The Send Out at Fowlerville.

The Send Out at Fowlerville.

Participants with their CIA shirts

Participants with their CIA shirts

Mark Wilson (right), senior pastor, Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.)

May 16, 2015, marked our fifth year of serving the Fowlerville community through “Outflow Serving Day.” This event has grown to be one of the largest impacts that we have as a local church in our community.

This year, over 500 participants from our church were sent out into our community to serve. They were dressed in bright florescent CIA (the Church In Action) shirts, tagged with Romans 15:13 on the front.

During the 6-8 hours, we completed over 90 projects. They included painting, deck repair/replacement, landscaping, bathroom repair, floor repair, roof repair, and too many other things to list.

This has become one of our most anticipated events of the year by our congregation, and has opened the door to many spiritual conversations. Over the years we have served many who are far away from Christ, or who have been deeply hurt by the church. Through this, God continues to open doors and hearts.

We truly believe, as the song says, that “Greater Things are Still to be Done in this City!”

On June 21, 2015, Richfield Road UB church (Flint, Mich.) held a Tree Planting Ceremony to honor former pastors who has passed away. A tree was planted for each pastor in appreciation for his years of service at Richfield Road. They are:

Pastor Charles Malson, Sr., 1957-1982.
Pastor Robert Shellhouse, 1982-1987.
Pastor Charles Bugby, 1998.
Pastor Dick Raab, 1998-2007.

As of Friday, June 26, we have 730 people registered for the upcoming US National Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Some things to point out:

  • Registration starts at noon on Wednesday, July 15.
  • Nearly all reports for the Thursday business session are available on the conference website. Delegates need to download and print out the reports (or get your pastor or somebody else to do it).
  • Most information about the conference is available on the UB App. This includes links to view the various reports. You can use the app on smartphones and tablets for both Apple and Android, and also on the Kindle. Download links are here.

 

Rev. Burton M. Lange, 82, of Chambersburg, Pa., passed away Monday morning, June 22, 2015, after an extended illness. He was a pastor, radio personality, entertainer, and extraordinary Gospel pianist.

Burt served 58 years as a United Brethren pastor–in Kansas, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. At the time of his death, he was visitation pastor at Salem UB church in Chambersburg, Pa. He was also a long-time radio personality on WKSL radio as well as Christian station WNLR in Virginia. Burt was known as a pianist and entertainer, providing piano comedy programs to many civic and church groups.

For a number of years, he traveled extensively as the piano accompanist for singer Tony Fontane, as well as for other Christian singers.

Burt Lange was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1932, but shortly thereafter his family moved to Peoria, Ill., where he grew up. He was a member of First UB church in Peoria. He entered Huntington University in 1950, where he majored in music and graduated in 1954. He and Esther were married in August of that year. He then studied for the ministry, graduating from the Huntington seminary in 1957.

In 1957, the Langes relocated to Kansas, pastoring the UB church in Abilene for one year followed by four years at the church in Colby. He was ordained in 1960.

In 1962, they returned to Indiana, where Burt pastored a Methodist circuit in Mt. Etna for two years. Then he moved east in 1964 to resume pastoring United Brethren churches:

  • 1964-1968: the UB church in Rohresville, Md.
  • 1977-1981: Jerusalem Chapel in Churchville, Va.
  • 1983-1987: Mt. Olivet UB church in Mt. Solon, Va.
  • 1988-1998: Mt. Olivet UB church in Aspers, Pa.
  • 2002-2009: Cold Springs UB church in Fayetteville, Pa.

Burton Lange is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther, and his two sons, Roger and Jerry.

Memorial services will be held June 26 and 27 in different locations. In both, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial service time: 11am Friday, June 26.
Service location: Salem United Brethren Church, 4349 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Senior pastor Art Page will officiate.

Memorial service time: 11am Saturday, June 27.
Service location: Bunker Hill E.C. Church, Bunker Hill, PA.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Salem United Brethren Church.

Rev. Burton Lange, who spent 40 years pastoring United Brethren churches in Pennsylvania and Virginia, passed away Monday, June 22, 2015. Since 2010, he had served on staff as visitation pastor at Salem UB church in Chambersburg, Pa.

Funeral arrangements are still being made.

Rev. Lange was well-known as an outstanding pianist. He accompanied Tony Fontaine on many of his gospel tours in the 1960s and 1970s, including performing at the White House. Every year at Pennsylvania annual conference, he would entertain people with his playing and his amazing wit.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther, and sons Roger and Jerry.

Todd Fetters, Director of National Ministries

Our practice since 2007 has been to go light on conference business every other year. We handled over 20 proposals in 2013, but this year is the “off” year. However, the docket has been filled with 13 proposals, some of which may generate considerable discussion.

We posted the Rules & Procedures for the upcoming US National Conference (ub2015.org/reports). The first order of business will be to officially adopt these rules.

Please note rule 17, which states, “Any item of business, petition, or Discipline revision proposal must be submitted to the Bishop’s Office no later than Wednesday, July 1, 2015.”

Report 41, “Proposals,” contains the official list of proposals which will go before the delegates. Any proposals you wish to have included in Report 41 must reach the Bishop’s Office by July 1. The final version of Report 41 will be posted on July 3.

Of course, parliamentary procedure allows for setting aside Rule 17 to consider new proposals from the floor. Any delegates wanting to do this will need to take responsibility for duplicating the proposal for all 300+ delegates.

Most reports, along with all of the proposals submitted thus far, have been posted on the conference website. You can view them online or download them as PDF files. Go to: ub.org/reports.

Various reports for the business session of the 2015 US National Conference are being posted on the conference website. They include:

  • Reports of Bishop Phil Whipple and the various directors.
  • Nominations for the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Proposals which will come before the conference.

Middle East expert Dr. Mark Fairchild, Professor of Bible at Huntington University, will lead this unique trip through Israel and Turkey. He will be accompanied by HU President Sherilyn Emberton and Vince Haupert, vice president for advancement.

Date: October 27 – November 7, 2015.

Registrations are needed by July 1, and space is limited. If you’re interested in taking part in this tour, reserve your spot now.

Download the trip brochure. View information on the HU website.

“I have had the pleasure of being in Israel in the last few years and loved my time there,” Emberton said. “I look forward to traveling with such a wonderful leader and teacher as Dr. Fairchild.”

The tour will take place from October 27 to November 7. During that time, participants will visit multiple sites throughout the Holy Land, including Ephesus, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem.

Fairchild, who discovered the oldest known synagogue, has explored many sites in Turkey and will serve as the trip guide.

“When people visit the Holy Lands (Israel and Turkey), we begin to understand how life was really lived back then,” says Fairchild. “There are hundreds of insights that people gain from a trip to the Holy Lands with the result that we deepen our appreciation for the forefathers of our faith and we deepen our commitment to our Lord. I almost never see students or adults return from a trip like this without experiencing a profound change in their lives.”

The trip is $3,990 per person, including international airfare (leaving from Chicago) and hotel stay.

For more information, contact Vince Haupert at 260-359-4089 or vhaupert@huntington.edu.

We appreciate the work of our cluster leaders. In addition to leading the regular cluster meetings with their group of pastors, they are also called upon to interact with the churches in their clusters in various ways.

We recently had four changes of cluster leaders:

  • Dan Van Arsdalen, senior pastor of Alvordton UB church (Alvordton, Ohio), is now leading the cluster around Camden, Mich. Todd Fetters, director of National Ministries, had been leading this cluster.
  • Greg Voight, pastor of Lancaster UB church (Lancaster, Ohio), is the new leader of the Columbus (Ohio) cluster. Mike Brown, senior pastor of Franklin UB church (New Albany, Ohio), had been leading that cluster.
  • Steve Henry, senior pastor of Victory Heights UB church (Franklin, Pa.), is the new leader of the Franklin cluster. The previous leader was Steve Clulow, senior pastor of Cochranton UB church (Cochranton, Pa.).
  • Darrel Bosworth is now leading the Grand Rapids (Michigan) cluster. He is pastor of Kilpatrick UB church (Woodland, Mich.). He replaces Randy Carpenter, senior pastor of Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.).

In addition, nobody is currently leading the Midwest cluster (Kansas and Missouri). Micheal Dean, the previous leader, is no longer pastoring the Sabetha, Kansas, church.

The UB website has a list of all clusters and their leaders.

Mission Team Training
Date: October 16-17, 2015
Time: 6:30pm on Friday, 9am – 3:30pm Saturday
Location: Ebenezer UB church, Greencastle, Pa.

Global Ministries conducts these two-day seminars for persons interested in leading or participating in a short-term cross-cultural ministry. It’s a very informative, interactive, and fun seminar. These seminars are held periodically in regional settings. Dozens of United Brethren people have now taken this training.

We need more people who are trained to lead mission teams. If you have ever led a team, you know how complex a responsibility it is. This seminar provides the tools and insights necessary to prepare travelers’ hands, heads, and hearts before they go.

So who should attend?

  • Mission committee members.
  • Mission pastors.
  • Youth pastors.
  • Team leaders.
  • Anyone who might like to become a team leader.

Cost:

  • $45 per person.
  • $35 for groups of 5 or more.

The cost includes training materials, two lunches, and coffee breaks. Lodging is available at local motels.

Active pastors can come free IF they bring at least one other person from their congregation. In addition, active pastors will receive 1 CEU for participating.

For More Information

  • Check out the Global Ministries exhibit at National Conference in July.
  • Call Donna Hollopeter, associate director of Global Ministries, toll-free at 888-622-3019, ext. 306.