Cochranton Community Church (Cochranton, Pa.) is looking for a fulltime Pastor of Family Life.

The Pastor of Family Life is the advocate for the generations of the church, and will oversee the structures and atmosphere of the church to ensure that the family of God is working together to make disciples of the next generation. This would include a strong emphasis and participation in middle/high school ministries. This person is also an advocate for the parents of these young people, because they are in the greatest position to influence their children.

Areas of responsibility

  • The Pastor of Family Ministries will oversee the discipleship systems from cradle to college and to their parents.
  • Requirements
  • At least two years of experience in this area of ministry or similar
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Qualities include:
  • Demonstrates a strong, vibrant, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Demonstrates a passion for God’s Word and the Gospel.
  • Demonstrates a strong ability to relate to children, students, parents, staff, and congregation.
  • Demonstrates a vision and passion for children (preschool through 5th grade), and students (Middle and High School), their parents, and the community.
  • Excels at leading and developing leaders.
  • Enjoys collaborative ministry and thrives in a team setting.
  • Can bring fresh thinking to our strategies with children, students, and parents.
  • Strong ability to lead, communicate, plan, organize, and delegate effectively.

Duties include:

  • Oversee and coordinate all aspects of the children’s and student ministry (cradle through 12 grade).
  • Work closely with current and future student leaders for training, equipping, and encouragement.
  • Provide opportunities for students to serve within the church and community.
  • Create a presence in the community by building relationships with middle school and high school leadership.
  • Recruit and equip lay leaders.
  • Help plan, organize, and oversee our Sunday morning children’s activities (Orange curriculum), and Sunday evening student activities.
  • Lead meetings with volunteers and parents to increase communication and address any concerns.
  • Build relationships with parents for ongoing ministry.
  • Be the “cheerleader” for the mission and values of the church.
  • Assist with the pastoral needs of the entire congregation (pastoral care, leadership, teaching, preaching etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Start Date: Fall 2018

Send resumes and inquiries to: Pastor John Authenreith.

Phil and Carol Fiedler and children during their missionary days in the 1970s.

Carol Fiedler, 79, former UB missionary in Sierra Leone, passed away August 17, 2018. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Phil Fiedler, and their four children: Glenn, Greg, Galen, and Tanya.

The Fiedlers served at Mattru in Sierra Leone 1974-1980, and returned in the early 1990s to serve at Sierra Leone Bible College. In May 1994, with the rebel war escalating, the UB Board of Missions decided to completely nationalize all work in Sierra Leone and withdraw all remaining missionaries by the end of 1994. Phil and Carol Fiedler, along with nurse Sarah Banter, left together in December 1994. It would be another 14 years before any UB missionaries were sent to Sierra Leone.

The Fiedlers have been living in Olive Branch, Miss.

Visitation will be at 4 pm on Saturday, August 25, followed by a memorial service at 4:30. Location: Longview Heights Baptist Church, 4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654.

Donations and memorials in honor of Carol Jean Fiedler for the church’s pre-kindergarten program may be sent to Longview Heights Baptist Church, 4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654. Flowers in her honor can be sent to Longview Heights Baptist Church 4501 Goodman Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654.

Michael and Merissa Stine, and son Luke.

Rev. Michael Lee Stine, 38, passed away August 11, 2018, at his home. He was from Shippensburg, Pa., and was married to Merissa in 2009 at the nearby Orrstown United Brethren church. Stine ws diagnosed with colon cancer at age 33, and it returned two years later as stage 4 cancer.

Stine was ordained in 2008, and served at four United Brethren churches: Mt. Carmel (Fulks Run, Va.), Mainsville (Shippensburg), Orrstown, and Mongul (Shippensburg). More recently, he served at a Brethren in Christ church in Wiliamsport, Md. He also worked on websites for 20 years, published several books, and taught online Bible courses at Grand Canyon University.

He is survived by his wife of nine years, Merissa, and son Luke.

Viewing time: 5-8 pm Tuesday, August 14.
Viewing location: Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, 112 West King St., Shippensburg, Pa.
Funeral time: 11 am Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
Funeral location: Orrstown UB church, Orrstown, Pa.

Hannah Barrett (right) is a new member of the UB Global staff. In less than two weeks, she leaves for Thailand, where she will teach students from many nationalities (including Thai) in an international school in Chiang Rai. Hannah graduated in May 2018 from Huntington University, with a degree in Elementary Education with a TESOL certification.

Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS) keeps its tuition very affordable so that locals and missionary children can attend. All teachers raise their support to be there. Hannah has already been to CRICS twice—once on a January Term trip and another for student teaching.

Hannah will serve in Thailand for one year as part of UB Global’s Jump Start program. Jump Start is designed to provide a streamlined process for recent graduates to serve on a United Brethren field for a shorter period (1-2 years) and discern God’s longer-term calling.

We already have an international team of ten persons serving in Chiang Rai. If you are interested in learning more about Hannah’s ministry, getting on her update list, or supporting her, contact us at info@ub.org.