South Scipio UB church (Harlan, Ind.)

Brad North, newly appointed senior pastor of South Scipio UB church (Harlan, Ind.), sent this note:

“What an amazing morning we had celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. An added celebration was this being my first Sunday as the pastor of this church.”

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Mary Ann Goldsmith, 86, wife of UB minister Rev. Wayne Goldsmith, passed away on March 31, 2018. She was a pastor’s wife for 66 years.

Viewing: 5-8pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Viewing location: D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind.
Funeral: 3pm Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Funeral location: Central Church, 5801 Schwartz Rd, Ft Wayne, Ind.

Read the online funeral notice.

Chris Augustat, alongside her husband, Tom, being ordained by Bishop Todd Fetters.

Chris Augustat was ordained as a United Brethren elder on Saturday, March 24, by Bishop Todd Fetters. She is the children’s pastor at Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.). The ordination service was conducted at Fowlerville during the 6 pm Saturday night service.

Participating in the ordination were Mark Wilson, senior pastor of the Fowlerville church, and Dan Bentz, senior pastor of Eden UB church (Mason, Mich.).

Phil and Sandy Whipple with Patsy Burelison Nelson (center).

Patsy Burelison Nelson, the mother of former bishop Phil Whipple, passed away on March 21. Phil wrote on Tuesday: “My mom has decided to move to a new address. She left for her permanent home this afternoon. She decided that this Easter would be spent in heaven with Jesus himself. It is a wonderful blessing to have the hope that we have in Christ. Today is not the end, but rather the beginning. No more pain, no more confusion, and no more limitations.”

Viewing: 5-8 pm Monday, March 26.
Funeral: 11 am Tuesday, March 27.
Viewing and funeral location: Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, 8611 Mayhew Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46835.

Phil and Sandy Whipple pastor a Missionary Church congregation in Yale, Mich. Address:

Phil Whipple
14840 Jeddo Rd.
Brown City, MI 48416

L-r: Josh Good, Lester Smith, Darrel Bosworth, Jerald Jones.

Josh Good has been appointed pastor of Hillsdale UB church (Hillsdale, Mich.) effective June 10, 2018. He has been senior pastor of Homefront UB church (Grandville, Mich.) since 2012, and has served in United Brethren ministry since 1998.

Lester Smith, senior pastor of Hillsdale UB church since 1998, is retiring effective June 1, 2018. He has been a United Brethren minister since 1980, serving four different UB churches in Michigan: Pennfield (Battle Creek), Maple Hill (Grandville), Richfield Road (Flint, 11 years), and Hillsdale.

Darrel Bosworth has been appointed senior pastor of Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.) effective April 2, 2018. He began his ministry at Sunfield as associate pastor in 1999, was senior pastor of Kilpatrick UB church (Woodland, Mich.) 2002-2016, and for the past year has been interim pastor of McCallum UB church (Delton, Mich.).

Jerald Jones has been appointed pastor of McCallum UB church (Delton, Mich.) effective March 18, 2018.

These churches are currently in need of a senior pastor.

  • Homefront UB church (Grandville, Mich.).
  • Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.).
  • Living Grace (Fort Wayne, Ind.).
  • Philomath UB church (Philomath, Oregon).
  • Mt. Morris UB church (Mt. Morris, Mich.).
  • South Scipio UB church (Harlan, Ind.).

These churches will have a senior pastor opening as of July 31, 2018:

  • First UB church (New Castle, Pa.).
  • Mt. Zion UB church (Wayne, Ohio).

If you are interested in any of these positions, please complete a Minister’s Profile form and submit it to:

Todd Fetters, bishop
United Brethren National Office
302 Lake Street
Huntington, IN 46750

Updated March 13, 2018

The United Brethren Association’s Annual Ministry Leadership Resource Day is coming up. Anyone in any leadership position at your church is invited to attend. (This event was formerly known as “Pastor Resource Day.”)

Date: Monday, April 23rd
Time: 9 am – Noon
Location: Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center.
Address: 7693 Browns Mill Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202

Mike Dean, pastor of Living Water UB church (Winchester, Va.) will unpack II Corinthians 10:3-5. What is a “stronghold”? What does it mean to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ”? Learn Scriptural principles for healing, wrong thinking, and damaged emotions.

There is no cost to attend the seminar. Fees associated with lunch and Sunday night lodging are on the brochure.

You can register here.

The 2nd Annual Integrate for Life Conference will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018. This conference is designed to help individuals and families in our churches and communities live a more healthy, balanced life spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Location: Emmanuel Community Church, 12222 US 24 West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Time: on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Registration begins at 7:30 am.

Early Registration: $25 by February 24
Registration after February 24: $35

The conference, provided by area counselors and health professionals, will teach practical ways to find healing and hope when facing the stresses of life and hurts in relationships.

Keynote Speakers and Workshops

Dr. Peter Jakacki & Dr. Gregory Sowles will lead keynote sessions at the beginning and end of the day (8-9am and 2-3 pm). In between will be three breakout sessions, with a total of 18 workshops being offered.

  1. Suicide Prevention- saving those who are hurting.
  2. Breaking out of the bondage of over-control in marital relationships.
  3. Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes.
  4. Same-Sex Attraction/Homosexuality: A Gracious Response.
  5. Boundaries in Relationships.
  6. Nutritional Deficiency: Hype or Reality? Exploring options and utilizing diagnostic tools and lab testing on Micronutrients, MTHFR, and beyond.
  7. The Dance of Marriage: New Steps to Understanding and Collaboration.
  8. Making the Connection: Understanding how Social Media is Changing Relationships.
  9. Refreshed or Stressed?- Harnessing awareness to live well in a chaotic world.
  10. Aging, Dementia and Living Forward.
  11. Brain Health: Moving Beyond Epigenetics of the Integrated-Self into a thriving life.
  12. Connecting With Kids: Parenting Towards Secure Attachment.
  13. Forgiveness: Letting loose the bondage of living a wounded lifestyle.
  14. Emotional Freedom Techniques: EFT to Relieve Distress and Trauma Responses.
  15. Out of the Ashes: How the Holocaust Birthed the Feuerstein Program and its Applications Today.
  16. Burnout: Under the Broom Tree.
  17. Living Well with Chronic Pain.
  18. There’s NO SUCH THING as a Superman (woman) Cape – How to Really Care for Yourself.

Go here for details, bios on speakers and workshops leaders, and registration.

If you would like to partner with us as a vendor or underwriter click this link. For vendor or underwriter questions, contact Andrew Ott or Bonnie Kiser.

If you have questions or need more information, call Emmanuel Community Church, 260-672-3377.

Camp Living Waters in Luther, Mich., is currently taking applications and beginning interviews for summer staff. This would include cabin leaders, plus workers for the kitchen, office, and maintenance. Preferred age is at least one year out of high school. For more detailed job description and applications, visit the Camp Living Waters website. You can also contact the camp by email or call 231-797-5107.