My Seasonal Wife, My Seasonal Life

My Seasonal Wife, My Seasonal Life

Sep 23, 2013

My seasonal wife, My seasonal life by Kevin Butler   After wilting through a rare, oppressive late-summer heat wave and drought here in the upper Midwest, others further west have been slogging through torrential and deadly rain. What season is this?? It’s pretty obvious what season we’re in at our house. Like clockwork, my wife heads to the basement and lugs a large box up the stairs. She then dutifully and artfully positions several displays of colorful and seasonal decorations. At dinnertime I’m able to look up at the wooden shelf on the wall and quickly discern whatever season it is. (The way constant deadlines come and go so rapidly, believe me, sometimes I forget…) While talking with Janet, I can see either a patriotic collection of red-white-and blue (must be summer), or pansies and miniature garden paraphernalia (spring). Our Wisconsin winters seem to drag on, so to sprinkle in some variety she begins with snowflakes, Christmas angels and manger scenes, then morphs into snowmen, and then the pine tree and pinecone figurines make their appearance. But right now—and just in time for the temps to cool down—the shelves are awash with my favorites: orange pumpkins, red apples, yellow sunflowers and various leaves. Autumn! I have a church friend who absolutely hates this season. When I point out the stunning color and healthy apples and pumpkin spice-flavored everything, she just cringes. “I still hate it,” she insists. “Why?” I ask. “Because I know what’s coming!” Since we both live in Wisconsin I understand exactly what she means. All too soon, the snowflakes will become snowmen, and well, you get the frigid picture.     In real life and real time, it’s safe to say that my spouse and I are a bit past our prime when it comes to sports and endurance. “Summer” might be waning, and our hair—along with the tree outside—is changing color. We know what’s coming next. We know that there may come a time when we’ll need to drastically pare down those decorations to a bare minimum. We’ll have only “so much room” in a sparse assisted living apartment. The seasons and our surroundings and decorations may change, but we can...

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles

Sep 23, 2013

Walking in West Palm Beach: Group raises funds for bicycles by Jasmine Lynch     The West Palm Beach, Fla., Seventh Day Baptist Church organized a Walk-a-Thon at a park near the church. Our purpose was to raise funds to purchase bicycles that will help evangelists and pastors in the D.R. Congo to spread the Gospel. The church raised $350 to send to the SDB Missionary Society for disbursement. Some members could not make it to the park so they donated to the cause. Pictured are Nadine Plummer, Sybil Rose, Andrea Morgan, Abbey and Donna Lynch and Jasmine Lynch. (In helping the missionaries, we helped ourselves by burning a few calories and having fun! I wish I could say we lost a few pounds…) Our goal was to each walk 10 miles. It took us more than one walk to complete the task. We finished the distance in our neighborhood due to the high heat and humidity. The check is in the...

BCE Plans For Transition

BCE Plans For Transition   The Seventh Day Baptist Board of Christian Education announces that Executive Director Andrew Camenga has decided to conclude his service as Executive Director at the completion of his current term which ends December 31, 2014. At the conclusion of his term, Executive Camenga will have served in the role for 15 years. In the meantime, he will serve the Board and Conference and will provide leadership as the Board continues current ministry and plans for our future ministry. “Working with and for the Board of Christian Education is a great experience. I continue to be encouraged by the ways BCE supports local church ministry across the Conference,” Camenga said. “After significant prayer and evaluation, I have concluded that this should be my final term as executive director of BCE. I believe that God has increased my desire to be actively involved in preaching, teaching, and shepherding in a local church and expect that this will lead to serving in a pastoral role in a Seventh Day Baptist church at some point after my contract with the Board concludes.” The Board of Directors will begin the process to choose a successor in the near future. We will be working with the General Conference through the General Council to make sure that our transition process and leadership choice benefits both the ministry of BCE and the overall ministry of the General Conference. Founded in 1940 as a merger of three Conference organizations, the Seventh Day Baptist Board of Christian Education provides programs and materials to encourage and equip Seventh Day Baptist churches to teach evangelism, nurture, discipleship, and...

Family Flux: October 2013

Births Gordon.—A son, Isaiah, was born to Jason and Sabine Gordon of McDonough, GA, on September 20, 2012. Kusmiesz.—A son, David Timothy, was born to Robert and Sylvia (Bond) Kusmiesz of Egg Harbor City, NJ, on August 24, 2013. Gordon.—A daughter, McKayla Lorraine Gayle, was born to Ougart Gordon and Mercene Gayle-Gordon of Jackson, GA, on July 1, 2013.   Marriages Evans – Burdick.  Jeremy Scott Evans and Virginia Anne Burdick were married on August 18, 2013 in Carnation, WA. Pastors Gary Hemminger and Ken Burdick officiated.   New Members Southeast Atlanta, GA Barry Dailey, pastor Joined after testimony Paulette Campbell-Haase Jason Gordon Sabina Gordon Ailene Gordon Hughart Gordon Ruby Segre Janet Henry-James Joined after baptism Jensine Maxis Alexia Maxis Briana Wilmot Brianna Austin SaVaughn Gordon   Texarkana, AR Dan Richards, interim Joined after testimony Kory Langley       Obituaries Lewis.— A memorial service for Carole E. Lewis (born February 11, 1941 and passed away December 15, 2011) was held on June 9, 2013 in Stonefort, Ill., at the Seventh Day Baptist Church. Family members shared many fond childhood memories, and how Carole loved life. She was the “Keeper of the Family,” compiling and designing a Family Tree for the 50th anniversary of her parents, Leland and Helen (Martin) Lewis. Her sister, Patricia Ann Rowberry led the memorial service, assisted by her brother, Leland Lester (Lee) Lewis Jr. Several nephews also spoke. Following some of her favorite recorded music, cousin Mary Lewis spoke and sang a song of prayer and Jesus our Shepherd. The group then adjourned to go to Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills to Carole’s final resting place beside her parents. Alice Brooks shared Scripture passages from the Gospel of John and 1 Corinthians.   Davis.—Olin C. Davis, 87, of Oneida, N.Y., died on May 29, 2013, in the Oneida Healthcare Center, from injuries sustained when a tree fell on him at his home. Born in Verona, N.Y., on March 28, 1926, he was the son of LaVerne and Ruth (Sholtz) Davis. A lifelong resident of the Town of Verona, he was the salutatorian of the Verona High School, Class of 1943. He married Marilyn Osborn on July 27, 1958 in the...

2015 World Fed Sessions Cancelled

       This announcement comes from World Federation General Secretary Jan Lek as reported in the July issue of Seventh Day Baptist WORLD. (It was also announced at General Conference.)   “We regret to announce that we will not be holding sessions of the World Federation in the Philippines in 2015. We received a letter from the United SDB Churches in the Philippines in which they explain that they are unable to host these sessions as planned (originally for 2013, later postponed to 2015). “The WF Core Executive Committee will meet on October 28 to discuss options for holding the next sessions. I will be traveling to Westerly, Rhode Island, USA for that meeting.” Secretary Lek expressed his regret of the decision but was aware of the great expense of hosting during critical financial times, and looks forward to continued communication and work with the Philippine...