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The Rev. Rohn Peterson, of Taftsville, VT, passed away on February 17, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Most recently, the Rev. Peterson served the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire as Associate and Acting Executive Minister. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his four children Lanae, Mary, Geoffrey, and Rohn Peterson II; five brothers Chris, Jim, John, Jory, and Leif; and two sisters Layna Norkin and Caroline Mallery.

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from the president President Hagan talks about the ways that the wider seminary community serves others. Meet one Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus who, through his work at the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls, lives to serve the needs of others.

serving is a way of life Students find many areas of service while at seminary. Discover the ways Sioux Falls Seminary students are helping those in need.

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what’s new at sfs Find out some of the latest exciting and new developments at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Connect with SFS at upcoming events. Event listings are always available online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

From construction of a straw bale shed to hosting an Art Fest and much more, learn about Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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staying in touch News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

helping disciples grow Sioux Falls Seminary has many ways to serve the church and its disciples. Learn more about educational opportunities beyond seminarylevel degrees.

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The impact is now published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times per year for the benefit of the seminary community, friends, alumni, and supporters. Additional news and event information is distributed by e-mail throughout the year. To join our online news list, please visit www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

Everett “Rick” Casteel of Cedar Rapids, IA, passed away on February 4, 2010. Rick was the founder of Air Management and also Caleb Ministries, a counseling and mediation agency which included Manto-Man Ministries. Survivors include his wife, Kristi; children Naomi (Travis) Thompson and Joshua Casteel of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Rebekah (Mark) Latchis of Woodstock, MD; his mother, Betty Casteel, and sister Barbara Morean Porter of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters Dawn Buxton of Thornton, CO, and Candice Ross of Fayetteville, GA; grandchildren Emma, Garmai, and Madeline Thompson, James Latchis; and many nieces and nephews.

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Verdyne Wacker, mother of Dee Wacker passed away on February 6, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Dee of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Janelle (Dr. Charles ‘74) Hiatt of Sioux Falls and children Tim (Melissa ‘95), Jon (Stephanie), Aaron (Sarah); daughter Dr. Melody (Arnie) Schopp of Meadow, SD, and children Dr. Heather and Stephen; son Jay (Linda) Wacker of Bismarck, ND, and child Michael; daughter Gay (Jeff) Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, and children Sarah, Karmen and Zachary; son Paul (Donna) Wacker of Turtle Lake, ND, and children Lorea (Layne) Watson, and Ethan.

Stay in Touch with Sioux Falls Seminary Staying in Touch, the former alumni e-newsletter, is now published as part of the Impact magazine. We encourage you to stay in touch with us by sharing your current ministry role, family news, prayer requests, and more. To submit your updates, news, and prayer requests, please e-mail stayingintouch@sfseminary.edu, send us a message on Facebook, call 800.440.6227 ext. 2715, or visit www.sfseminary.edu/contact. To receive the latest news and event information by e-mail, please register online at www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php.

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alumni updates G. Michael Hagan, President of Sioux Falls Seminary

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Mary Fox lives in Grand Prairie, TX, and has been doing apartment Bible studies through Mission Arlington. She asks for prayer as she looks for a new place to serve as a volunteer.

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The Rev. Greg Kroger and his wife, Joyceann, reside in Sioux Falls. Greg was recently selected as the Bishop’s Assistant for Connectional Ministries in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2010. He currently serves as District Superintendent of the Glacial Lakes District in Eastern South Dakota and is Dean of the Cabinet.

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The Rev. Susan Omanson of Sioux Falls, SD, has been working as a missionary and requests prayer for her ministry, working to end global sex trafficking.

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lives in Big Stone City, SD. She will be retiring in June but plans to stay in the area. Please pray for the transition in her dual congregations.

Darrell Sherard and his wife, Verda, live in Hurley, SD. Darrell asks for prayer for Verda as she recovers from surgery.

Mark Hererra and his wife, Monique, live in Wylie, TX. Mark asks for prayer for Monique, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2010 and will be undergoing tests and chemotherapy for 6-10 months.

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Janis Christensen lives in Le Mars, IA. She serves the Presbyterian United Church of Christ. She asks for prayer for her ministry.

Mary Fast and her husband, Doug, live in Omaha, NE. They ask for prayer for her doctoral work to be finished in 2011 or 2012, as well as for their first grandchild, a baby boy.

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Ellen Konyak Jamir and her husband, Sasha, live in Nagaland, India. They are both involved in ministry with Oriental Theological Seminary, which is part of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

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Pastor Cindi Stewart and her husband, Klint, live in Stanton, NE. Cindi serves the United Methodist Church and was ordained in June 2009.

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Pastor Stephen Tressa and his wife, Erin, live in Council Bluffs, IA. Stephen serves Midlands Evangelical Free Church. They were blessed with the arrival of their first child, Noah James, on February 23, 2010.

Neil Beavan and his wife, Pamela, reside in Edmonton, AB. They ask for prayers for guidance and wisdom as Neil completes his work in a doctoral studies program.

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Darren DeVries and his wife, Elizabeth, became the parents of a 7 pound, 10 ounce baby girl, Aleah Grace, on February 24, 2010.

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Thomas Steele and his wife, Helen, live in Sutherland, IA. They request prayer for jobs in transition.

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Pastor Angie Rines is serving the Presbyterian Church of Morristown in Morristown, NJ.

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Marie Muller, wife of Willy Muller, passed away on December 1, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Willy, of Edmonton, AB; daughters Joy and Rebecca; and two grandchildren.

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James DeBoer of Sioux Falls passed away on April 12, 2010, at his home. In addition to his career in insurance sales, Jim served NAB churches in Vancouver, BC, Greeley, CO, Lodi, CA, and Dickinson, ND. He is survived by his wife, Judy; his children Janell DeBoer of Sioux Falls, SD, Janeen Wetterau (Greg) of Corona, CA, Jason DeBoer (Tara) of Asheville, NC, Jaremy DeBoer of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Rochelle Wurth (Jason) of Green Bay, WI, Steve Heirigs of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren; and sister Sharon Landt (Carl) of Warren, MI.

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Sharon Vossler, wife of Gary Vossler, who resided in Issaquah, WA, passed away on February 28, 2010, from a battle with cancer that began in 1988. She is survived by her husband; sons Michael, Nathanael, and Jonathan; daughter Christina; a sister and two brothers.

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Service is a large part of the learning experience at Sioux Falls Seminary. Whether living at Summit House, reaching out to those who are struggling, mentoring area youth, providing guidance through therapy, or gaining valuable preaching experience behind the pulpit, all students at Sioux Falls Seminary are actively engaged in serving others. And although this practical approach to learning is part of the curriculum, it is often viewed as more than that. For most students, serving is their way of life, their calling, and their passion.

teaching touches lives When Master of Divinity student Roger Priestley moved into Summit House, he wanted to find a way to help bridge the gap between the community and the local church. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized God was teaching me about hospitality and kindness to others,” Priestley commented. That’s why teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)classes to local immigrants with the help of area churches seemed like the perfect way to start bridging the gap within Pettigrew Heights. This idea, which began as a simple thought, has now grown into two successful classes. With the help of the First United Methodist and First Christian churches, Priestley is able Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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to offer Monday and Thursday night sessions to help accommodate the work schedules of area immigrants. “We realize that the participants work shift hours, and so we want to be as flexible as possible with their schedules,” added Priestley. The classes started in November 2009, and plans are currently underway to add a Saturday morning session to the offerings. Students come from a variety of different countries including Cameroon and Ethiopia and range from about 30-45 years in age. Each class has an average of five students, all of whom are ready and eager to learn English. Encouraged to practice what they learn when they are at home and with one another, participants are gaining confidence in their newly-learned skills and beginning to speak up at work. This success in the classroom and confidence gained by the students are two of the reasons Priestley feels so passionate about the English as a Second Language classes. “It’s the look in their eyes when something clicks. It gives me hope to know that one day the students will be able to enjoy all the freedoms that this country has to offer without being restricted by language,” Priestley said. So far for Priestley, the program has been a great experience, and he is thankful for having the Summit House community to provide him support and encouragement. He is hopeful that the program will continue after his time at seminary and that others begin to see the value and great reward of breaking down language barriers in Pettigrew Heights and around the world.

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Priestley, pictured at the far left, works with one of his ESL students. He adds that the “Easy ESL” program he uses runs on a computer and could easily be used by churches as an outreach program to their local communities.

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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Carolyn Weiss Murdock, daughter of Harold (‘52) and Ruth Weiss requests prayer for Ruth who has colon and liver cancer. Ruth underwent surgery in December 2009.

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William Effa and his wife, Ruth, live in Columbus, NE. They ask for prayer that God would continue to bless them with good health.

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Dr. Richard Paetzel and his wife, Dottie, live in Edmonton, AB. They ask for prayer for Dottie’s health, as she has Parkinson’s and for Richard as her primary caregiver.

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The Rev. Allan Kranz and his wife, Donna, live in Watertown, WI. They ask for prayer for the renewal of commitment to the Body of Christ. The Rev. Chester Strobel and his wife, Elaine, live in Abilene, KS. They request prayer for their young granddaughter, Lydia, who is being treated for leukemia.

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Dr. Ted Faszer (alumnus and SFS professor) and wife, Marietta, spent the winter with Marietta’s sister and brother-in-law in Sun City, AZ, and have returned to their Madison, SD, home. Ted and Marietta are happy to report that after battling the disease for a year, Marietta is now cancer free! Although her spirit is strong, she continues to struggle with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration, which makes balancing, walking, speaking, and swallowing difficult. Pray for strength and progress as Marietta deals with these challenges. Gordon Gilbert lives in Spokane, WA. He asks for prayer regarding his arthritis as he has been experiencing a lot of pain.

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The Rev. Kenneth Ontjes (‘73 & ‘80) lives and serves as a pastor in Bridgewater, SD. He asks for prayer for his health as he continues to deal with complications from prostate cancer in 2006.

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The Rev. Richard Marcha lives in Strongsville, OH. He asks for prayer for his health. He has arthritis.

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The Rev. Mike Seto and his wife, Lucky, live in Sacramento, CA. They ask for prayer that they reach the community with their ministry.

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David Lake and his wife, Dorothy, live in Harvey, ND. They ask for prayer for revitalization in their rural church.

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The Rev. Walter Foth resides in Saskatoon, SK, with his wife, Graciela. They ask for prayer for new immigrants to their community from the Philippines. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and blessings on them. John Tucker and his wife, Vidella, live in Colorado Springs, CO. They request prayer that John finds a job where his gifts can be put to use.

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Richard Bishop and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Springfield, MO. They ask for prayer for their health. Dick has been battling lung cancer for 2½ years, and Jacqueline has rheumatoid arthritis. Paul Miller and his wife, Vanessa, reside in Japan and have three children: Andrew (20), Emily (19), and Lydia (16). Paul has worked at Kyoto International University/Academy (KIU-Academy) since 1997, serving as the Chair of the Humanities Department of the University and Department Head of the English Language Arts Department of the middle school and high school divisions. He also recently published poetry in Silver Leaves, a journal celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and those associated with him.

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Summer Courses at Sioux Falls Seminary Visit campus and take a course this summer. Offerings range from one-to-three week intensives. Classes can be audited for only $50/credit hour. Course schedules available online at sfseminary.edu/courseschedules.

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thirty-one 2010 Fall Convocation This annual convocation service rings in the 2010-2011 year. 10:00 a.m., Location to be announced.

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God, Christ, and Humanity This course studies the major doctrines of the Christian faith: biblical authority, God, humanity, and Jesus Christ. It takes place on June 14-25 and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 207. 2100 S. Summit Avenue

fifteen - seventeen Actively Impacting Ministries (AIM) Pheasant Hunt Join us for this pheasant hunt with outdoor worship service in Plankinton, South Dakota. Cost per hunter is $695. Call 800.440.6227 ext. 2715 to secure your spot. K&M Hunting Lodge, Plankinton, South Dakota

twenty-five july ten - sixteen Mission Immersion Experience: Rosebud This week-long, hands-on course immerses students in life at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Renovaré Spiritual Formation Conference Come, be encouraged, and find out how to develop a renewed, sustainable, and enriched spiritual life. Visit www.renovare.us or e-mail lghoward@sio.midco.net. 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jeschke Fine Arts Ctr., Univ. of Sioux Falls A Growing Place Harvest Festival & Area Clean-Up Lowell MST Elementary School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July fifteen Enrollment Deadline for Certificate in Christian Ministry Enrollment for the 2010-2011 community education program in Christian ministry closes. Visit: sfseminary.edu/lifelonglearning.

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one - two Christian Community Development Association Institute Classes designed to equip emerging grass-roots community developers, youth workers, pastors, lay leaders, and students in the philosophy of Christian community development. More information forthcoming. E-mail: info@sfseminary.edu. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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immersion makes splash In March 2007, Sioux Falls Seminary Master of Divinity student Jason Wiersma took part in Urban Plunge, an immersion experience offered through Christ for the City International in Omaha, Nebraska. Little did he realize, this weekend of service would light a fire within him to “wake up the Body of Christ” in others. For the next two years, Wiersma challenged himself and others to work with the poor and become more involved with local service organizations. According to him, there is no better way to challenge and move people than to help them step out of their comfort zones to meet the needs of others. “It is okay to be scared, to step out of your comfort zone,” said Wiersma. “Urban Plunge strives to be a tool used by God to challenge churches and individuals to get involved in more outreach ministry experiences.” In the Spring of 2009, an opportunity to share the Urban Plunge program with residents of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area presented itself. Wiersma and a group of individuals, including seminary Professor Jay Moon and Summit House director Tim Olsen, began planning and casting visions for the program. Soon, a partnership with Christ for the City International was formed. The group’s hard work paid off in March 2010 when the first immersion experience was offered in Sioux Falls. The local program is now under the direction of SFS student and Summit House resident, Michelle Van’t Hul. “Urban Plunge allows people to see where they can help and how. It introduces to them many different types of ministries and helps them process what they are seeing and experiencing,” said Van’t Hul. “I hope that the weekend experience challenges them to do something they have never done before.” Groups and individuals of all ages, from youth to seniors, are being challenged and inspired through the Urban

Plunge experience. Those who have participated include church and youth groups, students, and those interested in community development work. At the cost of $95 per person, the weekend experience guides groups through several service projects within the community and exposes them to a variety of worship styles. Service opportunities include playing games with inner-city kids, serving meals to and visiting with the homeless, doing service projects in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood, working with the marginally-handicapped, fixing bikes and sorting clothes for the working poor, touring Summit House, and participating in a prayer walk. The program is not only touching the lives of participants but is also impacting local ministries. “Every Urban Plunge group that comes through increases the volunteer and possible donor base of each ministry,” commented Van’t Hul. Sioux Falls Urban Plunge participants include the Bowden Youth Center, St. Francis House, The Banquet, Summit House, The Center of Hope, the Answer Center, the M-2 Program at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, Friendship Baptist Church, and more. Van’t Hul is thankful for her role in the project for several reasons—gaining valuable experience alongside her education is just one. More importantly, she is helping others realize their gifts and understand what God is doing in their lives. “Urban Plunge is growing my heart for all people—both inside and outside the church body,” she added. To learn more or inquire about available weekends, contact Penny (penny@cfci.org, 402.592.8332) or Michelle (605.366.8516). 3

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mission. theology. service. about summit house In May 2008, Sioux Falls Seminary seized an opportunity to offer its students a unique, first-hand learning experience while getting involved in the restoration of Pettigrew Heights, an ethnically diverse area in the heart of Sioux Falls. By purchasing a dormitory-style building in the neighborhood, Sioux Falls Seminary has been able to provide affordable housing to students who, in return, spend at least five hours per week reaching out to and serving in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood.

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A straw bale shed was constructed at Summit House on April 27-28 in conjunction with the Plain Green Conference in Sioux Falls. A group of local architects and businesses made construction possible by donating plans, labor, and materials for the project. The shed is providing students with yet another opportunity to minister to Pettigrew Heights residents. This summer, students in the Faith-Based Community Development Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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Summit House residents hosted the second annual New Life Arts Festival at Summit House on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The event was open to the public and showcased art and music by Sioux Falls Seminary students and other local artists.

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Helling moves to admissions We are pleased to announce that Nathan Helling will become the new Director of Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid at Sioux Falls Seminary early this summer. Previously the Director of Special Gifts for the Leadership Foundation, Helling will take the place of Bryce Eben. Eben first began working in the area of recruitment as a student in 1997. He later joined the staff in 1999 and began serving as the Director of Enrollment Development in 2003. Helling was selected to take over the role in admissions after Eben announced he and his family were moving to Canada to be closer to relatives. Helling is excited to work closely with those called to ministry. “It will be an honor to come alongside them during this part of their faith journeys,” said Helling. “I am also excited about Sioux Falls Seminary. We have top-notch faculty, an eclectic group of students committed to learning and serving, a new building, state-of-the-art technology, and a rich heritage.” Helling added that he is blessed by a legacy of those who have served in the position before him, including Eben.

technology allows for online event viewing & more Sioux Falls Seminary’s new campus is equipped with the latest in educational technology equipment and software. In fact, each classroom is set up with large flat-screen monitors, cameras, and smart boards. This equipment affords seminary professors the ability to record or broadcast live class sessions. And more importantly, it gives students more options for learning whether they live in Sioux Falls or around the world. In addition to benefitting students, the seminary’s cuttingedge technology is also impacting the way events are offered. On April 13, Sioux Falls Seminary recorded and broadcast live via the Internet the 2010 Hiller Lectureship to constituents at a distance. curious about online event viewing? The 2010 Hiller Lectureship with Dr. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. is available for viewing online until July 31. Interested individuals need an e-mail address and computer to view the event. To learn more, contact SFS by calling 800.440.6227. A $25 per person fee applies. 9

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Throughout his life, Fred Wilgenburg has often wondered why some people, including himself, were so blessed while others in the world suffered so much. Had it not been for this humanitarian perspective, the love in his heart for the special care of people and their circumstances, and the quiet call of the Lord, Fred’s story might have had a very different outcome. However, through involvement in volunteer experiences including a youth group position at church and a man-to-man program at the penitentiary in Sioux Falls, Fred discovered his calling. According to Wilgenburg, he was feeling God’s call to pastoral ministry. At that time he was unsure of how God would use him, but he didn’t believe it would be through church ministry. Wilgenburg was right. God was leading him to serve in a broader perspective. One that would take him outside the church to use the gifts and passions most dear to his heart including special care for people and their circumstances. God’s plans became clear as Fred concluded his time at seminary. Shortly before he graduated in May 1998 with his Master of Divinity degree, Fred was asked by his denomination, the Reformed Church in America, to start a task force to research the need for an outreach service to the struggling. After two and a half years of research and work, the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls was born in July 2000 with Wilgenburg as the

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only employee. “We did fundraising to gain enough seed money for me to become a staff member and to rent space,” said Wilgenburg of the Center’s beginning. “Ten years later, I am amazed at how the Center of Hope has grown. Many of the outreach ministries that we do were never envisioned when we first began. However, they fit into our ongoing motto of sowing seeds of God’s love . . . physically and spiritually.” Today, thanks to the commitment of Wilgenburg and others, the Center of Hope is thriving. With over 8000 households served, five employees, and many programs and offerings, the Center is more than just another faith-based ministry. It is a Gospelfocused ministry. “We truly believe Jesus is the answer for every person’s life, including our own. Therefore, we have shared the Gospel with many over the years, carefully seeing that it is done naturally, non-abrasively, and effectively,” added Wilgenburg. “We are known positively and fondly by many in the community as a ministry that desires to be friends and encouragers.” Some of the most popular programs at the Center of Hope are the Winter Clothing and Bike-for-Work programs, the Hope Worship Hour, and the Sports Night Ministry. Each of the programs help to serve the diverse needs of individuals in the area by providing clothing for the cold South Dakota winters, distributing bikes for transportation, offering hope through worship, and reaching out to those struggling in life.

Wilgenburg finds it most rewarding to “rise to the challenge of effectively and naturally sharing God’s love with people who are facing much struggle in life, whether they are incarcerated, addicted, or laid-up in some way.” That’s why the Center not only meets physical needs of those served but also asks about prayer and spiritual concerns. Individuals often receive a warm, relevant note about God’s love for them. In addition, workers and volunteers also greet return visitors— getting to know them better and how they can further minister to them. Fred’s time at Sioux Falls Seminary and his connections with the seminary community continue to impact his work and passion to serve others. In addition to providing students for internships and employment, the seminary community also provides encouragement. Students Aaron and Michelle Van’t Hul currently serve as Seminary Intern and Care Center Assistant, respectively. “All of my seminary courses have been positive for my work with the Center of Hope,” stated Wilgenburg. “Beyond the classes, I have been blessed by my relationship with seminary staff over the years as they have provided much encouragement along the way.” Wilgenburg resides near Valley Springs, SD, with his wife and three daughters and is thankful to have heard and obeyed the quiet call of the Lord to serve those who are struggling, share God’s word, and offer them hope and encouragement.

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Throughout his life, Fred Wilgenburg has often wondered why some people, including himself, were so blessed while others in the world suffered so much. Had it not been for this humanitarian perspective, the love in his heart for the special care of people and their circumstances, and the quiet call of the Lord, Fred’s story might have had a very different outcome. However, through involvement in volunteer experiences including a youth group position at church and a man-to-man program at the penitentiary in Sioux Falls, Fred discovered his calling. According to Wilgenburg, he was feeling God’s call to pastoral ministry. At that time he was unsure of how God would use him, but he didn’t believe it would be through church ministry. Wilgenburg was right. God was leading him to serve in a broader perspective. One that would take him outside the church to use the gifts and passions most dear to his heart including special care for people and their circumstances. God’s plans became clear as Fred concluded his time at seminary. Shortly before he graduated in May 1998 with his Master of Divinity degree, Fred was asked by his denomination, the Reformed Church in America, to start a task force to research the need for an outreach service to the struggling. After two and a half years of research and work, the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls was born in July 2000 with Wilgenburg as the

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only employee. “We did fundraising to gain enough seed money for me to become a staff member and to rent space,” said Wilgenburg of the Center’s beginning. “Ten years later, I am amazed at how the Center of Hope has grown. Many of the outreach ministries that we do were never envisioned when we first began. However, they fit into our ongoing motto of sowing seeds of God’s love . . . physically and spiritually.” Today, thanks to the commitment of Wilgenburg and others, the Center of Hope is thriving. With over 8000 households served, five employees, and many programs and offerings, the Center is more than just another faith-based ministry. It is a Gospelfocused ministry. “We truly believe Jesus is the answer for every person’s life, including our own. Therefore, we have shared the Gospel with many over the years, carefully seeing that it is done naturally, non-abrasively, and effectively,” added Wilgenburg. “We are known positively and fondly by many in the community as a ministry that desires to be friends and encouragers.” Some of the most popular programs at the Center of Hope are the Winter Clothing and Bike-for-Work programs, the Hope Worship Hour, and the Sports Night Ministry. Each of the programs help to serve the diverse needs of individuals in the area by providing clothing for the cold South Dakota winters, distributing bikes for transportation, offering hope through worship, and reaching out to those struggling in life.

Wilgenburg finds it most rewarding to “rise to the challenge of effectively and naturally sharing God’s love with people who are facing much struggle in life, whether they are incarcerated, addicted, or laid-up in some way.” That’s why the Center not only meets physical needs of those served but also asks about prayer and spiritual concerns. Individuals often receive a warm, relevant note about God’s love for them. In addition, workers and volunteers also greet return visitors— getting to know them better and how they can further minister to them. Fred’s time at Sioux Falls Seminary and his connections with the seminary community continue to impact his work and passion to serve others. In addition to providing students for internships and employment, the seminary community also provides encouragement. Students Aaron and Michelle Van’t Hul currently serve as Seminary Intern and Care Center Assistant, respectively. “All of my seminary courses have been positive for my work with the Center of Hope,” stated Wilgenburg. “Beyond the classes, I have been blessed by my relationship with seminary staff over the years as they have provided much encouragement along the way.” Wilgenburg resides near Valley Springs, SD, with his wife and three daughters and is thankful to have heard and obeyed the quiet call of the Lord to serve those who are struggling, share God’s word, and offer them hope and encouragement.

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Practicum will transform the shed into a tool lending library, which will loan tools to neighborhood residents. The goal is to hold a grand opening ceremony on September 25.

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mission. theology. service. about summit house In May 2008, Sioux Falls Seminary seized an opportunity to offer its students a unique, first-hand learning experience while getting involved in the restoration of Pettigrew Heights, an ethnically diverse area in the heart of Sioux Falls. By purchasing a dormitory-style building in the neighborhood, Sioux Falls Seminary has been able to provide affordable housing to students who, in return, spend at least five hours per week reaching out to and serving in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood.

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A straw bale shed was constructed at Summit House on April 27-28 in conjunction with the Plain Green Conference in Sioux Falls. A group of local architects and businesses made construction possible by donating plans, labor, and materials for the project. The shed is providing students with yet another opportunity to minister to Pettigrew Heights residents. This summer, students in the Faith-Based Community Development Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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Summit House residents hosted the second annual New Life Arts Festival at Summit House on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The event was open to the public and showcased art and music by Sioux Falls Seminary students and other local artists.

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Pray for the safety of the student residents. Pray for funding to help sustain Summit House. Pray that strong relationships of all kinds are formed.

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Helling moves to admissions We are pleased to announce that Nathan Helling will become the new Director of Enrollment and Director of Financial Aid at Sioux Falls Seminary early this summer. Previously the Director of Special Gifts for the Leadership Foundation, Helling will take the place of Bryce Eben. Eben first began working in the area of recruitment as a student in 1997. He later joined the staff in 1999 and began serving as the Director of Enrollment Development in 2003. Helling was selected to take over the role in admissions after Eben announced he and his family were moving to Canada to be closer to relatives. Helling is excited to work closely with those called to ministry. “It will be an honor to come alongside them during this part of their faith journeys,” said Helling. “I am also excited about Sioux Falls Seminary. We have top-notch faculty, an eclectic group of students committed to learning and serving, a new building, state-of-the-art technology, and a rich heritage.” Helling added that he is blessed by a legacy of those who have served in the position before him, including Eben.

technology allows for online event viewing & more Sioux Falls Seminary’s new campus is equipped with the latest in educational technology equipment and software. In fact, each classroom is set up with large flat-screen monitors, cameras, and smart boards. This equipment affords seminary professors the ability to record or broadcast live class sessions. And more importantly, it gives students more options for learning whether they live in Sioux Falls or around the world. In addition to benefitting students, the seminary’s cuttingedge technology is also impacting the way events are offered. On April 13, Sioux Falls Seminary recorded and broadcast live via the Internet the 2010 Hiller Lectureship to constituents at a distance. curious about online event viewing? The 2010 Hiller Lectureship with Dr. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. is available for viewing online until July 31. Interested individuals need an e-mail address and computer to view the event. To learn more, contact SFS by calling 800.440.6227. A $25 per person fee applies. 9

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thirty-one 2010 Fall Convocation This annual convocation service rings in the 2010-2011 year. 10:00 a.m., Location to be announced.

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God, Christ, and Humanity This course studies the major doctrines of the Christian faith: biblical authority, God, humanity, and Jesus Christ. It takes place on June 14-25 and meets Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Room 207. 2100 S. Summit Avenue

fifteen - seventeen Actively Impacting Ministries (AIM) Pheasant Hunt Join us for this pheasant hunt with outdoor worship service in Plankinton, South Dakota. Cost per hunter is $695. Call 800.440.6227 ext. 2715 to secure your spot. K&M Hunting Lodge, Plankinton, South Dakota

twenty-five july ten - sixteen Mission Immersion Experience: Rosebud This week-long, hands-on course immerses students in life at the Rosebud Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Renovaré Spiritual Formation Conference Come, be encouraged, and find out how to develop a renewed, sustainable, and enriched spiritual life. Visit www.renovare.us or e-mail lghoward@sio.midco.net. 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jeschke Fine Arts Ctr., Univ. of Sioux Falls A Growing Place Harvest Festival & Area Clean-Up Lowell MST Elementary School, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

July fifteen Enrollment Deadline for Certificate in Christian Ministry Enrollment for the 2010-2011 community education program in Christian ministry closes. Visit: sfseminary.edu/lifelonglearning.

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one - two Christian Community Development Association Institute Classes designed to equip emerging grass-roots community developers, youth workers, pastors, lay leaders, and students in the philosophy of Christian community development. More information forthcoming. E-mail: info@sfseminary.edu. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 2100 S. Summit Avenue

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immersion makes splash In March 2007, Sioux Falls Seminary Master of Divinity student Jason Wiersma took part in Urban Plunge, an immersion experience offered through Christ for the City International in Omaha, Nebraska. Little did he realize, this weekend of service would light a fire within him to “wake up the Body of Christ” in others. For the next two years, Wiersma challenged himself and others to work with the poor and become more involved with local service organizations. According to him, there is no better way to challenge and move people than to help them step out of their comfort zones to meet the needs of others. “It is okay to be scared, to step out of your comfort zone,” said Wiersma. “Urban Plunge strives to be a tool used by God to challenge churches and individuals to get involved in more outreach ministry experiences.” In the Spring of 2009, an opportunity to share the Urban Plunge program with residents of Sioux Falls and the surrounding area presented itself. Wiersma and a group of individuals, including seminary Professor Jay Moon and Summit House director Tim Olsen, began planning and casting visions for the program. Soon, a partnership with Christ for the City International was formed. The group’s hard work paid off in March 2010 when the first immersion experience was offered in Sioux Falls. The local program is now under the direction of SFS student and Summit House resident, Michelle Van’t Hul. “Urban Plunge allows people to see where they can help and how. It introduces to them many different types of ministries and helps them process what they are seeing and experiencing,” said Van’t Hul. “I hope that the weekend experience challenges them to do something they have never done before.” Groups and individuals of all ages, from youth to seniors, are being challenged and inspired through the Urban

Plunge experience. Those who have participated include church and youth groups, students, and those interested in community development work. At the cost of $95 per person, the weekend experience guides groups through several service projects within the community and exposes them to a variety of worship styles. Service opportunities include playing games with inner-city kids, serving meals to and visiting with the homeless, doing service projects in the Pettigrew Heights neighborhood, working with the marginally-handicapped, fixing bikes and sorting clothes for the working poor, touring Summit House, and participating in a prayer walk. The program is not only touching the lives of participants but is also impacting local ministries. “Every Urban Plunge group that comes through increases the volunteer and possible donor base of each ministry,” commented Van’t Hul. Sioux Falls Urban Plunge participants include the Bowden Youth Center, St. Francis House, The Banquet, Summit House, The Center of Hope, the Answer Center, the M-2 Program at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, Ethiopian Christian Fellowship Church, Friendship Baptist Church, and more. Van’t Hul is thankful for her role in the project for several reasons—gaining valuable experience alongside her education is just one. More importantly, she is helping others realize their gifts and understand what God is doing in their lives. “Urban Plunge is growing my heart for all people—both inside and outside the church body,” she added. To learn more or inquire about available weekends, contact Penny (penny@cfci.org, 402.592.8332) or Michelle (605.366.8516). 3

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Service is a large part of the learning experience at Sioux Falls Seminary. Whether living at Summit House, reaching out to those who are struggling, mentoring area youth, providing guidance through therapy, or gaining valuable preaching experience behind the pulpit, all students at Sioux Falls Seminary are actively engaged in serving others. And although this practical approach to learning is part of the curriculum, it is often viewed as more than that. For most students, serving is their way of life, their calling, and their passion.

teaching touches lives When Master of Divinity student Roger Priestley moved into Summit House, he wanted to find a way to help bridge the gap between the community and the local church. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized God was teaching me about hospitality and kindness to others,” Priestley commented. That’s why teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)classes to local immigrants with the help of area churches seemed like the perfect way to start bridging the gap within Pettigrew Heights. This idea, which began as a simple thought, has now grown into two successful classes. With the help of the First United Methodist and First Christian churches, Priestley is able Sioux Falls Seminary impact

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to offer Monday and Thursday night sessions to help accommodate the work schedules of area immigrants. “We realize that the participants work shift hours, and so we want to be as flexible as possible with their schedules,” added Priestley. The classes started in November 2009, and plans are currently underway to add a Saturday morning session to the offerings. Students come from a variety of different countries including Cameroon and Ethiopia and range from about 30-45 years in age. Each class has an average of five students, all of whom are ready and eager to learn English. Encouraged to practice what they learn when they are at home and with one another, participants are gaining confidence in their newly-learned skills and beginning to speak up at work. This success in the classroom and confidence gained by the students are two of the reasons Priestley feels so passionate about the English as a Second Language classes. “It’s the look in their eyes when something clicks. It gives me hope to know that one day the students will be able to enjoy all the freedoms that this country has to offer without being restricted by language,” Priestley said. So far for Priestley, the program has been a great experience, and he is thankful for having the Summit House community to provide him support and encouragement. He is hopeful that the program will continue after his time at seminary and that others begin to see the value and great reward of breaking down language barriers in Pettigrew Heights and around the world.

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Priestley, pictured at the far left, works with one of his ESL students. He adds that the “Easy ESL” program he uses runs on a computer and could easily be used by churches as an outreach program to their local communities.

Staying in Touch alumni updates, news, and prayer requests

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Carolyn Weiss Murdock, daughter of Harold (‘52) and Ruth Weiss requests prayer for Ruth who has colon and liver cancer. Ruth underwent surgery in December 2009.

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William Effa and his wife, Ruth, live in Columbus, NE. They ask for prayer that God would continue to bless them with good health.

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Dr. Richard Paetzel and his wife, Dottie, live in Edmonton, AB. They ask for prayer for Dottie’s health, as she has Parkinson’s and for Richard as her primary caregiver.

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The Rev. Allan Kranz and his wife, Donna, live in Watertown, WI. They ask for prayer for the renewal of commitment to the Body of Christ. The Rev. Chester Strobel and his wife, Elaine, live in Abilene, KS. They request prayer for their young granddaughter, Lydia, who is being treated for leukemia.

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Dr. Ted Faszer (alumnus and SFS professor) and wife, Marietta, spent the winter with Marietta’s sister and brother-in-law in Sun City, AZ, and have returned to their Madison, SD, home. Ted and Marietta are happy to report that after battling the disease for a year, Marietta is now cancer free! Although her spirit is strong, she continues to struggle with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration, which makes balancing, walking, speaking, and swallowing difficult. Pray for strength and progress as Marietta deals with these challenges. Gordon Gilbert lives in Spokane, WA. He asks for prayer regarding his arthritis as he has been experiencing a lot of pain.

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The Rev. Kenneth Ontjes (‘73 & ‘80) lives and serves as a pastor in Bridgewater, SD. He asks for prayer for his health as he continues to deal with complications from prostate cancer in 2006.

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The Rev. Richard Marcha lives in Strongsville, OH. He asks for prayer for his health. He has arthritis.

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The Rev. Mike Seto and his wife, Lucky, live in Sacramento, CA. They ask for prayer that they reach the community with their ministry.

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David Lake and his wife, Dorothy, live in Harvey, ND. They ask for prayer for revitalization in their rural church.

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The Rev. Walter Foth resides in Saskatoon, SK, with his wife, Graciela. They ask for prayer for new immigrants to their community from the Philippines. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and blessings on them. John Tucker and his wife, Vidella, live in Colorado Springs, CO. They request prayer that John finds a job where his gifts can be put to use.

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Richard Bishop and his wife, Jacqueline, live in Springfield, MO. They ask for prayer for their health. Dick has been battling lung cancer for 2½ years, and Jacqueline has rheumatoid arthritis. Paul Miller and his wife, Vanessa, reside in Japan and have three children: Andrew (20), Emily (19), and Lydia (16). Paul has worked at Kyoto International University/Academy (KIU-Academy) since 1997, serving as the Chair of the Humanities Department of the University and Department Head of the English Language Arts Department of the middle school and high school divisions. He also recently published poetry in Silver Leaves, a journal celebrating the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and those associated with him.

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Mary Fox lives in Grand Prairie, TX, and has been doing apartment Bible studies through Mission Arlington. She asks for prayer as she looks for a new place to serve as a volunteer.

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The Rev. Greg Kroger and his wife, Joyceann, reside in Sioux Falls. Greg was recently selected as the Bishop’s Assistant for Connectional Ministries in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2010. He currently serves as District Superintendent of the Glacial Lakes District in Eastern South Dakota and is Dean of the Cabinet.

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The Rev. Susan Omanson of Sioux Falls, SD, has been working as a missionary and requests prayer for her ministry, working to end global sex trafficking.

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wife, Angenette, reside in Seatac, WA. They ask for prayer that they find work.

lives in Big Stone City, SD. She will be retiring in June but plans to stay in the area. Please pray for the transition in her dual congregations.

Darrell Sherard and his wife, Verda, live in Hurley, SD. Darrell asks for prayer for Verda as she recovers from surgery.

Mark Hererra and his wife, Monique, live in Wylie, TX. Mark asks for prayer for Monique, who was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2010 and will be undergoing tests and chemotherapy for 6-10 months.

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Janis Christensen lives in Le Mars, IA. She serves the Presbyterian United Church of Christ. She asks for prayer for her ministry.

Mary Fast and her husband, Doug, live in Omaha, NE. They ask for prayer for her doctoral work to be finished in 2011 or 2012, as well as for their first grandchild, a baby boy.

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Ellen Konyak Jamir and her husband, Sasha, live in Nagaland, India. They are both involved in ministry with Oriental Theological Seminary, which is part of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

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Pastor Cindi Stewart and her husband, Klint, live in Stanton, NE. Cindi serves the United Methodist Church and was ordained in June 2009.

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Pastor Stephen Tressa and his wife, Erin, live in Council Bluffs, IA. Stephen serves Midlands Evangelical Free Church. They were blessed with the arrival of their first child, Noah James, on February 23, 2010.

Neil Beavan and his wife, Pamela, reside in Edmonton, AB. They ask for prayers for guidance and wisdom as Neil completes his work in a doctoral studies program.

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Darren DeVries and his wife, Elizabeth, became the parents of a 7 pound, 10 ounce baby girl, Aleah Grace, on February 24, 2010.

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Thomas Steele and his wife, Helen, live in Sutherland, IA. They request prayer for jobs in transition.

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Pastor Angie Rines is serving the Presbyterian Church of Morristown in Morristown, NJ.

in memoriam

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Marie Muller, wife of Willy Muller, passed away on December 1, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Willy, of Edmonton, AB; daughters Joy and Rebecca; and two grandchildren.

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James DeBoer of Sioux Falls passed away on April 12, 2010, at his home. In addition to his career in insurance sales, Jim served NAB churches in Vancouver, BC, Greeley, CO, Lodi, CA, and Dickinson, ND. He is survived by his wife, Judy; his children Janell DeBoer of Sioux Falls, SD, Janeen Wetterau (Greg) of Corona, CA, Jason DeBoer (Tara) of Asheville, NC, Jaremy DeBoer of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Rochelle Wurth (Jason) of Green Bay, WI, Steve Heirigs of Sioux Falls, SD; thirteen grandchildren; and sister Sharon Landt (Carl) of Warren, MI.

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Sharon Vossler, wife of Gary Vossler, who resided in Issaquah, WA, passed away on February 28, 2010, from a battle with cancer that began in 1988. She is survived by her husband; sons Michael, Nathanael, and Jonathan; daughter Christina; a sister and two brothers.

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president Neighborhood kids er some recent rains. aft ter wa of l ful s wa n pond . You can visualize The seminary’s retentio ks hurled into the water roc ge n lar of ct pa im the t a dramatic splash, the took the occasion to tes placement follows with dis , ter wa the o int ing ng the scene—a rock plu . ard tw ou d ten ex s ple rip placement and splash, e into the pond with dis ng ws plu We k. roc t tha is like world with the Good Ne Sioux Falls Seminary s spread out around the tion with concentric ate du gra d an y, ult fac titu and our students, staff, g, and serving. One ins g, teaching, counselin hin ac . ce pre ir en fer the dif gh a ou thr make er increasing ripples to circles extending in ev gy that now with technolo r educational offerings ou a h ke wit s ma gin to be le It ab rt? en sta How does the splash ytime. We have also be training for non-detaken anywhere and an be to es urs co r ou ng Learning that offers ow elo all Lif ng for r nte Ce the veloping xtual learning” somethi we have made “conte bigger difference by de e, us ve Ho ha it re mm the Su of ide rk o res wo unity. Our students wh gree students. With the the Sioux Falls comm ways to meet real in ct se pa po im pro an to g w kin ho d ma an a that is are ng gli ug str to people in a ing English as a second modeled how to listen is has surfaced in teach and in building an inexpensive Th s. live to es dg bri needs that build teaching garden g families together in a housing needs and in language and in pullin larger implications for h wit ed sh le ba aw str ly ns through all of us. and ecologically-friend God’s creative dimensio es rat leb ce t tha t tle ou providing an artistic community’s increasing slice of the an to s ter nis therapists mi s ce rvi ical Se py Clinic where student era Th ly mi Fa Sioux Falls Psycholog d an ge y values our ng with the Marria n. Even the United Wa sio rvi pe su therapeutic needs, alo r de un nts non-insured clie meet low-income and d part of the community. rve rse de service to an un s, that we serve churche pact. Suffice it to say im s ry’ rth na No mi d se un the aro s ing unitie I could keep on describ ening number of comm community, and a wid r ou of as are s, ilie fam . It is a joy to serve. America and the world sfseminary.edu.

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The Rev. Rohn Peterson, of Taftsville, VT, passed away on February 17, 2010, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Most recently, the Rev. Peterson served the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire as Associate and Acting Executive Minister. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his four children Lanae, Mary, Geoffrey, and Rohn Peterson II; five brothers Chris, Jim, John, Jory, and Leif; and two sisters Layna Norkin and Caroline Mallery.

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from the president President Hagan talks about the ways that the wider seminary community serves others. Meet one Sioux Falls Seminary alumnus who, through his work at the Center of Hope in Sioux Falls, lives to serve the needs of others.

serving is a way of life Students find many areas of service while at seminary. Discover the ways Sioux Falls Seminary students are helping those in need.

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what’s new at sfs Find out some of the latest exciting and new developments at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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Connect with SFS at upcoming events. Event listings are always available online at www.sfseminary.edu/events.

From construction of a straw bale shed to hosting an Art Fest and much more, learn about Summit House at Sioux Falls Seminary.

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staying in touch News, updates, and prayer requests from Sioux Falls Seminary alumni.

helping disciples grow Sioux Falls Seminary has many ways to serve the church and its disciples. Learn more about educational opportunities beyond seminarylevel degrees.

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The impact is now published by Sioux Falls Seminary two times per year for the benefit of the seminary community, friends, alumni, and supporters. Additional news and event information is distributed by e-mail throughout the year. To join our online news list, please visit www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php or call 800.440.6227 ext. 2703.

Everett “Rick” Casteel of Cedar Rapids, IA, passed away on February 4, 2010. Rick was the founder of Air Management and also Caleb Ministries, a counseling and mediation agency which included Manto-Man Ministries. Survivors include his wife, Kristi; children Naomi (Travis) Thompson and Joshua Casteel of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Rebekah (Mark) Latchis of Woodstock, MD; his mother, Betty Casteel, and sister Barbara Morean Porter of Sioux Falls, SD; sisters Dawn Buxton of Thornton, CO, and Candice Ross of Fayetteville, GA; grandchildren Emma, Garmai, and Madeline Thompson, James Latchis; and many nieces and nephews.

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Verdyne Wacker, mother of Dee Wacker passed away on February 6, 2010. She is survived by her daughter Dee of Sioux Falls, SD; daughter Janelle (Dr. Charles ‘74) Hiatt of Sioux Falls and children Tim (Melissa ‘95), Jon (Stephanie), Aaron (Sarah); daughter Dr. Melody (Arnie) Schopp of Meadow, SD, and children Dr. Heather and Stephen; son Jay (Linda) Wacker of Bismarck, ND, and child Michael; daughter Gay (Jeff) Anderson of Sioux Falls, SD, and children Sarah, Karmen and Zachary; son Paul (Donna) Wacker of Turtle Lake, ND, and children Lorea (Layne) Watson, and Ethan.

Stay in Touch with Sioux Falls Seminary Staying in Touch, the former alumni e-newsletter, is now published as part of the Impact magazine. We encourage you to stay in touch with us by sharing your current ministry role, family news, prayer requests, and more. To submit your updates, news, and prayer requests, please e-mail stayingintouch@sfseminary.edu, send us a message on Facebook, call 800.440.6227 ext. 2715, or visit www.sfseminary.edu/contact. To receive the latest news and event information by e-mail, please register online at www.sfseminary.edu/signup.php.

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