February 2018 Volume 41 Number 3
Annual Business Meeting
The church’s annual business meeting was on January 28, 2018. The minutes from the January 22, 2017 and October 22, 2017 business meetings were approved. The following positions were affirmed:
Trustees: Mike Habegger and Rick Neuenschwander
Ministries Council: Alan Habegger (Worship), Mike Liechty (Care), Becky Bryan (Witness), Jane Nussbaum (Discipleship) and Bob Garringer (Stewardship/Facilities)
Endowment Board of Trustees: Ted Lautzenheiser and Ted Moser
Recording Secretary: Sharon Neuenschwander
Greg Meyer discussed the church’s finances. Throughout 2011-2017, the church has given around 50% of its receipts to missions. Because the congregation consistently gives so much to missions and the benevolence treasury, the church will be more flexible with the Household Treasury/Benevolence Treasury split and may adjust it to 85%/15%; this is only for undesignated offerings. Meyer discussed putting a quarterly financial report in the bulletin, so members know where the church stands financially through the year.
The proposed 2018 budget of $696,934 was approved for Household Treasury/Local Ministry (this includes the commissions, personnel expenses, general and administrative expenses, church property and maintenance, and capital improvement fund).
It is time for the church to do another pictorial directory. This will probably happen in the fall, and is for both members and attendees. †
Spring Elective Midweek Classes
Classes for the spring electives begin on Wednesday March 7 at 7 p.m. The first five Wednesdays will feature:
PLAY THE MAN - For Men - Led by Dave Bauman. Somewhere along the way, our culture lost its definition of manhood, leaving generations of men and men-to-be confused about their roles, responsibilities, relationships and the reason God made them men. In this inspiring call to something greater, author Mark Batterson helps men understand what it means to be a man of God by unveiling seven virtues of manhood. He couples stories with practical ideas about how to disciple the next generation of men. This is about a movement of men who will settle for nothing less than fulfilling their highest calling to be the man and the father God has destined them to be. Play the man. Make the man. Please sign up for this class by Sunday, March 4. Cost of book is $10.
When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box - For Men and Women - Led by Marcia Cressman. Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. In this DVD-based study, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game of life and how to set your priorities. Sessions include how to live passionately and boldly, learn how to be active players that please God, find your true mission and offer your best, fill each square on the board with what matters, and seek the richness of ‘being’ (not the richness of ‘having’). We are playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so it’s a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.
The Chapel will feature Brad Buckley from Huntington University sharing from Hebrews 11 on faith for four weeks. Pastor Jim Schwartz will also be sharing. March 7,14 and April 4,11 - Brad Buckley: Faith [Hebrews 11]. March 21 and May 9: Pastor Jim Schwartz. April 18, 25 and May 2 will feature Clinton Faupel: Parenting in a Digital World. These three sessions will be church wide and begin at 6:30 each week. There will be more information coming about this event. †
Meet Pastor Jim Schwartz
Pastor Jim Schwartz started as the new care and visitation pastor in January.
Where are you from? I was born and raised in Berne. I’ve been around Berne most of my life. I’m a 1975 high school graduate of South Adams, a 1979 grad of Fort Wayne Bible College (Missions and Bible Major) and I’ve taken some Masters program classes at Bethel College. I am married to Mary Carol. We celebrated 40 years last August. We have two sons and three grandchildren. My brother Joe attends here also, and, yes, we do look alike.
Who influenced your Christian walk? I accepted Jesus into my heart at the Union Meetings at First Mennonite when I was 7 years old. My parents had the most influence. They taught me a lot about love and acceptance. Rev. Gerald Gerig invited my family to church at First Missionary and got us involved. Christian friends in high school and my youth pastor, Leroy Sprunger. Rev. Jim Johnson was the first Pastor I worked with as a youth pastor. Rev Giordani Docteur is a Haitian Pastor and was a co-worker in Haiti alongside of me. I relied on him for lots of advice. Rev. Jerry Cramer was my District Superintendent for many years; he was a wise, mature man who gave great advice and had a huge heart.
Why did you decide to go into ministry? I wanted to do something that would make a difference in the world around us. I was always intrigued with missionaries’ stories as they would come through Berne. So when God called me into ministry, I wanted to go overseas as a missionary.
What drew you to care and visitation?
As a former youth pastor, I enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm that goes along with that age, but I also was energized by the slower times when I could sit down and reach out to individual teens in a one-on-one situation. In my years of ministry, I have filled in a lot of positions at the church and always enjoyed this side of ministry.
What do you want your legacy to be? The people who impacted my life were wise, caring people. I want to be someone that people know cares about them and can give them good advice.
What would you appreciate prayer for? Coming off of 26 years in youth ministry, I am finding myself in a slower paced ministry. I would appreciate prayer for the transition as I move into this ministry and for wisdom to know where and how to get more involved here at FMC.
Is there anything else you would like to say to the people of First Mennonite? Thanks for your warm welcome. I am excited to be here.
Favorite song: I love all kinds of music. Everything from bluegrass music to rock.
Favorite food: Coffee, steak and dessert.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16.
Favorite place to visit: Vacations at the beach, the hiking trails around the Geneva area.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Reading and talking to friends while drinking coffee. †
Notes of Appreciation
To the First Mennonite Church community,
Thank you very much for your financial generosity with the large contribution from Missions Festival. As our mission is just starting out, this support will allow us to fulfill the calling that Christ has given us. We have been greatly blessed already by your gracious financial generosity and your prayers. We look forward to the work that is set before us.
The Meyer family
Thank you to our church family for all the cards, food, prayers and encouragement during the passing of our mother, Glenna Moser. She is finally home and can see!
Dan and Barb Dawson, Ted and Judy, Gregg
and Karen, Brian and Kelly Moser
On January 1, attendees began arriving at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas for a full week of exposure to Wycliffe Bible Translators. The need of those living in Bible poverty...those with no scripture available in their language, would be presented with a challenge for lifting that poverty.
There were 27 passionate students from as far away as Seattle with a wide age span eager to know how to help Bible-less people. A week full of information, language learning exposure, teaching on principles of Bible Translation and eye-opening real life testimonies from Wycliffe missionaries who are already involved. The days were packed full.
Nearly half of the attendees are already signed up to begin the process of working with Wycliffe, a major praise to the Lord.
There is another week in Dallas for recruitment scheduled in May and we have been invited to assist.
Thank you for the generous support FMC provided during Mission Festival and continues to provide during our home assignment as we transition into the USA culture. It was exciting to teach the elementary kids and greet them at the Sari Sari store during Mission Fest in addition to giving a report of our work to the congregation.
We have now made 1306 Yoder Strasse our full time residence. Feel free to drop in anytime.
It takes a team and YOU, FMC, are part of the team.
To God be all the Glory.
Tad and Barb Wulliman
Dear First Mennonite Church,
Pat and I are deeply grateful for the gift to us from the Missions Festival. We were busy in December with Dad's memorial and Christmas and are now preparing for trips to India, Philippines and Singapore in February and March.
Pat and I will be traveling some together and some apart. In India, we'll be visiting both church planting locations and BAM (Business As Missions locations.) Later Pat will be part of the Business training in Singapore and I'm attending our international church planting leaders meeting in the Philippines followed by a training of around 30 advanced church planters near Manila. Again, thanks for making it possible for us to carry out what God has assigned us.
Pray for our boys who will stay home. Kenneth is doing well in his sales job with Spectrum and Kyle is enjoying his first year at Ohio State University. Kyle and Ken both attend the Vineyard Church in Columbus and Kyle helps out with Young Life and the Vineyard high school department.
Loren and Patricia Claassen
To our fellow followers of Christ,
As the 2018 MCC Meat Canner project comes to a close we would like to thank you for partnering with us to process and can 14,000 pounds of turkey in Berne and also we funded an additional 18,000 pounds that was canned in Goshen. Because you gave of your time and resources the project was able to run smoothly and without problems. The Peace and Service Committee of the First Mennonite Church would like to say thank you for the financial donations, the volunteers who came and helped cut, can and label the 14,000 pounds canned in Berne; the ladies who baked pies or volunteered their time to assist in the kitchen to feed the hungry workers; and for remembering the project and those who plan and arrange the event in your prayers. At this time the cans of turkey will be shipping to Pennsylvania the third week of February. Without you the project would not be able to function as it does. Thank you again, you are truly being God's hands in feeding those who are hungry here in our area, our country and the world.
Peace and Service Committee
I would like to thank the pastoral staff and visitation team for their visits as I was in the hospital in January. Also thank you for your prayers and for the cards which were sent. FMC is a caring church for which I am grateful.
Waneta Habegger †
Among Our People
Mic Hodson was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital and returned home and then was admitted to Lutheran a couple weeks later for tests. He came home on Feb 5.
Waneta Habegger was admitted to AMH on January 3. She returned home a few days later.
Dan Wenger was admitted to AMH after a fall. He was transferred to Swiss Village for rehab a few days later.
Alan Habegger had out-patient foot surgery on January 11.
Brandon Hill had surgery on January 11 at IU Methodist in Indianapolis. He returned home a few days later.
Barb Lehman had a total knee replacement at Lutheran on January 21 and was dismissed the next day.
Marinel Sprunger had a stimulator put in her back on January 24. She had to have it adjusted at Lutheran a few days later. †
Renee Joy Andrews, 30, of rural Berne went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 22, 2018 following a tragic one-vehicle accident. She was born to Roger and Jenny Neuenschwander on November 2, 1987 in Decatur, Indiana. She married Albert Andrews on December 19, 2009, who survives. She was baptized and joined First Mennonite Church on June 15, 2003; she was an active member.
She graduated from South Adams High School in 2006 where she played softball and volleyball. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis in 2009 with a nursing degree and had been employed by Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne for the past 10 years, currently as a nurse on the Neuro Science Unit. She was a loving and special wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and nurse. She loved life, which was evident as she lived it to the fullest, and always wore a smile. She greatly enjoyed showing livestock, especially dairy goats with her family at many local, state and national shows. She and her husband started the herd name of Country Mile Nubians. She was a 10-year Adams County 4-H member where she participated in the Beef, Starter Calf and Goat projects, receiving the esteemed Premier Livestock Showman Award. She served as an Adams County Goat Club leader for the past eight years.
Survivors include her husband, Albert; children, Isaac, age 6, and Addilynne, age 3; parents, Roger and Jenny (Liechty) Neuenschwander of rural Berne; sister, Amy (Nathan) Hirschy of rural Decatur; and brother, Eric (Jen) Neuenschwander of rural Berne. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews: Corbin, Aaron and Ben Hirschy; and Callie, Mackenzie, Caiden, Eli Neuenschwander, Alvie and Liam Patch.
Preceding in death are grandparents, Vernon and Ava (Kraft) Liechty and Joel and Lydia (Neuenschwander) Neuenschwander.
A Celebration of Life service was Saturday, January 27 at 3 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, Berne, with visitation one hour prior to the services. Visitation was also Friday, January 26 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church sanctuary. Officiating was Pastor Jeff Linthicum. Burial is in the MRE Cemetery, Berne.
Colleen K. Clauser Lehman, 90, Berne passed away January 24, 2018 at Swiss Village where she was a resident. She was born to Edgar and Katherine Schug Clauser on August 8, 1927. She married Richard L. "Dick" Lehman on July 20, 1947.
She was baptized and joined First Mennonite Church on July 7, 1946. Colleen was a faithful member and taught Sunday School, was a Mission Band member and was active in various other activities. She and her husband owned and operated the Richard's Jewelry Store in Berne for many years. She was a Girl Scout Leader, was involved in Migrant Day Care and served on the county Democratic committee and enjoyed traveling. Above all she loved her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Steury of Berne, Dawn (Tym) Desanto of Nashville, TN, Jan (David) Melinski of St. Petersburg, FL; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Preceding in death are her parents; husband; sister, Marilyn Clauser; and one grandson.
A Celebration of Life service and visitation will be held at a later date. †
Update is the publication of the First Mennonite Church, Berne, Indiana. It is published once a month to keep our people informed about the news and events in the church.
Senior Pastor…………………………….Jeff Linthicum
Among Our People………………………Jim Schwartz