Family Flux: April 2013

Births Sconyers.—A son, Jacob Edward Sconyers, was born to Lee Sconyers and Jeannie Cruzan of Fayetteville, NC on February 6, 2013. Green.—A daughter, Tskylar Kai, was born to Earl and Tsahai (Samuels) Greed of Pembroke Pines, FL on February 18, 2013. Yost.—A daughter, Vienna Victoria, was born to Jason and Mary (Kavanaugh) Yost of Janesville, WI on March 15, 2013.   Marriages Schmude – Caseltine.  David Schmude and Debby Caseltine were united in marriage on February 7, 2013 at the SDB Church in White Cloud, MI. Rev. Bernie Wethington officiated.   New Members Miami, FL Andrew Samuels, pastor Joined after baptism Karlene Chambers Sackeh Sinclair   Milton, WI George Calhoun, pastor Joined after baptism Anissa Welch Caleb Sanford   Philadelphia, PA Kenroy Cruickshank, pastor Joined after baptism Simeon Barrett Makeba Ashmeade   Deaths Notices Edwin E. Shaw, 83, formerly of Milton, WI died on March 7, 2013. Rev. Bernie E. Wethington, 64, of White Cloud, MI died on March 19, 2013.   Obituaries Burrows.—Philip F. Burrows, 85, formerly of Milton, Wis., died on May 15, 2012 at the East Moline (Ill.) Nursing Home. Philip was born February 1, 1927 in the Town of Genesee, Allegany County, N.Y. His parents were Myron A. Burrows and Gertrude (Irish) Burrows, and he had six brothers and two sisters. Philip married Harriet V. (Depew) Babcock on February 6, 1946. He attended Friendship (N.Y.) Central School. After serving in the United States Air Force as an aircraft engine mechanic, he returned home and finished high school at Richburg (N.Y.) Central School. Most of his gainful work was for Butler Manufacturing Company, holding various jobs in Galesburg, Ill., Kansas City, Mo., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Milton, Wis. Phil was a faithful church member at Seventh Day Baptist churches in Nile, N.Y., Kansas City, Sioux Falls, and Milton. He was ordained as Deacon at the Kansas City SDB Church. At the SDB Conference level he served as a member of the Memorial Fund Board and the Tract and Communication Council. Phil also served the Milton Kiwanis Club as secretary for many years. His hobbies were bowling and golf. Surviving him are two step-children, Calvin P. Babcock and Carolyn M. Babcock Gould; three...

Presidential Testimonies: Stephen Thorngate, MD

Presidential Testimonies: Stephen Thorngate, MD

Mar 25, 2013

Continuing the series of “Presidential Testimonies”   In the January Sabbath Recorder, we heard from a number of our past Conference Presidents. At our prompting, they reminisced over some questions and shared their memories. We present another in that series.   Name: Stephen Thorngate, MD Conference Year: 1971 Conference Theme: “The Responsibility of Maturity” (Ephesians 4:13)   SR: What inspired you to choose your theme? Dr. Steve: Seventh Day Baptists in America celebrated our tercentennial that year. Our small denomination had achieved a level of maturity comparable to any persuasion and worthy of pride! I felt honored to be involved in the celebration. I felt strongly that along with the denominational maturity—depending on the level—there comes a gradual increasing responsibility.   What were your biggest challenges during your Presidential term? Steve: I lived on the west coast. Conference was to be in the denominational birth state of Rhode Island or somewhere in New England. I wanted to visit as many churches and meet with as many people as possible, as well as produce a memorable Conference worthy of a 300-year-old denomination whose maturity is unsurpassed.   Your biggest joys? Steve: Getting to know and work with SDBs that either I had known or came to know better. I owe much to people behind the scenes like Wayne Rood, Lois Wells, Glen Warner, Gordon Sanford, Alton Wheeler, and the Barbers in Rhode Island.   How much was your family affected by (or involved in) your extra Presidential duties? Steve: I was just getting going in my medical-surgical practice, but both my partners and my wife, Beverly, were very supportive.   How did your perspective of the Conference or General Council change because of your involvement? Steve: Since I was so “green” at such work, it was good planning to have me on Commission for the year before so I could improve my understanding of how polity works for our people. How did you feel as you passed the gavel to the President-Elect? Steve: Relieved! The next president was Paul Osborn, whom I had gotten to know better serving on Commission. I knew that his Conference year would be well done. Actually, even at this stage...

A Surprise Visit

A Surprise Visit by Rob Appel  A school superintendent was concerned about the disorder he found in so many classrooms. He decided to take action and chose one class as an experiment. He made a proposal to the students, “I would like each of you to clean out your desk today and resolve to keep it clean. I will return one day and inspect your desks, and the person with the neatest desk will be given $100. I won’t tell you which day it will be. It will be a surprise.” The children were excited and began to tidy up their desks. During the first week every student checked their desk to make sure it was in perfect order. The following week a few grew tired of the waiting, and returned to their old habits. After a month all but one student was sure he wasn’t coming back. One little girl believed the promise, and every day she made sure here things were neat. The other students teased her, “Why do you keep your desk clean? You can’t possibly believe he is coming back!” Even with that taunting, she remained diligent and kept her desk in perfect order. Near the end of the school year the superintendent returned. Students started trying to clean their desks but the superintendent told them to stop. He then started the inspection. One-by-one he rejected the cleanliness of each desk. Some of the children tried giving excuses, and one boy even blamed the superintendent for making them wait so long! Finally, the superintendent arrived at the desk of the little girl. She beamed with confidence as she stood by her desk. The superintendent then led her to the front of the classroom. He took out a crisp $100 dollar bill and gave it to her and said, “Boys and girls, this student never stopped believing that I would return. She kept her desk in perfect order and she did not have to worry one little bit about what month, what day, or even what time of the day I would arrive, because she was always ready. Always!”          Ready is the key word from this illustration and the...

Leave ’em Laughing

Leave ’em Laughing

Mar 25, 2013

Leave ’em Laughing by Leanne Lippincott-Wuerthele   It may seem like a strange leisure time activity, but I enjoy strolling through cemeteries. Tombstones are mentioned in the Bible as early as Genesis. “Jacob set up a stone monument over Rachel’s grave, and it can be seen there to this day” (Genesis 35:20, New Living Translation). Absalom, King David’s third and favorite son, had three sons and one daughter, but apparently the sons died at an early age. “During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, ‘I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.’ He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day” (2 Samuel 18:18, NIV). However, that “pillar” wasn’t Absalom’s grave marker. His tomb is situated on the eastern slope of the Kidron Valley, on the east side of Jerusalem. At 20-feet high and 24-feet square, it’s vastly more impressive than any meager tombstone. When I walk through the cemetery on the north edge of Milton, Wis., memories flood my mind and heart. Because my feet shuffle down its gravel roads in the spring, leave flattened grassy footsteps in the summer, and crunch brittle leaves in the fall, I know where the final resting places of many Miltonians are located—including those of such faithful SDBs as Dr. Forrest Branch, and Prof. Herbert Crouch and his wife, Virginia. I realize that these burial sites are empty, housing only tattered earthly tents. Whenever I walk past my first husband’s grave, I’m acutely aware Denny isn’t there, and I find that comforting. Wandering through cemeteries can conjure up heartwarming memories while providing interesting insights into the lives of complete strangers. Surprisingly, cemeteries can also be sources of humor. Here are a few of the funny—and sometimes profound—epitaphs actually on headstones: A Mr. Aikle is buried in East Dalhousie Cemetery in Nova Scotia. His tombstone reads, “Here lies Ezekial Aikle. Age 102. The Good Die Young.” Lester Moore, a Wells Fargo station agent in the 1880s, is buried at Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Ariz. His marker reads, “Here lies Lester Moore....

Colorado is Calling You

Colorado is Calling You   Your 2013 Conference Host Committee invites you to join us July 28 – August 3 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. President Ralph Mackintosh has planned an outstanding program. We as a committee are working together with Executive Director Rob Appel and the staff at UCCS to work out all the details of hosting you in Colorful Colorado. We are happy to serve you in this way. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: 2013hostcommittee@seventhdaybaptist.org or call the SDB Church of Boulder @ 303-541-9097. You will also find a wealth of information on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SdbGeneralConference2013InColoradoSprings.   Host Committee Members Chair – Pastor Steve Osborn Assistant Chair – Gretchen Zwiebel Registrar – Jan Graffius (After May 1, you may reach Jan at 304-641-7619 or registrar@seventhdaybaptist.org) Treasurer – Cletus Severance Facilities Coordinator – Patrick Skaggs Transportation Coordinators – Bert and Valerie Heath Nursery Coordinator – Tabatha Pethtel Medical Coordinator – Dr. Adam Mackintosh Publicity Coordinator – Darwin Steele Exhibits Coordinator – Tom Muniz Signage Coordinator – Deb Skaggs Receptions/Banquets Coordinator – Pat Williams Stage Managers – Michael and Sanja Looper Youth Representative – Michaella...