Clarence Lubbs passed away on Tuesday, March 1. He and his wife Mary served as United Brethren missionaries in Sierra Leone 1964-1967. Three of their children were with them while they served there – Deb, Barb, and Jim. A fourth child, Bonnie was attending Huntington University at the time.

Visitation: Sunday afternoon, March 6, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.
Visitation location: Schilling Funeral Home, 702 1st Avenue,  Sterling, IL  61081.
Funeral: Monday, March 7, 2011, at 10:30 am.
Funeral Location: Coleta United Brethren Church  Coleta, IL.

You may remember the names of Bill and Ann Fetrow, who were once United Brethren partial-support missionaries serving in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. They currently live in Huntington, Ind., and attend College Park UB church.

Bill has been diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. It has spread to other organs, and Bill will not pursue treatment. Bill will begin working with hospice very soon.

Youth workers from United Brethren churches throughout the US will gather in Florida May 2-5 for the annual UB Youth Workers Summit. It’s a great time for networking with fellow youth workers, sharing ideas, and learning how to do it better.

Here is the info:

Dates: May 2-5, 2011
Place: Holly Hill United Brethren Church, near Daytona Beach.
Speaker: Denny Miller, senior pastor of Emmanuel Community Church, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Cost: By April 1, $99. After April 1 the cost is $120.

You can register and pay online.

Because of space limitations, this is designed for the “lead” youth worker at churches. Send the person who leads your youth ministry, whether fulltime, part-time, or volunteer. For more information, go to

Members of the Atlantic Avenue team that worked in Haiti. Front row (l-r): Deb McCorkle, Deb McElroy, Judy Heller, Jen Corbett, Jeneen Gahr. Back row (l-r): Fred McCorkle, Steve Craver, Rich Eakin, Jeff Judson, Jeff Corbett, Pastor Pat Daugherty. Missing from the picture are Melvin and Amy Coe.

The team digging foundations in the 90-degree heat

Melvin Coe giving a ride to 2 Haitian boys

View of current temporary homes and new homes under construction.

Team members with a completed new home for displaced families.

On January 28, fourteen members of Atlantic Avenue United Brethren Church (Franklin, Pa.) traveled to Titinyen, Haiti, to minister with Mission of Hope Haiti.

During their 7-day trip, they were involved in building new homes for people displaced by the January 2010 earthquake. Mission of Hope has been given 100 acres by the government on which they plan to erect 500 single-family homes.

The group also ministered at several orphanages. Jeff Corbett, an electrician, stayed an extra 2 weeks and made multiple repairs and upgrades at the Mission of Hope campus.

Atlantic Avenue plans to continue the work in Haiti through future trips.