Margaret Maybee passed away July 26. Now comes this news about her husband, Rev. Milan Maybee. It was posted on Facebook by son Paul Maybee:

“Dear friends, our family is experiencing the work of God in ways we could have never imagined. We are sad to bring this news, but also thankful and confident that our God is in control, and His timing and provision is always perfect.

“Dad received the news yesterday that he has stage 4 cancer in his bones which has been causing his intense pain. The cancer is aggressive and treatments are not really an option. Hospice came in today and has set Dad up for in-home care. He is in great spirits and is surrounded by family. He is quite exhausted at the moment as it has been a very intense couple weeks.

“We are requesting no visitors at this time so that he can rest and process all that has transpired. We are so thankful for the time we all had with Dad at Mom’s celebration. We were completely overwhelmed as a family by the love from so many people.

“We don’t know how long we have with Dad, but we are doing everything we can to care for him in every way. We will continue to post updates as things progress. Again, thank you all for your prayers, your care, and concern for both of our parents. We have all felt it.”

Here is the address for Rev. Milan Maybee:

Milan Maybee
101 Burt Avenue
Jackson MI 49201

The Garrison Road United Brethren Church (Fort Erie, Ontario) is a congregation of about 65 adults who have a desire to reach their community for Christ, with a particular emphasis on young families. The church has a large, functional facility in an ideal location on the main road in the heart of a community with new, growing subdivisions nearby. A brand new high school has just opened only three blocks from the church. Fort Erie is just across the Niagara River from Buffalo, New York, and just 20 minutes south of Niagara Falls.

The church has a blend of contemporary and traditional worship. Garrison Road Church is part of The United Brethren Church in Canada (see ubcanada.org for more information).

Resumes should be sent to Bishop Brian Magnus by August 15th. Email: brian@parkwoodgardens.ca. Contact Bishop Magnus for a full job description.

Margaret Maybee

Margaret Louise Maybee, 84, passed away Friday, July 26, 2019, at Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice Home. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Ever since she was a little girl, her life’s mission was to be a pastor’s wife. That life mission became a reality when Margaret married the love of her life, Milan Maybee, on June 26, 1954, in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. She loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, church secretary, organist, pianist, worship director, and Sunday school teacher. She was an active member of the Heart O’Lakes United Brethren Church (Brooklyn, Mich.) and Eden UB church (Mason, Mich.). Margaret was also a dedicated employee of Borek Jennings Funeral Homes for many years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Margaret is survived by her husband of 65 years, Rev. Milan Maybee, three children, seven grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Margaret’s family and friends will gather Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Heart O’ the Lakes United Brethren Church (7031 Jefferson Rd., Brooklyn) where her Service of Remembrance will be held at 5:00 pm. Pastor Tim Flickinger and Pastor Cyle Young will officiate. Memorial contributions are suggested to Heart O’ the Lakes: Missions or Yucatan Blessing House.

You can view her online obituary and leave a message of comfort for the family here.

Cards for Milan Maybee can be sent to:

Milan G. Maybee
101 Burt Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Bishop Todd Fetters (left) with the persons participating in the ordination services.

Rev. Chuck McKeown (right) praying for the persons being ordained, including (on the left) Julie and Joshua McKeown.

Daniel and Michelle Friend kneeling for the laying on of hands.

Dan Friend receiving a Bible from Bishop Todd Fetters.

Christopher and Elizabeth Little kneeling for the laying on of hands.

Christopher Little V receiving a Bible from Bishop Todd Fetters.

Joshua and Julie McKeown kneeling for the laying on of hands.

Matthew and Kara McKeown kneeling for the laying on of hands.

Matt McKeown received a Bible from Bishop Todd Fetters, and his father, Chuck, looks on.

Four persons were ordained during the recent US National Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio. The service occurred on Saturday morning, July 20.

Bishop Todd Fetters conducted the four ceremonies, along with Rev. Jim Bolich, director of Ministerial Licensing and Ordination. They were assisted by two ordained elders chosen by the person being ordained.

Christopher Little V is associate pastor of Devonshire UB church in Harrisburg, Pa. This fall he will begin planting what will be called the United House Church Network in Harrisburg. Assisting were Rev. Derek Thrush, senior pastor of Devonshire Church, and Dr. Michael Dittman, National Ministries director for the US National Conference.

Daniel L. Friend is Director of Music at Emmanuel Community Church in Fort Wayne, Ind. He has served at Emmanuel since 2002. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Huntington University. Assisting were Rev. Craig Mickey, a staff minister at Emmanuel, and Rev. Jason Holliday, a former Emmanuel staffperson who is now senior pastor of Living Grace UB church in Fort Wayne.

Matthew T. McKeown is associate pastor of First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla. He has served there since 1998. His brother Joshua McKeown has been senior pastor of Faith UB church in Port Orange, Fla., since August 2017.

Assisting in both ordinations was their father, Rev. Chuck McKeown, who is senior pastor of First UB. Rev. Brent Liechty, senior pastor of Rising Hope UB church (Shippensburg, Pa.) also assisted in Matt’s ordination. Rev. Don Ross, senior pastor of Victory Chapel UB church (Liberty Center, Ohio), assisted in Joshua’s ordination.

Rev. Taylor Sharp, a retired United Brethren pastor and ordained minister, passed away July 14, 2019, at his residence in Nashville, Ill. He was 90 years old.

Sharp graduated from Huntington University in 1953 with a degree in Sociology, and graduated from the Huntington University seminary in 1956 with a Master of Divinity. He pastored United Brethren churches in Lakewood and Modesto, Calif., 1956-1965. He was ordained in 1957.

From 1967-1975, Sharp served as a chaplain in the US Army (under the NAE Commission on Chaplains). He then became associate pastor of Morning Star UB church (Kokomo, Ind.), and later senior pastor of Crestview UB church (Lafayette, Ind.). He retired in 1989, and retained membership at College Park UB church (Huntington, Ind.).

Sharp is survived by his wife, Donna. They were married in 1952 and, in June of this year, celebrated 67 years of marriage.

The funeral was held July 19 in Nashville, Ill., with son Pastor Scott Sharp officiating.

Your church should bring a busload or car caravan of people to a service at the upcoming US National Conference. Or to several services.

The evening services, and the closing service on Saturday morning, are open for anyone to attend. You don’t need to have registered for the conference. Come join the nearly 700 UBs who have registered, and let’s fill the place!

The convention is July 17-20. The evening services start at 6:30. Daniel Henderson will speak Wednesday and Thursday nights on prayer, which will be a continuing emphasis for Bishop Todd Fetters; it would be great if you could. Friday night is Missions Night, with David Datema speaking. Bishop Todd Fetters will speak on Saturday morning at 9:00 am, presenting some of his vision for the denomination.

Organize a road trip with some of your fellow parishioners. We’d love to see you there!

The conference will be held at Bowling Green State University in the Bowen student union center.

New Horizons Community Church in Rockford, Ohio, is a growing congregation in western Ohio, approximately 40 miles southeast of Fort Wayne, Ind. We are looking for a pastor who will help the people of Rockford, the surrounding communities, and the global community to become totally devoted followers of Jesus Christ—bringing Christ and community together. We desire our lead pastor to guide our experienced team of staff and volunteers in stepping into the next season of growth we believe God has in store for New Horizons.

Our next lead pastor will be a skilled communicator with a shepherd’s heart. The ability to encourage others to assume and carry out leadership is essential. Skill and experience in facility expansion and effective conflict management will be a benefit. It is also expected that this individual will maintain professional ministerial credentials with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

New Horizons is an inter-generational congregation of approximately 300 people in a rural community. We are financially strong and are anticipating launching the second phase of expanding our modern facilities. Doing so will enable us to continue to grow in our current location.

If this sounds like something for which God has been preparing you, please send a copy of your resume, a cover letter, and a current photo to Bishop Todd Fetters as bishop@ub.org.