of presents they find in the town of Bethlehem. They The resurrection proved that Christ is
didn’t need. It was because Christ didn’t have an address to go by or in- indeed the Son of God and it is the con-
was born and they found Him. quire about. The result was that they summation of the whole plan of salva-
In Luke 2:10 we read, “And the an- rejoiced with exceeding great joy. tion for man.
gel said unto them, Fear not: for, be- Why did they have great joy? Be- In John 28:52 we read, “And they
hold, I bring you good tidings of great cause the star would save them from a worshipped him, and returned to Je-
joy, which shall be to all people.” At lot of trouble in finding the child, but rusalem with great joy.” Jesus had
first there was a single angel who ap- also, it reassured them that this was just parted from them and was carried
peared to the shepherds. He followed no ordinary child. After all, special up into heaven. The disciples had
the above statement with the news stars don’t show up every day to guide seen Him disappear up into the heav-
that a Saviour had been born. If some- you to where you want to go. There- ens and their joy knew no bounds.
one has been born who can save us fore, the wise men rejoiced with ex- They returned to Jerusalem with
from ourselves and our imperfections ceeding great joy. great joy. There was great joy at His
or sins, that is a great joy. It is the so- Christmas is rightfully a time of birth, there was great joy at His resur-
lution to the problem which has long great joy. May the truth of Christ’s rection, and there was great joy at His
plagued the human race. The prob- birth give us an inner joy which shows ascension.
lem is how to get on good terms with on our countenance, in our words, and Great joy is the order of the day.
the Creator of the universe. in our actions. Cer tainly at this Christ mas time
The shepherds hurried to Bethle- The term “Great Joy” is used again when we celebrate and remember His
hem and found the Christ child as the in the Bible concerning Christ’s resur- birth, we will remember that it is a
angel had said, lying in a manger. The rection. Matthew 28:8 reads, “And time of great joy, not because of all the
shepherds made known abroad what they departed quickly from the sepul- presents and food, but because the
had been told them by the angel be- chre with fear and great joy; and did Son of God was born, and through
cause it was a great joy to them. run to bring his disciples word.” After Him we are made clean, and pure, and
In Matthew 2:10 we read, “When the angel told the women who had holy, and life has meaning for eter-
they saw the star, they rejoiced with come early to the grave, that Christ nity. That is great joy.
exceeding great joy.” The wise men had arisen, they responded with fear
had stopped at Jerusalem to inquire of because this was, and is, a very un-
King Herod about the place where the usual event. The dead do not usually
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