Cathy Reich (left) and Natania Kim.

On January 25, the United Brethren National Office held a goodbye celebration for Natania Kim, a Huntington University student who has worked part-time at the office for the past three years.

Natania began working at the UB National Office during the second semester of her freshman year. Classmate Taylor North, who had been doing some work at the National Office, mentioned that Cathy Reich, the administrative assistant to the bishop, was looking for some help. Natania ended up working a few hours a week with Cathy throughout her college years.

“Once in a while,” said Cathy, “someone comes across our path with a persona that is difficult to put into words. Natania is one of those. She is an exceptional person. She has a tender heart, a loving spirit, and excels at everything she touches. I’ve enjoyed the time we have worked together more than I could have imagined. She will be missed here at the office, but I’m so excited for her and Junoh’s future. And I pray that wherever she goes, whomever she touches, people will be impacted by her tender love for Jesus and people.”

Natania and Junoh.

Natania grew up Southern Baptist in Zion, Ill. She came to Huntington University for the Art program, but ended up switching to Social Work. She will graduate this spring. Graduating at the same time will be her husband, Junoh Kim. They were married in July 2017.

After graduating, Natania and Junoh will most likely move back to the Chicago/Wisconsin area. Junoh is considering an offer for an accounting position in Milwaukee. Natania anticipates possibly pursuing a masters in Social Work.

Natania will be missed. She enthusiastically tackled whatever job she was given, whether computer work or mailings or weeding around the building. And she got things done fast. It could be difficult keeping her busy. It was a joy having Natania in our midst for the past three years, and we wish her well.

Mike Dittman speaking at the Cluster Leader Winter Gathering.

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton (center) with Revs. William and Mary Flamer.

Brooks Fetters (left) and Bishop Todd Fetters.

Matt and Emily Hann

The session for spouses.

Twenty-one (out of 24) cluster leaders attended the annual Cluster Leader Winter Gathering, held January 22-23 at Huntington University (Huntington, Ind.). Cluster leaders are UB ministers who oversee a group of about seven senior pastors. Most clusters consist of pastors located close to each other geographically.

The Winter Gathering began on Monday night, January 22, with a dinner for cluster leaders, spouses, and staff at the United Brethren National Office. Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, gave some remarks. Matt and Emily Hann, from College Park UB church, provided music. Then Brooks Fetters, an ordained UB minister who is mayor of the city of Huntington, gave a message on leadership issues.

Bishop Todd Fetters started the Tuesday meeting with a devotional. Then Mike Dittman, director of National Ministries, led a couple hours of training. Meanwhile, Lisa Fetters and Pam Dittman led a track for spouses of cluster leaders.

For cluster leaders, the morning concluded with a discussion about a proposal to remove the requirement that UB ministers totally abstain from drinking alcohol (the prohibition for laypersons was removed in 2005). The issue will be discussed in cluster groups this year, and will probably be dealt with at the 2019 US National Conference.

The Cluster Leader Winter Gathering concluded with lunch on Tuesday.

Only senior pastors must attend cluster meetings. Clusters must meet at least six times per year. The typical schedule is September, October and November, take a break for the holidays, and resume February, March, and April. You can view all of the cluster groups here.

For staffpersons, we offer an Associate Staff Summit and a Youth Workers Summit (which is actually held every year). This is the year for all of these summits.

King Street UB church (Chambersburg, Pa.) is currently searching for a fulltime Worship Associate.

Purpose. Provide leadership, planning, and artist development for a contemporary worship context in partnership with the Pastor of Contemporary Worship and the Pastor of Worship and Care. Provide leadership and oversight for student worship teams that support worship experiences for the church’s elementary (grades 1-5) and student (grades 6-12) ministries.

Accountability. The Worship Associate will report to the Pastor of Contemporary Worship and be accountable to the KSC Board of Administration.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership for one contemporary worship service
  • Recruit, develop, schedule, and lead multiple teams of musicians and vocalists for contemporary worship services under the leadership of the Pastor of Contemporary Worship
  • Assist in planning and organizing of special events and concerts
  • Serve as a substitute worship leader for other services as needed
  • Provide leadership for worship experiences in elementary and student ministries by:
  • Recruit and develop teams (biblically and musically) of student worship leaders
  • Partner with the Student ministry teams to plan and provide meaningful worship experiences for programs and events
  • Work with the Elementary Coordinator in planning worship experiences in the Children’s Ministry Center on Sunday mornings and for Quarterly Family Worship
  • Serve as a bridge for students to participate in the Worship Ministry of the church
  • Oversee and maintain A/V equipment needs for children and student worship experiences
  • Coordinate worship leadership for Celebrate Recovery

Qualifications

  • A strong, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  • Undergraduate degree preferred with preference given to degree in worship ministry
  • 3 years experience as a worship leader, with student ministry leadership experience preferred
  • Excellent vocal, musical ability in guitar and/or piano and worship leadership skills
  • Strong relationship skills, especially with middle and high school students
  • Views worship leading as an opportunity to reach lost & hurting people with the Gospel
  • A track record of recruiting and developing worship teams and volunteers
  • Have a broad knowledge of contemporary Christian music
  • Proven organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Experience preferred in Ableton Live, Propresenter and PlanningCenterOnline
  • Licensed in the United Brethren denomination or willing to work toward licensing
  • In agreement with and will adhere to the governing documents of the United Brethren in Christ denomination

If interested, send cover letter, resume, and three references to administrative assistant Jeanne Amick at: jamick@kschurch.org. (Download position announcement)

Rev. Armando Lopez was elected as the new superintendent of Nicaragua Conference. He replaces Rev. Juan Pavón, who has served in that role for over 12 years.

Born in 1949 in the city of Granada. His parents pastored a small church. Armando can’t recall when he made the decision to follow Jesus, but he distinctly remembers preaching the Gospel as a child in bus stations and marketplaces. When Armando graduated from high school at age 17, he was determined to become a minister. In fact, all of his siblings are serving as pastors today.

In 2004, Armando was introduced to the United Brethren and has served as pastor of the Camino de Fe church in Niquinohomo, where he has also served as the area cluster leader. Armando is passionate about evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. It is his desire to lead our 30 Nicaraguan churches in multiplying themselves.

Randy Carpenter (right) was hired as a staff pastor at Colwood UB church (Caro, Mich.) effective January 1, 2018. He was previously senior pastor of Sunfield UB church (Sunfield, Mich.). Colwood is using a team approach, with three persons–Mike Whipple, Kelly Ball, and Carpenter–listed as teaching pastors. Each also carries other areas of responsibility. For Carpenter, the website lists assimilation and discipleship.

The Garnett UB church (Garnett, Kansas) closed as of December 31, 2017. The building is being sold to another church in town that needs a building. For 2016, the church reported an average attendance of just 6 persons, with 16 members.

Registration is now open for the UB Youth Workers Summit.

Date: April 23-27, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Location: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
2225 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118

This is an annual event of encouragement and training for persons in youth ministry. It is available for the lead youth ministry workers (fulltime, part-time, or volunteer) in every United Brethren church. About 25 youth persons usually attend.

The Summit is a great time of networking with other youth leaders and being encouraged by others who are in the trenches of youth ministry. They enjoy the beach, the golf course, and incredibly beautiful weather, along with the chance to slow down and step away from the constant demands of youth ministry.

You can register here.

Cost

  • $25 remote attendee
  • $120 per person (will share room with another attendee)
  • $240 per couple staying in same room
  • $360 per person with private room

What’s Included

  • Hotel stay for 4 nights.
  • Daily hot breakfast buffet.
  • 3 hosted dinners and seminars with guest speakers.

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from Daytona
  • Lunches and one dinner
  • Excursions
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Spending money

Continuing Education
If you hold a UB ministerial license, by attending this summit, you will earn 20 contact hours, which satisfies your annual requirement.

For more information and to register: ubteens.org


Registration is now open for the Associate Staff Summit.

Date: May 7-11, 2018 (Monday-Friday)
Location: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
2225 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118

You can register here.

The Associate Staff Summit is held every two years. It is designed for persons in UB churches working in such staff roles as pastoral care, youth ministry, worship, assimilation, adult education, visitation, counseling, missions, discipleship, children’s ministry, etc. It is NOT for senior pastors.

Cost

  • $25 remote attendee
  • $140 per person (will share room with another attendee)
  • $280 per couple staying in same room
  • $375 per person with private room

What’s Included:

  • Hotel stay for four nights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
  • Daily hot breakfast buffet
  • 2 hosted dinners
  • Resource book and seminars

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Daytona
  • Lunches and 2 dinners
  • Excursions
  • Hotel incidentals and extra days (before or after the summit).

For the schedule and other information: ubstaff.org

Kimberly Schock

Kimberly Schock, 60, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas. She was the wife of Rev. Richard Schock, pastor of Sabetha UB church (Sabetha, Kansas) since February 2016.

Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Saturday, January 13, at Westview Baptist church, 1325 S. Meridian, Wichita, Kansas.

Cards can be sent to:

Richard Allen Schock
512 Grant
Sabetha, KS 66534

Linda Carter, wife of Rev. Al Carter, passed away around 11 am on Friday, January 5, 2018. She was in hospice after a battle with cancer. Her husband has been pastor of First UB (Columbus, Ohio) since 2011. They previously served UB churches in St. Mary’s and Rockbridge, Ohio.

Visitation: 12:00-1:00 on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Funeral: Following visitation
Location: First UB church, 496 S. Wheatland Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Condolences can be sent to Pastor Carter at this address:

Rev. Alfred Carter
711 Westfall Court
Columbus, OH 43228