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August 2017 Volume 40 Number 9

Follow the Example of Young Timothys
Our youth have been gathering on Wednesdays at noon during the summer for Bible study with Pastor Bill. Wow! That’s great, isn’t it?! The question now is: Will these youth see the adults of First Mennonite as those who seek the Lord along with them? Will they see us taking an eager approach to studying the Word of God? Teens are much more likely to continue their own faith journey if their adult role models are genuine in their own pursuit of the Lord. And as a church family, engaging with God’s Word and praying together will grow our faith and strengthen our church.
This fall, we invite you to new studies in our Wednesday Midweek services. In the chapel, we look forward to a series on Elisha by Bible teacher Rod Ovitt and a series on Men of Faith by Naomi Lehman. Later in the quarter we will hear from Darren Kloepper about the ministry of The Crossing school. Kent Liechty will wrap up the quarter on November 29.
Ladies, you are invited to join an eight-week elective study on the Beth Moore DVD/Bible study series, James, led by Lori Bailey.
Men, an opportunity for growth as men of faith will be offered in the elective DVD series by Louis Giglio, “Giants Must Fall,” led by Dave Bauman.
Whether young or old, childlike or growing into maturity, God’s Word is always a powerful instrument of transformation in our lives. Let’s follow the example of our “young Timothys” as they study and are eager to understand the Word of Truth, applying it to their lives.

The kickoff for the fall midweek season will be Wednesday, August 30. You won’t want to miss being here for supper, then gathering in the patio for a time that the whole family can enjoy as illusionist and comedian Jim Barron presents his hilarious performance of illusion and fun! †

Backpack Collection
The Buddy Bags Program at South Adams is in need of new backpacks to distribute food. Can you help? Watch the back-to-school sales! Large, sturdy backpacks work best for this program. Donations can be put in the red box outside the Children’s Ministry office. Food distribution will begin on Friday the first week of school (August 18). †

Sunday School Teachers and Children’s Church Workers
Mark your calendars! Chris and Debby would like to meet with all of you before promotion in September, both to encourage and to communicate important information regarding your areas of service. If you are a children’s Sunday school teacher or helper, or if you teach or help with children’s church, please attend one of the following: Wednesday, August 23, at 6 p.m. or Sunday, August 27, following the morning service. The meetings will take less than an hour. †

Note of Appreciation
Thank you for your prayers, cards and words of comfort and encouragement during this time of Beverly’s death. We are blessed to be a part of this loving church.
Thank you,
Glen and Kevin Grandlinard
Kris and Rhonda Grandlinard and family †

Retirement from Wycliffe
Steve and Cheryl Bauman

We thank God for the privilege of serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators for over 25 years and for First Mennonite Church’s financial and prayer support from the very beginning. After much prayer, we feel it is time to leave Wycliffe.
In June 1992, we started our assignment in Huntington Beach serving in I.T. and finance. At that time, there were about 3200 language communities without a Bible. Today, there are under 1700 who don’t have a single verse of Scripture in their language.
In addition to working with computers, Steve had the opportunity to lead the Bibleless Peoples Prayer Project for five years where he expanded that ministry from 2001 to 2006.
Steve thoroughly enjoyed his many years in I.T. where he built systems that streamlined donations, HR and finance processes and supported recruiters as they nurtured the next generation of missionaries into Wycliffe.
We want you to know that because of your support for us in Wycliffe, we can look forward to meeting many people in Heaven who became followers of Christ because Christians started praying for their language community or because they had the Bible in their language where they read of Jesus’s love for them. We have also benefited richly from your prayers for our family and we thank you with all our hearts.
In conclusion, thank you, First Mennonite Church, for your significant part in advancing the Kingdom of God.
As our family moves forward, please pray for Steve as he looks for a job in the Orlando area. We are praying for a job that no longer requires us to raise financial support and, hopefully, would be for a Christian organization. We also are praying for work that would allow us to remain in Florida where we can continue to serve in the ESL ministry, working with internationals. We know that God is faithful and will open a position for Steve. We will send follow-up communication to let you all know how things work out. †

Among Our People
Twyla Sprunger had a hip replacement at Adams Memorial Hospital May 22. She was moved to rehab at Swiss Village May 25. She returned home July 21.

Carolee Nussbaum was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital several times for tests. After several stays at Swiss Village for rehab, she returned home August 11.

Arleda Sorgen went to Adams Memorial Hospital June 26 for tests. She moved to Swiss Village rehab July 7.

Elsie Wulliman entered Adams Memorial Hospital on July 7 with vertigo. She returned home July 9.

Doyle Lehman had a hip replacement at Parkview Hospital July 12. He moved to Woodcrest for rehab July 14. He returned home July 21.

Catherine Smith had a knee replacement at Parkview Hospital July 18. She transferred to rehab at Swiss Village July 21. She returned home August 11.

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

Bertie Lehman had surgery for lung cancer in Indianapolis July 21. She returned home July 30.

Glenna Moser was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital July 26 with a hip fracture. She had surgery to repair the fracture July 27 and was moved to Swiss Village rehab July 31.

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

Ernest Sprunger became a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital due to an infection, July 30. He returned to Swiss Village August 4.

Roy Liechty was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital for tests. He transferred to Lutheran August 1.

Bertha Mae Neuenschwander had heart valve replacement at Lutheran August 3.

Floyd Liechty entered Adams Memorial Hospital August 12 with a bowel obstruction. †

Home Going
Melvin G. Augsburger, 73, Berne, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Ft. Wayne. He was born to Gorman and Ruby Nelson Augsburger on January 2, 1944 in Adams County, IN. He married Rita Neuenschwander on December 14, 1963.
Melvin was baptized and became a member of the First Mennonite Church on December 1, 1963. He was employed at South Adams School maintenance department and also drove bus for 18 years. Mel enjoyed camping, cutting wood, cruising in his golf cart and especially attending his grandchildren's sports events.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; sons, Wade (Taya) Augsburger, Brian (Lee Anne) Augsburger, both of Berne; brother, Max Augsburger of FL; sister, Joan (Calvin) Morgan of Geneva; five grandchildren, Ashley (Justin) Hicks, Alex Augsburger (fiance Morgan Isch), Katelin and Taylor Augsburger, Benjamin Augsburger; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Bryson Hicks and Harper Augsburger. Preceding in death are his parents, brother, Leonard and sister, Jean Moore.
The funeral service for family and close friends was Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church Chapel. Visitation was Monday, July 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne. Officiating was Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger.

Gloria J. Reinhard Lehman, 81, Berne passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Swiss Village. She was born to Ulrich and Maryann Liechty Reinhard in Adams County. She married Ted Lehman on November 8, 1953.
Gloria graduated from Berne High School. She was baptized and joined First Mennonite Church on June 5, 1949. At church she was in the Choral Society and was on the Christmas Program Committee. She was a former employee of Richard's Jewelry, Faith and Life Bookstore and Micro Precision Textron in Berne. Her interests included gardening, singing and especially loving her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Rosemari (Tad) Sinnock of Indianapolis, IN; two granddaughters, Holly Byer and Julie Byer Hurt (Ryan); great-grandsons, Brandon, Jacob, and Ethan; great-granddaughters, Ashley, Kayla, Renna and Chezney; brother, Robert (Betty) Reinhard of Berne, Larry (Echo) Reinhard of Kansas City, MO; and sister, Connie (Gary) Yoder of Berne. Preceding in death are her parents, husband Ted ('13) and daughter Pamela Byer ('04).
Funeral services were Friday, August 4, 2017 at the First Mennonite Church at 10 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also Thursday, August 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne. Officiating was Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger. †