E Courier September 30, 2019

Ketchen-up . . . 

It has been a difficult month for our church family due to the passing of three of our members . . . Devon Kruger, Bob Ulbricht, and Diane Dodson.  While their deaths were not unexpected and while each had struggled with poor health for many months, it is still hard to let go.  Let’s keep each of these families in our prayers and look for ways to encourage and comfort them during this difficult time.

I want to thank the leaders of our Special Care Ministry Team who provided a meal following each of these funerals.  This is a very important time of ministry.  Thank you to ministry team leaders Sally Wuethrich and Darlene Williams and all others who helped to prepare food and serve.  You have all been a great blessing to these three families.

“Healthy Marriages” Seminar: I want to encourage you to participate in this seminar to be held this Saturday, October 5, from 1:00 to 5:00.  The location will either be in our fellowship hall.

E.Anne and I have been married for 44 years and we are planning to attend.  We both believe there is always something to be learned.  If you are married, let me encourage you to attend.  Adam & Liv Huber heard seminar leaders Justin & Trisha Davis speak a couple of years ago and they were very impressed with what they had to say.  If you have questions, please contact Adam or Liv.  You will need to RSVP to attend.

Worship Services: Our worship services over the last two weeks have been a little different.  On the 22nd our 8:30 worship was in the Fall Festival’s big tent uptown.  The attendance was very good and we had a number of visitors.  Our 10:45 worship attendance on the 22nd was considerably lower than usual, but it was again a blessing to be together.  Our worship time was made a little more special as we witnessed the baptism of Emmaline Hart.  She came at the invitation time to make her good confession of faith.  Her father, Bryan, had the privilege of baptizing her.  Let’s keep this young lady in our prayers.

Our worship attendance on the 29th appeared to be down, but in reality it was not.  This past weekend was our church’s annual campout at the Tippecanoe River State Park.  Fifty-nine (59) people participated in a worship service at the park on Sunday morning.  Adam Huber led the worship music and Sean Owens gave a meaningful devotion.

Preaching Schedule: I am continuing to preach sermons from the Book of Psalms.  There is no particular theme I’m addressing, but I’m selecting psalms which speak to my heart and I’m praying they will speak to yours as well.

May God bless us all.

Love, Jim

Sympathy

Three members of our church family recently passed away.  These include:

Devon Kruger was 92 years old when he passed away at his home on September 10.  He leaves behind his wife Phyllis.

Phyllis Kruger

2047 S  925 W

Francesville, IN  47946

Bob Ulbricht was 83 when he passed away on September 15 in Illinois at the home of his daughter Stacy.  He leaves behind his wife Barb and his two daughters Debbie and Stacy.

Barb Ulbricht

c/o Stacy Ledford

P.O. Box 351

Minier, IL  61759

Diane Dodson was 74 when she passed away at her home on September 23.  She leaves behind her husband Cecil and her two daughters Trina and Angie.

Cecil Dodson

3712 N. Meridian Rd.

Reynolds, IN  47980

Let’s keep each of these three families in our prayers and look for ways to encourage them.

Baptism

Congratulations to Emmaline Hart who was baptized by her father on September 22.  Emmaline is 11 years old and the daughter of Bryan & Nikki Hart.  Let’s keep this young lady in our prayers and look for ways to encourage her. 

Emmaline Hart

6818 N  500 E

Wheatfield, IN  46392

Wedding

Congratulations to Kyle & Krystal (Anderson) Gerlach who were married on Sunday afternoon (9/29) in a ceremony at the church.  Kyle & Krystal will make their home in Kewanna.  

Healthy Marriages

This Saturday, October 5, the church will be hosting a “healthy marriages” seminar.  The time will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Justin & Trisha Davis from Refine Us Ministries will be the speakers.  This event is for both our church family and the Francesville community.  An RSVP will be required.  It is not too late to sign-up.  If you have questions, please contact Liv Huber.


Baby Girls

Congratulations to Bill & Holly Luebbert at the birth of their granddaughter Lily Jean Saren Ayres.  She was born on September 19 weighing 9 pounds 3 ounces.  Her parents are Jeanadette & Benjamin Ayres. 

And congratulations to Christopher & Jennifer Gutwein at the birth of Isabel Mae.  She was born on September 26 weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces.  Her grandparents are Gordon & Carolyn Lewis and Curtis & Helen Gutwein.

Thank You

The Special Care Ministry would like to thank everyone who graciously made food and/or worked the past 3 funeral dinners.  Your willingness to serve is greatly appreciated!  Please don’t forget any dishes you may have in the kitchen.

The Humanitarian Distribution Center would like to thank all who made cupcakes and/or served at the Chicken Dinner during the Fall Festival.  God bless your willingness to serve.

Thanks, Sally Wuethrich

We wish to thank everyone for all the cards, visits and especially prayers while Dick has been battling the sore on his foot.  It is healing, just taking a long time.

Many blessings, Dick & Martha Lowry

The Foundry 

 This past Friday Adam and I traveled to the Orange Tour conference stop at Northview Church in Carmel. Orange is the company that provides our youth teaching materials. It was good to soak in a day of encouragement and practical ministry application. One of the key elements from this and past conferences  that we are nearing implementation of is parent emails. Very soon we will be sending parents emails to help keep you informed of events and what is being taught in our youth ministries to encourage and supplement the discipleship that happens in the home. Studies over time have shown that parents are the largest influence on the faith development of children. Our ministries want to be a companion to you!

 We want to thank everyone that helped work in the walking taco stand fall festival weekend or made a purchase. It benefits our kids!

Fields of Faith: The West Central High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting “Fields of Faith” this Wednesday night, October 2. The WC football field will open at 6:20, pizza at 6:30 and the event begins at 7:00. (will be in gym if weather dictates) Foundry students will all be directed to attend this event with other students, youth groups and FCA groups from local schools. The event is open to the community, anyone can attend. The program includes; worship, scripture reading, student testimonies and guest speaker Ryan Lewellen from the Pisgah Christian Church, near Lake Cicott. Join us for an impactful night focused on Christ!

5th Quarter: There is a 5th Qtr this Friday night after WC Football until 11:15pm. We will be having a Pizza, Games, Hangout and a Blacklight Dodgeball Tourney.

Jeremy’s #: 219-204-0422

The Spark

 According to the calendar, it’s officially fall, and the Spark’s Wednesday night program is now in full swing! If you’re unfamiliar with the way our Wednesday night program works, each month we focus on a particular biblical virtue and look into Bible stories that speaks on that virtue.  We also have a memory verse that goes along with our virtue.  Now that the month of September is on its way out, we are wrapping up our first virtue of the new school year.  September’s virtue was “trust” and our memory verse was Proverbs 3:5, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

 Each week we focused on a part of the story of Joseph, which is personally one of my favorite Bible stories.  The thing about the story of Joseph that stands out to me is the amount of time that goes by in the story where Joseph is faced with frustrating adversity, and yet continues to trust in God.  We sometimes get frustrated when we have a few bad days or a bad week where things don’t go our way.  But Joseph endured years of undeserved hardship and continued to trust in God through it all.  What a great example of trusting God when we’re not able to understand the big picture!

Backpack Pantry Program:  The BPP has returned for another year.  Both the Spark and the Foundry Ministries have invested in this program as a missions project for the last few years, serving elementary students by providing food on the weekends to kids that might not otherwise have food to eat.  If you would like to partner with us, you can do so by donating food to be packed.  Please find the list of specific items that we are able to include in these bags in the church foyer.  Thank you for your help in this project!

Adam’s #: 317-430-4827

Events

Oct 4 – There will be a 5th Q following the West Central football game.

Oct 5 – The church is hosting a “Healthy Marriages” seminar from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Oct 12 – A church family will be using the fellowship hall for a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.

Oct 13 – Jim, E.Anne Darlene and Darlene will be giving a report on their recent mission trip to Haus Edelweiss.  The time will be 6:00 p.m.

Oct 13 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

Oct 14 – The church board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Oct 31 – The church will again participate in a “Trunk or Treat” during “trick or treating” hours set by the town.

Nov 11 – Youth Sunday

Nov 11 – The elders will meet at 8:00 p.m.

Nov 12 – The church board will meet at 7:00 p.m.

Nov 20 – The church’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner will take place at 6:00 p.m.

Nov 22 thru 24 – A group of high school youth and their leaders will be attending the Indiana Christian Youth Convention this weekend in Anderson.

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