The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
“God is Good, All the time!”…“All the time, God is Good!” There is always in our God a hope that “does not disappoint us!” On the southern tip of Africa there is the Cape of Good Hope. It is a few miles west of the actual dividing point between the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans and it is here that the warm waters of the Agulhas currents meet the cold waters of the Benguela currents. The meeting of these currents causes great and violent waves and storms to occur that makes navigating and sailing in these waters very difficult and fearful to travelers. In fact for many years because of this, voyagers would not go beyond this point because of the fear of what was beyond…and no one knew what that would be. Fear of the unknown and of the violence of the passageway caused the ancient world to call the area the “Cape of Storms.” It is amazing how the fear of the unknown and the storms of life can paralyze us, or even cause us to be fearful of what lies ahead in life’s many situations and in eternity itself. But then in 1488 a Portuguese explorer by the name of Bartolomeu Dias rounded the cape successfully, and then later on in the 16th century Vasco De Gama sailed around the cape and beyond the fear and storms of the raging waters to the shores of India and beyond. From that time on the name of the cape changed to “The Cape of Good Hope” for they discovered that good things do lay ahead always to those who trust. Their hope would not disappoint them! Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me though he die yet shall he live.” Jesus has risen from the dead…He lives! He has passed through and beyond the storms of all of life’s fears and miseries and announced to those who believe, “There is Hope to all who believe upon me!” Easter is the celebration of life and hope, it is the assurance that… “All the time, God is good!” “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know he holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives!” Storms are inevitable—it’s not if they will come, but when they come in our lives. But as Easter Christians, we can daily have the blessed assurance that our hope in the promises of God will not disappoint us ever! For greater is our God than any storm or disaster of life in this world that we must travel through. “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” Jesus Christ is our Hope, Always! Happy Easter today and every day! Pastor Ed
COMING EVENTS PRIMETIMERS
EASTER EGG HUNT We will have our second annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. at the Life Center. All children, ages preschool to 5th grade, may participate. Adults are needed to help with sign-ins, setup, and clean-up. Contact Aimee Brinson, 343-4770, if you can help. Come and join the fun!
RUMMAGE SALE Our spring Rummage Sale will soon be here so it is time to clean out your closets, basement, and garage. The dates are April 13, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and April 14, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. You may bring your items to the south end of the gym on April 9, 10, and 11. We needs lots of help, especially on Thursday, April 12, to set up, and on Saturday, April 14, to tear down. Contact Patty Krebs, 6122048, if you can help.
On Thursday, April 19, the Primetimers will visit an Amish chair factory near Howe, and then have lunch at Ester Hostetler’s Amish farm. The meal will include chicken and beef with all the trimmings, and pie for dessert. The cost is $16 per person, and your money must be given to Wilbur Hostetler by April 9. The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 10:00 a.m. and we will leave the church at 10:30 a.m. We expect to return around 3:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 5342791.
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE We will be having a Maundy Thursday service and communion on April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown sanctuary. Everyone is welcome. If you would like the church bus to pick you up, please call the church office, 533-9518.
SPAGHETTI LUNCH The youth will be having a fundraiser meal for everyone on Sunday, April 22. They will serve spaghetti and salad. There is no charge, but donations are welcome! Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the downtown campus, and at 12:00 noon at the Life Center. Come and enjoy a good lunch and support our youth group! All proceeds will go toward the youth summer mission trip to Cleveland, Ohio, on June 10-16, 2012.
BASHOR CHILDREN’S HOME MOVIE NIGHT We will have a free movie night at the Life Center on Sunday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. The movie we will be showing is “How to Train Your Dragon.” Everyone is welcome!
The Bashor Children’s Home Auxiliary will meet on Monday, April 9, in the school cafeteria at Bashor Home on CR 15 in Goshen. Coffee time, with refreshments, will be served by St. Mark’s UMC at 9:15 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. program will be given by Marc Roth, from Holy Cross. Everyone is invited to attend.
Spring is in the air. Changes are happening everywhere! The grass is starting to get green. The trees are starting to bud. The flowers are starting to bloom. The changes that take place when the dormant comes to life with the dawning of a new season has arrived. This reminds me of the changes that are going to be taking place in the life of the church and in the life of my family over the next few months. In fact, many changes are going to be taking place in the life of the Karnes' family over the next couple of months. We have a daughter who will be graduating from high school (there is no way I am that old). We have an exchange student who has been with us for most of a year and has become part of our family who will be returning home to Germany in June. We are preparing for the move to Columbus Indiana, which means that we have to find a house to live in. We will be making the transition from Youth Ministry to working with adults. There are just a lot of changes happening. I do have to let you, my church family, know that I have truly enjoyed my time in ministry here at Goshen First UMC and the Life Center. This has been a wonderful time of my life, and it has helped me to grow as a pastor and as a person. I have made many good friends along the way, friends that I will miss very much when I am gone. Yet I have to let you know that I am excited about the new opportunities that God has given me. This is why I want to leave you with this ... My prayer for you! I pray that you continue to do ministry in a way that glorifies God by holding true to His Word and being about His Kingdom ... You all do a good job of that and don't ever let that change. I pray that you continue to reach the lost and change lives with a giving heart ... I love the heart for missions, both locally and other places, that this church has. I pray that you continue to build up children, youth and families ... no one else in the world is doing it ... It's up to the church to make sure it happens. I pray that you continue to do the things that make you the church that God has called you to be. Thanks again for allowing me to partner with you in ministry for the past five years. I know that it will be both a sad and joyous day when the moving truck shows up on June 5th to take us to our new home. God Bless,
Jeff Karnes (over)
LYNDON SCHOLARSHIP FUND The Dick Lyndon Scholarship Fund was established with the goal of providing matching grants to undergraduate students attending Christian colleges. This is a wonderful way the church can help our own college students attend the school of their choice, and the grant money is essentially doubled as the school matches the church’s gift. We are currently supporting four students with these grants and more are expected next fall. We would like to continue this program, but the Lyndon Fund is in need of more funds. If you would be interested and able to contribute to this fund, contributions may be made in any amount, by anyone, and at any time through the year. The Foundation Scholarship Committee determines how grants are awarded. Gifts or memorials may be sent to the church office or placed in the offering, with a notation designating it for the Lyndon Scholarship Fund. Thank You!
OPEN GYM Beginning on April 2nd, the church will be offering open gym basketball at the Life Center. If you are at least 16 years old, please join us for fun and fellowship with others from the church and community. Please invite your friends. The schedule will be every Monday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. We will begin our time with prayer and follow that with two hours of basketball. You may come and go as you please. Hope to see you there!
SPECIAL MUSICAL PROGRAM Although the resurrection is the focal point of our faith, it wasn’t the end of our story. After the resurrection, Jesus gathered his disciples together before He ascended into heaven and told them to go into all the world and share His message. On Sunday, April 29 we will celebrate that mandate and recommit ourselves to the glorious task of partnering with God to bring His message of hope to a lost and hurting world. This dynamic musical will be presented by choir, orchestra, and soloists and will feature some video footage of ways that our congregation has and continues to touch the world around us with His love. We are still looking for photos, and video clips of mission trips and outreach events. If you have some we could use, please contact Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t miss this powerful worship experience – Sunday, April 29 at 9:00 a.m. at the Downtown Campus.
Matt Smith, husband of Bobbi Smith and son of Tom & Pam Smith, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on September 15, 2011. On October 31, 2011, he left for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to complete his Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training. He graduated from all of his training on March 23, 2012, and is now residing back home in Goshen, where he will continue with his civilian job at R.S. Pest. His active duty training with the National Guard will continue to take place one weekend each month, as well as two weeks throughout the year, with his unit stationed in Ft. Wayne.
WELCOME—NEW MEMBERS We want to welcome the following people who will be received into membership on Easter Sunday. Jeff and Barb Battles Jeff and Barb Battles live at 66423 Prairie View Drive in Goshen. Jeff works at Goshen Plumbing and Heating and Barb works at GDC, Inc. They have three grown children: Josh & Rachel Battles, Midwest City, Oklahoma, Nick Battles in Goshen, and Cameron and Kara (Battles) Yoder and granddaughter, Quinn, in Goshen. Regarding hobbies, Jeff enjoys fishing, bowling, and camping, and Barb enjoys baking, crocheting, and reading. Aimee Brinson Aimee Brinson and her husband, Tony, live at 1817 Amberwood Drive in Goshen. They have five children: Tyler, Payton, A.J., Olivia, and Karlee. For hobbies, Aimee enjoys kids, singing, and leading fitness classes here at the church. Aimee is Co-Director of Children’s Ministries here at the church, and Tony and Aimee help out with the youth group and leading worship at the Life Center. P.K. Carvajal P.K. Carvajal lives at 913 S. 15th Street in Goshen. She has four sons: Anthony Gay in Florida, Adrian & Stephanie Gay in Goshen, Adam Gay & Misty Rink in Goshen, and Joe Oliver in Goshen. She has one granddaughter, Ashlyn Gay in Alabama, and another granddaughter is due in June. P.K. enjoys traveling, walking, gardening, photography, scrapbooking, and going on mission trips. Darren & Michelle Griffith Darren and Michelle Griffith live at 305 Alexis Drive in Milford. They have a two-year old daughter, Vienna. Darren works at Lakeside Chevrolet, and Michelle is an elementary schoolteacher at West Noble School in Ligonier. Darren’s hobbies include cars, traveling, and working outdoors in the summertime. Michelle enjoys coaching softball, traveling, and spending time with family. Melody Hartman Melody Hartman lives at 19208 Tarman Road in New Paris, and she has a daughter, Jessica. She works at KMC Controls. Melody is a motorcycle enthusiast, and she also enjoys puzzles, reading, and fishing. Eric & Hilda Johnson Eric and Hilda Johnson live at 18122 Hedgewood Drive in Goshen. They have three adult children: William Ragsdale who attends here, Melissa who lives in Elkhart, and Michael who lives in Indianapolis. Eric and Hilda have their own business—Johnson’s Lawn Maintenance, which includes lawn mowing and landscaping. Eric’s hobbies include fishing and hunting, and Hilda enjoys reading and painting. William Ragsdale William Ragsdale lives at 16389 County Road 40 in Goshen. He has three children: Ashley, Jessica, and Nick. He works at KMC Controls. William is a motorcycle enthusiast, and he also enjoys raising chickens, and fishing. Shirley Showalter Shirley Showalter lives at 1410 Winsted Drive in Goshen. Shirley has one son and three daughters: Jeff & Paula Showalter who attend here, Pamela & Lee Barker from Elkhart, Patricia Kaska from Mishawaka, and Paula Stanage from Elkhart. Shirley has five grandsons: Cory Showalter, Timothy Showalter, Broc Stanage, Jon Showalter, and Tyler Stanage, and three great-grandchildren: Eli, Evan, and Bryn Showalter. For hobbies, Shirley enjoys playing bridge, cooking, reading, and entertaining. Lawrence (Larry) & Julie Springer Larry and Julie Springer live at 424 East Jefferson Street, Apt. 5, in Goshen. They have three children: Marlanna, Marc, and Garrette. Marc is a senior at Goshen High School and Garrette attends the Goshen Middle School. Larry is a student at Ivy Tech in South Bend, and Julie works at Foamcraft in Goshen. For hobbies, Larry enjoys fishing, church activities, and spending time with family. Julie enjoys art, singing, and crafts. Jeffrey Yoder Jeff Yoder lives at 18889 East Fourth Street in New Paris. He works at Trans-Art Manufacturing Company in the Automotive Air Conditioning department. His hobbies include fishing, race, baseball, and football.
An update from Mateo and Rachel Parsons Tenorio
Greetings from Bolivia! Thanks so much for your support and prayers for our project in Ixiamas, Bolivia. We are going through some more changes this year, but are encouraged and always seeking Godâ€™s will. It is rice harvest time again! Farmers spend most of their days from mid-February to April in their fields picking rice by hand. From experience I have learned that it is a long and arduous process; it is a lot of work just to get one plate of rice! We usually plant 3-4 acres of rice which goes towards the self sustainability part of our project. RACHEL PICKING RICE Once the rice harvest is done, most farmers take a little break from their fields and come to live in town looking for random jobs. Starting in May, we hope to take advantage of their spare time to offer them educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture. We are coordinating with a Bolivian university (Universidad Mayor San Andres) to offer short term trainings to the local farmers on such topics as: low cost irrigation systems, control of leaf cutter ants, soil fertility, proper use of pesticides, controlled burning and raising chickens and pigs.
JESUS MASHING UP HOT PEPPERS TO MAKE AN ORGANIC INSECTICIDE
The social status of Ixiamas is rapidly changing. There is now night school for adults to get their high school degrees, and more and more people are interested in advanced studies. A few graduates each year have enough money to go study in La Paz, but the majority of these few students soon come back to Ixiamas without finishing their studies. They are either too lonely in a big, cold city that they are not used to; or they run out of money. It’s just a real challenge for anyone to get any advanced degrees and thus improve their lives and chances of getting a good job. In one of our recent meetings with the townsfolk, we saw that apart from agriculture and veterinarian, many young women want to study to be secretaries. There is a need for good secretaries in Ixiamas, and this education will give these ladies a great advantage in getting a job. We are coordinating with a well known technical school in La Paz to give secretarial classes (and in the future others) in Ixiamas. We are also helping the ladies with their cooking classes; Rachel has taught the baking portion since 2010. Apart from our work with the adults, we also are starting Saturday afternoon activities with children following the Spanish version of “AWANA”. We hope to bring spiritual development to the children of Ixiamas and help them learn the basics of Christianity. This program will also include crafts and other activities that will bring a positive diversion to their lives. Please keep us in your prayers as we coordinate with the people of Ixiamas and the university and technical school to offer training courses this year. This is a new project for us; we have many expectations but also many unknowns. We hope to start a scholarship program for the training courses, and also the children in the AWANA program. Please stay attentive to see how you can help and connect with the people we are serving in Ixiamas. As always, we strive to serve the Lord the best we can, but there are often many unexpected obstacles here in Bolivia. I have learned a lot this past year and to just “let go and let God”. A great lesson for anyone! Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Keep it up! -Mateo & Rachel Parsons Tenorio
DELFINE PRESENTING HER FINAL PROJECT, CHICKEN “FRICASE”
MATEO LEADING ACTIVITIES WITH SOME CHILDREN
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CALLING ARTISTS! THANK YOU!! “You’re so good at making people feel better—you know just what to say and how to say it. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. The Lord bless and keep you (Num 6:24).” -David & Kim Stark “A big thanks to Harvey Hansen for the great TGIW meals he delivered while my Harv was at the Maples. Also, thanks for such an enjoyable visit with Harv at the hospital from Pastor Ed.” -Bonnie Elder
COMMUNION Pastors Ed and Brenda and Pam Kling will be serving communion at the following places: Tuesday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m., at Waterford Crossing. Monday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Place. Monday, April 9, at 3:00 p.m. at Greencroft Healthcare. If anyone desires to have communion brought to your home, please call the church office, 5339518, and we will schedule a time.
All you artists out there--this is your time to shine! Coming soon to services, we will be doing a series called, “The Art of Living for Christ.” During this series, we are in need of all the artists out there to show us what they can do! What type of art, you may ask? Folk art, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, pottery, culinary arts, painting, YOU NAME IT! We would love to have examples of your artwork to display at both campuses throughout this series, as well as have people who are interested in potentially helping DURING services! Interested or have a special art to share? Contact Steve Campagna through e-mail at email@example.com. Thank you so much for all that you do!
HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAYS! April 1 Marcia Parsons Pat Robbins April 2 Nancy Lantz Shelley Tucker Jeremy Stutsman Hayden Bailey April 3 Dale Showalter Sara Showalter April 4 Eric Brown P.K. Carvajal April 6 Laura Miller David Hodges Nell Hoogenboom April 7 Sharon Anglemyer April 8 Wesley Meier Mackenzie Kyle John Cornell April 9 Tony Krebs Jeanette Salisbury Tom Snobarger April 10 Katheryn Giddens Michael Cork Stephen Skelton Rebecka Franklin April 11 Patricia McKinney April 12 Kris Kaericher Al Lane
April 14 Thomas Perrin Beatrice Briggs Gage Wiles April 15 Barb Allyn Kenda Shorthouse Marilyn Wallace Brock Blankenbaker Zoey Williams April 16 Marjorie Zollinger Joni Miller April 17 Melissa Fowler Kim Sheets
April 26 Rosalie Rock Jim Yoder April 27 Gordon Moore Drew Elliott Meghan Rheinheimer Steve Campagna Paul Goven
April 18 Tim Yoder Morgan Fetters
April 28 Lexus Tucker
April 20 Randy Fackelman Cassidy Trammell
April 29 Kim Stark David Hart, Sr.
April 21 Diane Bachman Nolan Miller
April 30 Bonnie Nicolai Andrew Ketcham Andra Goven
April 22 Brodie Bender Lisa Giddens April 23 Ruth Fry April 24 Darlene Dechant Rick Crowder Lauren Altenhof April 25 Kim Karnes
BIBLE HUMOR What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? Ruthless. What do they call pastors in Germany? German Shepherds. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. Which Bible character had no parents? Joshua, son of Nun.