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September 2017 Volume 40 Number 10

Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale
The 50th annual Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale is September 22-23, at the Elkhart County 4-H fairgrounds. The sale begins Friday, September 22, at 5 p.m. with activities continuing until 9 p.m. Saturday opens at 7 a.m. until early afternoon. Come and make this weekend a family event! For more information about the sale or to
download printable forms, see the website, www.mennonitesale.org.
We would also like to encourage the congregation to celebrate the 50th anniversary by doing more baking for the sale. Information sheets, containers and labels are on the table in the foyer. All baked items need to be at the church by 11 a.m., Friday, September 22. †

Handel’s Messiah Rehearsals
Rehearsals for Handel's Messiah will begin on Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. and will continue weekly through Tuesday, November 28 with a final rehearsal and appreciation meal on Friday, December 1. The performances are Saturday, December 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 3, at 3 p.m. The choir is directed by Brent Hyman and will be accompanied by organ, harpsichord, timpani, cello and trumpet. Tryouts are not required; singers of all ages are invited. You will be blessed. †

Women’s Retreat
It’s Time to Win: Unleashing the Conqueror Within (about prayer) will be held on October 13 and 14, 2017, in the Family Life Center. It will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with snacks and on Saturday go from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. Cost is $20. Sign-ups begin September 17 in the foyer. Please pay at the time of sign-up. Any questions? See Becca Amstutz or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). †



Notes of Appreciation
A special thank you to all of you who prayed for me during my hip replacement surgery. The cards and visits were much appreciated in the hospital and during rehabilitation. May God bless you.
Doyle Lehman


Mennonite Church,
Thank you so much for all the visits, kindness and especially all the prayers and the beautiful prayer shawl.
The family of Melvin Augsburger


I would like to take a moment to thank my church family for your thoughts and prayers. Also a special thank you for the beautiful prayer shawl, such a special gift. I ask that you please continue to remember me in prayer. Therapy is going great and with the continued prayers and God’s continued help I know I will get stronger every day.
Ruth Habegger


Dear First Mennonite Church,
Thank you so much for the continued support through the service scholarship! The tools and wisdom that I have gathered from Huntington University will make so that when I take a job in vocational ministry, I will be able to be as effective as possible. It means so much to feel that my home congregation is behind me as I continue the path into ministry, and this scholarship is just a tangible way to see that.
In Christ,
Nick Balsiger †


Find these new books on the table in the foyer or downstairs in the church library.

Librarian’s note: “We added the two most recent Robert Rogers books, so the library now owns all three. Mr. Rogers is from Ft. Wayne and recently spoke on a Sunday evening. He lost his wife and four children in a flash flood several years ago and began a ministry that helps people cope with tragedy. We also added two books on handling finances, books that dovetail nicely to Pastor Jeff's sermon on giving.”
• “7 Steps to No Regrets: How to Find Peace of Mind with God, Others, and Yourself” by Robert Rogers
248 ROG
• “Your New Money Mindset: Create a Healthy Relationship with Money” by Brad Hewitt and James Moline
248 HEW
• “God’s Thrifty Extravagance: Understanding What the Bible Says About Money” by Jonathan Kopke

Librarian’s note: “These three biographies are completely different from each other. The first is about a sailor who received Christ through the ministry of Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators; the second about a woman who, along with both parents, battles cancer; and the third about the life of a ‘conservative’ Mennonite.”
• “The Other Side of Infamy: My Journey Through Pearl Harbor and the World of War” by Jim Downing with James Lund
• “Under a Desert Sky: Redefining Hope, Beauty, and Faith in the Hardest Places” by Lynne Hartke
• “Anything But Simple: My Life as a Mennonite” by Lucinda J. Miller

Adult Fiction:
Librarian’s note: “These new fiction books are by popular authors. Brunstetter's is a sequel to ‘The Lopsided Christmas Cake,’ Gohlke is the author of ‘Saving Amelie’ and Smith fictionalizes lives of Biblical women.”
• “The Farmers’ Market Mishap” by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter
• “Secrets She Kept” by Cathy Gohlke
• “Redeeming Grace: Ruth’s Story” by Jill Eileen Smith

Among Our People
Arleda Sorgen went to Adams Memorial Hospital June 26 for tests. She moved to Swiss Village rehab July 7. She returned home September 16.

Logan Sprunger became a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital July 19 for tests. He moved to Swiss Village for rehab July 22. He returned home August 25.

Glenna Moser was admitted to Adams Memorial July 26 with a hip fracture. She had surgery to repair the fracture July 27 and was moved to Swiss Village rehab July 31. She was admitted to Lutheran Hospital August 23 following a fall and had surgery August 25. She returned to Swiss Village rehab August 30.

Ruth Habegger entered Adams Memorial July 27 following a stroke. She moved to Swiss Village rehab July 31.

Roy Liechty was admitted to Adams Memorial for tests. He transferred to Lutheran Hospital August 1. He was transferred to Markle Health Care August 22 and returned to Lutheran August 25 with pneumonia. He returned to Markle September 5.

Floyd Liechty entered Adams Memorial August 12 with a bowel obstruction. He returned home August 14. He had outpatient hernia surgery August 17.

Dianne Von Gunten had outpatient surgery for an infection in her thigh August 12. She was admitted to Adams Memorial August 13. She returned home August 16.

Phyllis Habegger had a knee replacement at Lutheran August 15. She moved to Swiss Village for rehab August 18. She returned home early September.

Betty Stuber had surgery at Parkview Hospital August 21. She returned home August 22.

Dan Dawson became a patient at Lutheran August 28 for surgery August 29. He was transferred to Coventry Meadows September 1.

Georgia Amstutz was admitted to Lutheran September 2 for tests. She transferred to Swiss Village rehab September 14.

Betty Habegger entered Adams Memorial September 14 following a stroke. †


Home Going

Berneta L. (Liechty) Lehman, 93, of Berne passed away Friday, August 18, at Swiss Village. She was born on February 15, 1924 in Berne to Robert U. and Emma (Sprunger) Liechty. She was married on December 24, 1943 to Adrian Lehman.

Adrian and Berneta served as missionaries in Lazy Mountain Children's Home in Palmer, Alaska from 1951-1956. She was a lifelong homemaker. On May 8, 1938, she was baptized and joined the First Mennonite Church in Berne where she volunteered in various ministries. She also enjoyed working on puzzles.

She is survived by two daughters, Jaculin (Clarence) Torkelson of Berne and Sue (Robert) Harness of Ft. Wayne; two sons, Jay (Rhonda) Lehman of Franklin, TN and Matt (Joye) Lehman of Berne; 24 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Loren and Robert Liechty of Berne.

Preceding in death are her parents, husband in 1989, foster daughter, Katherine Abel in 2009, granddaughter Jill Torkelson in 1974; brothers, Melvin, E. Gordon, James and Samuel; sisters Anna Roop, Corena Liechty and Colleen Smith.

Visitation was at Swiss Village Chapel Friday, August 25 from 3 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services Saturday, August 26 at the First Mennonite Church, Berne. Officiating was Pastor Jeff Linthicum with burial at the MRE Cemetery.


Bertha Mae Neuenschwander, 77, Berne passed away on August 24, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne. She was born on May 8, 1940 to Wilmer and Bertha Kriebel Reiff in Skippack, PA. She married Denver Neuenschwander on December 28, 1968.

Bert attended Philadelphia College of Bible and Bluffton University for her Bachelor's in Education and earned her Master's degree from St. Francis University. She taught at Skippack Elementary School in Skippack, PA, and South Adams Schools in Berne. Bert also studied in Costa Rica before working as a teacher and principal in Columbia, South America. She could often be found reading one of her millions of books; playing games with her family; quilting; admiring the beauty of birds; or playing the piano, organ or violin.
Bert joined First Mennonite Church on March 29, 1970 and was a very active member. She served on the visitation and funeral committees, library committee, peace and service committee, Women in Mission, as a greeter and was a fervent prayer-warrior. Bert was passionate about people, life and her faith. She was selfless, loving to all and didn't know a stranger. She knew every detail of her children's and their spouses' as well as her grandchildren's lives, including all their favorite foods, and was supportive and encouraging of all their interests and careers. She was the best wife, mom and grandmother one could ask for and her passionate existence will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Denver; son, Dan (Damara) Neuenschwander of Berne; daughters, Becky (Matt) Buckingham of Berne, and Sara (Sean) Davis of Columbus, OH; sister, Gerry (Charles) Sprunger of Landsdale, PA; and eight grandchildren, Tyler Neuenschwander, Andrea Neuenschwander, Derick Neuenschwander, Kate Buckingham, Solomon Neuenschwander, Zane Davis, Boaz Neuenschwander and Logan Davis.

Preceding in death are her parents, sister, Arlene Spallinger and brother, Wilbur Reiff.
Funeral services were Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also Sunday, August 27 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne. Officiating was Pastor Jeff Linthicum with burial at the Evangelical Mennonite Cemetery, rural Berne.


Steven D. Alt, 57, Ft. Wayne, native of Berne passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at his residence. He was born to Merlin and Betty Settlemire Alt on February 11, 1960 in Adams County, IN.

Steve was baptized and became a member of First Mennonite Church on June 22, 1975. He was a former employee of EPC. He rooted for the Baltimore Orioles and collected baseball cards.
Survivors include his parents, Merlin and Betty Alt of Berne and brothers, Michael of Monroe and Gregory of Berne.
Funeral services were Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation also Saturday, August 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. Officiating was Pastor Jerry Flueckiger with burial at the MRE Cemetery, Berne. †