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September 2008
A Word from Senior Pastor Brad
A Word from Associate Pastor Paul
A Word from Youth Pastor Travis
What’s Happening at the FFH
Linda Rous
What I Learned...a word from Senior Pastor Brad
During our July Council meeting I asked the Council
members if anyone else had learned something about
themselves during the July discussion meetings in
which we decided to build a MBY facility. I pointed out
that I learned that “my buttons can still be pushed.” I
think my experience has helped me understand why it
might be difficult for some people to speak up in a public
forum meeting. Here are my thoughts…
3. Write in the
journal at the
same time
each day…
either immediately after or
each night
using the following format
First, some people are shy and this pushes them out of
their realm of comfort.
1. Date?
2. Time?
3. With whom?
4. What was my response?
5. Why was I angry?
6. What did I wish to accomplish with my anger?
Second, some are afraid of the response their comments may produce from others.
Third, some may even be afraid of the emotions which
might rise up and over whelm them while they give their
own response…especially if it could produce some feelings of anger.
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Anger in itself is not a bad thing. But sometimes our
anger can create difficult situations for us, especially
when we act out of our anger. Something I have done
to help me understand my anger so as not to be so
overcome with these emotions is to examine my own
anger. {Yes, I do get angry, don’t be surprised, I can’t
be nice all the time}. I would like to share with you a
format I learned from a Seminary Professor which has
helped me. I call it my “Anger Treatment Plan.” When
dealing with on-going anger issues I make it a point
each day to…
1. Journal each situation.
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2. Reflect on my entries daily
Pastor Brad& Vi Penner
As I honestly answered this, I saw something about
myself I didn’t like.
7. What strategy did I formulate after I did 1-6?
8. Did I implement my plan?
Finally, I did a Biblical word study on “anger” to give me
a clearer Biblical understanding of anger. Consequently, I found my responses to angry feelings within
me changing. I still get angry, but how I respond is now
different…usually. This is the most important thing I
have come to understand how I can respond more appropriately when I am angry…and that it is even appropriate at times to be angry.
Next month I will share with you about “How Being Nice
All the Time Can Ruin Your Life.”
~Pastor Brad
Fairview Mennonite
1600 East State Road, Fairview, OK 73737
Brethren Church
580-227-4730 ● 580-227-4347 (fax) ● [email protected] ●
Ministry Quest, eh?
Please continue to pray for
Living Waters Church as
we are working hard to get
things going in Longdale.
The church has been meeting each Sunday for over a
month now in a low-key
worship format (sermons
on DVD, worship, sharing
time). Two weeks ago, they
had 28 people in attendance! Things are very
exciting, and we are still
working towards a public
launch, hopefully in early
October. Three things you
can pray for are:
1. A pastor. We have begun the pastoral
search, and would like
to hire a pastor as soon
as possible. Pray that
God will lead the correct person to us.
2. People. We are still
looking for 2 families
from Fairview MB to
commit to a year of
attendance and service
at Living Waters. Pray
that God will work in
the lives of the correct
people, and ask God to
tell you whether that is
you or not.
3. Ministry Team. We are
working together to
find a pastor, set up
ministries and structures, and prepare for
our public
launch. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and
A word from Associate Pastor Paul
I stepped off the plane and began the long trek towards the baggage claim. I was supposed to meet John, a guy I’d never met
before, and several high school students near the carousel
where my baggage would be found. I didn’t know how to locate
them, since I knew not what any of them looked like. I knew that
many of the ones I’d be meeting were Americans, which could
have helped – except it was my second real time in Canada (I
was in Thunder Bay one tim e, but don’t count that one), so I already knew that, in fact, not all Canadians wear roots clothing
every day, speak French, and carry an extra bag of Smarties with
them everywhere they go (and I’m not talking about the kind of
Smarties that I used to get from Rodean at Ewald’s – I’m talking
about M&M’s lesser, taste-deprived rival). Eventually I located the group, primarily because they were all
awkwardly looking for a bunch of strangers just like me.
The group was meeting for a Ministry Quest retreat in British Columbia, the second retreat of the year in
February. I was there as the videographer (that’s right!) working on a promotional video for Ministry
Quest. It was my first in depth experience with the program. The retreat ultim ately brought us to a campground in the beautiful mountains of B.C., where the group spent tim e in worship, group discussion, Bible
study, ropes course, listening to speakers, and much more. I filmed as students expressed themselves in
worship in various ways – closed eyes, hands in the air, dancing (you heard me!), and of course singing.
Through my lens, I watched as 17-year olds discovered for the first time their spiritual gifts, only to be
topped by the affirmation they received from others in their groups, telling them where they saw those gifts
playing out in their lives. My camera captured teenagers digging into the book of Daniel in ways deeper
than they ever had before. I watched as relationships were built, and lifetime friendships were developed.
And through the eye of the camera, I witnessed dozens of high schoolers, silent, for two hours as they
focused on a flowing river, journaled, and poured their hearts out to God in quiet.
Of course, that’s not even the heart of Ministry Quest. The heart happens in hometowns, in home
churches, in homes. The mentoring relationships between students and adults from the church serve as
the foundation for this leadership development program. And the interaction at home between parents
and the MQ participants also serves as a catalyst to a healthy program. This year, we have two students
from our church who are participating in this program, Cassie Whiteneck and Carissa Neufeld. Both of
them are juniors here in Fairview. Cassie’s mentor is Lori martens, and Carissa’s is Debbie Karber. I
encourage you to remember them in prayer as they participate in this program this year. I also encourage
you to give them words of affirmation as they begin to discern what kinds of leadership and ministry God
has for them in their lives.
This is a very exciting opportunity for both of these young ladies, and as their church body, and I want to
encourage each of you to make the same commitment our church council made to Cassie and Carissa. In
the letter written to them, we said: “In 1 Samuel 14, Jonathan partners with his armor-bearer as they go
into battle. In their exchange, the armor-bearer says to Jonathan, “Do all that you have in mind. Go
ahead; I am with you heart and soul.” (v.7). In the same way, we want to be your armor-bearers, saying
that we are with you heart and soul. We want to be your supporters and cheerleaders as you go through
this year.”
Ministry Quest is a one year discipleship and leadership program for 16-18 year olds in MB
Churches. All MQ participants must be nominated by a pastor or church leader, and be accepted
into the program. A primary goal is to journey exploring opportunities in Christian leadership. The
program features a church-based mentoring relationship, two retreats, ministry observation and a
short term ministry assignment.
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September 3
MBY & Wildside (6:30-8)
September 4
Football Dinner at 6pm in DH
September 7
MBY Worship Practice (5-6)
September 10
MBY & Wildside (6:30-8)
September 14
MBY Worship Practice (5-6)
September 17
MBY & Wildside (6:30-8)
September 19
Wildside Tailgate Party (leave
church @5:45)
September 21
MBY Worship Practice (5-6)
September 24
See You at the Pole (7am)
MBY & Wildside (6:30-8)
September 28
MBY Worship Practice (5-6)
Youth Leaders
Jr. High (WILDSIDE):
Cliff & Deena Craighead
Brad & Melvena Ewald
“Flying Mountains and Trees”… a word from Youth Pastor Travis
I wrapped my arms around the tree….my fingertips
touched as they met on the other side of the
trunk. The rough bark dug grooves into my chest
as I pressed up tight against it. I strained and
pulled, sure that this time it would give. But it didn’t. It never did. Several times I tried in vain in
my younger years to pull a tree out of the ground.
It’s harder than it looks.
Pastor Travis, Lisa & Addison
While still in elementary school I had read some
verses in the Bible where Jesus talks about having
faith. Even if I have the smallest bit of faith it says that I could tell a mountain to move
and it would be so (Matthew 17:20). Or I could uproot a tree and have it cast into the
sea (Luke 17:6). Surely I had a mustard seed of faith. So I tried. I remember working
over a certain tree on our farmyard at least 3 times. And yet there it stood as a testament to my lack of faith. If I couldn’t produce even one miraculous event what was I
Surely this is just silliness isn’t it? We don’t think like this anymore….we’re grown ups!
Deep down I still want to believe that I have at least a mustard seed of faith…don’t you?
Sadly, I have no miraculous signs in my life to point to. Sure, I have lots of events and
moments that I attribute to God, and that I can find no other explanation for. But, I have
nothing as dramatic as flying mountains or trees torn asunder. I read the Bible and
there’s story after story of obvious miracles. Everyone in the Bible seems to have been
involved in at least a couple clear God sightings that nobody could doubt or challenge.
I read this verse the other day. Likely I had read it many times before, but hadn’t
stopped and noticed what it actually said. “….And many people came to Him (Jesus).
They said, ‘Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about
this man was true.’” (John 10:41) If there was a list of the people in the Bible who God
worked through in big ways surely John the Baptist would be one of them. He was a
direct fulfillment to prophecy in the Old Testament. He baptized God Himself. He died
because of what he believed. But wait! He never healed someone from leprosy. He
never called down fire from heaven. He never even pulled a tree out of the ground.
Sheri Martens
Steve & Rhonda Regier
Jason & Cinnamon White
Jess & Calleen Davis
Austin & Sara Hurst
Curtis & Debbie Karber
Adam & Nicole Martens
Todd & Angie McCue
I like to find people in the Bible who I can relate to. I think I can relate to John. We both
like to hang out in the water, we both like honey, and we’ve never performed miracles. I
read about John in a different light when I remember that he was miracleless. It didn’t diminish his role in God’s plan at all. So if you’re out driving
some day and you see me grappling with a big sycamore just smile and wave. I’d still love to
Hey, MBY!
yank a tree out of the ground, but I’m glad
Travis will be at the Pizza Hut
to know I don’t have to. My worth isn’t
every Thursday. FIRST 2
based on miraculous signs. I have worth
High Schooler’s eat free!
simply because God says I do.
~Pastor Travis
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Visit them. Make time in your busy day to
spend an hour or so every few weeks visiting
with them. If distance is a factor, call them
instead. They love knowing there are family
members that care about them.
Listen to them. Senior love having someone
young & fresh to share their stories with, even
if you’ve already heard the story multiple times
before. Pay attention while you look as interested as you did the first tim e around.
Send them mail. Most elderly people have not
mastered technologically advanced communication such as e-mail, and rely on oldfashioned snail-mail letters. Head to the card
store and pick up a card or two, or some stationary, and write them updates about what’s
been going on with you or just send a simple
"Thinking of You" card. A sim ple gesture like
this can go a long way.
If possible, take them out. Many elderly people
either don’t drive at all or don’t drive anywhere
near as much as they used to when they were
younger and are often looking for an excuse to
get out of their place of residence for awhile.
Taking them for a drive to look at the changing
leaves in the fall or out for a quiet lunch will
give them a change of scenery and im prove
their mood.
Great things are happening at the Fellowship Home and Apartments. We have
a wonderful group of residents and families to work with. We are especially excited about our Chaplain program led by Leonard Vogt. People are being ministered to and have been led to know the Lord.
There are many opportunities for you to serve and help with our ministry.
►Please see Jennifer Hamen or LaDonna Pembrook if you could help with any
of the activity suggestions.
►We could use men or women to be special speakers at our men’s and
women’s coffee groups.
►We always need people to read to our residents.
►Our residents love visitors. Could this be your area of ministry?
►Musical programs- groups or singles to play or sing for our residents.
►Financially- Your tax deductible gift can help us with our roofing project.
We have begun accepting bids for re-roofing the Villa West Apartments.
As many of you know, we are in the process of roofing the entire Fellowship
Home. This is a huge project and we would appreciate any help you could give.
Fellowship Home Activities:
September 3: Men’s Coffee Hour @ 1pm in Great Room (all Men are invited!)
September 17: Men’s Coffee Hour @ 1pm in Great Room (all Men are invited!)
Apartment Activities:
Men’s Coffee at 10:00 every day except for Sunday.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program: Tuesday’s & Fridays at 10:30am.
For Ladies Only— by Dr. Benton
For Men Only— by Bryon Baum
Continuing Education Classes—September Guest Speaker is Karlea Ewald
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Is In the pew?
Tell us about your family: Mother was a waitress and raised 3 children alone; she died 19 months
ago. I am first born. Brother and sister live in the Ohio countryside. Brother is married and drives
long distance truck. Sister is married, drives forklift and shares a catering business with her husband
on the weekends. None of us have any children.
What is the biggest challenge you face in everyday life? My temper and im patience - enough
Tell us about your salvation experience. Strange: When I was born, Mother had me baptized in a
Church of Christ. My father’s family was Catholic (though he never attended church) and when the priest came to the house to explain to
Mother that I should be raised in the Catholic faith, she showed him the door. My mother never attended any church but did read the Bible (as
did her mother) and would dress me and put me on a church bus every week as far back as I can remember. She never sent my brother or
sister; only me - ? When my parents divorced and we moved, I attended the neighborhood Methodist church until my teen years when I attended a Baptist church with friends where I was moved to be baptized through pier pressure. After 18, I left home for the east coast and did
not attend church for another 18 years. (This is the part of my life I refer to myself as “my mother’s prodigal”.) During this time, I lived in and
traveling through many states. In my mid 30's, I began trying various denominations - seeking something that had always been missing. In
1989, God literally brought me to my knees sick, alone and whaling from shame. He brought my attention to The Worldwide Church of God
and I never want to go back into the world - it is a dark and lonely place with more evil than can be im agined. The church is my sanctuary and
God is my father and my mother. To this day, neither my brother or sister attend a church.
Who was/is a role model for you and why? My Mother: She was a hard working woman serious about her responsibility without ever receiving child support or the help of family. She instilled moral character, a work ethic and a respect for her without measure.
What is your favorite hymn or worship song and why is it special to you? I like so many but what comes to mind first is “My Shepherd
Will Supply My Needs”. It reminds me God is always with me and He is all I need.
Tell us about a favorite time in your life. Spring - North Dakota - Roosevelt National Park (the north branch) - on the highest peak in the
state. I was hiking in the park. I am standing there, with God, overlooking a beautiful canyon with no guard rail. There is a bull buffalo on the
path below me. I am eye to eye with a hawk gliding on the warm up draft from the canyon floor below. All is still save a slight breeze. There is
a lot of wisdom and peace to be found at a moment like this.
What church activities do you enjoy most? Singing, pot luck and bible Study groups.
How would you like to spend a free day? Alone - beside a lake - late October - under an old shade tree - cane pole and bobber in the water
- a book of poetry, a northern breeze and no poison ivy in sight.
Tell us about your hobbies and interests you enjoy. Carving (Indian dolls) - writing (I have 6 children’s books) - poetry - opera - nature animals - hiking - embroidery.
Tell us something that would surprise us to know about you: I am actually a quiet, solitary person.
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Fairview MB…
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Women & heart attacks (Myocardial Infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain
in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here
is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.
'I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one
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I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting
story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft,
cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a
bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like
you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable.
You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this
time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hindsight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I
stopped puzzling about what was happening – we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws
being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I
think I'm having a heart attack!
I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I
thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is
or anywhere else ... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any
longer I may not be able to get up in moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics ... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and
into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then
lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't
remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their
ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we
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Female Heart Attacks Continued...
arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull
my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have
you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer,
and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents
to hold open my right coronary artery.
'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling
the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude
are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get
going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.
'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you to know what I learned first
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men
die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the
morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly
like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt
before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER -- you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked
husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT
call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's
daytim e, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your
Dr. will be notified later.
3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or
accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the
body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there... Pain in the jaw
can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we
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Article submitted by Linda Rous for the Monthly Beacon.
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Individuals serving on Committees for 2008-2009 year were asked the following questions for this month’s
Monthly Beacon. Below and on the pages to follow are their response. A BIG Thank you to all who responded.
May you be blessed as you serve in your particular ministry.
1. Why do you serve on the __________________ Committee?
2. What do you hope to accomplish this coming year in your area of ministry?
3. Is there something we could pray specifically for in your area of ministry?
When we first became deacons, (many years
ago) it was a little scary to make a hospital
visit or work with a family that is going
through a time of bereavement. But through
the years, we have realized that although you
can still experience butterflies in your stomach, it is very rewarding to serve others in the
name of Christ. An aspect of the deacon
ministry that we really enjoy is listening to the
testimonies of those seeking church membership or baptism. God works in amazing
ways in other people’s lives. We also develop a close bond with the other deacon
couples as we serve together. This coming
year, we would like to be more sensitive to
the needs of our church body and in particular pray on a daily basis for those in our deacon family group. We would like to ask the
church family to pray that we can remain
focused on Christ and remain dedicated and
enthused in our ministry.
In 1966, I moved to Fairview and was elected
to serve on the Music Committee for a 3 year
term. I have served since as the Organists
are now part of the Committee.
Being responsible for all music aspects of the
church encourages the committee to seek
out individuals to use their talents in worship
to God. It is always rewarding
to see how God has blessed our congregation with music gifts and are willing to serve.
Jason & Andrea Edwards in Brazil
Bob & Chris Davis in Thailand
A Minister of Worship is a much needed
position to assist us with our music and
ministry needs. This is my prayer!
Sandra Fender going to North Thailand
Samir & Lewissa Youseff in Egypt
Why do we serve on the Missions &
Evangelism Committee?
Charley Burlison: For the opportunity to be
involved in ministry and bringing the
good news of Jesus to others.
Roy Brown: Opportunity to serve was
there, and I was willing to do it.
Dawnette Bell: I would like our group to
promote a “user-friendly” church and also
be an encouragement to our missionaries.
Angie McCue: I feel that outreach is an
important part of ministry and this was a
great opportunity for me to serve in that
Carolyn Winter: My interest is supporting
our missionaries and encouraging outreach
for our church.
What do you hope to accomplish this
coming year in your area of ministry?
We would like to be a more outgoing
friendly welcoming church.
We want to be encouraging to the missionaries our church supports,
Is there something we could pray specifically for in your area of ministry?
We need to be faithful in remembering our
missionaries in prayer daily.
We would like to encourage people to build
relationships with non-believers.
We need to pray for one person a month to
accept the Lord.
Why: I serve on the CE board as the representative for our Jr. High youth group. As
much as I like to have fun during our meetings; I do take seriously being an advocate
for our youth and youth leaders. Communication to the leadership of our church is an
important part of our successful youth ministry. I feel that it's important to use your
gifts in ministry and according to several
"gift" tests I have taken, some of the gifts I
posses are administration, organization and
creativity and these gifts have been an asset for me serving on our CE board. This is
also an opportunity for me to stay informed
and know how to pray for other areas of
Christian education ministry of our
church. Continued on next page...
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to begin and complete a nursery renovation!
Accomplish what: I want to continue to work
within this committee to not only maintain,
but grow our youth ministry and other areas
of Christian education in our church. I hope
to create a growing excitement within the
ministries of our church. I want to see people get excited about trying new things such
as our new Sunday morning schedule. I
encourage our church members
to participate and take advantage of our
new "fellowship time" on Sunday mornings
to make visitors and new families feel welcome in our church. I look forward to new
and creative ways to im plement our Christian Ed ministry here at FMBC.
Pray for our children to grow to know Christ,
prosper in His promises and fulfill what He
has already planned for them. Pray for a
multitude of volunteers! (It takes a village to
raise a child.) Pray our renovation goes
After prayer, I decided to serve as a trustee
because I wanted the opportunity to do
ministry. I wanted to serve God, the church,
and to reach out to those in need. I didn’t
have any idea what the job of a trustee
entailed. It has been a real learning and
rewarding experience. Some may think the
Pray: That I will maintain enthusiasm and a
trustees are just about door knobs, winpositive attitude and be an effective commudows, and air conditioners, but
nicator, model leadership with
integrity, have the strength to If it were as easy to arouse every decision effects the
enthusiasm as it is
churches ministry. We are
fight the spiritual battles that
are so persistent in this minis- suspicion, just think what here to see that your ministry
could be accomplished!
can happen.
Parting thought: If it were as easy to arouse
enthusiasm as it is suspicion, just think what
could be accomplished!
WHY? Because that is where my heart is. I
feel blessed each and every Sunday when I
get to serve the youngest members of
Christ's Kingdom. There is nothing more
pure and innocent than a child. With every
smile, laugh and tear I am reminded just
how precious each one of them are!
Our committee is working on changing the
layout and structure of our ministry. With
extended mornings with the new SS schedule, we hope to im plement a structured
program to make our time with the children
meaningful and worthwhile. We hope to
nurture them by showing God's love and
teaching them to love Him. We also hope
I want to continue to support the church in
every area of ministry. It is im portant that
our board has a good working relationship
with all ministries of the church. It is our
responsibility to oversee the management
and upkeep of our facility.
Pray for wisdom to make decisions that will
be in accordance with God’s will and further
the ministry of our church.
Please pray that everything we do is to
honor God!
When this opportunity to serve became
available, we were entrusted with a large
sum of money to use in helping others. I
felt it was an awesome privilege to be able
to help others in this way. I feel that God
makes it very clear in his word that we
should help those who are in need. In Matthew 25, Jesus says: “For I was hungry and
you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty
and you gave me something to drink, I was
a stranger and you invited me in, I needed
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and
you looked after me, I was in prison and you
came to visit me.” He also says that if we
do these things for others, we are doing it to
The types of problems that our committee
deals with can happen to any of us, no matter who we are, so it is a humbling experience to help others who are going through
To help others in the most loving way possible and show God’s mercy to them. I hope
those who are in need will feel free to share
their problem with us so that we can get
them the help they need. We don’t want to
leave anyone out that could use some assistance.
I Love to decorate with florals & greenery. I
enjoy decorating the church for others to
enjoy while they are worshiping. This past
year has been a challenge with some differences of opinions on too much or always
placing decorations in the wrong
places. This next year I hope our committee
can bless those who enter our church.
Please pray that God will give us wisdom
and discernment for dispersing funds to
those who are in need. Pray that God will
lead us to who are struggling and hurting
and that we can help them through their
difficult time.
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I serve on the Dining Hall Committee because I feel it is another way of serving
God. It is a satisfying experience to work
and hopefully help others. There is also
some fun with all the work we do.
Other than accomplishing the weekly
chores in the Kitchen I hope that someone’s
life will be touched and they come to know
the Lord.
A specific prayer need does not come to my
mind, but pray that God will use our efforts
to His glory.
We love serving our church family on the
Dining Hall Committee. It is a blessing
when we prepare and serve a funeral meal
for a family who has lost a loved one. We
always receive the bigger blessing. Also,
for Debbie, washing dishes on Wednesday
nights is sometimes a challenge but is always a fun tim e especially with David
Koehn helping her. Please pray that we
can always be a blessing to those we serve.
I enjoy decorating my own home so I feel
this is an area I can serve and enjoy to help
make our church look pretty and cheerful.
Please pray for us as we gather for worship.
God has called us to serve and love people.
We want to serve Jesus by loving people. We
hope to extend Jesus’ love by serving people.
Please pray that as we serve, Jesus will have
all the honor and glory.
Several years ago when we were still in the
Holderman Church I felt that God was calling me to this position. We then got excommunicated from the church and I decided
this opportunity would never happen. We
then joined the MB Church and several
people asked us if we would be willing to be
deacons. Since we were excommunicated
from one church I felt very unworthy to accept this position in the MB Church.
My prayer is that we will be more alert to the
needs of individual members as well as the
whole church as it pertains to the sick, bereaved, widows and aged. Heb. 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such
a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so
easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I was called and asked to serve on the Music Committee. Music has always been
very im portant to me. I also have a history
of music in my background. Serving in
music ministry is such a blessing to me.
Because of my position as one of the
church organists, I serve on the music committee. Serving with music for most of my
life has been such a blessing. The Lord has
given me a love for music and I am so
blessed to be able to work in this area. “Let
everything that lives sing praises to the
Lord!’ Psalms 150:6. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual
songs. Sing and make music in your heart
to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the
Father for everything, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ.” Eph. 5:19,20.
It is my hope to see the ministry of Music
improve as we learn to understand the music worship time. Praising God through
music, I feel, is a wonderful beginning to the
worship service.
I have been asked a number of times why I am
serving on the Dining Hall Committee (I have
wondered a few tim es myself, Why?)
I am sure there may be several reasons. I had
been teaching for years and was ready for a
change, so when I was asked to serve, I
thought it might be just the change I needed. I
wasn’t working and I would be available when
needed so I said I would give it a try. Little did I
know that years later I would still be serving.
Another reason I said yes was because I feel
strongly that everyone needs to be doing something or be involved in some way to feel a part
of the church and part of it’s ministry.
I have found it to be hard work at tim es, frustrating at times, and most of the time very enjoyable and fun. We have a great, hard working
committee, and I like to feel it’s my place to
serve the Lord and my church.
My prayer for the new year is that I, and our
committee, might be Faithful in our service to
the church and that we might look at each meal
we serve as an opportunity to serve Christ.
Music appreciation has always been an im portant part of my family heritage. Music speaks to
my heart and it is my hope that in our service it
can speak to others also.
Please hold up our leaders of music in prayer
and pray that the Lord will call out additional
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Church Council
Usher Chairman
Nominating Committee
Decorating Committee
Pastor Brad Penner
Steve Regier (chair)
Erland Martens
Debbie Ratzlaff
Pastor Paul Bartel
Dennis Flaming (assist. Chair)
Warren Heinrichs
Waynetta Burlison
Al Carey
Rhonda Regier
Pastor Travis Schmidt
Don Martens (moderator)
Paul Martens (chairman)
Frank Huebert (secretary)
Terry Ratzlaff (deacon chair)
Lonnie Pembrook (trustee chair)
Rita Dick (Christian Ed. Chair)
Charley Burlison (E&M Chair)
Justin Hurst (stewardship chair)
Kelly Wahl (music chair)
Doug Wiens (member-at-large)
LaVonda White (member-at-large)
Deacon Couples
Terry & Debbie Ratzlaff (chair)
Leon & Karen Neufeld (secretary)
Dennis & Francy Kusch
David & Lavada Koehn
Christian Education
Liz Wichert
Rita Dick (chair)
Dining Hall Committee
Pam Voth (adult S.S. Supt.)
Millie Wichert (co-chair)
WMS Committee
Cindy Bartel (children’s S.S. Supt.)
Karen Murphy (co-chair)
Viola Martens (Chair)
Paul Bartel (AWANA Commander)
Terry & Debbie Ratzlaff
Alvina Heinrichs (Secretary)
Barbara Carey (Midweek Director)
David & Lavada Koehn
Calleen Davis (MBY Rep.)
Marcia Shewey
Melvena Ewald (Jr. High Rep.)
Mike & Ann Martens
Teresa Wichert & Sonya Darr (CC)
Dennis & Elaine Flaming
Travis Schmidt (Youth Pastor)
Darrel Jantz
Nursery Committee:
Justin Hurst (chair)
Kody Strader, Jennifer Hoffman,
Shari Day, Michelle Gosney &
Teresa Wichert
Ron Voth
Curtis Karber (Treasurer)
Acts of Kindness Committee
Steve Kliewer
LaDonna Pembrook (chair)
Angie McCue
Lee & Naomi Eitzen
Carolyn Winter
OK Menn Relief Sale Committee
Roy Brown
Randall & LaVonda White
Brook Strader
Randy Souter (assist. Treas)
Warren Heinrichs
Keith & Vicky Neufeld
Keith Whiteneck
Youth Building Committee:
Bob Eitzen (Chair), Doug Wiens,
Pat Regier, Lori Martens, Adam
Martens, Austin Hurst, Angie
McCue, Debbie Karber, Pastor
Travis Schmidt
Scott & Brenda Neufeld
Transition Team:
Mike Martens
Keeven Ewald, Danny Ewbank,
Warren Heinrichs, Curtis Karber,
Steve Kliewer, Don Martens, Paul
Martens, Sheri Martens, Keith
Whiteneck, Robin Souter, Pastor
Men’s Fellowship
Mac Wahl (sec)
Steve Kemp (chair)
Curtis Karber (Treas)
Charles Wichert (treas.), Jim Fast,
Lee Eitzen, Brad Wimer
Todd McCue
Nicole Martens & Kieth McLain
Clara Wichert, Jeanette Martens
Dawnette Bell
Bev Heinrichs, Jodi Hurst, Natalie
Church, JoAnn Wieler, Elaine
Flaming, Karen Neufeld, Karen
Murphy, Francy Kusch
Mac & Debbie Wahl
Candy Wichert
Don & Rita Dick
Slim Ulrich
Lee & Naomi Eitzen
Glenna Rush, Terry Ratzlaff,
Charley Burlison (chair)
Kelly Wahl (chair)
Tabor Advocates
Terry Murphy
Bud & Candy Wichert
Lonnie Bartel
Janice Wichert
Stephen Ministers
Music Ministry
Joann Wieler
Keeven Ewald
Trent & Sheri Martens (v-chair)
Lonnie Pembrook (chair)
Carolyn Winter
Stephen Leaders
Lonnie Pembrook (Trustee Chair)
Leonard & Janice Wichert (benev)
Hospitality Committee
I should have sent you our
change of address a long
time ago as we moved in
January. We have really
enjoyed getting the Beacon. We like the looks of it
and the interesting content.
Ernie and I would like to pass on to those
who know us that he is doing remarkably
well. It is now over a year that he had a
stroke and we appreciate so much the many
prayers in his behalf this past year. He has
improved physically and walks well without
the walker in our apartment but uses his
walker when we leave the apartment. He is
helping me in the house and is able to take
care of himself. We appreciate so much the
many prayers for us, and especially for Ernies
recovery. We thank everyone. Only God will
be able to reward you for your kindness
and your faithfulness. Please continue to
pray for him. His speech shows improvement every day. We would enjoy hearing
from you.
Blessings, Ernie & Elsie Friesen
POSITIONS OPEN: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Don't Know
PHYSICAL QUALIFICATIONS: Must be able to carry light musical notes part
way across the sanctuary. Must have sufficient vision to see the director.
EXPERIENCE: No application accepted from persons who have not sung,
hummed, or whistled in the shower.
WAGES: Satisfaction and joy in God's service, together with talent development.
FRINGE BENEFITS: Social Security- We promise you the security of social
fellowship with some of the greatest people in the world- our choir members.
HOURS: Wednesday nights, 8:15-9:00 and Sunday mornings, 10:00-11:45,
with occasional overtime (at above wages.)
RETIREMENT: Generally determined by notes getting too small, choir loft
steps too steep, notes too high, sanctuary too hot (or cold), or pianist unable to
play the notes you sing.
APPLY: By attending rehearsal Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 8:15 or by contacting
the director, Bev Heinrichs.
We would love to have you be a part of the church choir. You do not have to
be at every practice to sing on Sunday mornings. Come join us on Sept. 3rd.
September 5th: @OBA –7:30pm
Here is our address & contact Information:
Ernest & Elsie Friesen
410 S Buhler Rd. Apt 26
Buhler, KS 67522-8133
Telephone --316-665-7301
September 12th: Cashion –7:30pm (Mexican Pile-on)
September 19th: @Watonga –7:30pm
September 26th: @Perry—7:30pm
October 3rd: John Marshall –7:30pm (Band Queen Night)
October 10th: Newkirk –7:30pm (Homecoming)
cell phone 316-765-4179
October 17th: @Heritage Hall—7:30pm
October 24th: St. Mary’s—7:30pm
e-mail: [email protected]
October 31st: @Kingfisher—7:30pm
November 7th: Alva—7:30pm (Parents Night)
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On Sunday, August 24th, Fairview MB hosted a Family Fun Day. It was a day to kickoff our new morning worship schedule here at
Fairview MB and to introduce Power House, a program for kids ages Kindergarten—6th Grade, on Sunday mornings. As families and
individuals entered through the doors they were greeted with a friendly “Aloha” and were given a leis to wear. The morning worship
service was full of fun skits focusing on “The Truth of God’s Word” and lots of great music. Children were seen up at the front and in
the aisles praising God whole heartedly. After the worship service everyone was invited down to the Family Center for a Luau. Families were served a Hawaiian lunch that consisted of Pulled Pork, Aloha Baked Beans, ’Aukake Cole Slaw, Hawaiian Wedding Cake
and Hot Rolls. There were carnival games such as Face Painting, Caricatures, Wii Tournament, Bean Bag Toss, Card Sharks and a
Photo Lab set up all around the inside of the Family Center. Outside kids could participate in the inflatable games (40’ Obstacle
Course, Moon Bounce Playhouse, 18’ Duel Slide, Slip n’ Slide) or Frisbee Golf. Enjoy a few of the many photos that were taken.
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Sept. 2 Sara Wichert, Lillianne Pinn
Sept. 18 Sheila Eitzen
Sept. 3 Robert Eitzen, J.R. Ramay, Levi Martens, Carolyn Winter
Sept. 19 Todd Nightengale, Melvin Cornelsen
Sept. 4 Herb Nickel, Sabrina Johnson, Daniel Hurst
Sept. 20 Gail Wahl, Kaz Enomoto, Allison Sheik
Sept. 5 Anita Wichert, Michele Campbell, Jake Martens
Sept. 21 Bertha Fast
Sept. 6 Don Dick
Sept. 22 Lavina Patzkowsky, Frank Friesen Wichert
Sept. 7 Don Neufeld
Sept. 23 Cindy Nightengale
Sept. 8 Adam Martens, Candy Wichert, Logan Neufeld
Sept. 9 Madison Souter
Sept. 24 Roy Brown, Kory Unruh, Melvena Ewald, Kent
Enomoto, Shirley Dowers
Sept. 10 Erna Sallaska, Alison Unruh
Sept. 25 Hollie Schaub (Voth)
Sept. 11 Shari Rowe
Sept. 26 Beth Pembrook, Phyllis Warkentin, Robin Souter,
Braxton McCue
Sept. 12 Jonathan Patzkowsky
Sept. 13 Joyce Martens (Mrs. Don)
Sept. 14 Kay Schoeppel
Sept. 15 Todd Eitzen, LaDonna Pembrook, Lucy Ulrich
Sept. 16 Betty Kliewer, Warren Heinrichs, Jeanne Sproul
Sept. 1
Sept. 2
Sept. 4
Sept. 20
Sept. 21
Sept. 22
Sept. 29
Sept. 27 Jeremy Kliewer
Sept. 28 Frances Wahl
Sept. 29 Mike Cornelsen, Evan Fast
Sept. 30 Debbie Wiens
Mr. & Mrs. Kyle King, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Fast, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Simmons, Mr. & Mrs. Joey Koehn
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Campbell
Mr. & Mrs. Warren Heinrichs
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Martens
Mr. & Mrs. Todd Eitzen
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Ewald
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Kliewer
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Unable to be at kickoff but still want a secret sister?
Stop by church office & pick up form before Sept. 4th.
Parenting Classes
Scott & Brenda Neufeld & Keeven &
Karlea are teaming up together & are
excited about leading a parenting class
on Wednesday Nights
at 6:30pm in the Old
MBY Room. If you have
any questions, feel free
to contact the Church
Choir Practice
Choir practice will begin on Wednesday,
September 3.
3 Practice will be from 8:159pm. We will practice every Wednesday
night and sing about two Sunday’s a
month. Anyone who enjoys
singing is welcome to join us.
Questions, contact Bev
5:30pm: Fellowship Supper
A fun evening for
ladies of all ages!
Treat yourself to a
delicious drink or
something to eat at
the Tin Lion. Then
enjoy playing Bunko,
a fast paced game
played with dice. It’s
EASY to learn and we
are usually finished
by 9PM!
6:15pm: AWANA
6:30pm: Wildside
6:30pm: MBY
6:30pm: Parenting Class
6:45pm: Bible Study @Ewalds
7:00pm: Women’s Bible Study
8:15pm: Choir Practice
MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers)
MOPS is an special time for MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS
(ages 5 & under) to get together & share in their mothering
adventures. We have an exciting year planned and we can't
wait to see all of you there!!! We meet every 2nd Monday of
the month, here at the church in
the Wildside room. For questions
please contact Darla Hubbard
227-2077 or Crystal Brinson
Mon., SEPT. 8th (6-8)
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Wed Thu
Labor Day
Men’ Coffee @FFH
Football Player
Supper in DH –
Draw for Secret
Choir Starts 8:15pm
AM– Pastor Brad
MOPS –6-8pm
PM– Cong. Disc. –7pm
Transition Team
Deacon Mtg.-7pm
PM– Small Groups
FFH Communion
Trustee Mtg.-7pm
CE Mtg-7pm
AM– Pastor Brad
Women’s Prayer
Group –9:30am
PM-Annual Business
Mtg. –5:30pm
Ladies Night Out –
Tailgate Party at
Watonga Football
Game –leave at
Women’s Prayer
Group –9:30am
Women’s Prayer
Verenika Making
in DH
Stephen Minister
Mtg. –6:30pm
M&E Mtg.-7pm
AM– Pastor Brad
Enrichment Fall
Kickoff –6pm
Bring a buddy
Council Mtg-7pm
AM– Pastor Paul
PM– Small Groups
Michelle Gosney’s
Baby Shower in Parlor
Women’s Prayer
5:30pm: Fellowship Supper in Dining Hall
6:15pm: AWANA • 6:30pm: MBY & WILDSIDE
6:30pm: Parenting Class in Old MBY Room
7:00pm: Women’s Bible Study in Parlor
8:15pm: Choir Practice
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1600 East State Road
Fairview, OK 73737
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