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October 2018 Volume 41 Number 11
Mission Festival 2018
Adult Theme – “Eyes to See” Children’s Theme – “William Carey’s Shoe Store” Verse – John 4:35b Song – “Open My Eyes” Goal - $216,000
Schedule Prayer Stations  4 p.m., Sunday, November 4 – 4 p.m., Sunday, November 11 Sunday, November 4 Sunday School: Chuck and Carole Fennig Both church services: Jean Paul Tiendrebeogo (Kingdom Investments) Tuesday, November 6 Coffee Break at Swiss Village Social Corner 10 a.m.: Sherrie Kizer and Bertie Lehman - Agape Respite Care Wednesday, November 7 Evening Meal (ham dinner) 5:45 p.m. Evening Service 7 p.m.: Jeff Horsman (testimony) and Bruce Chadwick - Gideons   Sunday, November 11 Both church services: Troy Landis (EMM Discipleship Coach)
Mission Festival Committees Festival Coordinator – Linda McKean Committee Members – Barb Dawson, Jeanne Frank, Fred Linn, Jeff Linthicum, Tad Wulliman Children’s Festival – Tad and Barbara Wulliman, Chris Hyman, Debby Neuenschwander Brochure – Jenn Reusser Hospitality – Barb Dawson, Jeff Linthicum, Tad Wulliman Kitchen Committee – Sara Meyer Website – Sara Jo Sprunger Swiss Village Breakfast – Barb Dawson, Linda McKean Prayer Stations – Jeanne Frank, Matt Wheeler †
Children’s Mission Festival
Preschool and elementary students will participate in Carey’s Shoe Store throughout the week.  William Carey, a missionary to India, was the ‘Father of Modern Missions.’ Our shoe store (on the chapel stage) will be in his honor since he was a shoemaker turned missionary. Special customers will visit the store needing shoes for doing their work for God. Shoe salesman, Ted Beitler, will be sure to supply the shoes needed if they can tell us how they are following in the footsteps of Jesus...and their shoes will be FREE! Of course, there will be songs, Scripture and a special offering project to supply shoes for needy children. †
Meet the Mission Festival Speakers
Rev. Jean-Paul Tiendrebeogo is an ordained minister who serves the body of Christ in various capacities through preaching, teaching, as a life coach and one-onone discipleship coach. He has experience working within diverse congregational, corporate, educational and community contexts. Jean-Paul also serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Investment International, INC.: a non-profit organization he and his wife Rita founded in 2008 that is committed to the Great Commission by promoting sustainable economic development to the people in his home country in Burkina-Faso, West Africa. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and International Studies from Bluffton University (Bluffton, Ohio) and a Master of Science in International Economic Development with an emphasis in Public Policy from Eastern University (Philadelphia, PA). Jean-Paul is the author of “My Faith or My Family,” a memoir of a Christian childhood in Africa. He has appeared on several radio and television programs sharing his life story and advocating on behalf of others in less developed nations. Jean-Paul has been married to Rita for 12 years, and the Lord has blessed them with three children, Moriah, Caleb and Selah. The Tiendrebeogo family resides in Bellefontaine, Ohio.  (Speakers continued on page 2)
(Speakers continued from page 1) Bruce Chadwick has been part of the Gideon ministry since 1977 and has held many offices in their camp and on the state level.  He has served as State President and on the International Cabinet and represented the Gideons in many countries around the world.  Bruce retired as superintendent at Saranac Community Schools and continues to live in Saranac, Michigan. He and his wife, Margaret, have two grown sons and eight grandchildren. Their son Steve and his wife Faith joined the Gideons in 2003 and works for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Their son Scot is working for Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and he and his wife Mariah and their children live in Kentucky.
Troy Landis: I am thankful to get to be a husband to Michelle and a father to three young children—Hudson, Tessa and Jordan. I also get to serve as Discipleship Coach at the EMM Central offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where I oversee our short-term programs and equipping ministries. Previously, I served with EMM on a YES team in Bolivia and a long-term assignment in Southeast Asia. My post-high school education has focused on Anthropology and Education. I enjoy passionate worship, discipleship relationships, learning abut anything, hiking, silent retreats and a large bowl of Turkey Hill ice cream.
Sherrie Kizer, Executive Director of Agape Respite Care, is the wife of Andy Kizer and lives near Vera Cruz with Breanna, a junior college student, and son Jacob, a sophomore at Adams Central. Sherrie credits Agape Respite Care with growth in her Christian life. She came to Agape seeking a job as a care provider, after her son was born prematurely. During her nine years as a part-time care provider at Agape, Sherrie began attending Saint Francis University to obtain a nursing degree to continue her new passion for serving others. After receiving her R.N. degree, Sherrie worked at Bluffton Regional Medical Center; then in a doctor’s office, before returning as Nurse Educator for Bluffton Regional Medical Center. Sherrie is excited to return to Agape Respite Care as it is the place where her faith and desire to help others intersect. She is passionate about God’s call to serve individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. From her own personal experience Sherrie fully understands the support parents and caregivers need.
Roberta “Bertie” Lehman, Development Director of Agape Respite Care, is the wife of Jim Lehman and lives near Berne with their 12-year-old son, Hunter. Her daughter, Krista (Keith) Brunstrup lives in rural Monroe and daughter, Melissa (Justin) Gillette lives in Goshen. Bertie is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren. Daughter Jessica now resides in heaven. Agape Respite Care is a legacy of Jessica’s life. Devoting her life to caring for Jessica, who had severe disabilities, opened Bertie’s eyes to the need for a caregiving ministry for persons with disabilities and their
families. With the help of many Christian friends and the First Mennonite Church, God’s plan was fulfilled. Bertie is a graduate of Bluffton University and Indiana University. After 25 years as developer and director of Agape Respite Care, she retired, but she continues to serve as part-time director of development. †
Financial Peace University
Financial Peace University:  Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. here at the church from January 9 - March 6, 2019. This class is open to singles, married couples and anyone wanting to experience peace in the area of money in their life. Every person’s financial situation is different, but there are some timeless, rock-solid financial principles that will bring health to any marriage.  Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson money-management class taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more. And now you can experience this lifechanging class the way that’s best for you: with other people in a local group.   One of the leading causes of divorce is financial stress.  When a husband and wife are financially healthy, it brings a tremendous amount of peace and security to the relationship, but when there is stress related to finances, it can bleed over into every other aspect of life. The good news here is that even if you don’t have much money, you can be financially “healthy”. Financial health doesn’t have nearly as much to do with your net worth as you might think; it has much more to do with being unified in your financial plans with your spouse. Join a local group for your greatest life-change. The biggest win for your money comes from meeting with other people on the same financial journey! The best way to jump-start your financial journey and to see the most significant life-change is to join a local group and experience the class with other people. Classes will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. from January 9 - March 6 and are being led by Pastor Jeff Linthicum and Greg Meyer. The accountability and motivation you receive from discussing the lessons and meeting with people face-to-face is the key to changing your life!          If you are interested in being part of this class, contact Pastor Jim for more information.  Childcare is available through the Wednesday evening children’s program.  Please note: class size is limited, and there is a cost for the materials. †
Among Our People Vernelle Yoder was a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital September 4-7. She passed away on September 26. Josh Linthicum had surgery at Riley Indy and was hospitalized September 7-11. Keirra Steffan, two-year-old daughter of Matt and Amy, was hospitalized at Adams Memorial and Lutheran from complications from a tonsillectomy September 13-14. Rich Wulliman was a patient at Lutheran September 17-21 in Coronary ICU.  He passed away on September 21. Alice Liechty spent a couple of days at Adams Memorial and is now in rehab at Swiss Village. Ed Prentiss spent several days at Bluffton Regional for tests the last part of September. Jean Sprunger was a patient at Adams Memorial September 27-28 with lung and asthma issues. †
Home Going Barbara Ann Sprunger, age 91, passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Swiss Village, where she was a resident. She was born on October 17, 1926 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Clifton “Wifty” Sprunger and Naomi Haecker Sprunger. Barbara was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church of Berne, which she joined on December 24, 1944. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bluffton University, and her Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University. She was a long time 6th, 5th and 3rd grade teacher, having taught at Monroe, Berne-French and South Adams Schools. Hundreds of her former students knew her fondly as “Miss Barbara.” At church she was a Sunday school teacher, superintendent of the children’s department, a leader in Intermediate Mission Band, and a member of the library committee. Preceding her in death are her parents and brother, James Sprunger.  Visitation was two hours prior to the memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Swiss Village auditorium. Burial is in the MRE Cemetery, Berne.
J. Stuart Lehman, 90, of Berne passed away peacefully in his chair while reading the newspaper in his home on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2018.  He was born at Adams County Hospital on November 29, 1927, the only son of Waldo and Erna Lorena “Glory” (Sprunger) Lehman of Berne. Stuart lived almost his entire life on Lehman Street in Berne, progressing southward from one house to another.  He married Rosemary Arnold of Lima, Ohio, on November 1, 1969.  She preceded him in death in December of 2008.  They had one daughter, Heidi Jo, who survives. Stuart’s career was teaching high school.  He taught at Elmhurst High School before beginning his long tenure at Berne French and South Adams, where
he taught English, Speech, Social Studies and even Math (briefly).  He also spent several years partnering with his father in running the Maytag Shop in Berne.  He sold life and health insurance for many years as “Stuart Lehman Insurance.”  He loved public speaking and was often called upon to MC events, speak at reunions and organize programs.  His hobbies included reading and touring Berne in his car, especially his “Dunder Fegu” (“Thunderbird” in Swiss).  He was a faithful family man, taking care of his parents, his older relatives, then later his wife and daughter. Stuart’s greatest desire was to serve the Lord.  He was a life-long member of the First Mennonite Church in Berne, where he was baptized and became a member on May 25, 1941. He applied his seminary training to teaching Sunday School and working in various other ministries in the church, including serving as deacon, speaking on the weekly Sunshine Hour broadcast and teaching for evening church services.  He taught his last Sunday School lesson to the Loyal Workers Class on September 9, and did his last Sunshine Hour broadcast September 18, just one week before he died.  He was grateful he could continue to be of use to the Lord, even at the age of 90.  He wanted everyone to know that Jesus loves them. “Take thou my hand, O Father, and lead thou me, until my journey endeth, eternally.” A funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 at First Mennonite Church in Berne.  Burial followed at MRE Cemetery in Berne. Family and friends were received from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne, Indiana and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Vernelle H. Yoder, 94, of Berne, Indiana passed away early Wednesday morning, September 26, 2018, at Swiss Village in Berne. She was born on July 26, 1924 in Adams County, Indiana to Raymond and Ida (Habegger) Yoder.  She was baptized and joined the church on May 8, 1938. Vernelle was a graduate of Hartford High School and received her Bachelor's degree in Education from Fort Wayne Bible Institute. She served as a missionary in Colombia, South America for over 44 years. During that time, she was a teacher and director of three Mennonite schools under the Mennonite General Conference. After she returned home from the mission field, Vernelle had a heart for helping people in need. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara Yoder of Berne and her nieces and nephews, Marilyn Averhart, Ray Yoder, Robert Yoder, Beverly Piper, Keith Yoder, Kevin Yoder and Kyle Yoder. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Raymond, Jr. in infancy, John, LeRoy, Jerry and Harry Yoder; sisters, Ilva and Evanna Yoder; niece, Linda Carpenter; and foster brother, Elwood David. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 at Swiss Village Chapel in Berne with Pastor Jeff Linthicum and Pastor Jerry Flueckiger officiating. Burial followed at MRE Cemetery. Family and friends were received from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday prior to the funeral service at Swiss Village. †