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Oakland News

Oakland News

July/August 2021

Join us for Worship:

Sunday School at 9:30am

Sunday at 10:30am:  Sunday Morning Worship live and on Facebook

Pastor Andrew’s Office Hours:

Monday 9am – Noon

Tuesday & Wednesday Work from home

Thursday 10am – Noon

Pastor Paula’s Office Hours:

Wednesday 9am – 2pm*

*If visiting between Noon – 2 please call ahead so Pastor Paula can let you in the door.

Contact Information for Pastor Andrew Wright:

937-546-1196              awright236@aol.com

Contact Information for Associate Pastor Paula Ziegler Ulrich:

937-467-5672        ulrich,paula@gmail.com 

The church office is open Mon – Thurs 9am to 2pm.


All Sunday school classes are back in session.

Pastor Andrew will be leading the Joyful Disciples Sunday school class for the month of July and will be happy to explore any questions put forward.

Church Membership 

If you are not a member of the Oakland congregation but would like to become one, Pastor Andrew asks that you contact the church office. 

A Prayer Experience is now ready for You!

Looking for a way to engage in prayer in a fresh way? Come to Room E-3 in the East wing in July and August. The Education Team has prepared the prayer experience based on Psalm 139. The room is open and available for you to enjoy any time the church building is open. This is a self-directed opportunity for reflection and prayer.

Children’s Ministry and Youth

Please see calendar insert for a schedule of youth events.

Please see calendar insert for a schedule of children’s events.


Heather Manalo Children’s Director

Oakland Church of the Brethren

Church- (937) 448-2287

Personal Cell- (937) 423-139

Garage Sale

Oakland’s Garage Sale started in 2013, with 5 to 8 volunteers, raising $1500.00 for Brethren Disaster Ministries.  This is the 8th year, with over 50 volunteers helping with table set-up and tear down, item placement, packing garage sale leftovers and sweeping the fellowship hall afterward.  Items donated for sale came from not only Oakland but also the district.  Helpers too. The core group of organizers are Lynne Hanes, Claire Long, Julie Keller Clark and Betsy Nisonger.  Oaklanders packed the leftover donations for Trinity Lutheran Church of Versailles for a free give away on July 15th,16th, and 17th.  The Youth did a great job of serving food during the sale with help from Oaklanders who baked cookies, bread and assisted them in raising $1389.00.  We here at Oakland have opened our doors to countless people enjoying our hospitality and helping hands.  To date this year’s sales are $6231.00 to donate to Southern Ohio Brethren Disaster Ministries.  Over the 8 years of garage sales, we have contributed over $26,000.00.  Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and shopped to make this project successful.

Betsy Nisonger, Coordinator

The “Great Ohio Bike Adventure” visited Oakland on Wednesday, June 23rd where the outreach team set up a rest stop and snack stand for them.  The outreach team would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible.  Your assistance was very much appreciated.


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Garden Tour

Sunday – July 11, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Oaklanders Garden Type(s) Address
Frank Marchal and Betty Byrd Vegetable and Flower 8929 Ohio 185 Bradford
Aaron and Lindsey Overholser Millennial’s 8872 Horatio Harris Creek, Bradford
Patrick and Dianna Sampsel Vegetable and Herb 7938 Martin Road Bradford
Merlin and Maxine Miller Vegetable 9304 Gettysburg – SE Road, Bradford
Tom and Barbara Menke Shady Brook 6070 Routzong Road Greenville
John Welch Vegetable and Fruit 6709 Childrens Home Bradford Road, Greenville
Mike and Betsy Nisonger Organic Vegetable 9502 Ohio 121 Versailles
Sam and Toni Custer Raised Bed Vegetable and Flower 10280 Conover Versailles

Start at any location.

Restrooms will be open and available at the church.

Ice Cream Social at the church following the tour beginning at 4:00.

Ice Cream Social

July 11th, 4-6pm Oakland will be hosting an Ice Cream Social!  Please plan to come enjoy ice cream and fellowship! We are looking for volunteers to make homemade ice cream for this event.  If you have an ice cream maker and would be willing to make a batch for this event, please contact Carrie Drees or the church office.

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Sharing Table

A sharing table is available in the fellowship hall.  This is a place to bring your surplus fruits and vegetables to share with the congregation.  If there is something on the table you can use, please feel free to take it!  This is just another way we can work together for the good of all.

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Old German Baptist Brethren Conference

Oakland will again be serving food for the Old German Baptist Brethren Conference.  The conference will be on Saturday, June 4th through Tuesday, June 7th, 2022.  The site is 4 miles SE of Eaton at 2976 Wayne Trace Road, Eaton, OH.  It is 37 miles from Oakland with an estimated driving time of 45 minutes.

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Choir rehearsals will begin the second full week of September (day and time to be announced later). If you enjoy singing, please plan to join us for fellowship, laughter, and making some great music together! If you have questions about the choir, please ask Pastor Paula.

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NOAC will be entirely on-line this year, but still will include many favorite things: the daily morning Bible Study with Joel Kline; a variety of afternoon workshops; virtual “field trips” to historic Brethren sites; NOAC NEWS; worship services and more! Keynote speakers include long-time favorites, musician Ken Medema and comedian Ted Swartz; and preachers include Christy Dowdy from Bridgewater (VA) Church of the Brethren; Don Fitkee from Lancaster (PA) CoB; Paula Bowser from Troy CoB; Eric Landram from Lititz (PA) CoB; and our very own interim pastor Andrew! REGISTRATION fees are $100 for an individual; and $150 for a couple; and it has already opened on-line at www.brethren/org/NOAC. You may request a paper registration form by calling 1-800-323-8038 ext. 303. If you have questions, please ask Pastor Paula, who is serving on the NOAC Planning Team and as co-coordinator of the Worship Planning Team again this year. And REMEMBER — NOAC IS FOR ANYONE AGE 50 AND UP! We’ll miss Lake Junaluska this year, but it’s still going to be jam-packed with meaningful speakers and activities! (if you need help with registering, Pastor Paula will be happy to help you with that. Give her a call at 937-467-5672.)

Summer Camp Alternative

The Camping and Retreat Ministries of Southern Ohio/Kentucky District Church of the Brethren and Camp Sugarwood would like to invite all to a Sunday afternoon get-together. COME ONE COME ALL!!!! This event will include fun and games, free picnic supper, and evening vespers held at Salem Church of the Brethren, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Kids can romp on the playground. Volleyball and kickball will be available. Possibly a corn hole tournament will take place. There will be lots of time to relax and chat with friends as we share the evenings together in Christian fellowship.

Summer Camp Update

The in-person Pieceful Quilting Camp will still be held at Bergamo, August 18th – 21st.  Please check the Welcome Center for info.

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Summary of the Leadership Team Meeting on June 17, 2021

Leadership Team Highlights – June 17, 2021

  • The Leadership Team held its first in-person meeting since March 2020!
  • Choir will be starting again in September.  The Praise Band is on hold due to a lack of musicians.
  • Finance Team reported our receipts are $17,300 more than expenses, and our year-to-date expenses were 20,000 less than our budget. 
  • The ice machine is broken and Facilities Team is making a decision if it is worth fixing.  At this time, ice can be purchased from Kings Poultry, if needed.
  • Education Team has lots going on.
    • Adults – Walk with God Bible Study is being offered via Zoom this summer, led by Barbara Menke
    • There is a “share table” for people to bring garden items to share with others.
    • A Garden Tour is being planned for July 11 after church
    • A list of technology needs for Sunday School classes was reviewed. We need new TVs, DVD players, laptops that can be used to connect with others during Sunday mornings and more.
    • Youth are meeting on Wednesday evenings.
    • Youth are doing a food stand at the Garage Sale.
    • There is a District Camp being held for youth in June/July.
    • Children will be doing a Father’s Day Stand
    • On Wednesday evenings there is a Bible School type of event at the church. There will be a campout in July.
  • The Church had a picnic in May with about 80 people in attendance.
  • Frank Marchal explained that the Backpack program is changing and he will let us know how Oakland can help.  This program provides meals for school age children on the weekends.
  • Oakland will take part in the Western Ohio Bicycle Adventure (WOBA) by providing a breakfast/snack/drink station for about 200 riders. This was held June
  • The Discovery Team consisting of Becky Maurer, Carl Jones, Burt Wolfe, Barbara Menke, Aaron Overholser, Andrew Wright and Paula Ulrich has met with Stan Dueck. This team is doing some pre-work for our pastoral search.
  • Toni Custer shared a little about her experience working with Children’s Disaster in Texas.  Consideration was given to give $2,000 from a recent donation to help Children’s Disaster Ministries with clothing. No decision was made.
  • An Ice Cream Social was suggested as a church event to invite people back to church.  

Janet Julian, Clerk

July BDM News

Southern Ohio/Kentucky Disaster Ministries Updates


Volunteer in Dayton

Volunteers are needed at the Dayton BDM site for two days, Thursday and Friday, July 1-2. There are also openings throughout the summer when groups don’t have a full crew. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome! Leadership and tools will be provided. Lodging and meals are provided at the housing site on S. Smithville Road, Dayton. If volunteers prefer, they may spend nights at home and join the crew each morning. Volunteers need to be at least fifteen years old, unless they go with a parent or legal guardian, and then they may be fourteen. To volunteer or for more information, call/text Burt Wolf at 937-287-5902 or SouthernOhioBDM@gmail.com.

BDM Meeting

The next monthly BDM meeting will be on Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 PM at Happy Corner COB. This is a week later than usual due to Annual Conference being the first week of July. All are welcome!

BDM/CRM Golf Scramble


Saturday August 14, 2021

Turtle Creek Golf Course

6545 US 36 East

Greenville, OH 45331


Check-in 8:00 am

Group meeting 8:45 am

Scramble Start 9:00 am

Cost:  $65.00

Registration & Box Lunch

 Deadline July 30, 2021  

Sponsored by:

Brethren Disaster Ministry &

Camping and Retreat Ministry

Southern Ohio/Kentucky District

Church of the Brethren

All Profits will go to support the

BDM & CRM Ministries


AUGUST 14, 2021

Golf Hole Sponsorship Form

The Southern Ohio/Kentucky District

Church of the Brethren, in order to benefit the ministries of the Brethren Disaster Ministry (BDM) and the Camping and Retreat Ministry (CRM), endorse the BDM/CRM Golf Scramble

Please consider sponsoring a Hole and/or provide a Door Prize Gift to support the Golf Scramble.

*Registration information and sign-up forms are available at the welcome center.


Lower Miami is preparing to host an asylum seeker or family at the church. While waiting six months or more for a hearing on their status, asylees cannot work or get a driver’s license. We are gathering items to provide a comfortable living space. We are in need of a coffee table, 2 twin size mattresses and bed frames, a queen size mattress pad, and 2 twin mattress pads. It would be wonderful if a Sunday School class or a congregation would want to cover the monthly wi-fi $55 fee, or perhaps pledge an amount monthly toward food and toiletries. One time gifts are also welcome. If there is someone with carpentry skills, we need help to repair a fire wall door for the living space. We would be grateful for whatever help you could offer. Please contact Pastor Nan Erbaugh at nadaerbaugh@gmail.com.

If you would like to provide special music for a worship service, please call Pastor Paula at 937-467-5672 about your interest.

July Birthdays

7/2                   Lynn Keller

7/2                   Barbara Menke

7/3                   Kiley Evilsizor

7/3                   Kevin Foreman

7/5                   Ann Marchal

7/5                   Dale Musser

7/6                   Sharon Miller

7/7                   Samuel Clark

7/7                   Angela Coppess

7/7                   Marjorie Darding

7/8                   Joyce Brandewie

7/9                   Zane Keller

7/10                 Julie Brewer

7//10                Philip Brewer

7/10                 Clyde Stump

7/12                 Bob Bitner

7/17                 Kay Scammahorn

7/19                 Joseph Helfrich

7/20                 Steve Wilson

7/21                 Jim Hicks

7/23                 Reese Niswonger

7/24                 Leann Meier

7/24                 Michael Paul Shell

7/27                 Maxine Miller

7/28                 Barbara Lavy

7/29                 Ronda Scammahorn

7/30                 Patty Clark

7/31                 Chip Gade

July Anniversaries

7/7                   Ron and Brenda Coblentz

7/11                 Tom and Melodie Bernhard

7/11                 Kenny and Magen Evilsizor

7/19                 Dale and Barb Musser

7/21                 Joe and Tonnya Helfrich

7/24                 Stan and Carol Cox

7/25                 Don and Carol Christian

7/29                 Ryan and Katie Benge

August Birthdays

8/1                   Amanda Sgro

                        Zoey Burns

                        Hayden Burns

                        Hunter Burns

8/2                   Alison Klingler

8/7                   Treva Burns

8/7                   Tammy Mowry

8/7                   Patricia Rhoades

8/12                 Greg Dull

8/12                 Beulah Maurer

8/13                 Robert (Garth) Hittle III

8/15                 Eric Shell

8/17                 Emily Fulton

8/17                 Jimmy Grote

8/22                 Rena Slater

8/24                 Merlin Miller

8/24                 Kierra Stephan

8/28                 Doris Coppess

8/28                 Aaron Overholser

8/28                 Ron Scammahorn

8/29                 Barbara Hodson

8/30                 Gabriel Elleman

8/30                 Mathew King

8/30                 Dale Lyme

August Anniversaries

8/1                   Bill and Joyce Brandewie

8/2                   Jim and Margaret Oswalt

8/4                   Sam and Linda Force

8/4               Jerry and Yvonne Hoschouer

8/5                   Holden and Alison Klingler

8/6                   Larry and Alice Shade

8/10                 Ron and Kay Scammahorn

8/11                 Julie Brewer and Isaac Zika

8/12           John and Mary Carroll Blocher

8/12                 Boo and Peggy Overholser

8/14                 Joe and Whitney Arnett

8/14                 Jim and Maria Hicks

8/15         Christopher and Elizabeth Clark

8/19                 Dale and Joyce Lyme

8/23                 Mark and Gretchen Davis

8/25               Ted and Rochelle Holsapple

8/26                 John and Darlene Dillon

8/31                 Ross and Marilyn Gruber

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Prayer Requests:

Please lift the following persons in prayer:

Ray Haag – Continuing health concerns

Mary Lou Unger-Continuing health concerns

Cheryl Hittle – Continuing health concerns

Megan Keller-Granddaughter-in-law of Zane and Connie Keller, continued improvement

Kenny Mowry – Continued Healing

Bill Kidwell – Health concerns

Jane Stump-Continued healing

Kathy Etter – Health concerns

John Blocher – Continuing health concerns

Ron Coblentz – Health concerns

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Continued Prayers for EYN (Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), for kidnapped girls and their families:

Violence and threats of violence continue in this region, more than 5 years since the kidnapping of the Chibok girls. The need for our prayers has not diminished.

Please lift these congregations in prayer this month:

7/4  Olivet COB

7/11 Circleville COB

7/18 White Cottage COB

7/25 Charleston COB

8/1   Flat Creek COB

8/8   Mud Lick COB

8/15 Strait Creek COB

8/22 Stonelick COB

8/29 Cincinnati COB

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From The District:

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From the Desk of

Dave Shetler

Yesterday morning before worship I watched some of the CBS Sunday Morning show. There was a story of a farmer (large scale farm)in Oregon that could not find enough workers to harvest the large asparagus crop that was ready. The workers were migrants who due to red tape were not able to obtain their worker visas; there were not enough local workers to harvest the crop either. Rather than letting it go to waste (valued at over $180,000), which was an option, the farmer decided to announce that people could come and pick the asparagus for their own use. He said he expected perhaps a few hundred people to come, but on the announced day, over 6000 people arrived. There was enough asparagus for them all.

This story brought several images to my mind. There was the generosity of the farmer, a caring act for his neighborhood and community. Images of gleaning as described in the book of Ruth and in the Pentateuch were lived out in a dramatic fashion. The issues of immigration, the border, and employment in general came to the forefront in this story as well.

Another image brought to mind was Jesus telling the disciples to pray for workers for the harvest. Of course, Jesus was talking of reaching out to people with the good news, but this story brought both of these images to mind. There was a need for workers to harvest the asparagus, but in the offering of the farmer to those who needed food, or simply to have an outdoor activity, another need was met. There were not enough workers for the food harvest; and there is a shortage of workers sharing the good news of Jesus. As we hopefully see an end to the pandemic, or at least bringing it to some level of control, we also need to redefine our mission and ministry as the church. As in the compelling vision, may the church, may we, be innovative, adaptable and fearless as we follow Jesus. And may we pray for workers for the harvest, to continue the work of Jesus, peacefully, simply, together.

There continues to be both encouraging and troubling information regarding the pandemic. Vaccinations are being shown to be helpful in overcoming this pandemic; but the number of those being vaccinated is not reaching the levels needed. New variants are raising new concerns even as overall infection rates are falling. There continues to be stress and tension within congregations. I continue my request that we consider the implications of our actions as communities of love and faith, as communities concerned with the welfare of the neighborhood in which they/we reside. It remains critical that we adhere to recommendations on keeping each other as safe as possible. I urge us all to show grace to one another and discern together what is best for all.

We will not have a weekly Zoom meeting this Thursday as we will be in the midst Annual Confernence. I will be involved in Council of District Executives meetings today through Wednesday; we began our meetings last evening.  The Racial Justice Task Team will present another monthly session Tuesday evening; they will be sending out a link to this session.

We are all navigating this time together; prayers for guidance are being offered and to sense the presence of God’s love, peace, and grace in the midst of unsettling times.

We are posting various updates, resources, and news regarding our response to the pandemic on a special page on the district website, including links to streaming worship services. Please send a note to Mary (sodcob@brethren.org) if you have an update for this page.

If you have a concern, a question, an idea, please feel free to reach out; your district staff are working diligently to keep you informed and to offer support.

May we keep our congregations and teams in prayer as they continue their ministry in these changing and challenging times.

July, 2021 Southern Ohio/Kentucky District Newsletter

Southern Ohio/Kentucky

District Conference

October 8 & 9, 2021

Theme: “Move in Our Midst, Thou Spirit of God”

This year’s conference will again be all virtual. Because of the planning time needed, and the uncertainty of circumstances when planning began, your Program and Arrangements Committee again made the difficult decision to hold our conference using the Zoom platform. Friday workshops will be led by the District Racial Justice Commission, the District Climate Justice Commission and by Zach Spidel and Susan Liller about Jesus in the Neighborhood. An afternoon session will explore how the Spirit is moving in our midst through all three of these district ministries. CEUS will be offered for all 3 workshops. A complete conference has been posted on the district website. Be watching for more information including how to register.

Move in Our Midst

An Invitation to Participate

By Sarah Friedrich

To date 63 persons have donated or pledged $24,780 of a $50,000 goal.

 “Touch thou our hands to lead us aright. Guide us forever, show us thy way.”

 “I have lived my whole life around the Southern Ohio Kentucky District. I was born into the West Alexandria Church of the Brethren, with a baby dedication as an infant and baptism at thirteen. My first participation in district events was attending church camp at Woodland Altars with several years at Performing Arts Camp. In junior high and high school, I attended district youth events. These events in my life served as learning experiences of how other teens felt and experienced God and summer camp reunions.

 “The district was there for me in my darkest hours, I was cut from the varsity basketball team, while being recruited for basketball by several regional colleges. My youth leader Nan Erbaugh suggested, I go to the District Fall Youth Rally the following weekend. My emotional outlook on myself and life changed that weekend. I became part of the District Youth Cabinet and met a mentor, who I still hold in my heart to this day.

 “As I moved into my college years, the district was there for me again. My plan as a summer research fellow did not happen and I needed a summer job. I knew I did not want to work retail, on a farm, or secretarial jobs. The suggestion came, “be full time staff at Woodland Altars for the summer.” That summer was wonderful and challenging. I learned to face fears by crawling through caves–that I can be calm in emergency situations– and others got to know God through my words and actions.

 “After college, I moved to Cincinnati. I was a single woman, living in an apartment alone, knowing only a few people in a new city. I was encouraged to seek out the Cincinnati congregation. At the time, the church was just a small fellowship, meeting in a fellowship hall of another church. I found another supportive community. Ben and Kristen Walters welcomed me into the church. From their own travels, they knew the struggles of being on your own in a new place. I became active in the church from reading scripture, telling children’s stories, to setting up and tearing down after church. I even preached a sermon as the pastor and a few of the men from church ran in the Flying Pig Marathon.

“I moved to Columbus for a new job, I found a new community in the Living Peace congregation. Being a part of Living Peace, I saw others being active in the district and helped with hosting district meetings at the church. When I was asked by members of my church to be on the District Board, I knew I had to say yes. This is my third year on the district board and member of the Resource and Development Committee. I am excited for the opportunities that lay ahead for the district. I want others to find this district as supportive as I have.” –A testimony by Sarah Friedrich

Please consider making a pledge, or a donation in one of the following ways. 1. Go to the district website at www.sodcob.org and click on the “Ambassadors for Christ” link to make a commitment for a future donation. 2. Donate now by check. Please mark Ambassador’s Club on the memo line. Send your check via mail to: Southern Ohio/Kentucky District Church of the Brethren, P O Box 785 Greenville, Ohio 45331

 3. Contribute monthly or make a one time donation by credit card. Simply go district website at www.sodcob.org and click on the donate now tab. This will walk you through the process of making a donation using your credit card.

 Southern Ohio/Kentucky Disaster Ministries Updates

Dayton BDM Site – Volunteers from many COB districts have joined local BDMers working with the tornado recovery. Tornado damaged homes are being repaired on Greenbrook Drive in Trotwood and Brandt Pike and Shiloh View Drive in Dayton. Through “The Tornado Survivors Pathways to Home Ownership Program”, worksites are on Marlin Avenue and Natchez Avenue in Trotwood and Saylor St. in Dayton. Thank you to all our BDM volunteers!

Volunteer in Dayton – Volunteers are needed in Dayton July 11-16, July 25-30, and September 5-11. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome! Leadership and tools will be provided. Lodging and meals are provided at the housing site on S. Smithville Road, Dayton. If volunteers prefer, they may spend nights at home and join the crew each morning. Volunteers need to be at least fifteen years old, unless they go with a parent or legal guardian, and then they may be fourteen. To volunteer or for more information, call/text Burt Wolf at 937-287- 5902 or SouthernOhioBDM@gmail.com.

S. Ohio/KY BDM has volunteer opportunities throughout the year. A flyer with all the 2021 trip dates can be found on the district website.

 Sewing Bee – There will be work for both sewers and non-sewers at the July 24 Sewing Bee. It will be held at 9:00 AM at Eaton Community Church, 813 Camden Road. Sewers will be making school bags for Church World Service school kits. Bring your sewing machine and an extension cord. Non-sewers will be preparing school kit items for the assembly on August 19. Bring a sack lunch and come for a time of service and fellowship. For more information call Barb Brower at 937-336- 2442. A flyer showing all the 2021 Sewing Bee dates and locations can be found on the district website.

Ice Cream Social – The annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 7, 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Happy Corner COB. Come for supper, pie, ice cream, and fellowship! There will be musical entertainment in the sanctuary as you wait to go through the serving line. Share-A-Meal tickets will be for sale, and there will be an opportunity for turning in coin jars. Sign up to help with Pork Festival Parking or for a BDM trip. Invite others and plan to attend!

Golf Scramble – On Saturday, August 14 the annual Golf Scramble will be held at Turtle Creek Golf Course in Greenville. An informational brochure with a registration form as well as hole sponsorshop information can be found on the district website or inquire at your church office. Registrations are due July 30. Be a hole sponsor! This event is sponsored by the S. Ohio/KY District Camping and Retreat Ministries and BDM. Send all registration and sponsorship forms and money to Kevin Dull 554 Westbrook Rd., Brookville, OH 45309. For more information contact Kevin at (937-604-3285), montpres57@gmail.com.

Lower Miami CoB Prepares to Host Asylum Seeksrs

Lower Miami is preparing to host an asylum seeker or family at the church. While waiting six months or more for a hearing on their status, asylees cannot work or get a driver’s license. They are gathering items to provide a comfortable living space. They are in need of a coffee table, 2 twin size mattresses and bed frames, a queen size mattress pad, and 2 twin mattress pads. It would be wonderful if a Sunday School class or a congregation would want to cover the monthly wi-fi $55 fee, or perhaps pledge an amount monthly toward food and toilet[1]ries. One time gifts are also welcome. If there is someone with carpentry skills, they need help to repair a fire wall door for the living space. Lower Miami sisters and brothers would be grateful for whatever help you could offer. Please contact Pastor Nan Erbaugh at nadaerbaugh@gmail.com.

Prayer Needs

A very important way we can be supportive of each other is to lift each other up in prayer.

– Shootings and other violence continue in many parts of our country. May we offer our prayers in support of those communities directly affected by these acts of violence and to an end of such violence.

— We express our sympathies to Jim and Karen Chronister on the unexpected passing of their son Kirt. May we hold the Chronister family in the light of God’s comfort and grace.

– As the situation with the coronavirus continues, may we remember those affected by this outbreak. There are many changing directives, regulations and recommendations affecting our country and way of life, may we remember all those adjusting to this changing world.

– May we remember those congregations in pastoral transition – the Constance congregation has decided to formally close their operation as a congregation, this decision was recognized at the District Board meeting. May we offer prayer support to the members of this congregation. Andrew Wright is serving as interim at Oakland. Donnels Creek is using pulpit supply at this time, but now has a potential candidate. Fred Bernhard is serving as interim pastor at Brookville during this time of transition; their profile has been posted. White Cottage has entered an agreement with a neighboring congregation to supply pastoral services during a time of transition and discernment. Tara Hornbacker is serving as interim at New Carlisle. Tim and Katie Heishman have announced their resignation as pastors of the Prince of Peace congregation for later this summer; I am in contact with Prince of Peace leadership on next steps during this transition. Jennifer Keeney Scarr has resigned as pastor of the Trotwood congregation, her last Sunday of service will be July 11. I am working with Trotwood leadership on transition. Nan Erbaugh has announced her retirement as pastor of the Lower Miami congregation for later this summer; I am working with Lower Miami leadership with their transition.

– There are many issues and situations continuing to face us as we minister in our respective locations, including those who are serving in interim situations and others who are in discernment regarding placement or are considering a move. There are others facing health issues, please keep these situations in prayer.

Please contact Dave if you know of prayer situations of which we should be aware. May we lift each other in prayer as we work to continue the work of Jesus, peacefully, simply, together

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