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May 2017 Volume 40 Number 6

VBS is Coming

During Kingdom Chronicles VBS, kids will learn from Ephesians 6 about the armor of God! Castles, knights, dragons, fair maidens…and lots more! If you have any medieval decorations, costumes or anything you think would add to the theme, please let Chris or Debby know. Thank you for your continued prayers as we prepare for this exciting week. If you’d like to do more than pray, check out the registration table for volunteers and donations needed, or scan the QR code. †



das Märit Volunteers Needed

das Märit, our farmers and artists market, opened on May 13 with more than twenty vendors selling a variety of plants, baked goods and crafts. But this outreach to the community doesn’t happen without volunteers. We need a few helpers on Saturday mornings to set up (6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.), tear down (11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and do waffles/coffee (8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.). Choose your time—any or all. You don’t need to commit for all season; days that fit your schedule are helpful to the market. †


Stimulating Studies for Summer Wednesdays

During the summer months, life gets busy in different ways. It is unwise to leave our gardens and fields untended. Likewise, it is unwise to let weeds take over in our spiritual lives. Our spiritual lives must be cultivated!

We are very pleased to have a special speaker scheduled for all four Wednesdays in June. He is Dr. Wilbur Williams, who has become one of the most well-known and beloved professors in IWU history. He has been much appreciated by his students, being elected nine times as Professor of the Year by his students. Dr. Williams is also known for his 40-year involvement in archeological excavations in Israel and North Africa. After 50 years of teaching at Indiana Wesleyan, Dr. Williams still enjoys teaching people about God. Dr. Williams’ presentations will be on “Walking through God’s World,” with the first talk entitled ”God’s Genius and His Hidden Gifts for the World.”

There will be no Wednesday evening services for the month of July. In August, we will have a variety of presentations, including our exciting kickoff on August 30 featuring a comedy-illusionist.
For a rich, deep, and beautiful spiritual life, keep it tended! Join us for these rewarding messages and prayer times during the upcoming summer months! †


Be A Hero
Jessica Lehman
“To be a true hero, you must be a true Christian.” So said G. A. Henty, a nineteenth century author of historical adventure fiction.
Let’s focus on the Christian bit for a minute. The word Christian obviously comes from the name Christ. It
means follower of Christ. So as Christians, how well are we following?

In John 15:12-13 Jesus says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Christ is our heroic example of this. He died for us. He gave up His own life, comfort, safety, dignity and personal wellbeing for a bunch of wretches. He wanted a way out. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He prayed that God the Father would let Him a find a different way to do what needed to be done. But there wasn’t another way. Christ sacrificed everything for the sake of others.
Which, you know, sets the standard for His followers. A true Christian follows Christ in word and deed. Not every Christian will have to physically die for God or to save others. But it’s the self-sacrificing attitude that makes a hero. Every day, you face choices. They’re not all life and death.

You have the opportunity to make daily sacrifices. It might take a sacrifice of your time or energy to be kind, helpful or loving. It might take a sacrifice of money or a valued possession to be unselfish. Will you give up what you really want to give someone what they really need?

1 John 3:16-17 talks about smaller sacrifices: “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?”
The little choices make heroes. Really. We’d like to think we would make big heroic sacrifices (“Oh, of course I’d jump into a river to save a drowning child”), but would we, without having practiced self-sacrifice? Have we taken the time to babysit a single mom’s kids? Have we lugged out the heavy ladder to get a stray kitten out of a tree? Have we let a family member take the car today? It’s the little sacrifices that prepare us for the big ones.

Are you following Christ’s example? Will you be a hero? †

Book Marks
• 248 ARM “Treasure: a four-week study on faith and money” by Jacob Armstrong
• 248.4 BEC “Alongside: a practical guide for loving your neighbor in their time of trial” by Sarah Beckman
• 248.8 THO “Cherish: the one word that changes everything for your marriage” by Gary Thomas

• B BAR “Hiding in the light: why I risked everything to leave Islam and follow Jesus” by Rifqa Bary
• B CHA “Between heaven and the real world: my story” by Steven Curtis Chapman with Ken Abraham
• B QUR “Seeking Allah, finding Jesus: a devout Muslim encounters Christianity” by Nabeel Qureshi
• B TEB “Shaken: discovering your true identity in the midst of life's storms” by Tim Tebow with A. J. Gregory

Adult Fiction
• F AUS Waves of mercy” by Lynn Austin
• F BLA “If I'm found” by Terri Blackstock
• F DUF “The shepherd's song: a story of second chances” by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers
• F NEW “Hidden Falls: a novel” by Olivia Newport
• F WOO “The sound of sleigh bells” by Cindy Woodsmall †

Among Our People

Catherine Smith had a knee replacement at Parkview Hospital March 28. She transferred to Swiss Village for rehab March 31. She returned home April 28.

Ruth Mary Liechty was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital April 13 for tests and blood transfusions. She returned home April 15.

Ernest Sprunger became a patient at Adams Memorial Hospital April 17 for tests. He was transferred to Parkview April 19. He was moved to Swiss Village nursing care April 24.

Mic Hodson was admitted to Lutheran Hospital April 21 for treatment of medication reaction. He returned home April 24.

Daniel Wenger entered Cleveland Clinic April 26 for surgery on his throat. He was able to return home April 28.

Carolee Nussbaum was admitted to Lutheran Hospital April 28 for tests. She returned home May 5. She was admitted to Adams Memorial Hospital May 11 for further testing.

Denver Neuenschwander was admitted to Lutheran Hospital May 1. He had a pacemaker insertion May 2 and came home May 3.

Dave Wulliman had back surgery at Parkview Hospital May 2. He returned home May 5. †


Home Going

Anna V. Liechty, 101, Berne, longtime missionary, passed away on May 7, 2017 at Swiss Village where she was a resident. She was born to Albert W. and Ida Moser Liechty on November 19, 1915 in Adams County, IN.

She was baptized and became a member of First Mennonite Church on June 15, 1930. Anna graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and later attended Goshen College and Ball State University. She studied French for a year in Brussels, Belgium. She was ordained as a missionary on October 28, 1945. In 1946 Anna was a missionary with the Belgium Congo Inland Mission and because of government changes she became a member of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Later the Mission Board joined the Inter-Mennonite Mission and Anna retired in 1984. Her interests included reading, traveling and listening to classic music. She was involved in the Chancel Choir and was a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include nieces Martha Showalter of Harrison, VA and Miriam Griffin of Oak Ridge, TN; nephew Jonathan Habegger of Tucson, AR; and great-nephews and nieces.

Preceding in death are her parents; brother Paul S. Liechty; and sisters, Mary J. Augsburger and Ruth B. Habegger.

Her memorial service will be held Saturday, May 27, 2017 in the Swiss Village Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger officiating. Burial is in the MRE Cemetery. †